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Workers at the Bristol Rolls Royce plant have voted for an indefinite strike, starting on August 22nd, until their dismissed colleague, Jerry Hicks is fully reinstated. Jerry was "probably dismissed on trade union grounds", the employment tribunal found, for supposedly organising unofficial action, influencing the decision of the disciplinary panel (both to support two sacked colleagues), and standing on the way of normal working practices [more details]. The aim of the strike and campaing is nothing short of unconditional reinstatement. But the real target are the anti-union laws that allow employers to criminalise "unofficial" actions. They have been on the law books since Thatcher introduced them, but have also survived two terms of Labour government. Yet when faced with pressures from employers, as Jerry Hicks said, "we never balloted, we always walked out!" [see also Heathrow Airport strikes background].
For quite a while now West Country Indymedia has had no active collective taking care of its newswire or creating features. For quite a while it has seemed sensible at this stage to simply disable West Country IMC until a new collective comes forward willing to take responsibility for maintaining it.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or perhaps imc-uk-process to express your interest or views on this issue.
Westcountry IMC is effectively closed!
On Monday, June 27th, Indymedia Bristol's server was seized by the police. An Indymedia volunteer was also arrested during the raid on suspicion of incitement to criminal damage. Last week, police demanded access to the server to gain the IP details of a posting. The alternative media outlet is receiving advice from civil liberties organisations and the NUJ. Before being legally forced to hand over the server, Indymedia Bristol stated: "We do not intend to voluntarily hand over information to the police as they have requested". Bristol Indymedia see the seizure of their server and the arrest of one of their volunteers as an attack on the freedom of speech. A further statement from Bristol Indymedia volunteers is expected soon.
This is the second time that law enforcement authorities have attacked Indymedia servers in the UK in the run up to a major event. Last October, just prior to the European Social Forum, Indymedia servers in London were seized in an international law enforcement operation - prompting a wave of protests and solidarity statements from a wide range of organisations [report]. This time, events are unfolding one week before the G8 Summit begins in Scotland.
In order to provide grass-roots non-corporate coverage during the G8 protests and events, Indymedia UK needs additional http mirrors to help decrease bandwidth costs. If you would like to help, please contact us at email@example.com or donate here.
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Cornish Iron Age hill fort faces destruction!
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*****STOP PRESS THURS 05/08/04 POSSESSION GIVEN TO COUNCIL MORE BODIES NEEDED URGENTLY*****
We only just heard that there has been a camp set up, adjacent to the old teddy bear woods & pink castle site, Weymouth, Dorset. The eviction hearing is on Thursday.
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Sainsbury's chilled food distribution centres were blockaded across the country on Thursday in protest against GM feed being fed to dairy cows. Sainsbury’s five biggest UK distribution centres were shut down as evironmentalists and consumers simultaneously blockaded the supermarket chain's chilled-goods depots in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield. They were chained together through steel tubes, or sat up scaffold tripods, blocking the depot gates. The co-ordinated action was intended to halt distribution of Sainsbury's dairy products that come from cows fed GM animal feed.
The protest follows Sainsbury’s failure to provide non-GM fed milk as standard, despite rivals like Marks and Spencer and the Co-op doing so. The action was taken in solidarity with farmers, demanding they get a fair deal of 2p on the pound for non-GM milk. The coalition of groups campaigning on this issue includes Farmers for Action, the Small and Family Farmers Alliance, The Small Farms Association, the Wholesome Food Association, the Institute of Science in Society, Genetic Food Alert and the Genetic Engineering Network (see GM animal feed campaign PDF). Also see National press release
Local reports: Birmingham report, photos and video | London
Yorkshire | Liverpool [ 1 , 2 ] and photos [1 | 2]
Bristol report and photos
Sainsbury's Essex Waltham Point Depot Blockade Report
See also Genetic Engineering Network
Hot on the heals of Bayer's withdrawal of Chardon LL GM maize comes yet another confirmation that all is not well for the UK GM crops industry. For the first time in over 10 years, research reveals that none of the Gene Giants (Syngenta, Monsanto and Bayer) are conducting any UK field trials of GM crops.
This year sees a massive reduction in the total number of GM field trials in the UK from a peak of 159 in 2000-2001 to 42 in 2002-2003 to just 1 in 2003-2004.
This may have something to do with the fact that 91 trials out of 476 have been damaged or destroyed in the last five years. This has had a significant impact on the industry because the majority of those targeted were the national seedlisting trials, which are compulsory for the seed licensing process .
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Bayer have withdrawn the only GM crop with (partial) commercial approval. They blame government regulation and caution for holding up the crop which is now technologically and economically obsolete. However it has taken five years to get just one crop this far, which has been the result of the delays caused by the many crop trashings, lobbying, blockades, research and not a little consumer pressure.
When a government announces commercialisation of a GM crop, and then three weeks later, the very large multinational company responsible withdraws it from commercialisation, it would be a fair assumption that someone, somewhere, has put a spanner in the works.
