Stop the War Vice Chair, Chris Nineham, on Mike Pompeo’s leaked comments about the potential election of Jeremy Corbyn:
“The Secretary of State of the world’s most powerful nation has
promised to ‘push back’ against the possibility of the leader of the
Labour Party in Britain getting elected. He suggests US agencies will
try and intervene to stop that eventuality because “it’s too risky and
too important and too hard once it’s already happened”.
live in a liberal democracy at a time when there are widespread elite
fears of foreign interference in politics, particularly by Russia. Cue
outrage from the government and across media platforms surely?
Err…well no actually. I haven’t found a single record of complaint
from the government, the story hasn’t got near the top headlines in the
national press, and as I write the BBC website is not featuring the
story at all.
is extraordinary. Trump’s endorsement of Johnson and Farage during his
visit was bad enough. But here we have an unambiguous statement by the
most powerful foreign policy official in the US administration bar the
President suggesting a move against a democratically elected leader in
Britain. And it is not big news.”
Wednesday 12 June 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the arrest and subsequent deportation SOAS cleaners (and UNISON members).
The cleaners, working at the time for the outsourced company ISS, were called in for an early morning staff meeting
in the G2 Lecture Theatre (now the DLT).
The meeting was actually a cover for a UK Border Agency raid.
9 SOAS cleaners were handcuffed in the lecture theatre and subsequently deported by UKBA.
deportation of the SOAS 9 by the UK state was done at the behest of the
private company with the full knowledge and complicity of the SOAS
real reason these workers were targeted like this was that they stood
up and had begun to organise to improve their working lives.
join us in attending the annual commemoration events below on what will
be the 10th anniversary of this crime and please take a few minutes to
watch the attached trailer for the ‘Limpiadores’
documentary (the full film will be shown as part of the commemorative
events organised by the SOAS Justice for Workers campaign)
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the Augar Review into post-18 education and funding, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
should have access to quality education and training whatever stage of
life they are at. But our further education sector has been cut to the
bone by years of devastating cuts.
“This review is right to call for more support for our colleges. And for maintenance grants to be brought back.
“The government must repair the damage austerity has caused and properly invest in adult learning.
“As the world of work changes working people will need to keep gaining new skills throughout their career.”
– The TUC welcomes the commitment to fully funded education and training up to level 3 (A Levels or equivalent) for all ages
– The TUC is calling for:
lifelong learning account open to all adults incorporating fully funded
skills entitlements, including an entitlement for all adults to achieve
their first Level 3 qualification and a retraining entitlement to
support career change for those already with a Level 3 qualification
A right to
a mid-life skills/career review for workers and development of a
high-quality skills/careers advice service for all adults
the right to request time to train so that it is changed to a new
strengthened entitlement to paid time off for education and training
to set an ambition to increase investment in both workforce and out of
work training to the EU average within the next five years
TUC is also supporting the current employer/union led Love Colleges campaign, which is calling for:
1. Increased funding for colleges and adult skills.
2. A new Level 3 entitlement for all adults.
3. Ring-fenced funding for a fair pay deal for college staff
The LESE Race Relations Committee invite you to join them celebrate
the Windrush generation and remember the suffering that the Windrush
scandal has caused.
It is time for a change, in attitude, how people are perceived. The
Windrush generation and their families did nothing wrong and do not
deserve the treatment experienced.
Please join us on Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 6:30pm at Hendon Town Hall. We are holding a short protest prior to speaking at the Communities Leadership and Libraries (CLL) Committee meeting at 7pm. Please invite your friends and neighbours to come along too – children are welcome!
As you may have heard, the Minister for Culture recently refused our complaint about the Barnet Library Service. Unfortunately, his decision shows a blatant determination to ignore the evidence of Barnet residents and let the Council off the hook. You can read our response here.
spite of this, the Council wasn’t able to get away completely
unscathed: one important outcome of the complaint process is the
Council’s long-awaited “Library Review”. In this, the Council must
explore the impact of the library cuts on groups protected by the
Equalities Acts – including children, older people, and those with
disabilities. Not suprisingly, these are the groups most affected by
unstaffed libraries, reduced facilities and locked toilets.
The process for the review is due to be announced at the CLL meeting. We
need your support to put pressure on the committee to carry out a
meaningful review that listens to residents’ views and really looks at
the impact of the cuts. Please help us to get all our voices heard.
The review is timely: you may have read about the recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty which finds “unheard-of levels of loneliness and isolation” and links this to austerity policies, including shrinking library services.
We will be organising speakers for the meeting – reply to this email by
Monday 3 June if you want to participate. We are also collecting your
stories about the library service – email us or share them via our
facebook page or website.
URGENT ….. LOBBY AGAINST CUTS TO INDEPENDENT LIVINGWEDNESDAY 5 JUNE, 6.30pm. Hendon Town Hall Over
50 people attended a meeting on Tuesday organised by BAPS and UNISON to
hear about the latest callous attack on those most in need in Barnet.
Local disabled residents explained at the meeting the devastating impact
this will have on their lives.
Even though the council social services budget is underspent, Barnet
Tories want to make a saving. Rather than using the underspend to fill
the 50-odd vacant social worker posts, the tories wants cut the budget.
Is that because it will use the underspend to finance the overspend in
the contract with Capita? The
meeting agreed to lobby and protest at the Council Adult &
Safeguarding Committee on Wednesday 5 June. Meet at 6.30pm outside the
Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon.
How does Barnet Council wants to save £424,000?
Disabled resident may be forced to move into residential care against their wishes rather than being supported in their community near family and friends, if Barnet Council thinks residential care is a cheaper option. Barnet Council recognises that disabled residents, their families and carers may not like this.
Barnet Council recognises that forcing a disabled resident to move into residential care might be bad for their well-being. Inclusion Barnet, an organisation led by and for people who are disabled, has written to Barnet Council in January 2019. They are still waiting for a reply, yet they represent Barnet disabled residents.
“Michael Nolan, a trustee of the disabled people’s organisation Inclusion Barnet, told Disability News Service: “The Inclusion Barnet board are extremely concerned about these proposals, which we fear could leave some disabled people confined to residential care when they might otherwise have been able to live independently. We believe that this could impact people least able to self-advocate, and is also against the spirit of the Care Act.”
Thursday 6 June – 7.30pm Greek Cypriot Centre, Britannia Road, N12 9 RU
Meeting and discussion with David Webster and Stop Universal Credit campaigner
David Webster is a Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University. He is currently carrying out an in-depth investigation into disallowances and sanctions in the UK unemployment insurance system.
Benefits used to be run on insurance principles – but the Blair government bought into the whole ideology of conditionality, sanctions and workfare. A research by the IFS concludes that almost 2million people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit, and that it is those on disability benefits and low incomes who will be among the worst affected.
Having withdrawn from the hard-won nuclear
deal with Iran over a year ago, the US has tightened already punitive
sanctions, moved an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers, and extra missiles
to the Gulf region and held top level discussions about deploying as
many as 120,000 troops to the area.
Any military action against Iran would lead to a devastating war that
would draw in the whole of the Middle East and has the potential to
escalate into a global conflict.