Monthly Archives: July 2015

childrens march for libraries

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This is the first & special invitation to join our

Kids4Libraries march on Saturday 12 September

Details of the route & times are in the flyer below.

The march will be divided into four blocks.

Block A will be the wonderful London Metropolitan Brass Band.

Block B will be children & families.

Block C will be Library campaigns from across the UK. If you are part of a Library campaign please come & join us & tell us about what you are doing. We need to build a strong national vibrant Library campaign.

Block D will be community campaigns & trade unions. We have the honour of the Durham Miners leading off
this block. We want to see hundreds of banners to show Solidarity for Libraries & public services.

A red bus & or Fire Engine will follow at the back of the march. This will provide transport who are unable to walk the length of the march.11737852_10153367435676206_5518402009579457023_n

Check out details of the route see below

On Twitter look out for

‪#‎Kids4Libraries‬

 

 

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Local Trade Unionist Victim of Hate Crime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local Trade Unionist Victim of Hate Crime
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/07/2015 – 11:57
Barnet UNISON Press Release: 10 July 2015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local Trade Unionist Victim of Hate Crime 
It is with deepest anger I have to report that our Barnet UNISON branch secretary, John Burgess, had his car vandalised as it was parked up outside his own home. After the day’s activities on 8thJuly, which involved a strike and protests, John returned home to find a large note stuck on his car windshield: “Fucking Union Faggotts Get Back Home From Here!” and a nail stuck into a front wheel of his car. This came within 2 weeks of the Barnet UNISON banner, and a branch presence which of course included John, proudly appearing on the Pride Demo. It is our view this particular use of offensive language is far too coincidental for us not to understand this as an attack on John as a trade unionist and also for being seen on the Pride demo.
We also think there is a strong coincidence that our branch was a very early signatory to the Unite Against Fascism statement about the proposed Fascist gathering in Golders Green and encouraged our members to attend the protest last weekend (4th July). We are proud that we were part of a larger community mobilisation which meant Fascists could not raise their heads in our community. Fascists are organisations which peddle hatred and what happened to John is in every sense a Hate crime which has been reported to the police.
John has a job to do and that is to represent the members of his union branch. We choose him year after year as we believe he is the best placed person to do this. He enjoys the confidence of the branch membership. This means whoever did this is trying to intimidate and silence all of our membership. We will not be silenced!
We believe it is the demonisation of trade unions by the current Government which also encourages this type of personal attack on individual trade unionists. We condemn such attacks and call on our supporters to rally round and show solidarity and support to one who has done nothing other than defend us and offer solidarity to all those fighting the effects of Austerity and oppression.” Helen Davies, Branch Chair Barnet UNISON.
George Binette, branch secretary, Camden UNISON had this to say: “On behalf of Camden UNISON I express our shock and horror at the vicious homophobic vandalism carried out against John Burgess, Barnet UNISON branch secretary. This attack is a perverse tribute to the effectiveness of John’s tireless commitment to both his members and the defence of public services. Unfortunately, all too many politicians and sections of the media seem set to whip up a Jeremy Clarkson-style climate where it is literally open season on active trade unionists. Solidarity with John and the Barnet branch.”
End.
Notes to Editors.
 
Contact details: Helen Davies Barnet UNISON on 07432733168 or 0208 359 2088 or email: Helen.Davies@barnetunison.org.uk

Barnet alliance for public services agm

d2b450ffc2d640f3c025870b6b260584_400x400Dear fellow campaigners,

This is a very very last minute invitation to you to join our small AGM this coming Wednesday.

We intend to go quickly through the necessary business and then move straight to a discussion about where we are and how we should proceed from here in the changing environment following the mass privatisation that occurred in Barnet already with all its dreaded implications on jobs and local people, and the Tory victory nationally and locally which brought about decreasing democracy locally and further horrendous cuts as demonstrated in Osborn’s budget statement last Wednesday.

Since BAPS is seeing itself as an ‘umbrella organisation’ and have been supporting your various campaigns to the best of our ability, working alongside many of you in varying degrees, we would greatly appreciate your input in this discussion.

We did not advertise our AGM widely this year (only BAPS members were sent invitations) as we wanted the opportunity to have a thorough internal discussion among friends and fellow activists.

