There’s a lot of important work to be done this year. A key national focus will be to fight the TU Bill, so please support events locally and nationally, and get your workplace colleagues involved. Don’t forget we now have a Facebook Page too at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthamptonTUC/
7th Sept: 7.30 Northampton Solidarity Network meeting on ‘The Left and the EU/Common Market In or Out – What’s the Socialist View? Northampton Working Men’s Club Sheep St. More details: Socialists and the EU 1
12th Sept: NTUC stall in town against the TU Bill. 11.00 Abington St Cobbler’s Last statue. Please let Graham know if you can help out firstname.lastname@example.org.
17th Sept: NTUC Dodderidge Centre 7pm Agenda tbc
19th Sept: 10 to 5 Stop the War Annual National Conference University of London Union, Malet St London. Jeremy Corbyn will be speaking. Details at http://stopwar.org.uk/events/stop-the-war-events-national/19-sept-stop-the-war-annual-conference-and-agm
21st Sept: Full NBC Council Meeting 6.30 – NTUC hopes to give in a petition on the TU Bill. Print off copies and return by scan/email to secretary @ntuc.org.uk by the 18th Sept. Please get as many signatures from your workplace as possible – we need minimum 2000: trade union bill petition ntuc 2015
22nd Sept: Regional Public Rally against the TU Bill and Austerity, 7pm Church Room, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX. See here for poster and details of speakers.
24th Sept: Full NCC Council Meeting 10.30. NTUC hopes to give the petition in again (see 21st Sept).
24th Sept: 7.00pm NTUC open meeting with John Burgess Secretary of Barnet Unison ‘Defending Against The Outsourcing of Public Services’. John will be talking about Unison’s lengthy fight against the outsourcing of council services. This is very relevant to all employees of NCC and NBC so please get people along. https://www.facebook.com/events/893340927414542/
3 – 7 Oct: TUC and People’s Assembly events at the Conservative Party Conference, Manchester. See PA website for info including accommodation, transport and comedy night. Events timetable. TUC March and Rally on 4th, assembling at 12.00 at Oxford Rd for a rally at 1.00 and the march at 1.30. Local transport – does anyone have details of coaches? If so please contact me email@example.com and/or Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lots more info on the PA’s website and the TUC.
At the time of writing, beware – I think the events tab on the PA site has been hacked, so don’t click on anything suspicious. My links still worked.
10th Oct: BooQfest – Northampton’s LGBT literary event. Go to http://booqfest.webs.com/
2nd Nov: National Lobby of Parliament Protect the Right to Strike. More details to come.
Trade Union Bill Consultation: The TUC Going To Work is asking everyone to contribute to the government consultation. They can help you with this at https://secure.goingtowork.org.uk/page/content/trade-union-bill-consultation/
Community Courtyard is asking for some help:
Trade unionists, grassroots activists & their families are supported at the Ron Todd House by providing practical solidarity in the form of food, washing facilities, a place to stay etc. We are seeing up to 30 trade unionists and their families a week seeking help and over the summer holidays we have been distributing hundreds of packed lunches each week to trade unionists who are struggling to make ends meet during these times of austerity.
Community Court Yard is aware that 1 in 5 young people in Northamptonshire are living in real poverty and through the Ron Todd Foundation, we are already planning for Christmas. We estimate that we will be distributing around 150 Christmas hampers to support those trade union members who will not have the financial resources to provide food and heating over the Christmas period for their family.
Family is extremely important, which is why we are asking our trade union family to support us in the task to give our brothers, sisters and their families an easier Christmas this year. We are asking trade union branches and activists to consider supporting this cause by either affiliating to the Ron Todd Foundation or to make a donation to Community Court Yard specifically for this project.
To affiliate to the Ron Todd Foundation or to provide a solidarity donation Account Number: 20332635, Sort Code: 08-60-01, Account Name: Ron Todd Foundation. Contact Community Court Yard direct: email@example.com, 07925730772, Ron Todd House, 41 Lea Road, Abington. Northampton, NN1 4PE (note change of email address).