UK Newswire Archive
03-04-2012 12:26The International UAV (unmanned drones) conference was sponsored by by the University of Bristol and BAE systems.
However, on the first day, mon 2nd april, the conference was successfully disrupted by about 150 local anti arms ravers.
03-04-2012 06:55Glasgow Picket Against Holland & Barrett Workfare
Saturday 31st March
Meet 12 noon outside the front entrance of St Enoch's Underground Station to move on to the Workfare target - Holland & Barrett 9 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3ED.
Many UK wannabe 'freeman' types were going nuts on youtube, while forgetting the basic concept of unlawful entry and loss.'
02-04-2012 22:55this is a bristol indymedia story
Saturday saw nearly 40 anti-workfare activist from Bristol Solidarity Federation, Bristol & District Anti Cuts Alliance, Youth Fight for Jobs, Bristol Anarchist Federation, The IWW, Right to Work and others take the fight-back against workfare to the streets of Bristol.
A noisy and vocal crowd visited many of the poverty-pimps working with the government of rob people of their time and chances to find work. If workfare was about getting people jobs, the government might have paid heed to its own research which states: “There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of finding work. It can even reduce employment chances by limiting the time available for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by employers.”
Escorted by the police throughout, the group headed straight for a Holland and Barrett's in the swanky Cabot Circus. Bemused shoppers were treated to punk classics from the wheeley-bin sound-system and gladly accepted a variety of literature outlining the perils of Workfare. Then the march headed-off to picket more of the cities Workfare providers. Primark, McDonalds, Greggs, Wilkinson's and another Holland and Barrett were targeted.
Across the UK there were over 20 actions targeting workfare. These were held as a response to the "National Day of Action called by the Solidarity Federation. There seems that will be part of an ongoing campaign. The actions tied in with the international days of action against austerity called by the International Workers Association that included the general strike in Spain on March 29th, and the M31 European Day of Action Against Capitalism.
02-04-2012 20:55Few people know about or understand the reasons behind the sacking, in February 2011, of Avon Coroner Paul Forrest who was initially suspended in August 2008. The reason for the lack of public knowledge about his tortuous sacking process is that, at the behest of the Head of Legal Services and electoral returning officer at Bristol City Council Stephen McNamara, gagging clauses were included in the severence agreement with Forrest and other staff sacked from their jobs in the Avon Coroners' Office in Flax Bourton.
02-04-2012 16:55A walk of shame was held on Saturday 17th March to highlight companies in Kings Heath taking part in the Workfare schemes.
02-04-2012 16:55this is a bristol indymedia story
A lively & very noisy demo at the bristol drone conference in Bristol ended with six arrests. Conference attenders had to do their dirty business accompanied by a considerable din made by about 80 people for around 3 hours or so . Some delegates unable to cope with the noise decided to leave the conference early, only to be pursued around town with people letting them know just what they thought of them, until they had to be rescued by the police. Ah diddums.
02-04-2012 16:37A report from the Cardiff prison noise demo held on 31st March in solidarity with prisoners by local campaigners against the prison system and I.P.P. sentencing.
02-04-2012 14:29On Saturday 31 March 2012 supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! joined a speak-out against the cuts in Byker, Newcastle.
A collage of interviews with people about why they were supporting the teachers' strike during the march on Wednesday in central London. These struggles aren't taking place in isolation, but are part of an international movement against neoliberal austerity plans and the privatisation of education. For an overview of other actions currently taking place around the world, check out http://ism-global.net/ (International Student Movement).
Music by Beatraider.
02-04-2012 11:36Thursday 29th March and the surrounding days have seen a shocking and rapid escalation of police harassment, arrests and brutality against people with and without papers in Calais – far beyond the normal level and in what seemed to be a premeditated assault on the migrant communities and their supporters.
Members of Clydeside Industrial Workers of the World, the Anarchist Federation and Solidarity Federation picketed the Queen Street branch of Holland & Barrett at lunchtime on Saturday 31st March. We managed to turn some people away at the entrance. We had placards proclaiming 'The H&B Workfare Deal, Employ Three, Get One Free' in the style of Holland and Barrett advertising as Holland and Barrett plan to have a quarter of their workers as unpaid labour. Another placard said, 'Say No To Workfare At Holland and Barrett'. We gave out 500 leaflets detailing Holland & Barrett use of unpaid labour. A number of people stopped to ask what the picket was about. A member of the Holland & Barrett staff was one of these people on her way in to start her shift. She said that one girl had been on work experience at the store, but that she had got a permanent job. We pointed out generally Holland and Barrett have not given permanent contracts to 80% of people on work experience, their plans to introduce a 1000 more work experience people in the next year and how that could affect the hours of the permanent staff. The manager tried to tell us to move away from the entrance, but we just ignored her. In a final pathetic attempt to show us who was boss she bluffed that the police were on their way, even though there was nothing remotely illegal about what we were doing.
Demonstrators in Edinburgh took direct action on the 31st March Britain-wide day of action against workfare. Protestors occupied British Heart Foundation for an hour then invaded Poundstretcher – both heavily involved in the government’s compulsory “work-for-your-benefits” schemes.
Marching into the British Heart Foundation’s large furniture store in Leith, demonstrators set up camp within the shop, displaying giant banners denouncing forced work for benefits, decorating windows and TVs with posters proclaiming “Workfare attacks both waged and unwaged”, and distributing Boycott Workfare leaflets everywhere. Despite a sizeable police presence, the occupation continued for an hour. Several would-be customers turned away when the reason for the demo was explained.