UK against austerity

Authoritarianism, work and therapy

Reaction to the news that the UK Government have been discussing linking employment support payments to undergoing mental health assessments among the psychiatric population. This short article has a particular focus on the authoritarianism behind this move.

10 July pay strike in Kirklees

A report of the industrial action by public sector workers in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.

The 10 July public sector strike and going beyond formula

Tomorrow's coordinated strike by public sector workers looks set to be larger than the one on 30 Novermber 2011 that was billed as a public sector 'general strike.' But what does that mean, and are we in any better position now, industrially, than we were then?

10 July: a ‘season of struggle’?

An initial response to the announcement from the People’s Assembly that there will be a ‘mass strike’ on 10 July this year.

Self-organised claimant resistance to Atos: a success story for our time

French IT firm Atos announce they will pull out of the controversial Work Capacity Assement program after a national campaign self-organised by claimants which even saw workers at the company show their support.

How anti-immigrant myths serve the bosses

As the anti-migrant propaganda of the UK press continues, London Antifascists examine how their scapegoating lets government and employers off the hook.

“What was all the fuss about?” My recent experiences of unemployment

One libcom poster's account of a spell of unemployment, and having to jump through the bureaucratic and pointless hoops of the welfare system.

An account of the universities strike, 31 October 2013

An account by Demogorgon, a left communist clerical worker and member of the International Communist Current, of the run-up to an day of the joint union strike action in UK universities, including a leaflet she/he distributed beforehand. We do not necessarily agree with all of bit but reproduce it for reference and discussion.

A rising tide lifts all boats: crisis era struggles in Britain

Endnotes on the 2011 UK riots and struggles against austerity.

The Socialist Party have no right to demand one way solidarity from claimants

Following a debate on Twitter, several statements appeared online seeking to defend the PCS union over its position on welfare reform and sanctions. This is a response, particularly aimed at PCS Vice President John McInally’s piece for the Socialist Party.