Posts Tagged ‘public sector strikes’

N30 Day of mass protest against ConDem government

November 30, 2011
Letter being distributed by the Metropolitan Police today

Letter being distributed by the Metropolitan Police today

OccupyLSX tower banners

OccupyLSX tower banners

OccupyLSX march departs towards Central London from St Paul's

OccupyLSX march departs towards Central London from St Paul's

All Power to the 99% Occupy

All Power to the 99% Occupy

Power to the 99% banner drop Panton House

Power to the 99% banner drop Panton House

protesters being kettled on Panton Street

protesters being kettled on Panton Street

Hectic times on Panton Street

Hectic times on Panton Street

evening kettle still in place Leicester Square

evening kettle still in place Leicester Square

a damp squib?

a damp squib?

Message from OccupyLondon legal observers: there is no obligation to give out your name and address to police if stopped and searched. — OccupyLSX

Just about to join those on strike in their march through Brighton today for a fairer society and fair pensions for all. — Caroline Lucas MP

Potential arrestee advice. Ask for pace code of practice, paper, pen. stay calm and focused. Remember no comment until custody sergeant. — OccupyLSX

Last week we had histrionic reporting by the BBC, the end of the world was nigh.

- Bailout the people, not the banks!

Lunchtime today the BBC reported a damp squib. Few Job Centres were closed (though no mention many on short-term contracts risk losing their jobs), many schools open. And what of the chaos at Heathrow, long queues, passengers held on aircraft for twelve hours? Apperently no noticable difference from any other day.

BBC reporting has become so bad they are being reduced to a laughing stock.

The Daily Mail is beyond a joke. It was forced to delete its on-line poll when it showed 84% support for the strike!

George Osborne had guaranteed a mass turnout with his Autumn Statement yesterday.

- George Osborne screws the environment and pisses on the poor
Stage set for austerity with no end in sight

The day started with a banner drop by OccupyLSX at Liverpool Street Station and the Met Police engaging in their usual intimidation, a letter was distributed and Section 60 areas declared.

One of the Section 60 areas where police can stop and search was outside the Bank of Ideas. It was seen for what it was, intelligence gathering and intimidation.

Section 60 is applied “where there is a possibility of serious violence”. How was this applicable outside the Bank of Ideas?

- Met Police – What is Stop and Search?

OccupyLSX offered a tour of interesting places.

Shame on those Labour MPs who unlike their Welsh and Scottish colleagues crossed the picket lines.

For the spinless Ed Miliband it was more important to cross the picket lines to engage in childish public schoolboy exhanges (about all he is capable of) than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those on the streets.

Think what a message it would have sent if the Opposition Benches in the Commons today were empty?

Caroline Lucas showed the way. She joined a march in Brighton calling for fair pensions and a fairer society. Something we can all sign up to.

Mid-afternoon OccupyLSX took direct action against mining company Xstrata, a ‘leading light’ of the FTSE 100 and British industry to highlight the fact that CEO Mick Davies was the highest compensated CEO of all the FTSE 100 companies in the last year, when his companies had losses and the economy collapsed. He received £18,426,105 for his efforts. Led by a samba band from Piccadilly Circus around 60 protesters managed to gain access to the offices at 25-7 Haymarket off Piccadilly Circus. A banner saying “All power to the 99%” from the roof top.

- Occupy London targets UK’s highest paid FTSE CEO
“Occupy” protesters break into London office
Building housing Britain’s highest paid CEO is raided
Public sector strikes: Occupy storms Haymarket office as PM taunts unions

Michael Gove has been highly critical of the public sector strikes (though he does recognise the right to strike). His private office is funded by Mick Davies!

The Territorial Support Group (thugs in police uniform who should have been disbanded years ago) could not resist beating up a few protesters. Those held in a kettle found there were more undercover cops than peaceful protesters and it was the undercover cops causing the Breach of the Peace.

Faced with violent rioters in the summer, the police ran away and let business burn to the ground. Faced with peaceful protesters the police go in heavy-handed.

This evening bakers arrived for a dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane for the bankers awards. Is there one for the greediest bastard?

Top story in The Protest Report (Wednesday 30 November 2011).

- #N30Strike #OccupyN30 – as it happens
York strikes receive boost from Solidaritea volunteers
Unions hail public sector strike
Unions claim strikes well supported
LIVE: Over 2 million public sector workers expected to strike in biggest action seen for a generation
Is it time to occupy the highways?
A New Winter of Discontent: Massive Strikes in UK Protest Government Austerity
Occupy: we are the world


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