Update: Stop workfare at B&M – and more events

This Saturday, 27th June, Leeds Welfare Fightback and other anti-austerity groups will take part in a national day of action against B&M stores. We’ll be targeting the store at Middleton District Shopping Centre – please see our Facebook event here to check out details before attending; and read our press release here for more info about why this action is really important.We’ll be following this up with a similar action at 2pm on Saturday 11th July, at the B&M store at the retail park on Tulip Street in Hunslet – so save the date and be there if you can!

Our next Welfare Fightback meeting will be on Monday 6th July, 6.30pm at the Swarthmore Centre, 2 – 7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD (near the entrance to the Clarenden Wing of LGI). The building is wheelchair accessible, but contact us beforehand for more details if you have access needs.

Other important dates for your diary

Friday 26th June, 4.30pm, outside MacDonalds Briggate – Fast Food Rights Protest: for a living wage and secure working conditions, no zero hours contracts for fast food workers.

Wednesday 1st July: Hands Off Our Homes meeting, 7pm at the UNISON offices on Woodhouse Lane (near the universities and Fenton pub). We need to build community solidarity networks to resist eviction threats, build opposition to the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts, and push for expansion – not obliteration – of truly affordable social housing. See our blogposts here and here for more on housing, and please come along and get involved

Thursday 2nd July, 6.30pm West Room, Leeds Civic Hall – Unite the Resistance public meeting on defending trade union rights against government attacks. See poster at https://swpleeds.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/uniteresist-001.jpg

Monday 5th July, 6.30pm Swarthmore Centre – next Leeds Welfare Fightback meeting (see above for more venue details) 

Wednesday 8th July, 5pm –  Leeds City Centre: big anti-austerity demo against the government’s “emergency budget” to be announced on that day. Expect £12 billion cuts to welfare, much of which will fall on the sick and disabled, and on working households reliant on tax credits and housing benefit to make ends meet. Find the Leeds Welfare Fightback and Hands Off Our Homes stalls at the demo – come talk to us and get involved.

Thursday 9th July, 7pm at Wharf Chambers, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ: Howe do we up our game in the next four years? Discussion hosted by TIDAL – see more here

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