Monthly Archives: September 2017

Solidarity with McDonald’s Workers fighting for Rights at Work – Fundraising Music Night

Barnet Trades Union Council presents for Trades Union Congress Young Workers Month 2017

7pm Friday, Novembefastfoodr 17th at the Elephant Inn, Finchley, 283 Ballards Ln, London N12 8NR

A night of music and solidarity. All proceeds to the official support fund!

McDonald’s UK workers are striking for the first time in UK history, over the company’s failure to offer them acceptable working conditions, job security or even an affordable living wage. Workers have found themselves living on low wages – with no guarantee of hours. Now, workers feel as if they have no alternative but to take action – all in line with their basic workplace rights and company procedures. This McDonald’s UK strike forms part of a growing global movement calling for the fair and decent treatment of workers.young_workersMcStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Despite McDonald’s being one of the UK’s largest, most profitable, and globally recognised employers, its employees are subjected to difficult, yet avoidable working conditions – working on insecure zero-hour contracts for low-wages. This historic strike forms part of a growing global workers movement for fairness. In the USA, more than 10 million workers in the U.S. are on a path to $15 an hour, and 20 million workers total have won wage increases since 2012.

Now, McDonald’s workers in the UK will fight to achieve the same impressive results seen by their transatlantic colleauges. Barnet Trades Council invites anyone who wants to support this struggle, and thanks  the Elephant Inn and our excellent band, Wutip. See you all there!

Download the leaflet here: McStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Facebook event here.

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See more on the band, Wutip.

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.

UNITY FOLK CLUB… helping to keep left-wing folk singing alive

18d9758da3332c7b5f2583def55b006cThe Unity Folk Club meets on the last Monday of every month at 7.45 p.m. (doors open at 7.30) at:

TORRIANO MEETING HOUSE
99 TORRIANO AVENUE
NW5 2RX
NEAREST TUBE KENTISH TOWN
BUSES 393, 134, 214, C2

How to find us

Next session: Monday 25th September 2017

Everybody welcome, especially singers and poets who sing or read against war, capitalism, exploitation, privatisation, imperialism and globalisation.

Admission fee: £4

On Tuesday 24 October, the National Education Union and our partners will hold a major public rally and lobby of Parliament.

neuThe National Education Union is focusing on improving two aspects of education funding – how much money goes into the system and how the money is shared across schools and colleges with different needs.

That’s why on Tuesday 24 October the National Education Union will hold a mass lobby of Parliament to protest against education funding cuts. This lobby has been timed to take place a month before the Chancellor delivers his budget statement. MPs will be asked to put pressure on the Chancellor to find the funding needed to reverse the cuts and invest in our children and young people. 

In terms of how much money goes into the system, we know that, as pupil numbers rise, funding for their education is not rising accordingly. Since 2015, schools in England have had their funding per pupil frozen while inflation and other costs rise, leading to an effective £2.8 billion real-terms cut.

Schools are having to increase class sizes, reduce curriculum choices and make reductions to teaching and support staff posts. Some schools have been forced to seek help from parents to plug the holes in their budgets for books and resources.

​CAMDEN TRADES COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING

camdenSCRAP THE TORY PAY CAP – DEFEND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES
WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 6.30pm
Camden Town Hall
Judd Street WC1H 9JE
Speakers:
JOHN MCDONNELL MP, Shadow Chancellor
ROGER MCKENZIE Assistant General Secretary Unison
LUCY MASOUD Fire Brigades Union
MARK DOLAN CWU balloting for national strike action
BARTS HEALTH hospital strikers
 
There will be a huge demonstration in Manchester at the Tory Party conference on Sunday 01 October. Usually people from all over the UK travel to London to march, but this time it is us who has to get on a coach to join the demonstration!! The details of the local coach are below.
CENTRAL LONDON COACH TO #TORIES OUT DEMONSTRATION 
AT TORY PARTY CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER

£5 waged/ £3 students/ unwaged
Leaves Eversholt Street, NW1 (side of Euston Station) at
6.30am Returns from Manchester at 4.30pm Book your ticket here:

Stopping the use of Glyphosate in Public spaces in Barnet – Alternatives exist!

Public Meeting on Thursday, 28th of September 7 pm – 9 pm
Stop-Glyphosate-1200x521At Café Tintico 2-4 Station Road
Finchley N3 2 RY

(50 Yards from Finchley Central Station on the corner of Ballards Lane , next to the railway bridge).

with Nick Mole of the Pesticides Action Network (www.pan-uk.org)

The World Health Organisation has stated that it is highly probable that Glyphosate is carcinogenic.
It is also an endocrinal disruptor affecting our hormones, and also kills microbes thus being detrimental to intestinal flora.
As it is soluble in water and is chemically stable,  it is highly damaging to all forms of aquatic life and soil organisms, including earthworms and many other forms of life.
Why not visit our petition on the Barnet Petition website? Current ePetitions

CONFRONTING THE RISE OF RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA & ANTI-SEMITISM

SAT 21 OCTOBER 2017
THE LIGHT, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, LONDON
sutuNow is an urgent time for anti-racists to organise. We need to defend refugees and migrants, oppose Islamophobia and Antisemitism and stop all racist scapegoating.
Theresa May continues to use the future of millions of EU nationals as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. The tragic aftermath of the terror attacks in Manchester, Westminster and at London Bridge has led to a ramping up of Islamophobia with May arguing that “enough is enough” in the face of “Islamic extremism”.
It’s this kind of scapegoating of the Muslim community alongside the rantings of the right wing press that open the door to attacks like the terrorist assault on Finsbury Park Mosque. In such a heated atmosphere and with UKIP trounced in the general election sections of the far right want to seize the time and take to the streets, using Islamophobia to win support.
In the US, Trump’s attacks on migrants and Muslims have opened the door to the far right. At Charlottesville we saw fascists marching with torches, swatikas and confederate flags and Heather Heyer murdered. There has been a brilliant response by anti-racists in the US since the Charlottesville events.
In Europe, the far right look to replicate the growth of the likes of Marine Le Pen and the Front National in France. She has developed a movement centred on Islamophobia and opposition to immigration. The combination got her into the final round of this year’s French Presidential elections.
The ongoing reality of institutional racism in Britain has been highlighted by the horrific death toll at Grenfell Tower. The Tories won’t even grant a full amnesty to survivors and their families are undocumented migrants.
The deaths after contact with police of Edson DaCosta, Rashan Charles and Darren Cumberbatch are recent examples of how black lives don’t seem to matter to the forces of law and order.
It’s an urgent task to build a mass anti-racist movement in Britain. To build a united movement we must build opposition to racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism in every workplace, every community and on every college campus.
Come to the conference and join the debate about how we build the anti-racist movement.
Speakers include:
Kevin Courtney NUT Gen Sec, Dave Ward CWU Gen Sec, Kate Osamor MP Shadow DfID Secretary, Catherine West Labour MP Hornsey and Wood Green, Claude Moraes Labour MEP, Lowkey rapper, Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson, Talha Ahmad Muslim Council of Britain Treasurer, Maurice Wren Chief Exec Refugee Council, Esa Charles, Father of Rashan Charles, Moazzem Begg former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Clare Mosesley Care4Calais founder.
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