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July - August 2009 Edition of the Workers Solidarity freesheet is now online for you to download or read. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday July 10, 2009 - 20:56 by WSM (Audio - Andrew Text- Fin) + S2S (Txt-Stephl) 1 image
Monday July 6th Shell to Sea protestors broke through a weak spot in the armada deployed to defend the Solitaire at Shell's the supply port in Killybeg, North Western Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
Ιρλανδία / Μεγάλη Βρετανία / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Νέα Thursday July 09, 2009 - 23:32 by Sean Matthews 1 image
Ο θάνατος του φυλακισμένου Αμερικανού αναρχικού Harold H Thompson τον Οκτώβρη που μας πέρασε ήταν το τέλος ενός επαναστάτη, ενός μαχητή των ελευθεριακών ιδεών, που παρέμεινε ανυπότακτος μπροστά σε μια κοινωνία βασισμένη στην εξουσία και την εκμετάλευση. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 08, 2009 - 18:41 by Andrew 2 images
I arrived in occupied Erris on Friday evening having travelled down to take part in a national meeting of Shell to Sea groups. It had been a busy week for the campaign as the state had reacted to the ongoing resistance to Shell in Erris by seizing fishing boats, sending 7 people to jail without trial and banning two more from Co. Mayo. Not only had hundreds of state forces including the police, navy, air force and possibly the army been deployed to suppress protest in Erris but those of us doing solidarity work elsewhere had found from time to time that we were being followed by the secret police. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Monday July 06, 2009 - 03:12 by Sean Matthews- personal capacity 2 comments (last - friday july 10, 2009 - 07:28) 1 image
The passing of US anarchist prisoner, Harold H Thompson last October marked the end of a revolutionary, a fighter for the libertarian ideal, who remained unbowed and unbroken in the face of a social order built on domination and exploitation. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Saturday June 27, 2009 - 00:04 by Andrew 1 comment (last - friday july 03, 2009 - 00:26) 7 images 2 audio files
The long running struggle in the west of Ireland against the imposition of an experimental gas pipeline on the community of Rossport has once more reached a high water mark with the arrival of Shell's pipelayingship off the coast. It is escorted by 2 Irish Navy gunboats, 18+ police and private security ribs a helicopter, 300 police and 180 private security on shore. WSM members on the ground at Rossport are reporting on the resistance and repression live via Twitter and by audio interview via Skype.
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ierland / groot-brittannië / workplace struggles / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 - 20:28 by Sean Matthews
De bezettingen bij Visteon tonen aan dat we verre van apathisch zijn als het gaat om het verdedigen van onze banen, lonen en levensstandaard. Arbeiders begonnen op 31 maart met het bezetten van de Finaghy fabriek, nadat bestuurders het verlies aankondigden van rond 600 banen bij Visteon/Ford fabrieken in Belfast, Basildon en Enfield in Engeland. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Wednesday May 27, 2009 - 18:53 by Sean Matthews - personal capacity
In April, twenty six traffic attendants were sacked for resorting to a half-day un-official strike, after management ignored their grievances over working conditions. The health and safety issues include faulty and inadequate equipment, deplorable sanitary and toilet facilities. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Tuesday May 19, 2009 - 01:02 by Workers Solidarity Movement
On Saturday 9th May, the Belfast branch of the WSM held a public meeting at An Culturlann in West Belfast on ‘Can Direct Action achieve success’.
Contributions from former Visteon workers, Dessie McEnroe and Mark O’Hara on their participation in the occupation, building links with fellow workers and lessons learnt.
Here is a short report and audio recording from the discussion.
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Long-term Rossport campaigner, Sean Mallory, gives his views on the give away of Ireland’s natural resources and the recession. ... read full story / add a comment
The Visteon occupations show that we are far from apathetic when it comes to defending our jobs, wages and standard of living. Workers began occupying the Finaghy plant on March 31st, after administrators announced the loss of around 600 jobs at Visteon/Ford plants at Belfast, Basildon and Enfield in England. Davy McMurray, from the Unite trade union, said the way the job cuts were announced was "brutal." Workers were given six minutes notice of their sackings, being treated like mere commodities to be bought and sold, then discarded by our bosses when necessary. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Thursday May 14, 2009 - 20:21 by Andrew & Sean 5 images
Thirty or so anarchists marched with the WSM and/or Organise! at the Belfast May day march this year. Initially the rally was addressed by trade unionists including John Maguire, Visteon union convenor.
