See also UK Indymedia - Health
On Monday 2nd of March 2015, there were demonstrations in over 30 towns and cities around the UK (plus Toronto) against Maximus, the US based health insurance corporation that has taken over the contract from the French IT Company Atos to administer the Work Capability Assessment on behalf of the Department Of Work And Pensions. Atos announced its exit from the contract in early 2014 following an intense period of direct action against the company by groups such as Disabled People Against the Cuts.
The day of action was timed to coincide with the first working day of the new contract, with the spotlight turned on Maximus as well as the continued use of Work Capability Assessments and the life-threatening consequences of the ongoing government attacks on the sick and disabled.
In central London, to the chorus of "David Cameron is a W*****" (YouTube) activists from DPAC hit the streets, taking direct action to block traffic and at one stage bringing traffic to a standstill on Victoria Street in the shadow of Big Ben.
The demonstrations across the UK on the streets were complemented with an online Twitter campaign using the hashtags #Maximarse and #ScrapWCA, the latter trending for a number of hours. This gave the opportunity for those unable (including through sickness and disability) to make it to demonstrations to vent their anger and frustation around the Work Capability Assessment and at a government hell-bent on targeting the sick and disabled.
The press release for the event didn't mention the arms industry related work that takes place there but simply stated that, "The Nuclear AMRC is a new collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester, with the backing of the Government and leading companies involved in building the new generation of civil nuclear power stations."
The day before, Stuart Parkinson, executive director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, speaking at the Sheffield CND AGM exposed the often used argument about job creation for facilities of this nature — only 3,000 are employed in the defence sector in the Yorkshire and Humberside region and the money invested could generate far more jobs in sustainable industries.
Newswire: Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Protest | Protest at the Queen's visit to the Rotherham Death Park | Royal Visit to Death Park! 18th Nov. 2010 | Nuclear Dawn at Rotherhams Advanced Manufacturing Park | Stuart Parkinson: Arms Conversion for a Low Carbon Economy
Saturday, 3rd March, saw a national day of action to defend the National Health Service (NHS), called by NHS Together, an alliance of health service unions and staff associations together with the TUC. Demonstrations and rallies took place across the country, in Birmingham, Cambridge, Hackney (London), Leeds, Preston, Sheffield and other places. The aim of the protests, according to the organisers, was "to send a powerful message in celebration and defence of the NHS" against more cuts and privatisation. Almost three quarters of NHS trusts in the UK are reported last year that financial deficits are forcing them to make massive cutbacks; wards are being closed down, hospitals shut and jobs cut. Billions are going into 'restructuring' the service along market lines, with millions going on management consultants and financial advisers and millions more, in massive PFI payments, to shareholders and bankers.
Previous Indymedia Features: Is Britain ready to defend its NHS? | The NHS in Crisis | Sheffield Children's Hospital: Save Ward S2 | Local Trusts Take Scalpel To NHS | Indymedia UK's Health topic page
S2 is a specialist childrens ear, nose and throat ward and its closure is part of a £3 million cuts package for the Hospital, which is just a fraction of the 3 year £100 million cuts package for the NHS in Sheffield. Hospital unions are objecting to cuts which include not filling vacancies and workers' hours being cut.
These cuts are not an isolated incident, in July there was a protest against privatisation on the 58th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The Government's ongoing underfunding, cuts and privatisation of the National Health Service have also been covered by Cambridge and Liverpool IMCs.
Sheffield Welfare Action Network (SWAN) is one of the lead organisations in the campaign against the proposed welfare reforms. They are organising the forthcoming People's March and Rally Against the IB cuts, a national demonstration on the 17th June being held in Sheffield. SWAN has been steadily helping build the campaign and seen opposition grow to the draconian welfare reforms as their implications become clear. There is also a benefit concert in aid of SWAN on the 20th May.
Proposals are being put before the council for a massive enlargement of the Parkwood Landfill site, allowing a substantial increase in capacity from just 266,000 tonnes a year to a staggering 1 million tonnes. The Parkwood Landfill site is on the edge of Shirecliffe and overlooks many areas including Hillsborough, Upperthorpe and Walkley. Local residents are fighting these proposals and demanding a public consultation. However, their on going investigation into the proposals is raising more questions than answers. Residents are beginning to see a possible link emerging between the new massive incinerator in Sheffield, which is nearing completion, and the proposals for the enlargement of the Parkwood Landfill Site. If under these proposals the Parkwood landfill site was to have its suspended special waste licence reinstated, the expansion of the landfill site would enable the ash from the new Bernard Roads incinerator to be dumped there.