I am sorry that it is only now that I send this invitation (my personal fault) but hope very much that you will be able to join us nevertheless. If there is anyone you think should be invited and is not included in the list of recipients above – please feel free to forward this invitation to them (I do not have any email address for residents or activists of Sweets Way Resists).

We hope to see you on Wednesday,
tirza, on behalf of BAPS committee

UNITE THE RESISTANCE – Defend Our Unions – July 2015

UNITE THE RESISTANCE

Defend Our Unions – July 2nd 2015

A fantastic conference Chaired by Helen Davies, Barnet UNISON/Barnet Trades Council.

SPEAKERS included: 

Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary,

Michelle Stanistreet NUJ General Secretary,

John McDonnell Labour MP,

Chris Stephens SNP MP,

Glen Hart RMT,

Dave Smith Co-Author ‘Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business & Union Activists’,

Paula Peters Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC),

Glasgow Homeless Caseworker strikers,

Amelia Womack Green Party Deputy Leader,

Ian Hodson BFAWU National President

 

 

Balls to the Budget

Balls to the Budget 

Wednesday 8th July, 10.30 am Downing StDPAC_coloured_Logo_2_

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

DPAC and friends return to Parliament in a day of action to say#Balls2TheBudget.DPAC joined by Class War, Streets Kitchen, Black Dissidents, London Latinxs, Columbian Women in Action,
Occupy,Brick Lane Debates, Winvisible, London Black Revs, Reclaim Hackney, Camden Resists, Never Again Ever & othersAnnounce:
Balls to the Budget
#Balls2TheBudget
Wednesday 8th July, 10.30 am
Downing St
Big balls, small balls, footballs, tennis balls, volleyballs, handballs, rubber balls, plastic balls, flour balls, paint balls, canon balls, beachballs, hairballs, furballs, glitter balls, gumballs, basketballs, garlic balls, initialed balls, personalised balls.
Get creative.
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Balls to austerity;
Balls to taking our rights;
Balls to taking our jobs;
Balls to cutting our services;
Balls to bankers bonuses;
Balls to cutting the ILF;
Balls to Met Police;
Balls to cuts to Access to Work;
Balls to cuts to Social Care;
Balls to the Bedroom Tax;
Balls to Workfare & Sanctions;
Balls to Forced Treatments;
Balls to Maximus, Atos & PIP;
Balls to Child Poverty & inequality;
Balls to low pay & exploiting workers;
Balls to anti-homless laws;
Balls to stifling protest;
Balls to migrant bashing, racism & Islamophobia;
Balls to cuts to Housing, Education, NHS, Legal Aid, Womens Refuges, CAMHS and much much more.

Then, afterwards – We Are Going Back.
11.30 The Lobby, House of Commons.
Bring balls.

Online: Twitter from 10.30 am till yer tweeting fingers wear out
Take part online by using and sharing: #Balls2TheBudget
There is a tweetlist you can use here: http://dftr.org.uk/Songbird.php?TweetFile=Balls2theBudget

GREATER LONDON ASSOCIATION OF TRADE UNION COUNCILS CONFERENCE

GREATER LONDON ASSOCIATION OF TRADE UNION COUNCILS

CONFERENCE

LONDON AGAINST AUSTERITY

Trade Unionists, Councillors and Communities together

SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015 10.00-15.30 ISLINGTON TOWN HALL

UPPER STREET LONDON N1 2UD

 

This free event is organised by GLATUC (Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils)

http://glatuc.org.uk/home.html

We aim to bring together councillors, trades unionists and community activists to share and develop practical strategies to resist austerity. We are looking for those who can share information on successes no matter how small – councillors, trade unions and campaigners – and those who want to learn and work together. Hear about

  • successful action by trade unions working with councils
  • trade unions working across different councils
  • campaigns working with unions and councils
  • London councils’ actions against austerity and privatisation

Share successes

Gain more influence through Councils joining together

Organise ways to protect your community

Develop networks for support and information

 

Register

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/london-against-austerity-councillors-communities-and-trade-unionists-together-tickets-16865794044

