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New Inquest Into Ella Kissi-Debrah’s Death

This is utterly groundbreaking. The Ella Roberta Family have won the right to another inquest into the death of their daughter Ella. The Attorney General said “I have concluded that there is new evidence which may alter the substantial truth of Ella’s death”.
He went on “I am therefore able to give my permission for an application to the High Court to request a new inquest, based on the evidential test being met.” His report said there was a “real prospect that without unlawful levels of air pollution, Ella would not have died”.

New Inquest Into Ella Kissi-Debrah’s Death

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No respect – the hi-jacking of the symbol of the ‘gilet jaunes’

“Predictably, as you can see from the image at the top of this post, The People’s Assembly have decided to mobilise to be in Parliament Square from 5pm onwards next Tuesday and in their promotion for this, they’ve hi-jacked the potent symbol of the yellow vest for their own cynical ends. Namely, hoping to play a part in forcing a general election and paving the way for the triumphal entry of a Corbyn led Labour government.

The People’s Assembly must have the intellectual capacity to see that the revolt of the ‘gilet jaunes’ in France is a grassroots, apolitical one. So, the only thing we can conclude from The People’s Assembly hi-jacking the potent symbol of the yellow jacket for their cynical Labour vote begging exercise in Parliament Square is that they want astroturf any spontaneous protest and turn it into yet another tedious Corbyn love fest.

That’s if people let them get away with it. The political climate is unpredictable and volatile, full of risks but also full of opportunities as well. Let’s not allow the likes of The People’s Assembly to try and smother any attempt for the real voice of the pissed of millions to have their say and to act if they see fit. See you in Parliament Square on Tuesday:) ”

via No respect – the hi-jacking of the symbol of the ‘gilet jaunes’

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Late October round-up of UK work and social struggles and international repression news

Late October round-up of UK work and social struggles and international repression news.

In UK workplace-related news, the 30th of October saw simultaneous precarious workers’ demos in London and Glasgow, while security guards at the Ministry of Justice, organising through the grassroots UVW union, have just voted to strike for a living wage.

via Nothing is Ever Lost


Reflections of a Burnt Out Revolutionary

“I write from my room in a mental health unit. After many years of bleeding my often harrowing experiences in the health, social care and housing services all over the walls of conference halls and training rooms I find myself depleted of resources both physical, mental, and spiritual. I feel my skin has been sandpapered off very very slowly until finally I am left with my organs barely held together with a wafer-thin membrane. I was very close to taking my life last week. I do not say this lightly.

Why did I bother to give 100% of my mind and soul to trying to improve the culture of our NHS? You may well ask. In truth, it is now twenty years since I was diagnosed with PTSD and ended up homeless and hopeless, as described in other blogs. Using my experiences in the hope that no-one else ends up there has never been a “job” for me. I have had a single-minded and utterly sincere belief in the adage that the truth shall set us free.”

via Reflections of a Burnt Out Revolutionary


Support the Opera House 6!

Five cleaners and porters employed by Kier were recently dismissed from their jobs at the Royal Opera house for minor alleged timekeeping and attendance issues. A sixth has been given a final written warning. One dismissed cleaner signed for just forty-five minutes of missed work. Another was one day late returning from the leave she’d spent caring for her sick and elderly mother, and had informed her boss that she wouldn’t be able make it back on time.

These workers all had long, exemplary records of good service at the Opera House, and none had been in any kind of trouble at work before. Aside from being excellent employees with multiple commendations for their work, they have one thing in common: they are all members of CAIWU, the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union. With the support of their union, they were all active in a recent successful campaign to secure the London Living Wage for Opera House ancillary workers.

Now it looks as though Kier is getting its own back.

Kier’s anti-union views are a matter of record. As recently as 2016 they were one of a group of eight companies involved in a £10 million payout to almost 800 trade unionists systematically denied the opportunity to work because of their union activism. Recent events suggest Kier hasn’t learned anything from that debacle. They’re now punishing their workers for wanting a living wage.

Kier reported a pre-tax profit of £25.8 million in 2017, but they still resent paying a proper wage the workers who earned them that profit.

Please sign the petition to let Kier know that this isn’t good enough.

The solution is simple. Reinstate the dismissed workers and retract the final written warning. If any sanctions are necessary for the alleged misconduct, they should be proportionate. Punishing workers for trade union activism is illegal, and we will not stand for it.