Planning application info: September 2005
The Bhopal Disaster of 1984 killed thousands of people in the Indian city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. It was caused by the accidental release of forty tons of methyl isocyanate (MIC) from a Union Carbide pesticide plant located in the heart of the city. This event remains the worst industrial disaster in history with significant injuries to at least 50,000 people.
The MIC leak began shortly after midnight on December 3, 1984. The vapors killed more than 2,000 people outright and injured anywhere from 150,000 to 600,000 others, some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries.
To commemorate the lives lost in the disaster Sheffield Indymedia has arranged for a screening of the film Bhopal Express to be shown at 6:30pm Sunday 5th December at The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield with all proceeds from the film to be donated to the Bhopal Medical Appeal.
Indymedia India has a number of articles about the disaster: Fast for clean up of Bhopal Factory Site | Cloud over Bhopal | Students at 60 Colleges on Five Continents Demand Justice
Sainsbury's chilled food distribution centres were blockaded across the country on Thursday in protest against GM feed being fed to dairy cows. Sainsbury’s five biggest UK distribution centres were shut down as evironmentalists and consumers simultaneously blockaded the supermarket chain's chilled-goods depots in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield. They were chained together through steel tubes, or sat up scaffold tripods, blocking the depot gates. The co-ordinated action was intended to halt distribution of Sainsbury's dairy products that come from cows fed GM animal feed.
The protest follows Sainsbury’s failure to provide non-GM fed milk as standard, despite rivals like Marks and Spencer and the Co-op doing so. The action was taken in solidarity with farmers, demanding they get a fair deal of 2p on the pound for non-GM milk. The coalition of groups campaigning on this issue includes Farmers for Action, the Small and Family Farmers Alliance, The Small Farms Association, the Wholesome Food Association, the Institute of Science in Society, Genetic Food Alert and the Genetic Engineering Network (see GM animal feed campaign PDF). Also see National press release
Local reports: Birmingham report, photos and video | London
Yorkshire | Liverpool [ 1 , 2 ] and photos [1 | 2]
Bristol report and photos
Sainsbury's Essex Waltham Point Depot Blockade Report
See also Genetic Engineering Network
Public sector cuts
April 2006 No Borders Days of Action
Art and Activism Caravan 2006
Climate Camp 2006
French CPE uprising 2006
G8 Russia 2006
Lebanon War 2006
March 18 Anti War Protest
Refugee Week 2006
Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
We suggest you use an encrypted connection encrypted connection for browsing this site.
estrecho / madiaq
san francisco bay area
santa cruz, ca
process & imc docs
The 2015 Northern Vegan Festival in Manchester
The 2015 Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival in Leeds
UG#707 - Returning To Earth (Fungus, Fermentation and Food)
North's biggest ever vegan festival
UG#636 - Bilking The Afflicted (Addiction, Drugs & Capitalism)
Sheffield Vegan Approach
03-02-2013 13:15 | 1 comment
Communities won't take the closure of nurseries and childrens centres.
25-12-2012 19:00 | 2 comments
The Earth Needs Rebels
Protect Chapetown Residents
child protection conference skegness
06-09-2012 17:58 | 1 comment
LaDIYfest Sheffield presents... Hair Today! Hair Tomorrow? Workshop
Fire! In A Crowded World
National March/Rally Against Newcastle Uni
16-04-2012 19:04 | 1 comment
UG#587 - Engineering The Stench of Urban Decay
Fracking - The Rest of the Story
08-02-2012 19:58 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Grassroots community action round-up
Scope to shut down DIAL UK, make all staff redundant
Campaigners fight deportation order for 19th August
ATOS Worker - Sick are "Parasitical Wankers" - Update and Dox
ATOS Worker - Sick are "Parasitical Wankers"
07-08-2011 12:57 | 5 comments
The bomb: 76 years later
UG#558 - Into Eternity (Understanding The Ongoing Nuclear Wars)
Countering the GM come back summer camp
04-07-2011 11:16 | 1 addition
After The Apocalypse: Screening on 5th of July
A Tribute to Anti-War Campaigner Brian Haw, Driven by Revulsion at the Murder of Innocents
20-06-2011 09:24 | 1 comment
Worksop NHS protest
20s plenty meeting – Monday 23rd May at 6pm
19-05-2011 15:39 | 1 addition
Sheffield incinerator waste burning plan
rotherham remembers chernobyl
27-04-2011 11:33 | 2 comments
Bramham's GM crops
13-04-2011 20:56 | 2 comments
Helen Caldicott on Japan Nuke Disaster
Desperate efforts to prevent full meltdown at Fukushima
Safety of nuclear power and death of the nuclear renaissance
15-03-2011 21:50 | 5 comments
New Campaign to Save Care Homes!
23-02-2011 12:34 | 1 comment
why are the skies full of lines?
