Check out http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/ for more extensive coverage. This will be a list of actions I found online!

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Uncut Site

UKUNCUT: PROTESTS AGAINST BANKS ACROSS UK AND AMERICA

UK Uncut and the newly formed US Uncut are today holding protests inside and outside bailed-out banks in over 100 locations, from London and Dundee to New York and Honolulu.

In the UK, activists have been setting up creches, laundries, school class rooms,libraries, homeless shelters, drama club, walk-in clincs, youth centre, job centres, and leisure centres in more than 40 branches of RBS, Natwest and Loyds acrosss the country [1].

This is in reaction to the bonus annoucements that were released this week. Despite RBS making a loss of £1.1bn, RBS still paid out £950m in bonuses, including a £2m bonus for the cheif executive Stephen Hester [2]. Lloyds TSB also annouced large profits of £2.2bn bonuses, and in addition, because of previous lossess, they paid no corporation tax in the last financial year. [3]. Both banks have also revealed they have 135 and 121 offshore subsidiaries in tax havens respectively [4]

At midday in Islington, North London, 50 activists set up a laundry in an RBS branch in reaction to the Islington Council threats to cut services to the elderly, including a much-needed laundry service. The activist set up washing lines, clothes horses, buckets for handwashing, and a team of window cleaners on the outside. The protest was attended by over 15 pensioners and the local MP Jeremy Corbyn.

A classroom was set up In a Lloyds branch on Oxford street, London, in which Andrew Simms from the New Economics Foundation, John Christienson from Tax Justice and Anna Nolan from the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, gave lectures on the failures of the banking industry, tax avoidance and the alternative’s to the public sector cuts.

Branches of bailed out banks around the country have been transformed; including hospitals in Liverpool and Redhill; a classroom in Cardiff; a leisure centre in Eastleigh; a job centre in Birmingham; and 20 people brought tents and sleeping bags into natwest in Brixton to create a homeless shelter.

Ruth Griffiths, 36, said, “RBS, Natwest and Lloyds would have all collapsed if it were not for the billions given to them by the tax payer. It was their greed and reckless gambling that caused the economic crisis, yet while ordinary people are paying the price in cuts to vital services and benefits, like hospitals, creches and disability living allowance, they are awarding themselves obscene bonuses.”

Aisha Atkins, 32 said, “There are alternatives to the cuts, for example, making the banks pay for a crisis they created or by stopping tax dodging by big business and the super rich. But the government is making a political choice to reduce the deficit by making ordinary people pay with job losses and savaged services. RBS’s bonus pool alone could pay for around 45,000 nurses”

She continued, “We are transforming the banks into schools, leisure centres, laundry services and homless shelters to show that it’s our society that’s too big to fail, not a broken banking system.”

In America, protests are planned in around 50 locations [5] from the East right across to the West Coast, after taking inspiration from the UK Uncut movement in the UK. American activists will targeting the Bank of America which recieved a $2.3 bail-out. It is the largest Bank in the world, and the 5th largest corporation, yet it is a major tax avoider, paying less tax than the average American household [6].

Commenting on the new international alliance, Tim Jones, 28, one of those who founded UK Uncut in October, said, “Tax avoidance, reckless banking, and unjust cuts are international problems that need international action by ordianary people. This international day of action will be one of many to make governments around the world stand up to the banks and make them pay for their crisis, and to ensure the super rich stopping dodging tax .”

ENDS

[1] The complete list of locations in the UK is Aberdeen, Abergervenny, Ashby de la Zouch, Bedford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, Colchester, Cardiff, Coventry, Doncaster, Dundee, Durham, Eastleigh, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Ipswich, Jedburgh, Leeds, Lewes, Liverpool, Brixton, Hanovery Square, City of London, Islington, Peckham, Regent Street, Wood Green, Manchester, Middlesborough, Minehead, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Redhill, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southport, Tenby, Tunbridge Well.

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12563720

[3]http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/25/lloyds-returns-to-profit-high-street-booms

[4] http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/02/26/lloyds-pays-zero-tax-despite-2-2bn-profit-115875-22950108/

[5] www.usuncut.org for the full action list

[6] http://usuncut.org/files/US-Uncut-DC-Fact-Sheet.pdf

— UK Uncut www.ukuncut.org.uk Twitter @ukuncut twitter.com/ukuncut Facebook www.facebook.com/ukuncut

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Daily Mail
Reclaiming the banks: Activists turn British banks into creches, classrooms and launderettes in protest over public service cuts

Activists stormed more than 40 banks across Britain in protest over executive bonuses and public service cuts –  and turned them into a variety of ad hoc walk-in centres.

