May 2013

Bus Strike 100% effective in Cork

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NBRU Bus drivers picketing the Bus Eireann depo in Cork city today told us that the picket had been 100% effective amongst their fellow workers, with SIPTU bus drivers and the mechanics all respecting the picket lines, just two people crossed the line both senior management.  SIPTU or currently balloting their members to join the action. The dispute seems destined to escalated as management refuse to negotiate are are pressing ahead with their plans despite strong worker resistance. The strike began today a Sunday, the real effects will be felt tomorrow Monday with widespread disruption of services.

Latin American Social Struggles against mining audio - DABF 2013

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A Dublin anarchist bookfair meeting at which two speakers - Milton Sánchez Cubas (President of the Celendin Interinstitutional Platform (PIC), a network of 40 grassroots organisations from Celendin Department of Cajamarca, Peru) and Aida Julieta Quinones Torres (a member of the Environmental Committee for the Defense of Life which monitors the socio-environmental impact of the La Colosa mine, in the department of Tolima, Colombia) –looked at the impact on their communities of exploitation by mega-extractive multinational corporation and explained how they organize to face this threat

Cork: Veg Out Cafe, this Tuesday and every Tuesday from 7pm @solidaritybooks

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Veg Out Cafe, next Tuesday & every Tuesday from 7pm @solidaritybooks

Veg Out Cafe every Tuesday from 7pm

Delicious Vegan food (..not just for Vegans!), at the Veg Out Cafe every Tuesday from 7pm in Solidarity Books, 43 Douglas Street (across from Fionn Barra’s)

Suggested donation appreciated: 5 euro – all welcome!

Cork: Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

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Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm :)

Contact solidaritybooks by email for more info - Hope to see ye there!

contact details: solidaritybooks@gmail.com

Related link:
http://www.solidaritybooks.org/events/toddler-group
 

Irish Anarchist Review no7 - Spring 2013 - with PDF

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Welcome to issue seven of the Irish Anarchist Review, published by the Workers Solidarity Movement. One hundred years on from the great Dublin lockout, the labour movement in Ireland stands at a crossroads. In this issue, we look at some of the struggles of the past that lead us to this moment in history and consider ways that we can progress the reconstruction of working class organisation. We don’t think there is a magic formula for success; rather we hope this magazine can be a forum for debate for activists who are involved in the struggles that are going on in 2013.

PDF file of IAR 7 to download (Print Quality version on Scribd)

Dublin city council's new rubbish police - a solution or just more bureacratic nonsense?

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Dublin City Council have new by laws to permit officials to interrogate members of the public as to how they are disposing of their rubbish.  When the councils started charging for waste disposal years back numerous people refused to pay, the councils then withdrew their collections and ultimately the service was privatised. At the time of the introduction of a fee for rubbish collection some environmentalists argued it was a good thing that would lead to greater recycling and lower waste production. The councils began charging for recycling also of course. Whilst the campaign against the bin tax ultimately ended in failure, many people for economic reasons simply opted out of the waste disposal system, there was an increase in illegal dumping, using of street litter bins and burning of domestic rubbish.

The development of anarchism in Sydney

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A conversation with Sydney anarchist Sid, co-founder of the Jura books Collective on the history of anarchism in the city and how he became involved in the various phases of the movement. He describes the early debates, conferences and initial projects of opening bookshops and radical spaces. He talks a lot about Jura books whose formation and ongoing maintenance he is centrally involved with.

Teachers vote for action but leaders opt for talks

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Members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have voted by a massive 91% in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action if the government moves to cut their pay via legislation.  This huge vote is a clear statement by the union’s members that No means No, that their rejection of the so-called ‘Croke Park extension’ deal must be respected by both government and the union’s leadership and that they are ready and willing to take action to prevent the imposition of paycuts.

Property tax unnecessary if government taxed rich, corporations

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Campaigners against the property tax have said that the tax, which is being boycotted by huge numbers of people, is “totally unnecessary” and that the government should scrap it “unless it is prepared for a major battle with an angry public.” “The government has claimed it hopes to raise €500million from the property tax,” said Gregor Kerr, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT). “But this is €500million that ordinary people – who have already suffered 5 years of austerity – simply don’t have.”

