Nottingham Solidarity Network – Phone Blockade – 14th April
Nottingham Solidarity Network call for a phone blockade of Nad’s takeaway
on Saturday the 14th April between 6pm and 10pm.
Following the delivery of the demand letter to unscrupulous landlord Mr.
Shakil on the 31st of March (see below for more info on the case), the
£700 deposit still hasn’t been returned to J and his housemates. Having
assured Mr. Shakil that we would continue in our efforts to collect the
deposit, we are calling for a phone blockade of his current workplace –
Nad’s takeaway owned by his brother in law – on 0115 9100555.
NSN are supporting a local AF member in his fight to get back the deposit from his shady landlord. Join us on Thursday lunchtime if you can. Details below the line
On November the 30th members of Nottingham Anarchist Federation were on the picket lines supporting the biggest UK strike in a generation. Three members (a university lecturer, university researcher and health support worker) manned picket lines at their own workplaces whilst students in further and higher education supported the pickets of their striking lecturers and teachers. Later, up to 10,000 people marched from the forest, again easily one the biggest marches Nottingham has seen in recent times.
Police have decided to charge two Nottingham residents, one a wheelchair user, the other a pensioner with aggravated trespass. This follows their arrest at a peaceful sit in at the Atos Healthcare offices on Stoney Street on September 30th. This is part of ongoing campaign against ATOS and its profiteering from the administration of medical assessments for benefits claimants. ATOS work hand in glove with the government to facilitate their stated aim rolling back the provisions of the welfare state. This is obstentality to enable them to work. The two main problems with that are a) there aren’t any jobs b) the assessments are mechanistic, incomplete and incapable of making any decisions on the fitness for work of claimants. The profit motive ensures that they never will be. More here on indymedia.
Chris Leslie is the Labour MP for Nottingham East. Since entering parliament as a thrusting young automaton aged 25, he has in a nine year political career* managed the remarkable feat of never having rebelled against a government position. Therefore always view him as a constant and consistent mouthpiece for current Labour party thinking. He’s politically pretty much identical to fellow local MP Vernon Coaker, but without Big Vern’s flair for standing next to things far more popular than him and the amusingly cack handed fumblings with social media. Anyway occasionally he deigns to let us, the public, know about the present conditions via his communiqués.
I’ve read the grim thing so you don’t have to. Here’s the tl;dr proles:
On June 30th up to 1 million workers across the country will be walking out on strike. In Nottingham members of the PCS, ATL, NUT and UCU (further education) will be co-ordinating their walkouts to make the day as effective as possible. In other parts of the country some council workers in Unison and Unite are balloting for action and RMT tube workers are striking.
Nationally the AF has issued a statement on the day:
Locally we will be building for the day. Here are some ideas of what we think people should be doing locally to help build and strengthen the strike
- Strengthening the strike pickets as much as possible. Everyone should support these by going to their nearest picket. This means not just workers in that sector but everyone who is affected by the cuts- other workers, school students, FE and HE students, pensioners, the unemployed
- Refusing to cross picket lines
- Joining the strike even if you are not a paid up member of a union
- Organising meetings in the workplaces in the run up to June 30th to get maximum support for the strike
- School students and further education students ( where they are still at school because many terms will be ending) should turn out to support teachers and lecturers and organise their own actions
- Most university students will have finished their academic year. However, where possible they should support the strike pickets and demonstrations where they can
- The widest possible solidarity has to be reached between teaching staff and support staff. In all sectors, whether education, the civil service or transport the greatest involvement of those not “officially” on strike
- Encourage those who feel they cannot take part in supporting the strike including workers in other sectors to phone in sick on the day
- On June 30th delegations from picket lines to visit other workplaces to encourage solidarity action. The organisation of local marches and assemblies where possible
- Publicise the strike in the local communities to make the day effective, help bring them onboard, explain your positions and what you have in common.
- Collect funds to help pay strike pay and funds for actions on the day
- Occupy! The occupation has always been a part of the armoury of the working class as much as the strike. Strike everywhere! Occupy everything!
These are the plans for the day: http://nottssos.org.uk/2011/06/26/nottingham-joint-strike-and-anti-cuts-action-day-thursday-30th-june-2011-final-details/
facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=226141437413542