Just a quick round-up of a few recent/ongoing struggles that don’t seem to have attracted much attention:
First, there’s been a call-out for a national day of demos against Atos on February 19th. The organisers have been very ambitious in trying to set up events covering the entire country, and it’s not very clear how much work they’ve put into contacting existing DPAC or Black Triangle groups to try and co-ordinate activity, so I suspect that, for instance, the “event” they’ve tried to set up for Pontllanfraith is not going to be brilliantly attended, but if you’re free during the day I’d recommend trying to get down to your local one to see how it goes. Even if the turnout’s very poor, there’s still the possibility of meeting new people and getting to make connections that could be useful when planning more locally-rooted activity in the future. The event organisers may be over-ambitious, but they seem to be sincere, and probably also quite new to activism, so hopefully they’ll stick around and continue trying to make a contribution to resistance.
Secondly, a story from the ongoing struggle of rank-and-file construction workers, who seem to be among the most combative workers in the UK at the moment. As covered in Site Worker:
The most recent news I’ve been able to find suggests that the union has been able to persuade the workers to postpone their strike, but not to call it off altogether. Either way, any struggle involving mass meetings of workers rejecting management’s offers against the advice of the union is worth paying attention to.
And finally, I just wanted to plug the campaign of the Focus E15 Mothers in London, a group of mums fighting for secure, affordable housing in London who’ve been impressively willing to use direct action, holding a party in the offices of a housing association and occupying Newham council to make their voices heard. In or out of the workplace, we can all take inspiration from the bravery and determination of people like the Shetland Gas workers and Focus E15 Mothers when standing up to demand better treatment from the people who have power over our lives.