Monday, 28 July 2014

Southwark Action Alert 21 July 2014

The sacking of Michael Gove last week and damning evidence in a DWP report that has forced the Lib Dems’ about-turn on the bedroom tax, are both events that show how our pressure is limiting the government’s scope to impose its anti-austerity policies. The escalation of the firefighters’ strikes has also forced back their employers’ attacks.

But there are lots of active campaigns still needing your support. Please put in your diary the events not just happening this week but the dates for big events this autumn, shown below.

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Wednesday 23 July
10.30 for 11am.  Southwark Pensioners Forum about Care Homes, to be held at InSpire, Liverpool Grove,   SE17 2HH. More information at

Wednesday 23 July
3.45pm. Oppose new contracts for GSTT NHS staff. Lobby the Board of Directors Meeting. Robens Suite, Guy’s Hospital SE1. Get more information by contacting the trade union office via

Wednesday 23 July
2pm-5pm. Southwark Benefit Justice stall at ‘Money Savvy’ event, Walworth Methodist Church, Camberwell Road (opposite Burgess Park).  To help on the stall, inform or just come along.

Wednesday 23 July
7pm. Open meeting of South London People’s Assembly to continue planning the October conference (see below) and build support for upcoming events. Venue:  The Bread and Roses Pub, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ. For more information, write to

Thursday 24 July
8pm. St Helier Quiz. Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaign are having their fund raising general knowledge quiz. Venue: The Morden Brook Pub (formerly The Beverley) Lower Morden Lane SM4 4SS. More information here.

Friday 25 July
10am. Our Health , Our Lives , Our Homes protest. Supported by Defend Council Housing, Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth, and others. Meet at Bramah Green Community Centre,  Fairburn Green SW9. Contact

Tuesday 29 July
7pm. Meeting of Southwark Defend Council Housing campaign in the Parish Office at St John’s Church, Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ. Map.

Thursday 28 August
***New*** NHS members of Unison, GMB and Royal College of Midwives begin balloting for industrial action over pay (ballot close on 26 September)

Saturday 6 September
999 March for the NHS from Jarrow to London arrives in London on this date. More details at

Thursday 11 September
National Day of action called by Anti Bed Tax and Benefits campaigners, with PCS and other trade unions, and claimant groups. No Benefit Cuts, No Sanctions, No Bailiffs. Contact for more information.

Tuesday 30 September
***New*** UNISON national strike over pay by local government and education workers. More details at

Saturday 4 October
People’s Assembly South London Conference in Lambeth Town Hall. Get tickets (concessions are free) here. More details posted on the website at

Saturday 18 October
‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ TUC national demonstration in London. See Details tba.

OTHER LOCAL CAMPAIGNS not listed above:

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. For news updates and action alerts on trade union and anti-austerity events in south London, join the email list by writing to or phone 07956579466.

Lambeth College UCU
Information about their continuing campaign can be found at

SolidariTEA, a weekly drop-in between 2pm and 4pm for those affected by work capability, benefits & housing problems etc. Mutual support & planning direct action. at 97 Dawes House, Orb St, Walworth, London, SE17 1RD.
For information, email to or phone 07966180429 on Mondays pm.

Ritzy workers still need solidarity in their fight for the London Living Wage. You can get campaign updates at

Twitter @southwarkSOS
Facebook: Southwark SSOS

Are you part of a community group or campaign? We’d like to hear from you. Tell us what you’re doing and we can advertise your anti-cuts campaign activities. Email us at