Newsletter 2nd October 2015

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 (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 – 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

Northampton Solidarity Network next meeting 26th October on austerity:

Syria has a quick way to lobby your MP over the UK not bombing Syria

NSSN latest newsletter

 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



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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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: Please phone Steve White on 07813 800469 for more details and for transport details from Northampton.


TUC Congress 2013 Final Agenda Motions submitted for debate at TUC Congress 2013 in Eastbourne.

Health and Safety Booklet

TUC and Links July 2013

Useful TUC news and other links. New Union Learning Reps Stage 2 Online Course starting Sept. ACAS East Midlands news/conferences –

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