H&B really are taking the piss; having announced that no less than a quarter of their workforce is to be unpaid – and heavily subsidised by the taxpayer through the offices of Chris Grayling’s mendacious cronies.
So it was with some relish that we descended on our local purveyors of quack remedies to neurotic old hippies. Under the banner of Wessex Solidarity, members of IWW, Solent Solfed, Portsmouth Anarchists, Bournemouth Uncut and Surrey/Hants Afed picketed two branches of this bogus medicine show, later we were joined by a couple of SWP. A letter was handed to staff explaining the action along with a copy of Solfed’s Workfare Pamphlet.
Our ginger ninja on the megaphone harangued passers-by with her acidic wit while the punters scurried in in search of cures for their creaky joints, failing eyesight and uncompliant third leg.
The manager showed up: “are you allowed to be here?” What? On a pavement in a shopping precinct on a Saturday! He claimed to be ‘creating jobs’ then bemoaned the fact that we were going to cost him his £59 bonus; we were all set to move on to the next one when we found out he’d called the plod with some spurious allegations so we had to hang around on principle. “Who’s in charge?” – where do they get it from? Our letter now in the hands of babylon we can all expect some traffic on our web sites over the next few days.
As time was cracking on the group then split, a second H&B was picketed while Bournemouth uncut did their thing at vodafone. Having run out of fliers we reunited in top shop on our way to the pub; we brightened up when the guvnor announced security were going to “remove us using force” but they evidently didn’t fancy it and called plod again. I think it was the same copper, they all look the same to me.
One thing that struck us from talking to people was how many posties there are who are pissed off with their jobs and their union. if any CWU members are reading this give us a shout and we’ll put you in touch with others who want to do something – and don’t forget the picket of CWU headquarters on Monday!
We intend a picket/leaflet of one of the national firms participating in a workfare scheme, in the Bournemouth area. This will be followed by a communications blockade on the 2nd. The lucky recipient of our attentions will be revealed in due course – watch this space – but I bet you’ve got a pretty good idea! This is a nationwide initiative originating from the Solidarity Federation but now taken up by a wide range of anti-workfare groups across the country.
Food Not Bombs shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?
Started in mid – 2011, Mindsetbreaker Press/Distro is maintained by a tiny number of people specifically working on publishing and circulating anarchist literature at the local level, besides existing projects and campaigns being carried out by members; such as infoshops, info events and other autonomous activities. We also want to reach local anarchist politics abroad and hope to build solidarity with people in other continents in whatever way possible. Mindsetbreaker Press and Distro operates in the local anarchist infoshop that almost run out of money to pay for rent. We wanted to sell our journal abroad to keep our press and distro going, publish more local literature and raise some extra money to pay the rent of the infoshop, 3,000 peso a month.
We always need donations and financial support to maintain our projects. If you are interested in getting our magazine via mail order this would be very helpful and appreciated. Contact us
Gasera Journal is a compilation of anarchist writings covering insights about history, politics and anarchism in the Philippines, autonomous struggles, reconsidering black bloc in the local context and transnational community building and more…
Most people will have heard about the CWU leadership endorsing the Royal Mail’s participation in the workfare scheme, whilst at the same time ignoring rank and file members views on forced labour and attacks on workers rights.
Concerned posties from SOLFED, IWW, Boycott Workfare, and CWU send you the following call out, and request for solidarity.
Gurgaon in the industrial belt of Delhi is presented as the shining India, a symbol of capitalist success promising a better life for everyone… Behind the facade, behind the factory walls and in the side streets of the industrial areas thousands of workers keep the rat-race going, producing cars and scooters for the middle-waged classes which end up in the traffic jam on the new highway between Delhi and Gurgaon. Thousands of young proletarianised post-graduates lose time, energy and academic aspirations on night-shifts in call centres, selling loan schemes to working-class people in the US or pre-paid electricity schemes to the poor in the UK. Next door, thousands of rural-migrant workers up-rooted by the rural crisis stitch and sew for export, competing with their angry brothers and sisters in Bangladesh, China or Vietnam… Read more:
If you want to know more about working and struggling in Gurgaon or even contribute to this project, please do so via: Gurgaon workers news
IWW Cleaners and Allied Trades, London – Dear friends, compañeros, on the 5th March 2012, after a long and high profile campaign, the IWW secured yet another victory for our cleaner members employed at Exchange Tower who will now be paid the London Living Wage of £8.30 per hour.
URGENT PROTEST JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS AT THOMPSONS REUTERS FRIDAY 16 MARCH, 5:00 PM
The following events are taking place during March, your support would be greatly appreciated.
21st March – Budget Day Vigil – Bournemouth Square – 6pm
24th March– BPACC street stall – Boscombe – meet just outside entrance to Sovereign Centre – 10.30pm.
28th March – This day is likely to see smaller level strikes regarding the pensions injustice. Details of a local rally to follow once confirmed.
31st March – Is International Day of Action against capitalism.
UK groups are focussing on workfare and Wessex Solidarity is supporting this campaign; despite the government’s recent apparent climb down, the issue is not resolved. Details to follow – get in touch to get involved.
3rd April – Public Meeting regarding the future of local hospitals – The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Conference Room, Education Centre, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth. BH7 7DW. – 6pm
To contact BPACC see link to the right of the page.
Reel News have been asked to go on a solidarity trip to Greece in two
weeks time. The delegation trip will last three days, but we are
planning to go for two weeks in order to report about different aspects
of the Greek resistance on film and photo.
We need to raise £1,500 very quickly to cover the costs and to pay the
bills we have this month before we go.
One of our comrades submitted the following freedom of information request:
Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Please could you provide a list of organisations signed up to
provide unpaid work placements under the mandatory Work Activity
and Mandatory Work Programme schemes as referred by Jobcentre Plus,
and the name of the linked providers in the Poole and Bournemouth