Issue 41, July 2014

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1: Biomass: Emergency (Reel News) 24:42 ***PLAY***

Wood is being burned for energy in British power stations – and the process is as dangerous as fracking. Find out why, and what we can do about it.

 

2: Brixton Ritzy Strike (Reel News) 6:06

One of the most exciting new campaigns of the year, as cinema workers fight to win the London Living Wage.

 

3: Lambeth College Strike (Reel News) 13:01

UCU and UNISON members prepare for an all out indefinite strike against cuts to sick pay and holidays, and increased hours.

 

4: 3 Cosas – Recognition Now! (Reel News) 10:26

Outsourced workers at the University of London fight for recognition of their union, the IWGB, and to stop mass redundancies.

 

5: Sparks – Umbrella Scam (Reel News) 6:06

Electricians take direct action against the “Umbrella Scam”, which will mean construction workers employed by agencies losing 20-25% of their take home pay.

 

6: TfL strike (Reel News) 4:19

TSSA, RMT and UNITE members take strike action together for the first time against cuts that could mean losing tens of thousands of pounds in wages.

 

7: PCS Green Forum (Reel News) 19:15

Workshops on climate jobs, fracking, fuel poverty, aviation, rail, flood prevention, attacks on the forestry commission, tax evasion and greening the workplace.

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Issue 40, Apr 2014

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1: Massacre in Vitoria (Reel News) 36:43 ***PLAY***

1976, the Basque Country: a dying fascist state orders police to attack one of the greatest rank and file movements ever seen. 5 workers are murdered and over 100 seriously injured; 38 years on, the people of Vitoria are still fighting for justice.

 

2: SOAS cleaners strike (Reel News) 14:07

Cleaners at SOAS show how a picket line should be done in the fight to be brought back in-house.

 

3: Blacklisting Companies Meeting (Stewart Hume, electrician and UNITE activist) 3:50

EXCLUSIVE secret footage exposes the building firm bosses who blacklist.

 

4: Blacklisting: Citizens Arrest (Reel News) 5:31

The Blacklist Support Group serve an arrest warrant on Cullum McAlpine.

 

5: Leon Rosselson: Sixty Quid a Week (Reel News) 4:30

New song from Leon about an encounter with a homeless person.

 

6: NUT strike (Reel News) 10:28

First national strike by teachers since 2011 as the campaign to stop Gove destroying education hots up.

 

7: David Rovics – Landlord (Reel News) 6:10

Great song and a slice of US working class history.

 

8: Chicago University Strike (Labor Beat) 8:36

2 days strike by lecturers at the University of Illinois-Chicago – for virtually the same reasons that lecturers are striking in Britain.

 

9: London Met – FE Strike (Reel News) 5:47

Rally at London Met to push for further action in the dispute over pay.

 

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Issue 39, Jan 2014

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1) 3 Cosas: Victory! (Reel News) 8:28
A huge step forward for outsourced workers at the University of London as they win major concessions on sick pay and holidays.

2) Cuts to London Underground (Reel News) 10:53 ***WATCH***
RMT and TSSA get ready to fight £9.8 billion cuts, starting with the closure of all ticket offices.

3) Blacklisting Day of Action (Reel News) 15:27
Demonstrations and civil disobedience across the UK culminate in a blockade outside Parliament.

4) Biofuels (Reel News) 5:36
Action against loans to high carbon biomass projects which will devastate forests and pollute the atmosphere. ***WATCH***

5) HE Strike (Reel News) 9:16
HE and FE workers take action together for a decent pay rise.

6) Fuel Poverty: Bring down the Big 6! (Reel News) 7:09
Activists target the most complained about energy company, NPower

7) Remembrance Day (Reel News) 5:30 ***WATCH***
Veterans for Peace stage a poignant ceremony to remind us how to remember those who died in WW1.

8) Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign: Clause 118 (Lewisham Green Party) 7:48
Protest against a new health care bill clause designed to stop legal action ti defend NHS services.

