0:40 Stephen’s updates
- Stephen is looking forward to Chelsea vs Liverpool as soon as we finish recording the show
- A recent technical issue with video was down to user error!
- Stephen is off to Guatemala in a week!
- Stephen has become a member of Mayfirst
3:27 Walton’s updates
- Lots of prep for the 30 November strike – it’s going to be big!
- Spent Saturday filming the Sparks’ protest
4:32 Tech update
- There are lots of benefits to Mayfirst membership
- People in the IRC channel are really helpful
- We’ll be moving from Trick to Mayfirst soon, because we need more space
- Trick are a great microhost and we recommend them for branch or activist websites
- There is a horrible new bill in the US called the Stop Online Piracy Act
- It’s unworkable and shifts the Internet balance of power in favour of big corporations and content producers with outdated business models
- Get campaigning through the American Censorship website
14:25 Up the Sparks!
- The strike on 30 November is likely to be the biggest since 1926
- Will this be a repeat of the 1984 Miners’ Strike, and a chance to destroy public sector unions?
- Direct Action gets the goods
- The Sparks dispute is one of the most interesting and under reported
- Construction is covered by national agreements such as NAECI
- Pulling out of NAECI lead to the Lindsey refinery wildcats in 2009
- Seven major employers, lead by the highly profitable Balfour Beatty, have pulled out of agreements, lowering wages by 30% causing a ruckus
- Ironically, trade unions could be the saviours of capitalism – because we ensure people are paid enough to spend into the economy and move us out of recession
- National Shop Stewards Network is a rank and file movement
- Occupy Wall Street was evicted, leaving Bloomberg looking like another ageing dictator
- Towards a permanent occupation!
- Mentioned in ACAS (pdf)
- Email from the Professional Teachers’ Union of Zambia