UK Uncut said demonstrators set up creches, laundries, school classrooms, libraries, homeless shelters, drama clubs, walk-in clinics, youth centres, job centres and leisure centres at branches of RBS, NatWest and Lloyds.

At 10am in Camden, north London, demonstrators invaded a NatWest and set up a creche where children played, practiced musical instruments while parents caught up.

Playcentre: In Camden, north London, demonstrators invaded a NatWest and set up a creche where children played, practiced musical instruments while parents caught up Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360925/Activists-turn-40-British-bank-branches-creches-classrooms-shelters-job-centres-protest-bonuses-cuts.html#ixzz1F7zlYARZ

 

 

Meanwhile in nearby Islington 50 activists set up a laundry in an RBS branch in reaction to alleged council moves to cut services to the elderly, including a much-needed laundry service.

They set up washing lines, clothes horses, buckets for handwashing and a team of window cleaners on the outside. The protest was attended by over 15 pensioners and local Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Banks were transformed into ‘hospitals’ in Liverpool and Redhill, a classroom in Cardiff, a leisure centre in Eastleigh, a job centre in Birmingham. Twenty people took tents and sleeping bags into NatWest in Brixton to create a homeless shelter.

Meanwhile in Islington 50 activists set up a laundry in an RBS branch in reaction to alleged council moves to cut services to the elderly, including a much-needed laundry service Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360925/Activists-turn-40-British-bank-branches-creches-classrooms-shelters-job-centres-protest-bonuses-cuts.html#ixzz1F805U9QG

Aisha Atkins, 32, said: ‘There are alternatives to the cuts, for example, making the banks pay for a crisis they created or by stopping tax-dodging by big business and the super rich.

‘But the Government is making a political choice to reduce the deficit by making ordinary people pay with job losses and savaged services.

‘We are transforming the banks into schools, leisure centres, laundry services and homeless shelters to show that it’s our society that’s too big to fail, not a broken banking system.’

An RBS spokeswoman said: ‘We fully respect the right to peaceful protest. Minimising disruption to our customers is our priority.’

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UK Uncut is standing up for women by ‘bailing in’ the banks

Guardian

Women have been betrayed by the coaltion and are bearing the brunt of cuts. This weekend, all are welcome to join us in protest

I am in the process of organising a UK Uncut action, set for this weekend, against the unnecessary austerity cuts that will push women’s rights back a generation. I stand with women who have been betrayed by our government.

 

Women will bear the brunt of these cuts. As the Fawcett Society points out, they make up 65% of the public sector workforce and will therefore be hit hardest by job cuts. They disproportionately rely on public services such as the NHS, for reasons such as pregnancy and longer life expectancy. They will also be expected to bridge the gap where childcare and services for the elderly are removed, directly affecting their right to work. The repercussions of these cuts can be seen already, withrecent figures showing that the number of women aged 25-49 on jobseeker’s allowance is now at its highest since records began in 1997. It is time to take to the streets.

 

This Saturday, I will help transform a high street bank into a creche. This will be just one of scores of UK Uncut actions hitting RBS branches across the country, days after the bailed-out bank announced the size of this year’s bonus pot. UK Uncut have called for a second day of “bail-ins”– creative protests in which bank branches are occupied and transformed into a service threatened by cuts. Expect to see libraries, aerobics classes and laundry services for the elderly set up inside the banks that contributed to this crisis.

 

The first time I participated in a UK Uncut action, I was blown away by the enthusiasm of people walking past. It felt fresh and, dare I say it, hopeful. I spoke to one woman who explained what the welfare state meant to her and the role it played in supporting her single mother in the 1950s. I watched as she joined the protesters, enthused by their creativity and enraged that Cameron’s “big society” is clearly a viciously unjust one. His is not a necessity, it is a political choice, and it got me thinking.

 

The UK Uncut model empowered me to create an action that was particularly important to me, with the help of the like-minded people I got in touch with. But how do you tell the tale of the countless women whose lives will be damaged by these cuts? We settled on childcare as a theme, following the outrageous closure of 250 Sure Start centres and cuts to child benefit, tax credits and the health in pregnancy grant. These are services that give women the confidence and independence to seek worlds beyond child bearing and motherhood.

