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Reports round-up: ‘Housing need not greed’ says national day of action

A housing day of action, anti-fascists mobilise in solidarity with refugees, hospital cleaners fight back in south London
12 people stand behind a housing campaign banner, some holding placards

Housing campaigners in Islington, north London

Supporters of Islington Homes for All protested in north London last Saturday to demand former prison guards’ flats be sold to Islington council rather than developed for luxury flats.

Around 100 people marched in Southwark and people took part in demonstrations and protests in different locations including Cardiff, Glasgow, Bexley, Camden, Haringey, Merton, Wandsworth, Newham and Abbey Wood as part of a day of action called by campaign group Housing Rebellion.

It brought together demands for safe affordable housing and action on the climate catastrophe. The main slogan was “Housing for need not greed”, and campaigners talked about the need for refurbishment not demolition, safe homes for all and saving our green spaces.

In Harlow protesters also raised safety issues after a worrying fire in the town’s Terminus House.


Anti-fascists stand with refugees 

Anti-racists mobilised last weekend to confront mobilisations targeting refugees. More than 200 blocked 40 Nazis with Hitler look alike Alek Yerbury from getting into the centre of Lincoln.

In Llanelli near Swansea about 50 anti-racists turned out as about an equal number of people protested against refugees being housed kin the town’s Stradey Park Hotel.

In Portland, Dorset, the authorities are set to hold 500 asylum seekers in a barge off the coast. The Bibby Stockholm is due to arrive in Portland Port soon. An anti-refugee group demonstrated against it but Stand Up To Racism organised a 150-strong protest to welcome refugees while calling for proper treatment and not prison barges.


Unite NHS strikes join the BMA action

Health workers in the Unite union at London’s Guy and St Thomas hospitals were set to strike for 24 hours from Thursday this week at 7am.

The union’s members at Yorkshire Ambulance Service planned to  strike on Friday 14 June between 3pm and 10pm. Both strikes were scheduled to coincide with action by junior doctors.


Movement from ISS in south London

Cleaning and catering workers at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust are noting a “partial victory” in their battle against outsourcing gangsters ISS.

The firm has conceded that previous pay rises owing to staff will now be paid.

That concession came after 13 days of strike so far, but the GMB union is determined to push for more. A further eight  days of strikes, are set to start on Monday 31 July.

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