Stop benefit sanctions, public meeting Bridgwater 14th April 2015

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Current Benefit Sanctions Policy Is Bonkers Says Workfare Industry’s Top Spokesperson

“This is about as close as an industry spokesperson can come to calling Iain Duncan Smith a fucking idiot without losing their job.”

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sanction-sabs3Aspects of Iain Duncan Smith’s brutal benefit sanctioning regime are bonkers  according to an astonishing diatribe from the workfare industry’s top spokesperson Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the  Employment Related Services Association (ERSA).

ERSA are the trade body established to lie on behalf of the welfare-to-work companies like A4e and G4S who hold lucrative contracts to run workfare and forced training schemes.  In a frank statement on their website McHugh says that the use of sanctions is based on sending political messages rather than evidence of what works and that a more humane system is needed.

According to McHugh, current rules which mean welfare-to-work companies have no choice but to refer people for a benefit sanction for not carrying ‘mandated activity’  are ‘bonkers’ and that this causes inappropriate sanctions to be applied.  She also backs the recent call for an urgent review of the sanctions regime made by the Work…

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Police Intimidation on the #CroydonSouth Election Campaign – #VoteBigger

We don’t endorse engagement with the electoral process nor do we emphatically reject it. We must point out though, that any engagement – including spoiling – is a privilege denied to many, such as migrants, prisoners, the homeless, those on the run from debt collectors, domestic violence or the state. All of of whom will be at the mercy of whatever bunch of crooks and charlatans form the next government.

Trade Onion by Jon Bigger

Just imagine if the cops followed all the election candidates around in order to intimidate them. Today in Purley a small band of Class War agitators were out and about supporting me in my legitimate electioneering. Constantly followed by four uniformed cops on foot and a van with approximately eight more they numbered more than we did. In fact there were two vans when we started our campaigning outside Tesco. What was our crime?

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We were giving out leaflets. OK the leaflets had “Class War” written on them and my mugshot which might have been a danger to public order but they were just leaflets. When Chris Philp or Emily Benn hand out leaflets do they get followed like this? What can it mean other than intimidation?

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What do the authorities fear so much about me standing in the election that they feel the need to get so many officers…

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See you in Bristol! 25th April 2015.

We're doing a stall this year for literature and a small stock from Freedom Books.

We’re doing a stall this year for literature and carry a small stock from Freedom Books.

IWW Greece: International Call for Revolutionary Solidarity with the Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

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At the present moment, the imprisoned anarchists, members of DAK (Network of imprisoned social fighters), A. Stampoulos, A. Theofilou, G. Karagianidis, D. Politis, F. Charisis, A. Dalios, D. Mpourzoukos, G. Sarafoudis, G. Michailidis, the members of the “Revolutionary Struggle” N. Maziotis and K. Gournas, the member of “17th of November” D. Koufontinas, a number of Turkish political prisoners and the prisoners G. Sofianidis and M. S. Eltsibach, are on a hunger strike, fighting against the repressive legal state of exception which has been established by the Greek state since the beginning of 2000.

Starting on March 2nd, along with the comrades outside the prison walls, we commenced a struggle for the abolition of type C high security prisons, the abolition of “antiterrorist” law, the abolition of the “hoodlaw”, the radical change in the process of taking and identification of DNA samples, the release of the seriously sick member of 17N…

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Pay YHA workers a Living Wage! The IWW and the YHA…

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The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is now taking up the campaign to support the staff of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) in their claim and efforts to be paid the living wage for working for the YHA.

The YHA is a long established charity proving economical accommodation for travellers, hikers and tourists. Despite being a charity, or maybe because they are a charity, they have not been able or willing to lift the wages of their staff who are on the minimum wage to the living wage.
We have some sympathy for the YHA as we know that the financial circumstances of the charity have been troubled in recent years. However we expect a charity such as the YHA to be willing to meet with the IWW so that we may represent the views and concerns of our members and discuss what needs to be done.
We understand…

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Vote Ukip, says far-right group Britain First

Antifascists with the seized BF banner.

Antifascists with the seized BF banner.

 

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Letters and leaflets currently being distributed by Britain First effectively endorse Nigel Farage’s party

Letters and leaflets currently being distributed by Britain First, a group formed by former British National Party members, effectively endorse Nigel Farage’s party.

The literature obtained by The Independent – carrying the signature of Britain First’s leader, Paul Golding – says its controversial activities “in the Muslim ghettoes” will combine with “major Ukip gains” to turn the election into a “game changer”. Claiming 2015 will be “the year of Britain First and Ukip”, the group forecasts a “resurgence of right-wing patriotism in Britain”.

Mr Farage has previously tried to distance himself from support and associations offered to Ukip from the extreme right…

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