Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fascist Britain First not wanted in Bromley!

Unite Against Fascism has called a demonstration against the fascist group, Britain First, marching in Bromley, London, next Saturday, November 4th. A number of other organisations are backing the call and mobilising. They include Disabled People Against Cuts, Stand Up To Racism – South East London, Lewisham Islamic Centre, Greenwich & Bexley TUC, Bromley Momentum, and Bromley TUC. Details of the counter protest are here, https://www.facebook.com/events/109217616475111/?active_tab=about

Britain First, this weekend, joined a fascist split from the EDL, the ‘Stoke Infidels’, as they demonstrated their Islamophobia, in the Potteries. (Earlier in the day, the anti fascist group, NORSCARF, held a successful, Root out all Racism, event. Anti fascists went from that to oppose the fascist, lash up The leader of the local council joined anti fascists, who managed, at short notice to outnumber the extreme right).

Britain First have called their hate march in Bromley due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at the local police station, weekly. Golding and Fransen, the two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.

Ludicrously, they claim they are ‘being persecuted’ for a cause; in reality, they are racist bigots.
Britain First split from the Nazi BNP. However, their fascist politics are clear. Only recently did they try, but fail to have a noxious, anti Semitic priest speak at one of their hate rallies.
Members interchange membership with other fascist groups and their thuggery is known. They are banned from going near mosques due to their threatening behaviour at a number of such places of worship.
Bromley people do not wish such fascists to come.

We ask that you support UAF’s and others call to come out and oppose such far right thugs.
Please invite friends to the event and spread the word. The far right internationally, are growing, and in Britain, they look to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn, for instance. We have thus far knocked back the BNP and EDL to a mere shadow of themselves, but scattered, far right forces are looking to regroup. We must remain on guard!

New People’s Assembly pamphlet: “In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people”

As you will know the TUCJCC encourages all Trades Union Councils to work closely with the People’s Assembly.

This new People’s Assembly pamphlet is very useful in winning yet more people to an anti-austerity position, and convincing them that there is a real, practical and achievable alternative.

Download here: In Place of Austerity pamphlet

When is an AGM not an AGM?

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On Wednesday night, the Labour Party Irish Society (LPIS) – an affiliated Labour society with the ability to delegate members to constituency Labour parties and influence decisions and candidate selections – held its AGM.

It was reportedly a disgrace – and a number of Labour MPs and officials have serious questions to answer about behaviour that, if multiply-sourced allegations are true, shows utter contempt for democracy and the party’s/society’s membership.

One LPIS member complained on his Facebook page:

[Progress members came out to] pick their mates from the queue to go through the staffers’ entrance and occupy all the seats in the room, leaving dozens of fully paid-up LPIS members outside the building or outside the rooms in which the AGM was being held.

While paid-up LPIS members were left outside, such denizens of the Irish community as Stephen Pound MP, Chuka Ummuna MP, Stella Creasy MP, Siobhan McDonagh MP and dozens of suited and booted lanyard-wearing SPADs sat comfortably inside.

At one point, Stephen Pound MP even came out and told people, inaccurately, that the AGM had been cancelled! Dozens of LPIS members, not believing that an MP of all people would peddle lies, headed home at this point. Even though RSVPs were in excess of 100, the room booked (capacity 70) was not enough. A second room was procured, but even so, dozens of members were left outside in the corridor and denied the opportunity to register for the AGM.

Even candidates from the left ‘slate’ were denied entry according to the full report.

Now it seems that Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s office has intervened in the stitch-up. A senior source from McDonnell’s office told the SKWAWKBOX that this message has been sent to the Left members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC):

I received this from Austin Harney of LPIS. It looks like AGM last night was hijacked. There will be a letter of complaint coming in. We need NEC members now calling upon McNicol to launch inquiry. Sooner rather than later.

Hi. Unfortunately, it did not go well. The room was overcrowded with Progress people, MPs, Lords, Baronesses and Labour officials. They were going to turn many of us away but had to open up a second room. Many Momentum members were not allowed in including some of our candidates.

