March looks to be a pretty busy month, with various events happening across the country. A quick round-up of a few things to look out for:
On the first Saturday, the 4th, Bristol antifascists will be out opposing a far-right mobilisation, there’s a big NHS march happening in London, the Angry Workers of the World collective will be in a Wetherspoons making plans for their series of US/UK discussions, there’s a No More Prisons conference in Manchester, and the With Banners Held High event in Wakefield will be celebrating the history of the miners and their struggles, and trying to draw some lessons for today.
March 8th will see an attempt at a global women’s strike. There’ll be stuff happening all over Ireland demanding the repeal of the Irish anti-abortion laws, and in terms of UK solidarity, there’s definitely a walk-out planned from Royal Holloway, and other events happening in Cardiff, Oxford, Cambridge, Aberdeen, Liverpool, and Manchester. Birmingham and London both have two apiece: in Birmingham there’s an event during the day, and then a “how can women strike?” meeting in the evening, while in London there’s a solidarity demo outside the Irish embassy at 1, and then a “death by a thousand cuts” event highlighting how austerity affects women at 4 outside Downing Street. The Home Office is also planning a mass deportation to Jamaica on that day – keep an eye on the Glasgow Unity Centre for how you can help with that.
On Friday 10th, there’s a fundraiser at Kinsley Coronation Working Men’s Club for the three cleaners who were sacked for striking, while Leeds wobblies and friends will be riding around the city centre demanding the reinstatement of the victimised Deliveroo riders there. On Saturday 11th, the annual commemoration for David Jones and Joe Green, the pickets who were killed during the miners’ strike, will be happening in Barnsley, and there’s a demo happening at Morton Hall detention centre outside Lincoln, where two detainees lost their lives within a few weeks of each other.
Monday 13th will see the Orgreave Justice Campaign’s noise demo at the Home Office, as well as a rally for equal terms and conditions among staff employed at the National Gallery, a huge co-ordinated rail strike across Southern Rail, Northern Rail, Aviva Rail North and Merseyside. On Tuesday 14th, there’ll be a bike ride around Brighton restaurants as part of the Deliveroo campaign there, cleaners organised through the UVW union will be striking at the London School of Economics on the 15th and 16th, and Monday 20th is the next planned date when Equality Commission staff will be striking for the reinstatement of their sacked colleagues, with offices in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow expected to take part.
At the end of the month, Leeds Hands Off Our Homes will be hosting a regional housing summit on Saturday 25th. That evening will also see an Orgreave justice fundraiser at the South Kirkby Miners’ Welfare Club, while up in the North-East, County Durham Teaching Assistants are calling on people to join them for a day of solidarity with their dispute. On the 27th, the South Yorkshire Freedom Riders will be out in Barnsley and Sheffield campaigning for the reintroduction of free train travel for elderly and disabled people, and on Thursday 30th, Unite are meant to be organising a national day of action against benefit sanctions, although there’s no confirmation of what that’ll actually involve as yet.