Newsletter 26th July 2015


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 – 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

18th August: nationwide protests for a nationalised rail industry

31st October 11am: TUC Midlands Equality Conference at the CWU Offices, Summer Lane, B19 3TH. Contact details email:

 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.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign. If you don’t currently get details of activities, please contact Jerry at

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) 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: For national housing news: Also see TUC Young Workers Housing Charter:

Disabled People Against Cuts: Local group contact John on

 TUC items

Final Resolutions of the Trades Council Conference 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:

TUC Alerts. If you want to receive alerts from the TUC, which include press releases, resources, videos, blogs etc you can do so here:

Maternity leave discrimination – press release and links:

NTUC News 29th June 2015

photo 4Reports

Anti-Austerity March

Thanks to Cas Hawkins for the photos. Here’s an extract from Ron Mendel’s account, to give you a flavour.

The march was huge, well over 200,000 participants, and consisted of entire families,  young  and old, and every movement for social justice and peace one can think of.

More important perhaps than the breadth of support was the espirit de corps of the participants  – buoyant, defiant and committed. Talking to a number of marchers (not only my family ) I was encouraged by our shared sense of purpose which a  national demonstration of this size and scope can reinforce. I think I do not just speak for myself that we feel more energised,  inspired and committed to building a mass movement against austerity. Of course, that means some of the demanding work needs to be done locally, and towards that end hopefully we can initiate the process of forging an ecumenical coalition of activists and others in Northamptonshire.

DPAC held a successful stall against the cutting of the Independent Living Fund. See the DPAC page for some good photos by Steve White:

Victory in Smurfit Kappa dispute

Unite workers have won a great victory with a disciplined and well organised approach. Click Smurfit Kappa for report.  Thanks Craig for the info.


30 June 7.30 Sheep St Working Men’s Club Socialist Discussion and Action ‘The Successes and Action of Syriza and Podemos – is this the future for a UK Socialist Movement?’ Leaflet: Socialist Discussion

8 July Summer Budget – Lots of events both local and national. Protest County Hall Northampton 5.30pm. Details TBA. The People’s Assembly is organising events around the country: There will also be a protest in Wellingborough  6.00 until 7.00pm outside of the offices of Wellingborough MP Peter Bone in the High Street. Bring banners, placards, whistles… Make our voices heard! Please share widely with your FB friends, or with any local FG groups that you are a member of. Also, Balls to the Budget: and see

13 July Open Trades Council Doddridge Centre Tomalin Room. The meeting will be in 2 parts: 7 – 7.30 normal NTUC business for delegates amd 7.30 to 9 open meeting to discuss outsourcing of council services. John Burgess, Branch Sec Unison at Barnet Council, will be the speaker. Unison has been fighting privatisation there for some years and now we face the same thing here. What lessons can we learn?

15/16 August Umbrella Fair. NTUC will be having a stall both days. Please contact Graham Croucher at if you want to be involved and/or do a stint on the rota. The NTUC focus will be on basic TU recruitment and building for future meetings against Austerity. We will also distribute the Vision For Northampton Leaflet.





Newsletter August 15th

It’s a quiet time but here are some bits and pieces for those of you still around. Please pass on a link to our website to your members. They may find our help pages useful too.

Umbrella Fair

Just a reminder that this is on this coming weekend and that we need helpers and details of anyone who wants to share the marquee. Please see the previous newsletter below for details.

Union News

Save Our Royal Mail: the CWU is running a campaign atm with petitions etc. Please see their website for details In

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Shrewsbury 24 Campaign. The Shrewsbury 24 were building workers who took part in the first ever national building strike in 1972. It was successful, but 5 months later the pickets were arrested and charged in relation to the picketing – conspiracy to intimidate, affray and unlawful assembly. Six were imprisoned, with Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson (the actor) doing the longest periods. The campaign believes they were innocent but the Government is withholding papers about it under a section of the Freedom of Information Act relating to National Security. Please download the petition and get others to sign it:

The National Shop Stewards Network send out bulletins detailing current events and a lot of union news you won’t hear elsewhere in the media. You can get regular mailings if you sign up. Current bulletin:


Risks 617 – 10 August 2013 Health and Safety Newsletter 10 August 2013

Online Courses: there are some excellent looking short online courses coming up including Cancer in the Workplace, Disability Champions in

the Workplace, Equality Reps, Going Global, Pensions etc. Go to well worth doing.

