Bristol activists join successful Nuclear Bomb Factory blockade
Bristol & SW activists join successful Nuclear Bomb Factory blockade
A group of around thirty people used cars to block all entrances to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Burghfield, Berkshire (Monday 9th June 2014). Beginning just before 7.00am, they locked themselves to the cars and to each other. The base was at a complete standstill for five hours, with no traffic entering the site through any entrance.
Although there have been protests at the site in the past, this is the first time that an unannounced protest has blocked access via all three roads. Protests at the site have escalated in recent months, as Britain gets closer to a general election that could determine the future of Trident.
Two people were arrested as police forcibly cleared one of the entrances at around 11.00am. The blockade began just before 7.00am and finished around noon.
From Swindon and Bristol: Solidaridad con la CNT
A fourth International Day of Action saw members of the Solidarity Federation take to the streets of Bristol and Swindon in support of a Spanish worker sacked for organising a union branch in his workplace. The worker, a member of the anarcho-syndicalist CNT union was fired during a campaign by his colleagues for decent contracts and against illegal outsourcing by ISBAN, a subsidiary of Santander. Solidarity actions took place in 13 countries around the world.
Our Saturday 7th pickets saw 2 actions, one in Bristol, one in Swindon, in which nearly 1000 leaflets were distributed to supportive Santander staff and members of the public, as well as the front of Swindon Santander getting littered with stickers and posters demanding an end to union busting. The actions felt successful, and SolFed members and supporters in the South-West are ready to take further action until ISBAN/Santander reinstate the sacked organiser, and all staff receive decent, direct contracts.