Bloomsbury Fightback! brings together students, workers, and other trouble-makers from across Bloomsbury to fight the worst exploitation inflicted by management under the auspices of ‘austerity’, to defend the pockets of critical thought and common learning we see under attack, and generally to disrupt the processes of our immiseration. We have strong connections with trade unionists and student union officers at UCL, Senate House, Birkbeck and SOAS.
We formed through the UCL Occupation, Open Birkbeck and the Anti-Cuts Space London, the occupation of Royal Holloway’s Bedford Square building in Spring 2011. Since then we have helped foster collective strength and anger in the UCU and Unison strikes, the TUC and NUS demonstrations, and hooked up with other groups with common concerns, including Carpenters Against Regeneration Plans and the Industrial Workers of the World Cleaners’ Branch (IU640).
We want our institutions to be truly open to whoever wishes to use them, to be a place where staff to have greater control over their workplaces, and to encourage free intellectual activity. We believe we can fight to achieve those ends more effectively if we work together and without provincialism, in recognition of common interests.
Besides this, we have no fixed agenda. We want Bloomsbury Fightback! to remain open to new ideas, new projects, new voices. We want to stay active and stay mobile. We welcome local residents, FE and secondary students and people from further afield. There are plenty of ways in which you can get involved.
– Come to one of our weekly meetings. Meetings are always advertised on the blog. You’re welcome to come along to participate or to suggest new campaigns, or just to listen and get a feel for the group.
– Come and do some flyering with us. We’re often out flyering and talking to people.
– Write to us to suggest campaigns and activities, or to keep us informed about privatisation elsewhere in UK education.