Make John Lewis cleaners Partners
Oxford St, London.Sat 5 Nov 2016
Cleaners protest outside the front entrance to the
Oxford St store
A noisy protest by cleaners briefly blocked Oxford St outside John
Lewis. Cleaners' union United Voices of the World and supporters demand
that the company treat its cleaners fairly on the same basis as other staff
who work there.
John Lewis is proud of its 'partnership' model, under which those who work
in their stores get a share of their profits, but the people who keep the
stores clean are treated as second-class citizens, excluded from the annual
'bonus' with wages only a few pence above the national minimum at £7.35
per hour, 85p less than the minimum for other John Lewis workers - whose
annual bonus also adds the equivalent of 90p per hour.
The cleaners and other members of the United Vocies of the World union
were supported in the portest by Class War, the IWGB, SOAS Unison and others.
The protest was a noisy one and for a short time blocked Oxford St before
the protesters went on a tour around the block containing the store.
Save Libraries, Museums & Galleries
British Library to Trafalgar Sq, London. Sat 5 Nov 2016
Swindon is one of many places where library services
are under threat
Over two thousand people marched from the British Library to a rally
in Trafalgar Square in support of public libraries, museums and art galleries,
under threat by government cuts and closures as local authority budgets
In the UK since 2010, 8,000 paid and trained library workers have lost
their jobs, 343 libraries have been closed (and another 300 or so handed
over to volunteers); and one in five regional museums are at least partially
closed. For those that remain open, many have seen a cut in opening hours
and in services including education programmes and services to the housebound,
and many aspects have been privatised; museums are now largely run to generate
income rather than primarily to educate and inform.
People gathered at the rear of the British Library, where there were a
few short speeches while we waited for the march to set off. It made its
way along the Euston Rd and then down through Bloomsbury and Holborn to
Trafalgar Square, where there was a longer rally with speakers on the steps
in front of the National Gallery.
Kurds march for Peace & Democracy
London, UK. Fri 4 Nov 2016
Kurds rally outside the Turkish embassy despite police attempts to move
them across the road
More than 500 Kurds marched peacefully through London to protest noisily
at the Turkish embassy after the arrest early today of the two leaders of
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP), along
with at least 11 MPs.
The Kurds say that the government and Prime Minister Erdogan are eradicating
democracy in Turkey and trying to destroy the Kurdish poeple and culture.
They say the Turkish state has been increasing its attacks on Kurds in Turkey
since the failed coup attempt, and that the latest action is prompted by
the success of Kurdish forces in attacking ISIS (Daesh) which they say is
supported by Erdogan.
Kurds in Syria have been given some arms and support by the US as they
have been the most effective force attacking Daesh. Erdogan has been supporting
Daesh as the Turks see it as being effective in preventing the formation
of a Kurdish state - Kurdistan - which would include areas of Tureky as
well as parts of Iraq and Syria which are already under Kurdish control.
Turkey has provided the main route for Daesh's oil exports which provide
the funding for its military occupation with support from Erdogan.
Since the coup, thousands of Turks and Kurds have been imprisoned by the
Turkish authorities, including politicians, mayors, journalists and teachers
and the free press has been shut down. Many foreign journalists have also
been arrested and deported.
Bill to reverse NHS Privatisation
Old Palace Yard, London. Fri 4 Nov 2016
Larry Sanders, Green Party Health spokesperson and
Bernie's brother speaking
A rally outside parliament supported the second reading of Labour MP Margaret
Greenwood's NHS Bill which proposes to fully restore the NHS as an accountable
public service and to prevent further marketisation at the hands of the
Tories. unfortunately the bill is low on the list and unlikely to get debated
Despite Tory claims that the "NHS is safe in our hands"
since the 2010 election there has been a creeping process of privatisation
with companies such as Virgin Healthcare taking over large area of NHS provision.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 allowed NHS services could be contracted
out to 'any qualified provider', including private companies and Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are under pressure to outsource. In 2015, private
firms won 40% of all contracts.
The 2012 act also removed the government's duty to provide healthcare for
everyone, making the local commissioning groups responsible - and it allows
them to withdraw NHS services or charge us for them.
Currently Sustainability and Transformation Plans are being developed by
Christmas for 44 areas covering the whole of England which critics say are
to Slash, Trash and Privatise the NHS. They were kept private until campaigners
'outed' them and are supposed to be in place by Christmas. NHS England director
of strategy Michael Macdonnell says theat these STPs offer private sector
companies an "enormous opportunity" and they could well mean the
end of the NHS as we have known it.
All this is taking place despite huge public support for the NHS, with
recent YouGov research reporting 84% of us saying the NHS should be run
in the public sector; even among Conservative voters only 13% supported
Among the speakers was Larry Sanders, Green Party Health spokesperson
and brother of Bernie Sanders.
End mass deportations
Home Office, London, UK. Wed 2 Nov 2016
tell Nigeria & Jamaica to stop colluding with UK racism by acceptiong
mass deportation flights
BARAC UK, Movement for Justice and other campaigners came to the Home Office
to demand an end to forcible mass deportations such as the flight in September
which took 42 people to Jamaica, many who had lived in the UK for decades
and have partners, spouses, children and grandchildren here and some who
were in process of becoming naturalised or appealing deportation. Many of
the deportations are actually illegal, and lawyers manage to prevent some
of these, but others slip through.
Among those who spoke were immigration lawyer Shiraz Peer, John McInally
Vice President of the PCS Union, Zita Holbourne and Lee Jasper of BARAC,
Antonia Bright and Rosemary from Movement for Justice and Guy Taylor of
Global Justice Now.
Standing Rock Sioux - emergency protest
US Embassy, London. Tue 1 Nov 2016
with posters 'water is Life', 'Defend the Sacred'...
Following military-style attacks and arrests on the Sacred Stone Camp
where the Standing Rock Sioux were praying on their sacred ground to protect
it from the Dakota Access Pipe Line, around a hundred people were at an
emergency solidarity protest outside the US Embassy tonight.
As well as supporting the Sioux in their fight to stop the pipeline which
also threatens the Missouri River, speakers stressed that this was a part
of the same fight as many others around the world, protecting the interests
of people and planet, including the UK protests against fracking.
London, October 2016
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