On Wednesday 9th May, HSG activists were outside the Civic Centre in Wood Green where the Landlords Forum was being held, to put pressure on landlords not to increase their rents above Housing Benefit Local Housing Allowance (LHA) levels.
Although small in number, we handed out a considerable number of leaflets to people going into the forum and to passers by, explaining why we were there. Despite landlords being well aware of the widespread Housing Benefit cuts in Haringey from January 2012, some have already increased their rents above LHA rates.
- Published: 10 May 2012
DEADLINE TO COMMENT: Wed 11 April 2012
This is your opportunity to support the Council's decision to reject Grainger's plan to demolish Wards Corner. It is important that the inspectorate is aware of the public opposition to Grainger's plans and we need to ensure Grainger's proposal remains defeated and that the regeneration at Wards Corner is community-led.
The plan was turned down by Haringey Council's planning committee at a heated meeting last year.
Below is a sample response that can be sent to the inspectorate, you can also find this on the Wards Corner website.
- Published: 07 April 2012
Hearing that Iain Duncan-Smith (the secretary of state for work and pensions) was due to address a conference in tottenham this morning, 'boycott workfare' and 'youthfightforjobs' organised a protest outside the venue. he arrived late, and walked up to the door shouting that "workfare is a brilliant scheme". when challenged over public statements, he refused to engage, instead pushing a young man out of the way to enter the building.
- Published: 05 March 2012
Meet at 12 noon outside Boots, Wood Green High Road (next to Shopping City), N22
Come and join us - don't sit in the cold alone!
We will be calling on all shops, pubs and public buildings to welcome those who wish to get warm.
* No more deaths from hypothermia * Reduce fuel bills now - no to cut-offs * Insulate all homes effectively * Reclaim public space * Expose energy companies' profit scandal * Yes to renewable energy - phase out fossil fuel energy production to prevent climate catastrophe
Fuel poverty should be seen as a public scandal, not as a private problem. One in four families in the UK is shivering, out of sight, behind closed doors. There were a shocking 25,700 additional UK deaths last winter compared with other seasons. Yet the 'Big Six' energy corporations are making massive profits. The government and energy companies may want to keep it this way, but we say this can't go on.
- Published: 25 January 2012
As friends gather in Washington D.C. to demand the closure of Guantanamo, we take to the streets in Haringey
This morning, 11 January, on the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo, folks from Veterans for Peace, No Borders, Haringey Solidarity Group and Giuseppe Conlon Catholic Worker House gathered in Turnpike Lane, Haringey to demand the immediate closure of Guantanamo and other US gulags.
Our gathering included three former prisoners and a British veteran of the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. We made a specific call for the release of Londoner Shaker Aamer.
- Published: 11 January 2012
No one we spoke to could remember a bigger meeting in Haringey. You'd probably have to go back to the '80s, when hatred of the Iron Lady and her Tory henchmen united huge numbers of people across the borough.
But here we were, fresh into 2012, with well over 600 people packing out the hall at Downhills to find out about, and overwhelmingly to voice our opposition to, Michael Gove's proposal to force academy status on our community school.
Gove had branded those behind the campaign as idealogues. But tonight we heard from teachers and parents, of this and other local schools. One after the other they talked of the fallacy of the government's suggestion that forcing a structure change on a school can improve the outcome for the children.
- Published: 10 January 2012
by Janet Lallysmith, parent
Parents, teachers and governors at Downhills Primary School, Tottenham have launched a campaign to prevent the Department for Education (DfE) forcing the school to become a sponsored academy by September 2012. Although no Haringey primary schools were identified in Michael Gove’s original list of 200 ‘underperforming’ schools, this hasn’t stopped the DFE targeting schools in the most deprived parts of Haringey.
Downhills’ governors, teachers and parents found out about DFE plans through a leak in the local press a few weeks ago. We mobilised rapidly and organised meetings for interested parties – the first one was attended by over 120 people and addressed by Alasdair Smith from the Anti-Academies Alliance. It quickly became apparent that most people had no idea of the Secretary of State’s agenda for privatisation in our schools or the implications for their children. Most people signed up to be involved in the campaign.
- Published: 14 December 2011
There's still a week to go, but it's looking like next Wednesday will see about three million public sector workers walking out on strike, as civil servants join teachers in opposing government cuts to pensions.
PCS, UCU, NUT and ATL had all previously balloted for further industrial action, so their members will be out. But added to them are a seemingly ever-growing list of other trade unions, including Unison, GMB, Unite, UCATT and NASUWT. (To see a more comprehensive list with breakdowns of ballot results, see Who's out on Nov 30 on libcom.org.)
- Published: 24 November 2011
by Kwadwo Kari-Kari
“All day, all week, we sleep on London’s freezing streets.” - Occupy LSX placard
Let me start with a confession: I have not spent a single night sleeping at any of the occupations. If that appalls you I can only apologise, but I was one of two protesters that successfully “occupied” Paternoster Square (ok hung around in Starbucks) from midday to 2pm on 15th October. I do see myself as part of the Occupy Movement, and admire those who camp in the City of London. I think that the majority of sympathisers and supporters aren’t attracted to sleeping on freezing streets of London as a method of enabling social change. So I want to suggest not that we do something different, but instead diversify our tactics to engage more of the “99%” we claim to represent.
- Published: 15 November 2011
Balfour Beatty are currently the lead company withdrawing from the electrical contracting Joint Industry Board (JIB) national agreement. They have issued 1,690 termination notices to their electricians and, from December 7th, intend to re-employ them on £10 an hour, rather than the current £16.25 (that's a 35% pay cut). Anyone who refuses to accept the new pay rates will be sacked.
This dispute has been running for eight weeks now with hundreds of workers involved in unofficial walkouts, site occupations and protests with a virtual media blackout. Perhaps they don't like showing footage of workers actually fighting back.
- Published: 18 October 2011
Andrew Lansley MP accused of being 'a liar' as demonstrators demand an end to hospital cuts and a halt to the controversial Lansley 'NHS privatisation' Bill currently going through Parliament
On Monday 11th October a dozen members of the Save Chase Farm Hospital campaign and the Defend Haringey's Health Services coalition ambushed Government Minister for the NHS, Andrew Lansley MP, at the North Middx Hospital on the Enfield/Haringey border. As Mr Lansley got out of his chauffeur-driven car and strode past them they proudly wielded placards saying 'OUR HOSPITALS - SAY NO TO CUTS', and handed out over 300 'Defend the NHS' leaflets to staff and patients. The highly popular leaflets condemned cuts at Chase Farm and called for the scrapping of the 'Lansley Bill' promoting privatisation of the NHS.
A number of staff spontaneously joined the protest, saying that they supported opposition to cuts and privatisation and complaining that staff had not been informed about the Minister's secret visit. The protests were highly embarrassing to the Government and featured on BBC news bulletins with Mr Lansley being accused of breaking promises made before the general election to halt the previous Government's threatened closures.
- Published: 13 October 2011