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Pizza Hut day of action in Liverpool

Liverpool Solidarity Federation picketed two Pizza Hut branches in solidarity with the IWW day of action.

Indian nurses start ‘indefinite’ strike

Thousands of nurses across India have started an indefinite strike for better pay and conditions. Historically unorganised, Indian nurses have formed a new union, creating over 400 branches in two months. They have vowed to remain on strilke until their wages are increased by around 80%. Courts have deemed the strike to be illegal and have instructed police to assist scabs to get into work.

Californian nurses strike over patient care and pensions

Thousands of nurses across California have gone on strike to fight for their pensions which are being slashed by Kaiser Permanente. They have been joined on the picket line in a 'sympathy' strike by nurses from a union with a 'no strike' policy, and by maintainence workers.

Bloody Sunday (Film)

This week marks the 40th anniversary of 'bloody sunday', when during a civil rights march in Derry, British soldiers opened fire on demonstrators killing thirteen people. Here is the acclaimed 2002 dramatisation of events, starring James Nesbitt. I have not attempted to discuss the events of the day as I could not possibly do them justice. However, if anyone knows of any good texts, please post them.

Poison Fire (Documentary)

Poison Fire is a grassroots documentary that brings together video testimonies and evidence on the impacts of oil spills and gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

Anti-Putin protestors cause 16k tailback on Moscow ring road

Anti-Putin protesters covered their cars in white ribbons and balloons and blocked the Moscow ring road for several hours causing massive traffic jams. The action was organised on social networking sites by opposition group, the 'voters league'. The protest is precursor to a massive demonstration in Moscow this coming weekend.

Indian workers kill their boss following the murder of a union leader

During clashes between workers and police outside an Indian ceramics factory, local police murder a union leader. The workers retaliate by murdering a senior company executive, and burning down several company premises.

Stealing a Nation (Documentary)

'Stealing A Nation' (2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of the Chagos Islands, whose indigenous population was secretly and brutally expelled by British Governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make way for an American military base. The tragedy, which falls within the remit of the International Criminal Court as "a crime against humanity", is told by Islanders who were dumped in the slums of Mauritius and by British officials who left behind a damning trail of Foreign Office documents.

Italian trucking strike starts to bite

The effects of the week long trucking strike and blockades have started to have an impact, markets are empty, and factories and petrol stations have been forced to close. Fiat are reporting a loss of production of over 4,000 cars a day. The government remain defiant.

Liverpool Hospital demo goes ahead, despite toadying Labour Party lickspittles cancelling it

Around fifty people attended a demonstration against the privatisation of the NHS at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Local Labour party goons had cancelled the demo due to concerns that we would point out that they are just as disgusting as the Conservatives. We did it anyway.

Over 1,000 prisoners sew their mouths shut in protest over jail conditions

in the former Soviet state of Krygyztan over 7,000 inmates have gone on a hunger strike against barbaric prison conditions. As the government decide to force feed them, over 1,000 people sew or staple their mouths shut

Battle of Trafalgar: The UK Poll Tax Riot (Documentary)

A chronological account of the anti-poll tax demonstration on 31st March 1990, one that contrasts disturbingly with the version presented by television news. Eyewitnesses tell their stories against a backdrop of the day's events as they unfold. Demonstrators' testimonies raise some questions about public order policing, the independence and accountability of the media and the right to demonstrate. Evidence clearly shows elements within the police provoking the riot.

UK tanker drivers announce a week-long strike over 20% pay cut

Petrol tanker drivers who work for for the haulage company, Wincanton, are due start a week long strike against attempts to impose a 20% pay cut.

The world’s biggest ever strike, India, 28th February 2012

On February 28th 2012 over 100,000,000 Indian workers will come out on strike. Workers from many unions and sectors are trying to gain improvements in areas such as, pay, pensions, and employment rights.

The Corporation (Documentary)

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

Italian taxi drivers and truckers strike against fuel prices and economic reform

Taxi drivers and truckers across Italy set up road blocks in a protests against record fuel prices, and government reforms to 'free up' their work sectors. More strikes are planned for the coming weeks and months across a variety of sectors.

Dockers (Drama)

Feature-length drama depicting the struggles of a small group of Liverpool dockers. Written by working dockers, with the help of screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and novelist Irvine Welsh.

Protest in support of 'locked out' Ontario workers

Over 10,000 people come out to support 'locked out' engineers in Canada. Their employers (Caterpillar) are reporting record profits yet are aiming to impose a 50% pay cut with immediate effect. If workers refuse the offer, Caterpillar are planning to shift all production to the United States.

McLibel (Documentary)

Filmed over ten years by no-budget Director Franny Armstrong, McLibel is the David and Goliath story of two people who refused to say sorry. And in doing so, changed the world.

Romanian anti-austerity demonstrations now in eighth day

Romanian anti-austerity demonstrations have now spread across sixty cities, and are now in their eighth day.