Category Archives: Solidarity
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?
This conference is supported by the National Education Union (NEU), who will be hosting us at the NEU / NUT Headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9BD
The event will provide an update on some of the biggest issues facing democratic forces in Turkey and workshops on how we can better campaign for change.
We have a great line up of speakers on the day; including Louise Regan (NEU Co-president), Ken Loach (Filmmaker), Fatih Polat (Editor of Evrensel), Seyit Aslan (General Secretary of GIDA-IS), Owen Jones (The Guardian), Kemal Goktas (Cumhuriyet Journalist), Kate Osamor (Labour MP), David Lammy (Labour MP), Hisyar Ozsoy (HDP MP), Mehmet Tum (CHP MP), Simon Dubbins (Unite the Union), Kani Beko (President of DISK), Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition), Esra Ozyurek (LSE), Mustafa Yalciner (Writer), Aydin Cubukcu (Author) and many more.
We very much hope you will be available to join us on 20 January 2018.
Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT)
Programme for the day.
09:30 – Registration and Refreshments
10:00 – Turkey under the state of emergency
Chair: Louise Regan, NEU Co-President
Ken Loach, Filmmaker / Seyit Aslan*, General Secretary of GIDA-IS / Fatih Polat*, Chief Editor of Evrensel Daily / Mehves Evin, Journalist / Steve Sweeney, Morning Star
11:30 – Workshops Part I
- Workshop 1. Fighting for the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn – how to show solidarity with scholars at risk?
Chair: Mehmet Ugur, BAK UK
Joanna De Groot, President of UCU / Assoc. Prof. Ceren Sozeri / Assoc. Prof. Esra Ozyurek, LSE
- Workshop 2. Declining women’s human rights and gender inequality – how to strengthen the women’s resistance?
Chair: Cinar Altun, Day-Mer
Mehves Evin, Journalist / Owen Jones, The Guardian / Ceylan Begum Yildiz, Academic / Sarya Tunc, Women’s rights activist,
- Workshop 3. Political representation and role of parliament
Chair: Oktay Sahbaz, SPOT
Kate Osamor, Labour MP (Invited) / Mustafa Yalciner*, Writer / Mehmet Tum*, CHP MP / Hisyar Ozsoy* HDP MP / Israfil Erbil, President of British Alevi Federation
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 -Workshops Part II
- Workshop 4. Attacks on workers and trade unions
Chair: Elena Crasta, TUC
Kani Beko*, President of DISK / Simon Dubbins, Unite / Seyit Aslan*, General Secretary of GIDA-IS / Ian Hodson, President of BFAWU
- Workshop 5. What next for Turkey in the Middle East and the Kurdish question?
Chair: Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition (STWC)
Aydin Cubukcu*, Author / Hisyar Ozsoy* HDP MP / Thomas J Miley, Academic / Andrew Smith, Campaign Against Arms Trade
- Workshop 6. Journalism & the role of media.
Chair: Ege Dundar, PEN
Fatih Polat*, Chief Editor of Evrensel / Barry White, Journalist / Kemal Goktas*, Journalist Cumhuriyet / Kumru Basar, Journalist / Steve Sweeney, Morning Star
14:30 – Tea/Coffee Break
14:45 – Final Session – Campaigning to win change
Chair: Christine Blower, SPOT Spokesperson
Mehmet Tum*, CHP MP / Kate Osamor, Labour MP (Invited) / Hisyar Ozsoy*, HDP MP / David Lammy, Labour MP (Invited) / Kani Beko* President of DISK / Ian Hodson, President of BAFWU / Fatih Polat*, Chief Editor of Evrensel Daily / Cagdas Canbolat, SPOT
16:15 – Event Close
*Simultaneous translation will be provided
Capita, the service company that Barnet Council shamefully outsourced our public services to, is currently attacking the pensions of it’s own staff. Barnet TUC sends its solidarity to all those workers fighting back against this disreputable company! Get news from Unite the Union here.
BREAKING, BREAKING NEWS: “Following productive and positive consultations between United Voices of the World and Templewood today, 2nd November 2017, we have reached an agreement which will settle this current industrial dispute to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.
It has been agreed that the Living Wage will be paid effective immediately to our members, and annual increases will also be made in the month following the Living Wage announcement in the first week of November of each year. Due to the terms of this agreement no further comments will be made in public about this matter.”
Thank you for all your support! Onwards and upwards!
13 September 2017 2:00pm–6:00pm
Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA
UNISON believes that EU citizens currently living in the UK make a major contribution to society and should be allowed to stay here after the UK leaves the EU.
We are calling on the government to make this commitment and you can help by joining us to lobby your MP at Westminster on 13 September.
Workers from across Europe play a vital role in our public services, especially the NHS and local government. They have built their lives here. They have settled and integrated into British society.
Negotiations so far have failed to secure EU citizens’ existing rights – leading to massive uncertainty for UNISON members and their families. They deserve better.
On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of Parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals. This is an important issue and we need your support.
If you can come along please contact your MP in advance and request a meeting so you can share your story and concerns with them on the day.
We will send out detailed information nearer the time which will have everything you need to successfully lobby your MP.
UNISON has reserved rooms in Parliament from 2pm to 6pm so your MP can come and meet you. And there will be plenty of UNISON stewards there to help you on the day.
If you are planning to come to the lobby please register here
For more information on the day of action contact K.Widlak@unison.co.uk
You may be interested to know that a new branch activist guide Organising, supporting and negotiating for EU workers has just been published and is available on the UNISON website.
UNISON has an estimated 70,000 members who are EU nationals and the national executive council has made it a priority to support them.