17-02-2011 19:52 | 5 comments
nuclear renaissance demo
17-02-2011 19:29 | 7 comments
Save Sheffield Sure Start Children's Centres
10-02-2011 17:00 | 1 addition
Crisis in Care: Interview with an anarchist support worker
31-01-2011 20:57 | 4 comments
Leeds Toxic incinerator meeting
Sheffield to Import Waste?
03-01-2011 20:45 | 1 comment
National Health Service "could collapse"
29-12-2010 18:46 | 2 comments
UG#525 - Cannabis (Medical Marijuana, Forgetting and the Botany of Desire)
28-11-2010 14:37 | 3 comments
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Protest
18-11-2010 21:34 | 1 comment
Racism, Religion, and the American and UK Armed Forces Decision to use DU
10-11-2010 13:11 | 2 comments
chesterfield against incineratoin great victory
cyclamax incinerator at chesterfield turned down at planning
22-10-2010 22:43 | 1 comment
Toxic waste plan is turned down
Sheffield Free School abundance urban scrumping
An age of consent of 14?
27-09-2010 15:33 | 6 comments
HEAT STROKE: When Heat Kills
Tackling Fuel Poverty in Sheffield
Call For People of Sheffield to Show Their Support for Organ Donation
28-01-2010 13:02 | 1 comment
East Midlands Vegan Festival,
Sheffield FREE Vegan Food Fayre - Sat 5th Dec
Urgent: Please object to large biofuel power station in Sheffield
20-10-2009 14:17 | 2 comments
Billionaire Resnick Poison Spraying People Animals and Insects of California
09-09-2009 16:05 | 2 comments
Ecoworks Gardening Workshops & Events Spring/Early Summer 2009
27-03-2009 09:27 | 1 comment
Why Do So Many Soldiers Kill Themselves in the US Military?
22-03-2009 11:34 | 1 comment
Q&A : Water Pushed to the Limit
Plans for the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
IMEMC Special: White Phosphorus and its use in Gaza
13-01-2009 13:35 | 2 comments
mobile phone mast in Netherthorpe
30-11-2008 15:22 | 1 comment
Pro-market. Anti-capitalist. What to do?
24-11-2008 15:24 | 2 comments
Candlelit vigil against Rolls Royce planning for nuclear reactor in derby
30-10-2008 21:45 | 1 comment
Kentucky Fried Cruelty...
18-07-2008 22:12 | 1 addition | 2 comments
Protest at Novartis, Grismby
08-07-2008 14:34 | 1 addition
Healthcare in Cuba and Britain: Newcastle Public Meeting 01/06/08
29-05-2008 02:25 | 1 addition
Workers Memorial Day 28th April Gateshead
This Government Makes Asylum Seekers Sick
Emergency call-out - Anti-abortion bigots in Shef, 4th April!
Leeds street medic training, 28th-30th March
Eid Charity Comedy Event 2/1/2008 Sheffield USIC
Ebola outbreak kills two doctors, causing panic in East Africa
UK Emission-free transport cooperative needs your support
The 4th East Midlands Vegan Festival, 8th December 2007
27-11-2007 09:24 | 3 comments
A612 Bus Plug Road Kill Two Squirrels dead
13-10-2007 12:19 | 1 comment
Why I Love the Burton Road Bus Plug
05-10-2007 11:04 | 2 comments
A tale of two public sector meetings in Leeds
24-09-2007 17:04 | 4 comments
A612 Burton Joyce Motorists protest Burton Road Bus Plug
18-07-2007 07:00 | 23 comments
Stop the Mast in Nether Edge
07-06-2007 21:48 | 2 comments
The Welfare Bill to become law: disabled people failed by the left
03-05-2007 12:41 | 2 additions | 8 comments
MPs call for Government investigation into SOAS Head
Protestors plant GM trial site with organic potatoes. (press release)
22-04-2007 18:09 | 2 comments
Support Blood Service workers! - IWW leaflet
13-04-2007 12:23 | 2 comments
4th Anniversary of Depleted Uranium used in Iraq arriving in the UK
Defend the NHS Day: Sheffield Demonstration
03-03-2007 20:15 | 1 addition
Photos of Defend Our NHS Demo - Sheffield
Defend the NHS: S/Yorks Demo
Action Mesothelioma Day 2007...
Health Alert: Contamination of herbal cannabis
19-02-2007 21:48 | 2 additions | 3 comments
Critical mass this Friday 29th Dec
27-12-2006 16:29 | 1 comment
Opt-out of the national NHS database
18-12-2006 23:13 | 1 comment
Welfare Reform Bill: Lobby of Parliament and Rally
Welfare Reform Protest Information