Also, we had Stephen Pound at the entrance telling many Momentum members that the AGM was cancelled. I raised a point of order at the beginning of the AGM calling for it to be postponed because the room was not big enough. I was heckled but I held the floor. I had to go in the second meeting in the Thatcher Room and raise the point of order, there.

In both rooms, we were outvoted. Amongst the MPs were Siobhan McDonagh, Chuka Umunna, Vernon Coaker, Stella Creasy, Stephen Kinnock, Streeter etc. There were many with no Irish connections at all. Conor McGinn was seen remotely running around and getting his own cronies to come in.

This incident won’t go away. We intend to draft a letter of complaint to the NEC and call for the AGM to be declared null and void.

Harney was not the only one to complain. A Labour MP added a detailed account by a CLP vice-chair to the call for the anti-democratic proceedings to be annulled – which has also been sent to the Irish Post newspaper:

Are people aware of what happened at the AGM of the Labour Party Irish Society? This is appalling. Can we do anything? See account below. I was in PCH [Portcullis House] and am therefore aware of some of the shenanigans.

Letter to the Irish Post about the Labour Party Irish Society AGM 25/10/17

I am writing to you as i am appalled by the obviously corrupt events which took place last night at the Labour Party Irish Society AGM.

I am a fully paid up member of the LPIS, Labour Party and RSVP’d to the invitation to attend the AGM.

I joined the queue at approximately 5.45pm [the meeting was due to start at 6.30pm]

After standing in the queue for about half an hour, Steven Pound MP came out of the building and said the event had been cancelled – a large number of comrades left the queue at this point.

Luckily, I checked my messages and a comrade that was inside had sent me a text that there was an overflow room being made available – I challenged Mr Pound with this and he look quite startled – and went back inside – he later came out and said that the AGM had not been cancelled – He then proceeded to usher in people who had joined the queue after us into the meeting , he did this a number of times and i did attempt to ask what was going on and why were people behind me in the queue being ushered in , but he just ignored me .

Eventually we managed to get into the building and cleared security – we went upstairs to be told that the overflow room was now full and that we would not be let in – effectively, we had been locked out of the meeting with at least 20 other comrades.

What makes this even worse is that comrades inside the meeting were not having their credentials checked in any way to establish if they were Labour Party members, Labour Party Irish Society Members or had RSVP’d . No register was taken of participants in the meeting .

So who exactly was in the meeting?

Were they LPIS members?

Had they RSVP’d?

Were they even members of Labour?

It appears that no one knows.

So how can this travesty be allowed to stand as an AGM?

In my view it cant!

The LPIS AGM should be declared null and void.

A new AGM should be arranged where democratic process is followed.

In solidarity,

Patrick Hunter
Vice Chair Hendon CLP

The NEC must take action – and any MPs and Labour officials found to have participated in this affront to democracy must face the maximum available sanction.

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A Report from Stand Up to Racism Conference

Although I only managed to get to the second half of Saturday’s Stand Up to Racism conference due to attending SERTUC in the morning, I did manage to attend a particularly poignant session in the afternoon that was not only important in itself, but that has been demonstrated as exceptional vital by events today. It was held in the afternoon on the Grenfell Fire and social cleansing, with an extremely strong range of speakers.

Activist rapper Lowkey, himself from from Kensington, spoke eloquently on the very long history of working class residents of the area having to campaign for their rights to live there. This, in fact, goes back before it would have been considered part of London, or even particularly urbanised.

Lucy Masoud, of the Chelsea Fire Brigades Union spoke next. She described her colleagues’ experiences of facing the terrible blaze itself (easily the worst actual fire most of them had ever seen, even in long careers). She finished with the fire fighters’ resolve to demonstrate through thorough proof that whatever the proximate cause of the initial blaze, the fundamental cause has been austerity.

We heard from two young survivors, Tomassina Hessel and Bellal El Guenuni, who talked about how young people had come together in the emergency to try to save lives, something that the media has largely ignored about this very ethnically diverse, solidly working class, community. They also told us that most of the survivors of the tower are still not in permanent homes.

