Cleaners and security guards: updates from London’s grassroots union struggles

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Two quick updates from the capital’s grassroots union efforts: an IWGB member and striking University of London security guard has written a good introduction to their dispute, while over at the LSE, cleaners organised through the UVW have voted for weekly strikes on an indefinite basis until they win their demand for equal treatment. You can donate to the IWGB/University of London security guards’ strike fund here, and to the UVW/LSE cleaners’ strike fund here. With May Day coming up, it might be worth doing a quick collection for one or both of their strike funds at any local trades council-type rallies that might be happening in your town.

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May Day in Southampton 2017

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Monday 1st   May 11am Palmerston Park, Southampton Centre, SO14 1ND

Southampton Trades Union Council, Unite Community and People’s Assembly Against Austerity will celebrate International Workers’ Day with a family-friendly march and Rally.

11am Assemble at Bandstand

11.15 March from Bandstand to Peace Fountain, past the Cenotaph to Bargate and back through the parks to the Bandstand

12.00 – 3pm music, poetry, speakers, with local trade union, left and progressive stalls and Indian food

There will be a large marquee in case of bad weather.

Donations welcome toward the cost of event

For peace and a united Working Class. HAPPY MAY DAY!

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Political Women; Lisa Turnbull: Single Mum, Durham Teaching Assistant, campaigner

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Lisa Turnbull did not want to be a political campaigner but in 2015  her employer Labour-controlled Durham County Council told her and  2,700 of her fellow  Teaching Assistants  that their highly skilled work  would be downgraded  and  their  pay  cut by 23%.

It’s only women’s work….

She says, “I just had to do something. I was so angry, and still am, but I have to stand up for what I believe in.“  95% of the TAs are women, who work with children and, like many other groups of women workers –  such as care workers, cleaners and catering staff – face managements who  label their work as women’s work that is not skilled or valued. But over the last few years those women are fighting back in campaigns for cleaners, care workers and TAs.

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Lisa comes from a part of the country that had a dyed in…

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Orgreave justice – upcoming events in Leigh, Barnsley, Mansfield, Chesterfield and Sheffield

Lob a spanner in the works and let’s have some real change!

We are aware in advocating ballot-spoiling, that this is in itself a privilege denied to many Fellow Workers: Migrant workers, the homeless, prisoners, those on the run from domestic abuse, debt collectors or the state.

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There has been a lot of speculation as to why May has done a massive U turn and called for a general election on June 8th. A fair few people think it may have something to do with the ongoing election expenses scandal that’s dogging the Tory Party: Claims May called an election to escape Tory expenses scandalhttps://politicalscrapbook.net/2017/04/claims-may-called-an-election-to-escape-tory-expenses-scandal/ The Crown Prosecution Service is currently investigating claims that up to 20 Tory MPs broke spending limits during the 2015 general election.

If these MPs were prosecuted and had to stand down thereby forcing by-elections, the government’s slim majority would have been made considerably slimmer or possibly even wiped out. Given that May is facing enough grief trying to negotiate a Brexit deal, the thinking is that she’s taking a gamble on a general election in the hope that the Tories will get a big enough majority to give her…

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No more deaths at work: Crossrail memorial vigil, Southwark Crown Court, 10 May

From factory workers to care workers…

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I wrote this article in 2014 and very little has changed for the poor women of east Manchester; whether elderly or working in the care sector.

My mother is Irish but all the women I interviewed for this article were white and British but over the following years my mother’s carers were part of the new local workforce; made up of African and south American women who were now starting their working lives in the care sector. Some of the white women were unhappy about this and quite rightly they saw the agencies as using these women as cheap labour; I did suggest joining a trade union to collectively improve their pay and conditions but was met with a disbelief that any organisation would stand up for them. This was contrary to the ethos of my family which believed that trade unions and the Labour Party were the way in…

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Brighton Benefits Campaign meetings

Brighton Benefits Campaign

Day of Action Against Sanctions 2017

Following a productive organising meeting last night, Brighton Benefits Campaign will be holding regular meetings again to plan actions including the relaunch of the Enough is Enough campaign against all benefit cuts.

