UK Uncut Protesters target Topshop

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.

Photos: UK Uncut Protesters target Topshop

The Students are Revolting

Students jump and shout as they march down Millbank in London on a national demonstation called jointly by the NUS and UCU against a rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education. Image © Jonathan Warren 2010.
Students jump and shout as they march down Millbank in London on a national demonstation called jointly by the NUS and UCU against a rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education. Image © Jonathan Warren 2010.

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.

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Student protesters take to the streets for third week


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.

Photos: Student protesters take to the streets for third week

Students walkout against Government cuts

A police officer grabs a protester by the neck as they attempt to remove protesters blocking Whitehall

Thousands of students marched on Westminster on the second day of action against the proposed rises in tuition fees and cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Students across the country took part in coordinated national action as they walked out from classes and lectures and marched on town centres.

The protests also led to a flurry of occupations, a handful of Universities that were already in occupation by students were joined by others across the country bringing them to a total of 17.

Photos: Students walkout against Government cuts

Student protesters storm Conservative Party HQ

Thousands of protesters can be seen from the roof of 30 Millbank
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.

Photos: Student protesters storm Conservative Party HQ

BBC Staff begin 48hr strike at Television Centre

A NUJ placard outside BBC Television Centre
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.

Photos: NUJ members strike over pensions deal

Protesters close Vodafone’s flagship store

A protester holds up a sign outside Vodafone's closed Oxford Street store calling the company tax dodgers
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.

Photos: Protesters close Vodafone’s flagship store

Firefighters walkout over threat of mass sackings

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack talks to members on the picket line outside Euston fire station
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.

Photos: Firefighters walkout over threat of mass sackings