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UG#696 - The Morality Play of Austerity (Bailing out The Shipwrecked Plutocracy)

Robin Upton | 29-11-2014 20:46 | Workfare | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Sheffield | World

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Three looks at the Financial 'Crisis':- First, Professor Mark Blyth, author of "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" looks at the promotion of austerity as a financially necessary measure, uncorrelated to bailouts. Next Les Leopold, another new speaker on the show, author of "How To Make A Million Dollars an Hour - Why Hedge Funds Get Away With Siphoning Off America's Wealth", describes financial chicanery of dubious legality and even less morality. We conclude with a stirring speech by regular speaker, Chris Hedges, who sets the austerity in the context of a dying empire, and assets that the only consistent position for those of conscience is outright rebellion against "the dehumanizing ideology of totalitarianism capitalism".

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Sanctions protest in Stanley County Durham

Tolpuddle Martyr | 02-06-2014 18:57 | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Liverpool | Sheffield

Tuesday 3rd of June is going to see another protest by Durham Unite Community - this time an anti Sanctions protest to spread information about the horrendous regime enforced by the DWP, in Stanley, County Durham. 1030-1230. Stanley Job Centre, 2 Front Street, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 0LT

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The mass sleep-out Birmingham, to raise awareness of mass homelessness room tax

Rachael Moris | 06-08-2013 12:02 | Public sector cuts | Birmingham | Sheffield

''Why should I sleep on the street if the bedroom tax doesn't affect me anyway?'' This isn't my fight, I'm not affected by this as I am a renter to a private landlord/employed/mortgaged etc..,'' you may ask.

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Marks & Spencer Bombarded With Boycott Threats over #workfare boasts

Johnny Void (repost) | 05-07-2013 10:30 | Workfare | Public sector cuts | London | Sheffield | South Coast

M+S thread on 5/7/2013

Hundreds of people bombarded Marks & Spencer on social media on Wednesday night after the company boasted of their use of workfare earlier in the week.

The company were forced to lock down their facebook page in an attempt to silence criticism and are now preventing people from posting on their wall. This has simply led to people leaving hundreds of comments threatening to boycott the company on their gaudy posts advertising over-priced food instead.

The ‘workfare party on the M&S facebook page’ as one person described it seemed to be holding strong on Thursday morning whilst the company haven’t fared any better on twitter where they can be found @marksandspencer.

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Fight workfare - Sheffield, Brighton, Glasgow, London and everywhere!

BW supporter | 04-07-2013 13:53 | Workfare | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | London | Sheffield

Boycott Workfare's national week of action is coming up soon, with events confirmed for Sheffield, Brighton, Glasgow and London, and more on the way.

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Sheffield Workfare Protest, June 1st

Sheffield Unite Community | 20-05-2013 21:29 | Workfare | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Sheffield

The government is running scared of protests over workfare. They've been to court to try and keep the names of workfare exploiters from being published because they're scared that protests will cause the whole scheme to collapse. If we keep the pressure on, we can turn their fears into reality.

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Sheffield Protest Against the Bed Room Tax

Chris | 18-05-2013 13:26 | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Sheffield

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There was a protest in Barkers Pool, Sheffield, on 18th May 2013 against the Tory / LibDem changes to housing benefit which came into force on 1st April 2013.

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Sheffield workfare protest, Saturday May 4th

Unite Community Sheffield | 27-04-2013 15:18 | Workfare | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Sheffield

On Saturday May 4th, starting at 1pm, Unite Community members will be protesting outside Poundland on the Moor as part of the ongoing national campaign against the government's workfare schemes. We hope you can make it. For more information, see the facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/226383464152953/

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Sheffield action against library closures and workfare, 23rd March

Unite Community Sheffield | 18-03-2013 12:59 | Workfare | Culture | Public sector cuts | Workers' Movements | Sheffield

This Saturday, we'll be taking to the streets to defend our libraries and take action against forced unpaid work. Join us!

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Occupy Sheffield: Peoples Forum on Debt - 2nd March 2013

@OccupySheffield | 03-02-2013 10:48 | Globalisation | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Sheffield

Occupy Sheffield are hosting a Peoples Forum on Debt on Saturday 2nd March 2013, 9.30am-3pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW (just along from the Cathedral, past the Blue Moon).

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Communities won't take the closure of nurseries and childrens centres.

concerned resident | 25-12-2012 19:00 | Education | Health | Public sector cuts | Sheffield

Around 100 parents and children under 5 arrived from Tinsley Green children's centre. Another 50 joined the protest from Darnall Community Nursery.

In total at least 250 protested outside Sheffield Town Hall against the Labour council's planned slashing of Sure Start children's centres and nurseries.

The council is aiming to cut £3.5m from these centres. Currently there are 36 centres, all Ofsted registered and providing childcare, health, education and family support. All would be downgraded.

Instead the aim is to have 17 children's centre 'areas', with each area having only one nursery. The council calls its proposals a 'redesign' and incredibly has claimed that the service will improve, reaching more children.

Yet, at the same time, it blames the government for forcing the cuts on it - thereby implying that the service will suffer.

19 of the 36 centres have been earmarked for closure. Five of the seven centres that received an 'outstanding' grade from Ofsted last year are amongst those under threat.

Many nursery workers and parents have been told that their centres will be closed by March 2013 at the latest.

Yet the council is saying that there will be no closures. What it means is that it will use all the sites for something - it's just that 19 of them won't have childcare services!



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100 people at #Sheffield @ukuncut #Starbucks Action

@SheffieldUncut1 | 08-12-2012 22:41 | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Sheffield

Make the dodgers pay
Thanks to everyone who joined our Refuge for The Cuts. At one point, including those people who joined to talk and listen from the amazing parade of humanity that is Fargate, we had between 80 and 100 people. What struck us as most significant about this action was the amazing interaction with our fellow public in Sheffield; people seem genuinely interested to find out what they can do fight companies like Starbucks in their tax dodging. We had well over 1000 leaflets and flyers that all went to eager eyes. Thanks to all you amazing musicians that entertained and the people who made the coffee stall what may possibly have been the busiest coffee joint in town. And the only free one... There's no way we would have expected such an action to happen even a year ago; our message is making more and minds yield to and understand the anti-austerity message.

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Crash! Financial Crisis event on 24th Novemeber

Maddy | 08-11-2012 15:44 | Analysis | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Birmingham | Sheffield

Free Event 10.30 – 17.00 Saturday 24th November. Main Building, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Get to grips with the basics of the financial crisis, and make links with other people from Birmingham and the West Midlands who want an economic system that puts people before profit.

If you want to understand how the global economy got into such a mess, and what to do about it this event is for you.

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Shared Planet 2012

Tara Clarke | 01-11-2012 16:32 | Tar Sands | Climate Chaos | Energy Crisis | Public sector cuts | Liverpool | Sheffield

Shared Planet 2012
People & Planet, the UK's largest student conference on global poverty, human rights and the environment are holding their annual conference on 10 - 11 November at Sheffield Hallam University.

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