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

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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.

Our council: Austerity for the many not the few!

Barnet TUC notes with some alarm the advert below for a new CEO of the Barnet Group which manages Housing Services and Services for vulnerable adults for the London Borough of Barnet.
 
This advertised Salary represents an increase of at least 15% on the when the role was previously advertised in 2015.
 
Local Government workers are facing a Pay Cap of 1% imposed by the Tory Government
 
At the same time front line Housing Services like ASSIST and Caretaking Services are being cut and Terms and Conditions and wages of staff are being slashed.

Your Choice Barnet workers, who were amongst the lowest paid workers in the Barnet Group, had their salaries reduced by 9.7% 
 
Every Service we provide is constantly under review looking for savings.
 
Every service in the Barnet Group is suffering from under funding and is understaffed.
 
The Barnet Group has set up a company, TBG Flex, for new workers in Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet – with less pay and state statutory minimum Terms and Conditions, a longer working week and no access to the Local Government Pension Scheme. So we have a two tier workforce operating in a council owned entity.

All in the name of Austerity.
 
This is a disgrace and cannot continue – TBG Flex staff must be transferred back to Local Government Terms and Conditions.
 
The waste of money in having the Barnet Group as a separate Local Authority Trading Company, where senior managers are paid over inflated salaries awarded by the Boards which in themselves are an administrative nightmare and an added expense –
 
Barnet Group Board
Barnet Homes Board
Your Choice Barnet Board
TBG Flex Board
Open Door Homes Board
 
Board members are paid £5k a year for on average 8 days work a year.
 
Austerity for the many not the few!
 
This is all unnecessary – Return Housing Services and Your Choice Barnet back In House and go back to a Director of Housing – The savings made could be put back into the front line Housing Services.

SERTUC International Committee Welcomes Huber Ballesteros

JFCWednesday 13 September 2017

6.00pm – 8.00pm 

Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. Every year numerous union leaders, union activists and union members are assassinated – simply because of their trade union activities. Over 2,500 unionists have been murdered in the past 20 years, more than in the rest of the world combined.

After 40 months in jail, Huber Ballesteros has finally been released from prison. On Friday 13 January 2017, the court lifted the preventive detention order against the prominent trade union and peasant farmer leader, allowing for his release from La Picota Prison in Bogotá.

Huber, one of the leaders of the Patriotic March, a member of the National executive of the Colombian trade union congress (CUT) and Vice-president of the agricultural workers’ union FENSUAGRO, was arrested in 2013 when he was leading the National Agrarian Strike.

Meeting supported by: Justice for Colombia and Parliamentary Friends of Colombia

Information about the venue:

Congress House is a fully accessible building. 

Rally and lobby of Parliament on fair pay for public servants

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Join us in Westminster on 17 October, to tell our MPs that Britain’s dedicated public servants need a pay rise.

For 7 years, government has restricted public sector pay rises to less than inflation – or nothing at all. But prices haven’t stopped rising in that time, and inflation means nurses, firefighters, and other public servants’ wages are worth over £2,000 less than they were when the coalition government started in 2010.

Pressure is growing on all sides for a change of course, and a fair pay rise for public servants.

Union members will be travelling to Westminster to meet with their MPs on the afternoon of 17 October. And afterwards, we’ll be hosting a rally in Parliament Square, so MPs won’t be able to ignore our message.

We’ll be posting more details here as they are confirmed, but save the afternoon now.

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