Support striking electricians and Stow College catering staff. Plus Occupy Glasgow 15th October

Big fat list of events coming up in next couple weeks.  Full details of everything below.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Friday 7th October Protest against de-skilling and 35% pay cuts at Select Awards Ceremony 18:00 Radisson BLU Hotel Glasgow In August the Joint Industrial Board (JIB) for the Electrical Contracting Industry pulling out of the national agreement and sought to unilaterally impose a new one with paycuts of up to 35%, attacks breaks, overtime rates, travel, wages, strike clause, redundancy rules, guaranteed working week, the grading systems and the ability to claim unfair dismissal from day one. More details here : Callout for the protest this evening : All the Top Brass from the major contractors will be there. Unite have REFUSED to attend the event in an official capacity and have opted to stage a protest outside instead. Sources say that Ray O’Rourke (of Laing O’Rourke, who owns Crown House) will be there and as it is right in the Heart of Glasgow we should hopefully get some good media coverage. We NEED numbers for this. Show the bosses what they have let themselves in for. It is after work so there is actually NOT ONE SINGLE EFFIN EXCUSE FOR NOT ATTENDING. Come on Glasgow. Give them a proper Scottish Welcome I am not condoning throwing of items (eggs, paint) as that is highly illegal. But if you chose to, I would have a drink to it. KEEP THE FAITH ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Tuesday 11th October Autonomia: A Reading Group The group will run on four consecutive Tuesdays, 7-9 throughout October and early November. Tuesdays, 11th October, 18th October, 25th October and 1st November. Venue: Transmission Gallery, 28 King Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 5QP DATES AND READING MATERIAL: Week 1, Tuesday 11th October, 20011, 7.00-9.00pm Maurizio Lazzarato, Immaterial Labour. In, Michael Hardt and Paolo Virno, eds, Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics, Theory Out of Bound Series, Minnesota Press, 1996. Week 1_Immaterial Labour_Lazzarato Week 2, Tuesday 18th October, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm Paolo Virno, Ten Theses on the Multitude and Post-Fordist Capitalism. In, Paolo Virno, A Grammar of the Multitude, Semiotext(e) Foreign Agents Series, 2004 Week 2_Ten Theses on the Multitude_Virno Week 3, Tuesday 25th October, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm Aufheben, Keep on Smiling Questions of Immaterial Labour, Aufheben magazine, 2006 Week 3_Keep on Smiling_Aufheben Week 4, Tuesday 1st November, 2011, 7.00-9.00pm Sylvia Fedrici, Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Commoner Journal, 2011 Week 4_Feminism And the Politics of the Commons_Federici RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND READING Bifo Berardi, Anatomy of Autonomy, In, Italy: Autonomia. Post-political politics.Ed. Sylvere Lotringer and Christian Marazzi, Semiotext, 1980, pp.148-170 Karl Marx , Fragment on Machines, Grundrisse, pp.690-712: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Wednesday 12th October 2011, Rally in Solidarity with Strike at Stow College [Also support is welcome Tues, Weds and Thurs on the picket lines from around 8am – lunchtime] Stow Strikers Public Lobby on Wed 12 Oct, 12.30pm, Stow College, 43 Shamrock Street, Cowcaddens. Get along and show your support! Over ninety UNISON members in Stow College’s support services are in dispute over pay and jobs. Many are low paid with some earning just above the national minimum wage. The management have implemented a pay freeze but with inflation over 5%, electricity and gas prices rising by 18% and the ever increasing cost of food this is in effect a pay cut. The college management cannot use the excuse that the pay freeze is to save jobs as they also intend to privatise some support services. —————————————————————————————————- Internationalism From Below – from John Maclean to Tahrir Square? 7pm-10:00pm Kinning Park Complex Talks, films and discussion. The current struggles across Arab-speaking countries, the crises created by trans-national financial corporations, and protests over ‘austerity’ and education in Europe and the US, have vividly brought the global and inter-connected nature of power and politics to the foreground. Issues of self-determination, the political agency of non-governmental groups, and ad-hoc assemblages of ‘the people’ and other populist constituencies are shaping political discourses on various levels. