UK J30 Strike Newswire Archive
J30 solidarity action
Last night we superglued the locks to the doors of Job Centre Plus on Canal Street, and also Atos Origin on Stoney Street.
Solidarity to the J30 strikers, unemployed workers, and all those suffering from the severe austerity measures forced upon us by government, which is combined with the corporate greed of private companies who are happy to aid the oppression of the state.
30-06-2011 15:25Witness' see black men being stopped and searched.
Watch live broadcasts from all over London, from the point of view of a cyclist! Follow live broadcasts from the critical mass cyslists who set off early this morning to ride around London to give support and encouragement to public section workers who are striking today. Brixton, Peckham, New Cross are some of the areas they will be passing.
They are now in New Cross:
Watch LIVE broadcasts here: http://bambuser.com/channel/cyclecast
30-06-2011 10:32Watch live broadcasts from a Nokia Phone all over London, from the point of view of a cyclist!
I went out for a bike ride at about 8 AM and came home at 9.30 AM. This is what I saw.
The first thing I noticed was that road traffic was much lighter than usual at this time of the morning. On roads near schools that are usually choked by people doing the school run at this time of day, there were hardly any cars. The main arterial routes into Leeds (Roundhay Road, Eastely Road, Harrogate Road, Wetherby Road and Chapeltown Road) had light traffic where I'd usually see queues of slow-moving vehicles at this time of day.
I visited a few schools to see whether there were any pickets but found none - perhaps there had been earlier, but at the time of my visits there was little sign of disruption, apart from the reduced traffic.
- Davd Young Community Academy, Seacroft Estate: I saw a police van leaving as I approached, and some men with armfuls of newspapers leaving by car. Students were entering the high-security compound as usual and ancillary workers were entering unchallenged. The staff car-park appeared full.
- Roundhay School: No pickets, car park looked full.
- Kerr Mackie Primary School, Roundhay: No pickets, but the number of mums chatting outside the gate was much less than usual.
- Gledhow Primary School, Brackenwood Estate: No pickets, car park about three-quarters full.
In summary, the strike is clearly having a major impact as judged by the level of traffic around schools and there is far less commuting going on than usual. However there isn't an obvious political presence outside any of the schools that I visited - perhaps I missed them, or perhaps people have withdrawn their labour unobtrusively for whatever reason. I'll be trying to find out later, but meanwhile if you know more, please leave an addition below.
Across the capital most schools, colleges and local authority staff join 750.000 UK workers on a one day strike to warn the govenment and capital to stay away from their pensions and wages. Pickets were established early this morning in every corner of London being fed with home made food by UK Uncut's 'Big Society breakfast'. Everyone out to show solidarity.
Critical Mass will also be touring the picket lines in support this morning starting out at Burgess Park near Elephant and Castle. A mass trade union march will be starting at 11am, meeting at Lincoln Inn Fields, on which there will be a J30 Strikers’ Assembly Bloc. The main march will end at Westminster Central Hall at 1pm where there is a call for a People's Assembly
More reports and thoughts as they come in.
There are People’s Assemblies called for that will have no leaders, so every voice counts, ensuring equality for all. Occupying streets and city squares is a natural expression of our power: real democracy now. One such Strikers’ Assembly will congregate near Westminster Central Hall at 1pm. Find them under the “People’s Assembly” banner.
Critical Mass will set off from Elephant and Castle at 8am for a fun packed glide around the capital supporting pickets and engaging with the public.
UK Uncut are supporting with a day of action stating; "The protests will highlight that the strikes by the unions are another form of direct action against the cuts being taken by people in towns and cities across the country. It’s predicted that strike action will grow rapidly towards the autumn and UK Uncut are vowing to support and build on the strike action with more direct action protest against tax avoiders and the banking system. The government are making everyone else pay for a crisis caused by the bankers. They’ve targeted students, pensioners, people with disabilities, the unemployed, NHS workers and patients, and now they are attacking teachers and other civil servants."
The PCS union states: "We have continually argued that if the £120 billion that is ‘lost’ evaded or avoided in tax every year was collected, there would be no economic crisis. That argument can now be heard across the trade unions and campaigning groups like UK Uncut have become one of the most popular movements in Britain." This is why the unions are saying enough is enough and walking out.
Further info: June 30th website | UK Uncut | Afed statement on the strikes | The Commune on the march
Other Union statements of action: NUT (National Union of Teachers) | UCU (Universitiy and College Union) | PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) | ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers)
Uk Uncut activists cooking full English for striking workers outside HMRC building Euston Tower.
Responding to the call out on the UK Uncut site "Picket lines will form on the morning of the 30th. Join those on strike, bring them a mug of tea and a breakfast butty, and show them that we’re all in it together against the government." activists will be out in force today bring sustinance in solidarity.
29-06-2011 23:20Sheffield Trades Council March and Rally 12 noon Peace Gardens/City Hall June 30th
Reflections on the Edinburgh Unite the Resistance Public Meeting on the 28th: Preparing for a Protracted Battle
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that on the 30th of June, 4 major unions are planning to go on strike over plans to slash public sector pension packages. This includes the National Union of Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the University and College Union, and the Public and Commercial Services, and will involve around 750 000 people. In Scotland, this strike is more limited, involving the Public and Commercial Services Union which comprises about 20 000 civil servants. Wanting to know more, I found myself at Edinburgh’s Unite the Resistance Meeting, called by the Right to Work campaign last night.
29-06-2011 15:32An abandoned shop front in Churchill Square, Brighton’s biggest shopping centre, has been occupied in solidarity with striking public sector workers.