26 February 2014
Cleaners at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) are striking on 4 to 5 March. The strikers are mainly migrant workers, members of Unison, and are striking for equality with other workers at the university.
With the Tories, UKIP and the right wing press are scapegoating migrants it’s urgent that the labour movement opposes divide and rule. Unity is strength.
Other workers are fighting back too. On 26 March the NUT will strike nationally against Gove’s attacks on teachers’ pay and conditions. Hundreds of thousands will join the action at schools across England and Wales that day.
Tube workers have struck for 48 hours against job cuts and ticket office closures on the underground that will leave passengers at risk. There’s the potential they could be out on strike again if Boris Johnson and tube bosses don’t back off.
University lecturers, members of UCU, have been on strike six times in recent weeks, three times alongside members of Unite and Unison in their fight for decent pay. They are set to launch a marking boycott in April.
And while the Tories continue their attacks on claimants disability activists have won a victory with ATOS set to pull out its multi-milliion pound contract to run Work Capability Assessments.
We need to debate how we can build solidarity for local and national fights and how we get more action. We also need to discuss how we build unity in the face of austerity. Come along and join in the debate.
The forum will be held on Monday 10 March, 7pm.
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8EP
Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary NUT, Consuelo Moreno Yusti (SOAS cleaners), Steve Hedley, Assistant General Secretary RMT, Ellen Clifford Disabled People Against Cuts, Chair: Jane Hardy UCU executive: All speakers are in a personal capacity.