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, groups of Irish and Eastern European migrant workers, dispossessed Highlanders, and working class tenants organisations formed various assemblies, unions and organisations within Scottish cities and rural areas. Whilst often born out of local needs, these groups formed networks and syndicates that spanned geographies, linking crofter land struggles with urban housing, women’s education with revolutions in Lithuania and Latvia, Irish emancipation with the Lanarkshire coal mines. Informed and stimulated by the ideas and action of figures such as Michael Davitt, John Maclean, and Ethel MacDonald, this period represented the development of what Allan Armstrong has called ‘Internationalism From Below’, a challenge to the ‘internationalism from above’ of British Imperialism, global capital and the top-down institutions of established political governance. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, ‘alter-globalism’ has emerged as a new form of international network, combining various political and social movements across the world. These range from large events such as the World Social Forums, to localised conflicts over land dispossession, and campaigns against political and economic border regimes. The Unity Centre in Glasgow has been the focus for such struggles in Glasgow, providing support for asylum seekers and sans papiers, and exposing the conditions of British border control and detention centres. It can, in some ways, be seen as a contemporary counterpart to the self-organised groups supporting political refugees that a century ago were found in Glasgow, Bellshill and Coatbridge. Media emphasis upon the use of internet and social media in events in Egypt, Libya and Syria has suggested that these technologies have catalysed these as forms of self-organised struggle ‘from below’. Whilst this may be the case in some instances, the perspectives of those based within these countries often questions the selective portrayal of issues and events given in Western media. To what extent do the events in Tahrir Square represent an aspirational desire to emulate Western consumerism, as often portrayed, or something that more deeply challenges the cosy arrangements upon which Western power has profited in these areas? More broadly, what are the relationships between these disparate struggles? Between the movements of today and those of previous times? What are the relations between alter-globalism and the forms of earlier internationalism? ‘Internationalism From Below’ explores these questions and the histories that lie behind them through talks, film and discussion. Participants include: Allan Armstrong, a communist republican, internationalist and historian of Scottish labour movements, and co-editor of ‘Emancipation & Liberation’; members from the Unity Centre and related projects; Maud Bracke, a historian at University of Glasgow interested in West European communism during the Cold War, social and political radicalisation in Europe of the 1960s-70s and 2nd-wave feminism; and Deryck de Maine Beaumont, an activist-filmmaker who has been living in Eqypt during the past year, filming events and interviewing participants to witness and record the differences in people that the protests have brought about. Films will include: Camcorder Guerillas’ “Visit Dungavel, Monster of the Glen” about the detention and deportation centre, and Deryck de Maine Beaumont’s “Eyewitness Egypt”. Radical Independent Bookfair (RiB) will be hosting a bookstall. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Thursday 13th October stitchUP – a creative skillshare 6-9pm Tapa Organic, 721 Pollokshaws Rd FREE FAMILY EVENT ALL WELCOME ! Sewing Equipment Supplied. Bring along clothes that you want to modify, repair or swap, materials and projects that you wish to share. As requested will be tackling Brolly Bunting, Welly Socks and Crochet basics, as always please bring along your own ideas and enthusiasm to add to the mix. “Here’s one we’ve made earlier” selection will incl. Pillowcase bag, Tie Phone (iphone get it?!) Pouch, cute scrap pincushion ring, jumper sleeve gloves & matching hat, Soft baby ball from scraps, felted roses & needlebook, Scarf dog pillow, covered buttons and much more. We will be on hand to talk you through these projects and offer guidance if you decide to have a go. Look forward to seeing you all there !!! Luci, Donna & Blanche x ps. check out for piccies of our previous events +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Saturday 15th October Occupy Glasgow George Square 11am onwards “We are a people-powered movement…, protesting against the increasing social and economic injustice in this country. Since the financial crisis the government has made sure to maintain the status quo and let the people who caused this crisis get off scot-free, whilst conversely ensuring that the people of this country pay the price, in particular those most vulnerable. What we have in common is that we are the other 99%, that we want People over Profit, that we are making our voices heard against greed and corruption and for a democratic and just society. And we are doing that in a non-violent and peaceful way. A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote: “”The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people.”” — Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain [I will post more about this next week as details become clearer. In the meantime, spread the word and keep your diaries clear!] ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The weekend of 20th-23rd October is the annual Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Too much to detail – please checkout for full listings. 🙂 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Saturday 22nd October A Growing Revolution Electron Club, upstairs in the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St Using the experience of a trip to the city farms in Detroit to reflect what is happening here in Glasgow or Scotland in the business of growing and activism. What lessons can we learn, share, expand on. Morning will be taken up by a discussion on the growing revolution and what is happening in Detroit, by Don MacKeen and Bob Hamilton. Followed by the film “Grown in Detroit” that teaches young pregnant girls farming. After lunch looking at the work of LEGUP, community garden and the Fairfield Farmhouse Trust, in Govan who are exploring new ways of setting up garden projects using common good and educational templates that could be used elsewhere. Other projects input welcome. The Village Square is a project being set up at the Pearce Institute for collecting and distributing information and coordinating events and much more. The Peoples Manifesto: does what it says on the tin. What is it exactly that we want and how do we go about representing and articulating what we want? MORNING 11:00 Why do we grow? and Introduction to a Growing Revolution 12:00 Film: Grown in Detroit 1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH 2:00 LEGUP, Fairfield Farmhouse Mapping places Common Good The Village Square 4:00 Peoples Manifesto ————————————————————————————- Dialogue for Destitution As part of the Dialogue for Destitution Project and Black History Month, the Govan and Craigton Integration Network is holding a day of workshops, entertainment and good food in the Pearce Institute, Govan. The event will be held on the 22nd of October at the Pearce Institute in Govan, from 1pm till late. There will be dialogue and arts workshops, information stalls and good food in the afternoon, with performances, film screenings and entertainment in the evening. The event is part of a larger project which includes outreach activities running up to the event and beyond it. Through both the outreach activities and the event we hope to create a fertile environment in which dialogue can occur between people experiencing destitution, policy makers, community activists , the community at large and all other groups who have a stake in the issue of destitution developing homegrown solutions to the issue. GCIN is partnering with various organizations to deliver the project including the Govan Men’s Group, Scotland in Europe, Glasgow Life and the Unfinished Picture Project. We hope to provide full details of the event and the broader project in the coming days. For more detiails please contact Nicky Bolland:; 07516367499 or Johannes 07747079480. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Saturday 29th October Solidarity Federation Workplace Organiser Training Glasgow 9.30am – 5.30pm Room 6 STUC Building 333 Woodland Road Glasgow G3 6NG The Solidarity Federation workplace organiser training programme is designed to give workers the tools and confidence to organise in their workplaces, whether or not there’s an existing union. Even if you’ve had training from another union, you may find the direct action based approach we adopt offers a fresh perspective. Whether you’ve got a union or not, join us for a workshop on how to create strong organisation in your workplace. Learn the basics of organising. Topics include: making contacts building a ‘shop committee’ cross-union activity collectivising grievances workplace mapping types of direct action the basics of an anarcho-syndicalist approach role plays of one-on-ones, group meetings and confronting the boss! The training is delivered by a one-day workshop lasting approximately 8 hours including breaks. Training materials including a 20-page handbook and ‘goodie bag’ are provided. You just need to bring a pen or pencil, a rough physical sketch of the layout of your workplace, and think of a small, local grievance affecting you and your workmates. The training is designed to incorporate your real-life work situation into some of the role plays to make it as realistic as possible and help tailor it to the trainees’ needs. The principles taught in this programme are based on successful organising work over the last decade in the UK and abroad, and the programme is constantly being adapted to incorporate the latest experiences of direct action organising. The training costs £10, but no-one will be turned away if they can’t afford this amount. Local contact for further information: Martin O’Neill –


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