LESE Race Relations Committee: Celebrate the Windrush Generation

TUC Congress House 23-28 Great Russell Street WC1B 3LS London United Kingdom GB

Wednesday 26 June 2019

6 – 8.30pm

  The LESE Race Relations Committee invite you to join them celebrate the Windrush generation and remember the suffering that the Windrush scandal has caused. It is time for a change, in attitude, how people are perceived. The Windrush generation and their families did nothing wrong and do not deserve the treatment experienced.

Guest Speakers include:

Betty Joseph, Chair, LESE Race Relations Committee and NEU

Arthur Torrington, Windrush Foundation

Nairobi Thompson, Writer and Poet

Patrick Vernon, Social commentator and political activist

Scratchylus, Musician who promotes consciousness and edutainment

Zita Holbourne, Co-founder of Black Activist Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

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

This event is hosted by the LESE Race Relations Committee

Thanks to CWU event support

Record pay for bankers but most workers still earning less than a decade ago – TUC

• Real wages in the finance sector grew £120 a week, but the average worker is still £17 a week worse off

• Nurses and teachers amongst hardest hit • New rights needed to give people a voice at work on pay and conditions, says TUC

New analysis published by the TUC today (Tuesday) shows that real wages are still £17 a week lower than a decade ago. But they are up more than £120 for those working in the finance sector.

Bankers doing best

In most sectors of the economy wages are still worth less than before the financial crisis. However, a small number of industries have bucked that trend.

Average real pay in the financial sector has increased by 9.3% (£119 per week) since 2009 reaching a record average of £1,405 per week.

Other sectors that have seen real wage growth include, retail and hospitality, which are likely to have been boosted by increases to the minimum wage.

Nurses and teachers amongst hardest hit

While pay has recovered for bankers, the story is very different for public sector workers.

People employed in health and social work and education are still £36 a week worse off than in 2009.

The TUC says this is a clear consequence of the government’s decision to hold back the pay of hardworking teachers, nurses and other public servants behind rising prices.

The hardest hit workers are those working for membership organisations, repair services and in furnishings. Their pay £86 per week lower in real terms than a decade ago.  

The next worse performing sector is manufacturing of food and drink, where real pay is still down by £52 per week.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“It’s not right that pay is racing ahead in the City when most working people are still worse off than a decade ago.

“The architects of the financial crisis are earning record amounts while teachers and nurses struggle to get by.

“Workers deserve a much fairer share of the wealth they create.  That’s why unions need new rights to access workplaces and negotiate industry-wide rates.

“Pay inequality helped drive the last financial crash. It can’t be left unaddressed.” Editors note

Weekly pay by industrial sector (£), 2009 to 2019 (prices = 2018)

Industrial sector Dec 2008
– Feb 2009
Dec 2018
– Feb 2019
% change £ change
Financial & Insurance Activities 1286 1405 9.3 119
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 373 398 6.7 25
Manufacturing: Chemicals, man-made fibres 732 772 5.5 40
Retail Trade and Repairs 317 331 4.3 14
Administrative & Support Service Activities 419 435 4.0 17
Manufacturing: Engineering & Allied Industries 688 703 2.1 14
Transport and Storage 599 608 1.5 9
Accommodation & Food Service Activities 254 256 0.9 2
Information and Communication 870 876 0.6 5
Manufacturing: Textile, Leather & Clothing 439 439 0.0 0
Real Estate Activities 531 522 -1.6 -9
Wholesale Trade 636 618 -2.8 -18
Mining and Quarrying 1276 1240 -2.9 -36
Other Manufacturing 558 541 -3.0 -17
Electricity, Gas and Water Supply 720 696 -3.4 -25
Manufacturing: Metals & Metal Products 608 585 -3.7 -23
Construction 656 630 -4.0 -26
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 430 405 -5.9 -25
Professional, Scientific & Technical 772 724 -6.3 -48
Education 485 448 -7.5 -36
Health and Social Work 478 441 -7.6 -36
Public Administration 640 583 -8.9 -57
Manufacturing: Food, Beverage & Tobacco 571 519 -9.1 -52
Other Service Activities
(incl. membership organisations, repair services)
472 386 -18.2 -86

Methodology: The TUC analysis compared quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey for December 2008-February 2009 and December 2018-February 2019 (EARN03 ‘average weekly earnings by industry’). Figures are adjusted for inflation using CPI for 2019Q1. Figures include bonuses and arrears. The source data is here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/april2019/relateddata

Average pay: The figure of -£17 for the change in the average wage across the whole economy from Dec08-Feb09 to Dec18-Feb19 is derived from ONS data for the whole economy in EARN02, which gives non-seasonally adjusted figures. This provides a more accurate comparison with the figures in EARN03, which are also non-seasonally adjusted. This figure also includes bonuses and arrears, so differs from the monthly figure for regular pay issued by the ONS.

