Piquetero and Choose...
One in five people in Argentina are unemployed and many felt that
they had had enough and could do a better job of running things
than the bosses. There has been a wave of worker takeovers. Cleaning
staff have been running four-star hotels, a supermarket was taken
over by its clerks and even pilots and cabin crew talked of turning
a regional airline into a cooperative! There are now more than 15,000
workers occupying 200 workplaces. Occupied businesses are usually
run on a one worker, one vote basis and many factories pay all their
workers the same salary. The Zanon workers co-operative is
one of those occupied businesses. Called FaSinPat, short for Fabricas
Sin Patrones, (Factories Without Bosses), it has occupied a ceramics
factory since October 2001.
And there are many reasons why the local community is so supportive
of the co-op. For the past twenty years the poverty stricken community
of Nueva Espaqa has been asking the government, without success,
to build them a health clinic. Taking on the challenge, Zanon workers
voted to build a community health centre and finished the job in
just three months.
The factories offer an alternative to corrupt bosses and the politicians
they have bought. Running scared of successful community-supported
workers co-ops; government agencies have been ignoring the cooperatives
attempts to become a legal entity. Instead judges and politicians
have been planning offensive actions against the movement. Workers
are being told to toe the line. In an attempt to split the co-operative
the government has offered 250 jobs to 400 workers in a new factory
making prefabricated buildings. If they refuse they face violent
eviction, harassment and a long time on the dole with a marked card.
Zanons ex-executives have even organised groups of several
dozen barrabravas (paid hooligans) from the football
club Cipolletti to hassle Zanon workers.
Threats against Zanon are part of a wider clamp down. In August
more than one hundred workers of the occupied factory Gatic (which
makes Adidas clothes), were evicted with tear gas, clubs and rubber
bullets. Kirchner has also refused to cancel the political trials
of 4,000 activists arrested during the previous regime. The Minister
of the Interior promises to enforce a court ruling from April 2004
criminalizing piquetero street blockages.
But the measures have united the piquetero movement, and has led
to massive protests. Right now, Argentinas phone network is
on the verge of collapse following strikes by more than 20,000 workers
who are demanding fairer wages. In Buenos Aires, the action has
intensified with workers storming and holding buildings belonging
to the countrys phone companies.
The Supreme Court has just instructed Zanons local authorities
to immediately carry out the local courts eviction order.
Five attempts to evict the factory have been resisted by the workers,
but the latest eviction order looks like it might be carried through.
With enough international support the Zanon workers reckon they
can resist another eviction attempt.
* Help them stop the evictions by signing the petition now! www.petitiononline.com/zanon/petition.html
* Check out the excellent The Take a film about the
occupied factory co-operatives: www.nfb.ca/thetake
CRAP ARREST OF THE WEEK
Two anarchists in France were arrested by anti terrorist police
for looking after the three year old child of two alleged members
of Basque separatist group ETA. SchNEWS reckons, just to be safe,
remember to ask exactly what your mates are doing before you agree
to baby-sit for them!
AND SchMASH UP
|Fine food fundraiser for SchNEWS followed
by SchNEWS DJs playing music to get drunk to. Sun 12th - food
from 1.30-4pm then music till 10.30. (Cowley Club Members and
guests only for the this one - sorry).
at Ten - The Movie
|Brighton Premier of a film ten years in
the making. From the Courthouse to their recent massive party
in London - and everything in between. Thursday 16th 6pm. Both
events at the Cowley Club, 12 London Rd, Brighton. 01273 696104.
The Court of Appeal ruled this week that police violated the Human
Rights Act when they illegally detained 120 protestors en route
to a demonstration at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, before they
even got out of their coaches. The coaches were searched and when
police found they were tooled up with two pairs of scissors and
some pamphlets they were driven back to London under police guard.
Police claimed the protestors were well armed.
It turns out that the police had our best interests at heart, though.
They claim they were in fact protecting the protestors right to
life and had a member of the public penetrated the defences
and been killed or injured by one of the armed personnel guarding
the B52 aircraft
the public reaction and political consequences
would have been extremely damaging to the coalition partners.
