J30 Strike gets public support across LondonTagged as: critical_mass cuts demo2011 j30 peoples_assembly social_struggles solidarity strike ukuncut workers_struggles
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Across the capital most schools, colleges, local authority staff and civil service joined 750.000 UK workers on a one day strike to warn the govenment and capital to stay away from their pensions and wages. Across the UK over 12,000 state schools were closed. Read full feature with links to reports, pics and videos here.
Updates from the streets: Tumblewire | Tumble pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | Tumble video | Video | Report | Further info: June 30th website | UK Uncut | Afed statement on the strikes | The Commune on the march.
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).
The Critical Mass toured the picket lines in support since early in the morning starting out at Burgess Park near Elephant and Castle [report | pics | live broadcasts] The mass trade union march (one of 80 in the country) started at Lincoln Inn Fields, and it was reported to be 20-30,000 strong at its destination Westminster Hall where speeches took place. There was a call for a People's Assembly at the same spot at 2pm coordinated by the J30 Strikers’ Assembly Bloc. UK Uncut also had a set of challenges starting at 3pm with Banker City vs. Public Sector United outside QE Hall. The police were reported to be heavy handed in stopping people from leaving the prescribed route, with many reports coming in of many young people being stopped and searched [more] along the route. Plain clothes police snatch squads were deployed in the late afternoon around Pariment Square and Whitehall and became vety active arresting people whilst kettles were being formed [reports 1 | 2] Reports of a total of 31 people were arrested during the day [Green & Black Cross Legal support: 07946541511]
A flavour of the pickets: outside of Lambeth Town Hall, Hackney Community College, The British Museum, Peckham Job Centre, HMRC Euston, Parliament, The British Library, London College of Communication, as well as a cultural workers strike... Plus a demonstration outside the ATOS building in Euston. The Traflagar Square anti-cuts Camp set up the night prior to the strike was evicted in the early morning. See also Elephant reports on the day.
What were the J30 plans for London?
There are People’s Assemblies called for, with 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)