National Protest at Topshop: Against Trade Union Victimisation & For the Living Wage

Two Topshop cleaners have been suspended and sacked subjected to gross acts of bullying and victimisation for having merely joined a union, UVW, and led the campaign for a living wage.

Join us for a national demo to demad their reinstatement and the Living Wage. Protests are held in over 17 cities across the UK (see map below).


The billionaire-baron-playboy-Philip-Green has gone too far this time. We must hold him to account.

Topshop/Philip Green has already been caught:
1) using sweatshops abroad and in the UK;
2) using unpaid interns;
3) avoiding tax to to the tune of £300 million;
4) fetishising domestic violence;
5) using size triple zero mannequins thus idealising dangerously thin bodies;
6) hiring union busting contractors such as Britannia Services Group that victimise workers who are active and effective trade unionists;
7) paying poverty wages.

To top it off Philip Green has just made £600 million on the back of robbing 20,000 BHS workers of their pensions, and making 11,000 workers redundant.

Everybody is welcome.

Protest are taking place all over the country. Please join your local demo or – if your city is not on this map – you could set one up. UVW is more than happy to support you with this and to supply materials.


Rad Ed Film Fundraising Night, Schools of Trust, Mon 11th April 7.45pm

A screening of ‘Schools of Trust’ and a presentation and discussion with Paola Murdolo a 17 year old former student from the Kapriole, a democratic school where much of the documentary is filmed.

Paola will present the concept of democratic education along with reflections on her experience of being a student at a democratic school for her entire education untill this academic year when she has been studying at a regular college in Hampshire. She will also join the discussion to share her views on the film and how it has portrayed her school.

You can watch the trailer › SchuleDesLebens

“The movie shows two young men on a journey to discover a new type of education: Democratic Schools. Continuously companioned by a bunch of questions and a camera-set, they are searching for schools where children love to learn. Over a period of more than two years, they have been visiting 20 schools, in 5 countries, on 3 continents. They interviewed students, parents, teachers, education experts, psychologists and neuroscientist to find out what it takes to unfold your potentials in a free, self-determined way. The Outcome of this were more than 70 hours material, which was finally combined to a one hour movie: “Schools of Trust”.

Protest at Topshop (Oxford Street) LIVING WAGE NOW

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Come in solidarity to Topshop,  214 Oxford St, London if you can this Saturday  (11 March) at 3pm.  

Come and join UVW for a mass protest at Topshop flagship store in Oxford Street demanding a Living Wage for all workers, both the outsourced cleaners and the in-house sales assistants.

Toshop is the flagship brand of the Arcadia Group which is owned by Philip Green, a notorious tax avoider and all round exploiter.

The Arcadia Group recently reported an annual turnover of over £2 billion and a rise in annual profits to over £250 million which Philip Green called “a robust performance in challenging times.”

Despite huge profits workers on the shop floor are paid poverty wages which stand some 30% below what is accepted to be the current London Living Wage of £9.40 per hour.

In Topshop’s Code of Conduct it claims to “fully subscribe to the concept of the “living wage”” This is a bizarre statement to make because they have always been a poverty wage employer and have never taken any steps to increase their workers wages anywhere near the level of a Living Wage.

One cleaner named Susana says: “Our work is not valued at Topshop. Often our contracts do not reflect the actual hours we work. We also often feel discriminated against and there is a lot of favouritism towards friends or family of the managers. If we complain we are punished by, for example, having our hours cut. Furthermore, we are made to do the job of our colleagues if they miss work due to illness or annual leave without any extra time or money which means we are made to work more for less. I think we should be valued and recognised for the work we do because it is a tough job. We cannot get by with our poverty wages. The minimum they could recognise and value us is to pay us a Living Wage.”

Fresh Start – the acupuncture clinic made it through the winter…come along!

Today, 8th Feb marks the Chinese New Year or the spring festival.
It is the year of the fire Monkey!


