National day of action against Universal Credit, Saturday 1st December

Unite Community have finally started confirming some of the details for their upcoming day of action against Universal Credit. Obviously, this is all pretty inadequate, especially the late notice, since these events would be a lot more powerful if they were properly promoted at jobcentres and managed to attract claimants from outside the usual activist circles, which is unlikely at this kind of timescale; but any kind of resistance around social issues like Universal Credit is better than just passively watching the latest developments in the Brexit soap opera. If you’re interested in helping plan serious resistance around welfare reform, it might be worth going along and seeing if anyone there might be up for organising something more concerted than just a badly-promoted day of action once or twice a year.

And as a quick reminder, other stuff coming up this week includes:

Thursday 29th: Electricians’ meeting in London, rally to support striking Ladywood school staff in South Yorkshire, support Northern guards public meeting in Liverpool.

Friday 30th: CAIWU campaigning for the reinstatement of a sacked cleaner at Ofcom, Up the Elephant anti-gentrification/regeneration fundraiser, unofficial alternative xmas do outside the official TDL event, all in London.

Saturday December 1st: Manchester and Salford anarchist bookfair, RMT strikes on Northern and South-Western to keep the guard on the train, CWU national day of action in defence of the post office.

Anyway, the events confirmed so far are:

East Midlands – Contact Shaun Pender 07885 803449
  • Glossop, Glossop High Street, Market entrance – Carol concert 11:00–12:30
  • Northampton – Market Square Leafleting between 11:00-13:00
  • West Bridgford – street stall 11:00-13:00
  • Bulwell Market Place – Choir 11:00-13:00
  • Netherfield – outside the Coop 11:00-13:00 street stall and leafleting
  • Shirebrook – Xmas market- Christmas Crisis Carol Concert 11.00
  • Leicester – TBC
  • Derby – TBC
  • Belper – Belper High Street – leafleting and street stall
London & Eastern – contact Vic Paulino 07791 113806
  • Norwich City Centre stall/protest outside Tesco (NR2 1JH) from 11:00-13:00 close to the Job Centre
  • Ipswich – Alternate Carol Service on between 13:00-15:00 at The La Tour Cafe at 7, Waterfront, Ipswich (IP4 1FT)
  • Colchester- Carol Singing at 16:00 outside the Town Hall to raise Universal Credit awareness, songbooks provided
  • Woolwich Stall in Woolwich Town Centr DLR Station in Powis St/Woolwich Market (SE18 6AY) from 11:00
  • Brixton tube station from 11:00-13:00
  • Ladbroke Grove – Underground Station, London (W10 6HJ) Carol singing – 14:00
  • Chingford Chingford Mount, London (E4 8LG). 11:00 at Protesting in constituency of Iain Duncan Smith, the architect of Universal Credit misery.
  • Camden Town – outside the tube station at 11:00
  • Wisbech outside the local Job Centre Plus, Wisbech, (PE13 1AN) Friday 7 December 2018
  • Tottenham Job Centre, Carol Singing, Friday 7 December 2018
North East, Yorkshire & Humberside – contact Liane Groves 07793 661657
Northern Ireland – Contact Albert Hewitt 07711 375537
North West – contact Sheila Coleman 07711 375538
  • Manchester – five stalls in five different locations TBC
  • Liverpool – Bottom of Bold St, Liverpool City Centre, from 11:00.
  • Carlisle – outside HSBC bank, Carlisle city centre. From 11:00.
Scotland contact Jamie Caldwell 07980 721417
  • Glasgow, stall Govan Cross (795 Govan Rd, Glasgow, G51 3JW) 11:00
  • Edinburgh Newkirkgate Leith, 11:00
  • Dundee, Dundee Meet Boots Corner, Reform Street. 13:00
  • Falkirk – The Steeple in Falkirk High Street
  • Fife – The Mercat Kircaldy 11:00
  • 30 November  >> Irvine – Bridgegate Irvine 12.00
  • 30 November  >> Greenock – Greenock Town Centre, Corner of Blackhall and West St – 12.00
  • 30 November  >> Clydebank – Job Centre, 245 Kilbowie Rd, Clydebank G81 2JN stall 10.30
  • 30 November  >> Kilmarnock – Cross Kilmarnock 15:00
  • 3 December >> Glasgow, Shettleston Job Centre (955 Shettleston Rd, Glasgow G32 7NY) 10:00
  • 3 December >> North Lanarkshire, Brandon Parade Motherwell outside MacDonalds – stall 12:00
South East – contact Kelly Tomlinson 07941 342835
  • Brighton – London Road/Anne Street corner (opposite Boots) 14:00-16:00
  • Chesham – Chesham Broadway 10:00-12:00
  • Cosham Cosham high street (near Tesco’s) 12:00-14:00
  • Crawley Outside the main post office, Crawley 10:00–12.00
  • Dover Dover High Street (outside old M&S) 11:00-13:00
  • Eastbourne Corner of Cornfield Rd & Terminus Rd 11:00-13:00
  • Hastings Outside Nationwide, town centre 11:00-13:00
  • Havant & Waterlooville Waterlooville market square, the Clock House (Friday 30 November) 10:30-12:30
  • Isle of Wight St James Square, Newport – 12:00-14:00
  • Maidenhead Outside Maidenhead Library (Friday 30th) 11:00-13:00
  • Milton Keynes Midsummer Blvd crossing (between the Food Hall and John Lewis) 11:00-13:00
  • Oxford Bonn Square, Oxford 11:00-13:00
  • Ramsgate High street (outside HSBC bank), Ramsgate 11:00-13:00
  • Sheerness Town Centre (meet at clock tower), Sheerness 10:00-12:00
  • Sittingbourne High street (outside entrance to forum) 10:00-12:00
  • Slough outside the cinema, Slough Town Square 11:00-13:00
  • Southampton – Bitterne Precinct, Near West End Rd, (SO18 5RS) 10:45 – March to Tory MP, Royston Smith’s constituency office, at 11:45 (70 Dean Rd, SO18 6AN) demand the end Universal Credit. 12.15 Public meeting music & refreshments, RC Church Hall, Commercial St (SO18 6LY)
South West – contact Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Bristol, East St Bedminster BS3 4HD 14:00-17:00
  • Bath – Bottom of Milsom Street – 13:00 Christmas carols
  • Bournemouth – TBC
  • Taunton, Taunton High St, by the Tourist Visitor Centre – 11:00-13:00
  • Cheddar Labour stall, location TBC 11:00-13:00
  • Gloucester TBC
  • Truro TBC
  • North Devon TBC
West Midlands – Contact Shaun Pender 07885 803449
  • Newcastle under Lyme Town Centre 11.00-13.00
  • Shrewsbury Town Centre (Pride Hill) 14:00-16:00
  • Wellington Square 11.00-13.00
  • Birmingham, outside Waterstones Bookshop City centre 11.00–13:00
  • Worcester High Street – 11.00-13:00
  • Burton, Burton High Street 11:00-13:00
Wales – contact Ian Swan 07850 649699
  • Bangor, outside Bank, opposite the clock tower. 11.00-13.00
  • Caernarfon, TBC. 11.00-13.00
  • Holyhead, outside the old Woolworths building. 11.00-13.00
  • Llangefni, at the Clock, Market Square. 11.00-13.00
  • Wrexham, by miner’s statue, city centre. 11.00–13.00
  • Cardiff – Stall at Canton, Cowbridge Road 12:00-14:00
  • Newport – TBC 11.00–13.00
  • Swansea – TBC 11.00–13.00

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