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By now the glad tidings that ninety of her majesty's most loyal subjects were happy to celebrate 60 years of her reign by kipping under a bridge before a joyful thirteen hour shift of telling union-jack-sporting buffoons the way to the big river in the middle of London without being paid has been splashed all over the papers. But it's just the tip of the iceberg.
On the newswire: Liverpool Workfare Walk of Shame Occupies City Centre Exploiters| Mayday workfare demo shuts Oxford Street stores| Workfare actions around Birmingham in April| Workfare conference cancelled due to protest | Workfare Unravels | 'It's exploitation and it's repellent' | Tesco’s Secret Workfare Slaves | Demo shuts Westminster Tesco | GMB Union Promotes Workfare as Answer | DWP Locks Down FOI Responses | Legal Challenge to Government’s slave labour scheme
From Corporate Watch: Benefit claimant forced to accept Jubilee steward position for less than minimum wage | To pay or not to pay: Asda and Argos choose workfare over work | Regulating workfare (or not)| 'It's exploitation and it's repellent': Retailers, councils and charities benefiting from workfare | Unemployed people bullied into work
As mass protests in Madrid raise the bar for European anti-austerity actions. We've got the Arab Spring – what about a European summer? It's a week since thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators pitched up in central Madrid (see SchNEWS 772) - and revolution fever is spreading across Europe like nits in a playground. With the Spanish sit-in still going strong – and intending to remain until at least the 29th - street demonstrations have also hit Greece, Georgia, and, er, Bristol. Protests are spreading to Italy, France, Portugal, Austria even Germany - could it be that last year's initial protests against austerity measures are maturing, one year on, into a broader demand for political reform?
From the newswires:
Crackdown begins. | Nottingham Solidarity | Spanish Revolution at London | #Spanishrevolution Has Reached Bristol | This revolution is sponsored by you! | Protests continue outside Spanish embassy | A shout from Spain | Message from Barcelona | Edinburgh Solidarity March
In SchNEWS: SchNEWS 773
Egyptian dissidents (along with the masses) celebrated on Friday as Hosni Mubarak finally threw in the towel after the mass protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and across the country, refused to abate (and presumably the Americans finally ordered him to load up the plane with gold and go in an attempt to ensure the power structures – and thus their influence – didn't collapse completely). But the Egyptian revolution is not yet won as the military have stepped in, repressed protest and threatened to declare martial law.
Thousands have marched, a government department has been broken into, and a Scottish branch of Lloyds TSB has been occupied by pissed-off pensioners...It must be the (OK, somewhat quiet compared to France) start of the anti-cuts revolt!
Welcome to the age of austerity. Romania has erupted in protests as harsh measures continue to grow and waves of discontent flood Europe.
Romania's capital, Bucharest, stood still for a day on Wednesday (19th) as ferocious cuts cripple the Romanian populace. The city was at brought to a halt as an estimated 50,000 protesters marched through the streets in the largest of the demonstrations seen since the cuts were announced. Protesters poured in from all over the country to attend, despite police attempts to block the streets to uphold order.
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This Saturday (15th) people will be protesting at various places around central London to give the new 'stable, national interest' coalition a warm welcome.
SchNEWS gives a round-up of all the events taking place over the weekend to get your action-hungry teeth stuck into.
AS PROPOSED IMF SOLUTION SPARKS RESISTANCE...
Greece is further troubled as government officials get ready to announce IMF imposed wage cuts that will resonate across the country’s entire public sector. Emergency demonstrations were held across the country (Thursday 29th April) in protest against the cuts by grass-roots trade unions, leftist and anarchist organisations.
Greece has once again been rocked by protests, strikes and civil unrest. This time in response to a series of swinging government cutbacks aimed at bringing the country into line with neo-liberal dogma and reducing it's budget deficit. In response to proposed attacks on worker's rights and pensions, virtually the entire country came out on strike on Wednesday. 30,000 marched through Athens and violently clashed with police. There is widespread anger at the governments attempts to deal with the economic crisis by dipping into the pockets of the poor. Marchers in Athens shouted, "No sacrifices! Make the rich pay for the crisis!”Links:
Climate Rush activists gathered outside RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), Thursday 5th March to protest the incredible multi million pound pay out to Fred (the shred) Goodwin, former RBS Chief Executive, and more importantly, the banks continuing role in funding the climate changing industries of coal, gas and oil. Posting the largest losses in British corporate history, RBS lost £24.1 billion in 2008 and has since had billions of pounds of taxpayers' money pumped into it. Already the largest bailout to date, the government has agreed to inject a further £13 billion on top of the £20 billion already given, and to make a further £6 billion available. While the tax payer now owns at least 70% of its shares, the bank continues to operate as a private company,
On the same day as the Climate Rush demo outside RBS, the Bank of England reduced the base interest rate to 0.5% and announced the printing of £100 billion pounds of new cash to inject into the stalled economy. Next month, the G20 leaders (G22 to be more precise) will arrive in London to discuss further ways to get the poor to bail out the rich. Various groups are mobilizing to protest against the summit which the police are co-promoting as part of a 'summer of rage'.
The G20 Meltdown group say they're going to reclaim the City, 'thrusting into the very belly of the beast', with a four pronged assault on the Bank of England at noon on 1st April. That afternoon, as part of a series of actions leading up to the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen, the Camp for Climate Action aim to expose how the discredited market mechanisms are being sold as a solution to climate change and are planning a climate camp in the city close the the Carbon Trading Exchange.
