10th May (Sat). Please join the Independent Socialists in Wellingborough on the International Waendel Walk. Meet 10.00am outside The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. If you have one, please bring along a small red flag that can fit in your ruck sack! Also wear your Wellingborough Diggers T-shirt (if you have one). There are two walks that we will be
taking: one 10km and the other 15km. There are great views along and across the Nene valley and regular refreshments breaks (at least one in Great Doddington Working Mens Club, who do great beers and sandwiches/food!!).
12th May 7pm Trades Council Meeting, Old Black Lion.
15th May (Thurs) 7.30: Meeting on future of Palestine at Quaker Meeting House, Northampton. Speaker Baroness Jenny Tonge. Organised by Northampton Al-Bireh (Palestine) Friendship Association. For details: Palestine Meeting
16th May (Friday) International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, The Courtyard, The Guildhall, Northampton. There will be a minute of noise, and we would like to encourage you to bring along instruments to join in with this. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments in the Court Room.Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony – we would like to invite Councillors, community members and community organisations to help Northampton Borough Council recognise the day.
17th May Red Rope Levellers Day Walk details tbc – see http://northampton-redrope-walking-group.org.uk/walks/
27th May 7.15 Reclaim Our NHS Meeting Old Black Lion.
31st May Reclaim Our NHS Stalls: 11am Cobblers’ Last statue Abington St, 2pm second floor of the Grosvenor Centre with Community Courtyard.
6th/7th (Friday/Sat)June Women Chainmakers Festival, Cradley Heath, Sandwell. Saturday will be a great day out for the family. Speakers, theatre, music and planty for the kids to do. For details: 7304_1 Chainmakers_2014_leaflet_final2.
21st June People’s Assembly National Demonstration and free festival. Assemble 1pm, BBC HQ, Portland Place (Tube: Oxford Circus) March to Parliament. Coaches are being organised from across the country – get in touch with your local People’s Assembly group for transport details: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/local-groups
Northamptonshire Police have decided to disband their hate crime unit to save money. See coverage at:
There is a petition online to sign. Contact Anjona Roy for more info.
Reclaim Our NHS Petition: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/nene-clinical-commissioning-group-nene-clinical-commissioning-group-should-ensure-access-to-timely-quality-public-provided-health-care-take-note-of-the-steps-that-we-suggest-2#share
1. Pregnancy. The TUC is undertaking some work on the experiences of women who are discriminated against during pregnancy or while on maternity leave. We are keen to hear from women who have experienced pregnancy discrimination themselves but we are also keen to hear from union officers, reps, and helpline staff who handle these cases and who may be able to give some insight into the types of cases they deal with, whether the cases are resolved or whether they go to tribunal, whether there has been an increase in these types of cases etc. We would also be interested to hear about any sectors or industries where pregnancy discrimination appears to be a particular problem.
The TUC has put together a very short (5 questions) survey to help us to gather information on pregnancy discrimination. The deadline is Friday 16th May. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PregnancyDiscrimination
2. EU Candidates Survey on workers’ rights and H&S.
The present European Commission have put a moratorium on any new regulations on a range of workers rights and are actively considering reducing rights in some areas. It is clear that a considerable number of MEPs support the Commissions deregulatory agenda. Given that we are shortly to have elections to the European Parliament, you may want to consider gauging the views of candidates in your area to seek to try to commit
them to voting to keep or expand existing rights on health and safety, working time and agency workers. The TUC has drafted a European elections survey that you might want to consider issuing to all candidates. It can be adapted to meet any local concerns. Given that most European constituencies cover the area of a number of Trades Councils, you are encouraged to liaise with other local Trades Council and the regional TUC.
3. Job Insecurity.
The TUC is launching a survey on job insecurity. Please find attached a leaflet promoting the survey. We would be very grateful if you could promote the survey and encourage responses amongst your networks. The TUC is particularly interested in responses from zero hours contract workers, agency workers, and those in temporary work. But we are also keen to hear from other workers who face problems of short hours working, job insecurity and / or low pay. We will use the findings from the survey as part of our campaign for a better deal for people at work. The survey will go live at http://www.tuc.org.uk/jobinsecurity on 2 May 2014 and will close on 20 June 2014.
Media Coverage of Interest
Firefighters’ Strike: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/video-northampton-firefighters-go-on-strike-for-five-hours-in-row-over-pensions-1-6036921
Cuts in healthcare jobs: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/unions-say-almost-250-northamptonshire-healthcare-nhs-staff-at-risk-of-redundancy-1-6022846
Also in today’s Chronicle but not yet online.