A brief report on the Liverpool workfare action on Saturday 3rd March
Members of Liverpool SolFed and AFed participated in an action against workfare on Saturday 3rd March.
Around 75 activists gathered and marched into the Centre of Liverpool. We first targeted WH Smith, only to be told by the store manager that we were, ‘A health and safety risk’, and we were, ‘preventing workers going about their business’
Since No-Tav activist Luca Abbà was injured on February 27, protests in the Susa Valley have escalated, reaching a new heights. Soon after Luca’s fall from a high-tension pole, the highway was suddenly blocked by No-TAV protesters. More solidarity rallies have since taken place in over 60 other Italian cities.
During the night between February 28 and 29 2012, police violently cleared the protesters’ highway blockade, which until then had managed to resist, by using water cannons, CS tear gas and a bulldozer in order to remove the barricades.
Brief report on the Boycott Workfare demo in Birmingham 3rd March.
About 60 people in Birmingham today protested against the government’s Workfare schemes, which see people forced to work for up to 6 months in order to keep their benefits for already obscenely profitable companies. Boycott Workfare had organised March 3rd as a national day of action, including London, Brighton and Belfast.
A report for libcom.org from Barcelona, as thousands of young people march in cities across Spain to protest austerity measures for the 29F: Vaga General d'Universitats
Today's demonstration, or as it was labelled here in Catalunya, a student strike, was held for a combination of reasons around university staff pay and conditions, general concerns about the privatisation of education, and in solidarity with the Valencian students who had recently been brutally attacked by the boys in blue for the temerity to demand the heating to be turned on when it was freezing
Students in Valencia undertake an anti-police brutality demonstration the day after the police attack a peaceful protest against education cuts. Following crippling austerity measures, Spanish schools and colleges can no longer afford "luxuries" such as gas or electricity.
In Valencia, thousands of students have marched to protest against police brutality.
Over a million Spanish workers take to the streets across the country in protest against the governments labour reforms that enable bosses to unilaterally cut wages if they want, whenever they want. The government claims that by giving bosses the power to treat people like shit it will reduce Spain's unemployment rate of 23%, which is the highest in the developed world.
February 17th was the International Day of Action for the EULEN-ABB strikers in Cordoba. The struggle continues as they fight for their reinstatement, the right to strike and money owed.
On February 17, pickets and other actions took place at ADECCO offices throughout Europe in support of the striking workers of EULEN/ABB who were replaced by temps from EUROCEN, part of the ADECCO group. Comrades have been protesting for weeks in solidarity, at both ABB and ADECCO, to let them know what they think of their practices.
Documentary film that looks at the G20 protest in Toronto
World leaders and activists from around the world gathered for the G20 Summit. With over 19,000 police officers and security personnel on hand, the results lead to over 1100 arrests, martial law in downtown Toronto, and the most massive violation of civil liberties in Canadian history.