–  Fairer pay for all workers: To achieve fair pay for all working people, the TUC is calling for:

  • A £10 an hour national minimum wage and an end to discrimination against young workers through lower rates of minimum wage
  • Workers to be elected onto remuneration committees to help curb greed at the top
  • Legal requirements on employers to report on and act to close race, gender and disability pay gaps
  • New employment rights for insecure workers, including a ban on zero-hours contracts and bogus self-employment
  • Full employment rights from day one for all workers, including protection from unfair dismissal

A stronger voice at work: To ensure everyone has fair treatment at work and can negotiate fair pay and conditions, the TUC is calling for:

  • New rights to give unions access to every workplace so that nobody has to face their employer alone
  • New rights for unions to bargain for fair pay and conditions across industries, ending the race to the bottom
  • An end to the unfair and undemocratic trade union act that restricts the right to strike

About the TUC: The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.

Building Power: London Renters Union all member assembly

Building Power: London Renters Union all member assembly
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
11:30am – 4pm, Saturday June 22
Register for free using the form below

To celebrate a year since our public launch, having more than 1,300 members and all that we’ve achieved together so far, we’re holding our first all-member assembly.

💜Meet members of the London Renters Union community from across the city.

🔥Hear from LRU members that have stood up to landlords and estate agents with the union and WON.

🚀Shape our strategy and plans for the coming year.

💡Help create our vision for a housing system that puts people before profit

This not-to-be-missed event is your chance to get more involved in the London Renters Union community and to help shape our plans for the coming year.

Lunch provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

We will be running a free, professionally staffed crèche in a community centre next door.

London Underground staff to strike over safety-critical cuts

Over a thousand key London Underground staff to strike over safety-critical cuts

TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that over a thousand key London Underground maintenance and engineering staff will strike for three days in a dispute over the hacking back of train preparation and inspection schedules which the union warns would have a devastating impact on both service reliability and public safety. The announcement follows a nine to one vote for action.

‎Staff will take strike action as follows:

Not to book on for any shifts between 07:00 on Friday 17th May until 07:00 Monday 20th May 2019

In addition workers are taking action short of strike in a number of areas around risk assessments , a ban on lone working and a ban on working without valid licences and fire wardens being in place.

The staff involved work at tube fleet maintenance depots right across Greater London and are critical to the day to day operation of London Underground.

Earlier this year RMT advised London Underground that a dispute situation exists over its intentions to extend the fleet train preparation schedules. Despite that, LU has continued to fail to engage in any meaningful consultation or negotiation with RMT or provide the union with full information on all safety aspects.

The LU proposals will decimate inspection frequencies beyond all recognition. Not only will it lead to major fleet issues, it will inevitably lead to more train failures in service putting unacceptable pressure on members and leaving the whole of LUL and the travelling public at significant increased risk.

RMT has demanded that no changes to fleet preparation schedules take effect without agreement between LUL and RMT and that all current activity in relation to the matter is halted until full consultation and negotiation has taken place, including full examination of all safety aspects in relation to this matter.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“The nine to one ballot result showed just how angry tube staff are at proposals London Underground are attempting to bulldoze through that would decimate the inspection and safety culture on the fleet.
“Despite that result tube bosses have ignored the workforce and are pressing ahead and it is that intransigence that has left us no option but to confirm industrial action today.

“Our message is clear, LU should pull back immediately rather than crash on regardless of the consequences of their actions.

“We remain available for genuine and serious talks.”

Join Stand Up To Racism opposing fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ at his court hearing, Tues 14 May

#RacismOutOfElections #DontVoteNazi
Fascist “Tommy Robinson” (real name Stephen Yaxley Lennon) is standing, as an independent, in the upcoming Euro Elections on 23 May.

Stand Up To Racism has launched a major campaign to stop him and ‘Keep Racism Out of the Election’.

Robinson is back in court facing contempt of court charges THIS TUES, 14 MayStand Up To Racism has called a protest outside the court.

Join the counter protest, bring your milkshakes! We will be assembling 12.30 outside the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Irish History Month – Centenary of the Limerick Soviet and its aftermath

At 6 pm on Thursday, 30th May, we will be hosting our third Irish History Month in TUC Congress House. The event is taking place in Room Invision 1. It would be ideal to arrive at 5.30 pm in order to ensure that we can start, promptly. This year will be the Centenary of the Limerick Soviet and the War of Irish Independence of which many Irish migrant labourers in Britain supported. The Limerick Soviet was when Limerick Trades Union Council, in the enclosed photograph, established a Soviet (Workers Council) in order to administer the Strike against the imposition of British Tanks and soldiers in Limerick City! These topics will be covered by two of the guest speakers. We have a woman guest speaker who will provide us on her practical experience of “The Troubles.”

I enclose the guest speakers as follows:
(1) Alan Heaney: “A child of the Troubles.”
(2) Austin Harney: “The Limerick Soviet and its aftermath.”
(3) Geoff Bell: “British Labour and the War of Irish Independence.”

Please register: 020 7467 1220 / lese@tuc.org.uk
This event is hosted by the TUC LESE Race Relations Committee

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