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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.

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Events

19 February ATOS Northampton Demo at 12:00 at Northampton Assessment Centre, Gladstone Business Way, Heathfield Way, off Gladstone Road, Dallington, Northampton NN5 7QA https://www.facebook.com/events/651698731519599/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

20th Feb This Thursday: Demo at against NCC budget cuts. Assemble 9.15 for 9.30 start outside County Hall George Row. Placards will be provided. Please come along, even if for a short while.

25th Feb: The 2014 conference on pay bargaining organised by the TUC and Incomes Data Services will take place on Tuesday 25 February in Congress House. The theme will be “A Decent Pay System” and the event will combine a discussion about the design of a better pay system with realistic guidance and information for union officers. Sessions will cover pay benchmarking, pay progression, performance management, skills and lessons from union successes. The keynote speaker will be Ed Sweeney, recently retired as Chair of ACAS. Unions are able to book places for substantially less than the fee normally charged for equivalent

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events organised by Incomes Data Services alone. http://www.tuc.org.uk/node/119241

8th March Diggers’ Festival Wellingborough – for details, venues etc: http://www.diggersfestival.org.uk/index.aspx?code=00010001

8th March: Better Way Demo at Lib Dem Spring Conference in York: http://www.tuc.org.uk/node/119241

10th March Trades Council: details tbc

15th March People’s Assembly Conference. Go here for details and registration: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/recall_conference

22nd March Stand Up Against Racism and Fascism 11am Parliament Sq: http://www.tuc.org.uk/node/119579

22nd/23rd March TUC Young Worker’s Conference: The TUC Young Workers Conference is held annually at the home of the TUC, Congress House in London. The Conference allows young trade union members to take part in shaping the work programmme of the TUC Young Workers Forum and inform TUC policy. The conference will discuss and debate motions submitted by TUC affiliates and there will also be a number of workshops on issues relevant to the issues faced by young workers. Before the formal start of the Conference there will be a networking event for women delegates and visitors. This begins at 11am on Saturday March 22nd in Congress House. http://www.tuc.org.uk/node/119510

26th April: Derby 180th of Silk Mill Lock Out – advance notice of date

26th April: Corby Workers’ Memorial Day. GMB Northants Community branch will be holding an event to mark the day. We will be holding it at 1100.am at the Steelworker Statue in James Ashurst VC Square, Corby town centre.

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If the weather is poor we will hold it in the council chamber. Speakers will include Andy Sawford and Hannah from Labour Behind the Label who work to help those, particularly in the clothing industry in Asia, who have few if any rights and make the clothes most of wear everyday. We will be entertained before the event by Youth Brass 2000 who played last year and were very well received.

7th June: Women’s Chainmakers’ Festival – advance notice of date.

Useful links and requests for help

Left Unity have produced an International Woman’s Day Broadsheet with a lot of articles on topical issues, three of which have been written by Northampton women: IWD

Barnet Unison and GMB asks you to watch You Tube about the removal of facility time and then sign their petition and consider sending them a message of support from your union: http://youtu.be/ciyhwesraBs