Thursday, 15 August 2013

Southwark Action Alert Wednesday 14 August 2013

Planning meetings during the next three weeks will be discussing how to mobilise the largest possible numbers for protests and demonstrations over cuts to health, disability and welfare benefits, fire stations and more. Please come along to help organise and spread the word about these protests.

Don’t forget to tweet this listing (link to our website ), post on your Facebook page, or help us with leafleting for these events. Thank you.


Thursday 15 August
8pm. A short film about the 1986 Victoria Nurses Federation strike in Australia & a talk with David Esterson, former NHS nurse and activist in the 1988 NHS strikes. Doors open at 7pm. Venue: The Side Room, The Sun of Camberwell, Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9QW. Supported by King’s Unite branch. Open to clinical and non-clinical hospital workers. Enquiries/contact:

Tuesday 20 August
7pm. South London People's Assembly planning meeting at The Bread and Roses, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ. All welcome. See more on Facebook.

Friday 30  August
Times tbc. Local Protests as part of week of action to protest against austerity, organised by Disabled People Against the Cuts. See below and for other events in the week of action.

Saturday 31 August
1pm. March for jobs and Justice. Assemble Kennington Park. March to 10 Downing Street. Organised by BARAC (Black Activists Rising Against Cuts). More details at the BARAC website , on Facebook or write to

Monday 2nd September
Times and venue tbc. Day of Direct Action as part of week of action to protest against austerity, organised by Disabled People Against the Cuts. See

Monday 2 September
6pm.  South London Unite the Resistance Organising meeting. Agenda includes plans for solidarity action with teachers’ strikes, CWU action, and other disputes, demonstration at Tory conference. Effra Hill Tavern, Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2. For more information and an agenda, phone 07956579466. For information about the national UtR organisation go to

Wednesday 4 September
Freedom Drive: March and rally at Parliament organised by. Four themed 'blocks' will meet at four Government departments, central to the lives of disabled people, then move to Parliament for a rally. Following the march there will be a lobby (TBC) of Parliament. This is the last event in a week of action to protest against austerity. See

Saturday 7 September
11.30am – 5.30pm. Leafleting for the 29 September National NHS demonstration, at the Stockwell Festival in their 'community action zone' at Larkhall Park, Courland Grove, Stockwell, SW8 2PX.  Stall organised by Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public.

Sunday 8 September
12.30pm. Lobby of TUC conference in Bournemouth: Name the date for a 24 hour general strike! ‘All out together in November!’ Hardy Suite, Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Road, Bournemouth (opposite Bournemouth International Centre, TUC Congress venue). Lobby called by NSSN. For transport details, email

Saturday 14 September
11am to 12.30pm. Rally for Education. Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Westminster SW1P 3EE. Speakers include: Christine Blower (General Secretary, NUT), Patrick Roach (Deputy General Secretary, NASUWT). Teachers, parents, support staff and governors all invited.

Thursday 19 September
7pm. Organising meeting of Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public campaign in the Duke of Cambridge pub, 74 Lansdowne Way, Stockwell. SW8 2DQ. (nb. No meeting in August.)

Thursday 26 September
10.30am – 12.30pm. Meeting on ‘The Council’s Budget Challenge’. Speaker: Ambrose Omoma (Southwark Council) at InSpire, St Peter’s Crypt, Liverpool Grove SE17 5HH. Organised by Southwark Pensioners Forum. More information from or phone 020 7708 4556.

Sunday 29 September
All Day. Save Our NHS – national demonstration outside the Tory Party conference, Manchester. Supported by UNITE, GMB, UNISON and other organisations. Ask your campaign group/trade union branch to support this protest. Southwark Trade Union Council is coordinating local transport arrangements. Coaches leave locations in Southwark 7am and 7.30am. For trains chartered by UNITE the Union and People’s Assembly see their websites. More information from Here's a video saying why you should go:

Advance notice

Week beginning 14 October
Date tbc. London teaching unions NUT & NASUWT will be on strike for one day. More info at

Saturday 19 October
12 noon – 5pm. ‘Organising to Win’ conference Workshops for those new to organising in the workplace and their communities as well as those who have experience in the trade unions and campaigns.  Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftsbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP. Organised by Unite the Resistance. Book your place here. More information at

Saturday 2 November
Times tbc. Lambeth People’s Assembly, Lambeth Town Hall. More details at

Tuesday 5 November
Day of civil disobedience called by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. More details to be announced. See


Crown Post Offices closures/franchising – Peckham & East Dulwich
Background information and petition sheet from the Communication Workers Union here.

Fire stations closures
Southwark campaign information and their action plans are to be found at

Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meet at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Details from

Southwark Pensioners Action Group
Meets bi-monthly. Campaign information at