The Friends of Ken Montague invite you to a London commemoration meeting to celebrate Ken’s life as a socialist, writer and especially as an active campaigner against climate change.
This will take place on 10th February, from 7-10pm at the Lucas Arms, 245a, Grays inn Road, WC1X 8QY (near Kings X and Hamilton House).
Speakers will include: Jonathan Neale (coordinator of the 1m green jobs pamphlet) from the Campaign against Climate Change,Roger Cox (Brent SWP), Merilyn Moos (Vice-Chair, London Retired UCU branch) and Brendan Montague, Ken’s son, who will be speaking about preparing and publishing Ken’s book on labour history.
At 8.30, there will be live music, played by Dilshini Sandhu.
There will also be a light buffet from 7pm, but drinks will have to be bought at the bar.
Admission: £10 (with concessions). Any profits from the evening will contribute to the completion and production of Ken’s book. One of Ken’s last wishes was that the book should stand as his legacy.
Unlike the Pankhurst’s and Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Quaile’s life reflected the experience of many millions of working-class women at the beginning of the 20th century. Leaving school aged 12, she took up unskilled work as a domestic and cafe worker.
But she grew up at a time of great change for working-class women. Locally and nationally, the Suffragettes were breaking all the rules about how women should live their lives. A burgeoning trade union movement, with activists such as those striking at the Bryant and May Factory, were demanding equality and justice.
Mary Quaile was part of this new trade union movement, which saw a growing number of women refusing to accept low pay and poor conditions. She went on to become a prominent member of organisations such as the Manchester Trades Union Council and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) and in the 1920’s she was elected to the General Council of the TUC, one of the first women to be elected to the Council.
SERTUC’s Women’s Rights Committee invite you to our meeting to be held on Wednesday 18 January 2017 our guest speaker will be Bernadette Hyland, a frequent contributor to the Morning star and co-author of ‘Dare to be free – women in trade unions’.
The meeting will be held at Congress House at 17:30 hours.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
Information about the venue:
Congress House is a full accessible building.
Contact for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
London Underground station staff will be taking strike action from 6pm this Sunday to 6pm the following Monday, after talks between the RMT and TSSA unions over the unacceptable conditions that have been left behind after eight years of cuts, closures and neglect by the previous Tory mayor, Boris Johnson.
As the RMT have put it in an excellent leaflet to the public:
- 838 Job Cuts have left stations without sufficient staff to operate safely and effectively.
- The tube is reliant on staff working overtime on rest days.
- An overtime ban by station staff has led to over 80 station closures in just over a month. This proves LU has cut too many jobs.
- LU is wasting money to cover gaps in the properly trained workforce with hastily briefed managers who get paid three times the normal pay rate of station staff.
- While mangers get huge payments the starting pay rate for station staff has been cut by 25%.
The crisis on the tube’s stations is a result of the fantastically misnamed ‘Fit for the Future’ project.
Reason, safety considerations, providing a service for passengers and staff welfare have all been ignored by senior management, who have driven through massive staffing cuts across the network. Many stations are now staffed by one person around the clock. This means that as soon as that member of staff is dealing with an issue there is no-one available to help you. At busier stations staffing has also been cut. Ticket offices were closed but on the vast majority of stations no additional staff are available in ticket halls to help you on self-service machines.
The Only unsubsidised Metro System in the World
If the government, London Mayor and Transport for London get their way London Underground will be the only system of its kind to operate without a government subsidy. Both New York Subway and Paris Metro receive significant government support. London Underground needs to be financed as a public service.
If you can make it to a London Underground picket line on Monday morning, please go and show your support!
“Hands off our Barnet”
Today I received sad news that Julian Silverman had passed away on Boxing Day. Julian may not so well known outside Barnet, but he was amongst the activist community here in Barnet. Julian one of the key people who organised and set up Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS).
I was present when Julian came up with the statement above which summed up what we were all about.
It seemed ambitious but back then we had a real energy in our community and no obstacle was too big.
It would be fair to say, Julian was very political and craved political debate over the issues we were fighting. He never missed an opportunity to try to engage with the Tory politicians who were hell bent on outsourcing all of the Council services. He knew he was unlikely to succeed but he did it anyway. I sat in many public council meeting where he took up his right to address council committees. Julian lived a breathed & activism and was always ready to take up a campaign in his community. He was heavily involved in some of the housing campaigns particularly in West Hendon.
I hadn’t known he was unwell until recently and I had been told he was on the mend.
I am glad and proud to have been able to work with Julian.
We need more comrades like Julian, who do more than just talk about activism, they just get on with it.
Rest In Peace comrade
John, member of Barnet Alliance for Public Services.
As you may be aware, the government has attacked the funding that is available for trade union education, reducing it by 50% this year and then to nothing from August 2017. However, currently we are still able to offer free courses, so there is still an opportunity to take advantage of this. Unfortunately, this may be your last chance.
The leaflet is here: tu-ed-course-flyer-2017
If you are interested (or know any colleagues who may be interested) in attending any of the courses on offer, then please apply online at https://www.tuceducation.org.uk/ or contact the trade union education department at CoNEL on 020 8442 3075 or email at email@example.com.
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it” Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS
- No cuts, closures or privatisation
- End the pay restraint for NHS staff
- For a fully funded, publicly owned health service
Saturday 4 March 2017, Central London
Full details soon
Our NHS is in a major crisis and this government is doing nothing to stop it. Some say the NHS only has one winter left in it.
On the backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS.
Continued pay restraint has seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010 and there are now 25,000 nursing and 3,500 midwifery vacancies in NHS England alone.
The Government’s latest plans for Sustainability and Transformation Plans are, in reality, just a smokescreen for £22bn in cuts and it’s latest instrument of privatisation.
The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people in Britain. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed by a Tory government who’s priority is to put profit in the pockets on the corporations & big business.
Please help us make the demonstration as big as possible. Leaflets, posters and publicity will be available soon from the People’s Assembly office. In the meantime, please share and invite your friends on Facebook, discuss with your union branch, local campaign groups and community organisations about supporting the demonstration & book transport to London.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Climate Refugees, The Climate Crisis & Population Displacement: Building A Trade Union & Civil Society Response
Saturday 11th February 2017
Over 140 million people have been forced to move in recent years because of climate change disasters – droughts, harvest failures and devastating storms. Our warming planet is driving massive long-term environmental damage and sudden catastrophes. The UN says environmental refugees could reach 300million people by mid-century. This conference from the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group aims to dispel refugee myths, work on a new Protocol for the international protection of those affected by climate change, raise demands for stronger action, and agree a climate refugees campaign statement.
Expert Contributions from:
- Prof Joanna Haigh (Grantham Institute at Imperial College)
- Asad Rehman (FoE)
- Clara Paillard (PCS)
- Amjad Abdulla (Alliance of Small Island States tbc)
- Dave Green (FBU)
- Sharan Burrow (ITUC, tbc)
- Wilf Sullivan (TUC)
- Zak Cochrane (Stand Up To Racism), NUT, PSI
- Zita Holbourne (PCS)
- Jonathan Neale (Global Climate Jobs)
- Suzanne Jeffery (Campaign Against Climate Change)
- and more.
Four Workshops on:
- Unions and campaigns for climate jobs.
- Raising awareness of climate change impacts at national and global level.
- Unions and campaign groups challenging xenophobia and hostility to refugees and migrants.
- Joint work to draft a new Protocol for the international protection of those affected by climate change.
More information: http://www.campaigncc.org/nationalconference
Supporters so far: Campaign Against Climate Change, FBU, TSSA, CWU, PCS, NUT, Stand Up to Racism and other unions and environmental campaigns.