Aug 292015
 

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/

Events

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 secretary@ntuc.org.uk.

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 sarah@ntuc.org.uk and/or Graham at secretary@ntuc.org.uk. 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.

Other

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: shout@communitycourtyard.org, 07925730772, Ron Todd House,  41 Lea Road, Abington. Northampton, NN1 4PE (note change of email address).

 

Apr 302015
 

Hi everyone, I am hoping to get back to more regular newsletters. What I will try to do is shorter but more frequent ones, though this happens to be a bit long! I have done it in a rush, so apologies for any mistakes – let me know if you spot one.

Events

Sat 2nd May: Hoping to have an NTUC stall in town to give out the leaflet A Vision For Northampton (‘Vision Final‘) This will be at 11am just by Burger King on the market square. If you can help let me or Ron know. Leaflet folds into 6 little pages. Please print it out for distribution or display or send round the pdf. We have had some very favourable responses and will be doing a longer pamphlet for the autumn covering more areas.

Friday 8th May, Cuba Solidarity Campaign event at the NN Cafe opposite the museum in the town centre. With exciting recent developments in Cuba, CSC Northampton is pleased to invite you to a special fun evening celebrating Cuban culture with music, dancing, cocktails and snacks. Tickets are limited so please advise your requirements as soon as possible. For tickets and more information please contact cubasolidarity.northampton@gmail.com. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to funding activities to raise awareness and there will be a separate raffle raising money for the Music for Cuba fund.

Also there’s a cycle challenge to Cuba: http://www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/tours/docs/CSCCycleFactSheetTermsFormsNov2015.pdf

16th May: Northants Red Rope trip to Levellers’ Day, 16th May 2015, Burford. Levellers Day, marking the execution of 3 Leveller leaders in Burford during the Civil War, is on 16th May from 10.30.  It includes a speakers’ event and a short parade through the village – guaranteed to annoy the Tories in this, Cameron’s constituency. We finish the day with a circular Red Rope walk along the Windrush river, past the remains of an abandoned medieval village and on through attractive Cotswolds countryside (moderate 4-5 miles). The 2015 theme for the day is Education. The speakers are: Melissa Benn – Journalist and writer, Kevin Courtney – Asst Gen Sec, National Union of Teachers, Danny Dorling – Radical social geographer and Professor of Geography at Oxford University, author of a recent book on the UK housing crisis.

13th June: Defend Council Housing, 11-4.30pm at Bloomsbury Baptist Church Hall in central London.Tenants and housing campaigners are meeting to spell out how we will win our demands after the election. Sessions on What Next for March for Homes, the Tenants Manifesto, Anti Benefit Cuts campaigns, trade unions and housing, private renters and rent control, and the Fight for Council Housing – against demolition, sell off and privatisation. Get your tenant group, trade union or community organisation to come along. For more details and leaflets contact info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk.

20th June: People’s Assembly National Demonstration and Festival against Austerity in London. More details to come. Assembling at the Bank of England. They are asking for affiliations to the PA and donations to run the march and festival. They have a motion which can be used at branch meetings. Flyers can be printed out too. For more details: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/affiliate

July 6th Unionlearn annual conference 10:00am – 3.00pm Congress House, London. To sign up: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unionlearn-annual-conference-july-2015-tickets-16577988209?aff=mcivte

Other Items of Interest

From the National Shop Stewards Network two items of interest/inspiration given the similar threat we face: NSSN http://shopstewards.net/category/bulletins/

More details on their site as well as other stories.

Unite: Second wave of strikes over Bromley council’s mass privatisation – Bromley council’s plans to carry out a mass privatisation of services are being challenged by members of Unite with a second wave of strikes. The selected strikes from 27 April to 19 May dovetail with the stand of the council’s Labour group which has accused the Conservative-dominated authority of being ‘openly committed to being a ‘commissioning council’ and to reducing the number of council employees from 4,000 to 300’. Unite’s selected strike action will hit libraries (27 April-30 April); the parks (5 May); strikes by all the branch members, except school staff, on 1, 7 and 19 May; and at the Astley care centre and the passenger services (13-19 May).

Unison: UNISON members who still work for Barnet Council (excluding schools staff) will be taking strike action on Thursday 30 April & Friday 1 May – The dispute will involves coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occupational therapists, lschools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning & refuse workers, all of whom have made it clear they want to remain employees of the Commissioning Council.

Articles

http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/04/the-slowest-ever-recovery-slows-down-again/

Manufacturing in the balance: https://www.tuc.org.uk/node/122717

http://www.theguardian.com/business/ng-interactive/2015/apr/29/the-austerity-delusion

Apr 052014
 

DSCF2536Apologies for not getting some of these out sooner.

Sat 5th April. Message from Dave Green and Community Action and Support Group: With regards to the Bedroom Tax stall and protest at the Cobblers Last this Saturday 5th April, some of the main organisers are, or have been, seriously ill and won’t be able to set up or attend. If anyone or group is planning any activity around the Bedroom Tax then please let others know – otherwise the activity planned will probably be in a week or two (with notification).

10th/12th April Hope Not Hate/ISW events in Wellingborough:
April 10th – Wellingborough HOPE not Hate meeting to finalise campaign plans (7pm, Azuka, Elsden Road

April 12th – Campaign stall outside Swangate to promote the campaign (10am-1pm). Meet 10.00 outside the Swansgate Centre

13th April: reminder of Red Rope Walk (see photo of March walk). Details in previous blog. Please contact if going to let them know numbers etc.

Monday 14th April Northampton Trade Union Council is Monday at 7.00 pm at the Old Black Lion. Agenda out soon.

Monday 14th April Left Unity branch meeting (details tbc). LU are starting a campaign called ‘Books with Benefits’ – collecting books to give away at the job centre and food banks. You can donate to LU members.

Workers Memorial Day 2014 – Survey of EU Election candidates

You will be aware that 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, Votes in the European Parliament to protect workers have been mixed and it is clear that a considerable

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Black Minority Ethnic Sub-Regional Partnership (BME SRP)-Community Events/Meetings Information Meeting Dates/ Consultation Website links – please print out/distribute at your workplace. Community Information

Barnet Unison: As reported before Barnet Unison is under attack but they are still in the UNISON office holding on by their finger tips. Barnet Council has removed backfill Facility Time for Barnet UNISON as of 1 April 2014 and replaced Facility Time with ‘Ad Hoc’ requests for time off for Trade Union duties but in fact there is an ongoing dispute about whether even this is granted.

Latest petition to support our Your Choice Barnet Care workers: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-ongoing-destruction-of-services-for-adults-with-disabilities-in-barnet

You can read “Ten reasons why we oppose attacks on Your Choice Barnet care workers” here http://ow.ly/voGy4