Unemployed? Low wages? Bad sex life?! The ‘nation’ won’t help us!

Originally posted on Angry Workers of the World:

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A society where ‘profits’ are the main driving force and the gap between rich and poor keeps widening is unstable. Since 2008 we have lived in a state of worldwide crisis: after bank bailouts and cuts to spending, unemployment has risen, people have to move to find work and more people are competing for fewer jobs. But we have also seen an increase in struggles against the welfare cuts of the state, against ‘corrupt governments’ and attacks on wages and conditions – all over the globe. So the rulers have to come up with a strategy to push through their cuts and at the same time deal with our anger and discontent. Therefore it is no coincidence that in this situation we witness the re-emergence of nationalism: to divide-and-rule, politicians of most parties blame the ‘immigrants’ for the miserable situation, but at the same time they announce that they will…

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It’s just a simple idea

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Originally posted on WE SHALL OVERCOME! :

Every weekend across the UK we have an explosion of music and culture. It’s something to be proud of – Gigs, open mics, poetry, stand up. It makes our communities vibrant and strong. But we also know that in our communities people are being hit hard by homelessness and poverty. There is a human cost to the politics of austerity.

‘We Shall Overcome’ is a simple shout out to the people who make our culture happen – the musicians, artists, promoters. For one weekend, let’s do what we do but let’s do it under one unified banner – We Shall Overcome. Let’s do it together to show our solidarity and send a message that we don’t agree with austerity politics.

Let’s all work for free that weekend and encourage our audience to bring food for foodbanks or make donations to homeless projects. Sometimes when things feel hopeless, it’s good to sing, laugh and…

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It’s Time To Learn From History, Direct Action and Disobedience Is What Brings Governments Down

Originally posted on the void:

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In February 2003 over one million people marched in opposition to the invasion of Iraq.  The mass protest, one of the largest in the UK’s history, was peaceful but determined and organised in full co-operation with the authorities.  An army of stewards prevented sit down protests on the march and ensured that the huge crowd was ushered, efficiently and without incident, into a pre-arranged rally in Hyde Park.   Here trade union bureacrats, Labour MPs and z-list celebrity left-wingers made fiery speeches promising this was just the beginning of a militant peace movement that would stop the war.

A month later US and UK forces began a series of devastating air strikes on Iraq.  The war had begun, and it would kill hundreds of thousands of people.

Marches against the Iraq war continued, organised by the Stop the War Coalition (StWC), which was now little more than a front for the…

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If you drink in Wetherspoons – be honest, vote UKIP – racist bastards.

coronetAs reported in the Irish Times The self-important bigoted pricks behind J.D. Wetherspoons plumbed new depths in 2011 when they barred delegates of the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain, a charitable organisation, and their guests from The Coronet pub on Holloway Road after their A.G.M. The Travellers successfully sued the chain for racial discrimination and each of them has been awarded £3,000 in compensation. Yet more proof of the reactionary mindset of Wetherspoons’ bosses.

If you drink in Wetherspoons, Be honest, vote UKIP, get a swastika tattooed on your forehead. Wetherspoons is UKIP, it stands for an anti-working class community-destroying corporate oligopoly of rich parasites exploiting their workforce and selling a grotesque parody of working class culture to their eager serfs.

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Unite Hotel and Hospitality Workers Branch Demo Thursday May 21st

Grosvenor House Marriott Hotel 86 Park Lane, W1K7TN London.

May 21st is National Waiters Day. This is an Industry sponsored event, involving a race in Hyde Park for waiting staff. The day aims to incentivise people to enter the profession. What isn’t talked about are the poor conditions, poverty wages, anti-union attitudes, Zero Hours contracts and Service Charge fiddling by Management meaning you don’t actually get your full tips.

On this day we plan to highlight the need for collective fightback, organisation and unions. We will be taking our protest to the birthplace of the Zero Hours Contract – the luxury Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

Back in 1983, waiters on casual contracts working in the Banqueting Suite of the Grovsenor House hotel tried to organise a union and were dismissed. They took their case to court claiming unfair dismissal. The employer, represented by Alexander Irvine QC who later went on to become Chancellor under the Tony Blair Labour government, argued that the workers did not have equal rights with the other waiters because they were ‘casuals’ and not ’employees’.

The bosses won, case law was established and this paved the way for the Hotel and Hospitality sector to become the incubator for Zero Hours contracts. Since then we’ve seen them spread to other industries. Thirty years on, and waiting staff at Grosvenor House still do not have permanent contracts.

At 4pm, when the starting gun fires for the Industry’s race in Hyde Park, we’ll start our protest, over the road, representing the real race we see – the race to the bottom, based on our work and our wages.

Prior to our colourful mass action at the Grosvenor, we’ll have two lunchtime protests at Cafe Rouge (or should it be Cafe Rogue? – they charge 10% ‘admin fee’ just for putting tips into workers’ bank accounts) and Pizza Express (8% charge) focusing on Fair Tips. Details TBA.

So JOIN US, on Reclaim Waiters Day, Take action on zero hours, stolen tips, low pay and union busting. Let’s wait no more for justice! Take over the industry’s hashtags – #BeProud and #NWD x

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