Oct 022015
 

Unison MeetingOutsourcing Meeting Report by Ron

John Burgess, Barnet UNISON Branch Secretary, led a discussion of how trade unionists and community residents can organise to combat councils’ attempts to outsource public services. Drawing on the experience of the London Borough, where since 2008, many public sources have been outsourced or privatised, John cited examples of campaigning activity, including holding stalls, petitioning, speaking at council meetings, grilling councillors with questions and political action aimed at unseating Tory councillors.The 25 who attended the meeting resolved to meet in the near future to build a movement in Northamptonshire to contest NCC’s plans to outsource a range of public sources to Community Interest Companies.

The Northampton ​TUC secretary  has  reserved a room  at the Doddridge Centre on Wednesday 7 October at 7:15 for the meeting to kick start a campaign against  outsourcing of NCC services. Feel free to spread the word to colleagues, neighbours  and friends, since the Barnet  campaign took off when they involved not only trade  unionists but community residents also.

Tory Party Conference Protests and Events

https://conservativepartyconference.com/agenda (from People’s Assembly)

Details of March

CTUF_Manchester_Tory_demo_flyer_v2Form up Arrangements and Dispersal area map

Travel – it’s a bit late to book coaches now – details have already been circulated. If you want to attend the TUC demonstration at the Conservative Party Conference 4th Oct, there is NUT transport available from Northampton or Kettering.

08:30 Coach departs from Cornmarket Hall (Kettering)

09:00 Departure from Mounts Car Park (Northampton)

12:30 Estimated arrival at Oxford Road or police directed drop off point (Manchester)

16:30 Departure from pick up point (Manchester city centre) 

19:30-20:00 Arrival Mounts (Northampton)

20:00-20:30 Arrival back at Cornmarket Hall (Kettering)

Please contact Gordon White for further details: Email – georgecharles1895@icloud.com by the end of today (Friday).

4 October join Defend Council Housing in a housing contingent on the big TUC People’s Assembly march in Manchester. The DCH Contingent assembles 12.30pm by the National Computing Centre, Oxford Rd, M1 7EF.

Other DCH  information

Also the People’s Housing Conference 10 October 10-5 at Friends Meeting House Euston Rd in London, will bring together tenants, trade unions and housing activists. DCH with Unite the Union, the People’s Assembly and many others are collaborating to build on the growing housing movement. For details and to book see The People’s Housing Conference. And housing and health campaigners will join protests 21-23 October in Olympia, West London, when developers gather to buy up public land: see more information and leaflet here.
Sign up to resist attacks on council housing, along with Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas, councillors, trade unions and tenants: see statement
And pass this statement against means testing by Councils and housing associations – see model resolution.

DPAC demo 5th Oct http://dpac.uk.net/2015/09/fury-road-manchester-dpac-protest-during-camerons-conference-speech-7th-october/

Northampton Solidarity Network next meeting 26th October on austerity: https://www.facebook.com/events/869175936491691/

Syria http://stopwar.org.uk/ has a quick way to lobby your MP over the UK not bombing Syria

NSSN latest newsletter http://shopstewards.net/2015/09/nssn-262-demonstrate-outside-tory-conference-oct-4-to-killthebill/

 BooQfest see poster to rightbooQfest-Flyer2015-HI-RES

West Midlands Hazard Trust AGM

At Irwin Mitchell, Imperial House, 31 Temple St, Birmingham, B2 5DB Tues 13th October.  refreshments and AGM at 6.15, followed by Speaker on Cancer- causing substances in the workplaces by Hilary Cross, industrial toxologist.

NUT lobby of Parliament about cuts in funding 18th Nov http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/24758

 

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).