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(en) Britain, Anarchist Class War Cambridgeshire trouble-making rag FEN TIGER page 6 - Flexible like a noose - Class War looks at the wonderful world of casualised work +

Date Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:16:57 +0300

At many jobs nowadays you are told that, lucky you, they have âflexibleâ hours. Flexible sounds nice, doesnât it? Not regimentation, flexibility for management and insecurity for
you. ---- I used to work for a fast food chain restaurant, much like Burger King or McDonalds. Apparent from free uniforms (hey hey!) we were blessed with flexible working hours and work incentives. What this meant in practice was that management had hired far too many workers and had us grasping at a few measly hours per week, with rebellious and self-respecting workers being timetabled at our bossesâ discretion. We were constantly on edge, not knowing from one week to another when we would be working. ---- This is all part of casualisation, when bosses have workers tiptoeing around on thin ice because of contracts that do not guarantee hours or pay raises and allow us to be fired at any
moment, for practically any reason. Nowadays more and more
people are casualised â we donât know if weâll have a job next
week. With the ball and chain of debt around our ankles, many
of us are just a pay cheque away from the gutter.

I worked in a fast food restaurant but these jobs in
the service industry are far from the only ones casualised.
Construction, education, and healthcare â you name it! I was
talking with to a builder the other day about getting organised
in his industry. He thought it was a great idea but he had no job
security in his job and couldnât afford to get involved. From one
day to another the bossesâ chose who would be working on the
construction site and who wasnât. Raise a fuss; use the U-word
and youâll be out on your arse faster than you can say âcapitalist

The idea of casualisation is to keep us on our toes: to
make it harder to unionise, hard to fight back, harder just to
get along. Weâre supposed to have our noses to the grindstone;
living hand to mouth, nicely shackled to wage slavery at itâs
most shit. With prices and living expenses going up it seems
the only thing going down nowadays is wages. The situation is
becoming unbearable.

The only way we can fight low wages, job insecurity, bad
working conditions and âflexibleâ hours is TOGETHER. Together
we can fight for a better life. Alone we may try to keep our
heads down and stay out of the struggle but ultimately we are
on the same sinking ship. Together we can fight for a fairer slice
of the pie today â better pay, better conditions, better benefits
and more security â and for the whole pie tomorrow! Workers
are entitled to the full product of our labour and anything less
is literally robbery.


National Shop Stwards Network
ghting for a militant Trade Union rank ânâ file
ndustrial Workers of the World
etwork of militant revolutionary anti-capitalist workers
PO Box 1158, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE99 4XL
/o PO Box 29, South West DO, Manchester
tuff Your Boss
narchist guide to workplace rights and how to fight back.


Perse students in âwell spokenâ award

Posh looking out for their own shocker!

The winners of 2009âs award for
public speaking was the team from the
posh Perse School. Five Cambridge city
schools participated in the contest run
by the (posh) Rotary Club of Cambridge

Laughably the young toffs speaking
topic was, wait for it,âpunting in Cambridge.â
Give us a fucking break! What did the other
kids talk about? Working part time jobs for
below minimum wage? Getting hassled by
the Old Bill? Rich boy David âCall Me Daveâ
Cameronâs plan to get rid of Education
Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?

They say posh people speak like
theyâve got plums in their mouths. They
also say theyâre born with a silver spoon in
their mouth. Yeah, confusing. Whatever it is
it must sound good to other toffs!


Angry parents boot Big Brother

Arbury parents have stood up to social

Parents of kids going to Manor
Community College, on Arbury Road in
Cambridge, were outraged at a sign that
appeared saying all visitors who have not
had a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check
are banned.

This follows an incident in
Somersham where parents going to their
kids primary school carol service were
forced to go through a CRB check.

The anger from parents has led to
Manor Community College principal Ben
âWho Ate All the Piesâ Slade turning a
nasty shade of green and having the sign

People had drawn a line in the sand,
unwilling to sleepwalk into the unending
darkness of a totalitarian state. Little by
little the Ruling Class and their Middle
Class manager bureaucracy want us to
surrender our freedom and dignity in the
name of safety, security and efficiency.
This kind of thing isnât just happening in
Cambridgeshire the State is trying to roll it
out across the country.
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