60 years of revolution – Cuba – Community meeting Tuesday 5 November 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm

UNISON would like to invite all to a public meeting and reception to celebrate 60 years of Cuban revolution on Tuesday 5 November 2019 between 6.30 and 8.00pm at St Pauls Cambridge in the Lower Hall.

Two leading Cuban trade unionists, Santiago Badia Gonzales General secretary of health union SNTS and Neisy Pina Lago of public administration union SNTAP will be speaking at the meeting.

Electoral REFORM SOCIETY: NO TO VOTER ID

It is hard to believe: on top of an electoral system that is warped and discredited, over nine million people missing from the electoral roll, and elections open to the influence of unscrupulous donors and misinformation…the government is choosing to make it harder for us to vote.

Make no mistake: the government’s voter ID plans – announced yesterday – are a clear threat to our democracy.

Despite only eight allegations of “personation” fraud (the crime of pretending to be someone else at the ballot box) in 2018 across the whole of the UK, the government is putting up new barriers to millions of legitimate voters. This is a gross electoral injustice in the making.

It will cost up to £20m per General Election – but the democratic cost will be much higher.

This ‘show your papers’ policy must be stopped. Will you sign our petition to say no to US-style voter suppression laws in the UK – and yes to real democratic reform?

Sign our petition

Our campaign against mandatory ID has dominated headlines this week. The pressure is mounting. 

Let’s stand up for universal suffrage together. Sign our petition today.

Here’s why the CBI is wrong about Labour’s nationalisation plans

The CBI represents the vested interests that have been making a killing from privatisation for 40 years – and it’s scared.

Public ownership is incredibly popular, and it works – from the East Coast line to Scottish Water, from the French post office to Danish wind power.

The right wing media screams that we can’t possibly run our public services for people not profit, that it wouldn’t be efficient to stop wasting money on shareholders.

The truth is that there is no inherent difference in efficiency between public and private sector organisations. 

BUT privatisation wastes £250 million a week on shareholder dividends and cost of borrowing. 

The CBI desperately wants us to ignore this – so it is pulling out the argument that it would be too expensive to get there.

This simply isn’t true. Public ownership would pay for itself. 

SaveOurColleges Action: Central London Thursday 17 October 2019 @ 1pm

Start: Thursday 17 October 2019 @ 1:00 PM

March and rally in London to hear a range of speakers. Assembly is at the Emmanuel Centre London 9 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW at 1pm ,

and then a march to the Department for Education (DfE) Sanctuary Buildings 20 Great Smith Street London SW1P 3BT 

to present an outstanding invoice for the amount still needed for the sixth form sector not covered by the Prime Minister’s empty promises.

Labour Councillors Support a living WAGE

Labour councillors are calling for the former Fremantle care workers that have been transferred to the Barnet Group to be paid at least London’s Living Wage. Figures from Barnet Unison show that the care workers are being paid less than the London Living Wage which is currently £10.55 per hour. The London Living Wage has been identified as the minimum rate of pay that workers in the Capital need to cover the cost of living essentials. The Barnet Group policy is to pay all its workers at least the London Living Wage.

Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings raised the issue at last week’s Policy & Resources Committee (3 October), and secured agreement from Council Leader, Dan Thomas that a feasibility report setting out the cost would be brought back to the next meeting.

Labour councillors are encouraging people to sign the Barnet Unison petition in support of the care workers.

Cllr Barry Rawlings said: “Care workers provide the most crucial services to our elderly and disabled residents, and they deserve to be paid a living wage.

“I look forward to pressing the case for all Barnet Group employees to be paid at least London’s Living Wage at the next Policy & Resources Committee meeting, and I will also be raising this at the next Full Council meeting on 29 October

Horrific Antisemitic murder by Nazi at Halle sinagogue – we must urgently organise against racism

Anti racists must urge the necessity of organising across society to resist the poison of racist division in the wake of the horrifying Antisemitic murders during Yom Kippur of at least two people at a synagogue in Halle, Germany, carried out by a Nazi. Up to 80 people were inside the synagogue at the time of the attack.

The shooter called himself “anon” and said he was a Holocaust denier. He filmed himself before the attack in a sickening 35 minute livestream spouting disgusting ‘replacement theory’ arguments and Antisemitic, anti migrant, misogynistic, fascist ideas. At least two people have been killed, outside the synagogue, and at a nearby kebab shop. 

Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism co convenor said

“The world will be stunned and horrified at the news of this despicable murderous Antisemitic attack at Yom Kippur. It takes place as part of a wider picture of far right and fascist violent attacks and massacres on the rise – from the attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh to the massacre at mosques in Christchurch, to the shooting on a black congregation in Charleston. The far right is on the rise across Europe, the US, Brazil and elsewhere. Disgustingly, we see mainstream politicians whipping up racist division and creating a ‘hostile environment’ that scapegoats and demonises migrants and refugees–from Trump, to Johnson. In doing so, they are creating space for open Nazis, they are giving cover to spread vile racist division. We know, not least from the history of the horror of the Holocaust, that the scapegoating of a particular community only opens the door to other forms of racism to be aired openly in society. 

