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Hitting Tesco where it hurts: Strike sees sales fall more than 80% leading to back down

Anarchist Writers - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:48

Tesco agreed Friday to suspend its attempt to impose a worsening of pay and conditions on its long term workers and to return to the Labour Court, leading to the suspension of the strike.  Monday’s Irish Times carries a report on just how hard Tesco have been hit by the strike action, the Finglas superstore saw a massive 80% decline in takings.  These leaked figures stand in stark contrast to the attempt by Tesco PR to suggest the strike was ineffective and unpopular.

 

The figures reveal that even those stores which had not yet voted to strike, and which subsequently did not have pickets, saw a decline of 30% in sales.  According to Conor Pope’s report in Tesco Clearwater on the Monday before the strike “sales were €165,901, while a week later they were under €35,000, a drop of €130,916 or nearly 80 per cent” and “The fall between the two Mondays across 29 stores of all sizes totalled €827,896. .. A daily loss of that scale would suggest the cumulative impact of the 11-day strike came close to €50 million” 

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Say no to Tesco’s attempts to slash wages by up to 20%

Anarchist Writers - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:46

Tesco stores across Ireland will strike from today against 'race to the bottom' wage and conditions changes the company is trying to impose on long term workers.

The Tesco’s scheme would impose up to a 20% pay cut on long-term staff. These workers, who have worked for the company for 20 years or more, are currently paid 14 euro an hour, and Tesco want to slash that. That this wage is seen as too high, in particular after 20 years' service, shows why it's important for all of us that the Tesco workers win their strike.

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Anarchist Lens: The Green Experiment

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:02
Parliamentary politics and the demolilisation of struggle ...
In this post, Anarchist Lens returns to the subject of electoral politics and how it demobilises the struggle for change. The example of the German Greens is examined. In the late 70s, Die Grünen (The Greens) emerged as a new force on the German and European left. Radical and activist led, they claimed to be aware of the pitfalls of the electoral process and were, in their own words, an ‘anti-party party’. Yet, in less than twenty years, they had capitulated on all their key principles: tolerating nuclear power, rubber-stamping German participation in NATO and even agreeing to capitalist-friendly market reforms. How did this transformation come about?

Western Sahara: An Albatross on African Union’s Conscience

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 12:28
At the 28th Summit meeting of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30 January 2017, Morocco's readmission to the continental body generated heated discussion. At the end of the day the Kingdom of Morocco managed to win over sufficient member states on its side and it was allowed to join the fold unconditionally.

2017 South African Budget Speech: No Pravin, it was not progressive nor redistributive

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 14:28
On Wednesday, the Minister of Finance of South Africa stood up in the circus that passes itself off as

a National Parliament and without any sense of irony what-so- ever declared that the South African

state’s budget for 2017 was redistributive and progressive. If the Minister was to be believed,

therefore, the budget was aimed at making a dent in the substantial class and racial inequalities that

exist in the country. To back this up, supporters pointed out that the tax rate on top earners was

raised marginally in the budget and people receiving dividends from shares would have to pay 5%

more on these in tax. Despite this, one word could sum up the idea that the budget presented was

redistributive and progressive: bullshit.



Rather the budget presented by Minister Pravin Gordhan was yet again another attack on the working

class. What the budget did was to favour corporations at the expense of the poor. In doing so, it

remained based on the neoliberal dogma that has defined South Africa’s post-apartheid politics. In

other words, the budget was a vivid demonstration of how the state is an instrument and weapon of

the ruling class that functions to benefit that class. This can be seen throughout the budget, including

how the state plans to raise money and how it plans to spend it.

Palestine-Israel, Celebrating a 12 years of persistent struggle in Bil'in and a small victory*

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 02:32
Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Shikh Jarrah and the South of Hebron Hills
Regional change and new Israeli war minister who is clearly against annexation of additional of parts of Palestine (and even for cutting parts annexed 1948) resulted in the diminishing of the suppression of the non armed popular struggle. For months the Israeli forces diminished the harassment of the Friday demos of villages activists and the Israeli anarchists against the wall. In bil'in they nearly stopped entirely any shooting of tear gas and bullets, seldom tried to stop us from approaching the separation wall... The participants of the big demo of the 12th year celebration could not see even one soldier till the end of the demo when kids forced open the gate of the wall and resulted in a mildest ever response. The failure of the big plan of US to subvert the countries of the region as it exported terror (Al Quida, Daesh and Shieh advances) forced it to compromises with Iran, Rojave, (and probably with Syrian Assad, Russia and the Palestinians).

