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JustEat and Actavo strikes: upcoming events for Jan 23rd-24th

Just a quick plug for two upcoming events: On Sunday 23rd, there’s a rally for the ongoing JustEat/Stuart Delivery strike in Sheffield: Monday 24th will see four simultaneous protests in support of the striking Actavo scaffolders, in Dublin, Brigg, Livingston and Chepstow: Join the protests! 📢M…

Kill the Bill day of action, victory against the arms trade in Oldham

A few quick updates: A new and updated list of Kill the Bill events for Saturday 15th has now been published, along with a map. The list currently stands at: 📍 BATH: 12pm, Bath Abbey 📍 BRIGHTON: 12pm, Hove Lawns Peace Statue 📍 BRISTOL: 1pm, College Green 📍 CAMBRIDGE: 12pm, Market Square…

Kill the Bill, court cases, eviction resistance and more: early January round-up

A few quick listings of upcoming events: Palestine Action activists will be facing a trial starting on Monday 10th at Stafford Crown Court, and there’s a call for people to turn up and support them. Or at least I think there is, there’s also a twitter post saying the trial is delayed, so who kno…

Ten highlights of 2021

I don’t particularly have much to offer in the way of thoughtful analysis of last year, but there’s a few moments I think deserve to be remembered. There have been various end-of-year round-ups, I’ll try to collect a few decent ones at the end of this, but this one is mine. Bristol Kill the Bi…

Early December round-up: Sheffield JustEat strike, Kill the Bill prisoners, and more

A few upcoming events: On Monday 6th, Sheffield JustEat delivery drivers organised through the IWGB are due to strike against a pay cut. You can donate to their strike funds here. Security guards organised through the UVW at Great Ormond Street Hospital are also due to begin striking then, and that…

Mid-November round-up: Facebook cleaners, university strikes, care home victory and more

A very quick round-up of a few upcoming events: On Saturday 20th, Shropshire NEU are organising a protest in support of John Boken, a local union rep who’s been unfairly sacked by bullying management. Also happening that evening, the IWW’s TEFL Workers Union are hosting a showing of the film Pri…

325 defendant Toby Shone sentenced, police raids in Liverpool, and other repression news

A court case that started with police raids connected to the anarchist website 325 has now concluded, with the original terrorism charges being dropped and the defendant being jailed on drugs charges. Bristol Defendant Solidarity have published the following statement: Anarchist prisoner Toby Shone…

Driving wages up? Current transport disputes

Strike supporters blocking a bus at the Queens Road depot in Manchester, earlier this year Recent weeks have seen transport workers taking or threatening action for pay demands in a number of areas. These disputes have been broken up among two different unions, and seem to be mostly conducted as sol…

Early October round-up: transport strikes, Bristol repression, and more

A few upcoming events: Uber drivers organised through the IWGB’s United Private Hire Drivers branch will be striking on Wednesday 6th, and are holding a protest at Uber’s headquarters that day. Bin collectors employed by Serco in Sandwell will also be striking that day. The 6th will also see the…

Breaking news – mass wildcat against blacklisting at Atomic Weapons Establishment

Breaking news coming from the Construction Rank and File network: “They’re at it again. NG Bailey, Costain Group and AWE PLC are all pointing fingers at each other over who is responsible for blacklisting sparks at AWE Burghfield. Over 200 sparks walked off the Burghfield site today in support o…

Mid-September round-up – Bristol wildcat wins, Uber strike, new bookfairs announced and more

Another quick round-up of upcoming events and ongoing struggles: Weetabix workers in Northamptonshire are set to begin a round of strikes from Tuesday 21st September onwards, in opposition to a “fire and rehire” attempt to change their contracts and shift patterns. Engineers organised through Un…

Late August round-up: Kill the Bill prisoner solidarity, Royal Parks strike, Bristol bakery wildcat and more

A few quick updates: Tonight, North London Anti-Fascist Assembly will be running a night of solidarity with the imprisoned Bristol Kill the Bill prisoners, featuring letter-writing, a film showing and more. On Saturday 28th, Equity are organising a protest against the proposed council cuts at Stratf…

