Migration and national social democracy in Britain

Angry Workers of the World

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(Article written for friends of the German collective Wildcat: http://www.wildcat-www.de)

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“There is a reason for wanting to ensure that we can control migration. It is because of the impact that net migration can have on people, on access to services, on infrastructure. But, crucially, it often hits those at the lower end of the income scale hardest.”
Theresa May, 6th of September 2017

“What there wouldn’t be is the wholesale importation of underpaid workers from Central Europe to order to destroy conditions, particularly in the construction industry.”
Jeremy Corbyn, 23rd of July 2017

“In the last 10 years, there has been a gigantic experiment at the expense of ordinary workers. Countries with vast historical differences in wage rates and living standards have been brought together in a common labour market. The result has been sustained pressure on living standards, a systematic attempt to hold down…

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URGENT UPDATE: Call to Demand Florida DOC Stop Torturing Rashid Johnson

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons has received this urgent update on Rashid’s condition and request for action, please help and spread the word!

UPDATE- Rashid’s original letter is below, received today.

Prisoner Name:
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson #158039

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson wrote an article about the Florida prison strike, which was published online on January 9, 2018. The following day warden Barry Reddish retaliated against Kevin’s use of his First Amendment rights, ordering that he be given a disciplinary infraction for “inciting a riot”. Further, on January 19th Johnson was thrown in a cold cell, with a broken toilet, no heating, and with a window that will not fully close, allowing cold wind to blow into the cell. The cell has the same temperature as the outside, where temperatures have been repeatedly at or below freezing. We have not heard anything from Kevin since January 19th . Warden Barry Reddish must be held…

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New government attacks on independent union in Algeria

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New government attacks on independent union in Algeria
24 January 2018 Urgent Action

The government of Algeria has further escalated its attacks on the independent energy union SNATEGS, which organizers workers at the state energy company SONELGAZ. SNATEGS is affiliated to the IUF through its catering workers.In May 2017, the union had its legal status revoked and the Labour Ministry made the fabricated claim in December that the union had formally voted to dissolve itself. Hundreds of union members, delegates and officers have been dismissed, harassed and persecuted on bogus legal charges for exercising their fundamental rights. Union President Raouf Mellal was sentenced to 6 months in prison for exposing a long history of SONELGAZ fraudulently overcharging Algerians for their utility bills.

Now the government is inventing new charges to persecute Mellal and cripple the union. On November 28 the union president was sentenced in absentia to two months in prison and fined EUR 5,000 for allegedly defaming SONELGAZ. The court hearing will take place on January 30.

RaoufMellalMellal has learned that he was sentenced in absentia in January last year to 6 months in prison and a fine of EUR 2,000 in a suit brought by the director of a security agency following a complaint of sexual harassment by a women worker who was fired as a consequence. Mellal was sued for defamation after expressing his solidarity with the victim. Expressing solidarity with a victim of sexual harassment now risks imprisonment in Algeria…

And on January 17 2018 he was sentenced to 3 months’ imprisonment and fined EUR 3,000 in yet another ‘defamation’ lawsuit brought by SONELGAZ. As a consequence of these absurd and arbitrary judicial decisions Raouf Mellal has been forbidden to leave the country.

The government of Algeria is waging war on basic human rights. If you have not yet had a chance to do so, please CLICK HERE to send a message to the authorities.
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Rashid Johnson faces an “inciting a riot” charge for reporting on #OperationPUSH

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

Incarcerated Florida organizer and Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter) Kevin “Rashid” Johnson is facing political repression in the form of an “inciting a riot” charge for reporting on Operation PUSH.
Read a transcription of a letter we received from Rashid here:



Dear [        ]:

I presume you’re aware of my recent article “Florida Prisoners Are Laying it Down”, concerning the upcoming protest here in FDOC.

Well the warden here just had me written a disciplinary report in retaliation for the article, claiming I was inciting or attempting to incite a riot or demonstration, which is an obvious lie; and can be easily seen by anyone who reads it. Here’s what the DR says (it was written by a Lt. Martin Sanders on 1-10-18):

“A approximately 6:17 am on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 while assigned to Florida State Prison as…

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‘This place needs blown up’ – a stall report

scottish unemployed workers' network

Wellgate steps

The verdict of one jobcentre ‘customer’ left us in no doubt of his opinion of the ‘service’ he had just received. (In these days of ‘terrorists’ under the bed I feel I should point out that this statement was rhetorical – we know of someone who was banned from the jobcentre for a similar comment.)

A look back at recent blogs demonstrates the huge amount of distress caused by jobcentre errors – what in any other organisation would be deemed culpable levels of negligence. That the DWP presides over a system so poorly structured and badly trained, demonstrates the official contempt for the people they are supposed to serve. Fran is another victim of the DWP’s bureaucratic incompetence, and when she first burst out of the jobcentre she was far too upset to talk to us. It was only after a long sit down with her daughter on the cold…

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Mergers and cuts…


This is from the Save Southend NHS Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SaveSouthendNHS/


Plans are being considered to merge Southend, Basildon and Brookfield Hospitals in a bid to save money. SEE ARTICLE BELOW!

Huge implications for Southend and the staff at all three Trusts. Could this lead to the downgrade of our A&E that we all fought so hard to stop last year? The merger will make it far easier to reduce services available at each individual site and centralise care – further away from resident’s homes. This is another blow to the populations of Mid and South Essex and especially Southend on sea locality who are set to lose the greatest amount of acute hospital services under the STP. Staff will be shunted all over to accommodate the restructure of acute services at different sites – many experienced staff will leave, paving the way…

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New Occupy Bournemouth Homeless Sanctuary up and running.

Wessex Solidarity


Making good use of the disused coal yard on Ashley Rd which was abandoned years ago, now it has the potential to save lives. As before local people have done it proud with offers of assistance, if you would like to turn a hand with the work or donate stuff, you can get in touch with the occupiers via their facebook group

The new kitchen

The pointless inadequates of Bournemouth council responded by informing the landlord/s, who ten years ago had to be cajoled into clearing the rubbish that had accumulated on the site. Out of step with the popular mood, they don’t know whether they want a shit or a haircut. After the punitive evictions of the first camp all they can come up with are feeble platitudes about the site being dangerous – compared to what? One of the residents is expecting soon.

These idiots have done…

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