Picket lines and court dates – pre-May Day round-up

On Monday 24th, the Jobstown trials against Irish water protestors will begin. It looks like the SP/NSSN are organising a solidarity protest outside the Irish Embassy in London on the first day of the trial on Monday April 24th at 2pm – 7 Grosvenor Pl, Belgravia SW1X 7HR, but that they’ve not put a huge amount of effort into publicising it. It’s also worth keeping an eye on this group to find out about other, less high-profile court cases against Irish water protestors.

Monday 24th will also see the first day of strike action over jobs, pay, pensions and union recognition at Fujitsu, with pickets planned for sites at Blackpool, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bracknell, Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield, and Warrington. The Fujitsu strikers are also asking supporters in London to join them in embarrassing the company at “Responsible Business Week” that afternoon. They’ll also be out on the 27th-28th.

On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th, University of London security staff organised through the grassroots IWGB union will be walking out to demand an end to zero-hour contracts, proper itemised payslips, and a 25% increase in pay for all security officers. Amazingly, the company tried to bring in strikebreaking replacement staff, but they also ended up joining the union and agreeing to strike after talking things over. Hopefully those two days should keep up the tradition of recent lively pickets organised by grassroots unions in London. In Leeds, the 25th will also see a discussion on workplace organising in sectors like retail and logistics, hosted by Plan C.

On Wednesday 26th, the RMT are calling a protest in central London in support of the long-running Driver-Only Operation dispute. Up in Glasgow, school janitors fighting against cuts will be holding a public protest before taking several days of strike action.

On the 27th, Bristol Hazards Group will be hosting a talk about blacklisting and spycops as part of the commemorations for International Workers’ Memorial Day on the 28th. To see if there’s an IWMD event in your area, check here and here. The 28th will also see another rail strike on Arriva Trains North and Virgin East Coast.

After that, of course, it’s the May Day weekend, with stuff happening all over the country – things I’m aware of include the Cambridge Radical Bookfair, the Barnsley Festival of Solidarity, a Bradford IWW social, Brighton’s “precarious Mayday” event, and a big “Educate, Agitate, Organise” event at Leeds Beckett Uni.

Beyond that, further into May there’ll be an AWL-hosted discussion event on “New Unionism” in London on Saturday 6th, with contributions from a number of the grassroots unions currently active in the capital, a mobilisation against the fascist South East Alliance in Croydon that same day, a national demo against Yarl’s Wood detention centre on May 13th, and BMW workers striking on a number of days throughout the month over pensions.


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