Sunday, 23 November 2014

Southwark Action Alert 23 November 2014

Tomorrow, health workers across the country are on strike and they want you to come to their picket line to show your support for them, and for the National Health Service, which is under attack. Already, money has been collected across Southwark and messages sent to union reps organising tomorrow’s strike. Please visit a picket line (see details below) or reply to this email if you want to help with support for the next strike.

Southwark Adult Learning Service has finally abandoned its exorbitant ‘repeat fees’ and fully reinstated concessionary rates for people on benefits. This is a great vindication of a three-year campaign by students and shows that anti-cuts action can win.

Conferences and organising meetings are also taking place every week to discuss and plan resistance to cuts and austerity. Full details below.

***Please put in your diary the events not just happening this week but the dates for big events next month, shown below.***

Please tweet this listing, link to our website or post on your own Facebook page. Thank you.


Monday 24 November

7am -11am. Health unions’ four hour strike over pay. Unions taking part: Unison, Unite, GMB, Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Society of Radiographers (SOR), UCATT, POA, Occupational Therapists (BAOT), Dietetic Association (BDA), and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association. Read more here why the strike is happening. Visit picket-lines at your local hospital to show your support:

    Kings College Hospital - Denmark Hill Bessemer Road and Denmark Hill SE5 9RS

    Guy’s hospital - Guys Great Maze Point main entrance, road to the Shard SE1 9RT

    St Thomas' Hospital - entrance off Westminster bridge SE1 7EH

    Lewisham Hospital - High St, Lewisham SE13 6LH

    Ambulance stations - some will have picket-lines. See list of stations here.

Please take photos of the picket line. You can still collect messages of support or donations to the strikers’ fund. Click here to download the pledge sheet. We can post the messages and photos on facebook etc. Email them to

Monday 24 November
9.45am. Petitioning and leafleting against benefit cuts and sanctions. Southwark Benefit Justice will be outside A4E, 21 St Georges Road, SE1 6ES. More information, or to help, contact

Tuesday 25 November,
1pm. London FBU will be protesting as part of their pensions dispute as Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt opens the new West Norwood fire station at 210 Knights Hill, London SE27 0QA. Supporters are warmly invited to come along.

Tuesday 25 November
7pm. London coordinating meeting of the ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ campaign. All welcome. Agenda includes Cuts in GP surgeries. Venue: Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1. More information at

Tuesday 25 November,
7pm. Meeting of Southwark Defend Council Housing campaign in the Parish Office at St John’s Church, Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ. Agenda to include plans for building for a London-wide demonstration in January (see below). More information at

Thursday 27th November
6-8pm. Operation Disabled Vote - launch event. An initiative which aims to encourage more deaf and disabled people to register to vote and have their say at the 2015 General Election. Held at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. To book a place, please contact Ellen Clifford at Inclusion London by emailing:

Thursday 27 November
6.30pm Austerity Lies and Myths: what the government doesn't want you to know: Economic briefing ahead of Osborne's Autumn Statement, at NUT HQ, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. The Panel includes Owen Jones (Journalist), James Meadway (Economist) Dr Faiza Shaheen (Save the Children), Micheal Burke (Economist). Chaired by Christine Blower (General Secretary, NUT). Organised by The People’s Assembly. To register, click here.

Friday 28th November
11.30am. 'No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty: Energy Rights Now! Protest march. On the day the government reveals how many people died last from the effects of fuel poverty. Organised by Fuel Poverty Action and Reclaim the Power. Meet outside the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall. March to Energy UK- the body that represents all the Big Six energy companies. 'Join' and share the facebook event here.

Monday 1 December
6pm – 9pm. TTIP: Turning the Tide in Westminster workshop to help us learn about how to lobby MPs and MEPs on TTIP. Venue: Aldersgate Room, Westminster Central Hall, SW1H 9NH. Organised by the World Development Movement. Event information here.

Monday 1 December
6pm – 8.00 pm. Public meeting: Trade Unions Against TTIP. Venue: Diskus Centre, Unite Central Office, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, WC1X 8TH. Organised by the Campaign for Trade Union freedom. Facebook event here.

Monday 1 December
7pm-8.30pm. South London People’s Assembly organising meeting at Bread & Roses pub, 68 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6DZ, planning work around local campaigns.

Tuesday 2 December
5:30pm onwards.  Austerity has failed: Sack George Osborne Protest on the eve of Osborne's Autumn Statement, Downing Street, London. Please share & invite your friends on Facebook.


Saturday 31 January 2015
Defend Council Housing and Peoples' Assembly have jointly called a London-wide MARCH FOR HOMES. Called by Defend Council Housing and the People’s Assembly. Leafleting will be starting this month. If you can help, contact More information can be found at

OTHER LOCAL CAMPAIGNS not listed above:

Keep Our NHS Public. There is no Southwark KONP group so Southwark activists please make contact with the Lambeth group to find out about local activity. The group have a new Facebook page at Lambeth KONP meet monthly in Phoenix Pub, 348 Clapham Road, Stockwell, SW9 9AR (between Clapham North and Stockwell stations).

London Unemployed Strategies (LUS) is a new campaign to give a voice to unemployed people to counteract the abuses and attacks made upon them by the government, the mass media and others. Southwark training sessions will take place in November/December. For more information and to get involved, contact Nick on: 020 7467 1283 or 07530 001653, or email Facebook page here.

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.

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.

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

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