June 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
South London Anticapitalists Network are hosting a meeting on 16 June at Vida Walsh centre, Windrush square, to discuss the future of the trade union movement in Britain.
With millions of workers on strike in 2011 over cuts to public sector pensions by the government, we saw the leadership of several unions call off action and agree a deal with the government, despite the significant vote for action from members.
How did this happen? More importantly, how can we stop it from happening again?
People join unions because they want to fight for their rights at work and defend themselves against bullying and aggression from managers. Yet all too often union members are finding themselves victimised by their own union full timers when they try and call action. Some members have been drive out of the union because of this.
How can we stop this kind of thing from happening?
But there has also been really exciting developments in the union movement in recent times, including the rank and file led electricians (sparks) dispute which saw thousands of people get together and take action across the country, scoring a real victory over the construction companies who were trying to slash their wages.
What can we learn from disputes like this? Can we do it in other unions?
Come and meet with trade unionists and social movement activists from across south London to discuss the way forward for the unions and how we can get better organised to fight the cuts, jobs losses and austerity policies of the government.
Come to the Vida walsh centre
1-3pm, Saturday 16 June 2012
Tea and biscuits provided
May 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
On April 28, a retired member of Lewisham National Union of Teachers was viciously attacked by a group of far-right racists while he was campaigning in Lewisham High St. against cuts.
Trade unionists, anti-cuts campaigners, socialists and others have been peacefully organising campaign stalls in Lewisham for decades. We can’t let racist thugs silence our democratic rights. We won’t let them divide our community.
Join our anti-cuts campaign stall
SATURDAY MAY 12
11.30 – 12.30 am
Lewisham High St (by the Clock Tower)
Call Lewisham NUT for details of assembly point
London SE6 4RU
020 8314 7487
Please note new office email: NUT@lewisham.gov.uk
April 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
Simon Hardy reports on the first national meeting of the Anticapitalist Initiative
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March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
3pm Vida Walsh centre, Windrush square
The campaign against workfare has exposed some brutal truths about the state of modern Britain. With millions of unpaid hours of work being given to corporations every year by the Government, business is booming for a sel…ect few whilst the rest are threatened with ever greater poverty.
Austerity Britain is a country of dramatic and escalating gaps between the wealthy and the poor, with more job losses ripping through the public sector, and private sector pensions and pay suffering after years of neglect.
Britain’s economic growth remains weak to non-existent, a similar story across the rest of the EU. The coalition government can only promise more pain in the coming years, with a potential recovery at some point in the future.
But the campaign against workfare has terrified the government and forced several companies to pull out. In Brixton on Saturday 3 March a protest of around 25 people turned out to conduct a tour of shame from shop to shop, handing out hundreds of leaflets to passers-by and getting a great response.
This meeting will discuss the workfare campaign, and where it fits into the bigger picture of where British capitalism is going.
February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Many people are outraged at the revelation that major high street stores, who make annual profits of millions of pounds, are taking advantage of people on benefits to work for free in their stores.
Companies like Tescos, McDonalds, Poundland, Argos and Sainsburys are taking part in a government scheme which sees unemployed people being sent to work for them as part of a mandatory scheme. They then work up to 30 hours a week for nothing more than their benefits, plus expenses. If people refused then they risk losing their benefits.
Activists in south London are planning a protest on 3 March in Brixton, as part of a national day of action against workfare.
Please join us, 12 noon outside Tescos on Acre Lane to start a tour of shame around Brixton, highlighting the gross unfairness of forcing people to work for less than £2 an hour.
More details of the campaign against exploiting the unemployed can be found here
February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Post from New Left Project
by Simon Hardy
Over the last 18 months we have seen a sea change in resistance and popular consciousness. The Arab Spring has put revolution back on the agenda of global politics.
In Britain, we’ve seen the occupation of Millbank and student revolt, the huge TUC March and now the massive N30 strike.
I write as an activist who first came into radical politics in the early 2000s during the last wave of radical, anticapitalist mobilisation that put G8 summits under the siege of popular protest.
The anticapitalist and subsequent anti war mobilisations of those times were electrifying. But they did not create a new mass anticapitalist organisation that could challenge the power of the warmongers nor did they stop the wars by mass action.
Whilst the new spirit of revolt is certainly exciting for the possibilities that it opens up for radical shift to the left across Britain, it would be a missed opportunity if we simply participated in the new movements without exploring new avenues for unity, new forms of organisation, that might help us finally overcome years of decline and division.
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