Strikes, bookfairs and court dates: events listing for May

Just a quick roundup of a few upcoming events happening throughout the month:

In online developments, Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth are asking people to tweet at Southwark councillors as part of their dispute over four families living in unsuitable, overcrowded accommodation. They’re also asking people to sign an online petition. Deliveroo riders also have a shiny new website as part of their organising efforts.

BMW workers will be striking on a number of dates throughout the month, from the 3rd onwards, as part of their pensions dispute. The full dates are:

  • Wednesday 3 May – workers at Hams Hall strike
  • Friday 5 May – workers at Rolls-Royce at Goodwood strike
  • Tuesday 16 May – workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Thursday 18 May – workers at Cowley, Goodwood, Hams Hall and Swindon strike
  • Sunday 21 May – workers at Cowley and Swindon strike
  • Wednesday 24 May – workers at Goodwood and Hams Hall strike

From the 4th onwards, Fujitsu workers will be striking over jobs, union recognition, pay and pensions, and they’re asking supporters to leaflet Sainsbury’s using this leaflet. Strike dates are 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 May, and there are a number of support events planned: Central London on the 4th, Manchester on the 5th, Warrington on the 5th, Stevenage on the 5th, and then at the Retail Business Technology Expo in London on the 8th.

The actual Sheffield anarchist bookfair won’t be until the 20th, but they’ve got a few fundraising events running throughout the month, one on the 5th and one on the 11th.

The weekend of the 6th will see a few different events happening throughout the country: in Croydon, people will be getting out on the streets to oppose the fascist South-East Alliance, Nottingham will be having its first radical bookfair, and for anyone in or around Barnsley, there’ll be the unveiling of a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Oaks Colliery disaster, a sign of how much the old pit culture continues to matter in the area. Meanwhile, over in Ireland, there’ll be another march in support of the Jobstown defendants, as the trial against Irish water protestors continues.

On May 10th, construction safety campaigners, the London Hazards Centre and Families Against Corporate Killing will be out at Southwark Crown Court, picketing at the next date of the court case against the companies responsible for the death of Rene Tkacik on the Crossrail project.

LSE cleaners, organised through the UVW union, have voted to take weekly strike action, starting on May 11th. You can find more about their plans here. Over in the US, Xinatchli, a Chicano organiser who was given a 50-year sentence for disarming a cop who attempted to kill him, will be turning 65 behind bars on May 12th, if anyone fancies sending him a nice card or something.

On Saturday 13th, there’ll be a national demonstration to close down Yarl’s Wood detention centre. There’s currently transport arranged from London, South London, Birmingham/Coventry, Nottingham/Leicester, Oxford, Manchester, Cambridge, Bristol, Leeds, York, Bath, and hopefully Newcastle as well.

On May 16th and 17th, University of London security guards organised through the grassroots union IWGB will be striking for fair pay and an end to zero hours contracts. At the end of the month, the IWGB and UVW will be joining forces for a summer fiesta on the 27th, if anyone fancies partying with some low-paid but well-organised workers.


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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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