30 years after the Great Miners’ Strike

THIRTY years ago Britain was convulsed by a major battle that had massive implications for the future. Newly released Cabinet douments reveal that Thatcher, coal boss Ian MacGregor and the Tory media all lied about the number of pit closures – showing NUM leader Arthur Scargill was right that the Tories had a “hit list” […]


Doncaster demo to highlight the erosion of workers’ rights

A demonstration to highlight how bosses are exploiting workers when they are transferred to another employer will take place in Doncaster on Saturday 16 November. The South Yorkshire town has been chosen because it was the centre of a bitter dispute last winter when 183 Unite drivers were transferred from Tesco to Eddie Stobart Ltd […]


Disabled people plan more direct action in Sheffield

Disabled people in Sheffield have announced plans for more direct action against the cuts in Sheffield. Sheffield Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) are launching a direct action network at a public meeting on 12 November. The aim is to bring together disabled people, carers, supporters, friends and families to fight what they say are threatening the […]


November 5th Day of Action

11.00 – 12.00 Yesterday morning over sixty disabled activists and supporters gathered outside the Atos assesment centre in Sheffield to protest about work capability assesments. The action was called by Unite Community and supported by Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) and UK Uncut. Speakers included Mike Higgins of DPAC who called for an end […]


Look out for RATOS the rat!

If you’re out and about in Sheffield on the 5th November make sure you keep a look out for Ratos. The monstrous 20ft rat will be visiting Sheffield as part of the “Bonfire of Austerity” activities taking place across the city. He’ll be making his first appearance outside the Atos office in Hartside Square at […]


Aunty Austerity in Manchester and Leeds

In the last of a series of three videos on Youtube, Aunty Austerity reports from the Manchester ‘Save our NHS’ demonstration and also from the NASUWT/NUT day of action.


A message from Aunty Austerity


Alliance Boots avoids £1.1 billion tax

Taxpayer-funded firm’s gain worth 78,000 nurses, two years’ prescription charges or 5.2 million ambulance calls Shoppers at Britain’s largest high street chemists Boots are today warned that its parent company has avoided at least £1.12 billion tax since going private six years ago, enough to pay for two years’ prescription charges in England, the starting […]


FBU Planned Strike 19th October 2013

Firefighters in England and Wales will strike again over government attacks on pensions on Saturday 19 October the Fire Brigades Union has announced. The strike will last for five hours, between 6.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday 19 October. Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “We had hoped our first strike was enough to […]


Feed Sheffield

With the aim of supporting the city’s growing number of food banks, the students of Sheffield are holding a food drive on the 6th December. Speaking to the guys behind the initiative, though it’s early days it seems they’ve managed to drum up quite a bit of support from a handful of unions, and the […]