Life at the end of the welfare state, the true cost of benefits cuts and change highlighted in the following report.

New Economics Foundation:

After spending 18 months in some of London and Birmingham’s most deprived communities, our research – based on peer-led interviews and workshops – goes beyond figures to highlight the real human, social and economic costs of austerity:

“Even a delay in benefits for a week will send people over the edge”

“Debt advice demand has hugely increased. You wouldn’t believe the type of people the banks lent money to”

“People are on disability benefits for a reason…. it has a huge effect on their ability to stay well, to stay independent, to engage in their community”

“Our wages go on running the household – petrol, insurance, gas, tax, mortgage, all our money goes on that. At the end of all that there is nothing”

Please spread widely amongst your networks.

Everyday insecurity, life at the end of the welfare state – free download pdf

IWW John Lewis Cleaners Win Pay Rise

Monday 19 Novermber 2012 — The industrial Workers of the World are proud to announce their victory in their latest John Lewis cleaners’ campaign. On Friday 16 November, the IWW-unionised John Lewis cleaning staff employed by contractor Integrated Cleaning Management won a 9% pay rise as a result of their campaign.

The outsourced cleaners work at four different John Lewis sites in London and are employed by cleaning contractor Integrated Cleaning Management (ICM). This announcement follows a previous press release on Monday 12 November, in which IWW lodged a fresh pay dispute on behalf the IWW unionised cleaners at John Lewis, and a further press release on Wednesday 14 November, in which the IWW announced our intention to ballot the John Lewis cleaning staff for industrial action. The attached campaign press release can be downloaded at the bottom of this article.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 19 November 2012

Please Support Fellow Workers in Uganda – appeal for funds.

PROJECT THUNDER is as the name implies.

In this project we, the Industrial Workers of the World Uganda (IWW), (see the links below)

http://www.iww.org/en/content/industrial-worker-issue-1744-april-2012

http://www.iww.org/en/branches/Africa

intend to expose the rot, the brutal and cruel conditions most Ugandan workers operate under.

The project will involve making of a documentary film covering most workers from different departments at their places of work where possible and where this is not possible workers will be invited to the Regional Organisational Committee(ROC) office for the same.

Also pictorial (i.e still photo photographs )formats will be captured together with a worker/workers filling out a questionnaire.

During the process,the union members will while using bicycles distribute IWW print and electronic materials to the departments, Institutes  of higher learning and secondary school libraries in and around the Municipality/small city of Kabale.

At an interval of a fortnight, a seminar/discussion session will be held also is weekend  radio announcements and programmes on either of the two FM Radios, i.e Freedom Radio and Voice of Kigezi, in the municipality.

13th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival Now Seeks Entries.

Chicago Anarchist Film Festival organizers now seek videos to include in the 13th Chicago Anarchist Film Festival. For the 13th year, April 26-28, 2013 the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival will present the works of un- and under-distributed filmmakers world wide, who are engaged in providing radical entertainment, documenting social change, and projecting a world that could be. This is a film festival with an anarchist vision. We invite you to share your images and stories that reveal and invigorate a rich anarchist presence in society.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE- March 1, 2013

Guidelines:
All entries must be submitted with an entry form. A contributors statement and promotional material is appreciated. Please indicate availability and interest in attending the festival.

Submissions should be DVD (2 copies, any zone) or vhs (pal or ntsc). Videos that you would like to submit electronically we will watch, but if selected we must receive hard copies to avoid technical problems. Selection is based on time allocation, relevance, quality and resonance. There are no rewards or prizes beyond our appreciation and heartfelt thanks, but we will be collecting audience feedback which can be provided to contributors on request. All entrants will be updated on the status of their submissions as soon as possible. We ask the contributions be made with the anarchist spirit of community and celebration with which they will be received. Solidarity!

Shipping costs are the responsibility of the entrants. Videos will be returned upon request. To ensure prompt return of material, please enclose $3 per submission. Otherwise material submitted to the festival will become part of the CAFF library catalog and/or donated to a suitable community recipient.

MAIL ALL ENTRIES TO WITH ENTRY FORM (Available on website) to:
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival (CAFF)
1321 N Milwaukee Ave #453
Chicago IL 60642

CONTACT US:
CAFF at riseup dot net
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

Emergency Gaza Solidarity demo in Bournemouth square.

In response to the state of Israel’s continuing massacres in Gaza an emergency demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza was called by Dorset Socialists and  AUCB Students Union for Saturday 17th November; it was supported by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Wessex Solidarity, Solent Solfed and others. The reaction of the shoppers was mainly positive, with some choosing to join in. Best comment of the day came from a bloke who had to walk a few feet out of his way “This is all we bloody need at Christmas innit!” Christmas? It’s the middle of fucking November! Some folk have it really tough.

If the bombing’s still going on we’ll all be there again next Saturday 24th, bring your flags and banners, invite your mates!

More pictures by Graham Horne on Demotix

Bristol call outs 14th and 18th November.

Bristol Anti-cuts alliance:

On Wednesday November 14th, the European Trade Union Confederation has called a European Day of Action and Solidarity against austerity. Workers in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus & Malta are staging an International General Strike. In other countries workers will take action. At the initiative of Greeks and Spaniards living and working in Bristol, local activists and trades unionists are holding a solidarity protest on the Centre near Neptune’s statue from 5pm.

Please come if you can. Bring banners. All welcome.

Facebook event

For more information email admin@bristolanticutsalliance.

Bristol Solidarity Federation are planning to hold a protest picket against stores that continue to use the Workfare programme to recruit unpaid labour.

