Workers at car parts manufacturer Visteon have occupied the Enfield plant.
On Tuesday 31st March, the management of the Ford Visteon plant called a general assembly and told people that they would have to leave their workplace immediately. The workers were told to fetch their personal belongings the next day at 10am, but when they turned up the factory was already closed. Workers entered through an unlocked side entrance and about 70 workers - men and women from all kinds of backgrounds - occupied the plant.
- Published: 03 April 2009
The Bill proposes a number of changes:
• phasing out income support for single parents, and cutting incapacity benefit and carers’ allowance.
• introducing a US-style workfare scheme
• increased conditions for claimants, including taking off payment for missed interviews and non-compliance with drug testing, and pressure to undertake “training”
• privatising more of the Jobcentre Plus work, with companies being paid more the less benefits they award
- Published: 07 March 2009
The campaign to stop privatisation at the Laurels health centre stepped up a gear today (Wed 26 Nov). At the board meeting of Haringey's Teaching and Primary Care Trust, local residents demanded that they reverse the decision to privatise one of the GP practices at the Laurels.
About 20 campaigners gathered inside the grounds of St Ann's hospital at a lobby called by the recently formed Laurels Action Group. But when the meeting began, Richard Sumray, the TPCT chair, refused to hear a brief presentation by a spokesperson for the group. He adjourned the meeting, despite calls to the contrary from the members of the public present.
- Published: 26 November 2008
As most may have noticed, there has been a recent increase in the number of police stop and search operations outside tube stations and in the streets. Under the protection of section 60AA of the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act or section 44 of the Terrorism Act, police carry out what are clear abuses of authority and intrusion in our personal lives. A now hackneyed terrorist bogeyman serves to justify any arrest, whether of anti-war and anti-capitalist protesters or of any remotely 'suspicious' individual. With the DNA database expanding to further layers of the population, state control - enhanced through science and technology - is turning us all into potential suspects, at the expense of hard-won civil liberties.
- Published: 18 November 2008
The fascist BNP are standing in a Haringey Council By-Election on October 9th. The ward in question is Alexandra Ward and the BNP candidate is Frederick Halsey.
This is the first time they have stood in the borough. The Haringey Trades Council meeting on 18th September agreed that it was important that visible opposition is organised to this unwelcome development.
- Published: 19 September 2008
The Weir Hall Action Group is stepping up its 20-year long campaign to save the Bull Lane Playing Fields on the Haringey/Enfield border near the new Sixth Form Centre in North Tottenham. They are supported by the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum and the Haringey Federation of Residents' Associations.
They are opposing Council plans to sell off some of the Council-owned green space for housing, and are developing their own community plan to manage the site for much needed sports and related activities. A decision is due to be made on September 16th.
- Published: 21 August 2008
Many of us from Haringey participated in the Camp for Climate Action at Kingsnorth in Kent, 3-11 August. Following a 60 mile march/caravan from the site of last year's camp - Heathrow Airport - land near the Kingsnorth Power Station was seized for a week long event attended by 1500-2000 people. The idea was to resist government plans to expand coal-fired energy production in the light of coal's disastrous contribution to greenhouse gases and climate change.
It was an incredible week of discussions (over 200 workshops), collective sustainable living, fun for all ages, protests and direct action.
On Saturday August 9th, despite repressive policing, a thousand people marched to block the main gates of the power station, many others scaled fences and got round the back of the plant via canoes and boats. There were also banners hung from pylons, blockades of agro-fuels depots, and other protests and direct action at significant climate-polluting sites around the South east of England.
- Published: 29 July 2008
On Saturday 19th July, 500 residents, market traders, local shopkeepers, campaigners and passers-by formed a human chain around the whole Wards Corner block by Seven Sisters tube in order to say No to evictions, No to demolition, and YES to restoration as set out in the Community Plan created by local people.
Following the protest, the private developers pulled out of the planning hearing scheduled to rule on their application at the Civic Centre on Thursday July 24th. This has been seen by campaigners as a great victory for people power.
- Published: 29 July 2008
Weekly picket of Haringey Teaching & Primary Care Trust HQ. Every Tuesday - 9am-10am at the gates of St Ann's Hospital (Haringey Primary Care Trust HQ), St Ann's Road, N15.
Evergreen House Surgery patients call on other patients to come and join them in defending local GP surgeries, the cornerstone of the NHS - Tuesdays 9am-10am at the gates of St Ann's Hospital. All welcome.
- Published: 28 July 2008
Thanks to everyone who came along to Haringey Independence Day in April (over 200 people). It was a really useful start to building links between activist groups all round Haringey and improving our effectiveness.
We are having an initial planning meeting to discuss the idea of a similar event in 2009, on Wednesday 24 September, 7.30pm, upstairs at the Phoenix Millennium Centre, West Green Road, N15 (entrance on Vincent Road).
For a report of last year's event, go to the Independence Day website.
- Published: 18 July 2008