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 292013
 

IMG_0121Hi, just a short newsletter for want of time. Illustrations of the NTUC marquee at the Umbrella Fair thanks to Paul Croft. Please let me know of any events you want publicised. Try to keep info to the minimum, but by all means provide links. I will try to get some TUC and other useful links out when I can. Don’t forget our useful links and help pages!

Events

1st Sept Sunday: Red Rope walk

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6th Sept Friday 11.30 to 2pm: Disabled People against Cuts (DPAC) and supporters will be taking part in a demonstration at Atos Healthcare, Gladstone Rd Business Centre, Heathfield Way off Gladstone Rd, Dallington, Northampton,

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8th Sept: National Shop Stewards Network meeting at TUC Bournemouth – see previous newsletter for details.

9th Sept: Reclaim Our NHS meets at the Old Black Lion (sorry realise I have no time but guess 7?). Will try to get another newsletter out

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19th September: provisional date for NTUC meeting – could delegates please let John Buckell know if that’s a good date for them or not.

Sunday 29th Sept: Manchester Demonstration against Tory policy on the NHS. Assemble from 11 Liverpool Rd (off Deansgate), move off from 12.30, Rally Whitworth Park, Moss Side 2 to 4 approx. Unison is running a coach picking up from Northampton and Kettering with funding from the NTUC and the Regional TUC. Unison members wishing to book should contact Natalie Chadwick mob 07432688376 or email n.chadwick@unison.co.uk. Everyone else should contact Ron email Ron.Mendel@northampton.ac.uk or phone 07914502895.

Aug 222013
 

A few items for your attention:

Sat 24th August: Event organised by Northampton Al-Bireh Palestine Friendship Association in Northampton. A group of Palestinian youngsters from Gaza and the West Bank will be staging a ‘March of the Prisoners’ to draw attention to the plight of Palestinian children imprisoned by the Israelis. It will take place at 1.30pm, starting at the Friends Meeting House and processing into Abington Street. At 3.00pm the youngsters will be presenting a free concert in the Carnegie Room at the central library. Following the concert there will

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be be a Q & A session on life in Gaza and the West Bank. The concert is free, but there will be a collection to cover expenses.

Sat 24th August: Mass Sleep Over event, 7pm – start at All Saints, a creative protest about the bedroom tax. ‘Come and pitch up a tent and spend the night to show Northampton that we will not stop protesting until the tax is axed.’ For more details contact Bianca Todd 07925730772.

Wed 28th August: The next meeting of the Left Unity Northampton Branch will be at 7pm at St. James Working Men’s Club.

Sunday 8th September, NSSN event 12:30pm – 3pm Hardy Suite, Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth (opposite Bournemouth International Centre – TUC conference venue): National Shop Stewards Network is lobbying the TUC for a General Strike. Speakers to include Bob Crow and Mark Serwotka. For more details of speakers etc: https://www.facebook.com/events/508214999249503/ Please phone Steve White on 07813 800469 for more details and for transport details from Northampton.

TUC

TUC Congress 2013 Final Agenda Motions submitted for debate at TUC Congress 2013 in Eastbourne. http://www.tuc.org.uk/the_tuc/tuc-22485-f0.cfm

Health and Safety Booklet https://www.ebis-hse.com/Introduction_to_Health_and_Safety_at_Work_for_Ever_p/bk-iwe.htm

Mar 182013
 

Hi, I am slowly getting the hang of writing blogs, but please bear with any errors of format and style!

Events

Wed 20th March: Please support the PCS action by calling in on a picket line. They will be in the usual places, including Northgate House in Sheep St, the MOJ Bulk Centre in St Katherines St, the Job Centre in the Lower Mounts and the courts from 7.30. There will be a gathering for a photo call at some stage – we’ll try and get more details out later.

Sat 23rd March am: Help is needed for the NHS action on staff shortages, bed shortages etc at NGH, planned by Northampton Reclaim Our NHS group and supported by NADS and NTUC. There will be some street theatre with people dressed as doctors, nurses and patients, but if you don’t fancy that, people will be needed for the stall and giving out leaflets. Please contact Ron Mendel or Ben King. Details of event tbc.