Insurance: The TUC has negotiated an insurance package with CaSE Insurance which can be used by Trades Councils or Trade Unions (they also do charities and the voluntary sector). See: TU Insurance



August Newsletter


Saturday 10th August: Protest against zero hours contracts 11am outside Sports Direct, Abington Street, Northampton. For further info see and . For more information contact Steve on 07813 800469. Youth Fight For Jobs is supported

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Sunday 29th September TUC demonstration at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester for the NHS, jobs and services and against austerity. More details at along with pdfs of posters etc. The Regional TUC will provide a subsidy for NTUC to hire a coach. Please could any union who would like to join with us and help with costs rather than booking their own coach get in touch with Ron asap.

Other useful bits and pieces

Migration Myth Busting fact sheet: Mythbusting sheet on migration

Touchstone Blog on supposed economic improvements:

Unionlearn – Making the Case for Learning and Skills in the Health Sector

Risks 616 – 3 August 2013
Health and safety newsletter 3 August 2013

NTUC/NADS News 26th July 2013

Events for your diaries

27th July: Bedroom Tax Protest Wellingborough. A protest against the bedroom tax will be held on Saturday July 27th 2013 at 1.00pm in Wellingborough town centre. There will be a stall, leafleting and and

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30th July: Bedroom Tax Protest at Council meeting Wellingborough. On Tuesday, July 30th at 6.30pm @ the Council offices, Swanspool, Doddington Road, there will be a protest in support of a motion at the Council meeting that evening calling on housing associations not to evict tenants who get into debt as a result of bedroom tax.

DSCF22604th August: Sunday Red Rope Walk. The Northampton Area Red Rope Socialist walking group have their next walk on Sunday 4th August. It’s a six mile circular walk from Everdon, (GR 595 575 OS Explorer Map 207) via Newnham, Badby, and Fawsley Park. This is through one of the most scenic parts of Northamptonshire.

The Northampton group is new. If you would like to help get the group off the ground and for details of the the 4th August walk please contact or telephone Roger on 01604 702632.

13th August: 1923 Braunston Canal Workers’ Strike Celebration at 3 pm, in the Stop House Garden, The Wharf, Braunston, Northamptonshire, NN11 7JQ. Admission is free. ‘There will be short guided walks, music and a rally. Bring a picnic. A floating cafe, Gongoozlers, will open specially for teas and snacks. If you would like to join us or can help in any way we would be delighted to hear from you. We have flyers and

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17th and 18th August: Umbrella Fair. NTUC will be organising a stall. Please could any organisation wishing to join us let Pat Markey know asap and cc to Ron Mendel. We will need volunteers to man the stall and help put it up and down. Website:

14th September: The NGH AGM will take place on Saturday 14th September at 11.00 am in the Main Lecture Theatre, Cripps Postgraduate Medical Centre, Northampton General Hospital. There will be the opportunity to ask questions of members of the Trust Board either by submitting a question beforehand or at the meeting.

29th September: TUC March and rally in Manchester to lobby Conservative Party Conference –


NTUC and NADS News 6th June

1. TUC Anti-Austerity Bus 25th June (see previous blog entry 14th May for general details). The bus will be in Northampton from approx 9.30am to 2pm. The main location for it will be outside Primark in Abington St, but it may visit other locations at the beginning and end of that period. The bus itself will have an exhibition in it which will be wheelchair accessible via a ramp. The TUC Women’s Committee will be doing some sort of event, probably around midday.

However, one activity which has been suggested over the lunch period could be a march up Abington St by various unions with banners to gather by the bus. We need unions to contact Ron asap if they are interested in taking part as we need to firm up the timetable and any organisational details and get an idea about how many unions want to be involved. We may also have activities around the library campaign, health and disability going on, but it would be great to have union involvement.

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4. Women Chainmakers’s Festival 8th June. A reminder of this event which is very lively, music, stalls etc and a good family day out. For details go to the midlands TUC blog: There are

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5. The Northampton Connolly Association will be having a stall this weekend at the Carnival on Far Cotton Rec – please drop by!