9) Grunwicks (Hidden Herstories) 17:13
A look back at the legendary Grunwicks dispute of the late seventies, focussing on the strike leader, Jayaben Desai.

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Reel News film night in London: “Successes of 2013”

Blacklisted workers blockade outside ParliamentTHURSDAY JANUARY 16, 7:30PM

THE GROSVENOR, STOCKWELL

SIDNEY ROAD SW9 0TP

Taking our cue from Red Pepper’s article on the three most successful campaigns of 2013, the first Reel News film night of 2014 will have films and speakers from those campaigns – namely:

1) BLACKLISTING
An astonishing year for the campaign against blacklisting has seen impressive action on Crossrail, the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, the High Court, Local Authorities banning firms from public contracts, Shrewsbury Pickets, Fiddlers Ferry hardship fund, press exposure of police collusion, environmental activists, union conferences, Carillion banned from Labour Party conference, BBC Panorama documentary, construction safety, Employment Tribunals and Leverage.

We’ll be showing the TUC BLACKLISTING DAY OF ACTION featuring blacklisted workers marching on Parliament – and DAVE SMITH (Blacklist Support Group) and (probably!) FRANK MORRIS (sacked and reinstated Crossrail steward) will be speaking.

2) 3 COSAS
Over the past year the outsourced workers (cleaners, porters,security,catering etc) at the University of London have established themselves as one of the most militant groups of workers around, and one of the few who have gone beyond holding on to what they’ve got and actually made gains in their terms and conditions – particularly impressive for people who are mainly immigrant workers, many of whom have had no time to learn English due to the precarious nature of their work.

We’ll be showing a BRAND NEW film of their successful strike in November, and two of the workers (names TBC) will be speaking on the campaign and their three day strike coming up in a few weeks. We’ll also be taking a collection for their strike fund.

3) SAVE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN
Huge local demonstrations, constant campaigning, an inspired visit to Jeremy Hunt’s constituency and a refusal to give in by an entire community stopped the closure of the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital. Will be showing films of how it happened, what’s happening now and hopefully have some speakers from the campaign there to explain why they’re still fighting.

PLUS: POLITICAL RANTS from local Brixton legend BEADYMAN!

Our usual laidback environment for discussion, drink and relaxation with a bar and music until as late as you want to stay there – and all FREE!

Upcoming Screenings: Spain Special and Into the Fire

Reel News has two exciting events coming up:

The launch of our brand new regular film night at The Grosvenor SW9 on Thursday, 25th April, 7:30 pm, with a special report on Spain and the premier of our film Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece on Monday, 29th April, 6:30 pm, together with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants at Soas. Scroll down for details.

Spanish Night

Special Report on Spain – Thursday, 25th April, 7:30

Join Facebook event. A brand new regular monthly film night on the last Thursday of every month, where people can come and meet up, have a friendly pint together, watch films on current campaigns and discuss them, and then carry on socialising with music from our resident djs. This month with special guests from Occupy LSX & Democracia Real Ya Londres.

**FIRST EVER SHOWING!** YOLANDA (16 mins) Yolanda Gonzalez, a student activist, was brutally murdered by an armed fascist gang in 1980. She was just 19 years old. Now it has emerged that her convicted murderer, Emilio Hellin, is working for state security forces.

INDIGNADOS: S-25 (15 mins) As Occupy at the Houses of Parliament on May 4 draws closer, a reminder of what happened last September when Spain’s 15-M movement surrounded Congress.

SOMONTE – LAND AND FREEDOM (14 mins) Trade Unionists occupy a 400 hectare farm in Andalucia to grow food and create jobs.

**PLUS** Videos and speakers from 3 key struggles in London, featuring: Blacklisting in Crossrail, Fighting Victimisation at London Met, 3 Cosas Campaign: Sick Pay, Holiday, Pensions Now!