This will be held on Sunday 18th November 2012. Commencing 11.30am and we plan to finish at 1.00pm. We asking people to gather outside Poundland, 42 – 46 East Street, Bedminster. As part of our on-going campaign we are nationally targeting Poundland but we also recognise that other stores continue to profit from this source of free labour. Others that operate in Bedminster include Asda, Greggs,  McDonald’s, Poundstretcher, Savers, Shoe Zone, Super Drug and Wilkinsons.

We would like to call on your support to apply pressure to these stores.

Solidarity forever

Bristol Solidarity Federation.

Pubs to avoid: the Tiger inn Bridport.

If you’re ever in Bridport and passing the Tiger Inn, best keep walking!

Ok so we don’t normally do this sort of thing on the blog but…

After Autonomy Films monthly showing in Bridport we like to go for a pint, and since people are converging from all over the county and beyond, it’s good to have a chat. So about 20 comrades popped into the Tiger on Monday night; Simply Red was playing in the bar at ear-splitting volume, so loud in fact it was distorting. You really couldn’t help but comment on this, unless you were deaf already. The bar staff were obviously fed up of being asked to turn it down by the time we arrived – “nothing to do with us mate, it’s the boss” so we took ourselves off into a side room where we could just about hear ourselves think. Those workers are being subjected to noise levels that would be illegal in industry.

5 minutes later, in stumbles a drunken buffoon masquerading as a pub landlord – the dude’s just taken our money mind – “If you don’t like it you can fuck off” Swaying around and slurring incoherencies he puts hands on two comrades shoulders, presumably for support, selects a few people at random and orders them out. As we’ve got full glasses we inform him we will indeed be leaving, but in our own good time. More invective follows, then he turns the lights off and staggers away returning occasionally for a further rant.

Try the Bull; they do free peanuts.

Anti-Fascist Film showing Brighton Sunday 9th December

Brighton Anti-Fascists present a matinée showing of Casablanca: 1pm Sunday 9th December.

Although most famous as a classic Hollywood love story, Casablanca is far more than a wartime romance. Leading pair Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Bergman) are caught up in the struggle against Nazism as Ilsa seeks to escape Vichy Morocco with her fugitive husband Victor Lazlo, a legendary Czech resistance leader. On the run, Ilsa is reunited with Rick, a seemingly cynical American bar owner and lost love of Ilsa’s, who holds their only chance for freedom. Torn between his feelings for Ilsa and his idealistic past, Rick must decide: which side is he on?

 

Come as you are or Casablanca style. Prizes for the best dressed. 

A film benefit for Brighton Anti-Fascists. Tickets £7 and £6 concessions. 

Duke of Yorks Picture House Preston Circus Brighton BN1 4NA

Which side are you on?

John Lewis Cleaners in New Pay Dispute

Today, Monday 12th November, the Industrial Workers of the World union (IWW) have lodged a fresh pay dispute on behalf of outsourced cleaners at John Lewis. This follows an IWW cleaners strike at John Lewis in Oxford Street earlier in the year – the first strike in John Lewis history.

In the run up to Christmas and January sales, John Lewis can expect to see profits spike, bringing in £millions. Meanwhile, our members working in their buildings are earning minimum wage of just £6.19 p/h.

Budget cuts have seen their workloads increase, leading to stress, sickness and depression. But with no sick pay, they have to carry on regardless. Meanwhile, poverty pay means home life is a daily struggle.

The cleaners, working at four John Lewis sites in South London including the famous Peter Jones store in Sloane Square and the company HQ in Victoria, are not part of John Lewis’ famous ‘partnership’. Instead they are employed by a contractor, Integrated Cleaning Management Ltd. (ICM), part of the giant Compass Group Ltd.

But now these second class workers have had enough…

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday 12 November 2012

Day of action against Barnardo’s – 8 November

Following a series of documented assaults on migrant families held in Cedars, the appalling treatment of the Saleh family, and the damning HM Inspector of Prison’s report last month, anti-detention campaigners are calling on all concerned groups and individuals to join us in an intensive day of action  to ratchet up the campaign against Barnardo’s involvement in child detention.

Click banner above to get involved in the campaign.

Autonomy Film show and talk in Bridport – 2011 Riots: Sunday 11th November 2012.

7.00pm for 7.30pm, St. John’s Ambulance Hall, Rax Lane, Bridport.

£4 entry (less if you’re skint)

Autonomy Films
Bristol Radical History Group

Our future event dates, Bridport
Saturday December, 15th, 2012
Sunday January 13th, 2013

Other Events

3rd November Dorset Socialists meeting; The Resistible Rise of European Fascism. Speaker: Martin Smith (Unite Against Fascism)
Colliton Club, Dorchester. 1:30pm.  Free Admission.

6th November Yeovil and West Dorset Stop the War meeting;
Speaker; Lindsey German, national convener of Stop the War Coalition.
Unity Hall, Central Road,Yeovil, BA 20 IJL.
7pm. Free Admission.

7th November Bridport Feminist Network talk;
Women in Prison. Speaker; Rachel Halford director of Women in Prison.
Chapel in the Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LX.
7:30pm, Everyone welcome. £3 suggested donation.

11th November United Nations Association UK; Remembrance day parade with White Poppies.
Meet East St, between the Greyhound and Chancery Lane, by the flag of the United Nations Association( Independent of the UN).
10 – 10:30am, Procession in Armistice Day parade to St Mary’s Church for two-minute silence at 11 am.
All welcome to join with the Bridport Quakers who question military solutions and the militaristic nature of the parade.

If you want us to announce an event please email autofilm1@gmail.com at least 6 weeks in advance; or contact us to join the film mailing list.