“Welcome to the Pre-Strike Solidarity Piss Up!” Lured by the prospect of free food and a chance to distribute some seditious propaganda, your correspondent braved the miserable weather to attend a rather unique event – at least round here. Hosted by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Trades Union Council ahead of the public sector pensions strike on Thursday, for those not balloted to express solidarity with the strikers and pickets. Speakers were: David Higgins (Unison), Michael Derbyshire (PCS), Berewyn Long (PCS), Neil Duncan-Jordan (BCPTUC President), Mandy Priest (PCS) and Steve Attwill (Unite).
Beer and sandwiches – but not a mention of Milliband and his cronies, the hum in the hall was all about direct action, wildcats and bashing the fash – or maybe that was just me… Excellent musical entertainment from Cath Burke. To close the show, Darren and Cath attempted a rendition of “There is power in a Union”; now I can’t sing – but at least I know all the words!
It’s now clear to anyone half awake that we need to respond to capitalism’s final crisis as a class – if we don’t sort ourselves out this dying regime will be replaced by something even nastier. Public and private, skilled and unskilled, contract and casual, employed and unemployed, residents and tenants, disabled, retired, students; these are artificial divisions imposed on us by a system not of our making. We must rise together and take control of our own lives, once and for all.
“An injury to one is an injury to all!”
The bat-shit crazy swastika arm-bandit Colin Smith is standing for the fascist BNP in the forthcoming Bournemouth council by-election for Redhill and Northbourne on Thursday, 31st May
Comrades: we’re not fucking having it, are we!
If you have any more info on this cunt, let us know.
Cllr Sue Anderson, tory incumbent for Moordown ward in Bournemouth, showed her true colours on Twitter – “nobody else except the EDL stick up for the English” She has a history of making stupid comments. Whoever voted for this freak?
From Bournemouth Echo:
The irrepressible South Wales Anarchists and comrades celebrated Mayday with an anarchist picnic in the city centre. Assorted free literature, free food in the shape of bread rolls and spicy veg stew provided by Food Not Bombs Cardiff plus free entertainment from local acts busking in the shadow of Nye Bevan’s statue. A sunny day brought a crowd out and some interesting conversations were had.
The event also marks the launch of their stylish new website The A Hole.
We also managed to slot in a couple of workfare pickets: Primark and Poundland, I can report that management and security at both are proper bell-ends. We then adjourned to the boozer and it all gets a bit hazy after that…
May Day is our day! – International Workers’ Day, and this is what it’s all about: The Anarchist origins of May Day (pdf)
Mayday roundup from London