Barnet Unison LG – Strike

Barnet UNISON Press Release: UNISON confirms 24 hour strike on 8 July

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2015 – 10:05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barnet UNISON confirms 24 hour strike on 8 July

Barnet UNISON members who still work for Barnet Council (excluding community schools) will begin  a 24 hour strike action on Wednesday 8 July

The dispute involves coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning & refuse workers, all of whom have made it clear they want to remain employees of the Barnet Council.11267482_496872037133506_5066154167153613321_n

Picket Lines

North London Business Park, 7 am start

Mill Hill Depot,  6 am start

East Finchley Library,  9 am start

Lobby of Parliament

Barnet UNISON will be joining other trade unions and disability rights campaigners on a lobby of Parliament in defence of Public Services and Trade Union rights on 8 July, assemble at 1 pm in Parliament Square, (opposite Westminster Abbey).

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “Our members want to work for the Council, they want to be directly accountable to the residents of Barnet. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will have to place the shareholders’ legal demands before local residents’ needs. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which  uses zero hours contracts. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will not pay the London Living Wage as a basic minimum. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which won’t allow their colleagues to belong to their Pension Scheme, and our members don’t want to work for an employer which will take jobs out of the borough. That’s why 87% of our members working for the Council voted ‘Yes’ to taking strike action. So far the Council has failed to come close to agreeing to any one of these demands. One of our members has written and produced a music campaign video called “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” which pretty much sums up the mood of our members take a look here https://youtu.be/Wi0bdgofsmM

 

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Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on 07738389569 or 0208 359 2088 or email: john.burgess@barnetunison.org.uk

Background:

  1. Six years ago Barnet Council introduced a policy known asFuture Shape which morphed into ‘easyCouncil’*.This imposed a series of tariffs on residents wishing to access a range of services. A basic service would be offered to residents at a fixed price, but ‘fast track’ services might be available if you paid extra.

This approach was quickly abandoned by the consultant driven One Barnet Programme, which led to the following Council Services being outsourced/privatised in the space of three years:

  1. Social Care for Adults with disabilities to Your Choice Barnet
  2. Housing Options to Barnet Homes
  3. Parking Services to NSL
  4. Revenues & Benefits, IT, HR & Payroll, Pensions, Health & Safety, Finance, Estates, Property Services, Procurement, Projects all now part of Capita CSG
  5. Environmental Health, Planning, Building Control, Hendon Cemetery & Crematorium, Highways, Trading Standards & Licensing all now Capita RE
  6. Legal Services
  7. Registrars & Nationality Services
  8. CCTV
  9. Music Trust
  10. Public Health
  11. Mortuary Services.

Over the past three years our members have seen hundreds of colleagues transferred to other employers. This has often meant redundancy as the new employer has moved jobs out of the borough and Greater London to places as far afield as Belfast, Carlisle, Coventry, Southampton and Darlington.

Barnet has branded this final phase as the ‘Commissioning Council’.

On 3 March 2015 Barnet Council agreed its next Five Commissioning Plans all of which are looking at ‘Alternative Delivery Models’, jargon for working for a different employer.

The Council Services now at risk of outsourcing are:

  1. Early Years – 13 Children’s Centres
  2. Library Services
  3. Adults & Communities services
  4. Street Scene Services e.g. Waste & Recycling, Street Cleansing, Parks and Transport
  5. Education & Skills and School Meals services.
  6. Disappearing Council – short animation https://youtu.be/YQ5t63fSu-s
  7. “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” https://youtu.be/Wi0bdgofsmM                               
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Stop Press – Nazis no longer coming to Golders Green

Stop Press – Nazis no longer coming to Golders Green

Please see UAF Statement below

UAF Statement re today’s developments

 UAF is glad to hear of the decision to stop Neo Nazis attempting to intimidate the residents of Golders Green, in London, on Saturday, by a provocative demonstration of anti Semitic hated.
The attempt by fascists to intimidate and cause distress to this well known area, with a strong Jewish community, will not now take place. The fascists behind this have a history of anti Semitic violence, alongside homophobic and Islamophobic hate crimes.
Well done to all from the area, and beyond, who pledged to oppose the fascists on the day. 
UAF will be monitoring developments. Pls watch this space.