Category Archives: Meeting/Conference

Labour’s Triumphant #neweconomics

Yesterday, the Labour Party held a conference that put some serious theoretical grounding for the ideas that drove the enthusiasm for the party’s manifesto of last year. It started with production of a report commissioned by John McDonnell into “Alternative Models of Ownership”, which uses studies from round the world (including here in Britain) into how genuinely innovative alternatives to both the private sector and the old model of centralised nationalisation can make our society better. The link is here.

The scope of the event was very broad, and included:

  • Combining and democratising different forms of ownership, including municipalisation and co-operatism.
  • Looking at how privatised services are, right now, being in-sourced throughout the world in an almost “silent revolution” in services that is happening on all continents and across the Global North/South divide.
  • How modern technology affects work, removing some jobs but actually creating others, and how the role of organised labour is essential to directing automation and AI in a progressive and ethical way.
  • How the knowledge and data-based economy has become severely monopolistic and how democratic structures, like radical municipal authories in Barcelona (or even our very own Transport for London) can resist this and form a data commons and digital sovereignty that works for people not a tiny number of massive multinational businesses.
  • How participatory authorities, many of which have formed as a result of an unlikely alliance between grassroots campaigners and tech experts frustrated by the problems with neoliberalism, have been assembled and work in practice.
  • Putting forward our positive vision of how technology and industry could be like. The legacy of Mike Cooley and the Lucas aerospace workers was a really important touchstone for this.

The conference opened with big names, culminating in a closing speech by Jeremy Corbyn, but the contributions and questions from the floor were also really good and Jeremy actually referenced this in his summing up. But the most exciting thing about it was something raised by veteran campaigner Hilary Wainwright, who said that for the first time, we have a socialist vision that is built not around putting all our faith into massive scale nationalisation run by the state, but by the participation of ordinary working people, and that the closest we’d ever really got to this before was not 1945 (which, in any case, we all know cannot go back to) but to the brief experiment in which Tony Benn tried to collaborate with the Lucas workers back in 1977. Our socialism will not be top-down: it will be decentralised democratic public ownership.

Agenda for Meeting on 8th of February 2018 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 and matters arising from the minutes

19:10:00

3

Guest speaker from CWU

19:30:00

4

Plan for the coming year

20:00:00

5

Any other industrial reports

20:20:00

6

Any Other Business and Delegates Motions (please submit motions before 5th of February)

20:30:00

7

Meeting Ends

Some dates for 2018:

  • 10th February – Stand Up to Racism Trades Union conference
  • 10th February – Labour Party conference on Alternative Models of Ownership
  • 12th to 18th February – TUC #heartunions week
  • 8th March – BTUC Annual General Meeting
  • 10th March – Campaign Against Climate Change Trades Union Conference
  • 17th March – International March Against Racism
  • 28th April – Workers memorial day
  • 3rd May – Local Elections
  • 12th May – TUC Demonstration: New Deal for Working People
  • 14th July – Durham Miners’ Gala
  • 20th to 22nd – Tolpudle Martyrs Festival
  • November – TUC Young Workers’ Month

Postponed – Barnet TUC Meeting in January

The Meeting on 11th of January 2018 has been postponed to mobilise for the demo at town hall. Hope you can make it to Hendon Town Hall!

Some dates for 2018:

  • 3rd February – NHS: Fix it now march
  • 10th February – Stand Up to Racism Trades Union Conference
  • 12th to 18th February – TUC #heartunions week
  • 8th March – BTUC Annual General Meeting
  • 10th March – Campaign Against Climate Change Trades Union Conference
  • 17th March – International March Against Racism
  • 28th April – Workers memorial day
  • 3rd May – Local Elections
  • 12th May – TUC Demonstration: New Deal for Working People
  • 14th July – Durham Miners’ Gala
  • 20th to 22nd – Tolpudle Martyrs Festival
  • November – TUC Young Workers’ Month

Please let us know of any other key dates!

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.

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.

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

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

Forthcoming events: campaigning and music nights

19:45:00

5

Industrial Reports

20:15:00

6

Political Reports

20:25:00

7

Any Other Business and Delegates Motions

20:30:00

8

Meeting Ends

​CAMDEN TRADES COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING

camdenSCRAP THE TORY PAY CAP – DEFEND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES
WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 6.30pm
Camden Town Hall
Judd Street WC1H 9JE
Speakers:
JOHN MCDONNELL MP, Shadow Chancellor
ROGER MCKENZIE Assistant General Secretary Unison
LUCY MASOUD Fire Brigades Union
MARK DOLAN CWU balloting for national strike action
BARTS HEALTH hospital strikers
 
There will be a huge demonstration in Manchester at the Tory Party conference on Sunday 01 October. Usually people from all over the UK travel to London to march, but this time it is us who has to get on a coach to join the demonstration!! The details of the local coach are below.
CENTRAL LONDON COACH TO #TORIES OUT DEMONSTRATION 
AT TORY PARTY CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER

£5 waged/ £3 students/ unwaged
Leaves Eversholt Street, NW1 (side of Euston Station) at
6.30am Returns from Manchester at 4.30pm Book your ticket here:

Proposed Agenda for Barnet TUC September Meeting

Ware meeting at the North Finchley Greek Cypriot Brotherhood at usual 7pm on the 14th of September.

The meeting will be preveeded at 6.30pm by the Barnet Alliance for Public Services.

19:00:00 Attendance & Aplogies
19:05:00 Minutes & Matters
19:15:00 Report on McStrike
19:20:00 Forthcoming Postal Strike
19:25:00 Twinning with Another Trades Council
19:35:00 Trade Unionists’ Policy Forum
19:50:00 November: TUC Young Members Month
20:05:00 Protest at Tory Conference
20:10:00 Lobby of local MPs regarding public sector pay cap?
20:20:00 Sing You Heart Out for Housing
20:25:00 Any Other Business (please notify secretary beforehand)
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