Fire + Monkey = powerful, energetic, creative, blazing, adventurous….a time to create change with both of these cheeky elements.

Motto for the year: soon as you realise the path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck in analysing the past; just be careful not to play with fire, or you will get burned literally and figuratively.

So in that, I wish you all a Happy New Year! The worst of the winter has passed…we’ve surpassed January (!!!) and spring is, in its own fluctuating way coming: growth, expansion, a time to bring reflections of the winter into action.

Momentum is building; whether this is physical, thought or action – now is a time to begin to implement the changes necessary into our lives.

Common House clinic is now continuing to run through 2016 with me, Beckie. Hello!
Alice has moved on to greener pastures, but I would like to welcome you with open arms. Most regular users have met me before, but for those who haven’t visited – Common House runs a community orientated clinic where we aim to make acupuncture accessible to all, especially those who cannot ordinarily afford it.
It is a radical acupuncture clinic where multiple beds in one space allow for a massive reduction in treatment prices. This environment also creates a mutually healing space where you can benefit from being treated within a community context – something massively void in our current society.

I would like to invite during this period with the movement of Spring, to consider your own health – where on your list of priorities does it fall? What changes and causes you would like to make for your own health? What physical, mental, emotional aspects of your being, you would like to positively modify, if any?

Health and wellbeing are an ongoing process in our lives, which require continuous check ups and maintenance towards ‘good’ health.this is such a relative term for each individual. Symptoms we experience whether physical, environmental, emotional, social or mental are a manifestation of internal balance.

We are all born with different circumstances, and this is not dissimilar to our health. Some of us have to work harder than others; some chose to deal with the symptoms once they arrive, others take a preventative measure to their health. Regardless, every step you take towards improving your health and wellbeing will not be without effect.
Chinese medicine looks at the individual within the context of their lives and treatment is individually tailored with this in mind. Common house clinic offers you a radical treatment option to your specific healthcare and general wellbeing within the Common House community.

Please drop in for a treatment or just a chat about how I can help you.
Every Monday 12-7pm (doors shut 5.58pm!).

Yoga classes on hold

I have decided to take a break from teaching the Tuesday yoga class. Numbers have been very low since last year. I would like to re-start in Spring, unless I get a ton of people promsing to join sooner. I will have to restart it as a course next time around to make it sustainable. Meanwhile the mats are all there if other groups need them.

I am still running another gentle yoga class for trans and queer people at CliniQ, people can contact me or look at my website for more info on that or any other class. I am teaching full time, so there are lots of other opportunities for practicing with me, including some FREE classes.

I am really up for any groups contacting me for workplace yoga/conference yoga/private yoga or any other set up.

Best wishes


Update on Riso Printing at Common House

We are sad to say that Ava, our risograph printer, has broken down beyond repair and we are in the process of finding a replacement one so that wonderful agit prop printing can continue at Common House.  We are fundraising for the replacement riso: you can donate towards it via our Friends of Common House scheme or by leaving something in the piggy bank when visiting the space.

We’ll post an update once printing is possible again at Common House.

Common House Xmas Fundraiser @ The Old Fire Station

Friday, 18th December, 7pm – 11pm.

Music, DJ’s, drinks on donations. Save the Date!

Note: The party is taking place at The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX

Tickets – or to donate even if you can’t make it to the party:

£5 (waged):

£3 (unwaged):

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AntiUniversity: Cryptobazaar | Cryptobizarre. (Sat 21st Nov, 6-10pm)

Come to an evening of art and encryption on Sat 21st November, 6-10pm at the Common House. Autonomous Tech Fetish is proud to present a bizarre crypto bazaar, with stalls for practical encryption skills, the launch of Charles Hutchins and Jet Moon’s interactive installation Please Touch and chance to meet the developers of Freepto, a secure Linux operating system.

More details are here. Let us know that you’re coming via the Eventbrite page.