A Call From Anarchist Women / İstanbul

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:25
A Call From Anarchist Women / İstanbul
To all women comrades all around the world,

The next issue of our monthly newspaper Meydan is going to be prepeared by Anarchist Women, as for all March issues. In this issue we're going to focus different topics; violence against women, violence as a state policy, crisis of the state and capitalism...

In this issue, we are also planing to give place to our women comrades all around the world for solidarity messages about 8th March.
While we are resisting patriarchy, we're trying to organise women solidarity against all form of power (violence,capitalism, militarism etc...) for becoming free.

In this context, we're waiting to hear your (women comrades from anarchist organistaions and women organisations) message about the importance of women solidarity and 8th March, to publish them in our paper. As we will publish the solidarity messages of other women organistaions and women comrades from anarchist organisations, we will be appreciated to get yours.

You can contact with; anarsistkadinlar@gmail.com

Long live to women solidarity!

German newspaper apologises for publishing false allegations of Cologne-style New Year sex assaults in Frankfurt

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 07:51
Germany’s highest-selling newspaper has issued an apology for publishing false allegations of Cologne-style sex attacks in Frankurt during New Year celebrations.

Police in the city ordered an investigation after Bild claimed a mob of some 900 drunk asylum-seekers had assaulted women on one of the city’s best known shopping streets.

But the police investigation found conclusively that there was no mob and that the alleged sex assaults did not take place.

Service Workers Revolt! Interview with Burgerville Workers Union and Stardust Family United

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:00

Reposted from It's Going Down

Click here to listen to the full podcast

Across the US, mainstream unions are looking to cuts tens of millions of dollars from their budgets in the face of feared attacks under the new regime, as some of the heads of big unions are also trying to cozy up next to Trump. Organized labor under the leadership of the labor bureaucrats has taken a position of trying to maintain social peace at all costs; more interested in keeping a lid on potential worker insurgency than fighting for better wages, conditions, and environmental regulations.

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Service Workers Revolt! Interview with Burgerville Workers Union and Stardust Family United

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 00:00

Reposted from It's Going Down

Click here to listen to the full podcast

Across the US, mainstream unions are looking to cuts tens of millions of dollars from their budgets in the face of feared attacks under the new regime, as some of the heads of big unions are also trying to cozy up next to Trump. Organized labor under the leadership of the labor bureaucrats has taken a position of trying to maintain social peace at all costs; more interested in keeping a lid on potential worker insurgency than fighting for better wages, conditions, and environmental regulations.

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Solidarity with Théo and every victim of police abuse! No to the “Public Security” law!

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:22
The Coordination of Arnarchist Groups (CGA) affirms its solidarity with Théo, who was raped, beaten and insulted by four policemen on the second of last February. We also affirm our solidarity with people who has shown and keep showing their legitimate outrage against police in Aulnay and others municipalities of Seine-Saint-Denis. We denounce the use of violence by the police against protesters, in particular the warning shots using live rounds during the night from the 6th to the 7th of February, as well as all the arrests and the criminal convictions. This Saturday the 11th of February, demonstration against police violence and in solidarity with Théo were organized all over France. Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Bobigny court where the repression was very severe. [http://anarkismo.net/article/29990] [http://anarkismo.net/article/30007] [http://anarkismo.net/article/30012]

A great victory for Nikos Romanos and the solidarity movement: Nikos ends his hunger strike on day 31, having won a great concession by the government

Occupied London - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:37

Today, December 10th, Nikos Romanos ended his hunger strike following the voting into parliament of a law that would allow him, and any other incarcerated student who completes six months of distant learning, to physically attend their higher education classes with an electronic tag – the first time such a system would be introduced in the country.

Nikos issued the following statement:

Following 31 days of a tough and tenacious struggle, I end my hunger strike, having scored an important victory. The amendment voted in Parliament with me its single recipient, had important differences to the initial proclamation of the Minister of Justice, eventually meeting my demands – even if this involves me “wearing an electronic tag”.

The only thing certain is that this victory was an outcome of the political pressure applied for it by the people in struggle and the Combatant Anarchy are indisputably the great moral, political and practical victors. The multiform revolutionary struggle and us, as political prisoners, resurface from this struggle stronger than before.