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Update: 29th March: The Campaign Continues! There are still around 50 trees to be defended, and there are still camps, tree houses being built, and actions taking place - read Blackwood Protest Continues and Status Report. Contractors Costain will also be holding a public meeting to address concerns and answer questions from local residents regarding the Sirhowy Enterprise Way, at 7pm, on Tuesday, March 30, at the Costain's site office, Cwm Philkins, Oakdale.
Early in the morning on Tuesday 23rd March, around 70 Police, Bailiffs and specialist climbers and tunnellers began evicting the tree camps at Blackwood in South Wales - where locals have been campaigning against a new road for over a decade [Pics]. Around 10 people were arrested as they resisted in the trees, on walkways, in nets and in a tunnel, some after breaching cordons. At Camp Kerry, one brave activist still remained at the end of the day, and was able to climb down without being arrested. Most of the trees were destroyed, but campaigners say they will continue to resist.
See Report and Pictures | 1 | 2
Also see collected reports (and pics): Bristol | UK
Evictions continued throughout Wednesday as Bailiffs cut people out of lock-ons and most of the remaining trees were destroyed. Some campaigners remain camped on private land next to the road route and are determined to continue opposing the road scheme. See Report | 2 | 3
Meanwhile in London an attempted eviction was also taking place in Kentish Town. At mid morning bailiffs arrived at several flats that have been home to a group of squatters for some months. Some of the occupiers took to the roof, whilst a crowd of around 100 people gathered in the road in front of the building.
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News from Kebele social centre (Bristol)
Protestors stop gas pipeline work
13-11-2006 21:19 | 1 comment
Work on the controversial LNG Pipeline has been stopped in South West Wales
13-11-2006 19:59 | 1 comment
BRISTOL INDYMEDIA - Competing With The Evening Post - SOUTH WEST WELCOME!
09-11-2006 10:48 | 2 additions | 2 comments
Sign petition re closure of Gloucestershire mail centre
GAGGED! #14 - South Wales Anarchist Newsletter
07-11-2006 21:54 | 1 comment
Speakers from Rossport Solidarity Camp
Bristol Plane Stupid activists 'close' travel agents
06-11-2006 01:03 | 2 additions | 2 comments
Stop Climate Chaos, London, 4th Nov 06 - pics
04-11-2006 22:13 | 4 additions | 2 comments
Bristol alt media is back with Bristle 23
02-11-2006 22:46 | 1 comment
Lower Shaw Farm under threat from Swindon Borough Council Property Dept
29-10-2006 19:24 | 2 comments
Photos of message on the wall
Living the Co-operative Principles
Swansea Climate change activists target housing development
26-10-2006 01:12 | 2 comments
Nobel Peace Prize nominated activists speaking in Bristol
23-10-2006 15:51 | 1 comment
Pauline Campbell nicked at Eastwood Park Prison/YOI/mother & baby unit
23-10-2006 10:59 | 1 comment
Class War's Ian Bone 'Guardian' interview
20-10-2006 09:36 | 2 additions | 2 comments
John Bridle of Asbestos Watchdog: "lies, illegal tests and self aggrandisement"?
18-10-2006 18:46 | 5 comments
Antifa at the bookfair
18-10-2006 12:09 | 1 comment
PRISON DEATH DEMONSTRATION - 18 October 2006
B52 two face retrial after jury fails to reach verdict
Bristol's first World Naked Bike Ride this Saturday 14 Oct at 12.45pm
10-10-2006 04:07 | 2 comments
Rambling round the “Croughton balls”, 7 Oct 06
07-10-2006 21:43 | 3 additions | 1 comment
PRESS RELEASE: US War Crimes in Iraq on Trial in Bristol Crown Court
How to stop domestic state terrorism - the A,B & C
04-10-2006 21:16 | 9 comments
Now It's The Turn Of The 'B52 Two' To Face Trial
Anti-G8 meeting in Cardiff
Trial of the 'B52 Two' Peace Activists begins in Bristol Crown Court, 2 October
27-09-2006 12:37 | 2 comments
Manchester. 23rd Sep. Time to Go. Photos
24-09-2006 18:24 | 1 addition
Climate Change Question Time - belated report with audio
24-09-2006 15:45 | 1 comment
International day of peace observed in Swindon
Police midnight raid for offensive garden ornament...