The next meeting is on Thursday 27th April at CASE Central, 4 Crestway Parade Hollingdean BN1 7BL, starting at 7pm.

Contact us on brightonbenefitscampaign@riseup.net if you want more information.

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Message from Riseup: Single Invite.

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Because Riseup does not tie user account creation to a phone number or credit card information, many people attempt to obtain Riseup accounts for the purpose of sending spam or phishing email.

In the past, we asked people to write a short description of their activism in order to try to eliminate these scammers. Unfortunately, over the years, this has been excellent training for teaching scammers how to sound *exactly* like activists. It got to the point where if an account request sounded too inspiring and awesome, it was probably fake. This has been a huge problem for us.

Another problem is that whenever a Riseup bird leaves their cozy nest, someone always mentions that they tried to get a Riseup account and were rejected. Many apologies! We were not judging you. It is likely that you sounded too wonderful and therefore seemed like a scammer.

In light of this, we have made two changes:

(1) We have removed the ability to request a new account.

(2) We have simplified the process of creating a new account with an invite.

It now only requires a single invite in order to create an account, and every user is able to create more invites. In order to create an invite for someone, log in to https://account.riseup.net

To prevent abuse, new users are not immediately able to create invites. We are hopeful this will make life better for everyone.

Personally Encrypted Email Storage


After much effort, we are happy to announce a new feature! We have taken action to ensure that Riseup never again has access to a user’s stored email in plaintext. Now all new Riseup email accounts will feature personally encrypted storage on our servers, only accessible by you. In the near future, we will begin to migrate all existing accounts to use this new system.

To be absolutely clear, this type of encryption is not end-to-end message encryption. With Riseup’s new system, you still put faith in the server while you are logged in. For full end-to-end email encryption, as before, you must use a client that supports OpenPGP (and is not web-based).

We are working to roll out a more comprehensive end-to-end system in the coming year, but until that is ready, we are deploying personally encrypted storage. This new per-user encryption is on top of the system full disk encryption which we have done since 2001.

If this doesn’t really make sense, we’ve done our best to explain it more fully at:

WARNING: Once an account is using the new system, the ONLY way to reset your password is with a recovery code. One of the downsides of us not having your information is that we do not have your information. This means you MUST write down your recovery code and keep it in a safe place. If you lose your password and your recovery code, your email will be IRREVOCABLY LOST and it will be technically impossible for us to recover it.

New and Improved!


We’ve recently switched to new systems for account management and support. The old system was first started nearly 10 years ago, lacked some modern features, and was getting to be a burden to maintain. To adjust your account settings, you can now go to https://account.riseup.net
To file (and help answer!) support tickets, go to https://support.riseup.net

On a related note, we’ve answered as many of the help tickets from the old system as we could and turned it off. If you submitted a ticket there and still need help, please file a ticket in the new system.

Riseup Translators Are Awesome!


If you are reading this (or any Riseup web page) in a language other than English, you have the Riseup translators to thank! They do a great job of making sense of our tech jargon and English idiom-filled writing, translating not just words but modern concepts and politics. Thanks to all our translators!

We are not a Business


Riseup is not a business. We are not in this collective to make money. We do this because we believe in the project of supporting activists changing the world for the better. We believe in making better tools for you and you to communicate and organize with. We are not a business, and yet, and alas, we do need money to keep the machines working, to pay the bills. and to pay for the labor that keeps everything working all the time.

It’s been a while since we sent a newsletter out because we’ve been super busy creating new systems and technologies that we think will help all of you. Because of that, we’re behind on fundraising goals. Please donate today, if you can!

Last, We Love You


Thanks to everybody that has supported us during the recent changes with your ideas, code, words of support, money, trust. Thanks for all that you do in your struggles around the globe to advance social justice, resist fascism, and make the sunshine a little brighter.

With Love and solidarity,
Riseup, your friendly radical tech collective