War on Want: Stop corporate courts

Corporate courts, formally known as ISDS (investor-state dispute settlement), are an obscure parallel legal system only accessible to the super-rich. They allow transnational corporations to sue governments outside the national justice system, for amounts into the billions, over decisions the companies think might affect their profits.

Health warnings on cigarette packets, raising the minimum wage and protecting the environment from mining are just some of the laws big business has challenged in corporate courts. Even the threat of a case can be used to bully governments into backing down.

Recently the Minister proposed using Brexit to slash tariffs, regardless of impact on jobs, farming and industry, following an extreme market-driven approach. Corporate courts are a key part of this agenda.

The minister wants to keep ISDS to protect investment stocks. We need to speak out and say that people and planet matter far more.

TAKE ACTION

The fightback has begun. Across the world, countries have been rejecting ISDS: South Africa, India, Ecuador, Tanzania, Indonesia and New Zealand have all taken steps to back away from corporate courts.

Here in the UK and across Europe, our movement against TTIP and CETA – the EU’s trade deals with the USA and Canada – has exposed its illegitimacy. The system is vulnerable.

We’re at a tipping point, and if enough of us come together, we could bring ISDS down altogether. Can you sign the petition today and join the movement to end corporate courts?

Barnet UNISON Capita briefings 2018-2019

#Capita:  Pensions “How bad does it have to get?” Briefing Number 5

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Pensions-back-in-house-1.pdf

 

#Capita: Southampton Council & the risk of delays Briefing Number 4.

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Briefing-Number-4-Southampton-and.pdf

 

#Capita: Blackburn with Darwen Council: Why they ended the contract Capita Briefing Number 3.

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Briefing-Number-3-Blackburn-and-Darwen.pdf

 

#Capita: Sheffield Council “Why they decided to bring all services back in-house from Capita” Briefing Number 2

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Briefing-Number-2-Sheffield-Part-Two-1.pdf

 

#Capita: Sheffield September 2018 Briefing Number 1

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Briefing-Number-1-Sheffield-Part-One.pdf

No cuts demonstration – Enfield 27th February

Support the No Cuts Rally
27th February, 5:30pm
Outside the Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA

Enfield North Labour Party passed a “No cuts budget” resolution on 17th January. Members are urging the Labour council to refuse to pass the catastrophic Tory cuts that are slashing public services, making an irreparable damage to our community.

The council is preparing to implement further £18 million-worth of Tory cuts, even though it has already cut £178 million since 2010. More vital services will be cut which will affect the poorest and most vulnerable people in Enfield. Already 39% children in our borough live in poverty, according to End Child Poverty coalition – how many more after the newest cuts?

The resolution calls for the council to use all the legal means at their disposal. This includes use of the financial reserves and borrowing powers as well as the demand on the central government to immediately grant funding back to pre-austerity 2010 levels.

The resolution calls for building a local and national campaign of resistance to austerity that should include trade unions, community groups and ordinary residents.

Members are planning a lobby of the council on the budget setting date on 27th February. They are inviting all community groups and residents affected by cuts to join. Austerity is a choice, and it has to stop.

LGBT+ History Celebrations Wednesday 27 February 2019 – 18:00 to 20:30 @TUC Congress House

Wednesday 27 February 2018

18:00 – 20:30

TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.

Please register: 020 7467 1220 / lese@tuc.org.uk

This event is supported by LESE LGBT+ Network 

Turkey – democracy denied but not yet lost

writes Barry White

With democracy teetering on the edge and the country accelerating towards dictatorship under the autocratic rule of President Recep Tayip Erdogan, last Saturday’s 3rd annual Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) conference in London brought together some 200 people. The purpose was to hear eye witness reports from Turkey and the Kurdish community and to plan future solidarity action aimed at calling to account the Turkish government and to challenge the complicity of European governments in their support for the Erdogan regime.

Opening the Conference, Christine Blower reported on the current political situation. The state of emergency introduced following the reckless and bloody July 2016 coup had been incorporated into law and an executive presidency had been firmly established, sidestepping parliament. She referred to the recent solidarity action by the NUJ in condemning the imprisonment of Ayse Duzan and four other journalists for just doing their jobs and to the solidarity message to the conference from the French journalist union SNJ-CGT. She also paid tribute to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for his message of support to the conference and long standing solidarity with those resisting oppression in Turkey.   Read more.

LONDON CONFERENCE “VENEZUELA UNDER ATTACK” – EUROPEAN NETWORK OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION

BOLIVAR HALL, 54 GRAFTON WAY, LONDON W1T 5DL

Telephone: 0207 3885788

FRIDAY 8th MARCH 2019:

19:30 – 21:00  Screening of the documentary “A letter from Venezuela” by Carolina Graterol and Alan Gignoux at the Bolívar Hall.

SATURDAY 09th MARCH 2019 8:00  –  20:00

8:00   REGISTRATION

9:00  –  11:00. CONFERENCE: VENEZUELA UNDER ATTACK.  SPEAKERS:

  • EP JAVIER COUSO
  • DRA. PASQUALINA CURCIO
  • DRA MARIA ALEJANDRA DIAZ
  • DR. RODULFO PEREZ HERNANDEZ
  • ECON. OSCAR FORERO
  • MR JORGE MARTIN (HOV)
  • MR GUSTAVO BORGES (MISION VERDAD-VENEZUELA)
  • MR FRANCO VIELMA (MISION VERDAD-VENEZUELA)

11:00  –  11:15 COFFEE BREAK

11:15  – 12:15  SESSION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

12:15  –  13:00  LUNCH

13:00  –  16:30  WORK TABLE

16:30  –  17:00  PLENARY PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF CONCLUSIONS FROM WORK TABLES

17:00  –  17:30 LIGHT SNACK

17:30  –  17:45  LECTURE OF FINAL  DOCUMENT       FROM WORK TABLES

17:45  –  20:00  MUSIC CONCERT

NOTE:  SOME SPEAKERS ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF BEING CONFIRMED. ALTERNATIVELY, ITS REMOTE PARTICIPATION IS PROPOSED THROUGH A VIDEO CONFERENCE OR TELEPHONE INTERVIEW INSTEAD.

CONFERENCE THEMES:

  • Chavez and his Legacy
  • Asphyxiation of the Venezuelan Economy
  • The labelling of Venezuela as a Failed State

WORK TABLES THEMES:

Table 1: Coordination and articulation of the Network

  • Ideas on mechanisms of agreements and decisions
  • How to achieve effective operation in each city or Country
  • Security and counterinformation
  • Conflicts resolution

Table 2: Base on the information of the Network

  • Generation of relevant content
  • Data Verification
  • Effective Diagramming
  • Preferred methods of dissemination of information

Table 3: Increase power of influence of the Network

  • Create foci of influence in diverse communities in each city
  • Training of effective spokesmen
  • Ideas on how to attract followers. How to talk outside the group of convinced
  • How to influence the members of Parliament, Trade Unions, political parties and influence groups.
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