Naked greed: the boss class exposed

Anarchist Communist Group

Whilst on one hand we see the development of mutual aid networks among the working class, on the other hand we see the obscene slavering greed of our masters.

Take Richard Branson (Sir pronounced cur). He announced that staff at his airline, Virgin Atlantic, must take eight weeks unpaid leave as a result of the coronavirus crisis. He also cut sick pay from 6 months full pay to 3 months.

Following a wave of outrage, Branson was forced to dip into his $690 million personal fortune to fork out $250 million for a rescue package. He then begged the government for a handout of £5 billion to £7.5 billion of credit facilities. Branson earns £9.9 million alone on his £8 billion net worth if he secures a 2% interest.

Meanwhile his Virgin healthcare group has paid not a penny in corporation tax whilst being handed £2 billion worth of NHS and local authority contracts.

Another drooling social vampire is the boss of Wetherspoons, Tim Martin. Concerned about losing some of his profits, Martin was keen to keep his pubs and hotels open, whilst other businesses were closing, putting profit before health. With the closure of his pubs, he then counselled his workers that they should go off and get jobs with the supermarkets, to avoid him paying any sick pay. He refused to cover this for his 43,000 workers until the government gives him a handout, which may not be until late April.

Another ravening hyena is Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley. At first he said he was keeping his stores open because they were “essential services” (he meant a hole in his profits). He was then forced to reverse this decision. Thousands of Sports Direct workers are on zero hours contracts which means they receive no pay if they don’t work, and they will be paid for March but not after that.

Meanwhile, many US senators started selling stock off after receiving a briefing about the pandemic. Among these was the Senator for North Carolina, Richard Burr. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee he received daily briefings on the spread of coronavirus. He sold off between $628,000 and $1.72m of his holdings, a week before the stock market crashed because of the pandemic. Burr and other Senators, both Republican and Democrat, chose to make money rather than warn the public about the looming crisis.

We need to finish with this sick society that breeds apologies for human beings like all of these, whose greed runs to the sociopathic, and create a new society, built on mutual aid, community and solidarity.


Anti-fascist callout, Swindon 9th February 2019

A fascist infestation is anticipated this saturday in Swindon.

The event is being promoted by Martin Costello and Luke Nash Jones, who got chucked out of UKIP last year for abusing staff in a socialist bookshop while wearing Donald Trump masks.

The weirdoes will now put on yellow vests in imitation of French anarchists to express their disdain for foreigners and their enthusiasm for WTO rules.

Swindon Trade Union Council are inviting humans to gather at the cenotaph, regent circus, at 13:00 hrs to oppose them. facebook event

Durham Neo-Nazi and National Action attendee Mark Pearson recites ’14 words’ & ‘down with the left’.

Bloody wetherspoons again!

Spoons strike solid.

From Bristol SolFed on twitter

Spread the Spoons Strike – new bulletin out now!

Cautiously pessimistic

Ahead of the Wetherspoons strike on October 4th, a new bulletin for Wetherspoons workers is being published. You can contact the authors at Meanwhile, people in London can also pick up leaflets about the IWW call for a couriers’ strike from Freedom bookshop and Housmans, or use this image to print your own off if you have access to a printer. A strike fund has also been set up here.

Below is the main article from the new bulletin:

It can be hard to live on the money we make. We spend most of our wages on renting damp flats, we have to walk to work when we can’t afford the bus, and we have to choose between dinner and a haircut. We’re forced to work as fast as we can for long shifts with barely any breaks, even when we’re sick or injured…

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Weatherspoons workers to go on strike

Okay, this is not local but it’s worth paying attention to as we feel this needs to spread as far and fast as possible. Workers at a couple of Weatherspoons pubs in Brighton, fed up with low pay and shite working conditions, are taking a stand and have voted for strike action on October 4th. You can read all about it in this first issue of a strike bulletin published by Notes From Below,Spoons Striker 1.

At the foot of Spoons Striker 1, there’s a link to a downloadable PDF of the strike bulletin. A simple act of solidarity is running off as many as you can and leaving them in your local Weatherspoons for the workers there to see. Hopefully, they will be inspired to take action as well, swelling the action and putting more pressure on the owner of Weatherspoons, Tim Martin who’s worth £322 million, to…

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