Deliveroo riders strike as the fat cats try to make a killing

Deliveroo workers have gone on strike, just as the company joined the stock market. It was, of course, a game of two halves: workers fighting for rights; fat cat investors attempting to make a killing. Everybody out… on your bikes Deliveroo workers held protests in cities across the UK: from London, York and Sheffield via Reading and Wolverhampton. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is repping the Deliveroo workers. It noted a report which stated: major health and safety concerns including but not limited to poor COVID-19 protections. It also highlights pay well below minimum wage, with many riders earning as little as £2 per hour…

0 Comments

Deliveroo workers strike in pay and conditions dispute

Workers at delivery firm Deliveroo went on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over pay and conditions. Socially distanced protests were held in cities including London, York, Sheffield, Reading and Wolverhampton. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) said its members are calling for decent pay as well as improved employment rights and safety protections. The union said supportive action was expected in Australia, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Spain. “A false choice” The action follows recent campaigns by those in the gig economy to be classed as workers and so receive better pay and conditions. Unions won legal action recently against ride hailing firm Uber. Alex…

0 Comments

Protesting Indian farmers begin hunger strike amid fury against Modi

Indian farmers and their leaders, spearheading more than two months of protests against new agriculture laws, have started a one-day hunger strike. They’re directing their fury at prime minister Narendra Modi and his government. Strike Farmer leaders said the hunger strike will reaffirm the peaceful nature of the protests. It coincides with the death anniversary of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. Samyukta Kisan Morcha of United Farmers’ Front is one of hundreds of protest leaders taking part in the strike. The United Farmers’ Front is a coalition of farmers’ unions. Morcha said: The way the government is spreading planned lies and violence is condemnable Farmers are demanding the withdrawal…

0 Comments

CIA Whistleblower: Biden Intel Pick Avril Haines Approved Obama Drone Strike Kill List, Hid Torture

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: John, I wanted to ask you about one of the confirmation hearings that are taking place, of Avril Haines. That began yesterday along with a number of others — the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, Department of Homeland Security. Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee to be director of national intelligence, she was Obama’s top lawyer on the National Security Council from 2010 to 2013 and CIA deputy director from 2013 to '15, where she authorized using drone strikes to carry out targeted extrajudicial assassinations. In 2015, when she was CIA deputy director, CIA agents…

0 Comments

British Gas engineers launch five-day strike in pay and conditions row

British Gas engineers are said to be solidly supporting a strike from Thursday in a dispute over pay and conditions. The GMB union said some of its members were mounting socially distanced picket lines across the UK after being “provoked” into taking industrial action. The walkout will last for five days, with warnings of further stoppages if the row is not resolved. British Gas owner Centrica said it had contingency plans to deal with the action, and will prioritise vulnerable households and emergencies. Today we make history. Please show support for your engineers today.#StopTheBritishGasFire pic.twitter.com/gfuhMbxTuq — GMB Union (@GMB_union) January 7, 2021 The strike involves around 4,500 service…

0 Comments

US secretary of state’s comments on Venezuela election strike to the heart of US hypocrisy

Venezuela recently held elections for its National Assembly, the South American nation’s unicameral legislature. The US and its allies have denounced the election as fraudulent. But something is seriously amiss. The US government is currently led by a man who is openly attempting to undermine democracy in his own country. And comments from one of that government’s major figures show just how flagrant that hypocrisy has become. Venezuelan opposition loses its parliamentary majority On December 6, Venezuelans went to the polls for the first time since the beginning of the US-backed coup. The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV in its Spanish initials) and allied parties won…

0 Comments

Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi, Neoliberalism & Inequality

In these times of COVID-19, climate chaos and elections, independent news is more important than ever. You turn to Democracy Now! because you trust that when we're reporting on the pandemic or the uprisings against police brutality—or the climate crisis—our coverage is not brought to you by the fossil fuel, insurance or weapons industries or Big Pharma. We count on YOU to make our work possible. If everyone who visits our website gave just $8, we could cover our operating costs for 2021. Really—that’s all it would take. And today a generous supporter will double your donation to Democracy Now!, meaning your gift will go twice as far.…

0 Comments

Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi, Neoliberalism & Inequality

As COVID rages through India, which has the second-highest number of reported cases worldwide, hundreds of thousands of farmers are converging on the capital New Delhi to demand the government repeal new laws that deregulate agricultural markets, saying the reforms give major corporations power to set crop prices far below current rates and devastate the livelihoods of farmers. Agriculture is the leading source of income for more than half of India’s 1.3 billion people. The farmer revolt comes as some 250 million workers across the country took part in the largest strike in history against the Modi government’s neoliberal labor reforms. We speak with P. Sainath, a longtime…

0 Comments

A nationwide university rent strike is sweeping the country as more students join the movement

Cambridge and Nottingham university students have joined students in Bristol and Manchester in declaring that they’re on rent strike. And as other students from campuses across the UK threaten to take the same action, the movement could soon become massive. Since September, universities have been accepting new students and charging them money for accommodation, while putting the lives of students, lecturers and cleaners at risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus (Covid-19). More than 1,400 students at the University of Bristol are taking part in the rent strike. They argue that: Students were goaded into halls under the illusion of a normal university experience, with the promise of in…

0 Comments

Nationwide strike in Poland over abortion ruling

People across Poland are vowing to stay off their jobs on 28 October as part of a nationwide strike in protest against a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of congenitally damaged foetuses. The nationwide strike comes amid a deepening standoff between angry crowds who have taken to the streets over the ruling and Poland’s deeply conservative government, which has vowed not to back down.StrikeThe constitutional court ruling on 22 October triggered daily mass protests across a nation of 38 million that are exposing deep divisions in a country of conservative Catholicism that is undergoing rapid social transformation.Rage over the ruling, which would deny legal abortions…

0 Comments