Early December round-up of workplace, housing, and other news

The cleaners organising through the UVW at the London School of Economics have extended their deadline to Friday 2nd December, but if their demands aren’t met by that point they’ll be declaring a formal dispute, and there’s a demo to support them planned for 12:30 on the day. In other UVW news, the fighting cleaners’ union also have a Christmas do coming up soon, and they’re also asking for anyone who can afford it to set up a monthly donation to support their work.

Durham Teaching Assistants

Other workplace stories of note include Durham Council apparently backing down in the face of strike action from teaching assistants, several RMT disputes over staffing cuts on the London Underground, and the IWGB supporting several couriers taking their employers to workplace tribunals.

In housing news, students organising around rent at Goldsmith’s have won over £650,000 in compensation for housing issues, while Class War have held a demo targeting Patrik Schumacher, a particularly scummy architect who’s spoken of his desire to see London’s last remaining social housing gone.

In miscellaneous news, the AFN have a report on recent anti-fascist activity in Bolton, Egham and Glasgow, while the first weekend of December will see an all-day anti-fascist benefit in Bradford, a national demo against Yarl’s Wood and all detention centers, and an event remembering the Grunwick’s strike at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. The weekend after that will see the Manchester Anarchist Bookfair.

Finally, a few quick international notes: The Fight For Fifteen campaign had a “day of disruption” in the US, although it’s hard to say how far this represents genuine sustainable workplace organising as opposed to just generating headline-friendly images. Barrett Brown, the journalist who was sent down for reporting on hacks against corporate spying firms, has finally been released on parole, although he’s still paying off a ludicrous sum of compensation to the spy firm whose interests he supposedly hurt – you can donate to help him out with that here.

Over in Syria, anarchist YPG volunteer Michael Israel was killed in a raid by a Turkish airstrike, and Plan C have published a really thoughtful piece on what “solidarity with Rojava” actually means by two anarchists who’ve returned from the region.

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"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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