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Sage workers strike

Carers, domestic, and maintenance workers at Sage (Service to the Aged) Nursing Home in North London are taking strike action, from October 20th. The following day, 21st October, the workers, organised in the grassroots union United Voices of the World, will mount a picket line on at Sage Nursing Ho…

London Royal Parks and Brighton Bin Workers’ Strikes

Royal Parks workers strike Cleaners and playground attendants working in the Royal Parks in London, which includes Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, through the outsourced company Just Ask went on strike this month over the failure by the company to provide sick pay. These workers are in the frontli…

Quote of the Week: Alexander Berkman

“Think it over and see if it is not the law itself, the government which really creates crime by compelling people to live in conditions that make them bad. See how law and government uphold and protect the biggest crime of all, the mother of all crimes, the capitalistic wage system, and then proc…

Health workers, are they going into action?

All four trade unions in the health service, GMB, RCN, Unison, and Unite, conducted ballots in the summer on the government’s derisory pay offer of 3%. The offer was overwhelmingly rejected in all of the ballots. Unison members voted 80% against, RCN members by 90% and GMB members by 93%. GMB and…

London Education Workers Strike

Five further education colleges in London began their third wave of strikes last week over pay and working conditions. Three of the colleges are part of the Capital City College Group, which includes City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and the College of Haringey, Enfield and No…

Brighton Refuse Workers Strike

Refuse workers and HGV drivers working for Brighton and Hove Council’s outsourced refuse collection services, City Clean, have been on strike for over two weeks. Workers are striking because management have changed their work patterns and longstanding routes, as well as making changes in duties an…

Clarks workers strike against fire and rehire

Over a hundred workers at the main distribution warehouse of Clarks Shoes in Street, Somerset have been on strike for over two weeks. Clarks is planning on cutting wages by almost 15% from £11.16 an hour to £9.50 an hour by using fire and rehire. Workers have been told that they have to sign up to…

Dastardly Duke is foiled!

We’ve previously reported on the Duke of Northumberland’s attempts to remove 37 allotment holders from his Syon House estate in London. It was expected that he would win the right to build 80 new flats on the land where the allotments stand. But thanks to pressure from allotment holders and thei…

The Edmonton incinerator

Another Labour council, Enfield, has shown that it is no friend of the working class by its decision to go ahead with a new incinerator in Edmonton, which is in one of the poorest areas of the country, with 65% of residents from ethnic minority backgrounds. The current incinerator there is coming to…

The Real Scroungers

During this sickening time of the Pandora Papers, mutliple crises, Covid cronyism, Branson, Musk and Bezos flying into space on profits they’ve amassed from a deadly pandemic from their over-exploited workers; the exploitation of workers by blood-sucking bosses like Tim Martin and Mike Ashley and…

Dastardly duke puts on pressure

Back in December 2018 we reported here on Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, and his foiled attempt to remove 37 allotments from next to his stately home Syon House, in Isleworth, West London, so that 119 flats and eight houses could be built there. The allotments have been there for over…

Violence Against Women

The recent rape and murder of Sarah Everard highlights the level of misogyny throughout the Metropolitan Police and society in general. The Met failed to vet Wayne Couzens’ background, ignored previous incidents of indecent exposure committed by him, one only three days before the murder. The leve…

Strikes in Further and Higher Education

The start of the new academic year has seen a number of strikes throughout both further (FE) and higher education (HE). On September 28th workers at 10 FE colleges went out on strike to oppose cuts in their pay. Workers at 15 colleges had voted in July to come out, after rejecting a pay offer from t…

Quote of the week – Mother Jones

“I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.” (Mother) Mary G. Harris Jones Facebook Twitter Reddit WhatsApp Email

Pandora’s Box

The recent leaking of 11.9 million files from offshore companies reveals the corruption of the system and the greed of the rich. In addition, a “McMafia” law designed to stop Russian oligarchs from laundering their money in Britain has not been used for two years. The law was used against Zamira…

Croydon Council – not a friend of the working class

The Labour Council of Croydon, in south west London has long waged a war against its own working class. In summer 2020 it planned to make 15% of its workers redundant, which would be up to 400 workers. They justified this by saying that their budget was in deficit by over £60 million, citing COVID…

Cleaners protests on 8th and 15th October

Facebook cleaners, members of CAIWU (the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers’ Union) are balloting for strike action over the dismissal of one of their members. The workers are employed by Churchill Group agency which has subjected cleaners to excessive workloads which are causing ill health a…

Workplace Notes: strike news

Manchester Trams Manchester Metrolink workers are set to strike on Sunday 10th October, the same day as the Manchester Marathon, over management’s poor pay offer. More info from Unite. Stagecoach buses Bus drivers at Stagecoach will be out on strike on 18th October in the South West, East Midlands…

Weetabix Fire and Rehire

Engineers at two Weetabix factories went out on a two-day strike in late September. The workers at Kettering and Corby came out over fire and rehire proposals from the bosses which would mean a loss of up to £5,000 a year. In addition, the bosses have proposed a move from a regular Monday to Friday…

Abortion Mobilisations

Tens of thousands marched throughout all the fifty states of the USA on Saturday October 2nd before the Supreme Court reconvened on October 4th. Trump packed the Supreme Court with conservative lawmakers before being voted out. As a result, they have refused to block the decision by the state of Tex…

Labour pains

Keir Starmer’s speech to Labour Party conference promised nothing to the working class and plenty to the bosses. Starmer went out of his way to show how friendly he was to business, at the same time briefing his shadow cabinet not to support a call for a £15 an hour minimum wage. He promised more…

Quote of the Week – Engels

“A clique united only by their fear of the threatening rule of the workers and doing all in their power to avert this danger.” Engels on the Fabians Facebook Twitter Reddit WhatsApp Email

Support anarchist and antifascist prisoners in Belarus

Crowdfunder campaign from the Anarchist Black Cross – Belarus For over 10 years ABC-Belarus is supporting antifascists, anarchists and other political prisoners in their struggle against dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko. Last uprising of 2020 provoked a huge wave of repressions against the act…

The chicken’s come home to roost (but will the Turkeys get a reprieve at Christmas?)

The present crisis which has seen panic buying, particularly of petrol but also of the usual ‘panic’ commodities such as toilet roll and pasta, shows how vulnerable capitalism actually is. It exposes how the system is dependent upon a logistics workforce that potentially holds a great deal of po…

Universities: Vice-Chancellors Graded F, Failing Staff and Failing Students

In the next fortnight university terms start and students will travel from around to the country to their accommodation. In 2020, the beginning of the higher education year, with students packed into close living spaces and insistence of many universities to teach face-to-face, led to a surge in cas…


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