Premier of Into the Fire – Monday, 29th April, 6:30

The premiere of Into the Fire will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies. Habib Rahman of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants will join us for the screening and discussion afterwards, the event will be chaired by Sham Qayyum. Join the Facebook event.

A hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants in recession hit Athens, Into The Fire is a film with a difference.

Greece is in crisis. But the economic crisis is not the only one. An asylum crisis has gripped the country at this time of severe austerity. And it hits the most vulnerable: Refugees, including minors, who have left everything behind fleeing their countries to find safety.

In Greece, they are left destitute and on the streets, unable to apply for asylum and threatened by escalating racist attacks. Trapped in Greece, they have one message for Europe and the rest of the world: Let us leave!

Into the Fire

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  1. Into the Fire – The Forgotten Victims of Austerity in Greece (Reel News, 38:50) Refugees and Migrants in Greece.
  2. Somonte – Land and Freedom (Reel News, 13:50) Trade Unionists occupy a 400 hectar farm in Andalucia to grow food and create jobs.
  3. Palace of Varieties: Vincent Figgins and Vicky (Reel News, 2:42)
  4. Save Lewisham Hospital (Reel News, 14:42) Huge Protest in South London as privatisation of NHS accelerates.
  5. Palace of Varieties: Riverdance (Reel News, 2:16)
  6. 3 Cosas – Sickpay, Holiday, Pensions Now! (Reel News, 23:50) Outsourced workers at the University of London increase the pressure for basic rights.
  7. Palace of Varieties: Don Tempi (Reel News, 2:21)

 

Issue 34, November 2012

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 1: Spain – Indignados: 25-S (Reel News) 15:41

Spain’s indignados kick start a hot autumn by surrounding Congress.

2: Spain – Trade union march (Reel News) 10:10

A week after the indignados’ actions, Spain’s trade unions call for a Europe-wide general strike.

3: London Met: Don’t deport our classmates (Reel News) 11:38

Students, lecturers and support staff unite to stop attacks on international students.

4: Blacklisting at Crossrail (Reel News) 12:54

Sparks demand the reinstatement of 28 union members sacked for raising serious health & safety concerns.

5: TUC demo (Reel News) 10:49

The demonstration is dominated by calls for a general strike.

6: Crossrail dispute: Green Paint (Reel News) 15:33

featuring Frank Morris’s now legendary response to violence and intimidation by security. ***PLAY***

7: N14: European Day of Action (Reel News) 10:51

As millions struck all over Europe, only a few in Britain took action – respect to those sparks and civil servants who did.

8: Defend the 4: Victory! (Reel News) 11:49

Finally, success for the campaign within UNISON to stop the witchhunt of four Socialist Party members.  ***PLAY***

9: 3 Cosas campaign (Reel News) 8:25

Having won the London living wage, outsourced workers at the University of London are now fighting for pensions, sick pay and more holidays.

 

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3 Cosas Campaign – Equal Rights for Outsourced workers!

 

The Unversity of London – one of the most prestigious unversities in the country, with a liberal reputation. Yet it doesn’t even give its outsourced workers basic human rights. Having won the London Living wage in a long struggle, the UNISON outsourced workers are now demanding a pension, sick pay and more holidays, just like any other worker at the university. Watch this film  to hear from the outsourced workers themselves and see what you can do to support them – and come to the protest at Senate House, 6pm, November 28.
Additional footage: Andrea Castillo, UCL Anthropology student

 

3 Cosas Campaign: University of London cleaners fight for basic rights

The start of a very important campaign. Having a fought and won the London living wage in a campaign involving protests, demonstrations and strike action, the mainly Latin-American cleaners at London University are now launching the “3 Cosas” campaign to get proper sick pay, holidays and pensions.

Here a cleaner describes the conditions they have to work in at one of most prestigious educational establishments in the world, and a student union rep explains what you can do to support their struggle.