 

Despite my family’s origins in Pakistan and Egypt it has taken until now for me to fully comprehend how lucky I am to have been born in this country – and how much I love it. And I don’t have to cast my mind to the Middle East to feel grateful either. I spent last summer in American suburbia where I met a hard working, educated single mother to three children. Because of a lack of state support and the astronomical cost of university and healthcare, she couldn’t afford central heating. I was proud to be a British woman then, but now the security that has allowed my friends and I to grow is being torn away.

 

This government would rather slash the already threadbare state protection for vulnerable women than tame the reckless machismo of our “too big to fail” banks. This is not a tragedy for women alone. It will affect all of us, except for that tiny ruling elite who are fuelled by greed and ego. This Saturday, people opposed to and hit by the cuts, from women to the disabled, public service workers and those on housing benefit will be taking the fight to the banks. Join us.


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Southport Uncut Town Meeting in Progress at Natwest

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Natwest Bank shut by protesters in Nottingham

Indy

Saturday  26th February was a busy day for anti-cuts campaigning in Nottingham city centre. Activists from Notts SOS were out collecting signatures for a petition against cuts by the city council and building for the rally next weekend. Meanwhile Notts UK Uncut occupied Natwest Bank, ultimately forcing it to close early.

The Natwest just off Market Square was targetted as part of a national day of action against Natwest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) who own it. Campaigners are angry that the firm has been allowed to pay investment bankers massive bonuses, despite the fact that it was bailed out by the British taxpayer to the tune of billions of pounds in 2008.

Protesters entered the bank around 11.30am and were able to remain in for more than 2 hours. For most of this time the bank was still in operation. This created a bizarre atmosphere, with customers queuing to be served on one side of the store while campaigners were sat with banners on the other, often chanting.

Eventually, the management clearly decided they’d had enough and the bank was shut early, with a note stuck to the door explaining only that this was due to “unforseen circumstances.” From Natwest, protesters moved onto Boots, targetted because of its efforts to avoid paying tax.

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Notts UK Uncut Nat West ‘bail in’
False Economy

Last Saturday saw the start of something rather special: the second public takeover of Britain’s banks. The first takeover, or “bail-out” was astonishingly expensive and not much fun. The public was left billions lighter in the pocket, with little more to show for it than their names in the fine print. What did we get for our money? Greater regulation to ensure the crash didn’t happen again? No. A reformed banking system that se…rves us rather than the city? No. How about penitent bankers showing restraint with their pay packets? Um, also no.

The Big Society Bail-In will be much cheaper, more effective and, crucially, much more fun. Adam Ramsay has already done an excellent job chronicling how the bail-out of deadbeat banks led to the deficit and the resulting rationale for swingeing cuts. Now, for the antidote – the Bail-In. From last Saturday onwards, intrepid UK Uncut volunteers up and down the land will be bailing into the banks and setting up libraries, forests, hospitals, schools, playgrounds, leisure centres and everything else that needs saving. After all, as Osborne’s valiant defence of city bonuses against common sense shows, the banks have nothing to fear from the austerity agenda. What better place to keep our services safe from the Treasury axe?

Since October, the campaign against tax dodgers, the Big Society Revenue and Customs consistently found spectacular and imaginative ways to make tax avoiding corporations pay. In Brighton, Santa Clause glued himself to a BHS. In Oxford, the tax dodger’s grand prix whizzed round the avoiders dotting their high street. In London, volunteers set up a library inside Vodafone, a Sports Day inside Topshop and a NHS field hospital in Boots.

Our next wave of actions will be even more exciting. A Bail-In means marching into our broken banks and building something better. Make your silent, sterile Barclays branch sing, dance, explode with life! Reclaim the space and make it into something thrilling, something that shows how much creativity the anti-cuts movement has. Let’s smash austerity with a smile on our faces. We are Cameron’s nightmare, a real big society with the vision and bravery to transform the institutions at the rotten heart of our system.

This is bonus season: traditionally the time of year when the people who drove the global economy into the ground shamelessly reward themselves for their efforts. Traditionally, we are outraged. Traditionally, our outrage doesn’t turn into action and so, traditionally, they get away with it. This year, as our public services are being torn to pieces by a government that has done nothing but indulge the banks, we want things to be a little different. It’s up to you. Get creative, get organised and take action.

