Protest the Budget with the Big Collection

Chancellor Phillip Hammond will announce the Budget next week and outline the Government’s spending priorities for the next year.

We’re calling a protest at Downing Street the night before to urge the Government to use the Budget to scrap their plans for Universal Credit, to close tax loopholes and force the tax avoiders to pay their fair share, to end the public sector pay cap with an increase above inflation, and to properly fund our NHS and public services.

Protest: 6pm, Tuesday 21 November, Opposite Downing Street, Whitehall, London

** We’re asking everyone to take 10 minutes today and invite your friends on Facebook: click here to invite your friends
** Please also Tweet using hashtag #SackTheTories

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We’re pleased to team up with Health Campaigns Together, Unite Community, Axe The Housing Act and many other campaigns to organise this protest. (If your campaign would like to get involved please get in touch)

It’s fair to say that this Government hasn’t had the best few weeks. Theresa May’s authority is dwindling even in her our party while a growing crisis in the cabinet, based on inappropriate behaviour from ministers, leaves a question mark over whether this Government will survive the next few weeks in office.

But the crisis around the roll out of Universal Credit is growing which will push thousands into poverty, the Paradise Papers revealed the huge extent of Tax Avoidance where the rich are thieving money which should be spent on services, and the head of the NHS last week warned billions of pounds extra is needed if the NHS is to survive this winter.

Come along, bring friends and workmates. Let’s make sure this weak Government feels the growing opposition to their damaging austerity measures.

Foodbank Collection
As part of the protest we’re collecting food which will be donated to local foodbanks so their shelves are stocked to deal with the fallout from Universal Credit and the continuation of austerity policies in the budget. We will also be using the thousands of pounds that was raised through sales of Captain Ska’s track ‘Liar Liar’ to buy tonnes of food and deliver it to foodbanks across the country. But before it’s delivered, we’ll be displaying all of it right on the doorstep of Downing Street to show Theresa May and Phillip Hammond the effect their damaging policies are having on ordinary people.

Items that are needed for Foodbanks:

  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned veg
  • Tinned fruit
  • Pasta sauces
  • Instant coffee
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Fruit juice (long life)
  • Tinned pudding
  • Jam / preserves
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Male and female toiletries

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Fighting racism & Islamophobia: Public forum

Stand Up to Racism is involved in a range of initiatives for Islamophopia Awareness Month. We invite you to join our public forum in London:

Facebook event here

  • Moazzam Begg CAGE outreach director & former Guantanamo Bay detainee
  • Speaker from Muslim Engagement & Development
  • Naima Omar Student Stand Up to Racism
  • more tbc.

Tuesday 21 November @ 6.30pm. Hilda Clarke room, Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ.

We have seen a worrying rise in Islamophobia across the world, from the success of Islamophobic parties in Europe to a the spike in anti-Muslim hate crime here in the UK. Join this pubic forum to discuss how we can counter this rise in racism. All welcome.

TUC/EOR Discrimination Law Conference 2018

Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Friday, 26 January 201 from 08:45 to 16:05 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom

Please join us for our annual discrimination law conference, which gives trade unions, law centres, CAB and other voluntary organisations the chance to hear leading barristers give their views on the latest legislative developments and landmark equality cases.

Speakers for 2018 are:

Welcome – Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Keynote Address – Her Honour Judge Jennifer Eady QC, Senior Judge, Employment Appeal Tribunal

Pregnancy, maternity and parental rights – Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters Chambers

Discrimination because of religion or belief and sexual orientation discrimination – Robin Allen QC, Cloisters Chambers

Equal pay and age discrimination: new legislation and case law – Rebecca Tuck, Old Square Chambers

Disability discrimination: recent developments – Sean Jones QC, 11 KBW Chambers

Sex and race discrimination: recent case law – Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

The cost for trade unions, law centres, CABx and other voluntary organisations is £75 per delegate.

TUC affiliates will receive one free place for every ten booked (the 10th place will be refunded after the booking has been made).
For more information and to book tickets please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tuc-and-equal-opportunities-review-discrimination-law-conference-2018-tickets-39186144814

Proposed Agenda for November Meeting

Agenda for Meeting on 9th of November 2017

7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley

18:30:00

Meeting of Barnet Alliance for Public Services

19:00:00

1

Attendance and apologies

19:05:00

2

Review minutes of previous meeting

19:10:00

3

Matters Arising from the Minutes

19:15:00

4

Local Campaigning

19:45:00

5

McStrike Gig and End of Year Social

20:00:00

6

Capita and Solidarity with Capita Workers

20:15:00

7

Other Industrial Reports

20:25:00

8

Any Other Business and Delegates Motions

20:30:00

9

Meeting Ends

December’s meeting has been cancelled in favour of an end-of-year social.

From RMT: Oppose Driver Only Trains: Respond to the government Draft Accessibility Action Plan consultation

Oppose Driver Only Trains: Respond to the government Draft Accessibility Action Plan consultation by 15th November 2017

The draft action plan sets out the Government’s proposed strategy to address the gaps in existing provision of transport services. Rail Minister Paul Maynard says in the foreword: “People with disabilities have the same right to travel independently as anyone else” and goes on to say he is committed to “delivering a transport system that works for all”.

