Finchley Literary Festival

Finchley Literary Festival 

Join us for this lively discussion: The Library Debate

Friern Barnet Community Library, Friern Barnet Road, N11 3DS
Thursday 21st May 7.30-9.00pm

The Library Debate: In the library that was rescued from closure and is now run by the community, join us for a lively panel discussion on the role of libraries. Libraries are under threat locally and across the UK. We discuss just what libraries are for and who they are for? Can we mange without them? We hear a lot about what councils want for libraries, but what do users want from libraries? No charge but donations to help fund the library appreciated.

 

For more details of this and other great events check out this link

http://finchleyliteraryfestival.blogspot.co.uk/

End Austerity Now

2bb9dc70-c1a0-4fd2-bfcf-c0e5d9cf52ee1) WHERE NOW AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION? North London Activists & Mobilising Meeting for the June 20 demo, Tuesday May 26, 6.30pm
2) YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED: SIGN OUR STATEMENT – NORTH LONDON SAYS END AUSTERITY NOW – STOP THE TORY CUTS!
3) PROTEST & RALLY CALLED FOR DAY OF QUEEN’S SPEECH, MAY 27, 5.30pm

1) WHERE NOW AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION? North London Activists & Mobilising Meeting for the June 20 demo, Tuesday May 26, 6.30pm
North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity activists and mobilisation meeting for the June 20 End Austerity Now Demo. With an introduction from John Rees from the People’s Assembly Against Austerity – come along & get involved in making the June 20 demonstration a massive show of anti-austerity opinion.
* RSVP to northlondonassembly@gmail.com or on Facebook so we have an idea of numbers. Please invite your friends on Facebook here

2) YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED: SIGN OUR STATEMENT – NORTH LONDON SAYS END AUSTERITY NOW – STOP THE TORY CUTS!
North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity supporters, elected representatives, trade unionists, anti-cuts and community campaigners plus many more people from across North London have launched an open letter pledging support for the June 20 demo and building the movement against the cuts.
* Please add your name here

3) PROTEST & RALLY CALLED FOR DAY OF QUEEN’S SPEECH, MAY 27,5.30pm
The People’s Assembly is calling a protest at Downing Street, marching to the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster for a rally on the evening of the Queens Speech – Assemble at Downing Street, 5:30pm and march to Emmanuel Centre for rally at 7pm, Marsham Street, London, Westminster SW1P 3DW
* Invite you friends & spread the word on Facebook here

UNISON & GMB LG Strike Update

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Barnet UNISON Statement

Following extensive consultation through our local reps, contacts, survey monkey and a branch meeting the overwhelming decision was that we take strike action alongside our GMB colleagues* on 1 & 2 June.

 

* GMB are currently balloting their members over the same dispute.

 

THIS MEANS WE ARE NOT TAKING STRIKE ACTION ON 21 & 22 MAY

Further information about the strike will go out shortly.

END AUSTERITY NOW

2bb9dc70-c1a0-4fd2-bfcf-c0e5d9cf52ee  THIS SATURDAY, 12 NOON (May 16): Volunteers needed for stall in Camden promoting No More Austerity demo // Weekly stalls until June 20 Please help us to put on more!

With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about- the NHS, the welfare state, education and public services. On June 20, the END AUSTERITY NOW demonstration will be assembling in the heart of the City of London right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place, the banks and their friends in Westminster. We demand that the bankers and elite should pay for the crisis and not the vast majority who had nothing to do with it.

Now is the time to get organizing, to mobilize our communities and spread the word. We need to do all that we can to make this demonstration bigger and bolder than ever we have done before. I am therefore writing to see if you can help us build the demo across North London in the coming weeks – our initial weekly stalls schedule is below & with your help we will be continually adding to it over the coming weeks:

THIS Saturday May 16, noon::

Saturday May 23:

Saturday May 30:

Saturday June 6:

Saturday June 13:

  • Seven Sisters Tube Station
  • Highbury & Islington

If you can help on any of these dates please reply to this email address and the contact below. Additionally, if you can set up additional leafleting sessions in your area please let us know and we will help you get materials and additional volunteers.

Best wishes,
Matt Willgress, North London People’s Assembly.

PS: Remember to invite your friends to the June 20 demo on Facebook here

Alan Gibbons on the March for the Libraries – North Finchley Library 9.5.2015

Saturday the 9th of May was a wonderful uplifting celebration and coming together of diverse Community Groups in Barnet with one common goal, Save Barnet Libraries.

Special mention should go to:

London Metropolitan Brass for helping to provide the party atmosphere with terrific music.

Barnet Alliance for Public Services, stalwart community activists.

Keith Nason,Barnet NUT, for supplying a wonderful vintage double decker bus

And John Burgess, Barnet Unison LG, for inspiration, organization, energy and drive.

 

Barnet UNISON issue proposed timetable for strike action over a six week period

Barnet UNISON Press Release: 9 April 2015 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barnet UNISON issue proposed timetable for strike action over a six week period

Yesterday 87% of UNISON members working for Barnet “easyCouncil” voted YES  to strike action.

The Trades Dispute with London Borough of Barnet is over staff remaining in employment with Barnet Council.

The proposed strike timetable is as follows:

  • Tuesday 21 April & Wednesday 22 April (2 days)
  • Friday 1 May & Tuesday 5 May (2 days)
  • Thursday 21 May & Friday 22 May (2 days)
  • Monday 1 June & Tuesday 2 June (2 days)

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: We had a meeting today with our reps and everyone agreed that one day strikes are a waste of time. The implications of no longer working for the Council are a serious concern for our members, who read almost on a daily basis news of outsourced staff facing redundancies and attacks to their Terms & Conditions. One of our members has written and produced a campaign music video called “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” which pretty sums up how our members feel at the moment take a look here https://youtu.be/Wi0bdgofsmM

Notes to Editors.

Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on 07738389569 or 0208 359 2088 or email: john.burgess@barnetunison.org.uk

Background:

  1. Disappearing Council – short animation https://youtu.be/YQ5t63fSu-s
  2. “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” https://youtu.be/Wi0bdgofsmM

 

Statement on Austerity

“But there is an alternative to this failed economic model. Firstly, we need to address the chronic imbalance between capital and labour. Living wage week, which starts on Monday, should provide a stark reminder that in low-pay Britain one in five workers earns less than the living wage. We need a concerted effort to raise workers’ wages, from encouraging employers to pay the living wage to introducing new wage councils. And of course we need more of the most effective way of all to boost pay – collective bargaining.” (Frances O Grady November 4th, 2013)

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