Fascists in the Weymouth area will be looking for a new hole after the George Inn (!) hitherto used for EDL meetings, had its licence suspended by the council following a police raid and 7 arrests for the supply of class A and B drugs. People arrested included the landlord one Mr Samways, the landlady and other staff members.
Locals report that the the Park Hotel is also crawling with fascists – where do they all come from? Time for a cull.
National Garment Workers Federation.
There has been one fire after another in the horrible slums where mainly garment workers and other poor people live – the workers themselves feel as if it is part of a plot to clear the cities of slums and poor people.
Now the NGWF have started distribution of emergency support to those affected by the fires. In the meantime there have been local collections from workers, members and well-wishers, some friendly International organizations also responded.
3 proposals were considered to distribute relief packages to the value of 2000 Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) to each worker – equivalent to about £15.34 – either in cash, a mixture of goods and cash or rice and cash.
Over 3 days the NGWF provided support to 1200 affected workers out of a list of 3,500, on 20th October each person received one 10kg bag of rice, and BDT 1600 in cash; on 23rd and 25th October they provided BDT 2000 to each person. However this list is still growing for two reasons: many affected workers expected help from the government, factory owners or NGOs of which only one called BRAC responded; secondly many were isolated and did not feel free to come forward until they saw others receiving help.
Our own class struggle is futile unless we stand together with our Fellow Workers around the globe. Only by establishing ties with those who produce most of the goods we consume and spend our own wages on can we truly recognize our common interest. We must re-establish the social relationship between producer and consumer which capitalism reduces to the exchange of tokens. Only together can we take on our common enemy in global capital, their fight is our fight.
We extend our solidarity to our comrades in NGWF, we hope shortly to have an address to make contributions to their efforts.
Pictures from distribution:
The Guardian: Why we must own up to the human cost of our obsession with cheap clothes Article from 2010 after 100 workers died in a fire.
Class Actions – The Internationale.
Despite everyone’s best efforts, phone calls, petitions, e-mails etc, to the fascist state’s UKBA, Theresa May, hypocritical Barnardo’s and cynical Egypt Air – and spirited direct action – we regret to report the family were forced on to the charter flight PVT070 to Egypt at 8am today – the flight cost you £60,000.
18th October, 6 am. UK Border Agency raids an address in Cardiff – the home of Fariman Saleh and two of her children Ibrahim and Lyali. It’s early in the morning, but the officers don’t pass unnoticed by the neighbourhood, and the friends of the family are all out in the street to protest that the family not be taken away, 20 days before a hearing date for a judicial review of Fariman’s case.
Fariman Saleh, a TV presenter from Egypt, arrived in the UK in 2007 to claim asylum after fleeing from 15 years of domestic abuse; rape in marriage is not illegal in Egypt; Fariman’s husband was never prosecuted for his crimes because of his privileged position within the Egyptian establishment. The Saleh family have been residents of Cardiff ever since and have many friends in this country. Both children are excellent students held in high regard by their teachers; Ibrahim is studying electronic engineering at college; it is unlikely that the corrupt administration in Egypt will make any attempt to save them from violent death.
While the family were staying in the UK, her husband’s impregnation of a servant led the family to threaten her children with death. In order to protect her younger daughter back in Egypt, Mrs Saleh told the UKBA that she was from Iraq; an entirely reasonable and necessary precaution under the desperate circumstances in which the family found itself. In fact the UKBA confirmed that the child’s life was in danger in Egypt by reuniting her with her mother and siblings in the UK; this has however prejudiced her claim for asylum. A court order obtained by Mrs Saleh’s husband provides that if she is found in Egypt the police are to return her to him and allow him to take her children by force; she has been threatened with honour-based violence for leaving the family home. This and other pieces of documentary evidence submitted to the UKBA by Mrs Saleh’s former solicitors are the subject of a pending data protection request by their present representatives.
Borders activists occupy Barnardo’s HQ over child detention: – London No Borders
UPDATE FROM SHROUK: “I just received a phone call from the detention centre, my mother has slit her writs and the bathroom was flooded in blood. She wrote with the blood on the walls that she only wants to save her children.”
Shroukie’s family LATEST: coach blocked for 5 hours, fingers crossed … “A judge granted an injunction then withdrew it after being contacted by UKBA (which is unlawful as they are supposed to go through a formal appeal process). They were due to leave the prison at 1.30AM. They were held up by supporters for 5 hours until 6.30AM, including one person who jumped the fence and locked themselves under the bus. Literally dozens of police vehicles, and dog teams were set on the protestors. One supporter (the locked-on person) arrested, one hospitalised.”
Fariman Saleh’s Unlawful deportation – LGBT Excellence centre
From the Save Saleh Family facebook page: – “The solicitors are taking the matter of last night and this morning’s conduct very seriously and we are fully behind them in all their decisions. The completely unreasonable behaviour of the UKBA towards Mrs Saleh and her children should be challenged. The fight is not over yet! An enormous thank you to everyone involved, we were in touch with the family a few hours ago as they stopped in Italy to change flights. Ibrahim told us that the guards had used force against him last night.
Amazing response from everybody, we’re really thankful for all your efforts. If you have a minute, please share the following:
Here’s all 3 “sign and shares”
Denied, detained, deported: the story of Mrs Saleh – by Lucie Jade of Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales
The fight continues – No borders, no gods, no masters!
