As ever, there’s a fair bit of stuff going on. In workplace news, the Equality and Human Rights Commission dispute over redundancies and the surprise sacking of nine staff continues – last week workers in London were out, now it’s Cardiff staff from 29 May – 2 June, and after that it’ll be Manchester, from 5 – 9 June. Further into June, there’ll also be a benefit gig at the Bread & Roses pub in Clapham, London, on the 16th.
Elsewhere, the two-week Argos warehouse strike is still running till the morning of 31 May, having defeated an attempt to stop it in court. On 30 May at 6:30, there’s an emergency meeting to discuss the Crossrail dispute at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square. The LSE cleaners’ dispute continues – days 6 and 7 of their strike will be on 1 and 2 June, and there’s a call for academics to boycott the LSE until the dispute’s settled. The Angry Workers of the World lot have a new leaflet for wage negotiations at the Bakkavor food factory where some of them work, and as ever I’m sure they’d appreciate help distributing it. The latest Deliveroo news is that some riders have taken the company to a tribunal, although we probably won’t have the results of that for a while yet.
In other social struggles, feminist group Sisters Uncut have just occupied the closed-down Holloway Prison site as part of their campaigning over cuts and domestic violence services. Up north, the Women’s Lives Matter Yorkshire campaign, which has groups in Doncaster, Leeds, Barnsley, and Sheffield, is calling for a regional protest at the DWP in Doncaster on 2 June, demanding the scrapping of the child tax credit family cut and the “rape clause”.
On the anti-racist/anti-fascist front, there’s a mobilisation to stop the EDL in Liverpool on 3 June, with coaches being organised from down South, and then on 11 June anti-racist groups like Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants will be facing off against the nationalist Gays Against Shariah in Manchester. Manchester will also be hosting the country’s largest antifascist festival, 0161, towards the end of the month.
The first weekend of June also sees the Dorset Radical Bookfair and afterparty, while further into June, the 11th is meant to be an international day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners. Here in the UK, there’s a suggestion people spend the day hassling Mace, the construction company that’s building the 6 new mega-prisons. On the 13th, West Midlands IWW are hosting a filmshowing in Birmingham about the migrant crisis, and on Saturday 17th the Orgreave campaign are having an anniversary rally at the site of the battle as part of their tireless campaigning for an inquiry. Further ahead still, Scottish anti-austerity groups are meant to be having a week of action over disability benefits from 23-30 June, and the Smash IPP campaign is calling for a week of action against indefinite sentences in July.