“When we look at the powerful poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller – ‘First they came’ – the urgent lesson is that we must stand in unity and oppose every instance of racism, of Antisemitism, of Islamophobia… and that we must actively organise against and oppose all forms of racism to stamp out the space for fascists and the far right to gain confidence to carry out such unthinkable acts. This is what ‘Never Again’ must mean.


“We stand in full solidarity with those affected, with the Jewish community as a whole, and with all targets of racist attacks. And we condemn the atmosphere of racism that has been engineered by politicians across Europe, Britain, the US and over the world. They have played with fire. We must stand up now against racism, against fascism, and in unity.”

“On 19 October, we are holding an urgent and necessary international conference against racism, fascism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism, as part of a process of building an international network of opposition to the racist division that has led to the kinds of heartbreaking horrors we have witnessed again today. We say Never Again. We say this is something we must all act on.”

Say no to the war and invasion of Rojava

Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) calls for an immediate end to the invasion of Northern Syria (Rojava) by the Turkish government. Turkey and all other foreign forces in the region must immediately withdraw from the region.

After a phone call between Donald Trump and Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, the American president announced that the US military would withdraw from the region. Turkey has invaded northern Syria despite being condemned by political leaders from around the world.

The Kurdish forces in the region have until now been the only force keeping ISIS behind lock and key and have been protecting the area from ISIS. There is no doubt that this invasion will cause the deaths of thousands of civilians.  There is also a significant risk that this unprovoked invasion of northern Syria will further ignite regional tensions and lead to the release of thousands of ISIS militants – a situation that prevents peace in the region and ultimately around the world.

The price of the war will yet again be paid by the people living in the region, including Turks, Kurds, and Arabs. Turkey and all imperialist powers have no interest in the security or safety of the people in the region and their goal of expanding their power in the region is costing the lives of innocent people.

Turkey is currently facing economic crises, the ruling party AKP is losing power and suffered major losses in the last local elections. The president of Turkey is trying to provoke nationalism as a means to divide the opposition and hold onto power. The invasion by Turkey is not in the interest of the working people of Turkey and should be stopped immediately.
As Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) we stand against Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria and call on all foreign forces to withdraw from the region.

We call on Britain to end selling weapons to Turkey which are being used to kill and displace thousands of innocent people in the region, and may indeed be used in the latest invasion.

Finally, we call on our friends in Britain to oppose this invasion by foreign forces and ask you to stand with the people in northern Syria to call for peace.

Stolen by Grace Blakeley: Political Education and Building Power

For decades, it has been easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

Register here.

In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up.

The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing.

Stolen is a history of finance-led growth and a guide as to how we might escape it. We’ve sat back as financial capitalism has stolen our economies, our environment and even the future itself. Now, we have an opportunity to change course. What happens next is up to us.

Event Details:

UCU MDX Branch, MDX Politics Dept & Hendon Labour Party are delighted to host writer, broadcaster and policy expert Grace Blakeley as part of the book launch tour for Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation.

Grace Blakeley is a research fellow on the IPPR‘s Commission on Economic Justice, commentates on economics for the New Statesmen and has appeared on numerous political and current affairs programmes.

A panel of UCU, Politics Dept and Hendon Lab members will discuss the themes of the book followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.

Event Location:

The Boardroom: C219. 2nd Floor. College Building. Middlesex University. NW4 4BT

Ask at reception to the left inside the main doors for directions if needed.

Transport:

Tube: Hendon Central

Thameslink: Hendon

Buses: 143, 183, 326, 643, 653, 683

Call For The London Living Wage For All Barnet Group Employees

Sign here.

We the undersigned are calling on The Barnet Group (TBG) to implement the London Living Wage as the Minimum Wage For All Barnet Group Employees.

Why is this important?

Since ex-Fremantle care workers transferred into the Barnet Group this year, The Barnet Group now has a large number of employees paid below the London Living Wage (£10.55/ hour). This means that the skilled caring work done by staff is paid at rates lower than those paid to cleaners working in the Council buildings. It is absolutely right that cleaners are paid the London Living Wage but care workers are no less deserving.

The London Living Wage is identified as the hourly rate of pay needed to more realistically cover the real cost of living.

For more information see here: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/work/london-living-wage/

International conference – Challenging Johnson, Trump & the racist right, Sat 19 Oct

BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW FOR

Stand Up To Racism’s international conference against   racism, fascism,
Islamophobia and Antisemitism



CHALLENGING JOHNSON,

TRUMP AND THE RACIST RIGHT


Saturday 19 October,
9.30am – 4.30pm 



#NoRacismNoFascism 

#WorldAgainstRacism 

There’s less than two weeks to go until the Stand Up To Racism conference in London. There’s an amazing line up including shadow home Secretary Diane Abbott, journalist Gary Younge, musician and activist Lowkey, Richard Burgon MP, justice campaigners Janet Alder & Kadisha Brown-Burrell, Finsbury Park Mosque chair Mohammed Kozbar, NEU general secretary Kevin Courtney, Muslim Council of Britain Talha Ahmad, Emma Dent Coad MP, London Assembly member Unmesh Desai London AM and PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.     There are speakers from the US and across Europe and from Extinction Rebellion and the school climate strikes.   Already hundreds of activists and campaigners have registered. To assure your place register on Eventbrite here
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