Links : Climate Rush target RBS Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | LCAP occupies RBS | Quantitive Easing | Corporate Undead | Image From The Future | Bristol Dissent g20 Call Out | Climate Camp hits the city | Press Complaint over G20 article | RBS boss pension | Arrogance of Capitalism | Environmental silver lining? | Climate chaos meets economic chaos | Bash a Billionaire | Doubt of global financial crisis? | Origins of the Credit Crunch | Summer of rage? | Demand for energy falling | Climate Crimes Delayed | Dissident Island Economic Special | "Pro-Capitalist" Mobilisation Video
A court in Bangalore has issued an order for the 'arrest without the possibility of bail' of seven campaigners over their websites postings about labour conditions of an Indian supplier of fashion label G-Star. The activists are from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands; the director of their Netherlands based ISP, Antenna, is included.
The case could have implications for activists posting anything on the web, with the court using the Convention on Cyber Crime to call for extradition. It all happens with the backdrop of the continuing campaign about labour conditions and particularly the huge number of child workers in India coming up against the religion of 'free trade'.
The case has been running for some time now. As the legal threats get worse the campaign are asking for solidarity. As G-Star is the only remaining buyer from the jeans manufacturer at which the CCC and ICN have highlighted the labour rights violations they are asking people to make demands of them listing things you can do [cleanclothes.org]. In the UK No Sweat! have called a picket of G-star [nosweat.org] focusing on their Covent Garden store. There are lots of outlets around on their store locator [g-star.com].
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OccupyLondon and Occupy WallStreet
Commissioner to Athens: Meat for Austerity
Greece after five years in recession. Accelerated poverty in Greece
The Sotheby's 4 need YOU!
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Anti "Austerity" Demo in Cambridge.
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Happy International Workers Day!
Locals Protest Outside Housing Exhibition.
17-04-2015 23:34 | 7 comments
Requisites for Building the Socialist Future
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Animal Agony, Union Busting, Deforestation, Human Disease At McDonald's
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A review of 'Dispatches Against Displacement'
We are a Mass Movement! Class Struggle is not Dead
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Veggies Happy Birthday to you and Thanks!
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Hongkong: Tehran in a Cool Pool
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Nae Nazis demo Edinburgh Saturday 23rd August 2014
Whatever happened to the unemployed organising themselves?
03-08-2014 23:50 | 2 comments
The State of Reform in the Philippines
Philippine President told: Re-energize the campaign for reforms
Philippines: 5 Makabayan bloc legislators got P481M pork barrel
16-07-2014 10:10 | 2 comments
Newsflash: Labour Doesn’t Care About You
27-06-2014 17:03 | 1 comment
The 3-in-1 revolution
Disgusting Tories try to extend 'Universal Credit' on the sly
20-06-2014 18:40 | 1 comment
Philippine agrarian reform: Powerful law, ineffectual bureaucracy
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Israel said planning to deport African migrants to Uganda
Benetton stores targeted by global protests
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On National Democracy
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Casual Work Article Download!
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Petition of Unconditional Basic Income for the UK
08-01-2014 17:56 | 4 comments
Time At Work
20-12-2013 15:34 | 1 comment
Socialist International honours the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela
20-12-2013 05:59 | 1 comment
Time & Casual Work
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New People's Daily Building in China
07-12-2013 01:16 | 1 comment
An Imperfect Peace: Colombia's Civil War Nearing End
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Radical Routes Autumn Gathering 2013
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Durham Miners Gala 2013
Egypt: Insurrection or Interregnum?
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UG#650 - Fighting Nature To The Last Drop
People’s Assembly marks new stage in cuts resistance
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Anti-Capitalist sectarianism. (Part - 1)
VIOME: A Workers' Experiment with Global Appeal
Facebook Bans Message to Peter Jackson About Filming Bilderberg Protests
20-05-2013 11:57 | 8 comments
UG#637 - The Preliminaries Of A Vision (Of A World We Might Want)
On Known and Unknown Self (dis) Organisation.
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This Thursday 2nd May: Demonstrate at Primark Brighton
May Day: take action to remember the workers killed in Dhaka and worldwide.
28-04-2013 09:28 | 4 comments
Golden Dawn thrown into the sea by Anarchists
06-04-2013 23:02 | 2 comments
March of discontent: lessons in work struggles (Italy)
End the WTO and the Stop the new wave of Free Trade Agreements
Eco-Warriors Defeat Tory Council Thugs in the Second Battle of Enfield
18-03-2013 17:24 | 5 comments
get involved! - Come to the Stop G8 Network Meeting in London
11-03-2013 20:55 | 7 comments
I’ll miss Hugo Chavez
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The Great Tax-Cut Experiment and Corporate Taxes as % of Profits
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15-02-2013 20:54 | 4 comments
International Trade Union meeting/conference - Paris - March 22-24
It’s Official: UK Government’s Workfare Programme is Illegal Forced Labour
12-02-2013 14:01 | 3 comments
So What of the SWP Now?
13-01-2013 20:18 | 7 comments
Occupy Oakland, USA: The "Precarious and Service Workers Assembly"
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21-12-2012 20:19 | 7 comments
Enfield Council violently attacks eco-warriors and a bloodbath is possible
15-12-2012 18:39 | 9 comments
Anti-Austerity Protest, Manchester Report and Pics
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07-12-2012 23:40 | 1 comment
Union branch votes for one-state solution for Palestine
A good finale for 2012, a reason for joy in dismal times
Cambridge demo against 200 Tesco Drivers threatened with sack.
04-11-2012 20:27 | 3 comments
Obama has been warned that Global Warming will cause Extinction of Humanity
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Sheffield Unions back European strike
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Save the Bees Stop Bayer
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Public sector cuts
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