The occupiers who came in from the cold: workplace round-up for late Feb/early March — Cautiously pessimistic

Surrey and Hampshire Anarchist Federation

One of the biggest and most notable disputes going on at the moment is the UCU dispute over attacks on the USS university pension scheme. Academic staff at 61 universities are currently in the middle of 14 days of strike action, and the last few days have seen an explosion of student actions in support […]

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Lords v Commoners Week of Action for Land Rights April 14th to 22nd- Land Justice Network callout

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It’s time. This is a call out to groups and individuals all over the country who think that the time has come for us to have more control of our land. In order to draw attention to this injustice, we invite you to organise an event in your area between the 14th and 22nd of April. This could be a public meeting or protest with leafleting or maybe a banner drop, occupation or mass trespass. for change Join us and make the call for land justice echo around the country. get in touch via: landjusticeuk@gmail.com http://www.landjustice.uk

On Saturday April 14th, the Land Justice Network will be holding a walking tour of two of the wealthiest boroughs in London, yet where many still live in poverty: Westminster, owned largely by the Duke of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea, where the Earl of Cadogan owns 93 acres. Here we can see the massive area that has been taken from the people centuries ago, and now home to some of the richest landowners, investors and property speculators. By accident of birth these privileged individuals inherit a life of luxury, and by use of trusts they avoid the inheritance taxes everyone else is required to pay, so enabling the grossly unequal distribution of land to continue. Is it right that the rich can avoid paying their taxes and that their land and wealth continues to grow at the expense of the rest of society? In the countryside, large landowners dominate agriculture, squeezing out small farmers and collective farming. Agriculture workers are poorly paid and struggle to find housing that they can afford. Huge tracts of land are turned over to grouse moors to provide the rich with space for their destructive pasttimes. Our freedom to walk and enjoy nature is largely restricted to a limited network of ‘rights of way’. In the cities, land is also unequally distributed, owned by a combination of traditional aristocrats and their modern-day equivalent: offshore companies and institutional investors. Increasingly homes are now owned by buy-to-let landlords rather than by individual home owners or social landlords. All of this forces up the cost of living for those who have to rent. Tenants have little security with standard tenancies running for just 6 months. There are no controls on rent, so now on average people pay a quarter of their wages to their landlord, while in London its roughly half their salary. Even those who manage to buy their own home rarely own it outright until late in life. Most people are stuck paying a big chunk of their salary on their mortgage every month, with the worry that if they lose their job they could lose their home too. In the last 6 years homelessness has dramatically increased. It is obscene that in this day and age so many people do not have a secure home. This could be achieved if the £9.3 billion a year paid in Housing Benefit to wealthy landlords was instead used to build social housing in all communities. Urban areas also need well managed parks, community gardens and allotments, so that everyone has access to nature and the opportunity to grow food. But increasingly these spaces are being sold off or rented out to private companies for events – so damaging the parks and shutting out local residents for lengthy periods of time.

Land ownership in Britain is one of the most unequal in the world: 0.06% of the population – 36,000 people – own 50% of the rural land of England & Wales. Source: Country Land & Business Association (CLA) Land inequality is both a rural and urban issue. More than a third of our land is still owned by the aristocracy, whose ancestors seized it during the Norman Conquest. By fencing off land and using violence to exclude people, landowners (the lords) have deprived the rest of us of what should be a shared resource. The vast majority of us, the commoners, own little or nothing. Even most of the land that was once declared common land (for local use) has been taken away from us. Land saved for community use, such as for hospitals, fire stations, school playing fields, is increasingly being sold off and asset stripped by private developers. Land issues lie at the heart of so much inequality and environmental degradation in society today. Landowners are able to control and exploit our natural resources and force the rest of us to be beholden to them for food, shelter and other needs. Despite their huge wealth, our taxes are used to pay landowner £billions in farming subsidies and housing benefit, increasing inequality still further.