I raise my fist, sending the warmest regards and my unlimited love to all those comrades who stood by my side.

BY ALL MEANS!

SOLIDARITY TO POLITICAL PRISONERS

LONG LIVE ANARCHY

PS: A detailed text will follow in the days to come.

PS2: I would like to also thank the hospital doctors who refused to bow to the pressure by the attorney regarding my forced feeding, and who supported me to the possible extent.

Thousands marching in Athens in solidarity to Nicos Romanos and in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos

Occupied London - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:23

The matches all around Greece were attacked by the police, clashes are taking place all around Exarchia.

Athens demo had over 15,000

 

Anarchist hunger striker Nicos Romanos enters 24th day of strike as solidarity actions take place all over the world

Occupied London - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:51

Last night as the anarchist hunger striker Nicos Romanos started loosing his consciousness and as police implements a ban of protests in the city centre a dozen molotov attacks took place in the city, targets included Vyronas police station, Athens courthouse and bank branches. 6th of December signifies the 6th anniversary of the December revolt when the big annual march takes place.

There is a series of buildings occupied in solidarity to Nicos Romanos and the rest of the Anarchist hunger strikers, including Athens School of Economics, The Building of Workers Union Confederation, Athens Polytechnic, Komotini’s Town Hall.

 

Last Tuesday a 15,000 people demonstration insolidarity to Nicos Romanos took place in Athens.

Keeping up the Fight for Reproductive Rights

Common Cause - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 11:20

By Zoey

On May 29, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, renowned for the key role he played in the abortion movement in Canada, died at 90 years old. Morgentaler, a Holocaust survivor who moved to Canada in the 1950's, used legal and illegal avenues to contend with anti-abortion laws that had been in place since the passing of the nation's first criminal code in 1892. In 1969 Morgentaler defied this law to open up an abortion clinic in Montreal, the first of a series of abortion clinics in major Canadian cities. These clinics became the target of twenty years worth of aggression and legal battles, until January 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada's existing abortion laws as unconstitutional—citing violation of section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for infringing upon a woman's right to "life, liberty and security of person."

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Movement for Justice in el Barrio: 2013 Southern Ontario Speaking Tour

Common Cause - Sat, 04/06/2013 - 00:50

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio was founded by immigrants and low-income people of color of East Harlem to fight for dignity and against neoliberal displacement.

Movement operates on a commitment to self-determination, autonomy, and participatory democracy.

Driven by multi-national corporations and profit-seeking landlords,and facilitated by city officials, gentrification has swept New York City, causing the wholesale displacement of low-income people of color and immigrants from their communities. East Harlem is experiencing a wave of harassment, abuse, and intimidation as greedy landlords attempt to evict the community from their homes in order to raise rents and increase profits. With over 750 members, Movement has gone door-to-door, building-to-building, and block-to-block to organize with their fellow neighbors to build a neighborhood-wide movement for dignity and justice.

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Towards a Militant Feminist Movement: Confronting Men’s Rights Organizing

Common Cause - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 22:41

By a Common Cause Toronto member

On the eve of International Women’s Day, so-called men’s rights advocates at the University of Toronto hosted an event confronting women’s studies and academic feminism. This was a follow-up to their event in November featuring self-proclaimed ex-feminist Warren Farrell, author of the book the Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell is best known for his statements about women making false accusations of rape and his argument that incest can be a positive experience, if only women were not socialized to be victims. Though figures like this, who have written that, “before we called this date rape and date fraud, we called it exciting”, make it tempting to point to these inflammatory quotes to justify our outrage at these groups, it is their fundamental discourse that we must contend with.

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Which way forward for Ontario teachers?

Common Cause - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 22:55

By Richard R

It has been over a month since the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) held their one-day protest of the provincial Liberal Party leadership convention, mobilizing some 15,000 people on the streets of Toronto and then sending them all home again around 4:00 PM. The protest was part of the trade union response to Bill 115, which enabled the provincial government to circumvent collective bargaining and mandate the terms of new “collective agreements”. Within the bill were draconian provisions for any attempt to challenge the legislation, through the courts or in the workplace. It is worth noting that while the union leadership were pushing for this day of action, they were also cynically hedging their bets in the form of thousands of dollars in union dues being funnelled into contributions to Liberal leadership candidates. In one case $10,000 was donated to Eric Hoskins, a leadership contender who had in fact voted in favour of Bill 115.

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