Full police statement:
Ed Miliband booed for promising cuts to TUC anti-cuts march – 20th October 2012
The Solidarity Federation will be at the London Anarchist Bookfair again this year. It will be the first place you can get your hands on our new pamphlet ‘Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle’. Our other publications will also be available alongside books, posters and tshirts. This year the Solidarity Federation will be presenting the following talks:
Nobody Expects The Solidarity Federation! – Room 318, 11-12
Stuff Your Sexist Boss – Room 326, 2-3
Introduction to Anarcho-Syndicalism – Room 323, 4-5
Don’t Just Moan, Organise! An introduction to the Solidarity Federation Workplace Organiser Training Programme – Room 321, 5-6
They are going to give us an outlet for our misery while they do their best to help this government of comedy toffs save capitalism. On our behalf they are going to bleat and beg the selfish millionaires, very loudly – until they get their seat in the house of lords.
Who wants to work? There is plenty to do, to be sure, saving the environment, feeding and housing the people, eradicating poverty and disease; but the only activity which will earn you a qualified right to survive in their warped universe is that which enriches someone else.
The TUC echoes the bourgeoisie in fetishising work and money – we already have too much of of both!
Save the economy! Create jobs, stimulate economic growth – which is nothing more than the expansion of debt. We must work longer for less, why? Their money is just other people’s debt and worthless unless someone is prepared to work for it, fuck ’em! All we need is a fair distribution of resources and and end to wastefully producing commodities for exchange.
Fuck the economy, save the planet and the people, it’s time we took back the world we built with our hands, eyes and brains and put it to our own use.
If you can’t be arsed to listen to speeches from a load of career politicians and time-servers who aspire to nothing better than changing sides in the class war:
Stay free, stay safe, no comment, see you on the streets!
Please sign our petition
Just in: a press release from our comrades in the National Garment Workers’ Federation of Bangladesh – more to follow soon.
Another fire, 4,000 more garment workers affected seriously.
Garment workers held demonstration demanding support for the affected.
Allegation against Government, factory owners, buyers & NGOs of being inattentive
Huge number of garment workers today, Friday October 12 at 11:00am, formed a long human chain in front of National Press Club in Dhaka city demanding support for the fire-victims of Begun Bari and Sattala slums inferno. The workers, holding red-flags, took out a procession after the human chain and paraded important city streets. National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) organized the program. Over 7,000 people of which more than 4,000 are garment workers were seriously affected in devastating fire at Sattala slum under Mohakhali area in Dhaka city on October 7, 2012… Read full press release
National Garment Workers Federation ( NGWF )
We, the Industrial Workers of the World want to express our deep concern and strong condemnation for the suspension of the SOAS cleaner, leading activist of the Justice for Cleaners campaign and UNISON rep Lenin Escudero, who has been suspended from his job by the cleaning contractor, ISS, on the 5 September 2012 for refusing to obey to his manager’s request to carry out extra work on top of his normal duties on an unpaid basis. Lenin is being subject to a disciplinary procedure on Monday 08 October 2012 that might result in his dismissal simply for refusing to take on duties not specified in his job description… Full press release pdf
“…Liberals are deluded if they think we should “turn the other cheek”. WE SAY BOLLOCKS. Fascists attack – WE FIGHT BACK. The local Asian youths did themselves – and our city – proud with a great display of militancy and courage. That is exactly what the anti-fascist movement needs if we are to move beyond merely symbolic victories to actually sweeping the fascist scum off our streets. The UAF control of the march was a problem and the UAF proclaiming a victory on the megaphone against the fascists before the EDL/SDL had arrived was and is fantasy, if anything it was around a score draw taking everything into consideration…”
Good work comrades!
“…The choice is clear; the trade unions and their members can continue to hide behind the ‘only doing me job’excuse; they can continue to proclaim that as trade unionists they are the working class and therefore can do whatever the fuck they want because nobody else matters, or they can start thinking about a wider definition of the class and the need for united action. Choose the first option and you may well find that Checky Watch is the least of your problems…”
The current repression against Maruti workers is severe – since the unrest on 18th of July 2012 over 150 workers have been arrested, more than 500 permanent workers have been fired, more than 1,500 temporary workers might have lost their – or rather ‘this’ – job and over a thousand state and private cops have been stationed in and around the Maruti factory in order to secure industrial ‘peace’. Repression tends to focus our view and acts on itself – it forces us to react, instead of acting ourselves. These are difficult times for engaging in critical analysis of the struggles of our class. To criticise our own activities while the enemy attacks seems rather paradox or untimely – but we think it is necessary.
CSAAWU 21 September 2012
In the past few weeks we have seen the escalation of attacks on the South African working class by bosses and the state that protects them. We have seen the state massacre workers on strike fighting for a living wage. This is not an isolated instance of attack against the working class but rather an ongoing feature of a system that puts profit before human needs. Structural violence is committed against workers everyday – they are forced to suffer abuse, poverty wages, unemployment, ill health and intolerable living conditions. Brutal repression is used against workers when they stand up against this.
This happens on the mines, in factories, on farms … read more
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
FOR A RURAL LAND FREE FROM HUNGER AND POVERTY!
For more information contact CSAAWU at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone +27835462911.
To make solidarity donations to CSAAWU: Bank: Standard Bank; Account number: 072003596; Account name: CSAAWU; Branch name: Tyger Manor; Branch code: 050410; Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