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SWAN have received a letter from Notts Defence who are organising to defend to protestors who were arrested over protesting against Atos' flawed work capability assessments. We urge members in the midlands (and outside) to support.
You may already be aware of the case against the ‘Atos Two’ (for links to Indymedia coverage please see below). Following a protest at Atos "Healthcare" in Nottingham on September 30th a retired paediatric nurse and a wheelchair user were arrested and charged with aggravated trespass. Since the arrest there have been amazing acts of solidarity by many people who e.g. send messages, signed a statement of support, spread the word, came to a solidarity demo outside the court etc. Massive thanks to everyone! After pleading not guilty on November 25th, the trial has been set for February 27th and 28th 2012 at Nottingham Magistrates Court. There will be a solidarity demonstration outside Nottingham Magistrates Court on Monday February 27th from 9am. http://nottingham.indymedia.org/events/2247 There will be a demonstration in Nottingham against Atos, the attacks on the welfare system and the criminalisation of protests on Friday February 3rd 12.30pm.
Meet at the crossroads Carlton Street; Broad Street; Stoney Street (near Ice Nine). The demo route will be fully accessible though slightly hilly (this is Nottingham after all). The route will be less than one kilometre. http://nottingham.indymedia.org/events/2247 We are also planning a meeting/workshops to be held in Nottingham on the weekend before the trial (Saturday February 25th) to discuss political policing as well as attacks on benefit claimants. Further details to be announced asap. We are looking for persons who would like to participate in planning this event. If you are interested in planning/attending/participating please contact
On a historic day (N30 - November 30th 2011) social workers and social care staff joined millions of other public sector workers in taking strike action against the ConDem Coalition's attack on pensions, part of the government's broader austerity measures. SWAN activists report from around the UK including photos and video.
The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) welcomes the votes for strike action by public sector workers on November 30th 2011 that were passed with overwhelming majorities. The strike will see up to three million workers in Britain take action to save their pensions.
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