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Resisting the Bedroom Tax in Newcastle: Eviction of Disabled Tenant Adjourned For 42 Days

A brief report from today's action in Newcastle Upon Tyne to resist the eviction of a disabled tenant due to rent arrears incurred from the Bedroom Tax

Social protest and repression in Donbass

Protest in Antratsit, Luhansk

News about social protests is coming out of Donbass, the region controlled by separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

Rock bottom or GTFO

On Big Issues and Big Society.

The Communist Party and socialists during the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike

A passage about radicals involvement in the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike, from The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions by Roger Keeran.

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.

The call centre diaries, part 1

The Call Centre Diaries will be a semi regular series detailing my experiences as a precarious worker. To kick things off I’m going to share my experiences of working at Manpower, a major UK recruitment agency. Hopefully this won’t just touch on my experiences as a worker but also how the environment fostered in the kind of companies that thrive in economies structured around temporary contracts is adversely affecting the lives of both their own workers and the unemployed they are supposed to be finding work for.

Starvation for coming in late - JCP ESOL teaching and benefit sanctions.

Through the growth of JobCentre mandated classes, ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers are becoming complicit in the sanctioning of student's benefits - leaving them destitute. This article argues that we should refuse to give the JobCentre any information which could lead to a sanction.

Carol Malone, Benefits Street, and mental health

Journalist at the Mirror and general scumbag, Carol Malone, has attacked an individual on Channel 4's 'Benefits Street - calling her a lazy, feckless, thief, and denouncing her mental health problems as a 'sob story'... This is my brief response.

Images from 1934 Autolite strike

Considered one of the most important strikes in American history, the Toledo Autolite strike is best remembered by its mass pickets and running battles between strikers and police/National Guard.

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.