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Brighton SolFed Housing Union round-up: three months, three victories

Three groups of tenants organising with Brighton Solidarity Federation Housing Union over the past three months have each secured victories in their disputes. Working with our Housing Union, these tenants used the everyday tactics of solidarity and mutual support to take direct action – to win back stolen cash and to improve their conditions.

Student strikes at major universities in Pakistan meet state repression

Baloch students at QUA

The brutal and harsh measures against protesting students at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad have again unleashed the true nature of the fragile Pakistani State.

Rail workers are striking for passenger rights but no-one’s talking about that

RMT picket line

Train conductors, represented by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), are on their second day of coordinated strikes on multiple services.

Battle for the Soul of Pride

Anarchist Stickerism

In the decades since the first pride marches took place in 1970 there have undoubtedly been massive gains made in the fight against persecution. Pride is, and should always be a celebration. A celebration of diversity, of power and of the gains we have made. It seems however that many of those in positions of power would rather we forgot HOW we’ve made it this far – and how far we have left to go.

Pyotr Ryabov, anarchist philosopher imprisoned for 6 days in Belarus, declared a hungerstrike

11th of October city court of Baranovichi, Belarus sentenced Russian anarchist Pyotr Ryabov. Anarchist philosopher, lecturer of department of Philosophy in Moscow State Pedagogical University was sentenced to 6 days of prison for "small hooliganism" and "distribution of extremist materials (statute 17.1 and 17.11 of codex of misdemeanors of Belarus).

Picket at the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow

A lecture on history is not a crime. Free Pyotr Ryabov.

On October 13 2017 individual picketing took place in front of the embassy of Belarus in Moscow, demanding the immediately release of Moscow libertarian philosopher Pyotr Ryabov, arrested in Belarus. A professor of philosophy at the Moscow Pedagogical University, Pyabov was arrested in Baranavichy, charged with "petty hooliganism," and sentenced on October 11 to six days of imprisonment, after which he went on a hunger strike.

Until Victory: film about struggles in Italy's meat industry

Picket at Levoni plant in Modena/Italy

New film about the struggle of workers organized in SI Cobas in the meat industry in Modena, Italy, in the winter of 2016/17. The material was filmed almost exclusively by workers and supporters themselves with their smartphones. It gives an impression of the physical violence and brutality perpetrated against superexploited workers.

8,000 workers wildcat at Vietnam footwear factory

Textile factory in Vietnam

After 6,000 workers went on wildcat at a clothing factory in Thanh Hoa province for five days last month and won most of their demands, now 8,000 workers at Venus Vietnam Footwear Ltd. have gone on wildcat over bicycle parking restrictions.

Does India need a bullet train?

On September 14, 2017, construction of India’s first bullet train, a much-lauded bilateral project between India and Japan, finally got underway. Although now being used by Narendra Modi’s BJP to further a nationalist agenda, ten years ago, senior BJP leader VK Malhotra slammed a railway budget that initially proposed the idea for high speed rail (HSR), for neglecting infrastructure and safety requirements as well as exposing the existing infrastructure to greater risks.

"Using the pay rise as a weapon": A statement from Curzon Workers

Workers protest at Curzon London Mayfair, 2013.

In a time that's seeing strikes at cinemas across London, Curzon has so far not yet been affected. Indeed, the chain is expanding: opening up a new sites in London and Oxford. Last February, Curzon CEO Phillip Knatchbull was recognized by the BAFTA for supposed Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. But all this success has come at staff's expense. Below, a group of Curzon workers detail their struggle to retain paid breaks.