However, the judges also ruled that although detention on the coaches
was unlawful, it was not unlawful for the police to turn the passengers
away from the demonstration. This means that any group of people
could be turned away from a demonstration without evidence and based
solely on the opinion of a senior police officer. Amnesty International
has described the ruling as having a chilling effect on the
rights to freedom of assembly, peaceful protest and expression.
On Monday 50 bailiffs and 100 police (including road-blocks around
the district) evicted anti-road protesters at Sherwood Forest, Nottingham.
This was a surprise move as the Under-Sheriff of Nottingham told
the protesters only last week that there would not be an eviction
while legal cases were still outstanding. www.indymedia.org.uk
...and to prevent a similar occurrence in Birmingham, get down
to The Nursery Social Centre TODAY. They need people to help defend
the centre on Bournbrook Road, Selly Oak (opposite Uni. gates on
Bristol Road). www.stuffit.org/nursery
The BBC recently had to admit that an interview they broadcast
about the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster with a spokesman
from Dow Chemical Co. was, er, total bollocks.
Dow chemical spokesman, Jude Finisterra, accepted full
responsibility for the disaster on behalf of the company. Anyone
interested in the story would have known that the slimy toxic bastards
from Dow Chemical Co. have been denying any responsibility and wriggling
out of paying compensation to the tens of thousands of victims for
the last 20 years.
The BBC claimed they had been the victims of an elaborate
deception, which seems about as subtle and elaborate to us
as a massive explosion of poisonous chemicals. Still, Dow werent
laughing as millions were wiped off their stock market price. www.theyesmen.org
Why not write to a prisoner this Christmas? There are details of
loads of political prisoners on the Brighton ABC website. Remember
the 10th of December is the last day for posting stuff the US and
* Dont forget to send a Christmas card to James Borek LL6803,
HMP Blundeston, D-108, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5BG. James was sent
to prison in January 2004 for four and a half years for injuring
a cop during the June 18th 1999 Carnival against Capital
in Londons financial district.
SchNEWS in brief
- Celebrate Human Rights Day at Brighton Peace Centre,
Kurdish singing, poetry readings, Thai and Indian speakers on
Barclays Bank backed projects, speakers from the Baku-Ceyhan Campaign,
The Refugee Project and The Cornerhouse. This Sat (11) 5pm, 39
Surrey Street, Brighton 01273 766610
- Talk by Narmada Valley and Thai activists about UK opposition
to Barclays involvement in The Narmada Dam projects and
the Trans Thai-Malaysia gas pipeline. This Sat (11) Oxford
Town Hall 2-4pm, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01865 241 097
- Bass not Bombs, fundraiser for Bristol Dissent against
the G8, Colombia Solidarity Campaign and Bristol Stop the War
Coalition this Sat (11). Black Swan, Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol
- Bailiff firm Constant & Co have long been the company
that executes the most vicious evictions of Gypsy and Traveler
sites - demonstration next Mon (13), Noon, Bedford Station. Planning
meeting for further action and other traveler solidarity, this
Sat (11) 7pm @ London Action Resource Centre www.travellersupport.org.uk
- New anti-authoritarian society at the University of London.
Meeting this Monday (13) at ULU bar 6pm email@example.com
- Benefit for Bristle (anarchist magazine) next Fri (17)
at the Porter Butt Pub, London Rd, Bath. 9pm1am, £3
- The Corporate Europe Observatorys Lobby Planet
Guide to Brussels guidebook describes the increasingly harmful
impacts of corporate lobbying and spin on EU decision-making.
- Anti-Capitalism reaches Uckfield! In the sleepy Sussex
town of Uckfield - glue was used to disable locks and cash machines
as part of Buy Nothing Day. Targets included Lloyds, Woolworths,
Tesco and NatWest. Somerfield said the damage cost them £1000.
And SchNEWS thought nothing ever happened in Uckfield.
RampART is a squatted social centre in East London that has been
open for six months and is celebrating with a couple of parties
next weekend (17-18) The two day event includes an open day on the
Saturday afternoon, as well as alternative fashion shows, workshops
*RampART centre, 15-17 Rampart Street, London E1 2LA http://rampart.omxtra.net
Protestors have been targeting Marks and Spencers for ages
because of their support for the repressive Israeli state and for
flogging products made on stolen Palestinian land. Last Saturday,
10 people were arrested at the regular protest outside Marks and
Spencers in central Manchester.