This is the Big Society Bail-In – we will not pay for their crisis.
For full details of the action of the action in Nottingham please emailnottsuncutaction@gmail.com

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Lancaster RBS Bail In!

Indy

On Saturday February 26th the Lancaster branch of RBS was turned into a library, as activists from the local anti cuts group reclaimed the building for the morning and put it to to good use for a change!

A group of 20 – 30 activists and kids bailed in to the Lancaster branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and turned the bank into a libray for the morning. Entering the bank mid morning the space was quickly given a make over with books to browse, anti cuts leaflets to read, and a couple of large placards drawing attention to the fact that banking bosses at RBS got £950 million in bonuses despite the business operating at a loss of £1.1 billion in 2010. If the banking bail out means our libraries and services are to close, then the banks will be used to facilitate such services! The local Cops were caught completely off guard. They took almost an hour to respond to events. Then when they demanded to speak to whoever was in charge they were met with shrugs, blank looks, and “we’re not protesting this is the library”. With kids making good use of the available books and games, an adult reading revolutionary poetry, and a group of quiet readers the Cops seemed too embarrassed to attempt a forced eviction! They claimed taking pictures in the building was illegal but were then pointed towards the CCTV cameras on the walls! Eventually they just stood there helpless and the bank (or rather library) was put to good use until closing time.

Giuseppe Pinelli

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Camden #UKuncut Natwest Creche Action

This morning around 50 people, parents and children have transformed Natwest in Camden into a creche, in a protest against cuts which will hit children and women. It’s our society that’s too big to fail, not the banking system.

One mother said “People are realising the massive impact these cuts are about to have on our lives and our children’s future – we’ve got to work together to defend our future, there are alternatives, we need to fight for them”.

250 Sure Start children’s centres are to close within the year and 2000 others will have reduced service and less funding. Rape crisis centres are being cut, domestic violence support services are being cut.

Women are going to bear the brunt of the cuts. Women make up the majority of public sector workers, the jobs that are being cut. Women rely most heavily on public services and many of the benefits that are being cut such as the Sure Start Maternity Grant, Child Benefit and the childcare aspect of Working Tax Credits. Where cuts mean that the disabled, elderly and infant people in our society are left to go it alone, women will step in to bridge the gap.

The action is part of around 8 actions in London today and almost 50 around the uk.

Flyer text handed out:

We have turned Natwest into a crèche today to highlight one of the many ways

that the cuts will disproportionately affect women. We will not stand for these

unnecessary cuts, which will push progress on women’s equality back a

generation.The government should be making RBS/Natwest and the other banks

pay for the crisis they caused.

Women are going to bear the brunt of these cuts. Women make up 65% of the

public sector work force – the jobs that are being cut. Cuts to spending are set to hit

the services and benefits women and families rely on. Women access services such

as the NHS more frequently and more intensively than men, because of pregnancy,

longer life expectancy and lower earnings. Moreover, women still do the bulk of

caring for children and elderly parents, so will be most affected by reductions in

childcare and social care that help them meet these responsibilities. Expecting

women to bridge the looming care gap also jeopardises women’s presence in the

work place.

250 Sure Start children’s centres are set to close within the year and 2,000 others

will have reduced service and less funding. This will devastate thousands of families

across the UK. 100% funding has been cut to Liverpool Rape Crisis centre. Devon

county council announced plans to reduce funding for domestic violence support

services by 100% which after campaigning was reduced to 42%. Nottingham City

intends to cut their Supporting People budget by 50%, that’s money used to get

refugees and women fleeing domestic violence into housing.

“If the government is cutting the benefits that allow mothers to work, the state

support that allows them to survive without work, access child support, and protect

themselves in divorces and with employers, then remaining domestic violence

services have an impossible job. You can’t work with women to protect them from

domestic violence when the state is ensuring that, outside that relationship, there

are few ways for them to survive.”

– Lisa Ansell, The Guardian

The government’s cuts are not ‘fair’, we’re not ‘all in this together’, and there are

alternatives. Make the banks pay for the crisis they caused.  It’s our society that’s

too big to fail, not the broken banking system.

