Holland & Barrett pickets.

H&B really are taking the piss; having announced that no less than a quarter of their workforce is to be unpaid – and heavily subsidised by the taxpayer through the offices of Chris Grayling’s mendacious cronies.

So it was with some relish that we descended on our local purveyors of quack remedies to neurotic old hippies. Under the banner of Wessex Solidarity, members of IWW, Solent Solfed, Portsmouth Anarchists, Bournemouth Uncut and Surrey/Hants Afed picketed two branches of this bogus medicine show, later we were joined by a couple of SWP. A letter was handed to staff explaining the action along with a copy of Solfed’s Workfare Pamphlet.

Our ginger ninja on the megaphone harangued passers-by with her acidic wit while the punters scurried in in search of cures for their creaky joints, failing eyesight and uncompliant third leg.

The manager showed up: “are you allowed to be here?” What? On a pavement in a shopping precinct on a Saturday! He claimed to be ‘creating jobs’ then bemoaned the fact that we were going to cost him his £59 bonus; we were all set to move on to the next one when we found out he’d called the plod with some spurious allegations so we had to hang around on principle. “Who’s in charge?” – where do they get it from? Our letter now in the hands of babylon we can all expect some traffic on our web sites over the next few days.

As time was cracking on the group then split, a second H&B was picketed while Bournemouth uncut did their thing at vodafone. Having run out of fliers we reunited in top shop on our way to the pub; we brightened up when the guvnor announced security were going to “remove us using force” but they evidently didn’t fancy it and called plod again. I think it was the same copper, they all look the same to me.

One thing that struck us from talking to people was how many posties there are who are pissed off with their jobs and their union. if any CWU members are reading this give us a shout and we’ll put you in touch with others who want to do something – and don’t forget the picket of CWU headquarters on Monday!

A las Barricadas…

March 31st day of action against workfare!

 

In support of the three days of action against austerity called by the International Workers’ Association and the M31 European day of action against capitalism called by various groups.

We intend a picket/leaflet of one of the national firms participating in a workfare scheme, in the Bournemouth area. This will be followed by a communications blockade on the 2nd. The lucky recipient of our attentions will be revealed in due course – watch this space – but I bet you’ve got a pretty good idea! This is a nationwide initiative originating from the Solidarity Federation but now taken up by a wide range of anti-workfare groups across the country.

March 31st day of action against workfare

Provisional meeting point Flirt Cafe Bar 11:00.

Unit 1, 21 The Triangle, BH2 5RG Bournemouth Dorset

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This is intended as a non-sectarian demonstration of working class unity, so please invite anyone you think would like to come.

More info:

Factsheet: 5 kinds of workfare
 
Boycott workfare site
 
We’ll have flyers from various organisations but everyone is free to bring their own, see here:
 
Flyers for workfare      Workfare Pamphlet SF
 
Update on FOI requests

New Radical blogs from the Philipines.

Food Not Bombs  shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. With over a billion people going hungry each day how can we spend another dollar on war?

Started in mid – 2011, Mindsetbreaker Press/Distro is maintained by a tiny number of people specifically working on publishing and circulating anarchist literature at the local level, besides existing projects and campaigns being carried out by members; such as infoshops, info events and other autonomous activities. We also want to reach local anarchist politics abroad and hope to build solidarity with people in other continents in whatever way possible. Mindsetbreaker Press and Distro operates in the local anarchist infoshop that almost run out of money to pay for rent.  We wanted to sell our journal abroad to keep our press and distro going, publish more local literature and raise some extra money to pay the rent of the infoshop, 3,000 peso a month.

We always need donations and financial support  to maintain our projects. If you are interested in getting our magazine via mail order this would be very helpful and appreciated.   Contact us

Gasera Journal is a compilation of anarchist writings covering insights about history, politics and anarchism in the Philippines, autonomous struggles, reconsidering black bloc in the local context and transnational community building  and more…

Solent Solfed – Fighting Workfare At Royal Mail!

Most people will have heard about the CWU leadership endorsing the Royal Mail’s participation in the workfare scheme, whilst at the same time ignoring rank and file members views on forced labour and attacks on workers rights.
Concerned posties from SOLFED, IWW, Boycott Workfare, and CWU send you the following call out, and request for solidarity.

See you on the picket!

Solent Solfed: NO TO WORKFARE AT ROYAL MAIL – APRIL 2ND 11am
Open Letter to all members of the Communication Workers Union, (CWU)

News from Occupy Bournemouth

‘We Are All Leaders’ : Anarchism and the Narrative of the Industrial Workers of the World by Jonathan A. Christiansen

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Gurgaon Workers News – news from India’s special exploitation zone:

yanam-violence is everywhere

Gurgaon in the industrial belt of Delhi is presented as the shining India, a symbol of capitalist success promising a better life for everyone…  Behind the facade, behind the factory walls and in the side streets of the industrial areas thousands of workers keep the rat-race going, producing cars and scooters for the middle-waged classes which end up in the traffic jam on the new highway between Delhi and Gurgaon. Thousands of young proletarianised post-graduates lose time, energy and academic aspirations on night-shifts in call centres, selling loan schemes to working-class people in the US or pre-paid electricity schemes to the poor in the UK. Next door, thousands of rural-migrant workers up-rooted by the rural crisis stitch and sew for export, competing with their angry brothers and sisters in Bangladesh, China or Vietnam…  Read more:

If you want to know more about working and struggling in Gurgaon or even contribute to this project, please do so via: Gurgaon workers news

Contact us: gurgaon_workers_news@yahoo.co.uk