Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Every day - a new protest event!

Protests about homelessness, Job Centre cuts, redundancies, wage cuts Student fees, pensions, inequality …. Every day sees a new event being organised. Can you attend any of them, listed below?
Our Organising Group meets this Wednesday (details below) to discuss ways of supporting students on the 9th and the public sector strikers on 30th November. Come along and help us to make these days as big and successful as possible.
Will your trade union branch, campaign group, or tenants association be meeting in the next few weeks? Please invite a Southwark SOS speaker to talk about building support for 30th November, when 2-3 million people will be on strike against cuts to public sector pensions. Contact us here to arrange this.
If you can help us with leafleting - as many of you did leading up to the TUC demonstration last Spring – please email us .


Support the Occupy LSX movement. There is a tent maintained by South London anti-cuts activists (including those from Southwark SOS) in Finsbury Square, working closely with activists at St Paul’s. Contact Southwark SOS or Leslie on 0777-6000-861 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0777-6000-861. Watch our website/Facebook for latest news re. evictions.

Wednesday 2 November
6.45am.  Construction Electricians Protest against 35% wage cuts (all support welcome!) 110 Cannon Street. Closest tube Cannon Street. More info and updates here.

Wednesday 2nd November
1 pm – 3 pm. Lobby of Parliament over the issue of the proposed Job Centre closures and the threat of compulsory redundancies. Venue: House of Commons, Westminster. Organised by PCS union. Details here .

Wednesday 2nd November
7 pm. Organising meeting of Southwark Save Our Services Campaign to help mobilise for student held at London Southbank University, London Road Building. Individuals or representatives of local trade union branches, student groups, or anti-cuts campaigns are all invited to attend. Email or phone 07939 090 667 for agenda and further details. 

Saturday 5th November
12 noon.  National demonstration as the Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London Assemble at Temple Embankment, marching to Trafalgar Square. Details are here. Organised by Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaign.

Wednesday 9th November
Construction Industry Day of Action against Wage Cuts.
7 am. Assemble Pinnacle building site, Bishopsgate (nearest tube: Liverpool Street).
11.30 am. Protest at ‘The Shard, then march to Blackfriars and on to Westminster.
Supported by UNITE, UCATT, GMB. Details of campaign here or here .

Wednesday 9th November
National Student demonstration.  12 noon. Assembling at University of London, Malet Street, marching to Finsbury Square, City of London. Feeder March from UniArts, High Holborn assembles at 11 am. Called by NCAFC. Officially backed by NUS. Supported by UCU and EAN. Publicity here and here and here . Route here. Placard image. Facebook page here .

Wednesday 9th November
7 pm. Southwark Trades Union Council public meeting on Pensions. Speakers from UNISON, NUT, PCS, UCU, UNITE. Walworth Methodist Hall, 54 Camberwell Road (cnr. Grosvenor Terrace) SE5 0EN. Buses from Elephant and Castle / Camberwell: 12, 40, 45, 68, 148,176, 468. Contact for more details and a flyer here .

Thursday 10th November
 ‘Colleges Inc!’ - film & discussion at Southbank University for all students, staff and others about the campaign against privatisation, cuts and pensions reform. Send for information here.

Saturday 12th November
10 am – 4 pm. South East Region TUC ‘Fighting for Public Services and Pensions Justice For All’ Mobilising Conference at Congress House, Great Russell Street WC1B 3LS. Details here .

Saturday 12th November
1.30 pm.  ‘Give Our Youth a Future’ demonstration. Assemble Windrush Square, Brixton. March to Max Roach Park.  Save Youth Services, Save Children’s Services, Save Our Schools, Save Free Education. Called by Lambeth Save Our Services campaign. Download a leaflet here .

Tuesday 15th November
4pm. Housing Protest at Parliament to oppose attacks on tenancies, rents and benefits, and demand new Council housing. Assemble at Old Palace Yard, London SW1P 3JY. Organised by Housing Emergency: Contact and leaflet

16th November
The equality impact of the cuts - free, one day conference at Congress House (Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS) Organised by the TUC. Workshops include welfare reform, impact of contracting out services, cuts to FE and HE and the consequences for equality of access and opportunity, and organising (including digital activism and community campaigning). Further details and booking here.

Advance notice (Further details to be announced – see our next ‘Action Alert’ email or check our website)

Saturday 19th November: ‘Unite the Resistance’ Convention, to build support for the November 30th strikes. 10am - 5pm, Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre, Vincent Square SW1P 2PE. For trade union activists, anti-cuts campaigners, young people, students and pensioners. Details and bookings here and brochure/timetable are here .

19th November: 12 noon. March in Defence of Women's Rights! The government’s approach to cutting the deficit risks turning back time on women's equality’. Assemble: Temple Tube, Westminster. Called by the Fawcett Society. Details of the event are here.

Wednesday 30th November: Public Sector Strike over Pensions. Picket lines across Southwark, London and nationally. Strikers and their supporters are assembling near Elephant & Castle before attending  the Central London demonstration. Further details of local events (picketing, assemblies etc) and London demonstration obtainable from Southwark SOS.

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