14 June 2013
Education from nurseries to further education are facing big cuts, just as the Government presses on with cuts and privatisation of health, fire and postal services. Please help to spread the word about the protests shown below by tweeting or posting the events on your Facebook page, or help us with leafleting (see below) for campaigns against the bedroom tax or the post office closures.
Thursday 19 June
9am. Protest against fire brigade cuts at the next session of Mayor’s Question Time, to take place at City Hall Called by London FBU. Contact: Paul Embury on 07854 998508.
Thursday 20 June
2pm onwards. CWU members will be on strike against plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices - 20% of the network. Details of the dispute from the Communication Workers Union at http://www.cwu.org/news/archive/post-office-strikes-number-6-and-7.html. Contact Chris Roche (CWU) on 07912 427 140 if you can help with petitioning or leafleting on behalf of the strikers.
Thursday 20 June
7pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public campaign meeting. Venue: Duke of Cambridge pub, 74 Lansdowne Way, SW8 2DR, nr Stockwell Tube. For more details, phone 07913496012. All Southwark KONP supporters urged to attend.
Saturday 22 June
9.30am – 5pm. People's Assembly Against Austerity. Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH. Supporting organisations include Unite the Union, PCS, NUT, NUJ, TSSA, Unison, War on Want, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Coalition of Resistance, People’s Charter, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, the Green Party. Register at http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/register/.
Wednesday 26 June
7pm. Southwark Trades Council AGM at In-Spire @ St Peter's Church, Liverpool Grove, SE17. Map at http://www.in-spire.org.uk/location.shtml
A report of Southwark SOS activities reports will be presented at the meeting, plus discussion of KNOP, Academies/Free Schools, Benefits Justice Campaign and other anti-cuts and austerity issues. More information from Southwark TUC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 26 June
7pm. Southwark Save Our Services activities will be included in the STUC meeting (see item above) so there will be no separate Organising Group meeting this month. For a copy of the 2012-13 Southwark SOS campaign report, write to the Secretary at email@example.com
Saturday 29 June
All day. CWU members in Crown Post Offices will be on strike against plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices - 20% of the network. Details of the dispute from the Communication Workers Union at http://www.cwu.org/news/archive/post-office-strikes-number-6-and-7.html Contact Chris Roche (CWU) on 07912 427 140 if you can help with petitioning or leafleting on behalf of the strikers.
Saturday 29 June
11am-5pm. Conference ‘March Together - Now Strike Together’. Organised by the National Shop Stewards Network. Speakers include Mark Serwotka, PCS, Billy Hayes, CWU, and Steve Gillan, POA, general secretaries. Venue: Camden Centre, Judd Street, WC1H 9JE. Includes sessions on the NHS cuts and housing. More info at www.shopstewards.net and registration from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07952 283 588.
Friday 5 July
4pm. Start of the CAMarathon: London to Witney, to mark the 65th birthday of the NHS and highlight the role of David Cameron and the Conservative party in abolishing the NHS. Assemble at Dept of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, SW1A 2NS. An ‘NHS coffin’ will be carried by 6 pallbearers, first to Parliament before being carried overnight to David Cameron's Witney constituency and delivered there on Saturday. Details at http://www.keepournhspublic.com/camarathon.php.
Saturday 6 July
Flash mob: Singing for our Health Service, to mark the 65th birthday of the NHS more information from email@example.com
Wednesday 10 July
6pm. Lobby of Southwark Council to persuade Councillors to oppose the Bedroom Tax and commit to not evicting tenants because of benefit cuts. Bring banners and placards! Called by Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (The Council Assembly includes a themed debate on "Welfare Reform".) Venue: Walworth Academy, Shorncliffe Road (Off Albany Road). Order posters and leaflets for your estate by ringing 07896 341 964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 13 July
10am - 4pm. Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) National AGM. Hinde St Methodist Church, Thayer St, W1U 2QJ. Speakers include Polly Toynbee and reports from KONP groups round the country.
Saturday 27 July
National Day of Action called by the Anti-bedroom tax and Benefit Justice Campaign. More info to follow. See their new website at http://antibedroomtax.org.uk/ or contact the local campaign at email@example.com
OTHER LOCAL CAMPAIGNS:
Fire stations closures
Southwark campaign information and their action plans are found at http://www.saveourstations.org.uk/southwark.
Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meeting meet at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwark Benefit Justice Campaign
Contact email@example.com and see their Facebook page.
Southwark Pensioners Action Group
Meets bi-monthly. Campaign information at http://www.spag.btck.co.uk/
Currently campaigning against job cuts in nurseries and pupil referral units. For more information telephone 0207 525 6030.