In the countryside, large landowners dominate agriculture, squeezing out small farmers and collective farming. Agriculture workers are poorly paid and struggle to find housing that they can afford. Huge tracts of land are turned over to grouse moors to provide the rich with space for their destructive pasttimes. Our freedom to walk and enjoy nature is largely restricted to a limited network of ‘rights of way’. In the cities, land is also unequally distributed, owned by a combination of traditional aristocrats and their modern-day equivalent: offshore companies and institutional investors. Increasingly homes are now owned by buy-to-let landlords rather than by individual home owners or social landlords. All of this forces up the cost of living for those who have to rent. Tenants have little security with standard tenancies running for just 6 months. There are no controls on rent, so now on average people pay a quarter of their wages to their landlord, while in London its roughly half their salary. Even those who manage to buy their own home rarely own it outright until late in life. Most people are stuck paying a big chunk of their salary on their mortgage every month, with the worry that if they lose their job they could lose their home too. In the last 6 years homelessness has dramatically increased. It is obscene that in this day and age so many people do not have a secure home. This could be achieved if the £9.3 billion a year paid in Housing Benefit to wealthy landlords was instead used to build social housing in all communities. Urban areas also need well managed parks, community gardens and allotments, so that everyone has access to nature and the opportunity to grow food. But increasingly these spaces are being sold off or rented out to private companies for events – so damaging the parks and shutting out local residents for lengthy periods of time.

Join us and make the call for land justice echo around the country. get in touch via: landjusticeuk@gmail.com http://www.landjustice.uk

Here’s one way of creating and maintaining a pocket community garden…

We like projects “run by no one for everyone”

Putting the ‘con’ into consultation

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From the Save Southend NHS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveSouthendNHS/

Yesterday, a member of our #SaveSouthendNHS team conducted an audit of the Mid and South Essex STP Facebook page, following their claims to Councillors at the Joint Health Overview Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 20th February that there had been significant engagement and public reach attained by their consultation. Much like all of the other information issued by the STP, we conclude that yet again, it is nothing more than utter #spin. This is a completely meaningless consultation and one which needs to be halted with immediate effect. How can huge decisions be made on relocating essential hospital specialities when only 0.75 of the population are even aware that the STP is happening? This affects 1.5 million people and their efforts at consultation are NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Most of their engagement has likely come from our campaign followers and to date, #SaveSouthendNHS

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The Mental Health Heist .

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Two years ago a cross party Mental Taskforce reported on the future policy of our mental health services,

‘There has been a transformation in mental health over the last 50 years. Advances in care, the development of anti-psychotic and mood stabilising drugs’

This report’s recommendations were predictable, as in 2013 NHS bosses had allowed the world’s largest pharmaceutical company’s lobbying company to draft the report shaping our future health policy.

At the time at least 62 Tory MPs had financial connections with pharmaceutical companies by then the UK’s third largest industry .

https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/mental-health-big-pharma-big-profits-big-danger/

So the maximum amount of ‘customers’ had to be harvested and held captive for as long as possible .

The ‘advances in care’ did not exist as attested  from even the perfunctory inspections of the CQC.

https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/what-is-happening-in-662600-a-year-mental-hospitals-cqc-reports-2011-2016/

So millions were poured into  building  private mental hospitals and ‘community living schemes’ bought up by private companies…

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Making some points on the housing crisis

Peace in Kurdistan Statement on the Arrest of Salih Muslim in Prague

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN

Statement, 26 February 2018

It is with profound shock, anger and dismay that we learn of the arrest of Salih Muslim in Prague.

Salih Muslim is the foreign affairs spokesman for the Movement for a Democratic Society, the broad political coalition that governs Rojava, the Kurdish regions of northern Syria; and he was in the Czech Republic in his official capacity.

Salih is widely known across Europe as the leader and official spokesman of the Kurdish movement in Syria. He has been the voice of Kurdish diplomacy on the Syrian conflict and has been in the forefront of resistance to Islamic State since the uprising began seven years ago.

He has been able to travel freely around Europe until now and has become well known for his advocacy of the Syrian Kurdish case in the UK among politicians and the media.

His detention by the Czech…

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