Jul 262015
 

Events

29th July ctuf meeting tu bill 29jul156-9 pm Renewing and Resisting the Trade Union Bill Mander Hall NUT, Mabledon Place, London, 9BD. Also, for more details of the bill, see Trade Union Bill – TUC briefing 20 7 15 FINAL FINAL 

15th/16th August: Umbrella Fair, N’ton Racecourse – http://www.umbrellafair.org.uk/. NTUC will be running a stall both days. Any campaign group except political parties can join us. Also we welcome help to man the stall. Please contact Graham at secretary@ntuc.org.uk

18th August: nationwide protests for a nationalised rail industry https://www.facebook.com/events/1690126694556772/

31st October 11am: TUC Midlands Equality Conference at the CWU Offices, Summer Lane, B19 3TH. Contact details email: mkesterton@tuc.org.uk

 Other News and Links

Northampton Solidarity Network: Following the well attended and lively meetings on ‘The General Election results and the Left’ and ‘The significance of the recent events in Greece’ it was agreed to hold meetings on ‘Arguments to counter austerity’ and on ‘How the Left should relate to Common Market/EU’. These will be after the summer break. Contact: 01604 752588.

National Gallery Anti- Privatisation Campaign: please support through donations, the petition etc. https://ngnotforsale.wordpress.com/

Cuba Solidarity Campaign. If you don’t currently get details of activities, please contact Jerry at cubasolidarity.northampton@gmail.com

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) http://shopstewards.net/2015/07/nssn-252-victory-for-glasgow-homelessness-case-workers/ carries a long list of current action – there is more going on than the media would have us believe. In particular the Glasgow Homelessness Caseworkers have won a significant victory after 17 weeks of strike action. Also Deutsche Postal Workers in Germany have won a broad pay and conditions agreement on good terms after 3 months of action. We need to publicise these victories and support disputes.

Housing. If you are interested in housing locally then go to: https://northamptondefendcouncilhousing.wordpress.com/. For national housing news: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/ Also see TUC Young Workers Housing Charter: https://www.tuc.org.uk/node/123262

Disabled People Against Cuts: http://dpac.uk.net/. Local group contact John on jwsmith79@madasafish.com

 TUC items

Final Resolutions of the Trades Council Conference 2015: https://www.tuc.org.uk/about-tuc/union-issues/unions-community/trades-councils/resolutions-trades-union-councils-2015

Union Reps TUC Bulletin Board – this is a really useful discussion board for reps who may need help with specific issues. I have used it before. Register here: https://www.unionreps.org.uk/

TUC Alerts. If you want to receive alerts from the TUC, which include press releases, resources, videos, blogs etc you can do so here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/mediacentre/register

Maternity leave discrimination – press release and links: https://www.tuc.org.uk/node/123269

sarah@ntuc.org.uk

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

Nov 142013
 

TRADES COUNCIL TODAY Thursday 14th Nov 7.15, Old Black Lion. Very important discussion on Trades Council, attendance, future developments/priorities etc. Please could all affiliates

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FBU action: the FBU has taken part in their 4th strike action. The Executive Council has decided to ballot over other forms of action short of a strike as well. For up to date info on the general position see http://www.fbu.org.uk/archives/7399

NAPO: held a very successful 24 hours of strike action and are now doing action short of a strike. Chron coverage: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/probation-workers-in-northampton-begin-24-hour-strike-1-5651122

The CWU suspended their action for more talks. Here is the current update – there has been an extension in discussions until the 27th

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Nov: http://www.cwu.org/news/archive/royal-mail-dispute-update.html

Daventry March on the NHS. Newspaper coverage and video: https://twitter.com/BrixworthLabour/status/398865632168783872/photo/1http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/local/cardiac-unit-closure-march-wins-support-1-5662786

Events

Also see previous newsletter

TONIGHT 14th Nov see Question Time 10.35 when there will be someone from the Save Portsmouth Shipyard Campaign. I believe the GMB has organised a protest outside too. Portsmouth TUC is very involved in the Campaign and I am sure messages of support would be welcome: https://www.facebook.com/saveportsmouthshipyard

18th November Monday to 24th Nov Sunday Local Human Rights Week organised by the Northampton Rights and Equality Council: press release NREC Human Rights week

20th November Wed TUC

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day on Blacklisting: Please see union links on TUC page for any events: http://www.tuc.org.uk//workplace-issues/employment-rights/health-and-safety/own-pay-clean-tuc-day-action-blacklisting

3rd December: Next joint strike action by UCU, Unison and Unite. Please support the picket lines that day – details to come: http://www.ucu.org.uk/6833, http://www.unison.org.uk/news/university-staff-announce-3-december-for-second-date-of-strike-action and http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/own-up-pay-up-clean-up-tuc-day-of-action-on-blacklisting/university-staff-announce-3-december-for-second-date-of-strike-action/

Other useful links and requests for help

Unison victory over derecognition battle in Bradford – important to see these battles can be fought and won: http://www.unison.org.uk/news/union-wins-bradford-derecognition-battle

Union Learn conference video: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ebd004a8047907dc47d269fd1&id=98468d960a&e=b4e78b83fe

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation website is full of useful reports and statistics. Here’s one of their latest : http://data.jrf.org.uk/data/low-pay-age-industry/

Defend Council Housing latest newsletter: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/

Female Genital Mutilation petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52740

Murder of Colombian Trade Unionist – please send letter – only takes a few seconds: http://www.iuf.org/cgi-bin/campaigns/show_campaign.cgi?c=800