Join the protest, spread the word, stop the cuts.  www.ukuncut.org.uk

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Natwest Marylebone H. ST. Shut by #Ukuncut

Indy

Having moved off occupying Lloyds TSB on Oxford street for the big society teach in, the crowd of around 100 people marched over to Marylebone High Street, to find the Natwest there already shut down ahead of the protest (it’s getting easier and easier to shut down the banks!).

There they continued the teach in, handing out hundreds more leaflets to passers by, chanting and holding up banners including one saying “Demo March 26th London – Join Us!”

Today this was part of an increasingly global revolt – with uncut actions taking place in over 50 places in the US and spreading further to Canada and France. And a nod of respect to the inspiring Wisconsin protesters 🙂

Later they returned to Oxford Street to continue handing out leaflets chanting “No ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts” and “David Cameron can’t you see, we’re the big society!”.


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Brixton Natwest UK Uncut Occupation!

Indy

Brixton Natwest was today turned into a housing project to highlight the cuts being made to Housing Benefits.

The branch was occupied until closing time by 20-25 local people armed with sleeping bags, placards, and a big orange tent! Homelessness is set to rise under this government: in December a coalition of 17 charities warned that the proposed welfare cuts could result in 8000 more people without homes, more recently it has been reported that homeless charities will lose 30% of their funding with around 8800 hostels due to close in England alone.

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Make the Banks Pay! UKuncut Lloyds TSB Occupied – Oxford Street

Indy

There are massive cuts to the school building programme so we’ve set up a UKuncut classroom in a bank – Lloyds TSB on Oxford Street!

Derivatives. Fractional reserves. Toxic assets. Sub-prime mortgages. Banking is complicated. Even the bankers who crashed the global economy into the ground didn’t really understand it. And with massive Tory cuts coming to school building programmes, it’s going to be harder than ever to learn.

Banks don’t have to be this way. As UK Uncut activists all across the country are setting up essential public services in banks, we arrived to find the Natwest branch on Regent Street already closed. Posters were plastered across the doors of Natwest, before a quick run round the corner and down Oxford Street saw everyone bail into Loyds TSB, occupying it for a teach in.

Along the way we noticed Vodafone was already shut on Oxford street, whilst Boots had guards and police on the door – “Not today!” someone shouted, but may be soon…

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Cut the War, Not the Poor – Bristol

Indy

Rolling Picket Of High Street Investors In Depleted Uranium and Cluster Munitions – Meet 1pm Castle Park.

“The lack of regulation which led to the current crisis is also behind an even deadlier scandal.”

A new report by War on Want, Banking on Bloodshed:Highlights UK high street banks’ complicity in the arms trade, and has exposed, for the first time, the extent to which the five main British high street banks are funding this violent trade.By directly financing their production, these banks are complicit in the havoc and destruction caused by the deadliest weaponry the world has ever seen.

Most high street banks are violating their own corporate social responsibility (CSR) statements.

Barclays:
• Holds, by far , the largest amount of shares in the global arms
sector , with £7.3 billion invested in total.
• Ranks amongst the top 10 largest investors in US arms
companies.
• Serves as principal banker for three arms companies:VT
Group, Cobham and Meggitt.
• Has been part of 50 syndicated loans to the arms sector
over the last 10 years and has invested in and gives loans to
companies that produce cluster munitions and depleted
uranium munitions.

HSBC:
• Holds shares in the global arms industry totalling £450.6
million.
• Serves as principal banker to two arms companies: BAE
Systems and Meggitt.
• Has been part of 43 syndicated loans to the arms sector
over the last 10 years worth £27.1 billion and has invested in
and gives loans to companies that produce cluster munitions
and depleted uranium munitions.

Royal Bank of Scotland:
• Holds shares in the UK arms sector totalling £36.4 million.
• Serves as principal banker to four arms companies: BAE
Systems, Rolls Royce, Babcock and Ultra Electronic.
• Ranks as the world’s leading creditor to the arms sector ,
having participated in 52 deals over the last 10 years worth
£44.6 billion, including loans to producers of cluster
munitions and depleted uranium munitions.

Lloyds TSB:
• Holds shares in the UK arms sector totalling £717.5 million.
• Serves as principal banker to BAE Systems and QinetiQ.
• Has been part of 40 syndicated loans to the arms sector
over the last 10 years worth £33.3 billion, including loans to
producers of cluster munitions and depleted uranium
munitions.

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