working class self organisation's blog

Fascists and state repression

Some brief observations regarding attitudes towards the repression of the far-right by state forces.

Incompetent scabs hand victory to locked out referees

For the first seven weeks of the National Football League (NFL) season, bosses have locked out all 212 unionised referees.

Union busting is the fashion at Hugo Boss

At ‘Texim’, a Turkish textile factory that produces clothing for Hugo Boss and Pierre Cardin, thirty eight workers have been sacked for legitimate trade union organising

Campaigners shut down UK’s newest gas plant

The following is a press release from the 'No Dash For Gas' campaign', following their occupation four days ago of the West Burton gas plant in Nottinghamshire. There are currently several activists on top of 300ft high chimneys and cooling towers.

The hidden victims of the NHL lock-out

Following the failure to reach a consensus on a new collective bargaining agreement between NHL (National Hockey League) bosses and the players union, all 750 players registered with the NHL have been locked-out as of Sunday 16th September.
For the duration of the lock-out all players are free agents and can play for any team or in any league in the world - many of whom have already jumped ship and moved to leagues across Europe.

Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price (documentary)

Wal-Mart has become one of America’s most successful retail chains by offering everyday goods at low prices for working families. But just how is Wal-Mart able to charge less than many of their rivals, and what has their success done for their employees? Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a look inside the discount retailer’s empire in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and discovers a company short on scruples and long on shabby treatment of the people who work for them.

Income management for the poor

From April 1st 2013 Liverpool City Council will replace the crisis loans and community care grants with the Citizen Support Scheme (CSS). It is not just a meaningless re-branding exercise; it has serious ramifications for people all over the country.

Gasland (Documentary)

Its happening all across America - rural landowners waking up to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. The reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the ""Saudi Arabia of natural gas."" Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground - a hydraulic drilling process called ""fracking""- and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

State crackdown on trade unions in Fiji

The military dictatorship in Fiji are attempting to crush the trade union movement in the run up to alleged free elections in 2014.

Bangladeshi workers fight back against corrupt bosses

15,000 Bangladeshi garment workers blockade a key highway in protest at unpaid wages. Meanwhile, bosses at the company – who supply Primark and New Look – are arrested on embezzlement charges in the country’s largest ever corruption case

Wear the shirt and doff your cap….or else

A brief look at the decision by over 30 players not to wear the 'Kick it Out Campaign' T-shirt, and the response of the football establishment elite.

Workers, bosses, and the taxman… all in it together?

A brief look at the recent government plans to offer workers company shares in exchange for their basic employment rights.

Freedom of your information

Photo by Marc Vallée/marcvallee.co.uk) (c) Marc Vallée, 2008. All rights reserve

If you are in any doubt as to the extent of the state’s control freakery and paranoia, then you need not be any longer.

It's not just the tuition fees....

A brief look at privatisation and outsourcing in higher education.

Indian police brutalise peaceful anti-nuclear protesters

4000 anti-nuclear protesters defied a police ban and marched along the coastline towards the KNPP nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. Without provocation, the police started battering people with sticks, firing rubber bullets and tear gas, and chased many people into the sea.

Workers clash with police outside the Italian industry ministry

Several hundred aluminium workers in Rome have clashed with the police during a protest against the proposed closure of a loss making Sardinian smelting plant.

South African bosses suspend 15,000 gold miners over wildcat strike

In the South African region of West Rand, Gold Fields, one of the world’s largest producers of gold have suspended 15,000 miners who yesterday took unofficial strike action, and are currently seeking a court injunction to bring the strike to an end.

Manhattan bakery workers fight-back against union busting bosses

The largely immigrant workforce at the Hot and Crusty bakery on 63rd and 2nd avenue in Manhattan, sick of working for abusive bosses, and for less than the minimum wage, voted to form an independent association and register with the National Labour Relations Board.

More striking miners shot in South Africa

It has been reported that four striking miners have been shot by security guards using rubber bullets at the Aurora goldmine in South Africa. It is alleged that shots were fired to break up clashes between strikers and scabs.

Hired goons target worker’s rights groups in China

On Thursday, approximately sixty unidentified goons carrying hammers broke into the offices of a workers advocacy group in Shenzhen, China.