Sunday, 8 November 2015

Attacks on library services, housing, trade unions

Southwark Action Alerts                                                              7th November 2015

Today is another chance to support those in neighbouring Lambeth who are marching in protest at the plan to close three  libraries and convert five other into unstaffed ‘lounges’.  On Tuesday, college lecturers are on strike and in the evening there is another chance to protest against the government’s new laws restricting trade unions ability to organise strikes. With junior doctors currently balloting for industrial action over cuts to their salaries and increased hours, you can support their call for strike action here. Watch for updates in our next newsletter or join the workshop at the conference on 14 November (details below).

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Saturday 7 November
10.30 – 12.30pm. March to Save Lambeth Libraries from Brixton Library to Tate South London Library where Cabinet Member Jane Edbrooke (responsible for the proposals to 'decommission' five of Lambeth's libraries) will be holding her surgery. Assemble Windrush Square, Brixton. More details here.

Saturday 7 November
12.30pm -1.30pm. Stall organised by Southwark Defend Council Housing Campaign in Rye Lane (outside Boots), Peckham SE15. Campaigners will be collecting names on a petition to give to Southwark Council against the selling off of council housing, being replaced by mainly private rented housing.

Tuesday 10 November
7.30am onwards. Picket-lines at Lewisham Southwark College as part of a further education national strike action over pay. There will be picket lines at all 3 sites: Lewisham Way, Deptford and Waterloo. Please go along and show your support if you can. Strike call by UCU. Details of the action here.

Tuesday 10 November
6pm. Protest at the third reading of the Trade Union bill which will restrict unions’ ability to organise strikes in defence of jobs, conditions and services. Assemble in Parliament Square. Organised by Trade Union Coordinating Group. Details and leaflet to download here .

Saturday 14 November
11am – 5pm. Fight Austerity, Defend our Unions conference. Speakers include Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Matt Wrack (FBU), Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader), Kevin Courtney (NUT), Steve Gillan (POA) and John Hendy QC.
Workshops include the fight against unsocial hours contracts in the health service, opposition to the Trade Union bill, benefit cuts, combatting racism and scapegoating. Organised by Unite the Resistance. Venue: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, London, WC2H 8EP. Book your ticket here.

Thursday 19 November
6.30pm. South London People’s Assembly Organising meeting. Bread & Roses pub, 68 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6DZ. More information from Click here for the facebook event.

Thursday 19 November
7pm - 9pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public organising meeting in Pratts and Payne, 103 Streatham High Road, SW16 1HJ.  (Note the change of day and venue this month.) There is no Southwark KONP group so Southwark activists please make contact with this Lambeth group to find out about local activity. The group have a new Facebook page at .


Saturday 21 November
1pm - 5pm. London Rally: Building the Fight Against Austerity. See Facebook .

Tuesday 24 November
6pm. Protest: Tories: Out of Credit - Out of Office Now Protest on day of the Autumn Statement. See facebook event here.

Tuesday 24 November
7pm. Defend Council Housing meeting. More information from

Thursday 26th November
8pm ‘The Trouble with TTIP’ film and speaker in Herne Hill, SE24. Organised by 38degrees.

Saturday 5 December
People's Assembly Annual Conference
10am – 5pm. Central London. Tickets and more information will be available soon here.

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