Sep 082015
 

This newsletter covers several areas of interest to Trade Unionists. Please look at the calendar of events on the previous newsletter as well as reading this one.

Anti TU Bill URGENT

Petitions are going to be presented at the Borough Council Meeting on 21st Sept. One is an ePetition, which urgently needs to be supported. Please sign it – it only takes a minute.

There is also a paper version which you can print out and put up at work. See previous NTUC letter for the link and details.

12th September Sat Stall to get signatures on the petition in town 11.00 at the Cobblers Last Statue. We still need extra people to help out. Contact secretary@ntuc.org.uk.

The TUC has lots of info, including downloadable resources and a way to write to your MP – click here

This Bill will affect all union members, so it is really important to circulate details to everyone in your workplace asap.

Equality Conference

Looks as if there will be a good number of top speakers.

31st October 11.am Midlands Equalities Conference, CWU offices, 47 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3TH. RSVP to Michelle Kesterton

Domestic Abuse

Daventry is currently holding a week of action on Domestic Abuse. More info and help: DA poster and DaventryPREVENT VIOLENCE – DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE DAVENTRY AWARENESS 2015

Next Northampton Solidarity Network meeting

After a lively meeting on the pros and cons of the EU, it has been decided that the next meeting will discuss the results of the Labour Leadership election and think about ‘where to now?’ The provisional date and location are Tuesday 22nd Sept at the Sheep St Working Men’s Club. More details to be announced.

Refugee Crisis

12th Sept Stop the War Demo ‘Refugees Welcome Here’. Assemble Marble Arch 12.00, march to Downing St. For more details: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

Refugee Crisis collection point, Northampton. See poster:refugees crisis collection point flyer

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).

 

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