Posts Tagged ‘STRIKE’

A truly great blog on why we plebs must show solidarity with all striking workers, everywhere. Very well written.
When “any” union stands up for the rights of its members (which they all SHOULD be doing, and are NOT) their actions help to create an environment where “standing up for decent working conditions” is easier to do.

It gets other people thinking that THEY should not have to accept crap pay and bad hours.

It gets employers used to the idea that people have a right to collective bargaining.

When this happens (and it has happened in the past) it becomes normal to expect a reasonable deal, and workers are willing to help each other put pressure on bosses who are exploitative arseholes.

The first strike in known human history happened in Egypt and it was a strike of people who worked on the pyramids (no… they were not built by slaves).

People seem to be angry these days with ANYONE who manages to get decent treatment at work, when the more appropriate response is to be ANGRY about all the people WHO DO NOT!

For over half a century union labour was the backbone of the UK.

It meant people had proper training and proper pay.

That is until Thatcher/Reagan came along, and went about intentionally breaking unions for the benefit of their wealthy election contributors. The MSM, run by press barons such as Murdoch and Paul Dacre have massively contributed to the demonisation of Unions before and after the thirty years since the Miner’s Strike of 1984. And this has been solely in the interests of corporations.

The workers of the world need to be re-educated about the maxim “there is strength in numbers”.

Nathaniel Tapley


If you live in or around London, or work there, or know anyone who does, your social media will have been drenched in anger at the Tube strike this morning, along with the occasional voice popping up with: “I was saying Boo-urns.”

Anyway, many people’s first instinct is to blame the strikers (even if they couched in terms of support for nurses / teachers / anyone except tube drivers), so I thought I’d explain why mine isn’t.

To begin, I must declare an interest: I intend to use the Night Tube. I’d rather the person in control of the metal drunk-ferry burrowing its way through subterranean London at peak suicide time felt well-rested and recompensed and able to concentrate on getting me home without being dead.

They’re actually fighting for your pay and conditions

Wait, what? No they’re not? I don’t earn that much.

In a country where more…

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‘Art as a Weapon’

My favourite quote (and one that motivates all my art outcomes) George Grosz –

“My art was to be a gun & a sword; my drawing pens I declared to be empty straws as long as they did not take part in the fight for freedom.”

Peter Ulrich Weiss, vols I-III, ‘Aesthetics of Resistance / Die Asthetik des Widerstands’, (1975-1981) said:
“Meaning derives in the refusal to renounce resistance no matter how intense the suppression and it is in and through art that new models of political action and social understanding can be found.”

Mar 2, 2015

Staff at the National Gallery London held a 5-day strike against privatisation. This is a report on the Day of Action against Mark Getty, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Gallery.


National Gallery Strike against Privatisation

by Drift Report

CLARA speaks to Mark McGowan (The Artist Taxi Driver)

The National Gallery is attempting to outsource all 400 gallery assistants to a private company. The Board is made up of Getty and Rothschild Billionaires, Heseltine’s wife, and ex City Hedge Funders.

The PCS Union rep was suspended hours before the worker’s first industrial action. The same is happening to public art galleries as is happening to the National Health Service. Privatisation by stealth.
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The Elites are practicing what Joseph Nye called Soft Power. This is not what capitalism is about, it should more correctly be called CORPORATISM. The binding together of Fascism and corporations.

On the 27th January 1915, one hundred years ago, over 10,000 workers, led by the Red Clydeside, went on strike in protest of the sub standard working conditions and pay that the munitions workers had to suffer.

This prompted parliament to pass the Munitions Act of 1915 which made it illegal for anyone to leave their job if they were working in aid of the war effort.

The protestors raised the red flag – Y Faner Goch! First used to represent the socialist and communist movement in Merthyr Tydfil (during the Merthyr Rising) June 1st 1831.


a year earlier the abusive treatment of workers started the fall of British rule in Ireland and around that time the Treorchy miners were assaulted by the military on orders from Churchill at  Westminster.



This is how police reacted to those anarchist posters

Posted 2 hours ago by Dina Rickman

This is an image taken yesterday of police cordoning off an anarchist poster in London.

The picture was taken on New Cross Road, Lewisham by PR professional Bobby Dean.


The poster in question is one of many designed by STRIKE! magazine that have cropped up around London and refers to police efforts to combat cannabis use in the area. It also features the slogan ACAB, which stands for all cops are bastards.

STRIKE! told they are not behind the posters being placed in advertising spaces around the London, but the magazine has linked to instructions for its followers on how to “interact” with advertising spaces on its social media accounts.

The Met police refused to comment on the images or on the posters, but Dean told he had first noticed the poster on his way to the shop, and saw the cordon around an hour later as he returned.

I was surprised to see that the police had gone as far as cordoning the poster site off and there were as many as five men hanging around – presumably wondering what to do about it. Thinking about the message of the poster, I sensed a bit of irony in the excessive resource being used to tackle the relatively trivial matter and tweeted about it. Later on in the day when I walked by again, it had been replaced.

The site is one of seven Clear Channel advertising spaces that had been tampered with across London. A spokesperson for Clear Channel told that all removals of the posters had been carried out by their own operations team rather than by police.



The mystery of how this poster ended up outside Scotland Yard