Action alert 18th April 2016
The junior doctors’ campaign is in defence of the NHS and it coincides with the government’s plans to academise i.e. privatise every school in the country, and its plan to deny access to, if not destroy, social housing through the new Housing Bill. So it is vital that we all support the BMA’s strike action on 26/27 April in practical ways: come to Thursday’s Community meeting, and encourage everyone you can to come to the picket line, especially for 1.30pm, on 26th. The various organising meetings below are places you can get involved in this action.
Thursday 21 April
7 – 9pm. Meet the King’s Doctors – a community meeting to hear about why junior doctors are taking further strike action, and how we can support them, defending the NHS. Speakers include striking doctors, NUT teachers union & Anti Academies Alliance. Venue: Crawford Estate Tenants Hall, Denmark Road, SE5 9EW. Called by the King’s College Hospital BMA Committee.
Thursday 21 April
7 - 9pm Keep Our NHS Public organising meeting at Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Rd (behind Stockwell Tube) SW4 6RA. This is a meeting of the Lambeth group – If you want to help set up a Southwark KONP group, reply to this email or contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook here.
Saturday 23 April
1-4pm. Parents Defending Education Rally against the Government’s plans to privatise and de-regulate state education. Speakers: author Michael Rosen, Kevin Courtney (NUT deputy gen sec), Mary Bousted (gen sec ATL teachers union). Venue: UCL Institute of Education (IoE), 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL (nearest tube: Euston). To reserve a free place, click on the ‘Register’ button here. Called by the Anti-Academies Alliance, supported by the NUT and ATL unions. Southwark Save Our Services is supporting a joint campaign in Southwark of parents and teachers against the attacks on education and local democracy. If you want to help, please email back or phone 07939090667.
Saturday 23 April and Monday 25 April
12.30pm. Leafleting to advertise a hustings on the subject of housing for the candidates standing in the Newington ward by-election. Meet up at McDonalds, Walworth Road. Contact Tanya on 07792 786 192 if you can help.
Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 April
- 8am-5pm. Support junior doctors’ picket lines. Industrial action escalated to a full withdrawal of labour between 8am & 5pm. Other doctors and staff will continue to provide care during this time. Information at BMA Website here. Download a selfie poster here for yourself and workmates/ students/neighbours. Tweet or share it on Facebook with the hashtags: #JuniorDoctors #JuniorContract #NotSafeNotFair. To arrange for a doctor to speak to TU members at your place of work or union branch meeting, or to send messages of support contact email@example.com
- 1pm for 1.30pm on Tuesday. Solidarity protest at Junction of Bessemer Road/Denmark Hill SE5. Junior doctors are calling for trade unionists, residents and campaigners to attend this solidarity event and to maximise media coverage. Bring banners and everyone you know!
- 5pm on Tuesday. London solidarity demonstration with junior doctors, marching from St Thomas’s Hospital to the Dept of Health. Called by London BMA, supported by London Region National Union of Teachers. FB event here. All welcome.
Tuesday 26 April
7pm. Defend Council Housing - organising meeting at the Alvey Estate Tenants Hall, ground floor of Thomson House, Beckway Street, off East Street, SE17 1TS. Beckway Street is close to the end of East Street at its junction with the Old Kent Road. Map here. More information from firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 28 April
6:30pm, Housing Hustings for the candidates standing in the Newington ward by-election in May. Venue: Draper Hall, 66 Hampton Street, junction of Newington Butts, London SE1. Leaflet and map here.
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