Serco postpone evictions in face of huge neighbourhood fightback

Hundreds Pledge to Defend the Doors Against Serco Evictions

Living Rent Scotland's tenants union has welcomed today's announcement by SERCO to immediately halt their proposed evictions of up to 300 people in Glasgow, it comes as the Tenants union alongside Asylum support groups and the Unity Centre, were preparing to mobilise hundreds of volunteers to defend the doors of those facing eviction by SERCO

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Over 500 people have now signed up to a call out by Living Rent and were preparing to mobilise on Monday morning to defend the doors of their neighbours who are threatened with eviction by SERCO, it comes as part of the ongoing campaign by campaigners across the city to put a stop to SERCO's plans to evict up to 300 people across Glasgow

The Union has been inundated with responses from across Glasgow of people who want to help and take part in round the clock watches on the homes of those affected, with more and more people signing up every hour. They have received pledges of support from several MP's MSP's and city councillors in the SNP, Labour and the Greens to join these actions and defend the homes of those affected. The union reiterated is earlier message that it will use "any and all means necessary" to defend their neighbours and their communities who are "under attack" from SERCO should any legal challenges fail.

The preparations

A Living Rent Spokesperson said:
"We welcome this decision by SERCO to put a temporary halt to any lock changes, but let's be clear it's temporary. This concession from a multi-billion-pound multinational has only come about through the combined mobilisation of ordinary people and dedicated organisers; this belongs to the people and its only through our continuing mobilisation that we can ensure this victory is seen through. The best way to ensure a victory in the courts is to show that the ordinary citizens of Glasgow are ready to take to the streets in defence of their neighbours no matter what. We have been planning and building up our capacity for neighbourhood defence all week in preparation for SERCO's attempt to evict people, we have seen a massive response from the people of Glasgow who are rightfully horrified and angry at these plans by SERCO. In less than a week we have already shifted the balance of power - over the next 21 days we need to gather our forces to finally show Serco and the home office that we mean business"


For further information, contact Craig Paterson on t: 07508482085 or e: craigpatersin8787@gmail.com

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Notes


  1. Living Rent is Scotland's Tenants union, with members all over Scotland
  2. Living rent full statement - https://www.livingrent.org/living_rent_glasgow_statement_on_serco_evictions
  3. Image 1 is of Living Rent members as part of one our neighbour organising drives

4. Image 2 is of Living Rent members before a demonstration against SERCO

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