CALL OUT: October 18th and week of actions


Join the UK Uncut bloc on the TUC rally on Saturday 18. Meet under Waterloo Bridge at 11am. Look out for the UK Uncut flags. We’ll join the main march and have some fun along the way. At the end of the rally in Hyde Park, meet at Hyde Park Corner to join Occupy Democracy in Parliament Square.

The political party conference season is finally over – now we can get on with some real politics. They’ve had their say, now we’re going to have ours.

Let’s talk about tax dodging by the super-rich costing us £100bn a year. Let’s talk about CORPORATE welfare hand-outs that cost us £85bn a year. Let’s talk about how the 5 richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20% of the population – 12.6m people! Let’s talk about how in the world’s 6th richest country, there’s more than enough money to ensure everyone has a place to call home, food on the table and access to vital public services: free education, health and care. Let’s talk about how austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity. Let’s talk about the alternatives.

The Conservatives attack the poor. We can’t believe a word the FibDems say. UKIP blame foreigners. And Miliband forgot most of his speech – the bit about taking on the banks, making the super-rich pay up, reversing the cuts and standing up for people.

Political parties are rapidly proving themselves to be obsolete. But that doesn’t mean that politics doesn’t matter. Politics doesn’t belong to the architects of austerity in Westminster, it belongs to us, the people.

The ‘big’ parties have a membership of less than 400,000. The trade unions have a combined membership of over 6.5m. And they’re mobilising. On Saturday October 18, hundreds of thousands of people will be on the streets of London, demanding an end to austerity from the government and poverty pay from the big companies. Join the UK Uncut bloc on the demo.

marchBut marching alone won’t change things. In the week leading up to the march, workers will be taking part in strikes. Strike action is direct action. And people will be mobilising to make themselves heard on issues from fracking to housing.

UK Uncut has always supported workers taking action. On March 26 2011, when half a million people were on the streets, UK Uncutters took part in one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in this country for decades when we occupied Fortnum and Mason. When 750,000 people went on strike on June 30 2011, UK Uncutters supported their pickets with Big Society Big Breakfast. When 2m people went on strike later that year, UK Uncutters supported them with SolidariTEA. And when hundreds of thousands of workers marched on October 20 2012 UK Uncutters joined the march, and then joined up with DPAC to block a major road.

solidariTEA4In the lead up to the march, support the people on strike – go to their picket and take them a cup of solidaritea. Take a pic and share it on twitter with #UKUncut. And find the local actions and protests happening near you.

Then join the UK Uncut bloc on October 18. Join the facebook event and check back here for details. Bring flags, bring banners, bring your friends and family. And watch this space for some surprises to be announced.

See you on the streets.

Actions and strikes:

Saturday 11 – Global Frackdownhappening everywhere! AND European wide day of action against TTIP

Monday 13-Wednesday 15 – strikes in NHS, local government and civil service! Happening nationwide

Wednesday 15-Friday 17 – Homes for People not Profit – actions in London

Saturday 18 – demos in London, Glasgow and Belfast

Join the UK Uncut bloc on the TUC rally on Saturday 18. Meet under Waterloo Bridge at 11am. Look out for the UK Uncut flags. We’ll join the main march and have some fun along the way. At the end of the rally in Hyde Park, meet at Hyde Park Corner to join Occupy Democracy in Parliament Square.