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gathering2On 21st and 22nd February No Borders activists from across the UK will once again gather to discuss and plan together. This will be the fifth network wide gathering, following on from last November in Newcastle, hosted by No Borders North East. This event will be co ordinated by Bristol No Borders and take place at St. Werburgh’s Community Centre (map).

Although primarily a coming together of the dozen or so autonomous No Borders groups in the UK, like previous gatherings it will be an open event with no ‘membership requirements’ to attend. However this will be a working meeting of like minded activists rather than a place to find out about the network. Please contact us, or your local group if you do wish to find out more (links to other local groups in the left column).

If you are coming, please contact the organisers about accommodation, when you will be arriving, and any other requirements. Though the venue, accommodation, logistics and catering will be the responsibility of people in Bristol, we in South Wales will be compiling the proposed agenda. If you would like to contribute anything please contact us, there will be a finalising meeting on Friday 20th February in Bristol which everyone is welcome to attend.

There is a suggested donation of £10-15 to cover the costs of the Gathering, no one will be turned away through lack of funds.

Amey PLC, a company that provides ‘support services’, have been exploiting migrant workers. No Borders activists recently held a solidarity picket in Bristol to coincide with a protest in London organised by Campaign Against Immigration ControlsLondon Coalition Against Poverty and others.

We echo this No Borders Bristol statement and call for working class unity:

“We are aware that this is a tricky time to defend migrant worker’s right, as many fear losing their own jobs and the media stir up talk of putting limits on immigration to protect ‘British’ jobs. But we think this is the right time to be making the arguments that we will not be divided by bosses and governments. This is ultimately more than just a matter of rights and fair treatment for migrant workers – it’s about the “race to the bottom” that determines deregulation, worse pay and standards for all workers in the UK. Migration controls are a weapon against the whole work force. They divide us and are a tool of discipline the workforce. If there are workers with less right or no rights, this undermines the position of workers as a whole. The answer must be to oppose immigration controls. EQUAL RIGHTS ARE IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL WORKERS!”

There are set to be more protests against Amey PLC later this week. To get a handle on the way in which the taxpayer pays for the exploitation of migrant workers and profit of corporate shareholders, follow the money in this diagram:

This Saturday, the Bastard Squad Collective‘s annual crust extravaganda ‘SUBVERT 2008’ hits Bristol. Featuring Whole in the Head, Burning the Prospect, Beginning of the End, Jesus Bruiser, Skiplickers and Filthy Habits and taking place at the The White Hart. All the profits from the £7 entry fee will go to benefit Bristol No Borders and Bristol Anarchist Black Cross.

On Sunday, to soothe any hangovers or earache, in Kebele from 6pm there will be a series of short films on migration controls, and the resistance against it, plus delicious vegan food organised by Bristol No Borders. Free entry, food by donation.

Members of No Borders South Wales will be in attendance on both days, come and join us.


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