Category Archives: Solidarity
- Join Saturday’s solidarity event at Bookmarks this Saturday at 2pm, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE more event details here Rush messages of support to Bookmarks email@example.com and Dave@bookmarksbookshop.co.uk or message on twitter @Bookmarks_books or to their facbook page here
- Make a donation to stand Up To Racism to help us organise the fightback against the racist and fascist right – donate here
- Join Stand Up To Racism here
After a genuinely rousing talk at Hendon Labour Party from Charlotte Bence, Unite the Union organiser, about the staff at TGI Fridays, Barnet activists will be heading down their picket line on Friday, 5pm at Covent Garden.
TGI Fridays workers have recently been hit with a huge reduction on their very low incomes, because the employer is taking 40% of the services charges that customers believe are going to them and using it to cover other costs. They are standing up for the right to a decent living, in sector where poverty pay and insecure condtions are the norm.
Nearest station: Highbury & Islington
We wish to create a memorable night in solidarity with Afrin and provide an opportunity to listen to great music that touches our souls so deeply.
All proceeds from this concert will go to help people displaced from Afrin, Rojava (Northern Syria). Around 450,000 civilians have been displaced and are in urgent need of aid. In the wake of this humanitarian crisis, Re-build as one of the few charities helping the region. The proceeds of this concert will be used to purchase an orthopaedic medical device costing £30,000.
By purchasing a ticket you can help us get one step closer to buying this device.
Bringing together all those facing a ‘hostile environment’ from the Home Office
7pm, Thursday 31 May
Venue: UNITE the Union, 33-37 Moreland St., EC1V 8BB
- Windrush generation families from the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries
- People seeking asylum from wars, dictatorships, ecological devastation and hunger
- EU nationals threatened by Brexit
- Ian Macdonald QC, leading barrister in immigration and human rights law
The Windrush scandal has finally exposed to the public the truth about what deportation means for people’s lives, and the public is outraged.
Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean and other countries, invited by the government to help rebuild war-torn Britain, have been separated from loved ones, lost jobs, homes, refused healthcare, pensions and rights after living in the UK most or all of their lives. An estimated 50,000 people have
been affected but it is yet to come out how many were deported, suffered permanent harm, or even died.
The media, and even right-wing MPs, had to reflect public outrage forcing the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd to resign. The government promised to acknowledge the citizenship of and pay compensation to the Windrush generations and their descendants, partly because Commonwealth heads were meeting in London. The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is a Tory banker, with a disgusting track record against immigrants even though his own parents were immigrants. The government is likely to renege on some or all of their promises, and they will try to use this moment to split Commonwealth residents from other immigrants – already the Home Office is quietly recruiting NGOs to help deport asylum seekers and their children.
We all have the right to be here. African, Asian, Caribbean and other Third World people have contributed over centuries to the wealth in the UK. We have suffered through imperial conquest, slave trades, plunder of resources, proxy wars, Western backed dictatorships, rape and other torture. More recent immigrants from Europe and elsewhere have also contributed with hard work and have made their lives here. The NHS would not function without people from all over the world who work hard
despite wage freezes, underfunding, privatisation, and poor working conditions.
We demand: An amnesty for all affected and immediate compensation for this persecution. Stop all deportations, detention and destitution. Abolish laws that recruit teachers, doctors, landlords, employers, etc., to snoop and report on immigrants. No collaboration by voluntary groups, charities and
NGOs with Home Office deportations.
Caribbean Labour Solidarity: firstname.lastname@example.org
Women of Colour/Global Women Strike:
This action takes place following the failure of Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) who took over the library contract last year, to properly staff our libraries. This is despite all the promises from the Council. GLL are also refusing to pay staff the local government pay offer – despite initially agreeing to do so. That’s another promise broken – under GLL staff will be under poorer conditions than local government colleagues. It is also very suspicious that the Council and GLL are refusing to release a report which went to Council last year and which set out how GLL would make efficiency savings. This is despite freedom of information requests made by the union. Instead the Council are hiding behind so called “commercial confidentiality”.Workers have had enough! That is why Unite members voted by 100% for strike action. We are not wasting any more time – all out indefinite strike action begins on Wednesday 28 March. Join us on our first day of strike action from 8am at Bromley Central Library.
For further details contac:
Kathy Smith Onay Kasab
Information for those affected by the strikes: Why we’re taking action over USS
The employers want to end guaranteed pension benefits.
They say your final pension should depend on how your ‘investments’ perform and not on your contributions.
We say it’s wrong to risk our members’ futures.
Information about how to donate to the UCU fighting fund is here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund
Make a direct bank transfer, or set up a regular standing order, to:
Account name: UCU Fighting Fund
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account no: 20179432
Reference: ‘Fighting Fund Voluntary Levy’
or send a cheque (payable to ‘University and College Union’) to:
Fighting Fund donation
University and College Union
The London demonstration on 28 February has a webpage here: https://uculondonregion.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/education-demonstration-28-feb
Barnet and Haringey More in Common are celebrating the contribution of migrants with a stall on East Finchley High Road and on social media. More info about 1DWU at http://www.1daywithoutus.org/
The purpose is proclaim the message ‘ Proud to be a migrant/Proud to stand with migrants.’ Alternatively, you might choose to bring messages to the day, depending on your organisational or individual priorities. Celebrating migrants and migration does not preclude protest and there are lots of things to protest against: The impact of immigration controls on migrant workers; the ‘hostile environment’; the failure to guarantee EU citizens’ rights; restrictions on health care to migrants. What do you want the country to know about the value that migrants bring to your communities? What migrant voices and perspectives are being left out of the public debate? What would you like to highlight and draw attention to? Why are you proud to be a migrant? Why are you proud to stand with migrants?