The monthly Activism Bulletin provides a concise overview of forthcoming activism and protest events, brief analysis of significant developments and a preview of planned protests, which could disrupt business.
UK Activist Summary
On 23 March, hundreds of members of the teaching profession held an anti-government protest in central London. Organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the protest opposed plans forwarded by the government to transform all state schools into academies, while also denouncing ongoing austerity measures and cuts in education.
The protest began on Great Smith Street at around 1730hrs local time, with protesters rallying outside the Department for Education’s Sanctuary Buildings in Westminster. Some 13 other protests were held across the UK to oppose the plans including in Cambridge, Birmingham and Newcastle.
In relation to the March protest, a number of single-issue groups, including the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, are holding a mass action in central London on 16 April. Labelled “End of Austerity: March for Homes, Jobs and Education”, the action is expected to attract a significant turnout. A number of well-supported groups are attending the action, including the People’s Assembly, Stop the War Coalition, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and other anti-austerity organisations.
The event begins at 1300hrs at Gower Street before moving through central London via Shaftesbury Avenue to Trafalgar Square, where it is scheduled to end at 1700hrs. The action is symptomatic of increasing anti-government sentiment regarding austerity measures, with further cross-sector mass actions anticipated in the coming weeks and months.