A few further notes I didn’t manage to fit into the last update:
In radical/anarcho news, a new issue of London’s anarchist paper, Rebel City, is out now, along with the latest issue of the Anarchist Communist Group paper, Jackdaw. The ACG have just welcomed a West London branch to their organisation, which might be worth checking out if you live in that part of the world. Elsewhere, Notes From Below have a new special issue on the refusal of work, and Brighton Solidarity Federation report that a business is trying to get one of their members blacklisted across the city.
In workplace news, Unison are claiming victory in the long-running Birmingham care workers dispute, after the council have backed down on plans to make huge cuts to the service. Over in Liverpool, a planned strike by low-paid hospital staff has also just been suspended after the trust agreed to pay out full back pay for 2018/19.
In Bromley, library workers are set to walk out on an indefinite strike from 6 June onwards in a dispute over pay and staffing levels, and the low-paid outsourced workers employed by Mitie at Sellafield have apparently just voted to continue their dispute with a two-week strike from 2 June, although the Socialist Party seem to be the only source for that news at the moment.
Finally, a few prisoner updates: in the UK, Smash IPP are asking people to come to a protest to free the remaining IPP prisoners on Thursday May 30th, and also to write letters to help IPP prisoner Ian Hartley get a new, more supportive probation officer.
In Bulgaria, antifascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman has now ended his hunger strike, having seemingly won the ability to be visited by his family and speak to the media. Over in the US, the campaign to get long-term black liberation prisoner Jalil Muntaqim released is still asking for people to get involved, and has just been given something of a boost with a new open letter signed by various prominent figures. Anarchist prisoner Eric King is asking for support as he’s just been moved into solitary confinement following an attack by fascist inmates. The state’s attempts to punish inmates following the 2017 Vaughn uprising still aren’t going that well, as Roman Shankaras has been cleared of all charges and now been released.
The June 11 day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners is coming up soon, and on a semi-related note, some Australian comrades have produced a set of fancy vapourwave-type postcards as a fundraiser for the international anarchist defence fund.