UVW union launches solidarity letter in defiance of continued threats from bosses and cops

‘UVW union launches solidarity letter in defiance of continued threats from bosses and cops’ Latest post from the Cautiously Pessimistic blog!

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A short announcement from the United Voices of the World union:

ATTN: Unions / CLPs / Community Organizations / Individuals: St. George’s University still refuses to negotiate with our striking workers. They have, yet again, threatened to call the police on our peaceful and lawful picket line.

If you are worried about the implications of these sort of strike breaking tactics, and believe that police have no place intimidating and arresting peaceful striking workers and their supporters, then we are asking you to sign this letter of solidarity condemning SGUL and the Metropolitan Police’s actions. If you would like to sign the letter – as a group or individual – simply message us or comment your confirmation. Solidarity!

If you want to contact them to add your support, you can do so on fb, twitter, or email info@uvwunion.org.uk. Or probably on insta as well, if you prefer.

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Mid-August antifascist and workplace round-up, and coming events

Latest Mid-August antifascist and workplace round-up, and coming events from Cautiously Pessimistic on the ‘Nothing is Ever Lost’ blog!

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Unite day of action against Universal Credit, Thursday 1st August

Full details of Thursday’s ‘Unite Day of Action Against Universal Credit’ events taking place nationwide!

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As always with events of this nature, one-off days of action called by national bodies like Unite are no substitute for the ongoing work of building power among claimants at a local level and on a day-to-day basis, but they’ve got to be better than nothing.

Anyway, events confirmed so far are:


List of events across the country 1 August 2019

London & Eastern–Events list

DWP, Caxton House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NA 13.00-15.00 (Main London Event)
Feltham, Feltham Ponds, High St, Feltham TW13 4BU 12.00-14.00
Brixton Tube Station, Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8HE 11.00-12.30
Euston station, NW1 2DU 11.00-12.00
Angel Centre, 1 Parkfield St, The Angel, London N1 0PS 11.00-13.00

Jobcentre Plus, Side Entrance, St Lawrence Lane, Off, Pottergate, Norwich NR2 1BZ 12.00-14.00
Free packed lunches (food supplied by Unite and Norwich Foodhub)
Running between Friday 23 July and Friday…

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Quick events listings for mid-July

Upcoming IWW and IWGB actions, outsourced cleaners and caterers start indefinite strike, more action to save London Black Women’s Project

Latest July updates from ‘Cautiously Pessimistic’ on the ‘Nothing is Ever Lost’ blog:

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A few quick updates on things not covered in the last round-up:

The Angry Workers of the World are asking for a solidarity phone-in to a beauty salon that underpaid a building worker. They ask:

“Dear fellow workers,

Hope you all good. A building worker contacted us after he had been paid only £420 for two weeks of work, converting a beauty salon in West Drayton. We send various letters to the owner of the shop and visited the shop last Saturday. The boss threatened our fellow building worker with sending the police to his home, but otherwise didn’t move. We have to step things up a bit and ask you all to phone the shop on Friday and Saturday (5th and 6th of July). It is likely that the people who pick up the phone are workers who hire chairs in the salon, so please be polite…

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Late June/early July class struggle round-up

Extra late May notes on workplace disputes, prisoner updates and more

Deliverave, Sundance strike, and cleaners breaking the bank: workplace news round-up for late May

Levellers Day Thoughts on Freeborn John


On the 17th May 1649 a little known event took place at an obscure little church at Burford in Oxfordshire which was to mark a major turning point in the history of English Radical Politics. The event, which in many ways was to change the course of the so called ‘Great Rebellion’ of the 1640s by Parliament against the King, involved the execution of three soldiers in Oliver Cromwell’s ‘New Model Army’: Cornet Thompson, Private Perkins and Corporal Church, in the churchyard of St. John the Baptist, Burford, on the orders of Cromwell himself.

A dedicated page on St. John the Baptist Burford’s website describes the Levellers as ‘a group of radical thinkers, whose views challenged Parliament’s control during the English Civil War. They wanted equality for all, a level society and are considered by some to be the first socialists.’ Elsewhere, in a short, but by no means insignificant, book by the journalist and writer Peta Steel, published in May 2015 by the South East Regional branch of the TUC, they are referred to as ‘the first political grouping to actually represent the ordinary people and not the vested interests of the wealthy and the aristocracy.’

The fact that history is largely taught at academic institutions, which, in recent decades, have come to represent those self same vested interests, means that in many ways the Levellers have gradually drifted into greater and greater obscurity over the years. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the one individual around whom the small cadre of thinkers and intellectuals who inspired the Leveller Movement were to gravitate, John Lilburne, is almost forgotten within the borders of his own home county; the former Prince Bishopric of Durham.

Although the Leveller Movement has been the subject of a by no means unimportant doctorate thesis penned by one former student of Durham University, the man who is generally accepted as the Movement’s founder, John Lilburne, is neither widely discussed within local schools or communities within County Durham, nor is there a commemorative statue dedicated to him anywhere in the Bishopric. This in itself seems at odds with County Durham’s reputation as a hotbed of political radicalism and left leaning ideas. Indeed, when the Newcastle based publication ‘The Chronicle‘ posted a list of ‘North East streets named after socialist leaders, radicals and reformers’ on its website, there wasn’t a single reference to John Lilburne anywhere to be found.

Born in Sunderland and educated at Newcastle and Bishop Auckland, John Lilburne represents the lost legacy of true County Durham Radicalism more than any other figure before or since. Whilst contemporary Durham Radicals draw their inspiration from Marx, Lenin and a whole host of other, mainly Socialist, thinkers, Lilburne’s influence is almost entirely overlooked.

Following the election of Jeremy Corbyn to office as Leader of the Opposition in September 2015, however, and the new Labour leader’s statement in an interview that the historical figure he most admired was none other than John Lilburne, the initiation of a £7,200 Heritage Lottery Fund project in the North East saw the Canny Craic Theatre Company, Sunderland Museum and Bede’s World joining forces in a landmark collaboration using Lilburne’s story as its main focus. With Corbyn’s fortunes considerably more improved since his initial election to the Leadership in 2015, and his links with such local organizations as the Durham Miners’ Association as strong as ever, perhaps we shall see a well deserved revival of interest in the man and his ideas in the coming months and years.

Picture Credit: John Lilburne: Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Licence

TGI Strikedays: class struggle and events round-up for early May

‘TGI Strikedays: class struggle and events round-up for early May’ Latest update on the ‘Cautiously Pessimistic’ blog.

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