housing

"All in this Together"? A Sick Joke

The myth that we’re all in this together is already wearing thin. COVID-19 has come after ten years of grinding austerity characterised by the gig economy, poverty wages, benefit cuts, attacks on the NHS, and a desperate housing crisis. While the richest 1% have got richer, we’ve had a growth in food banks, child poverty, unaffordable housing and poor health. In fact UK poverty numbers were at their highest level for 18 years even before the coronavirus. Unequal societies are prone to outbreaks of mass disease, and our society gets more unequal with every passing day. Lockdown has shown that this is a public health crisis defined by inequality, and the working class is suffering most.

Capitalism and Covid: Paycheques and Rents

For the working class the cost of a roof over our heads is a major expenditure, one that can push households further into debt and ultimately onto the streets. This report from our ICT affiliate in Canada shows how the coronavirus lockdown is exacerbating the housing problem for the working class.

Can't Pay, Won't Pay: Rent Striking During the Covid-19 Crisis, a handbook

This handbook was produced by the RENT STRIKE collective in April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 crisis. It is designed specifically to assist students to go on rent strike as a means to win rent suspensions or cuts in response to the financial difficulties the Covid-19 crisis has caused for tenants.

Rent Strike Spreads Across US & Canada in the Face of Growing COVID-19 Crisis

An overview of the rent strike movement in the US and Canada. This article was first posted at It's Going Down.

Is This the Time for a Rent Strike? A Strategic Appraisal of Rent Strikes throughout History—and Today

Around the world, calls are circulating for rent strikes in response to the economic hardships inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This text, which was originally produced in Spanish and adapted for an English-language audience by Crimethinc, reviews over a century of rent strikes around the world in hopes of identifying what makes them succeed or fail, in order to evaluate whether this is an opportune moment for a global rent strike.

Why and How to Go on a Rent Strike

A brief guide to rent strikes, first published by the Quebec site grevedesloyers.info, and republished by Montreal Counter-Info and It's Going Down. This guide was created for people in Quebec, but much of the information will be applicable elsewhere.

On Rent Strike against Gentrification and the Pandemic: An Interview with Residents of Station 40 in San Francisco

An interview with the residents of Station 40 in San Francisco, who were among the first in the US to state their intention to go on a rent strike in response to the pandemic. This interview was first published by Crimethinc.

‘Te lo tienes que currar’: Enacting an ethics of care in times of austerity

An academic article by Ana P. Gutiérrez Garza on the work of PAH in Spain against evictions.

Organising in our Communities: Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth

An article by Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth setting out their approach to organising. First published by Base Publication in 2015.

Workers are Paying for the Bosses' Crisis

For years now the whole Brexit issue has diverted attention from the declining quality of life experienced by the working class in the aftermath of the financial crash. Now we have an election campaign where Labour and the Conservatives are vying to outdo each other as to how much they will increase state spending in order to end austerity. Labour's plans for a kind of soft nationalisation (a sort of John Lewis employee share scheme, “when the market will allow it”) and Boris' gob shite about the NHS (as the break-up continues) are not going to alter the fact that the working class is paying for capitalism's crisis.