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.

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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Some thoughts on the Net, social media & activism

ON UNCERTAIN GROUND

The aim of this piece is to start a discussion about the pros and cons of the use of the Net and social media in activism. This has been prompted by concerns about an over reliance on digital communication and a decline in face to face, real life interactions which are still essential in building the sense of loyalty and comradeship needed in activism. It has also been prompted by security concerns where there have been examples of the authorities shutting down actions before they even start because they’ve been promoted on social media instead of built by word of mouth. This is not a definitive piece and is open to revision and expansion as the discussion about the points raised in it proceeds…

The positives…

The Net and social media are tools which if used with due consideration, are incredibly useful. With your critical faculties switched on, the Net…

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

From factory workers to care workers…

lipstick socialist

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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A lifeline faces the axe

The Basildon based Disability Information & Advice Line (DIAL)http://dialbasildon.co.uk/index.php?id=1 – faces closure on 21st April as a result of its funding being cut. One of the services offered by DIAL was to help disabled people appeal against Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) assessments wrongly declaring them fit for work. Last year, Basildon Council axed its £10,000 annual funding to DIAL and gave it to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) instead. This amounted to five percent of DIAL’s budget – because of this cut, other backers pulled their funding and a situation has been reached where it’s impossible for them to carry on. See here for the full story in the Yellow Advertiser: EXCLUSIVE: Disabled Basildon residents will die if local charity DIAL is forced to close, service users warnhttps://tinyurl.com/lv8xsj4

With the CAB, an appointment is needed and people are given an allotted time. With DIAL…

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