Quick mid-November round-up of radical and workplace news

“We’re still here because we have to keep on fighting”

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Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective reports from Montpellier, France, on the first birthday of the Gilets Jaunes’ uprising

Mont1066 The Yellow Vest protest in Montpellier on Saturday November 16

“I am not ashamed to feel afraid from time to time. I keep on coming, but I understand those who don’t come any more because they’re too frightened”.

So spoke Antoine, a 75-year-old Gilet Jaune marking the first anniversary of the Yellow Vest movement in the southern French city of Montpellier on Saturday November 16.

This was just one of many protests and occupations across the country (notably in Paris) marking the birthday weekend and paving the way for a big day of strikes and actions on December 5.

Antoine explained: “I’ve been here from day one and I’ve escaped police batons by a whisker on several occasions, even though my only weapons are my whistle and my gilet jaune!”

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MT Holmes applies for 100K housing job at Newham Council

Focus E15 Campaign

Our attention has been drawn to a swanky housing related job going at Newham council for over a 100K a year, the post is called ‘Director of Housing’ and the remit is to empower local communities.

MT Holmes is preparing to send the council a C.V…

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Show solidarity with your postie!

The bosses must not be allowed to win this. Punitive direct action should be taken.

A printable A4 version of this poster can be downloaded from here
Displaying it is a valuable sign of solidarity with your postie who has effectively been banned from striking in what can only be seen as a politically motivated High Court judgement.

The article below is from the CWU website

CWU’s voice of defiance rings out around the country

Tonight, the CWU stands absolutely united in their anger at Royal Mail bosses and the High Court following today’s “outrageous” decision to invalidate our overwhelming Yes vote and enormous turnout.

While our national leadership was speaking out in central London, our representatives from around the country spoke with one voice – a voice of steadfast defiance.

From the North East, divisional rep Steve Warren said: “This verdict today is the establishment sticking together to throw democracy in the bin.”

And he slammed the false claims made by senior management in…

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Pamphlet: We want a new society – and don’t we need it!

Angry Workers of the World

GettyImages-1177970611_0The current system is in crisis, everyone can see this. What we cannot see is an alternative. We wrote this pamphlet for a discussion about alternatives. The first step is to understand where we are coming from, how the current system emerged. We then have to get to grips with how the system works, or rather, how it makes us work. There would be no alternative to this system if it would not show clear signs of crisis – so we have to know what actually causes this crisis. There would be no alternative if those who are exploited and oppressed would not have tried to fight for a better society. We have to learn from those who came before us. 

We don’t write this as experts. We write it as workers, who don’t just want to stare into the headlights of global events as victims. If we don’t…

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Red And Black Telly: ELECTION COMMENTARY (4)

Autonomous Organizations of Oaxaca Demand Freedom for Fredy García and an End to the Criminalization of Social Movements

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On November 6, 2019, Fredy García Ramírez, of the Indigenous organization CODEDI, was detained in Oaxaca and charged with various fabricated crimes. This communique comes from the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA), demanding freedom for Fredy García and an end to the criminalization of social movements.

Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA)

Oaxaca de Flores Magón, City of Resistance

November 11, 2019

The Indigenous organizations that make up the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA): APIIDTT (Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio), CINPA (Coordinadora Indígena Popular Autónoma), CODEDI (Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas), OIDHO (Organizaciones Indias por los Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca), UCIO-EZ (Unión Campesina-Indígena de Oaxaca ‘Emiliano Zapata´), outraged by the increasing repression against our organizations and the Indigenous and popular movement in general, declare the following:

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