Saturday, 3 May 2014

Southwark Action Alert 2nd May 2014

A court injunction has put only a temporary halt to the indefinite strike by Lambeth College lecturers. Apart from this significant dispute, three other disputes have affected Southwark workplaces this week and in June, there is a real possibility of a million or so public sector trade unionists on strike over pay, pensions or cuts.

Please show your support for underground workers and fire-fighters who will be taking action over these next few days (details below).

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Friday 2 May – Sunday 4 may

The fire-fighters’ union FBU will be on strike over pensions at the following times: Friday – 12noon-5pm; Saturday - 2pm-2am; Sunday - 10am-3pm. Please visit your local fire station picket line to offer support – moral or practical – or send a message of support to to be forwarded to the fire-fighters at your local fire station. Background information here.

Saturday 3 May

11am. Flyering to publicise the People’s Assembly national demonstration & free festival in June (see below). Stall outside Brixton tube station will feature performances from local musicians. Just turn up if you can help. Contact for further details.

Monday 5 May – Thursday 8 May

9pm on Monday and continuing. Strike and picket lines by RMT members against closure of ticket offices and job losses. Join the picket-line at Bakerloo Tube entrance at the Elephant & Castle, or go to other tube stations near where you live or work to offer support – moral or practical. For information and updates on the strike go to

Wednesday 7 May

9.45am-11.30am. Southwark Benefit Justice leafleting against sanctioning and benefit cuts. Meet outside Peckham Job Centre Plus, 24-26 Peckham High St, SE15 5DS. For more information contact

Saturday 10 May

2pm. Buggy Army stunt called by Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaign. Starting opposite the hospital. Please pass this information to anyone you know in the Sutton, Carshalton, Cheam, Mitcham, Morden, Wallington, Worcester Park areas. To contact the protest organisers, write to

Mid May – date to be confirmed

Lambeth College UCU members are due to begin all-out strike action against new contracts. Their strike was due to begin on 1st May but was halted by a court injunction. Send messages of support to the UCU rep at Also see

Monday 12 May

1pm. Protest outside British Gas AGM at QEII Conference Centre, London W1

Slogans: No more energy profit before people and planet; Time for affordable, democratic, sustainable energy! More information at

Tuesday 13 May

7pm. Public meeting to launch the Wandsworth People's Assembly. Speakers to be notified. Venue:  PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, SW11 2LN. For more information, write to

Thursday 15 May

Fast Food Rights international day of action. If you’re planning an action in your area for this day, please send details to and to so the details can be circulated.

Saturday 17 May

‘Save our NHS March’ From Welling to Bexleyheath. Protest against increasing privatisation, the threat of an American style insurance, consecutive Governments’ stealth policies. Assemble Westwood Lane car park (Corner of Bellegrove Road and Westwood Lane DA16 3QS) Welling, to Bexleyheath (Clock Tower). Sponsored by: KONP (Keep our NHS Public) Greenwich; NHA (National Health Action) Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich; and SOLH (Save our Local Hospitals). For more information write to

Wednesday 21 May

9.45am-11.30am. Southwark Benefit Justice leafleting against sanctioning and benefit cuts. Meet outside London Bridge Job Centre Plus (Elephant & Castle), Coburg House, 63-67 Newington Causeway, SE1 6LS. For more information contact

Tuesday 27 May

7pm. Meeting of Southwark Defend Council Housing campaign in the Parish Office at St John’s Church, Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ. Map.

Tuesday 27 May

7.30pm. Forum: The economics of austerity and the alternatives. With Michael Burke, economist and campaigner for the People's Assembly Against Austerity, and Mary Robertson, researcher on the housing crisis. Room 150, Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW. See Facebook event here.


Thursday 5 June

8am- 9.30am. Leafleting to support a Yes vote in the UNISON ballot for industrial action against the NHS pay freeze. Contact London KONP at or Kings College UNITE on 07798 531734 if you can help with leafleting at King’s or Guy’s.

Monday 16 June

7pm. ‘Strategies for solving the housing crisis’ Panel speakers and small group discussion. Part of ‘The Spark’ week of events sponsored by the Economic Justice project. See for venue and further details.

Wednesday 18 June

7pm. ‘The big sell out: privatisation and corporate power’ talks given by speakers from Stop G4S Network, World Development Movement and others. Part of ‘The Spark’ week of events sponsored by the Economic Justice project. See for venue and further details.

Saturday 21 June

1pm. People’s Assembly national demonstration & free festival. The People United...Against austerity, cuts and privatisation…For education, the NHS and public services. Assemble outside BBC HQ, Portland Place. (Tube: Oxford Circus) March to Parliament. The demonstration will be followed by a free festival in Central London. See full details (including initial line-up of speakers)

Late June

National teachers strike by the NUT, in coordination with other unions currently balloting for action. We will circulate details when known.

Saturday 28 June

10am to 4.30pm. ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ National AGM Venue: Central London Details tba.

Saturday 5 July

 11am-5pm. ‘Fight Together for a Pay Rise!’ NSSN National Conference at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL. Delegate/visitor fee £6. Confirmed speakers include Ronnie Draper BFAWU bakers’ union General Secretary, POA General Secretary Steve Gillan and Janice Godrich PCS President. Email

Monday 7 July

6.30pm. Benefit gig for the People's Assembly. Hammersmith Apollo (Eventim Apollo Hammersmith). Confirmed acts: Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Stewart Lee, Shappi Khorsandi, Francesca Martinez, Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Robin Ince, Kate Smurthwaite. To book your place click here .

Saturday 6 September

999 March for the NHS from Jarrow to London arrives in London on this date. More details at

Saturday 18 October

‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ TUC national demonstration in London. See Details tba.

OTHER LOCAL CAMPAIGNS not listed above:

Living Wage for Ritzy Staff

Cinema Workers are campaigning for the London Living wage. They will be organising more strike days and welcome visitors to their picket line. Send messages of support to More information at

South London People’s Assembly

Usually meet in The Bread and Roses Pub, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ. Date of next meeting to be notified. For more information, write to

Southwark Pensioners Action Group

Meets bi-monthly. Campaign information at

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

South London Unite the Resistance. Meet monthly. For more information phone 07956579466. For information about the national UtR organisation go to

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