Nurses: UK Scrap the cap rally

20157307_10155482680182200_5956917821875290184_oWe’re hosting our biggest ever UK rally in Parliament Square, Central London, on Wednesday 6 September.

Join us to show the UK Government it’s time to scrap the cap on nursing pay.

RCN members – register for this event and get your travel funded too:

Guest speaker: Sir Tony Robinson

Nursing staff, members of the public, friends and family are all welcome at this event.

Find out more about the campaign:

Can We Stop #Trumpageddon?


With war on the Korean peninsula looking more likely by the day, we are writing to ask you to help build our upcoming rally by:
1) Forwarding this email 
to interested friends and contacts
2) Retweeting the details to spread the word here
3) Sharing and inviting friends on Facebook here
4) Registering for the event here
Best wishes,
The North London Stop the War Coalition Team.
For An Anti-War Government – No to Trump, For Peace & Justice in the Middle East!

Wednesday September 20, 6.30pm, Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
With Ken Livingstone, Lindsey German (STWC,) Maz Saleem (Stand Up to Trump,) Glyn Secker (EC, Jews for Justice for Palestinians). More special guests and details to be confirmed.
Invite your friends on Facebook here
Register here


Proposed Agenda for Barnet TUC September Meeting

Ware meeting at the North Finchley Greek Cypriot Brotherhood at usual 7pm on the 14th of September.

The meeting will be preveeded at 6.30pm by the Barnet Alliance for Public Services.

19:00:00 Attendance & Aplogies
19:05:00 Minutes & Matters
19:15:00 Report on McStrike
19:20:00 Forthcoming Postal Strike
19:25:00 Twinning with Another Trades Council
19:35:00 Trade Unionists’ Policy Forum
19:50:00 November: TUC Young Members Month
20:05:00 Protest at Tory Conference
20:10:00 Lobby of local MPs regarding public sector pay cap?
20:20:00 Sing You Heart Out for Housing
20:25:00 Any Other Business (please notify secretary beforehand)

SERTUC Public Service Committee support: Exhibition – The Private Finance Initiative. How come we’re still paying for this? – starts Monday 18 September 2017

Mon 18 Sep 2017 – 09:00 to Wed 27 Sep 2017 – 19:00TUC
TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London

Exhibition: The Private Finance Initiative. How come we’re still paying for this? 

Starts Monday 18 September 2017 and closes Wednesday 27 September 2017

Opening times: Monday – Friday (09:00 to 19:00) 

The exhibition illustrates the range of PFI deals across different sectors in the UK, including schools, health, roads, prisons, housing, and refuse into power schemes. It provides an overview of the extent to which PFI has swallowed up public funds and channelled money into corporate coffers. The exhibition is accompanied by a more detailed booklet.

Please support People vs PFI Exhibition 

Marion Macalpine is a London-based photographer who combines art photography with community and political issues.

After a career in critical management research and teaching in the public and voluntary sectors, she is now using photography to raise and communicate critical concerns. These include the reconstitution of our public terrain as a marketplace, and how consent to this process has been managed, exemplified in the sell-off of the NHS.

Information about the venue:

Congress House is a fully accessible building

Contact for further information: or 020 7467 1220  

TUC Webinars

Join us online every Thursday in September at 2:30pm for a live webinar. Webinars are a great training tool for all union reps that you can access in the classroom, at home, on the go or in your workplace.

Each week, a TUC expert will give a talk on their specialist subject and host a live Q&A session. Use this opportunity to join in the discussion, take part in our polls and live chat with other reps!

All you need is a computer, tablet or smart phone, and internet connection.


7th September, 2:30pm
Trade union membership

14th September, 2:30pm
Occupational cancer

21st September, 2:30pm
Supporting midlife and older workers

28th September, 2:30pm
Public sector pay

If you sign up today, we’ll send you an email reminder and notification before we go live.

McStrike Protest at McDonald’s HQ


McDonald’s UK announced in a big fanfare in the press back in April that thefastfoody would offer every one of its UK workers a guaranteed hours contract.

And yet it took 40 brave McDonald’s workers to vote for a strike before McDonald’s bothered to communicate anything to its workers about this promise.

When the 95.7 percent YES vote to strike was announced, with the first ever UK McDonald’s strike now set to take place on Monday 4 September, suddenly McDonald’s UK stated they would deliver on their promise by the end of 2017.

We say now sit down with our BFAWU bakers’ union president and m their living standards.

BFAWU Fast Food Rights and our supporters will be outside McDonald’s HQ at East Finchley on Saturday 2 September – two days before the strike – with a table, chairs and a determination to get the promise in writing – we demand that McDonald’s meet us and guarantee that this time their promise is more than a publicity stunt.

And we call on supporters from the wider trade union and social movement to join us there, with banners, with visible support for the workers taking this bold historic action in a display of solidarity before they walk out on Monday 4 September.

Facebook page here.

ARK PIONEER in Barnet Again

defendeducationARK want the old Barnet football ground at Underhill, Barnet Lane. As Greenbelt, this cannot be developed, if spare school places exist. On Barnet Lane, is Totteridge Academy (TTA) with spare places. TTA has 29 acres of land if school places are needed in the future. Residents are seriously concerned about the narrow, bendy, country roads of Barnet Lane and Mays Lane which become congested as it is. Mays Lane supports a bus route. Two large secondary schools opposite each other is unwelcome.

Why was our Greenbelt for Sale?

  1. Barnet Council sold our Greenbelt land, to Tony Kleanthous, of Barnet Football Club for the price of a basic car. (about 15 years ago)
  2. Government Education Dept. bought it from Tony for £14.2 Million.
  3. Why was public money spent before planning permission was granted and at a time when existing schools are suffering cuts and have had cuts year on year, to their education budgets?
  4. Ark Pioneer promotes “Blended Learning” from the USA which claims to cut costs with fewer teachers. Computer learning, currently augments education but what is proposed is experimental. It is ARK’s own curriculum and software with an increase in unqualified teachers.


What Can You Do?

  • Google on, “Planning application: Underhill Stadium AND Hockey Club”. The reference Number is 17/4840/FUL. You can comment as a resident of this Borough or if you work here.
  • email Conservative councillors/visit their advice drop in surgeries.
  • Save the Date: 18th September 2017: Public Meeting

Contact: Barnet Parents Defending Education at:

Love Carnival Hate Racism

6da3e909-3b1c-41ad-b8e6-614b256fd2b9This weekend’s Carnival is set to be a massive celebration of London’s diversity and tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower Disaster.

As well as supporting Love Music Hate Racism’s procession, Stand Up To Racism will be at carnival getting the anti-racist message out – if you’d like to help out at our stall, join us on from 12noon on Monday 28th August Cambridge Gardens (W10 6JD) just up from Ladbroke Grove tube station, or email us at
And to get involved with LMHR’s procession on Sunday 27th, get along to the Love Music Hate Racism carnival pre-meet 7pm Thursday 24th August at Maida Hill Place, 2-4 Fernhead Road, London W9 3ET. You can book your place in the procession, pick up and customise your t-shirt and find out details for the day. See event page here
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