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Zero-hours Tate staff amazed as they’re asked to stump up for boss’s new boat

What do you get the man who has everything when you’re working on an outsourced, casualised contract he implemented?

Workers at institutional arts giant Tate were offered a jaw-dropping answer yesterday via a note left in their staffroom and a staff-wide email which urged them, seemingly without irony, to donate towards buying outgoing CEO Nicholas Serota a sailing boat as a going away present. The note … Continue reading

Brighton land occupation evicted – so activists squat £100m development

A homeless camp set up in Brighton on April 5th to protest against a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which has been imposed on the city’s parks and seafront was evicted on Wednesday — and activists have responded by taking over a building linked to a £100m development project.

The Circus Street DIY Squatted Social Centre has been set up at the city’s old university building and… Continue reading

As Yemen starves, Britain is arming Saudi bombing runs

Campaigners are challenging British complicity in the Yemen carnage, writes Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesperson Andrew Smith.

March 26th marked two years since the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen began. Since then, 10,000 people have been killed and millions have been left without access to vital infrastructure, clean water or electricity. An estimated 17 million people are food-insecure and require urgent humanitarian assistance

For decades now, Saudi Arabia has… Continue reading

Picturehouse living wage strikes spread to East Dulwich and Brighton

Workers at London Picturehouse cinemas in Brixton, Hackney, Crouch End and Piccadilly will be on strike again on April 15th. They will be joined by East Dulwich, and Duke of York’s Cinema in Brighton, striking for the first time. The strikers want the living wage, sick pay, maternity pay and union recognition. The cinema workers’ union, Bectu, reports that the most recent strike ballot was 96.8% in favour of industrial… Continue reading

Forced Deportation Grounded by activists

Yesterday a coalition of activists from ecological and anti-deportation groups joined forces on the runway at Stansted airport to prevent a charter flight taking off, bound for Nigeria and Ghana with people who were being forcibly removed from this country and many of whom feared for their lives and had claimed asylum here.

Last night the activists stormed the commercial runaway at Stansted and locked themselves to the wheel of… Continue reading

London anti-fascists in callout to block opportunist EDL and Britain First rally

A ‘Block The Fascists’ counter-demo has been announced for April 1st following the decision by EDL and Britain first to hold rallies to capitalise on the recent Westminster attack. In a statement, organisers said:

London Anti-fascists are calling a demonstration to support calls to oppose both Britain First and the English Defense League (EDL) who have called demos in London in light of the recent attack in Westminster.… Continue reading

As details become clear on prisons expansion, campaigners prepare for a fight

The Empty Cages Collective and Community Action on Prison Expansion (CAPE) campaigns are calling for people to get involved in fighting at what they say is a crucial stage in government plans to build four new megaprisons across Britain.

Plans to build new facilities at Full Sutton in east Yorkshire, Hindley in Wigan, Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in south Wales were announced by Justice Secretary Liz… Continue reading

GMB calls for police crackdown against anti-frack activists

Pro-fracking service union GMB has written to politicians urging them to ensure that police take a harder line against protesters so that frack company employees don’t get held up on their way to work.

In an apparent total disregarding of the long history of police dirty tactics breaking strikes and picket lines in Britain, as well as numerous reports of police misbehaviour against fracking protesters, GMB sent out… Continue reading

Calls rise for full Scottish spycops inquiry as police admit holding secret files

Police Scotland has confirmed the existence of 1,168 files linked to the policing of protests in 2005 against the G8 in Scotland, including one described as holding “intelligence briefings” on spycops — prompting campaigners to raise new calls for a Scottish inquiry.

A full inquiry into abuses carried out by the disgraced National Public Order Intelligence Unit at the time should be commissioned, rather than letting the… Continue reading

Moreton Hall inmate speaks out: “People are coming in here normal and going out mental”

Campaigners managed to make contact with detainees in the notorious Moreton Hall immigration detention centre yesterday after one refugee scaled a 20 foot fence to talk about conditions inside. The unnamed man said:

We are not criminals! We are asking for asylum here. People here need medical attention and social care”” (two people have died within six weeks). People are coming in here normal and going out mental.… Continue reading