There’s quite a lot of important events happening over the next few weeks. Some of them have been quite widely publicised, others less so, but here’s a round-up of events that look worth attending over the next month or so:
First, Plan C are holding a co-ordinated series of public meetings about work next week. In their words:
“We Need To Talk About Work: a series of public discussions about the crisis of the work society and strategies for moving beyond it.
Plan C is calling for two things in October:
* Mass support, solidarity actions and participation in the national trade union strike on October 16th.
* A bloc at the TUC demo on October 18th in London.
We want to open up the ideas and plans for these interventions to everyone who shares our problem with work. We’ve already started these discussion and want to continue them through a series of public discussions entitled: “We Need to Talk about Work” across different cities in the UK.
Through these discussions we’re hoping to collectively develop shared perspectives, and to translate our ideas into strategies for the struggle for freedom from waged slavery. These discussions will take place and the end of September, and we encourage everyone who can’t come to one of Plan C’s discussions to organise similar events in other places…
We look forward to meeting you at one of the public meetings or on the streets on Oct 18.
Dates and Venues
Manchester: 1st October, Working Class Library – 6pm
Leeds meeting 30th september, venue either leeds met or vic pub
London Sept 30 Tuesday 7.30pm Common House Unit 5E Pundersons Garden E2 9QG
Thames Valley: October 1st 7.30pm RHUL Geography building.”
The Focus E15 Mothers have got quite a lot of press lately for their brilliant occupation of four flats on the Carpenters’ Estate in London, and rightly so. They’re in court at 10am on Thursday 2nd October contesting Newham Council’s attempt to evict their occupation, and they’re asking for supporters to come down and show solidarity. Other than that, they also hold regular street stalls every Saturday, which sound well worth supporting. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for other groups of tenants organising collectively, like the New Era Estate tenants in Hackney.
There’s also another Boycott Workfare week of action running from 4-12 October. I’ve not seen a full list of events for it yet, but there’s definitely events confirmed for Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton already, and hopefully more will be added soon.
There are three days of strike action being taken by various public sector unions from 13-15 October. As usual with national union actions, these look to be very tokenistic and unlikely to go anywhere, but they’re still worth supporting, and it’s always worth trying to have conversations about how to take action forward, and how rank-and-file workers can take control of our own disputes and make connections across the barriers imposed by the trade unions – hopefully someone like the Angry Workers of the World or Plan C might come up with some decent material on this theme.
On October 16, the ongoing campaign against blacklisters will be in the High Court for a hearing. I’ve not been able to find much more detail on that so far, but keep an eye on the Blacklist Support Group for more info.
Then, the weekend after that, there’s a whole host of things going on in London – a big TUC demo (again, waiting to see what kind of critical/fringe things will be organised for it – there doesn’t seem to be much so far, hopefully more exciting stuff will be sorted closer to the time), the annual London anarchist bookfair, and then on the Sunday there’s going to be an anarcha-feminist conference, as well as an interesting-looking commemoration of “the revolt of the ravers” – the twenty-year anniversary of the movement against the Criminal Justice Bill.
Finally, far away from all this action in the capital, up in Doncaster the Care UK workers will still be continuing their heroically dedicated strike, with another 21-day strike running through pretty much the entire time period covered in this post. As ever, donations to their strike fund will be received gratefully, and it’s worth keeping an eye on their facebook page to see where they’ll be travelling to, as well as if they’ll be holding any big events that might be worth travelling down to support if you don’t live too far away. We don’t often see industrial action as determined as that being taken by the Care UK strikers, and their militancy could set an inspiring example for other workers across the UK, so we owe it to them to make sure word of their struggle spreads and they get the support they deserve.
Between strikes, housing action, blacklisting, workfare, anarcha-feminism, the history of illegal raves and all the rest, there’s a lot to get stuck into over the next few weeks. Let’s make it a hot autumn.