This Saturday just past, 30th Oct, approximately 30 of us blockaded Vodafone's Glasgow flagship shop on Buchanan St, keeping it closed all day on the busiest shopping day of the week. This was part of a national day of action, in response to the budget cuts, against Vodafone who, according to Private Eye and others, are evading £6.1 billion in taxes. For more background see http://ukuncut.wordpress.com
We did this in an ongoing effort to curtail business as usual during this time of escalating class warfare upon ordinary people by the government and business leaders. Morale was high, and the rain stayed away right til the end! Songs were invented and got a good response from passers-by, at least 8 of whom joined us, 4 for several hours! We gave out the fliers from the ukuncut website.
Richard said "I was blockading Vodafone because I was disgusted at how they just dodged £6bn in taxes and I'm on incapacity benefit and I'm not sure if I will be able to afford my rent in a year's time when the benefit cuts really kick in."
I think it was the SSY who did the original Glasgow callout - and fairplay to them for not in any way branding the leaflets or banner. This meant that those of us (I think a small majority, including a contingent of Anarchists) who are not in the SSY were able to unite with them and it certainly gave me a lot of confidence to do things with them in the future without fear that they will try to hijack it. Instead we had a respectably sized presence of Socialists, Anarchists, Communists and others acting together on a common issue.
We arrived before 9am, and stayed til 5pm. The shop stayed closed after we left.
Come along this Saturday, 10am, to St Enoch square to join the fun!