The Chief Constable of Manchester had imposed a ban on pickets
of the store over the Christmas and New Year period on the grounds
that there are more punters around who might be distracted from
the important business of shopping. He wanted the demo to be held
half a mile away, limited to 20 people, and only from 12 to 3 pm.
The cops imposed bail conditions on some of those nicked although
none of them were charged with any offence. Some cant come
into the City Centre on Saturdays till mid-January, while others
are forbidden from entering the City Centre at any time! No prezzies
for their mates, then.
The ongoing squeezing out of the right to protest needs to be resisted.
Come along to show your support.
* Demo this Saturday to protest against the ban 12-3pm, Peace Gardens,
* An interim injunction to limit demonstrations outside Newchurch
guinea pig farm was granted last week. Protesters can still protest
once a week on a Sunday from 12 till 3pm with no more than 25 people
but without megaphones. Save Newchurch Guinea Pigs: 01902 564734
Sick in the EDO
EDO/MBM is Brightons friendly local arms dealer, located
on the Home Farm Industrial Estate, Moulsecoomb, Brighton. EDO,
an American multinational, makes bomb release mechanisms for F16s,
Hawk Hurricanes and Tornadoes, tank diagnostic systems and the controversial
Paveway IV precision guidance system. All their charming products
have been used in the recent invasion of Iraq. Indeed their managing
director, David Jones, has openly stated that his company is proud
to support the invasion and ongoing occupation of Iraq. The factory
also sells to Lockheed Martin in the USA who equips human rights
abusers like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Israel and Turkey. Not to
mention the US military and UK forces, who they have signed huge
contracts with. EDO are proud sponsors of war and oppression all
over the place. They might argue, as others have, that if they dont
do it someone else will. This logic has yet to save a heroin dealer
from being convicted.
In May six activists erected metal fencing on the road to the factory
and chained themselves to it while a further five occupied the roof.
The factory was paralysed for the day as only a few of their 250
workers made it past the blockade. They estimate this cost them
The six activists involved in the demo are charged with Obstructing
the Highway and are on trial 14th-17th December and are asking for
people from around the country to demonstrate outside Brighton Magistrates
Court and at EDO. Accommodation will be provided in Brighton. Demonstration
and support march organised by Sussex Action for Peace on 16th December
outside Brighton Magistrates Court, Edward Street. Interested people
should telephone 07900 698550.
Other actions against EDO have included roof occupations, paintbombs
have been splattered on the walls, the delivery entrance was blocked
up with fast-drying cement, a steaming pile of horse manure has
been dumped in the front yard, and regular noise demos on Home Farm
Road outside the factory have attracted up to 40 people.
* In an attempt to show how effective the protests have been Special
Branch visited a Brighton anti-war activist yesterday morning in
a dawn raid. He was arrested for harassing company directors of
EDO/MBM and his flat was searched.
For more details about the campaign see www.smashedo.bpec.org
SchNEWS has a tip for those of you looking for on-line porn but
worried about your right on reputation
Fuck for Forest is
a Norwegian organization dedicated to having sex in public to save
the environment. They raise awareness of environmental issues and
raise money by selling eco-porn online
The organization is run by a couple in Norway who were in court
recently after they stripped off their clothes and had sex on stage
during a rock concert by Kristopher Schau and his band The Cumshots
(were not making this up, honest). Tommy Hol Ellingsen, and
his girlfriend Leona Johansson, said they did it to help save the
environment. Tommy accidentally lost his trousers during
court proceedings in what he described as, a short moment
of love between him and the Norwegian media. Police fined
the couple nearly $2,500 each, but they are refusing to pay and
will appeal the decision.
Oh yeah, Fuck for Forest are looking for volunteers! Their website
says: Angry? Horny? You can be a model for fuck for forest.
Amateurs and professionals alike anybody is welcome to contact
us. We are mainly looking for girls and couples. Get fucked for
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