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!
The fourth conference of the Show Culture Some Love campaign – hosted by the London, Eastern & South-East Region of the TUC – is being held on Saturday 23 February between 13.00-17.30pm in TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.
The conference will cover two critical questions facing the culture sector – how should it be funded and how should funding be distributed? In examining these questions, the conference will consider the current state of the economy; what kind of economic models might replace neo-liberalism and the austerity agenda; how the arts are currently funded; and what alternative might we argue for.
We will have contributions from politicians, economists, academics and the trade unions. Speakers will be confirmed in due course.
Book your free place now! To register for the conference, please email:
TUC Congress House
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Our bin services are in crisis. Literal mountains of rubbish have been building up in many estates across the borough, with the west of Barnet hardest hit. Council management have shamefully brushed off disgusting scenes in Grahame Park, by saying it was simply “forgotten”. Forgetting to collect rubbish in a major working class estate is not just a nuisance, it’s a health and environmental hazard.
The problem comes directly from serious mistakes made by Barnet Council, which prefers to pay huge sums of our taxpayers’ money to Capita instead of investing it in good, accountable services, and chooses not to listen to its workers.
Despite warnings from sanitation workers, routes were changed and facilities downgraded without taking the needs of communities into account.
Shamefully, the council is preventing any discussion of the crisis, and has prevented opposition councillors and the public from bringing up the issue at the Town Hall.
Barnet Alliance for Public Services have called for public meetings to discuss the emergency. Facebook event here.
Colindale Library, 7 Bristol Avenue, NW9 4BR, at 6.30pm on Monday 28th January
- Councillor Alan Schneiderman, Labour lead on Environment
- John Dix aka Mr Reasonable
- Councillor Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council