Thursday we took part in Brighton People’s Assembly, which brought together local activists and others opposed to austerity, and we will be sending representatives to the National People’s Assembly on the 22nd.
Friday we took action for benefit justice by invading the Housing Office at Mousecoomb, which resulted in BBC members meeting with the manager to discuss why, despite promises from the councillors, letters threatening evictions had been sent to bedroom tax victims. A report on what came out of this meeting can be read here
Monday we were at Hove Town Hall for the demonstration against Nigel Farage. In addition to being infamous for racism and homophobia, UKIP have referred to benefit claimants as a ‘parasitic underclass of scroungers’. Their welfare policies include forced unpaid work for all Housing and Council Tax Benefit claimants, slashing benefits for disabled people, and removing childcare support for working parents. An account of the demo can be found here
Yesterday we joined the pickets at Brighton Jobcentre in solidarity with the PCS strikers. BBC has always had strong links with PCS organisers and workers in the Jobcentre, many of whom are themselves on benefits. In addition, their jobs are increasingly under threat from the privatisation of public services for profit. Photos and video from the picket can be seen on the GMB site
Tonight we will be holding the first estate meeting, to build a local group against the bedroom tax & the assault on welfare. Thanks to all who have helped with leafleting virtually the whole of Hollingdean!
We will post further actions against workfare & welfare cuts shortly.
Events & Actions June 2013:
Hands Off Our Homes – Fight Benefit Cuts
Thursday 6 June
Hollingdean Community Centre 7pm
Unison / GMB Golf Course Workers Strike
Tuesday 11 June
Support pickets at Hollingbury and Waterhall Golf Courses from 6am
Brighton Left Unity meeting
Tuesday 11 June
Brighthelm (Hanover Room) 7pm
Full Trades Council
Wednesday 12 June
King and Queen 8pm
All Trade Union Members Welcome
Brighton Benefits Action organising meeting
Thursday 13 June
TUC Unemployed Centre Hollingdean 7pm
Peoples Assembly Against Austerity
Saturday 22 June
Central Hall Westminster 9.30am
National Shop Stewards Network Conference
Saturday 29 June
Camden Centre London 11am
NHS 65th Birthday Anti-Privatisation Street Party
Friday 5 July
New Road Brighton 3pm
Sussex Trade Union Network Meeting
Saturday 6th July
Friends Meeting House
Strikes & Ballots
GMB are currently balloting at the Hollingdean Cityclean depot to defend members against up to £4000 pay cuts, in response it appears the council are planning strike-breaking measures. More info, petition to sign and place to donate to strike fund here.
The Sussex University based Pop-Up union has begun to ballot its members against privatisation on campus.
Details here http://popupunion.org/