Category Archives: Anti-austerity

CHANGE IS COMING… How Can We Achieve An Anti-Austerity Government?

National People’s Assembly
10:30am – 6pm, Saturday 2 June, St Pancras New Church, Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BA

Find out more on our website here.

Sessions include:

  • How much nationalisation do we need & should we compensate corporations?
  • Could councils fight austerity?
  • Is our NHS fit for purpose?
  • What would a national education service look like?
  • What would a national investment bank do?
  • How can we fight an establishment backlash?
  • A charter for working women.
  • How many houses will solve the problem?
  • Strikes & solidarity: what do they look like?
  • Environmental justice and Social justice: How Green Policies can help working people?
  • Does our economy rely on immigrants?


For nearly a decade falling living standards has been the reality for the majority. Our public services have been cut beyond recognition, our wages have fallen, access to education and decent housing is becoming more difficult as a result of austerity policies. But the last year has seen a turbulent time in politics, with the Conservatives in an internal crisis, with no majority in parliament. This situation is untenable, change is coming! 

But how do we build a movement that forces this Government from office? And when that happens what exactly do we need from a new Government that can reverse the damaging austerity policies that the Tories have presided over?

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From Keith Martin: Things to remember in 2018


DEEDS NOT WORDS was a most appropriate slogan chosen by the Suffragette movement in and after 1918 to epitomise their campaign for women to get the vote in Great Britain. Their epic and heroic campaign, which included breaking unjust laws, was eventually successful.

The motto has resounded down the years and is and has been as relevant to subsequent activists as it was in 1918. In 1963 the annual CND Easter march from Aldermaston to London inctuded members of the committee of 100, among them Bertrand Russeil who, unafraid and favouring direct action, inspired peace demonstrators by distributing a “spies for Peace” leaflet and leaving the march to expose the secret details and whereabouts of Regional Seats of Government bunkers at a Berkshire RSG. Russell was among those arrested by the police for his beliefs.

On Maunday Thursday 5 April 2O12, coincidentalty also at Easter, Barnet Council without notice closed Friern Barnet library, despite a vigorous local campaign to save it from closure. Five months later on 5 September 2012, a small group of squatters from Camden led by Peter Phoenix walked through an open window, reopened the library and invited the community to join them in restocking its shetves with donated books and reopening the library to the public. After a Crown Court case the squatters were evicted, but the magistrate allowed a stay of execution for Barnet Council to negotiate a lease with the local community to run the library. Six years later in 2018 they continue to perform this function.

Protest the Budget with the Big Collection

Chancellor Phillip Hammond will announce the Budget next week and outline the Government’s spending priorities for the next year.

We’re calling a protest at Downing Street the night before to urge the Government to use the Budget to scrap their plans for Universal Credit, to close tax loopholes and force the tax avoiders to pay their fair share, to end the public sector pay cap with an increase above inflation, and to properly fund our NHS and public services.

Protest: 6pm, Tuesday 21 November, Opposite Downing Street, Whitehall, London

** We’re asking everyone to take 10 minutes today and invite your friends on Facebook: click here to invite your friends
** Please also Tweet using hashtag #SackTheTories


We’re pleased to team up with Health Campaigns Together, Unite Community, Axe The Housing Act and many other campaigns to organise this protest. (If your campaign would like to get involved please get in touch)

It’s fair to say that this Government hasn’t had the best few weeks. Theresa May’s authority is dwindling even in her our party while a growing crisis in the cabinet, based on inappropriate behaviour from ministers, leaves a question mark over whether this Government will survive the next few weeks in office.

But the crisis around the roll out of Universal Credit is growing which will push thousands into poverty, the Paradise Papers revealed the huge extent of Tax Avoidance where the rich are thieving money which should be spent on services, and the head of the NHS last week warned billions of pounds extra is needed if the NHS is to survive this winter.

Come along, bring friends and workmates. Let’s make sure this weak Government feels the growing opposition to their damaging austerity measures.

Foodbank Collection
As part of the protest we’re collecting food which will be donated to local foodbanks so their shelves are stocked to deal with the fallout from Universal Credit and the continuation of austerity policies in the budget. We will also be using the thousands of pounds that was raised through sales of Captain Ska’s track ‘Liar Liar’ to buy tonnes of food and deliver it to foodbanks across the country. But before it’s delivered, we’ll be displaying all of it right on the doorstep of Downing Street to show Theresa May and Phillip Hammond the effect their damaging policies are having on ordinary people.

