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This is a formal notification of BAPS AGM and relaunch, which will take place on Wednesday 4th July 6.30 pm at the Greek Cypriot Centre 2 Britannia Road N12 9RU.
Please find attached BAPS constitution: Barnet Alliance for Public Services – Final Constitution
Yesterday Barnet published the agenda for the Policy & Resources committee next Monday which you can read here. I am used to surprises but this one was gobsmacking. I blogged just a couple of weeks ago about the parlous state of Barnet’s finances including the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) published in February. Yesterday Barnet published a revised MTFS.
So whereas in February they were forecasting a shortfall of £2.79 million in 2018/19 they are now forecasting a £9.5 million shortfall and in 2019/20 the shortfall jumps from £8.2 million to £19.3 million all in the space of four months. The long term prospects are apocalyptic with a shortfall of £42 million in 2021/22 and by 2023/24 a “high level calculation” showing a shortfall of £62 million. This means the council can no longer exist in its current form.
I simply cannot believe that in February – before the election – no one was aware of just how bad the financial situation was, in which case were the electorate misled?
ASLEF attended talks at ACAS with London Underground to try to find a way to resolve the disputes on the Jubilee line and at Acton Town on the District line. Strike action has been called for next Wednesday 6 June and Thursday 14 June.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said: ‘As always, we will go to these talks with an open mind and prepared to seek agreement. Until now, management have refused to meet with us on these issues and it is understandable that our reps and members suspect that their last-minute change of heart means they are simply “going through the motions”; turning up for talks but unwilling to change their hard-line stance.
‘The issues at the centre of these separate disputes are the imposition of new duty schedules that break commitments on weekend working on the Jubilee line, and the failure to follow agreed procedures on the District line, are symptomatic of a management style that seems to relish confrontation instead of trying to work with trade unions to solve problems.
‘We hope that management will make a genuine effort to solve these disputes with us tomorrow and avoid disruption.’
Supporters of fascist and English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson have said they will march in London on Saturday 9 June.
They want to use the fact that Robinson has been jailed as an excuse to spread their racism and hate.
Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism have called a counter protest on the day. Please circulate and share widely. Invite all of your friends and fellow anti racists.
On the day, bring trade union and community banners. Facebook page here.