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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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!

National Blacklisting Day of Action sends shockwaves through the building industry

Demonstrations and civil disobedience across the UK in the first ever national day of action over blacklisting – called by the TUC but organised and built by the Blacklist Support Group – culminate in a blockade outside the Houses of Parliament.

There is now a huge clamour for a public enquiry into this human rights abuse, where building companies deny employment to trade unionists raising health and safety concerns. The result: 2,800 building workers dead on UK building sites over the past 25 years, and 3,214 building workers whose lives have been ruined through being on an illegal blacklist – some of whom have been driven to suicide.

Those responsible for these criminal acts will be getting worried now as they see how huge this campaign is becoming. Blacklisted workers have already rejected an insulting compensation scheme from the building companies – a pathetic and desperate attempt to settle out of court before the start of the high court conspiracy trial next week.

Next protest: Friday November 29, 9am, outside the High Court in the Strand when the trial starts.

Issue 37, Aug 2013

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1)    Fracking: The Truth (Reel News,Frack Free Fylde) 26:45

Fracking produces earthquakes, poisons the water supply, and causes cancer. The shocking evidence from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Lancashire.

2)    Divided Families Campaign (Reel News) 9:02

Families separated by impossible regulations on earnings tell their own heartbreaking stories.

3)    Fracking: Balcombe 1 (Reel News) 16:39

Villagers in West Sussex rise up against the decision to give Cuadrilla permits to start exploratory drilling for oil.

4)    The Hunt for Hunt (Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign) 6:35

Spectacular victory for the campaign to stop cuts at Lewisham Hospital.

5)    Fracking: Balcombe 2 (Reel News) 8:56

The permanent blockade of the fracking site continues by possibly the fastest growing environmental movement ever seen.

6)    Chicago Schools 3 day march (Labor Beat) 26:10

54 schools threatened with closure – but an unprecedented rank and file movement of teachers and pupils is determined to keep them open.

7)  Visit Faslane Peace Camp (Camcorder Guerillas) 10:15

Legendary Glasgow videoactivist collective The Camcorder Guerillas celebrate their 10th anniversary in September. This is their latest film – an urgent call for support.

8)    Crossrail: Bond St (Reel News) 4:47

The campaign over blacklisting on the Crossrail project is winning, as Kier start to lose multimillion pound contracts.

 

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Blacklisting 2013 – The Workers Strike Back

Huge strides for the campaign against the illegal blacklistng of trade unionists over the past 18 months; the sparks victory in the BESNA dispute, the Scottish affairs select committee report, the high court conspiracy trial coming up against Sir Robert McAlpine, numerous tribunals and actions in the European court of human rights, and now UNITE and GMB putting serous resources into the campaign.Now everything is centring on the Crossrail project, where 17 of the 38 known blacklisters are operating. Join the campaign and get blacklisted trade unionists back where they belong – on sites organising.

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Issue 36, June 2013

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 1: Yolanda (Reel News) 19:35 ***PLAY***

Exposed: a notorious convicted fascist murderer from the transition to “democracy” in Spain is now working for the police. Email us at info@reelnews.co.uk if you can help organise international solidarity.

2: Blacklisted 2013 (Reel News) 20:00

Huge steps forward for the campaign to stop the illegal blacklisting of construction workers for trade union activity.

3: Biofuels (Reel News) 4:48

Drax are among the power stations planning to burn huge amounts of biofuels in an attempt to appear green.

4: 3 Cosas Campaign (Reel News) 7:47

Big decisions in the campaign for sick pay, pensions and decent holidays for outsourced workers at the university of London.

5: Defend Max, Jawad and Steve (Reel News) 12: 23

Three union members at London Metropolitan university victimised on ludicrous charges.

6: Blacklisting on Crossrail: The Proof (Reel News) 14:57

New series of regional reports on blacklisting, starting with the South East.

7: Save the Independent Living Fund (Reel News) 7:44

Disabled activists start the fight to save an essential benefit.

8: Public Art in South Acton (Reel News) 16:19

Fantastic street art on one of the biggest council estates in West London.

 

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Blacklisting on Crossrail – The Proof

To mark the British mainstream media finally exposing the illegal practice of blacklisting on primetime TV (Panorama, 10/06/13), We present the first in a new series of regional reports from around the UK on blacklisting.

Number 1: South East

Crossrail are blacklisting trade unionists – and here’s the proof. Testimonies from people with direct experience of blacklisting by Crossrail at Westbourne Park in London, and Chatham docks in Kent. Plus: the extent of blacklisting from Chatham to Basingstoke and Southampton – and the growing resistance.

Blacklist Support Group AGM March 2013

150 blacklisted workers and supporters declare war on the illegal conspiracy by construction firms and police to blacklist trade unionists from major construction projects such as the Olympics and Crossrail.
Speeches by Michael Meacher MP, John McDonnell MP, Len McCluskey (UNITE), Paul Kenny (GMB), John Hendy QC, Professor Keith Ewing, Sean Curran (Guney Clark & Ryan) and blacklisted activists: Helen Steel, Jerry Hicks, Steve Acheson, Colin Trousdale, Frank Morris, Dave Smith.

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