Protesters in London closed Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street for several hours after it’s boss Sir Phillip Green avoided paying tax on a dividend of £1.2 billion from the parent company Arcadia.
There were also actions across the country, with protesters organising actions in 19 other cities around the country. Vodafone had previously been targeted by the same group after it avoided paying an estimated £6 billion in tax on a merger deal.
It’s a month today since the first students from Goldsmiths occupied Deptford Town Hall to protest against the coalition governments proposed cuts to higher education. Whilst they only managed to occupy the building for 24 hours it has led to a wave of other occupations across the country.
A week later, a day after the massive protest in London organised by the NUS and UCU, students at Manchester University occupied the administrative block on the campus.
Aaron Porter, President of the NUS, was quick to condemn the vandalism of the Conservative Party HQ at Millbank Tower on the 10th of November. But others seized the moment, perhaps realising the depth and intensity of students anger that the Lib Dems were going to renege on their pre-election pledge to oppose a rise in tuition fees.
Student protesters took to the streets of Westminster for the third time this month, protesting against a proposed increase in university tuition fees and cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme.
Wary of a repeat of last weeks protests where protesters were ‘kettled’ by police for several hours, protesters spent much of the day running through the streets around Westminster evading police. As night fell groups of protesters from around the city rallied in Trafalgar Square before riot police moved in to break up the protest.
The protest was part of a national day of action that saw thousands of students marching through cities across the country. Council offices in Birmingham and Oxford were also occupied by protesters.
Tens of thousands of protesters joined a march organised by the National Union of Students and the University and College Union to protest against the coalition governments proposed rises to tuition fees.
The protest turned violent when protesters forced their way inside 30 Millbank, where the Conservative Party HQ is located, and smashed the windows. Protesters then forced their way upstairs and onto the roof of the building, vandalising offices as they went.
BBC NUJ members across the world started a 48 hour strike at 1 minute past midnight after 70% of members rejected the BBCs final offer on a reduced pensions deal.
The strike is set to paralyse the BBC’s news and current affairs output during the 48 hour walkout, as journalists across the world take part in the action. It’s thought that many of the BBC’s flagship news programmes will not air at all and will be replaced with repeats of old or prerecorded shows.
BBC journalists worldwide as well as across the UK will be picketing workplaces, with action taking place outside the BBC’s Washington, Los Angles, Paris, Rome, Kabul and Istanbul bureaux.
A small group of around 40 protesters shut down Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street after they blocked the entrance within ten minutes of the store opening.
Organisers of the protest told people to gather outside the Ritz hotel and to follow a person with an orange umbrella who would lead them to the unannounced target.
The protest came after Private Eye magazine revealed last month that Vodafone had avoided paying tax when it acquired German engineering company Mannesmann for €180bn. Last week Chancellor George Osborne announced £7bn of welfare cuts, whilst Private Eye put the loss of tax from Vodafone at £6bn.
London Fire Brigade firefighters took part in an 8 hour walkout after all 5,600 firefighters in London were told to sign a new contract or they would be sacked.
Some Tube workers also refused to work during the strike as there was not adequate fire protection cover on the Underground. Only 27 of 169 appliances were in service during the walkout and FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said the private contractors who were employed to operate them, crashed two.