N30 strike: live updates

N30 strike: live updates

Updates and accounts of the massive November 30 strike against cuts, particularly of public sector pensions. Please post your news and accounts of your day below.

Please post updates and accounts of the day. If you will be updating your twitter account post up the link below.

Education
Some 58% of England's 21,700 state schools are shut with 76% affected by strike action. In Wales around 80% were believed shut and in Northern Ireland more than 50% of 1,200 schools were closed.

Industrial action by about 300,000 workers in Scotland has seen most schools close. Only 33 of the 2,700 council-run schools stayed open today as a result of action by education workers.

Civil service and local government
135,000 civil servants went on strike, representing just over a quarter of the civil service. Mark Serwotka, the leader of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), said reports from picket lines showed a huge turnout, with up to 90% of staff in some government departments on strike.

In Northern Ireland, more than 200,000 workers went on strike across the area. The Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA) — representing members across the civil service — will alone have more than 45,000 workers on strike and stage 160 pickets.

Health
7,000 routine operations across the UK have been cancelled, as well as tens of thousands of appointments.

London Ambulance Service told BBC London it was struggling and people not in a life-threatening condition might not get an ambulance.

Demonstrations
Up to 1,000 marches and rallies were due to take place across the UK.

An estimated 7,000 striking public sector workers have marched outside the Scottish Parliament, in protest at UK government pension changes.

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Nov 30 2011 00:01

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fromhackney
Dec 1 2011 18:24

Seems all of the people arrested in Dalston yesterday morning have now been released, on police bail, nearly all for affray. They were taken to several different police stations all over London including Heathrow airport.

On release none were allowed to have back any of their own clothing or even shoes, just told these were needed 'for forensics'. Some were released in the early hours of this morning, and others still held for interview until the middle of the day.

Arbeiten
Dec 1 2011 18:40

Imagine of garment workers in Bangladesh marching in Solidarity with British striking workers, Absolutely insane!

Spikymike
Dec 1 2011 18:48

I think I seriously underestimated the numbers at the Manchester Rally in my previous post here.

For some local friendly (if not revolutionary) news on Manchester and Salford see:

http://www.manchestermule.com/article/manchester-rallies-for-biggest-strike-in-a-generation

and

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=1211

no1
Dec 1 2011 19:11
fromhackney wrote:
Seems all of the people arrested in Dalston yesterday morning have now been released, on police bail, nearly all for affray. They were taken to several different police stations all over London including Heathrow airport.

On release none were allowed to have back any of their own clothing or even shoes, just told these were needed 'for forensics'. Some were released in the early hours of this morning, and others still held for interview until the middle of the day.

Here's an eye witness report:
http://www.solfed.org.uk/?q=repression-in-dalston

Chilli Sauce
Dec 1 2011 19:23

No1, could you add paragraph spacing to that?

squaler
Dec 1 2011 20:26

deciding to label a group black bloc or a roving band of crusties is pretty alienating you ask me.

these people were not black bloc and not crusties, they were people who have lived in the area for some time now, largely squatters who have developed links through resisting evictions, like this: http://london.indymedia.org/articles/10787

They blocked the bus depot in hackney central (near the bus stop on narrow way) for some time, then went with a sound system through hackney, stopping by pickets along the way. Some roads were blocked, dalston junction, on the way to the library. pigs descended on CLR, violently arresting two, nicking all the others who they could kettle.

Afterwards, and with so many in the nick, a demo was still organized at stokey copshop. I heard numbers between 100 and 30, depending on the time. This solidarity demo afterwards shows the support from the community these people have developed.

Rob Ray
Dec 1 2011 20:49

If that was aimed at me, I should point out that

1. I quite like most of the crusties I know, it's certainly not meant as anything particularly hurtful.*
2. I didn't say black bloc (though mostly they did mask up and were mostly wearing non-descript clothes, so I could see how other people might make the error).
3. I actually went to the solidarity demo afterwards.

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* Fair enough a bit patronising maybe, that's mainly because I'd seen them earlier at Hackney town hall and they'd annoyed the picketers by putting up a big Smash The State banner without asking, not talking to anyone and fucking off after five minutes, so I was feeling a bit like I was having to make up for the bad impression they inadvertently left, which manifests as a kind of general "bless em their hearts are in the right place" thing.