Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Housing, health & education – action that needs your support!


Southwark Save Our Services campaign       17th May 2016


The Housing Bill passed through parliament on Thursday 12th May but the campaign against it continues (see meeting this Wednesday). The government has been forced to back away from wholesale academisation of schools but it still intends to do much the same by stealth – hence the continuation of the NUT teachers’ union strike ballot. Student nurses and university lecturers also campaigning – go along to the events shown below – they will welcome your support!


Wednesday 18 May

6.30pm. Southwark Kill the Housing Bill Public Meeting. With Baroness Jenny Jones, Southwark Council Leader Peter John; Betty Joseph, Southwark NUT; Alison Gelder, Housing Justice; Cris Claridge SGTO

At Congreve and Barlow TRA, Doubtfire Hall, Tatum Street, SE17 1QR

If you want some leaflets or posters to distribute, contact southwarkdch@gmail.com


Thursday 19 May

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 lambethkonp@gmail.com. Or see https://www.facebook.com/LambethKONP.


Thursday 19 May

5.30pm – 7pm. Special meeting of Southwark NUT for members to find out about the White Paper and the NUT’s campaign. Venue: The Methodist Church Walworth, 54 Camberwell Rd., SE5 0EN. For more info phone 0207 740 6848 or email southwarknut@gmail.com

Friday 20 May

12pm to 2pm. Stand Up for your Rights – free training for claimants organised by London Unemployed Strategies campaign at Stockwell Park Community Centre, 21 Aytoun Place, SW9 0TE. Further info from 020 7467 1283 or email Nick at nickplus007@gmail.com


Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May

From 8 am. Support the university lecturers (UCU) on strike over pay. There will be picket lines at London South Bank University (Elephant & Castle) and individual sites of the University of the Arts – LCC site at Elephant & Castle and Camberwell Art College, Peckham Road SE15. At 1.30 on Wednesday there will be a rally at the employers HQ in Tavistock Square.

Wednesday 25 May

10am -5pm. Lobby of MPs to oppose the cuts to NHS bursaries.

Meeting at Central Hall Westminster Official, Storey's Gate, SW1H 9NH. See Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1220777687973663/ .


Wednesday 25 May

7.30 pm, for 8pm start. Film showing & discussion: ‘Sell-Off' a short film by a group of British doctors which exposes the covert privatisation of the NHS which has occurred over the past 2 decades without a public mandate and against the public interest. Venue: Methodist Church Hall, 155 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JG (towards North Dulwich station). Attendance is free and all are welcome. Hosted by Dulwich and West Norwood 38 Degrees group.


Tuesday 31 May

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 southwarkdch@gmail.com


Saturday 4 June

1pm. March to save the NHS bursary: Assemble at St Thomas’ Hospital. See background to the strike at their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1020899857963987/


Looking ahead


Monday 13 June

Public meeting: ‘What sort of ‘Momentum’ do we need for a fight back?’ Joint meeting of Southwark Trades Council and Southwark Momentum. Speakers: Matt Wrack - Gen Sec FBU and Trades Union Momentum, Nadine Houghton (personal capacity) - GMB Organiser and Southwark Momentum, Aramark Striker (cleaners and caterers), Paul Fleming - Southwark Labour Councillor, Chaired by April Ashley - Chair, Southwark TUC. At Salvation Army Hall, Princess Street SE1 6HH. Contact: Southwark TUC at stucsec@gmail.com


Saturday 18 June

12 noon. National march against the Housing Bill. Assembly point tba, march to Westminster. Details to follow.



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