Workplace and legal/repression news for early August

Another quick listing of upcoming events and recent news: UCU members at the University of Liverpool are out on strike from now until Saturday 14th against compulsory redundancies. They’ve already managed to negotiate their employer down from 47 job losses to 2, but refuse to suspend their action…

End Unfair Terminations at Uber: Fight For Unfairly Fired Drivers and Couriers, Monday 26th July, 2pm

From the IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch: For app-based workers like UberEats riders and Uber drivers, the threat of being TERMINATED (being permanently blocked from the app and having your income source suddenly shut off) is always present. We can be terminated even if we’ve worked in the job…

Mid-July roundup: cleaners’ and rail disputes, prisoner solidarity and more

A few notes on upcoming events and ongoing workplace disputes: On Tuesday 20th, the RMT are holding a Justice for Cleaners demonstration outside Parliament, as part of their ongoing campaign against the privatisation of cleaning. On Wednesday 21st, there’s another cleaners’ protest, this time or…

Bow crane collapse one year on – June Harvey vigil, Thursday 8th July

The Hazards Campaign, Construction Safety Campaign, and Families Against Corporate Killers are supporting a vigil in memory of June Harvey, who was killed by a crane crashing through her house one year ago. For more information, see this article in the local press, the Hazards Campaign or Families A…

Electricians win de-skilling dispute, and a few upcoming events for mid-June

The rank and file-led “no to ESO” dispute over de-skilling in construction has now ended in an important victory. As one electrician put it, “Rank & File Sparks have once again fought back and defeated the attempted deskilling of the electrical trade. NG Bailey and Balfour Beatty, get back in…

General strike called across Palestine for May 18th

From Samidoun: As Israel is continuing its massacres in Gaza, its attacks in Jerusalem and settler mob violence throughout occupied Palestine from the river to the sea, Palestinians have called for a general strike! Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins the call of Palestinians in P…

Early May round-up: Manchester bus strike, Napier Barracks, Kill the Bill and more

A quick round-up of a few upcoming dates: As mentioned previously, on Tuesday 11th there’s a call for people in London to take action against Elbit, a company that makes surveillance technology for the Israeli state. That evening, there’s also an online event to celebrate 30 years of the Haringe…

Save Sheikh Jarrah: Shut Elbit Down – Tuesday 11th May, 1pm

A call from Palestine Action: We have all seen the horrifying and disgusting images coming out of Jerusalem. The atrocious acts committed by settlers and Israeli forces are despicable: tear gassing worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the forceful appropriation of homes, the use of rubber bullets and…

Cleaners, Kill the Bill, and sparks: mid-April round-up

A few quick updates: On Friday 16th, cleaners organised through the grassroots union CAIWU will be protesting against sackings at Broadgate Estates in Central London. You can read more about the background to the dispute here. Over the weekend, there’ll be more protests against the policing bill…

Free Siyanda demo in Cardiff, and victimised rep news

Two quick notes: 1) this Saturday in Cardiff, the local Black Lives Matter group are organising a demo in support of Siyanda Mngaza, the young Black woman serving a prison sentence for defending herself from a racist attack: In other justice campaign news, the Craigavon Two campaign now has a new we…

April 7th Deliveroo strike: events confirmed so far

On April 7th, Deliveroo riders will be striking across the country, demanding better pay and conditions while the company is making its stock market launch. Events have been confirmed in the following cities: London, 11am, Shoreditch High Street: ⚡⚡ LONDON STRIKES!!⚡⚡ Deliveroo riders in LON…

Is Alexander Reid Ross the CEO/dad of antifa?: On contagion, shades of grey, and the three-way fight

In recent years, there have been a number of controversies on the left over the subject of “red-brown alliances”, those areas where some right-wingers attempt to recruit from, or actively cooperate with, sections of the left. There have been many people involved in arguing against any such allia…

Shrewsbury, Bristol, the sparks – a few quick notes

It’s been a busy few days. As far as recent events in Bristol go, coverage worth reading includes “Bristol riot: what do they expect?” from the Anarchist Communist Group, “Reflections on the riot in Bristol” from Freedom, and the Anarchist Federation’s “What actually Happened in Bristo…



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