Getting Active

May trial for Faslane lock-on five

Five activists who earlier this month blocked the main road to Faslane Naval Base — home to the Trident nuclear programme — have been charged with breach of the peace and bailed to the end of April, with a May trial date.

On February 2nd the five, who are all from Faslane Peace Camp sited between the naval base and Shandon, held a lock-on outside the facility’s South… Continue reading

Derry Anarchist Bookfair: ‘Brilliant success’

Derry’s first ever Radical Bookfair was held in over the Bloody Sunday week of events on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Pilots Row Community Centre.  Organisers report that several hundred people passed through the doors of the Rossville Street venue to explore what the days events had to offer, as well as to rummage through the different book stalls to catch a bargain or two. A spokesperson… Continue reading

Breaking BAE: Direct Action Against the Arms Trade

In the early hours on Sunday 29th January two men, Leeds-based Methodist minister Daniel Woodhouse and Quaker activist Sam Walton issued the following statement:

We intend to enter BAE Systems Air Base Site in Warton, to locate warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia, and disarm them. We take this action in order to prevent the export of weaponry that will almost certainly be used in war-crime.

They subsequently entered the BAE… Continue reading

Empty Cages announce first No More Prisons conference

The Empty Cages Collective, a federation of prison abolitionist groups based in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and London, is backing a major new conference aimed at growing the movement nationally and gearing up for a campaign to fight the government as it pushes forward building new megaprisons.

The first of the new giant facilities, HMP Berwyn near Wrexham, is set to take its first prisoners in February… Continue reading

Hamburg G20: Stop them crawling back to the city

There is more than one way to resist the industrial capitalist system.

One is to stay put where you are and ferociously defend its onslaught.

Another way, which can of course be combined with local resistance, is to take the fight to the system itself and to come together to attack the symbols of its authority.

July 7th-8th in Hamburg presents an excellent opportunity to put this second option… Continue reading

Green groups unite against Aberthaw power station

Following a recent direct action campaign against Aberthaw coal-fired power station, Europe’s most heavily-polluting utility, campaigners are heading back again this weekend for a major demonstration calling for its closure.

The protest is being backed by Reclaim the Power, United Valleys Action Group, Bristol Rising Tide and the Coal Action Network, which are calling for the government to commit to substantially more ambitious targets on renewable energy… Continue reading

Bristol Council and Camelot on back foot as property guardians fight for rights

Bristol Council’s decision to dive into the property guardianship game seems to be coming a cropper as several “guardians” have launched legal and direct action challenges demanding something be done about rat-infested and dangerous tenancies in its buildings.

Having closed public services across the city, the council has found itself flush with empty commercial and office properties, which it decided to make a few pennies… Continue reading

Frack the system: The UK’s hydrocarbon threat

With the fracking industry poised to attempt its largest assault on communities across the country to date, and what would be its most significant advance in this country since 2011 if not resisted, it seems an appropriate time to take a look back at what has led to this threat we are facing and examine what we are fighting for.

The Fracking Threat

The last decade has seen an explosion… Continue reading

Harrods union workers win tips fight!

After a month-long campaign, the 483 porters, waiters and chefs who work in Harrods’ restaurants and catering services have been told they will be getting 100% of the tips given by customers — potentially adding to up to £5,000 per person per year.

Staff at the posh London department store had previously seen up to 75% of their tips taken away by an automated “Tronc” service charge system, with the… Continue reading

Striking cleaners picket in Paddington over rail dispute

Outsourced cleaners on First Great Western Railway (GWR) mounted a rowdy picket at 7am this morning to push for the firm to bring them in-house with parity of conditions with their colleagues.

The staff, currently with Servest, have been in dispute for months with ballots for strike action being overwhelmingly supported in December. The union met for talks with Severest on January 16th but despite offering to call off strike… Continue reading