Arms Trade Now Environmentally Friendly
17-09-2006 21:56 | 1 comment
Press Release : Re-Trial Ordered In Case Of Fairford Defendants
15-09-2006 20:19 | 1 addition
Prisons & Their Role in Social Control
14-09-2006 20:50 | 3 comments
GAGGED! #13 Autumn 2006 - South Wales Anarchist Newsletter
Iraq: Fairford Peace 'disarmers' trial continues
05-09-2006 17:57 | 2 comments
Exeter strikers celebrate success
Fairford disarmers’ trial starts in Bristol
04-09-2006 21:43 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Walkout to support Exeter Royal Mail union rep
Airborne protest at Bristol Airport against climate chaos
01-09-2006 19:41 | 3 comments
Info on bailiffs heading for Camp Titnore
30-08-2006 22:42 | 2 comments
Greens resist compulsory registration
Greens welcome Oldbury reactors shutting down
Bristol Stop The War Newsletter : September 2006
SOUTH WEST NEWS can also be posted on BRISTOL INDYMEDIA
Fairford Disarmers @ Bristol Crown Court : SUPPORT NEEDED : 4th Sept Gathering
17-08-2006 09:13 | 1 comment
First ever gay pride march in Gloucester
RAF Brize Norton blockaded, 12th Aug 2006
12-08-2006 23:08 | 7 additions | 6 comments
Lebanon: Full Color Pictures of the Atrocities
08-08-2006 12:34 | 3 comments
Ceasefire now! London demo 5th Aug 2006 – report, pics, audio, video
06-08-2006 16:18 | 3 additions | 3 comments
04-08-2006 21:56 | 3 comments
Transport from Swindon to Lebanon demo, London, this Saturday
Police station targetted in Bristol
31-07-2006 16:01 | 6 comments
Incinerator rep attacks demonstrators
DALE FARM: RALLY
Stuff needed for climate camp
26-07-2006 16:51 | 2 comments
Helpers needed for the Camp for Climate Action
WALES LEBANON MARCH
26-07-2006 14:50 | 3 comments
WALES LEBANON MARCH
International Day against Climate Change: Gloucestershire action
20-07-2006 00:41 | 3 comments
Illegal police trespass at Titnore Woods
19-07-2006 18:22 | 1 comment
banner in bristol
Bristol news - Kebele social centre is free!
13-07-2006 02:19 | 1 comment
Indian Bollywood Actors goes for Surgical Body Piercing Jewelry
Six Billboards "Liberated" in Bristol
10-07-2006 12:15 | 2 additions
Biohazard demo report from Ledbury
The beat goes on – drumming trade justice home
08-07-2006 20:28 | 1 addition
One year on…7.7.05
08-07-2006 02:10 | 1 comment
Bill board felling in Bristol!
DEMOS AND HUNGERSTRIKERS ATTACKED
29-06-2006 12:17 | 1 comment
BRISTOL IS NOT A PART OF ENGLAND! Bristle 22 out now
Sunrise Summer Solstice Festie Pics + Report
26-06-2006 19:32 | 6 comments
SEVERN BARRAGE: QUESTIONS NEED ANSWERING
Bristol Planet Picnic!
Is the US behind the Death Squads?
13-06-2006 18:18 | 7 comments
MET-EX-TOP-COP FLOGS BOOK
Dockyard Security Shamed Again
WIND TURBINE SUCCESS IN MENDIPS
Cardiff Anti-G8 benefit on Friday 2nd June
Trident Ploughshares Devonport Camp Open Today.
18-05-2006 14:33 | 2 comments
Shabby Treatment At Devonport Dockyard
17-05-2006 01:08 | 1 comment
Gagged 12 Anarchist Newsletter of South East Wales
Cornish Minibus to Climate Camp
monthly Climate Camp organising meeting this weekend in Bristol
Clever Pranksters attack transport giant and bus fare hikes
10-05-2006 13:26 | 2 comments
Eliminate greed, introduce need!
09-05-2006 20:36 | 1 comment
Mobilisation For Faslane 365 (Scotland) - Maps, Accommodation, Background
07-05-2006 16:07 | 1 comment
Undercurrents on Glastonbury DVD
Money Down the Drain – Robin Brookes pays under protest
WAR in IRAN Bmth Action
The first free screening, Bristol
PLYMOUTH CND BANNED AND CENSORED
04-05-2006 12:24 | 5 comments
Four Mapuche Hunger Strikers - fight for life,
Freedom of the Press Day May 3
MAPUCHE prisoners hunger strike - day 46 - info & action call-out
Bristol Social Forum (Growing Again) + ESF Athens 2006 : 4th - 7th May 2006
23-04-2006 12:15 | 1 addition
Cardiff Demo in Solidarity with Colnbrook/Haslar Hunger Strike
22-04-2006 14:06 | 1 addition
Anti-G8 2006 Benefit gig in Cardiff Friday 28th April
21-04-2006 20:36 | 4 comments
Anti-BNP days of action in Swindon.
18-04-2006 21:50 | 1 comment
STOP the BNP in Swindon
18-04-2006 20:31 | 1 comment
Radical bookshop opens in Cornwall!!
14-04-2006 15:15 | 2 comments
Cornish Wildlife Sanctuary to be trashed for posh houses and cars
Activists target golf courses for wasting water
08-04-2006 14:09 | 6 comments
Council increases risk of flooding
Bristle goes ballistic about the nuclear option
Robin Brookes’ peace tax court appearance
03-04-2006 23:23 | 2 comments
Gearing Up For Another War – Clamping Down On Protest
Law Lords Rule Against 'Fairford 5' and 'Marchwood 14'
02-04-2006 17:46 | 3 comments
CONCERN GROWS AFTER STEALTH AND B-1B BOMBERS SPOTTED AT FAIRFORD
30-03-2006 17:52 | 2 comments
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April 2006 No Borders Days of Action
Art and Activism Caravan 2006
Climate Camp 2006
French CPE uprising 2006
G8 Russia 2006
Lebanon War 2006
March 18 Anti War Protest
Refugee Week 2006
Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
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