The coming weeks and months see a number of events taking place in York, including pickets, marches and public meetings on several topics.
On Thursday 23rd February, the City of York Council is to set its budget for the coming year. The budget, described by the York Press here, sees over a hundred jobs dropped and a range of services being cut back, including homelessness provision, services for the elderly, museum funding, and assistance for disabled and young people. York Stop the Cuts have provided an analysis of the budget, with more detail from the Socialist Party.
York Stop the Cuts has called a demonstration for outside the council meeting. Meet in St. Helen’s Square (near Betty’s) at 6pm. More info from False Economy. Facebook event here. Food will be provided by York Food Not Bombs.
The following day, Friday 24th February, will see a picket taking place at Adecco on Micklegate from 9am. This picket is in solidarity with striking CNT members in Cordoba, Spain, who have been on strike since 28th November in protest at their employer’s plans to fire union workers and replace them with temp workers recruited through Adecco. It is one of a series of pickets held throughout the country over the past weeks. More info from SolFed here, York Facebook event here.
Saturday 25th February sees the Conservative Party Local Government Conference taking place in Leeds. A protest has been called by local anti-cuts groups, meeting at 10:30am at Woodhouse Moor to march into the city centre. Protestors from York will be going down together on the Coastliner, meeting at 9am at the station. More info on the protest from Right to Work, plus details for York on Facebook.
And Monday 27th February has a public meeting on pensions with PCS President Janice Godrich, 7:30pm at the Friends Meeting House on Friargate.
The following weekend, Saturday 3rd March, is the date of a National Day of Action against Workfare called by Boycott Workfare. Workfare is a system under which benefit claimants are required to work full-time jobs in order to qualify for jobseekers allowance, st £50-£60 a week. Nothing has been organised for York as yet but it is likely an event will be called soon – check back here for details.
The week of 12th – 16th March has been called by the National Union of Students as a Week of Action against fees and privatisation. This is particularly centred around a planned 14th March mass walkout. Plans are underway for an event in York – details when they are available.
Later in the month, Saturday 17th March sees a public meeting with a speaker from the Traveller Solidarity Network. The meeting is planned to take place in the De Grey Rooms on St. Leonard’s Place from 3pm to 5pm, and will discuss ways forward after Dale Farm for the new network resisting the oppression of Travellers, and strategies for local support for GRT communities facing eviction and prejudice in the area.
Tuesday 20th March sees a public meeting held by York Social with Hugo Reice (a Lifelong Fellow at Leeds University) discussing the economic crisis and alternatives to the cuts. Tickets available online via yorksocial.org
And finally, Wednesday 28th March sees strike action being taken across the country by members of a range of unions including PCS, NUT and more. Details nearer the time.