UK Social Struggles Newswire Archive
05-02-2009 08:12On a chilly Monday morning in midtown Manhattan, demonstrators displayed powerful messages of solidarity with food and retail workers, demanding fair wages and treatment while sending a prominent message to bosses: “You can’t keep the workers down, New York is a union town!”
05-02-2009 07:58Donald Trump, the American tycoon behind the theme-park golf course set to trash the beautiful Ayrshire coast, has been linked to plans to expand Aberdeen airport. Not content with making a mockery of the Scottish government by ignoring local decision makers (not to mention 9 of the holes being built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest)
04-02-2009 23:13DEMONSTRATE WITH HACKNEY'S HIDDEN HOMELESS!
Hackney Council has neglected and abandoned their temporary accommodation residents!
Demonstrate for good housing! We want immediate repairs, fair rent and suitable homes!
04-02-2009 23:10Recession combined with globalization and the weakening of Labour laws in Europe, is providing some employers with the incentive and the means to minimize their wage costs and weaken the bargaining power of organised workers. Recently this has taken the form of subcontracting out work to firms employing workers from abroad which is being opposed by industrial action under the slogan "British jobs for British workers".
For the first time in my life I resent paying my taxes. Until now I have seen this annual amputation as a civic duty - like giving blood - necessary to sustain the life of a fair society. Suddenly I see it as an imposition. Its purpose has reverted to that of the middle ages: subsidising the excesses of a parasitic class. A high proportion of the taxes I pay will be used to bail out companies which have used every imaginable ruse to avoid paying any themselves.
04-02-2009 22:00A recent post about Obama being a role model for black people made me think about Lady Thatcher - the woman outside of her politics - seeking a path to power in context of Barack Obama and his journey to power.
04-02-2009 21:43Extremist rabbis and their followers, bent on waging holy war against the Palestinians, are taking over the Israeli army by stealth, according to critics.
04-02-2009 21:27On a rainy November 13th evening in NYC a large group of people gathered in Times Square, and then marched to the headquarters of GHI, a non-profit health insurance company which faces privatization. The marchers were demonstrating in support of the passage of HR 676, a bill for national single-payer healthcare, and against the proposed privatization of GHI/HIP.
04-02-2009 20:24Immigrants awaiting deportation who are being held in a private jail run by the GEO Group began a protest last Saturday, January 31. The protest began after a group of immigrant prisoners attempted to meet with the detention facility’s authorities, demanding that a gravely ill detainee be released from solitary confinement and be taken immediately to a hospital. The prison authorities refused to listen and did not take action. The detainees responded by protesting after being ignored.
04-02-2009 20:05Within the past two years, Democrats in Washington DC have spent more than $1.5 trillion to help rescue the struggling U.S. economy out of the worst recession since the Great Depression; now, both Houses of Congress are fast-tracking a stimulus package for President Barack Obama that will likely cost the nation more than $1 trillion. Socialists nationwide are rejecting this new call for deficit spending and are calling for programs that will meet the short and long term needs of the nation and create immediate employment for the millions of working people that are unemployed or under-employed.
04-02-2009 16:08Not on the Plane! Soon to be on a train
Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons, Mahmood, Qadeer, Zaheer and Safeer were not put on their removal flight to Pakistan yesterday evening after their Scottish lawyer managed to successfully lodge and application for 'First Orders' in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
Many thanks to everyone who faxed, phoned and emailed on their behalf.
We will see them back in Glasgow - were they belong - as soon as tomorrow!
Rashida's lawyer has just phoned to say that Rashida and her family are being released from detention tomorrow and will be coming back to Glasgow!
Background: Rashida Yasmeen and her four sons
04-02-2009 07:38A look into the way that Housing Benefits managers have designed the service around looking good in the Audit Commission Comprehensive Performance Assessment (and therefore the press releases) rather than what claimants need.
03-02-2009 22:56Seems worth publishing a few resources for those who want to think about the process, content and ramifications of the ongoing wildcat strikes that have been happening all over the UK since last week
03-02-2009 22:54Two hundred workers have occupied the historic Waterford Crystal plant and visitor centre at Kilbarry near Waterford, Ireland. The occupation was launched on Friday in response to the decision by the failed company's receiver to cease manufacturing production, lock out and sack some 480 workers. Local shops have supplied food and drinks.
03-02-2009 22:33Climate Justice Assembly Declaration, Belem, Brazil 1st February 2009
03-02-2009 21:55In a move that threatens tens of thousands of jobs and a further worsening of conditions for postal workers, the government has approved the partial privatisation of Royal Mail, the UK's state-run postal service.
03-02-2009 20:50There are plans to build a deadly "Super Virus Lab & Animal Testing facility on the Somers Town council house estate. The lab plans have been criticised by MI5, MPs, councillors & local residents. The lab will hold dealdy viruses such as Anthrax and Bird flu. Foot & Mouth disease was leaked form similar govt facilty Pirbright in Surrey. The lab will hold animals such as cats & dogs.