But he is the one who is pushing through the plans to make trains in England Driver Only Operated (DOO).

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee report ‘Improving the Rail Passenger Experience’ in October 2016 has already said “We are concerned that no official impact assessment has been made of the potential effects of DOO on disabled people’s access to the railway.” Now is the time for passengers to have their say.

 

This is why your support is vital:

“Under Driver Only Operation passengers would face greater requirements to book in advance, possibly facing additional travel restrictions, which would represent a move away from the current goal of making the railway more accessible for all.” – Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) report ‘Evaluating technological solutions to support driver only operation train dispatch’ March 2015.

“It is Conductors who are best placed to ensure that assistance is delivered effectively and in accordance with the law. In the event of an emergency Conductors can also deliver the railway’s duty of care to assisted passengers and other older and disabled people….There should always be on-board staff available to assist passengers at unstaffed stations.” Supressed report for the Rail Delivery Group, On Track for 2020? The Future of Accessible Rail Travel 2015 (only released in August 2017 after leaked to press).

“We are concerned that no official impact assessment has been made of the potential effects of DOO on disabled people’s access to the railway.” The House of Commons Transport Select Committee Improving the Rail Passenger Experience, October 2016.

 

What you can do today to help

Please Email AAPConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk today and let the government know how you feel as an individual.

The Government site is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-transport-accessibility-action-plan

RMT have a link to the response here http://bit.ly/dooaccess

You can also use your own words or you can adapt the wording below (copy and paste and send to AAPConsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk

“I am pleased you recognise that one in every five people in the United Kingdom has some form of disability or access requirement. However if you are determined they should be able to use the transport system and particularly trains, with confidence and ease then you should not be introducing Driver Only Operation.

I believe if the transport system is genuinely going to be ‘open to everyone’ then for people with physical and hidden disabilities to have the same access to transport, and opportunities to travel the same as everyone else, there must be a guarantee of more than just a driver on the train.

Safe systems with trained staff have to be put in place to ensure that passengers requiring assistance are not excluded. It is difficult to see how trains with no staff to provide assistance running through unstaffed stations cannot come under the heading of a “provision, criterion or practice” that discriminates as defined by section 20 of the Equality

Act 2010.

Every passenger needs the assurance that the journey will be fully accessible and that the experience will be safe and secure, with trained assistance available, if and when it is needed.”

URGENT LEGAL ACTION FOR OUR NHS

From Crowd Justice

What are we seeking and why?

We are seeking a judicial review to stop the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and NHS England from introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.

These non-NHS bodies are known as Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). They will be governed by company and contract law and can be given “full responsibility” for NHS and adult social services.

ACOs were conceived in the US about 12 years ago. They are now being imported into England although they are not recognised in any Act of Parliament.

They will be able to decide on the boundary of what care is free and what has to be paid for. They will be paid more if they save money.

They can include private companies (e.g.Virgin in Frimley, Circle in Nottinghamshire), including private insurance and property companies, which will make money from charging.

They can also include GP practices, in which case people on their lists will automatically transfer to the ACO in order to be entitled to services – new patients will also have to register with the ACO.

They will be allowed to sub-contract all “their” services.

Against the Public Interest

ACOs will fundamentally change the NHS and involve a radical reorganisation of health and social services. They will have control over the allocation of NHS and taxpayers’ money. Their accountability for spending it and their obligations to the public will be under commercial contracts, not statutes. This will not be in the public interest.

It is also against the public interest that they are being introduced by stealth, without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.

Inspirational victory

BREAKING, BREAKING NEWS: “Following productive and positive consultations between United Voices of the World and Templewood today, 2nd November 2017, we have reached an agreement which will settle this current industrial dispute to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.

It has been agreed that the Living Wage will be paid effective immediately to our members, and annual increases will also be made in the month following the Living Wage announcement in the first week of November of each year. Due to the terms of this agreement no further comments will be made in public about this matter.”

Thank you for all your support! Onwards and upwards!

Cleaners banned from Ferrari showroom after refusing to stop striking for a living wage

Sign petition here.

Freddy and Angelica – two Ecuadorian cleaners who have spent the last 12 years between them scrubbing and polishing the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington run by the world’s largest luxury car dealership, HR Owen, have been unlawfully suspended for the last month after voting to strike for the living wage.

The ground of their suspension have since been shown to be baseless. However, HR Owen have just banned them from returning to work at their showrooms.

The reason is because they were given a choice: promise not to strike at Ferrari and accept your poverty wage, or you can find work elsewhere.

Freddy and Angelica stood firm in the face of such vile and unlawful threats and rightly refused to relinquish their right to strike.

Consequently, Templewood, the cleaning company, told HR Owen who promptly banned them from working at their showrooms.

This is a gross attack on the fight of low paid migrant workers for dignity and a living wage, and an attack on the right of all workers to organise and strike.

Freddy and Angelica recently gave notice of their intention to strike on 11th November. There will be a mass protest in solidarity with them.
https://www.facebook.com/events/301705433660248/

Their trade union United Voices of the World (www.facebook.com/uvwunion) has already started legal proceedings against Templewood and HR Owen.

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