Anarchists Condemn G8 Scaremongering - press release

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In response to yesterday’s Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, “Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8”, the Workers Solidarity Movement condemned security forces scaremongering in the media.

Strike at Shanganagh Treatment Plant may have environmental impact

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SIPTU members engaged in a second day of strike action at the Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, have expressed serious concern over the possible environmental impact of the dispute at the facility. The facility treats water for domestic and commercial purposes for 248,000 people living in Dublin and Wicklow. Workers believe that due to the current reduction in manning levels at the facility key processes, including the testing of water being discharged into Dublin Bay and the treatment of effluent stored in the plant, may become compromised.

Dub: 2nd Table Quiz for Choice

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Dublin Nights for Choice will be having a second table quiz, ALL proceeds to go to the Abortion Rights Campaign. Lots of Raffle prizes up for grabs. Table of four - €20 or €5 per head. 

Venue: Doyles pub, 9 College Street, Dublin (opposite Trinity)

Date and Time: 29 May 2013 at 19:30

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/156850684484667/?ref=14

 

 

My experience of Anarchism in Bulgaria - 88 yr old exile Jack Grancharoff at Jura books audio

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Jura  Books in Sydney recently hosted  'Anarchism in Bulgaria as I see it' by the 88 year old exiled anarchist Jack Grancharoff. Around a dozen people listened intensely to Jack as he described his upbringing and his involvement in anarchism and challenges faced by both fascism and Stalinism.

Cork: Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

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Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books!  
for babies, toddlers and their parents in charge



This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm :)



Enquiries to solidaritybooks at gmail for more info - Hope to see ye there!

Entry is free, donations as always appreciated.

related link
http://www.solidaritybooks.org/events/toddler-group

location
Solidarity Books Bookshop, 43 Douglas Street, Cork City
 

Cork: Public Talk - The rise of the far right in Greece Greek teacher Matina Velonaki and anti-racist activist Joe Moore

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 Public Talk - The rise of the far right in Greece Greek teacher Matina Velonaki and anti-racist activist Joe Moore. This Saturday May 25th at 4:00pm, Solidarity Books will be proud to host a public talk on the rise of the far-right in Greece by former Greek teacher Matina Velonaki and anti-racist activist Joe Moore.

650,000 Homes STILL Not Paying Unjust Tax

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In spite of a long and consistent campaign which has been waged against people in relation to the imposition of this unjust and unfair tax on homes, over 650,000 households have not registered with revenue [22.05.2013].  Draconian legislation and the threats of fines has not resulted in people volunteering their information to the revenue.

Hidden costs of the Fermanagh G8 run beyond millions spent policing protest

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The Security budget for the Fermanagh G8 operation, to encompass cities in Northern Ireland, including buildings, phone lines and whatever else may be deemed a ‘Security risk’, will add many millions to the already astronomical security budget .  There is £3.8 million for drones and £1.3 million for pop up hotels for the 2,500 extra Officers already drafted in.  The additional cost of subsistence and logistics involved in PSNI guarding 208 empty buildings in Belfast from a mythical anarchist plan to occupy them is no more than a ridiculous attempt to scare anyone who is against the G8 Summit. These sort of stories in the media are intended to thwart any attempts to allow for freedom protest.   The supposed economic gains of pantomime are alleged longer term investment that will be brought to the province in the way of business for some hotels! But the less visible costs include the cost of the loss of earnings for local residents for the three days of the summit, the road closures and disruption to people’s lives and privacy.

Report back from Dublin meeting on Croke Park - your opinions?

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On the 8th of May the WSM held a meeting in Dublin on the Croke Park No Vote.  A 3rd 'deal' has since been announced and we will be arguing for a No vote on that deal but we want to invite our readers to look at the notes below and to post comments on what they think is the way to defeat the attempts by the union leaders and government to impose these cuts in one way or the other.  The meeting was divided into discussion tables with the people attending moving between the discussions at these tables and a WSM member taking notes of the discussion, these are the notes below.

Oppose the G8 dealers of austerity

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The media charm offensive has began as our local corrupt political class roll out the the red carpet to the notorious gang of eight, dealers of austerity, state terror and imperialism.  The beautiful tranquil lakes of Fermanagh will be turned into a ring of steel’ with security fencing extending for miles protected by an army of professional thugs and watchtowers to keep the rest of us plebs at bay.

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