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.
We look forward to seeing you there!
fighting cuts to Labour’s New Education Service. Join us for talks from
teachers, National Education Union activists and organisers on the
challenges we face today and the opportunities a Labour Government can
provide for the future.
TUESDAY 18 JUNE, 6.30pm
Speakers: Martin Powell Davies, Maryam Asaria, Jumbo Chan and David Pinto-Duschinsky.
at the Old Hendon Ex-Service Men’s Club Ltd, 12 Heriot Road, NW4 2DG
Register here at Eventbrite. Organised by Hendon CLP and Barnet Momentum
The Future of Working Time: Organising and Strategy
Tuesday 7 May 2019
14:00 – 17:00
TUC Congress House
(Please Register – Eventbrite)
· Join NEF and TUC on Tuesday 7 May from 2pm, for a participatory session on organising and campaigning around working time. Hear from experienced organisers and build strategy around:
– Winning control over working hours: how do we organise against precarious and insecure forms of work?
– Winning a shorter working week: why should we demand it and how do we get there?
· This event is open to anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of these issues and build power in the workplace. We know the best ideas will come from the ground up, so come prepared to listen and share your experiences and ideas with others.
· Full events details and registration HERE
· For additional information, Kate Bell writes why trade unions are calling for a four-day week.
Although Diane Abbott was not able to attend the meeting last minute, due to the ongoing parliamentary Brexit deadlock, Barnet TUC and Barnet Momentum were very privileged to have an inspiring and heartfelt speech from one of the hardest working human rights lawyers in Britain. Jacqueline McKenzie has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of the so-called Windrush Generation, a group of people affected by systemic injustice that, as she reminded the audience, most of the public only really became aware of this time last year.
SEE VIDEO OF MEETING
McKenzie took us through some of the terrible cases she has had to deal with, involving people who frequently had no idea that their rights to remain in Britain were under threat, suddenly facing threats to their very lives and basic safety due to being deported to countries they frequently hardly knew. The background to this, she explained has been decades of increasingly severe nationality legislation. Although Theresa May’s term as Home Secretary may have ushered in the worst of it, the sad truth is both major parties have contributed over time to laws that disadvantage mainly from from majority non-white countries. This disproportionately affects the poorest and most disadvantaged of those people, who are least able to to pursue ever more complex processes to prove that they can live and work in Britain. Although many of the high profile cases have concerned Caribbean and African people, McKenzie warned that many more people can and will be affected. She cited the recent decision by current Home Secretary Sajid Javid to strip so-called “ISIS bride” Shamima Begum of British citizenship as an example of the rules being made unnecessarily tougher yet again: Begum is a defenceless teenager, with no real hope of making a life in her parents’ native Bangladesh, and taking British nationality from her has been cruel and unjust decision that too many have been slow to oppose.
We left the meeting in no doubt that our movement must to much more to fight racist, discriminatory and repressive immigration laws, and there was an impassioned plea for the event to be a starting point for greater anti-racist activity in our borough by Stand Up to Racism.
As well as the current shifting sands of Trump’s Middle East policy, the scrapping of the INF treaty will also undoubtedly be high on the agenda at our upcoming public meeting on 16th February, as will the attempted coup in Venezuela. In light of these recent events this is a hugely important meeting at a time when these monumental issues are being masked by the ongoing Brexit wrangling.
Stop the War stalwarts Lindsey German and Tariq Ali will be joined by the excellent campaigning MP for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, and author and Oxford University Professor, Karma Nabulsi.
Get your ticket here!