Hunger, Homelessness and Despair, The Stark Reality of the Benefit Cap

the void

benefit-cap2It is hard to imagine a more poisonous piece of legislation than the lowered Benefit Cap, set to be introduced this Autumn, which will plunge quarter of a million children into desperate housing insecurity and possible homelessness.

This will be the third time that the Benefit Cap – which limits the weekly amount that can be received in benefits – has been lowered in just five years.  In 2011 George Osborne capped Housing Benefit in a sweeping move which made much of central London unaffordable for those unable to work due to childcare responsibilities, sickness or unemployment.  Then in 2013 benefits were capped further, at £500 a week for a family with children, extending the problem of unaffordability out to Greater London, the Home Counties and beyond, with many large cities seeing families affected.  And now the cap is to be lowered again, to around £440 a week in London…

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New economy, same old union-busting: reinstate Imran!

Cautiously pessimistic

The UberEATS drivers are calling on people to join them from 8am on Tuesday to demand the reinstatement of Imran, a driver who was sacked for his role in the strike. They also still want the London Living Wage. If you’re around in London, join them from 8-10am on Tuesday at Black Swan Yard, London, SE13, United Kingdom.

#UberEatsSTRIKE | Join Us On The Streets!
Rather than seeking to resolve the issue, Uber-Eats decided to ‘deactivate’ a.k.a. sack Imran Siddiqui, a lead activist in the Living Wage campaign, without any notification or cause.

Join us on the streets to call for Uber-Eats to clean up the mess they have made and pay the London Living Wage to their couriers.

We Say:

UBER-EATS: REINSTATE IMRAN SIDDIQUI IMMEDIATELY AND PAY THE LONDON LIVING WAGE NOW!

Twitter: follow @IWGB_CLB and @UVWunion, tweet #UBEREATSstrike

Following on from that, the UVW union will also be…

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UBER Eats: the next Deliveroo?

Cautiously pessimistic

Uber Eats wildcat strike

An announcement from the United Voices of the World union states that:

“…the UBER Eats drivers… are also going on STRIKE!

Yes, that’s right, UBER Eats drivers are going on strike over their poverty wages! No employee status, no employee obligations: Wildcat strikes all the way!

Big things are happening people. The times are changing. Wake up, keep up and get involved!

There’ll be a mass rally in solidarity with hundreds of brave and inspiring UBER Eats drivers this Friday. Details to follow so stay tuned.”

That seems to be pretty much all the public information for now, so keep an eye on the UVW and IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch social media presences for more info in the next few days. The Telegraph and Bloomberg have both picked up on the story already, although neither of them have that much to add to it. So far, unlike…

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The Case For No Borders (Discussion Night)

Bristol Anarchist Federation

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When: 7pm Tuesday 20th September
At: Hydra Books, Old Market
Cost: Free/Donation
Alt Bristol  &  Facebook

After a break for August our monthly discussion nights are back with A Case for No Borders!

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Je suis burkini! By Mal Content.

Content warning: mention of racial violence and sexual abuse.

headscarfYou couldn’t make it up: an adult woman is resting with her family on a crowded public beach, wearing black leggings and a turquoise long-sleeved shirt, with a matching headscarf, the kind that covers only the hair. She is approached by four heavily armed men, who menace her with a pepper spray, to demand she remove an item of clothing, such as to expose more of her skin to public view. The officious pricks then appear to issue some form of penalty notice, her crime is: “Wearing clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism”

Police patrol the beach at Nice in enforcement of an ordinance imposed by more than 20 municipalities in France aimed at the unfortunately named ‘’burkini’ a piece of sportswear that bears no resemblance to the burqua. If anything it’s like a two-piece wetsuit made of fabric, but it looks too ‘Islamic’ to the French burghers, who have taken it upon themselves to regulate feminine swimwear. The 34-year-old mother, who gave her name as Siam, said: “I had no intention of swimming.” I fail to see how her treatment is other than sexual abuse at the hands of the state.

The justifications given are embarrassingly facile. It reminds the bureaucrats of the garb worn by self-styled Islamic State troops and is deemed a provocation to the secular and broadminded French public. Incredibly, the assumption that Muslim women are always attired under the coercion of male relatives is also used, to justify imposing a penalty on the women themselves. The mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet claims swimming in a burkini is “unhygienic”, he’s never worn a wetsuit in cold water then; SCUBA diving in February, we all used to piss in them to warm up. I can’t think of much less hygienic than swimming in the Mediterranean anyway, it is after all, a body of water in which billions of things shit, fuck and die.

Aside from religious observance, there are many reasons why a person of any gender might choose to cover their skin: sensitivity to light, sun- or wind- burn, allergies, injury, skin disease or disfigurement, or bashfulness, which is no crime. The garment offers protection not only from lecherous glances, but harmful ultraviolet rays, insects, jellyfish and other stingers that abound in these waters.

I think religion is bollocks, but so is the French concept of secularism, the creation of Joseph Fouché, the ‘butcher of Lyon’, who was enforcer for the Revolution’s National Convention, then Napoleon Bonaparte’s police minister, and ironically also the architect of modern policing with all its arbitrary pettiness and treachery.

So, a stupid law, that appears to apply only to female members of an ethnic minority, shows up law enforcement, and law itself, for what it has always been: the feeble posturing of inadequates in response to events they can neither influence, nor be bothered to analyse properly. The guardians of the French state are clueless as its colonial chickens come home to roost. Within living memory, that same state and its bastard offspring the O.A.S. slaughtered thousands of Algerian civilians, no surprise then, that many of its home-grown jihadists are of Algerian heritage. The death throes of the Roman Empire lasted hundreds of years; is it reasonable for the western powers to assume as soon as they’ve shut down the concentration camps, knocked off the rape and pillage and turned over the keys to the governor’s mansion they will simply be regarded as good neighbours?

Not that the R&P ever stopped in the battle for the Middle East that has raged ever since one Winston Churchill decided to switch the British Navy’s preferred fuel from coal to oil. This followed hard on a ferocious labour dispute in the Welsh coalfields resolved only by martial law, the recent discovery of petroleum in Iran and the formation of Anglo-Persian Oil (now B.P.) pretty much everything else has flowed – or rather been pumped – from that.

A youth walking the street in a hoody and baseball cap is more anonymous than a woman in a burkini. As for facial veiling, the recent obsession with exposing the face to scrutiny has been driven not by a love of openness and sociability but by the ubiquity of surveillance cameras and the invention of facial recognition software. We are not deceived, we mask up on demo’s not to scare the taxpayers but because we don’t want to be photographed, simple as that.

When I was growing up you could get in a fight at the bus stop for wearing the wrong trousers; you got beaten up for having long hair then you got beaten up for having short hair. Punks, hippies, Rastas, skinheads, got the blame for everything and were assumed by default to be up to no good; respectably dressed couples would show their disdain by spitting in your direction. “Are you a boy or a girl?” “Let’s see what you’ve got in your pocket, son.” “You’ll never get a job looking like that”. Hard to believe now that middle-management types get tattooed and shave their heads.

I will never accept anyone telling another how to present themselves, if you do that, you’re a prick.

Red And Black telly: HOW MUCH LONGER CAN THIS SOCIAL/POLITICAL PEACE CONTINUE?

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti; judicially murdered by the U.S. state 23rd August 1927

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