Camden: Save Our Youth Services!

A loud and lively protest at a  council meeting to discuss £1.6 million cuts to youth services, which will leave the service 64% worse off than in 2011. This is a result of government cuts to funding and is affecting youth services all over the country. Protestors are demanding that the Labour council do not implement the cuts, and that the government funds statutory youth service provision.

NUT strike: March 26 2014

11,000 angry teachers march in London as the NUT take national strike action against Michael Gove’s attacks on education, with calls to escalate the action dominating the day. Teachers are now working an average 60 hours a week and are expected to continue teaching untl the age of 68, children are being tested from the age of 5, the new curriculum will be all about filling children’s heads with “facts” rather than encouraging a love of learning, and the ultimate aim is to privatise the whole system and make money out of it. The next steps in the campaign will be decided at NUT conference at Easter.

Underground strike is solid as RMT & TSSA walk out over cuts.

The strike by RMT and TSSA station staff on London underground is looking solid as it goes into its second day. The only line working appears to be the Northern Line, which is running a very limited service relying on ASLEF drivers and members who are not part of the dispute.

Last night a strike rally was held outside Euston station just before the dispute began. RMT Deputy General Secretary Steve Hedley told the assembled crowd that Transport For London had refused to negotiate and made the strike inevitable. He also commented on the hypocrisy of the media who had hailed station staff as heroes when they had rescued people trapped in tunnels during the 7/7 bombings but were now saying they were surplus to requirements.

This morning commuters were walking across central London bridges in their droves to get to work. Many more were waiting for a very long time for overcrowded buses. There were also chaotic scenes at many major stations.

The mainstream media have steadfastly refused to report on the real issues surrounding the dispute. Instead papers like the Mail and Sun have run irrelevant and childish stories about the holiday and living arrangements of RMT leader Bob Crow. Also complaining about his “fat cat salary”. Rank hypocrisy coming from news outlets whose owners earn billions while avoiding their taxes.

The strike centres around a plan by London Mayor Boris Johnson to close London Underground ticket offices losing nearly 1,000 jobs. This is against his own election pledge when he stood for mayor. Many campaigners fear that this will make public transport less accessible to the elderly, disabled and also foreign visitors on whom the London economy is so reliant. This morning Boris evaded many of the key questions being put to him by the media at London Bridge station while talking up the idea of a fully automated underground system.

The strike is due to run until 9.30 pm on Thursday with more action planned for next week.

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1) 3 Cosas: Victory! (Reel News) 8:28
A huge step forward for outsourced workers at the University of London as they win major concessions on sick pay and holidays.

2) Cuts to London Underground (Reel News) 10:53 ***WATCH***
RMT and TSSA get ready to fight £9.8 billion cuts, starting with the closure of all ticket offices.

3) Blacklisting Day of Action (Reel News) 15:27
Demonstrations and civil disobedience across the UK culminate in a blockade outside Parliament.

4) Biofuels (Reel News) 5:36
Action against loans to high carbon biomass projects which will devastate forests and pollute the atmosphere. ***WATCH***

5) HE Strike (Reel News) 9:16
HE and FE workers take action together for a decent pay rise.

6) Fuel Poverty: Bring down the Big 6! (Reel News) 7:09
Activists target the most complained about energy company, NPower

7) Remembrance Day (Reel News) 5:30 ***WATCH***
Veterans for Peace stage a poignant ceremony to remind us how to remember those who died in WW1.

8) Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign: Clause 118 (Lewisham Green Party) 7:48
Protest against a new health care bill clause designed to stop legal action ti defend NHS services.

9) Grunwicks (Hidden Herstories) 17:13
A look back at the legendary Grunwicks dispute of the late seventies, focussing on the strike leader, Jayaben Desai.

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London Underground: £9.8 BILLION cuts on the way

The closure of all ticket offices is just the start. By 2021, LUL bosses want a fully automated underground system including driverless trains, no-one on the stations to help passengers or to deal with emergencies, and a stripped down flexible workforce on zero hours contracts with no holiday or sick pay.

The first 48 hour strike against these dangerous and unworkable plans starts 12 noon on February 4; come to the picket lines and show your support.

Issue 38, Oct 2013

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1)   The Badger Army (Reel News) 22:15 ***WATCH***

An in-depth look at the opposition to the badger cull.

 2)    Teachers Strike (Reel News) 15:35

The angriest teachers strike in years against pay, pensions and Gove’s neoliberal “reforms” to education.

3)    Hokusai Wave (The Treatment Rooms) 3:39 ***WATCH***

The Treatment Rooms add another amazing mosaic to the outside of their house in Chiswick.

4)    The Disabled People’s Manifesto (Reel News) 13:32

DPAC launch the manifesto with demos outside five government departments.

5)    Firefighters strike (Reel News) 9:11

Firefighters strike over dangerous changes to pensions, and demand an end to life-threatening cuts.

6)    South Acton Mosaic (The Treatment Rooms) 5:14

Local residents on the West London council estate get involved in making mosaic art.

7)    Chicago Schools: Depose the Board! (LaborBeat) 12:49

Plans to close 50 schools in Chicago are met with school boycotts and occupations.

8)    10,000 cuts and counting (Reel News) 12:34 ***WATCH***

Over 10,000 people have died within 6 weeks of their ATOS assessment. This powerful vigil says enough is enough.

9)    Herman Wallace (The Treatment Rooms) 2:58

A ceramic tribute to the black panther who spent 40 years in solidarity confinement, and died days after his conviction was finally quashed.

10)Fracking: Reclaim The Power (Reel News) 13:56

Reclaim The Power deliver a masterclass in direct action as the fracking site in Balcombe is shut down.

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“Get Gove Out!” 15,000 striking teachers march on the Department of Education

The second regional NUT/NASUWT strike is just as angry as the first one as teachers walk out in London, South East, South West, North East and Cumbria. In London, 15,000 teachers march on the Department of Education, demanding the sacking of Michael Gove. This dispute is going way beyond pay and pensions; this is now a battle for the future of education.

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