November 11: Day of Action in Barnet

After many years of Barnet being one of the Tories’ most rightwing and rapidly anti-public service council administrations, our borough finally has a chance for change. Barnet TUC will be working with our local Labour Party to get a positive message about a more caring, fairer alternative and invites all friends and comrades to join in.

We’ll meet at 10.30am at Mill Hill Broadway railway station, on Saturday 11th of November.

Facebook event here.

TUC union reps training North East London

Trade Union Education courses for reps, shop stewards and safety reps provided by the TUC are acknowledged to be high quality training. TUC certificates are accredited and free of charge to reps from affiliated unions. All training courses: run from 9:30am until 4:30pm with a break for half term and run for 10 weeks.

Venue: College of Haringey Enfield and North East London, London N15
Applications to: Tony Holding, College Of Haringey Enfield and North East London
(Hours: 09.30 to 16.30)

Health & Safety Stage 1 Certificate 10 Wednesdays from 10th Jan 2018
Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate 10 Tuesdays from 9th Jan 2018
Next Steps for Safety Reps Certificate 10 Fridays from 12th Jan 2018
Employment Law Certificate 10 Thursdays from 11th Jan 2018
Half-term break Week starting 12th Feb 2018

Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate 10 Tuesdays from 1st May 2018
Health & Safety Stage 1 Certificate 10 Wednesdays from 2nd May 2018
Employment Law Certificate 10 Thursdays from 3rd May 2018
Next Steps for Safety Reps Certificate 10 Fridays from 4th May 2018
Half-term break Week starting 28th May 2018

Trade Union Education
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
High Road,
Tel: 020-8442-3075

A FREE course for Health & Safety reps

educatedThis course is open to those who have completed the TUC Health and Safety Reps Stage One and Two, or their own union equivalent, and have experience of the Health & Safety rep role.
The course gives learners the opportunity to question the development and function of health and safety law, discover how to build trade union
organisation for health and safety and tackle some of the health, safety,
welfare and environmental problems that workers currently face.
On completion of the course successful candidates will receive the
TUC Level 2 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.
The course is classroom-based and is organised as a one year,
day-release course (1 day per week, for 36 weeks) spread over 3 terms.


Tottenham Campus
College of Haringey Enfield and North East London,
London N15

Term Dates:

9th January 2018 – 27th March 2018
17th April 2018 – 10th July 2018
18th September 2018 – 11th December 2018
Times: 09.30 until 16.30

Fees: Free
Applications to: Tony Holding, College Of Haringey Enfield and North East London

Trade Union Education
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London,
High Road,
Tel: 020-8442-3075 Twitter: @TradeUnionEd

Via Barnet Unison: We Value Equality

At Barnet UNISON we were appalled to hear of the racist abuse being expressed against the planning application for an Islamic Centre at the Hippodrome in Golders Green.

The title of this piece comes from the press officer, Ahmed Al-Kazemi, of the Hippodrome Centre in Golders Green. This is just one comment made to appeal to those who would condemn the opening of the centre as an Islamic Centre on racial grounds.

We welcome and would echo the comments made by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, of the Golders Green Alyth Reform congregation and Laura Marks, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust condemning the racism and appealing to a prouder anti-racist tradition.

We also support Barnet Council’s decision to remove all comments relating to this planning application from the public domain on its website.

We celebrate the fact that when the Bravanese Islamic Centre was tragically burnt down a few years ago, the response from all Faiths in the community and people from the broad anti-racist political spectrum was quick in rallying round to support that community and show solidarity.

This is the kind of Barnet we want to belong to.

We would very much like to be a part of a similar response to the racist abuse being levied at the Hippodrome Centre now.

For background information please read these articles:


Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis

healthtogetherThis is a campaigners’ conference to update and share information and experience from the fight to defend our NHS
against cash-driven cuts and privatisation.

Most of the conference time will be workshop discussion on a range of topics including: Working with local government; Building alliances; Defending rural health care; Fighting for mental health services; Building campaigns for social care; Challenging STPs/CEPs/ACSs/ACOs – what works? Fighting for safe staffing and safe
services; Fighting privatisation; The Naylor Review and the great land grab; Reversing Lansley’s Health & Social Care Act; Raising the pressure to bust the cap on NHS pay.

Working with trade unions and health workers. Campaigning for democracy and accountability in health care. Conference information packs for every delegate: share and learn from local campaigns across the country: Join the coalition of forces determined to defend and restore #ourNHS. Theresa May’s government has no mandate for cuts and
privatisation: let’s make sure plans that lead to these are stopped, dropped and abandoned.


Proposed Agenda for October Meeting

Agenda for Meeting on 12th of October 2017

7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley


Meeting of Barnet Alliance for Public Services



Attendance and apologies



Review minutes of previous meeting



Matters Arising from the Minutes



Forthcoming events: campaigning and music nights



Industrial Reports



Political Reports



Any Other Business and Delegates Motions



Meeting Ends

Solidarity with McDonald’s Workers fighting for Rights at Work – Fundraising Music Night

Barnet Trades Union Council presents for Trades Union Congress Young Workers Month 2017

7pm Friday, Novembefastfoodr 17th at the Elephant Inn, Finchley, 283 Ballards Ln, London N12 8NR

A night of music and solidarity. All proceeds to the official support fund!

McDonald’s UK workers are striking for the first time in UK history, over the company’s failure to offer them acceptable working conditions, job security or even an affordable living wage. Workers have found themselves living on low wages – with no guarantee of hours. Now, workers feel as if they have no alternative but to take action – all in line with their basic workplace rights and company procedures. This McDonald’s UK strike forms part of a growing global movement calling for the fair and decent treatment of workers.young_workersMcStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Despite McDonald’s being one of the UK’s largest, most profitable, and globally recognised employers, its employees are subjected to difficult, yet avoidable working conditions – working on insecure zero-hour contracts for low-wages. This historic strike forms part of a growing global workers movement for fairness. In the USA, more than 10 million workers in the U.S. are on a path to $15 an hour, and 20 million workers total have won wage increases since 2012.

Now, McDonald’s workers in the UK will fight to achieve the same impressive results seen by their transatlantic colleauges. Barnet Trades Council invites anyone who wants to support this struggle, and thanks  the Elephant Inn and our excellent band, Wutip. See you all there!

Download the leaflet here: McStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Facebook event here.


See more on the band, Wutip.

No More Austerity Demo 1st October Manchester

Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation. Join Barnet TUC as we head up for a national protest against them.manky

The details for the train to Manchester are:
01/10/2017 London Euston (EUS) 08:20 Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) 11:02
01/10/2017 Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) 16:35 London Euston (EUS) 18:46

Contact Helen Davies (07432 733168) or the Barnet UNISON office (020 8359 2088) and leave your contact details if you want a ticket. Tickets will go on a first come first served basis.

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