Alan from the WSM described it as "A lovely sunny day with a good anarchist turnout." and reported that "several people I spoke to afterwards thought a minimum of 2,000 people were on the march, the majority of these from the unions with maybe 20% from different left groups" ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday May 08, 2009 - 20:09 by Various 1 image
The long running struggle in Erris (Rossport) against Shell's attempt to impose an experimental gas pipeline on the local community has once more errupted in recent days with repeated local direct actions against the compound Shell are trying to construct. In his article Erris: Community in Struggle against Shell WSM member Sean Mallory details the latest events following the resumption of construction. Here we provide background articles on the struggle and a focus on the events of last Summer and Autumn which culminated in Shell having to halt construction over winter. The WSM has been active within the community and the national campaign since its beginning. For us, the basis of this campaign is direct action; a local community struggling to gain control over their own environment and the decisions that affect them. Back in 2006 we published this overview of the struggle and laid out the reasons why the Shell pipeline at Rossport is not safe. As well as the issue of local safety the core issue of the struggle continues to be the deal Shell was given for the gas extraction which will see them pay no royalties, this is why Ireland stands to lose €400 billion in natural gas and oil deposits. ... read full story / add a comment
Manifs monstres et syndicats pas forcément loyaux envers les salarié-e-s, la crise en Irlande nous donne peut être un petit avant-goût de ce qui nous attend en France. Les communistes libertaires sont en pointe dans la lutte. ... read full story / add a comment
If truth be told, should we be surprised by revelations in recent weeks concerning the expenses of ‘our’ politicians? ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday April 23, 2009 - 22:52 by Sean 1 image
Belfast City Centre was brought to a standstill last Friday lunchtime in a rally organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) against the latest job losses in the manufacturing and textile industry. ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday April 15, 2009 - 21:06 by David O'Connell 1 comment (last - thursday april 16, 2009 - 17:43) 1 image 1 video file
By Keith Hallack, published on April 4th, 2009
At our national conference L&S decided to endorse the Militant Workers Block on the basis of its callout (see appendix). We were happy that the loose group of London libertarians the callout came from, and that some of us are part of, hand met our request to make the language broad enough to include all people in favour of workers’ direct action against the crisis – specifically the IWW. Once the rest of our union had also endorsed the event we set about making sure we had the best possible impact on the day itself.
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday April 09, 2009 - 22:21 by Various 1 image
Following on from the occupation of the Waterford Glass plant in February which managed to save some of the jobs and improve redundancy conditions workers in Belfast at Visteon occupied their factor last week. With plant closures happening across the island of Ireland both these occupations provide an example of workers taking direct action to preserve jobs and/or force employers to improve on redundancy conditions. Here we present reports from WSM members from these occupations and background articles. ... read full story / add a comment
The minister of Finance Brian Lenihan’s budget has continued the political strategy of defending the wealthy. Where is the reaction? Where is the anger? ... read full story / add a comment
Ιρλανδία / Μεγάλη Βρετανία / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Ανακοίνωση Τύπου Saturday April 04, 2009 - 20:05 by Αναρχικοί Γλασκώβης
Χθες μέσω της δράσης της Μητροπολιτικής Αστυνομίας ένας άνδρας πέθανε κατά την διάρκεια των διαμαρτυριών κατά των G20 στην πόλη του Λονδίνου. Αυτό που δε θα πρέπει να ξεχαστεί και διαφωτίζει αυτή η δολοφονία είναι ότι δεν είναι η πρώτη ούτε και θα είναι η τελευταία στα χέρια του κεφαλαίου. ... read full story / add a comment