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Cartoons from the 2014 Warwick University Occupation

Warwick University students to continue campaign against brutality

After police and security attacked a Free Education sit in on Dec 3rd 2014, students at Warwick responded with a 1000 strong demo, followed by an 8 day occupation of university conference facilities - only leaving when the university got an injunction, rendering the occupation illegal. The university has not responded their demands by the deadline they gave (6th Jan 2015) and so they have declared their intention to continue the campaign.

The Carr Report: The Report of the Independent Review of the Law Governing Industrial Disputes

Independent Government Inquiry, commissioned by Department for Business Innovation and Skills, into the law governing industrial disputes. Published Oct 2014, it's aim was to investigate "alleged use of extreme tactics in industrial disputes, including so-called ‘leverage’ tactics, and the effectiveness of the existing legal framework to prevent inappropriate or intimidatory actions in trade disputes".

The call centre diaries, part 2: performance review

The second installment of this ongoing series details boss/worker relations at Manpower's National Recruitment Centre before and during a period of performance reviews, focusing in particular on the behaviour of one notorious member of management

Fascists want to shut down the Clapton Ultras

Clapton Ultras supporting Clapton FC  at The Old Spotted Dog Ground

Far-right groups are trying to shut down the anti-fascist Clapton Ultras, following a largely successful campaign at Bristol-based non-league club.

Origins of the police - David Whitehouse

Five points in New York, 1827 painted by George Catlin

Excellent text examining the creation of the first police forces, which took place in England and the US in just a few decades in the mid-19th century. And explaining that they were not brought into being to prevent crime or protect the public, but primarily to control crowds: the working class, white and black.

The Christmas truce, 1914 - Steven Johns

British and German troops fraternise, Boxing Day 1914

A short history of the widespread but unofficial truce between British and German troops on the Western front over Christmas, 1914 during World War I.

Protest staves off eviction for Liverpool family

An emergency protest called by ReClaim, a grassroots anti-austerity group based in Liverpool, successfully prevented the eviction of a family from their home in Bootle, Liverpool.

“The harsh reality of capitalism”: Low wages, zero-hours contracts, and self-organisation in London’s Everyman Cinemas

London's cinema workers march through central London

An interview-essay detailing the experiences of cinema worker Eve Ryman and her involvement in a self-organised wage/contract dispute and subsequent union drive.

10 reasons to support the firefighters' strikes

Firefighters in England today walked out on strike for 24 hours in the latest of a series of stoppages in a dispute over massive attacks by the government on their pensions: particularly increasing the retirement age from 55 to 60. Here are the top 10 reasons you should support the firefighters.