Solidarity In Action on Brighton Poundland Picket

 Re-blogged from Hastings Anarchists.

On Saturday Brighton Solidarity Federation were joined by Brighton Benefits Campaign on our first picket in the national campaign against Workfare profiteers Poundland. Over the course of two hours we handed out a thousand leaflets and struck up many conversations with the public at their North Street store. This follows the high court ruling that the DWP were within the law to force two unemployed workers out of voluntary work and into unpaid labour at the store.

National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh, action in solidarity with South African miners.

Siemens – stop union-busting in the USA

Re-blogged from B.P.A.C.C.
Please support an international campaign on behalf of Siemens workers in the USA. Unite have members working locally at Poole who have raised this issue with their local management and along with Unite nationally are seeking to influence this decision in the States.

Please click on the link below to add your support to the LabourStart email campaign. If “good” employers act like this and get away with it, then we are all in trouble….

USA: Stop Siemens union-busting

Siemens, the global engineering giant, likes to say it’s a socially responsible company. It even just signed an agreement with labour organizations committing to respect workers’ rights around the globe.

So what does Siemens do within days after signing this agreement?

It launches a vicious union busting campaign.

In Maryland, USA, Siemens has hired a top-dollar anti-union consultant and waged a campaign that’s included intimidation, surveillance, threats involving termination, and prohibiting Siemens employees from even talking about the union.

The workers at Siemens in Maryland are fighting back. They’re seeking to organize with the United Steelworkers and are reaching out to unions around the world for support.

A message from the Anti-Fascist Network:

The EDL are holding a national demo in Walthamstow (London) this Saturday. The usual lefty and religious suspects are organising a counter mobilisation.

Anti Fascist Network groups will also be present. Anyone not wanting to stand in a police cordon and listen to speeches from wannabe politicians should contact their local AFN aligned group, or just head into the area with your mates and see what’s on. Stay mobile, stay safe.

For working class unity against fascism!

the void

A well attended and genuinely moving memorial service was held today outside the front doors of Paralympic sponsor Atos to coincide with the opening day of the London Paralympic Games.

Atos carry out the Government’s Work Capability Assessment, a crude computer health test designed to strip disabled people of benefits by declaring them ‘fit for work’.

Disabled people and those with serious health conditions have been subject to endless grueling assessments by the company and an increasing number of people have tragically taken their own lives as a result of the process. Many others have had conditions worsened due to the stress of testing regime whilst a recent investigation found that 32 people a week die after being found ‘fit for work by the company’.

Around 100 disabled people and supporters gathered outside Atos’ gleaming London Headquarters to attend the service.  A coffin, resplendent with white lilies to remember the…

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I have just come back from the DPAC Organised protest against Atos over their treatment of the disabled on Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

The protest was supported by UK Uncut in the form of at least two members.

I spoke to one member of DPAC and her interview will be available as a part of video report I made.

It looks like Atos is causing more harm than good, with around 30% of all those fit capable of work winning their appeals. A Welfare Advisor quoted on ‘BBC Panorama’ said ‘he believes this rises to a staggering 80-90% if the appellant seeks the help of an experienced advisor.’ [taken from the leaflett available from the protestors]

This is not really surprising seeing at this is Governmental Contract and a lot of you already know how much control the Government uses over these contracts (see the G4S fiasco at the olympics…

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Pussy Riot benefit gig – Bridport, Thursday 30th August.

From 8.30pm to 12.30pm

Conservative Club – No Bollocks!

8 North Street Bridport DT6 3JQ
01308 423 231

The Tories Won’t Like It Up Em!

Autonomy film show in Yeovil: Thursday 30th August 2012.

This film reveals what’s going on behind the UK cuts.

7.00pm for 7.30pm,
Unity Hall (Upstairs)
Central Road
Yeovil BA20 1JL

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Nothing changes… until you change it, One Big Union!

B.P.A.C.C. Upcoming events for Aug / Sept.

Please find below details of events planned for August and September. As always, your support is welcomed. Even if you are unable to attend, sharing these events with your family, friends and colleagues would be greatly appreciated:

Tues 28th August – 12noon to 1.30pm – The Atos Games
A demonstration is being held against Atos Healthcare Work Capability Assessments outside Jobcentre Plus, Tamarisk House, 1 Cotlands House, Bournemouth BH1 3BG
Click here for more details

Thurs 6th September – 3.30pm – Lobby against South West NHS Pay Cartel
A lobby of the Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust AGM being held at the Carrington Hotel, Knyverton Road, Bournemouth
Click here for more details

Friday 21st September – 7pm to 8pm – Fair Tax Campaign
On the night comedian Jimmy Carr visits Poole, come along and help leaflet the audience about the campaign for fair taxes.
Click here for more details

Thank you for your support and Keep On Keeping On