UK Newswire Archive
09-07-2011 01:23Myself (branch president at Kingston GMB) and another trade unionist have initiated this https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176382859093148 for Sunday 2pm:
A protest outside of the headquarters of News International to show disgust at the Murdoch empire, the sacked journalists, clerical staff, cleaners and admin staff who are being made to pay for the errors of a grotesque billionaire and his disgraceful editor.
08-07-2011 21:50On the eve of the return of the Unemployed Daytime Disco to Cardiff - Monday 11 July, 2 - 8 pm, Rockin Chair, Lower Cathedral Rd., Riverside Cardiff - activists reproduce for indymedia readers the text of a handy DIY helpsheet we've produced ;) To paraphrase Che, 'Create One, Two, Many Unemployed Disco's'!
08-07-2011 19:38Thousands of public sector workers across the West Midlands joined other unions around the country for a day of action against government proposals to increase pension contributions and retirement ages.
This morning a demonstratation of 50 kids and their parents took over the streets around Fircroft school in Tooting Bec, demanding that their local lollipop lady and man kept their jobs. The kids worked hard over a few days to make banners and placards and understood clearly the implication on their own safety of losing these essential local workers.
Local schools across London have been out in force over the last few weeks to save their lollipop ladies who are now at the front line of the cuts, being a soft target for draconian cutbacks. These people work for very little money to keep the children safe in what the councils deem dangerous spots across the boroughs. Over 30 are going in Lambeth, 45 in Wandsworth, 63 were threatened in Southwark but the kids came out on the streets and in a sudden change of heart the council backed down for another year.
Wandsworth Council will now face a sustained campaign. One of the schools parents Sadiq Kahn, the current Shadow Justice Minister, encouraged the children to keep up the pressure on the council saying that this was only the start of the campaign. The 45 Wandsworth lollipop ladies and men have been threatened with the sack in the next few weeks so the campaign is crucial and connections are being made with other local schools. Only three years ago the council decided that the traffic issues around this school were so bad that it warranted two positions, presumably the safety concerns then are the same as now. Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, local authorities have a general duty to promote road safety.
Neighbouring Lambeth council noted that it had the 1,200 accidents in a year, the third-highest rate in the capital, there the local authority is to scrap 30 crossing posts.?? Mr Prentis, the Unison union leader said the scale of the cuts being made to crossing patrols was "deeply distressing". ?"There can be no doubt that lollipop ladies and men save lives, so why are councils making these dangerous decisions?" ??Councils are suggesting using volunteers to replace them (that old Big Society one again) which is clearly not viable in the long term, with required training and insurance issues. Alternatively Wandsworth council has asked the local schools to fund the replacement lollipop ladies but of course the schools are being cut by the very same cuts
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08-07-2011 15:21Kenny Richey an innocent Scot was held on death row in Ohio for many years before
citizens achieved his release. Now there is focus on another unjust imprisonment
American Jonathan Shue: In Jail 18 Years in Ohio for An Accidental Shooting When He was 16
Ohioans Have Paid $720,000 For The Incarceration of An Innocent Man.
08-07-2011 14:55Bristol City Council are involved in a review of funding for voluntary organisations. In many cases this will mean the end of all city council funding for these services and will put the continuation of the services in jeopardy. In almost every case these are services targeted at the elderly, the vulnerable and ethnic minorities
Bristol City Council are involved in a review of funding for voluntary organisations that threatens to remove important funding from the organisations and services listed below. In many cases this will mean the end of all city council funding for these services and will put the continuation of the services in jeopardy. In almost every case these are services targeted at the elderly, the vulnerable and ethnic minorities.
Details of the organisations and services whose funding is under review can be seen on the BADACA website at http://www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk/2011/07/07/bristol-city-council-launch-attack-on-voluntary-sector-services-for-the-elderly/ This comes at the same time as the council plans to turn 500 people out of their council-run care homes and close them along with day centres.
a href="http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=359010&y=173342&z=0&sv=bs1+3hy&st=2&pc=bs1+3hy&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf">We will also be lobbying the city council Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday 19 July. Join us outside the Council House from 1pm. On Thursday 21st July the city council Cabinet will be meeting. We will lobby that meeting as well. Join us outside the Council House from 5pm.
These cuts will have an impact right across the city. If you know any users or workers at any of these services please pass on this information to them. If you know any other organisations or services threatened please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org For further information email email@example.com
08-07-2011 11:35Climbing, blocking, stinking, sabbing earth defenders rock!
Roll on down to the EF! Summer Gathering in mid-August.
08-07-2011 11:13Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come, edited by Antonis Vradis and Dimitris Dalakoglou: an Occupied London Project, published by AK Press, 2011
Reviewed by Ben Lear, published online July 2011