Ongoing struggles: Atos, Shetland Gas, Focus E15 Mothers

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.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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2 Responses to Ongoing struggles: Atos, Shetland Gas, Focus E15 Mothers

  1. No Repley says:

    Good of your to stick up for Focus E15 Mothers in London. I question, if you are right?

    I am already slave to the state by working January to March for free, as I pay 25% tax. (Those who pay 40% tax, will have to work from January to May for free). On top of that anything I buy is subject to 20% VAT (so that is another indirect taxation).

    Whilst, I have been working after I left college, anyone can get pregnant at 16 and then expect the rest of us to pay for their ‘mistake’. The rest of us have to be slves and work to give them free council houses and for their children. Does the state give us working people any free housing? Is it fair?

    • I think working people should get free, or at the very least affordable housing as well – social housing shouldn’t just be for those on benefits, it should be for everyone who needs it. The thing is, you can’t really draw a neat line between people on benefits and those in work – no matter how hard you work, if your employer went bust and you got made redundant tomorrow then you’d need to rely on benefits just like anyone else. And if you’re in low-paid work, you might be able to qualify for working tax credits anyway, I’d definitely advise having a look if you’re not sure:

      Anyway, when looking for people to blame, I think you’d be better off looking at the politicians, with their millions in expenses: or your bosses with whatever salary they’re getting, instead of the people getting by on benefits.

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