Items that are needed for Foodbanks:

  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned veg
  • Tinned fruit
  • Pasta sauces
  • Instant coffee
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Fruit juice (long life)
  • Tinned pudding
  • Jam / preserves
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Male and female toiletries

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

New People’s Assembly pamphlet: “In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people”

As you will know the TUCJCC encourages all Trades Union Councils to work closely with the People’s Assembly.

This new People’s Assembly pamphlet is very useful in winning yet more people to an anti-austerity position, and convincing them that there is a real, practical and achievable alternative.

Download here: In Place of Austerity pamphlet

No More Austerity Demo 1st October Manchester

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.manky

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.

Show Culture Some Love

16797816_1093584557419993_4489735210433799335_oThe third conference of the “Show Culture Some Love“ campaign – organised in conjunction with SERTUC and affiliated unions – is taking place on 25 March 2017 from 1.00-5.30pm in TUC Congress House. Tim Newton’s film of the first conference can be viewed here:

The conference focusses on the theme of “The Future of Arts & Culture” and will be opened by Megan Dobney, (Southern & Eastern TUC Regional Secretary). The main session will be chaired by Clara Paillard (President, PCS Culture Sector) – and will feature a number of leading speakers. Further announcements will be made as and when speakers are confirmed.

The main session will be followed by four workshops which will explore equality issues:
• Race, Racism, Art & Culture: (Chair: Zita Holbourne, “Black Activists Rising Against Cuts”)
• Disability, Culture & Art: (Chair: Mark Leopard, TUC Disabled Workers Committee)
• LGBT, Art & Culture: (Chair: Theresa Easton, Artists Union England)
• Gender, Art & Culture: (Chair: Fiona Whitelaw, Equity).

A second series of workshops on a number of issues relevant to the sector will then take place:
• Arts & Campaigning: (Chair: Nicola Hawkins, SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee)
• The Arts & “Brexit”: (Chair: Tracy Edwards, PCS Culture Sector)
• Developing and taking forward the Show Culture Some Love programme: (Chair: Tom Taylor, SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee)
• National Libraries and Museums Campaign: (Chair: Candy Udwin, PCS or Helen Davies, Barnet UNISON)

Each workshop is being asked to identify two priority action points and to appoint someone to report back to the final session – which will be chaired by Tom Taylor (Secretary, SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee).

Registration will take place between 12 noon to 1.00pm – with free sandwiches and refreshments being provided. Advance booking is essential – and people can book their place via email at:

I Daniel Blake screening

16358539_10154765740641206_221928706_nBarnet UNISON is proud to be able to screen ‘I Daniel Blake’ in our local community cinema the Phoenix in East Finchley on Tuesday 28 February.

We are absolutely delighted that our long-time supporter Ken Loach has agreed to join a Q & A with DPAC’s Paula Peters, who will be interviewed by Aditya Chakraborrty senior economics commentator for the Guardian.

See flyer and poster for details.Flyer







Useful links

Phoenix Cinema – East Finchley

Accessibility at Phoenix

I, Daniel Blake trailers

I, Daniel Blake – Official Trailer I HD I Sundance Selects

Ken Loach: life in austerity Britain is ‘consciously cruel’

barnet_idanielblake_28Feb2017_A5_2ppAditya Chakrabortty

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People’s Question Time – Brexit: What are our Demands?


7pm, Thursday 19 January, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, NW1 2BA.

This has been a year full of surprises; the Political landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate. Brexit has been hugely divisive and has created a dynamic and unpredictable situation.

Our new (un-elected) Prime Minster and her cabinet clearly have no real plan. One thing is for sure, if the last 6 years are anything to go by, if the Tories are left to handle Brexit negotiations on their own we’ll see a deal that suits the bankers, the bosses and the corporations. What should we be demanding from the government that means Brexit is negotiated in the interests of the people? However you voted in the EU referendum, we need to put pressure on the Tories to ensure they don’t use Brexit as a way of increasing attacks on the majority, continuing austerity, whipping up racist divisions in our community and scapegoating immigrants.

Book here.

Panel includes:
Emily Thornberry MP – Shadow Foreign Secretary, Labour Party
Amelia Womack – Deputy Leader, Green Party
Kevin Courtney – General Secretary, National Union of Teachers
Lindsey German – People’s Assembly
Steve Turner – Assistant General Secretary, UNITE
(more tbc)

Do you have a question for our panel? Submit one when registering for a chance to put it to the event.

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