Also on the 23rd :

The Labour Party has a conference on Education Policy 10 -12.30 at University of Northampton, Park Campus Sulgrave Building. Target participants are Labour Party members, Labour Party supporters, local educators. The purpose of the seminar is to consider current trends in education 5 – 19, and consider a Northampton contribution to national policy.There will be speakers and workshops on academies, the

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June 29th: National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) 7th national annual conference 11am-5pm, Saturday June 29th, Camden Centre, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9JE – initial speakers confirmed: union general secretaries – Mark Serwotka PCS, Billy Hayes CWU and

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Steve Gillan POA. The entrance fee is £6. Cheques can be made payable to ‘National Shop Stewards Network’ – either email info@shopstewards.net or reply to PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE

Other union news

Unite members: there will be a General Secretary Election Meeting at the Cotton Club, Main Rd Far Cotton, NN4 8EN on Wed 20th March at 7.30. All members welcome.

The FBU is campaigning against the Public Public Sector Pensions Bill which will raise the age of retirement for firefighters to 60. Yet its own report published earlier this year shows most firefighters cannot work safely until that age. More info from the FBU website.

TUC

Vacancies

Campaign Manager – Community, issued 07 Mar 2013. Salary/Hours: £27,919.87 P/A & Benefits. Full time. Location: Earls Barton, Northampton. Closing date: 22 Mar 2013 23:59 For details click here: Campaign Manager

Midlands Regional Organiser – The Musicians Union, issued 15 Mar 2013. Salary/Hours: £45,000 incl car (a full driving licence is an essential requirement). 37.5 hours per week. Location: Birmingham. Closing date: 08 Apr 2013 23:59. For details click Regional Organiser

Health and Safety

Risks 597 – 16 March 2013 Health and safety newsletter 16 March 2013

Hazards at Work – get your copy now! The new edition of the TUC’s best-selling guide to health and safety at work it out now. It is used by reps, officers, employers, professionals in the field and even enforcement officers. Find out more, including how to get hold of your copy click here: Hazards at Work

Burnout bigger heart attack risk than smoking, says new research. For details click Burnout

Feb 262013
 

Demo Against NCC Budget CutsWell I’m back again! Nick isn’t able to take on the Assistant Sec job at the moment as he’ll be moving to a different branch of Unite and will have to get re-elected as a delegate to NTUC. Let’s hope that happens soon, as we need his energy and

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As you have discovered, we now have an NTUC blog. It won’t be for discussions as we haven’t time to moderate it and there are plenty of other forums for that. But we will try to keep you up to date with events and newsletters.

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We will also be putting some help pages up. We currently get queries from mainly non-unionised people who want to know what union they should join, how to go about it and also how to deal with problems such as disciplinaries, redundancy, bullying and health and safety. I am currently drafting some pages with links – once they are up you can let me know if I need to alter it or add info. It will be work in progress – I’d like to get at least something up pretty soon.

Dates for your diary:

1st March : Work Your Proper Hours Day 2013. If staff who regularly work unpaid overtime totted up all the extra hours they put in, and run them from the start of the year they’d be working for free… http://www.worksmart.org.uk/news/2013/02/march-1-is-work-your-proper-hours-day-2013

8th March: Unions21 Conference at the TUC. Details and

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14th March: NTUC at the Doddridge

23rd March: Campaign for Trade Union Freedom Launch & Rally 1:30 – 4:30pm at Friend’s Meeting House, Euston Road, London

22nd June: People’s Assembly – see http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/ for details and how to register. Also a model resolution proposing delegates.

Sat 29th June: Camden Centre, London NSSN 7th Annual Conference.

Prevention and Demand Management Strategy Consultation

Northamptonshire

County Council is holding consultation events around the county to ‘seek your views on what you think about the strategy and the outcomes for children, families and adults’. Send a form to Helen Scott: hhscott@northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01604 363005 byMarch 1st 2013. http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/prevention

DCH Go to http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/ for petition and campaign news.

Connolly Association/cards. A bit early for Mayday yet but a reminder that the Connolly Association sells lots of different cards with socialist themes via Peter Mulligan. Contact Northampton Connolly Association 5 Woodland Avenue, Abington, Northampton NN3 2BY. Tel. 01604-715793 e-mail. pmcelt@o2.co.uk . I have discovered a blog linked to the Association: http://maryrussellwriter.wordpress.com/tag/northampton-connolly-association/.

Petitions

Trade Unionists in Turkey arrested: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1742