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Tens of thousands will march for our NHS next Saturday in an emergency demonstration called by The People’s Assembly & Health Campaigns Together. The demonstration will demand an end the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget and a commitment to increased funding each year.
Everyday from now until the demo they’ll be running stories on why the NHS demonstration is so important including interviews from the front line, details of the route and speakers, quotes from organisers, union representatives, celebs and more.
Why are you marching?
We’re asking for people to send in a short quote (under 100 words) about why they’re marching and what the NHS means to them – we’ll include a selection of quotes in the Mirror and use others on our website and on social media. Please also include a headshot of yourself in the email. Send these to: email@example.com
How you can help:
- Invite your friends & share the Facebook event
- If you want leaflets / posters you can download and print from our website, pick them up from our office or we can send by post if you order by the end of the weekend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this
- Pass this model motion in your trade union branch, CLP or campaign group if you have a meeting before the weekend
Other exclusive stories and interviews will also be run in the Morning Star newspaper who have always backed our demonstrations, protests and been central to the anti-austerity movement. Keep an eye on their website and paper for details.
In case you missed it:
Save the date! The TUC is holding a national march and rally on Saturday 12 May 2018 in central London.
All workers deserve a great job so everyone has a chance to progress and get on in life.
The TUC will be joining with our unions and thousands of supporters. Together we will call for more and better jobs, and a more equal, more prosperous country. We want you to join us.
Speakers at the rally will include TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, union leaders and frontline workers.
The family-friendly event is part of the TUC Great Jobs Agenda campaign.
Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation. Join Barnet TUC as we head up for a national protest against them.
The details for the train to Manchester are:
01/10/2017 London Euston (EUS) 08:20 Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) 11:02
01/10/2017 Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) 16:35 London Euston (EUS) 18:46
Contact Helen Davies (07432 733168) or the Barnet UNISON office (020 8359 2088) and leave your contact details if you want a ticket. Tickets will go on a first come first served basis.
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it” Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS
- No cuts, closures or privatisation
- End the pay restraint for NHS staff
- For a fully funded, publicly owned health service
Saturday 4 March 2017, Central London
Full details soon
Our NHS is in a major crisis and this government is doing nothing to stop it. Some say the NHS only has one winter left in it.
On the backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS.
Continued pay restraint has seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010 and there are now 25,000 nursing and 3,500 midwifery vacancies in NHS England alone.
The Government’s latest plans for Sustainability and Transformation Plans are, in reality, just a smokescreen for £22bn in cuts and it’s latest instrument of privatisation.
The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people in Britain. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed by a Tory government who’s priority is to put profit in the pockets on the corporations & big business.
Please help us make the demonstration as big as possible. Leaflets, posters and publicity will be available soon from the People’s Assembly office. In the meantime, please share and invite your friends on Facebook, discuss with your union branch, local campaign groups and community organisations about supporting the demonstration & book transport to London.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Barnet Council Policy & Resources Committee meets at Hendon Town Hall at 7 pm on Thursday 2 December 2016.
It is Agenda Item 10 – Annual Procurement Forward Plan which has caused anger and dismay and disbelief.
Scroll down to point 17 in the procurement plan it reveals proposed spend on Libraries construction of £12 million with additional items 18-25 showing an additional £2.125 million for additional associated costs:
Making a total of £14.125 million.
A quick recap on other Barnet Council spend.
Below are the Agency/Consultancy figures for the last four years.
Making a total of £59, 747,631 million
In the first two quarters of this financial year Barnet Council has spent £9.3 million which, if it continues at this rate, will bring the total spend for this year to over £20 million on Consultants/Agency.
Barnet Council claims it is being forced into the Library changes by a need to cut £2,162 million from the Library Service budget by 2019/20.
Members and Barnet UNISON have been asking a very simple question:
“Is it true that in order to save £2,162 million Barnet Council are spending over £6 million (which does not include redundancy costs) on a project to close four public libraries (by handing them to volunteers), on a project that will restrict access for disabled people and children under 15 and are now planning to spend an additional £14,125 million on construction and associated costs (making a grand total of £20.125 million)?”
This latest revelation seriously calls into question as to why staff are being made redundant and why a service with a 97% Customer satisfaction is being brutally dismantled.
As far as Barnet UNISON is aware the £14.125 million construction and additional costs have never been disclosed in any of the reports going to previous Children’s Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committees.
What can we do?
There is still time to stop the destruction of the Barnet Libraries Service. Barnet UNISON will be speaking at General Functions Committee on Tuesday 6 December at 7 pm at Hendon Town Hall. The Leader of Barnet Council Richard Cornelius is on this committee. The committee could refuse to implement the redundancies which would save the Library Service.