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“I’m a single mother on a low income … Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, then I had a failed reconstruction operation that ended in a full mastectomy. They know all this. I have massively improved their property, I have always paid the rent. I have been a very good tenant.” – a mother speaks out on her eviction (Guardian)…
 
“The latest official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows how since 1998 their rents have risen more than twice as fast as living costs. The median private rent has risen from £71 a week to £128, an increase of 80pc, while the consumer prices index, which measures the cost of living, has risen by 38pc.” – research from Generation Rent shows the impact of rent rises (Telegraph)…
 
“The medieval rent extractors of the Rhine went too far. In the end they provoked a popular backlash. The picturesque castles of what became known as ‘robber barons’ were besieged and sacked by the angry subjects of the Holy Roman Empire. The strange thing is that, despite bringing on the global financial crisis and taking a sword to the living standards of millions of their fellow citizens, today’s financial robber barons have been more or less untouched.” – Ben Chu on the rentiers of finance  (Independent)…
 
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Forthcoming

 
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meeting
Wednesday 2nd September, 7pm-9pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW
Sheffield Equality Group chat about income inequality and actions to reduce it. Talking about The Divide documentary, on-going cuts to welfare and the rentier economy. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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Libfest: a free festival of music and community organising
Saturday 29th August, 11am to 10:30pm, Old Sharrow Junior School, South View Road, S11 8
This August bank holiday, Sheffield IWW are hosting a one day festival, with live music and DJs throughout the day. There will also be stalls from different community groups, and workshops on topics such as workplace organising and anti-fascism.
 
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£10 AN HOUR AND A UNION! – Sheff4Ten organising meeting
Monday 7th September, 6pm-7:30pm, upstairs meeting room, Red Deer, Pitt St
This meeting will discuss the concrete steps we can take to organise young workers into union branches, making the latent strength of the trade union movement relevant to this new generation of motivated youth, with the aim of kicking off a New York-style mass movement for decent jobs and fair pay.
 
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Positive Money – talk on “Banks, Debt and Inequality”
Monday 28 September, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW
This talk will illustrate how the nation has surrendered its sovereign right to create money to private banks, and how this leads to high levels of private debt, and a transfer of money from the poor to the rich. Followed by discussion.
https://alt-sheff.org/events/4174
 
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The New Workplace
Excellent BBC series on the changing workplace. Particularly eye opening is an episode on agency workers in a Marks and Spencers delivery centre, who are farmed out to increasingly obscure tax dodging companies and offered ever worsening contracts, with unions struggling to find out who they are actually employed by…