welfare

Punishing the poor: The neoliberal government of social insecurity - Loïc Wacquant

As well as serving an economic function, Loïc Wacquant argues that the transformation from welfare to mass incarceration and prison/workfare is an exercise in statecraft; with the disappearance of the 'ghetto', a way of re-establishing subjugation along class, gender and racial lines.

Beyond Thatcher : militant testimonies on miners’ struggles and British syndicalism from yesterday and today

This year, Margaret Thatcher’s death reminded us of the economic policies she initiated in Britain and her anti-social and anti-union fights. In the last months, Autre Futur [French syndicalist website and association] wished to go further and to conduct a series of interviews with different British unionists and syndicalists, about these past struggles but also about the present, in order to get a better grasp of issues which have emerged in recent decades.

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.

On Labour's pledge to axe the bedroom tax

Why the pledge from the Labour Party to axe the Bedroom Tax doesn't mean we've won and, if we take it at face value, could mean that we lose.

Starbucks fires employee on food stamps for eating a sandwich from the garbage

Coulson Loptmann was fired from Starbucks for eating a Sandwich. He's on food st

Last Monday, 21-year-old barista Coulson Loptmann says he was fired from a downtown Seattle Starbucks where he’d worked for more than a year. The reason? He ate a sandwich that had been thrown away.

Dear Jamie Oliver...

Response to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's latest comments on the diets of the poor, how modern day poverty isn't real, and our f*cking massive TVs, from food blogger Miss South.

Rethinking welfare: A radical critique - Lucien van der Walt

In 2006, Cosatu called for the introduction of a universal basic incomes grant in response to the ANC introducing various welfare measures to alleviate poverty. Lucien van der Walt argued that that unions had been sidestracked by technocratic demands and that the demand for welfare should instead be linked to the struggle of the working class to reinvent society.

Huddersfield 2 trial adjourned because of CPS incompetency.

Update on the case of the Huddersfield 2.

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People block in the police van when they arrest two anarchists.

On 26th July two local anarchists are to be tried at Huddersfield Magistrates Court after they were arrested at an Anti-Bedroom Tax demonstration on 6th April this year. The arrests occurred after the pair were involved in an peaceful occupation of Barclays Bank in protest at the corruption of the banking system which caused austerity.