Join our #RailRevolution New Year Protests

Sick of rising rail fares and chaotic commuting?

Tired of the endless tinkering with our broken privatised railway system?

It’s time for a #RailRevolution.

On Wednesday 2 January 2019, as our rail fares rise again by 3.1%, we’re joining forces with our friends at We Own It, the Association of British Commuters and NOR4NOR to organise the Rail Revolution: National Day of Action calling for radical reform.

Coinciding with the public consultation for the government’s new ‘root and branch’ review of our railways: the Williams Rail Review, we’re calling on passengers all over the country to respond in favour of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit.

On Wednesday 2 January 2019, protests will take place at stations across the country (see list below), with a central one at London King’s Cross from 7:30-9:00am. See the Facebook event page for details, print a Bring Back British Rail placard and come join us!

Then on Friday 18 January 2019, to mark the deadline of the Williams Rail Review public consultation, we’ll be delivering our Care2 Petition to Re-nationalise our Railways signed by 118,039 people to the Department for Transport to demonstrate the sheer weight of public support for public ownership. Make sure you add your name before then:

Join Protests at Stations across the Country

Wednesday 2 January 2019:

06:45-09:00 Kings Lynn Station

07:00-10:00 Levenshulme Railway Station

07:30-09:30 London King’s Cross Station

07:30-09:00 Cardiff Central Station

07:30-09:00 Liverpool Lime Street

07:30-09:00 Birmingham New Street

07:30-09:00 Manchester Piccadilly

07:30-09:00 Lewisham Railway Station

07:30-09:30 Whitehaven Railway Station

07:30-09:00 Warrington Central Station

08:00-09:00 Bristol Temple Meads

08:00-10:00 Leeds Railway Station

08:00-09:00 Watford Junction

08:00-10:00 Doncaster Railway Station

08:00-09:00 Newcastle Central Station

09:30-11:30 Sheffield Meadowhall Interchange

10:00-12:00 Norwich Railway Station

10:00-12:00 Stratford Railway Station

16:00-18:00 Millom Railway Station

16:00-18:00 Birmingham Snow Hill

16:30-18:30 Hastings Railway Station

16:30-18:00 Clapham Junction

Thursday 3 January 2019:

09:00-11:00 Edinburgh Waverley (Market Street)

Turkey: Fighting for democracy under authoritarian rule

Date And Time

Sat 9 February 2019

10:00 – 17:00 GMT


Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

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Our 3rd annual SPOT conference provides an ipportunity to hear from those who have seen and experienced the reality of life under Erdogan’s authoritarian regime and invites you to find out more about what we are already doing to build international solidarity and call to account both the Turkish State and the complicity of our own government.

On the day we will be joined by the following speakers;

• Deniz Yucel, Die Welt

• Ben Hicks, The Guardian Foundation

• Cagri Sari, Evrensel Newspaper

• Mustafa Kuleli, TGS

• Sarah Clarke, Article 19

• Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network

• Mustafa Yalciner, Labour Party of Turkey

• Kate Osamor, Labour Party MP

• Ali Seker, CHP MP

• Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition

• Bermal Aydin, Academic

• Steve Sweeney, Morning Star

• Aydin Cubukcu, Yeni E Editor

• Arif Kosar, Journalist

• HDP Rep / MP (TBC)

• Mark Serwotka, Public & Commercial Services Union (TBC)

• Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (TBC)

• Feray Aytekin Dogan, EgtimSen (TBC)

Turkey’s ruling powers are pushing the country towards a dictatorship and Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attacks on democracy are impacting all sections of society. With this increasingly authoritarian regime, the state of emergency has become normalised and entrenched in law, an executive presidency created, independent media outlets shut down, academics and public-sector workers purged and criminalised, attacks on Kurdish regions intensified, opposition politicians arrested, violence against women on the rise, discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT increasing, the environment being destroyed and so the list goes on.

Meanwhile, world leaders watch unflinching, continuing to sell weapons and tip-toeing around Turkey’s human rights record. But the battle for democracy and workers’ rights in Turkey goes on and provides a ray of hope. And we know that democracy maybe denied but it is not yet lost.



