Mar 112016
 

Apologies to everyone for not getting up a newsletter for ages. Health issues have made me tired and scrambled my brain!! I hope you are all following our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthamptonTUC/

Reminder: if your union hasn’t paid its affiliation fees to NTUC, please could you do so asap. Contact Bob Ansell at treasurer@ntuc.org.uk, who can email you a form. Dues are 20p a member.

You might find the TUC directory useful for TC/Union contacts.

Events

This weekend, starting tonight: Diggers Festival Wellingborough: http://www.diggersfestival.org.uk/index.aspx. Recommend you go to hear Danny Dorling tonight. Amongst many other things he wrote an excellent book on housing.

13th March: Kill The Housing Bill March. London. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/973999866019425/

14th March: Next Trades Council meeting. Jeffrey room, Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, NN5 5LD at 19.15 hrs. Please could delegates make every effort to attend and send apologies if they can’t.

16th March (Wed): Special screening of a movie called Boom Bust Boom (see http://boombustclick.com/#thefilm-section) Terry Jones (Monty Python) mixes expert insight, animation, puppetry and song to explain economics to everyone. Why do crashes keep happening? Why are students taught crashes do not happen? Will we ever learn from our mistakes? Co-written by Theo Kocken, entrepreneur and professor of risk management. With contributions from Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller, Paul Krugman, journalists John Cassidy and Paul Mason, actor John Cusack and the rhesus monkeys of Puerto Rico. 6pm, room C119 (may move to a larger room if demand is high) Park Campus.

17th March (Thursday) Midlands TUC H&S Forum, CWU Offices, Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3TH. Email Michelle at mkesterton@tuc.org.uk for details. Also take a look at TUC Risks: https://www.tuc.org.uk/node/124627

19th March (Sat) London, Stand Up To Racism March. Details at http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/

24th March Independent Socialists in Wellingborough will be hosting a meeting about the Junior Doctors dispute and the future of the NHS. There will be a representative of the British Medical Association and/or a Junior Doctor spokesperson. The meeting starts at 8.00pm in  the Rising Sun pub,  corner of Canon Street and Mill Road, Wellingborough. Contact Paul Crofts paulcrofts@gmail.com

5th April: Save Northants Services (SNS) meeting. Venue to be decided. If anyone can help with finding one (preferably free, cheap and with good access) please let Paul know paulcrofts@gmail.com

6th – 8th April (Wed) Junior Doctors’ next strike begins. The strikes planned involve 48-hours of emergency care only. Next strike planned for Tuesday 26 April 8am to 8am, Thursday 28 April

16th April (Sat) People’s Assembly March/Demo for Homes, Health, Education and Jobs. Go to the events page via http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk for details. If anyone is organising a coach let me know and I can advertise it.

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