The last speaker was Glyn Harris, a campaigning housing worker and author on the subject. He related how racism has always affecting housing policy, with members of ethnic minorities often end up in housing that the least desirable and safe. It is also the least economically secure, as witnessed in the way the sub-prime mortgage scandal that triggered the great economic crash 10 years ago.

The speakers all had there own take, but they were all pointing to the intersection between racism and austerity and the way that the basic, and totally avoidable, failure of authorities in their duties toward the public are represented by the Grenfell tragedy. It is fitting, then, they are all proved completely right by the Conservatives being forced to day to confirm that despite promises, they have no intention of providing fire prevention systems for high-density housing that could prevent future Grenfells. Ultimately, people the Tories do not care about live in that kind of housing, and it for reasons like that they we must do everything we can to get them out of office.

You can get a more full report on the conference here.

Barnet TUC meets with Labour Councillors: A Progressive Future for Barnet

On the 3rd of May 2018, crucial local government elections will be taking place that could finally see the Barnet Conservatives removed from power after fifteen years in which they have been subjected our borough to a decade and a half of extreme anti-public sector and highly experimental policies.

Barnet Trades Council wants trades unionists to engage with our Labour group councillors about what are vision will be for a better Barnet, and how we can wrok together to accomplish it.

Come to the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, 2 Britania Road, N12 9RU, at 7pm on Thursday the 2nd of November and take part.

Barnet council discusses ARK Academy

After a consultation that showed 500 objections and just 35 returns in support of Ark academy, the Tories have included ARK as a surprise agenda item before the council. Labour councilors have criticised this descision following such a large response to a consultation.

Activists are being urged to attended Hendon Town Hall for 7pm on Wednesday the 25th.

November 11: Day of Action in Barnet

After many years of Barnet being one of the Tories’ most rightwing and rapidly anti-public service council administrations, our borough finally has a chance for change. Barnet TUC will be working with our local Labour Party to get a positive message about a more caring, fairer alternative and invites all friends and comrades to join in.

We’ll meet at 10.30am at Mill Hill Broadway railway station, on Saturday 11th of November.

Facebook event here.

TUC union reps training North East London

TUC 10 DAY UNION TRAINING COURSES
Trade Union Education courses for reps, shop stewards and safety reps provided by the TUC are acknowledged to be high quality training. TUC certificates are accredited and free of charge to reps from affiliated unions. All training courses: run from 9:30am until 4:30pm with a break for half term and run for 10 weeks.

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Venue: College of Haringey Enfield and North East London, London N15
Applications to: Tony Holding, College Of Haringey Enfield and North East London
(Hours: 09.30 to 16.30)

SPRING TERM
Health & Safety Stage 1 Certificate 10 Wednesdays from 10th Jan 2018
Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate 10 Tuesdays from 9th Jan 2018
Next Steps for Safety Reps Certificate 10 Fridays from 12th Jan 2018
Employment Law Certificate 10 Thursdays from 11th Jan 2018
Half-term break Week starting 12th Feb 2018

SUMMER TERM
Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate 10 Tuesdays from 1st May 2018
Health & Safety Stage 1 Certificate 10 Wednesdays from 2nd May 2018
Employment Law Certificate 10 Thursdays from 3rd May 2018
Next Steps for Safety Reps Certificate 10 Fridays from 4th May 2018
Half-term break Week starting 28th May 2018

Trade Union Education
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
High Road,
LONDON, N15 4RU
Email: tued@conel.ac.uk
Tel: 020-8442-3075

A FREE course for Health & Safety reps

educatedThis course is open to those who have completed the TUC Health and Safety Reps Stage One and Two, or their own union equivalent, and have experience of the Health & Safety rep role.
The course gives learners the opportunity to question the development and function of health and safety law, discover how to build trade union
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On completion of the course successful candidates will receive the
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The course is classroom-based and is organised as a one year,
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17th April 2018 – 10th July 2018
18th September 2018 – 11th December 2018
Times: 09.30 until 16.30

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Applications to: Tony Holding, College Of Haringey Enfield and North East London

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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London,
High Road,
LONDON, N15 4RU
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