Report from 8/9 December trip to Calais: Support #Coats4Calais

Around 90 volunteers travelled to Calais on Saturday for a weekend of solidarity with refugees organised by SUTR and Care4Calais. Despite torrential rain, all the refugee settlements in Calais had distributions, plus the large settlement at Dunkirk. Over 700 packs of winter clothing were distributed, plus hot drinks and snacks, haircutting, phone charging and wi-ii.
SUTR groups came from Birmingham, Enfield, Haringay, Newham and South London, along with trade union delegations from Warwickshire NEU and a GMB delegation from London Region and North West/Northern Ireland region.
Over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. Some as young as 13, with no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.
We’re asking everyone to look in your cupboards for a winter coat you no longer wear.
  • Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
    “Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”
  • Donate your coat at your nearest drop off point – see here
  • If you don’t have a coat to donate you can buy a coat to keep a refugee warm all winter for just £25 here

Free the #stanstead15

Last Monday the #Stansted15 were found guilty of a terror-related offence after they peacefully prevented a secretive deportation flight from leaving last March.
These activists are an incredible inspiration to millions of people who are enraged and horrified at the injustice of how refugees are forced to suffer at the hands of Fortress Europe and the British government’s ‘hostile environment’ that regularly sees parents stripped from their children, lives put in extreme danger as deportation flights take off to deport people, and the horror of life for those in detention centres.
The #Stanstead15 now face an uncertain future, and the implications of the use of anti-terror legislation in this case poses a threat to the civil liberties and right to protest of us all.
This sentence is intended to smash the anti-racist movement’s resistance to this government’s racist policies. The #Stanstead15 need the full solidarity of our mass, broad movement – we all must get behind them now to send the message loud and clear that refugees are welcome here, and that the charges against the #Stanstead15 heroes must be dropped.
2. Write a letter in support of the #Stanstead15 to CPS, for the attention of Judith Reed, the deputy chief crown prosecutor for East of England. Send the letter by emails to, or post to:East Of England Complex Case Unit, CPS, County House, 100 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0RG.
Suggested points that are useful to include
1. This was a politically motivated prosecution.
2. The charge was inexplicably changed from aggrivated trespass to endangering safety four months after the action.
3. The defendents must receive lenient sentences pending their appeal of the conviction. Emma, one of the activists, who is about to give birth must receive an absolute discharge. There must be no jail sentences for any of the defendents.
4. There should be a public inquiry into how peaceful activists came to be charged with a terror-related offence. We must receive confirmation that non violent direct action is not, and could not ever be, a terror related offence.
4. Is your local SUTR group organising/ involved with a local solidarity protest? Many are taking place already.
5. Take a ‘solidarity selfie’ with a message of support and share on social media with #Stanstead15. You can do this yourself, with work colleagues, in your union branch, college, community, with friends, family etc. You can email any messages of solidarity or ‘solidarity selfies’ to and we can pass on the the #Stanstead15 or share for you.
6. Can your local Stand Up To Racism group invite a speaker from #Stanstead15 to your next meeting/ rally/ protest?

Britain is Broken – General Election Now!

No matter which way you voted in the original referendum, if you care about ending austerity, if you care about homelessness, if you want to see rail and other privatised utilities taken back into public ownership, then a general election is the only way that this can be done. In short it is driving the Tories from power which is the key question for working people in Britain today.

Assemble: 12 noon outside the BBC Portland Place – Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus.

Facebook event here.

See you on the streets and don’t forget your #YellowVests


Sign the petition – Women’s lives matter #kickoutcapita

NHS England gave Capita, a contract to provide GP back-office services. In the space of one month another serious failure has come to light that once again puts women at risk.

Sign the petition.

“Another 3,591 women were not sent information on cervical screening as a result of errors by Capita, NHS England has said. Last month, it emerged that 47,708 women did not receive a smear test invitation, reminder or results between January and June because of Capita’s failure to send out letters.
On Wednesday, NHSE said the number had risen to more than 50,000 after a review uncovered more correspondence from last year that was not sent.”

Dr Richard Vautrey, the BMA GP committee chair, repeated the doctors’ union’s demand for the contractor to be stripped of its contract. “This is just the latest in a long line of failures since Capita took over a number of GP services in 2015, and yet NHS England have not demonstrated to the profession that they are serious at addressing what ultimately they are responsible for,” he said.

You can read more details here:

Decolonising education: confronting racism on campus

Speakers include:

Kate Osamor MP • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, poet and activist • Priya Gopal, Academic at University of Cambridge • Nita Sanghera, UCU Vice-President • Myriam Kane, NUS NEC • Naima Omar, Student Stand Up to Racism • more tbc

Sessions include:
Decolonising education • Challenging Islamophobia and Prevent • Kicking fascists off campus • Defending migrant students & workers • Confronting institutional racism

We have seen a massive rise in racism across society, from Tommy Robinson here to Trump in the US.

Students are often on the sharp end of this. Muslim students are treated as suspects from the Prevent agenda, EU nationals have their rights threatened by Brexit, and BAME students face institutional racism.

We have also recently seen attempts by the far right to gain a foothold on campus with groups like Generation Identity appearing at universities including Manchester, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Birkbeck.

This conference will bring together students, staff and education workers to discuss how we can decolonise our campuses and make them free from racism.

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