Pre-demo gig to raise money for union members
A gig to be held a week before the TUC’s anti-cuts demonstration in London will raise money for members of the Public and Commercial Services union who lose pay through taking industrial action.
The event – organised by Union City, whose slogan is ‘fighting the cuts, one beat at a time’ – will be from 7pm until late on Thursday 17 March at The Lexington, 96–98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB.
Music will be from Actionism – who are former PCS reps – A Terrible Splendour, My Elastic Eye, with music by DJ Stix of Electric Dreams. There will also be speakers from the trade union movement.
Entry is free but with donations going to the PCS hardship fund and the activist video collective Reel News.
The gig will also be used to promote the TUC demonstration on Saturday 26 March, which unions believe could see hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets in opposition to the government’s plans to slash public spending and privatise more of our public services.
Organiser Lizzie Woods, who set up Union City and also works for PCS, said: “This is our response to the government’s ideological cuts that will punish the most vulnerable people in our society for economic problems caused by greed in the banking system.
“We are showing that not only is there an alternative worth fighting for, but also that music is still a powerful form of protest.”