Justice for Emanuel: worked until death at the MiNISTRY oF JUSTICE

Emanuel Gomes died of suspected COVID-19 whilst cleaning the Ministry of Justice HQ in London

Emanuel was a cleaner at the Ministry of Justice who tragically passed away from suspected COVID-19 on April 23, at around 10.30pm. In the 5 days leading up to his death his he had an incredibly high fever, was delirious, and had not eaten. He should have taken time off work to rest and seek medical treatment but both his direct employer OCS and the Ministry of Justice refused to pay his wages if he missed a days work due to illness – even due to COVID-19. They also refused to pay him a living wage and only paid him £9.08 an hour. 

For fear he would be unable to pay his rent, buy food or support his family if he lost his wages, Emanuel felt left with no choice but to continue working without even being provided with a face mask at the MoJ and having to take cramped public transport. He worked until the day before he died. His death was reported in the Guardian here.

Emanuel’s death is a tragedy and a scandal and was entirely avoidable. Had he received a wage that allowed him to save a little and a sick pay scheme that allowed him to actually take sick leave he may still be with us today.

Now we are mourning his death and his family need support.


Christmas Social in Aid of the Homeless


Hosted by Barnet Momentum, Barnet Trades Council and Barnet Alliance for Public Services
Saturday December 3rd from 7 – 11.30pm
Safari Bar North Finchley.

Food and beverage will be available to buy from behind the bar. As it is so near christmas we have decided to have christmas theme – donation at the door – proceeds to Streets Kitchen which will be used for distributing meals/clothes/info for the homeless.

Christmas Library Fundraiser 12th December

Christmas Library Fundraiser 12th December!

Come along and help support the Save Barnet Libraries Campaign!!

Tickets £5 in advance £8 on the door.

Why not enter the lyrics competition? – we’re looking for library themed entries sung to these carol tunes, (winning entries will be performed on at the concert):
Oh Come All Ye Faithful12238522_10154353559798082_1273975666183510883_o
Silent night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Holly and the Ivy
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David City
I Saw Three Ships
Gabriel’s Message
We Wish You A Merry Christmas