Join the Big Society Breakfast

Posted on Wed 15th Jun 2011, 11:12am
On June 30th over 700,000 people will be taking direct action against the cuts.

Public sector workers will be taking to the streets across the country to picket and protest, to defend public services and strike for the alternative. This is the biggest day of action yet against the cuts. Join the Big Society Breakfast to support the people on the pickets.

The government are making everyone else pay for a crisis caused by the bankers. They’ve targeted students, pensioners, people with disabilities, the unemployed, NHS workers and patients, and now they are attacking teachers and other civil servants.

UK Uncut are used to sit-ins, now it’s time to stand up with the people going on strike and the trade unions who are challenging the government. There are alternatives to their cuts. Make the banks pay for the crisis they caused, and stop tax dodging by corporations and the rich.

Picket lines will form on the morning of the 30th. Join those on strike, bring them a mug of tea and a breakfast butty, and show them that we’re all in it together against the government. Make links with your local trade union branches and anti-cuts group to build a coalition against the government.

Check the actions page on the UK Uncut website to see if there's already something organised near you. If not, telephone your local union branch (PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU are all striking), ask where the picket lines are, and list the action yourself.
See ukuncut.org.uk/actions/organise for more tips on organising an action.

In London, PCS union are organising a march followed by a rally at Westminster. It seems we've been set some challenges by 'the Bankers' come the end of the rally.

See you on the picket line!



#J30 solidarity video made with amazing help from @cantstopanidea @queerresistance @nhsdirectaction @two_degrees & M15 London Assembly. Our massive thanks to all the people who came along and took part in the Bankers’ challenge inside Liverpool Street Station! (especially the pirates and leafletman: solidarity!). See www.j30strike.org for more actions.

Press release: Anti-cuts activists call day of action to support nationwide strikes

Posted on Wed 15th Jun 2011, 11:10am
Anti-cuts activists call day of action to support nationwide strikes

UK Uncut activists [1], are planning to take action in support of public sector strikes on the 30 June, as part of the largest day of action against the government's cuts so far. 750,000 public sector workers from major unions, including the PCS, the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lectures are expected to take part in the first day of mass co-ordinated strike action against the coalition government's policies.

UK Uncut will be part of the 'Big Society Breakfast' joining striking teachers and public sector workers across the country to show support for the strikes. They are expected to join picket lines across the country, bringing breakfast to the striking staff and building links between local direct action groups and union members. The protests will highlight that the strikes by the unions are another form of direct action against the cuts being taken by people in towns and cities across the country. It's predicted that strike action will grow rapidly towards the autumn and UK Uncut are vowing to support and build on the strike action with more direct action protest against tax avoiders and the banking system [2].

The show of increasing unity between direct action groups and the unions follows UK Uncut's last major day of action against NHS cuts when Unite, the UK's largest union, and the PCS both called on their members to back the actions [3].

Jane Harris, 34, a teaching assistant from Birmingham said; "We are used to taking part in sit-ins, now it’s time to stand up with the people going on strike and the trade unions who are challenging the government's cuts agenda. These strikes are about much more then public sector pensions, they are part of a fast growing national movement against the cuts. These cuts do not have to be made and will punish teachers, nurses and students who did not cause this crisis. That's why on the 30th I will be out on the picket lines, side by side with the unions."

Mark Williams, 26, from London said; "By joining the unions we can help show there are alternatives to the governments cuts. There are alternatives to the cuts, for example, making the banks pay for a crisis they created or stopping tax dodging by corporations and the rich. But the government is making a political choice in making ordinary people pay with job losses and savage spending cuts. As a national movement working together we can stop the coalition's cuts and defend vital public services."

In London, following the trade union march and rally in central London, UK Uncut are planning a public spectacle, inviting union members to take part in a creative protest to highlight the injustice behind the government's cuts.[3]

ENDS

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Notes to editors

[1] UK Uncut have creatively occupied hundreds of banks and retail shops belonging to tax-avoiding corporations over the last 8 months in towns and cities across the country. It is a direct action network with a national reach, and 30,000 followers on twitter.

[2] http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/id/B2173E99-B75F-4300-825C33C0E6AC4CA1 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news__events/latest_news/unite_backs_uk_uncut_s_banks_a.aspx

[3] Further details of the event in London and actions taking place around the country will be released ahead of the day

Press release: NHS Direct Action and UK Uncut protest at HSBC AGM over NHS profiteering

Posted on Fri 27th May 2011, 11:36am
Press release: NHS Direct Action and UK Uncut protest at HSBC AGM over NHS profiteering

Enquiries: 07415063231 / ukuncut@gmail.com



This morning, at 10.00am, 15 NHS Direct Action [1] and UK Uncut [2] activists dressed in medical scrubs staged a protest outside HSBC's AGM over the bank's NHS profiteering.

A recent BBC investigation found that HSBC used a tax loophole to divert millions of pounds of NHS money into a Guernsey 'tax haven'. In 2010, a company set up by HSBC made more than £38 million from its 33 PFI hospital-building schemes and paid £100,000 in UK tax - less than half of 1% of the profits [3]. Describing such practices as 'scandalous', former Oxford MP Dr Evan Harris called for new rules to stop NHS money being sent to tax havens [4].

Stuart Gulliver, the new chief executive of HSBC, recently received a bonus of £9million- which could pay for the annual salary of over 400 nurses [5].

The protest comes the day before UK Uncut and NHS Direct Action are due to hold their first full day of action over the government's proposed NHS cuts. Over 35 groups around the country are planning to turn banks into hospitals to highlight alternatives to cuts that could result in 50,000 NHS staff losing their jobs.

Marion Davies, a medical student, said "HSBC are making millions in profit from NHS hospitals and their use of tax havens is a scandal that must end. Doctors and nurses are the ones who deserve a bonus - not the bankers that caused the financial crisis.".

Notes:

[1] NHS Direct Action is a protest group of students, health workers and patients organising creative direct actions against the privatisation of the NHS. Companies and think-tanks such as Care UK and the Policy Exchange have been previously targeted with auctions, die-ins and impromptu occupations.

[2] UK Uncut have creatively occupied hundreds of banks and retail shops belonging to tax-avoiding corporations over the last 8 months. It is a direct action network with a national reach, and 30,000 followers on twitter.

[3] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-13035648

[4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-13046959

[5] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/8306320/HSBC-chief-executive-Stuart-Gulliver-in-line-for-9m-bonus.html
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