On strike in Sheffield!

LabourStart UK

Food couriers employed by gig-economy firm Stuart will be striking in Sheffield, UK, from 6 December. These couriers, who are spuriously “self-employed” and serve takeaway giant JustEat, are being slapped with a 24% cut in their per-delivery base rate.

Stuart claims that the base-rate cut is made up for by a new distance-based bonus. But in fact the changes simply mean that drivers will have to go further and faster to earn the same money. It’s a pay cut and a recipe for risk on the roads.

Food couriers will demonstrate at Sheffield Town Hall at 12 noon on Sunday 28 November and then move to indefinite strike action from 6 December, shutting down deliveries from McDonald’s and expanding to take on other chains.

The couriers’ union, the IWGB, is a small, young union, and it needs help to build up its strike fund!

Please donate here.

Demonstration on 28 November (facebook event)

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 2021

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair will take place on Saturday 6th November 2021 from 10am until 4pm at People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Bridge Street, M3 3ER.

Please help spread the Word… but not the virus! We have postcards printed that we can send to you to help us get the word out there.

To keep others safe please take a lateral flow test before attending, don’t attend if feeling unwell and please wear a face mask. No dogs except guide dogs please.

As you can imagine things might change so please watch this space for latest updates. Or that space! Or that space! Or even this space! (Depending on which, if any, social media platforms you use!)

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair is run by a small team of volunteers. The only income we get is from charges for stalls and donations.

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Statement in support of Ryan Roberts

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross - Prisoner Support

On 25th October, Ryan Roberts is on trial in Bristol on charges of riot and arson relating to the Kill the Bill demo on 21st March 2021. Ryan has been held on remand since April and is the first defendant to face trial following the events of that night.

We stand in solidarity with Ryan and all KTB defendants. The police acted with impunity at the KTB demos. Protesters sitting in the road were violently attacked. People were pepper-sprayed, and hit with batons and shields. 62 people were injured in the KTB protests that took place in Bristol in March.

But they only call it violence when we fight back.

It is not a crime to fight back against police violence and state repression. We cannot stand to one side when people are beaten. And every one of us has a duty to stand in solidarity with those persecuted for…

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How to become f̶i̶n̶a̶n̶c̶i̶a̶l̶l̶y free

Leeds SolFed

In some online videos recently, I noticed how scam-artist buy-to-let landlords describe
“passive income” (money leeched off exploited tenants) as being a golden ticket to “financial freedom”. Ironically, these parasites are somewhat closer to the truth of what freedom is than those who naively believe we all already have it. Indeed, freedom is about having the things we need to exist as we like, rather than having a choice between different soap brands, or the ability to buy a house if your parents are rich enough.

Because these landlords have swindled their way into this position, they do in fact have what they need and can exist as they like. They can spend their money on all manner of nice things: buying overpriced watches or – as they like to do – enriching themselves forever, making pointless money out of pointless money. The rest of us, however, do not…

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Jordan: Dissolution of Jordanian Teachers’ Association, dismissal of teachers and obstruction of union work

Wessex Solidarity

If the following story sounds familiar, it’s because this is an ongoing struggle. And we need your help to win. 

The Education International, with the support of the International Trade Union Confederation, is calling on the Jordanian government to protest the dissolution of the Jordanian Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the massive dismissals of teachers including 14 JTA leaders.

In their statement, the union leaders say that “Criminalisation of legitimate trade union activities including marches and demonstrations is unacceptable.”

They are calling on Jordan’s government

• to unconditionally reinstate the dismissed leaders of the Jordanian Teachers’ Association and the 65 teachers who were forced to retire early;

• to lift the suspension of JTA union activities;

• to guarantee the fundamental rights and democratic freedoms of educators and all workers, including freedom of expression and of association and the right to assembly, which are essential to the functioning of independent trade…

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No Feminism without Trans People

Outside the Circle

Walking around on a gray day listening to a podcast about how potentially liberatory forms of having pride in one’s identity, especially when those identities are systematically under attack, can and have turned into the opposite—that is, nonliberatory forms of an essentialist “us” versus “them” in which the “them”(s) are hardened into enemies to be excluded, attacked, or harmed/killed—when I saw this phrase, wheat pasted on the repeatedly stolen lands of Tio’tia:ke/Montreal: “No feminism without trans people.”

It should go without saying, yes/oui? “Feminism” isn’t, or shouldn’t be, attached a particular body, a particular border, a narrowness that limits the horizon of what should and could be possible when we liberate ourselves patriarchy and heteronormativity. It should be, and at times has been or is, an ethic that stresses forms of liberatory social relations and social organization all at cross-purposes with, and seeking to abolish, how social constructions of gender…

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It’s Time for the Bosses to Pay Up

No Safety No Work

One of the constant refrains of the committee which runs the UK on behalf of the bosses, ie the government, is that “we are all in this (the pandemic) together!”. That is a demonstrable lie. Covid-19 has impacted the working class disproportionately. The boss class has increased its wealth and avoided death by Covid to a far greater extent than has the working class, which has seen its income reduced and high death rates from Covid-19. The failure to extend the £20 Universal Credit uplift and Fire & Rehire are the most glaring examples of the working class being forced to pay for the government’s abject failure to manage a foreseeable pandemic. That the UK has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in western Europe (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-worst-in-western-europe-for-covid-infections-and-deaths-fnf8vpgs6 ) shows that as far as the bosses are concerned, the working class is expendable.

The inequality in the UK is well…

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AngryWorkers Daily Dose of Class Hatred #3

Angry Workers

Unprofitable ships are disposable – so are the seafarers Let’s start with a confession. I don’t often dip into the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). When I do, it’s always after dodging their pay wall. Again, after glancing at the headline I often move on to other things – a cup of coffee or an Angrys…

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Solidarity gets the goods!

IWW WISE-RA 18th October 2021

On Saturday 16th October IWW Cymru members held an informational picket outside a cafe in Dolgellau, Gwynedd.

Gallwch ddarllen yr erthygl hon mewn Cymraeg fan hyn.

The management had ignored multiple requests by an ex-worker for their P45. The worker urgently needed this P45 to be able to claim benefits in their home country. This was having a real, negative impact on their life.

The worker decided to get their union, the IWW, involved. The employer promised to help “after lockdown” before ignoring our subsequent correspondence and Subject Access Request. We decided to pay the cafe a visit. IWW members held an informational picket, informing potential customers of the situation and asking them not to go to the cafe until the dispute was settled. The employer soon did so and hastily issued a P45 for the worker.

Employers too often think they can get away with mistreating workers, especially migrant workers. The IWW, a DIY union, believes in solidarity and standing up to the bosses. Together we can win!

AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!

Bristol CEX solidarity pickets.

Bristol Solidarity Federation have picketed electrical goods retailer CEX in solidarity with their workers in Barcelona who have suffered bullying, dismissal and unfair disciplinary measures.

Multinational CEX may be known to you a seller of video games but it also becoming known as terrible exploiter of worker’s rights. One serious concern is how a CNT-AIT member has been not allowed a reduction of hours even the care for a child, actions will continue until their demands are met.

Solidarity Federation is the British section of the International Workers’ Association (IWA-AIT)

An injury to one is an injury to all.