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(en) Britain, Freedom* #7215 - News from around the movement

Date Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:51:06 +0300

Scottish defiance ---- The resistance of Edinburgh’s refuse workers continues amid fresh offensives from the city council. The dispute between the workers and the city council over proposed changes to working patterns along with a significant wage cuts started in 2009 as the city council looked to cut wages to its entire manual workforce including road workers, street cleaners and gardeners. ---- Faced with the pay cut, along with a substantial change to working patterns, the refuse collectors of Edinburgh organised a work-to-rule and operated an overtime ban. Now, after almost two years of struggle, the workers feel it’s time to step up the action, with threats coming from the council that 100 workers could be made redundant.

The latest move from the council has been to integrate trade and domestic waste, massively increasing the workload on the workforce without any increase in pay, whilst laying off over 20 temporary staff only to replace them with private contractors. Having been let down by Unite at every turn and facing more threats to their workload and working conditions, Edinburgh’s refuse collectors are turning increasingly to self-organisation.

from Resistance #133, an austerity special of Anarchist Federation’s free newssheet
Website: http://afed.org.uk/

Heckling Hereford

Long before posh toff David Cameron was going on about his ‘big society’, anarchists were making the argument that you don’t need the government and state to run society, ordinary people can do it for themselves. And so it is that, after a long battle with Herefordshire Council, Dilwyn residents have decided to run their village school themselves. Last year council bosses decided that Dilwyn Primary School was ‘unsustainable’ and would have to close despite various rescue plans including linking with St Mary’s High School in Lugwardine. The local community are now working on plans for a free school run by volunteers.

As we’ve said previously, schools are an important hub of village life and even more so for a small village like Dilwyn. At a time when rural communities are being decimated by the dwindling agricultural industry and multinational companies sucking trade in to the towns and cities, it is vital that we do whatever it takes to preserve these communities. Herefordshire Council, whilst paying its top boss more than the prime minister, look only at the balance sheet and see a school as unprofitable, taking in no account of its social value. We support the efforts of Dilwyn’s people in keeping their school open, but it is also vital that we continue to resist every closure.

Hereford Heckler #20, downloadable from their website:
Website: http://herefordheckler.wordpress.com

Ken Keating R.I.P.

Just received sad news from Sean Keating from Salford: RIP Ken Keating. 24/01/38 -28/06/11, Legend, Friend, Father, Granddad. My dad Loved by many, hated by authority but respected by all. Safe journey to mum old timer x

Ken was the prime mover in Ordsall Class War in the 1990s and i think it would be safe to say none of us had ever seen the likes of Ordsall Class War! There are others who knew Ken far better than me and i hope to be publishing their thoughts when they are ready. In the meantime best wishes to Sean and family.

Here’s an account from Practical History of Ordsall Class War in July 1992:
On the Ordsall Estate in Salford (near Manchester), in the space of several days in the first week of July, fires were started at a council neighbourhood office, a housing office, a careers office, a Department of Health office, a MacDonald’s restaurant, and several other buildings. Shots were fired at police vehicles and a petrol bomb thrown at a police station. Also in Salford, eight people in balaclavas attacked a police car that they had lured into an ambush by setting off an alarm. Local youths complained of police violence, with one saying: “There’s people who can’t pay for electricity. And they’re at home in bed, in the dark, and the door’s kicked in and all they can see is big torches coming up the stairs and the Bill [the police] is saying ‘Stay where you are or you’ll get your heads blown off’”.

Ian Bone
Website: http://ianbone.wordpress.com/

Too far left

Dear Freedom,
My copy arrived two days after the closing date for copy. I want to respond to page 13 of this same edition. Dave Douglass, is otherwise a fine man, but one would think that his article on the relaunch of a Bolshevist banner could have been politely re-directed to “The Morning Star”. If not that, then perhaps a warning could been placed on the front cover.
Marxists are long practised in varnishing their own history with heavy dollops of lacquer. And Douglass’s article is a prime example of this practice. Where did Marx ever indicate that “the withering away of the state” was meant to be ”in terms of days” following the revolution?
Douglass’s article invites anarchists to attend a ceremony to celebrate a banner with a huge mug-shot of Lenin prominently displayed. There’s even a hammer and sickle and the infamous red star in attendance. Symbols that carry the stench of murder, corruption and tyranny.
Our Anarchist ancestors must be turning in their mass graves. The last time Anarchist Flags were to fly in the Soviet Union was at Kropotkin’s funeral in 1921. Many of the mourners were Anarchists who had been imprisoned by the Bolsheviks. Lenin agreed to release them, for the day, only after major appeals from foreign radical groups. In the meantime, Lenin’s secret police, the CHEKA, was expanding hand over fist.
The notion that we should enter into “debate” is not only insulting to the Anarchists who contributed their lives to the Russian Revolution – it is asking us to take part in proliferating a great lie.

Peter Good
* Anarchist journal
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