Unions Lead Protests Against Rip-Off Train Fares

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Rail fares have risen twice as fast as wages since 2010, according to TUC research. Rail workers lead public protests at stations round the country.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said:

“Our rail fares are already the highest in Europe and today’s increases will only make that record worse. It’s time that ministers gave rail passengers a break and actually froze fares in real terms.

“Fares on the most popular routes have jumped by more than 245% since rail was privatised 20 years ago. Running a publicly owned railway would end this annual mugging of passengers and give us a network run in the interests of passengers and staff.”

Workplace 2020: An Exciting Initiative from Labour

Since the Labour Party was founded by trade unions over a century ago, the world of work has radically changed. The UK is one of the most unequal modern economies: low pay is widespread with six million workers earning less than the UK living wage.

We want to ensure that no one is left behind and that rewards are shared more evenly. That’s why we’re launching our biggest ever discussion on the workplace – so we know what the world of work should look like in 2020.

So whether you’re an employer, an employee, or both: we need to hear from you.

Remember, remember…

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It’s the demonstration every Library & Museums campaigner has been calling for and now it’s on. The march will start from the iconic British Library and end outside the House of Commons for a Rally. Jeremy Corbyn is supporting the protest.

Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. Libraries are, or should be, trusted public spaces for everyone. They play a crucial role in improving literacy, in combating the digital divide and in widening democratic involvement. BUT, in the UK since
2010, we’ve LOST:
• 8,000 paid and trained library workers;
• 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and
• One in five regional museums at least partially closed.

We’ve also seen:
• Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut;
• Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed;
• An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation;
• A 93% increase in the use of volunteers in libraries;
• Income generation become the priority for almost 80% of museums.

This is a crisis and not an opportunity. Users, staff, campaigners and unions need to unite and fight before it’s too late. PCS Culture Sector, Unite the Union, Barnet UNISON & Save Barnet Libraries, and Campaign for the Book have been calling for a national demonstration to highlight the ‘clear and present danger’ to our national Library service. Support the protest on 5th November!

JEREMY CORBYN, Leader of Labour Party says: “I give my 100% support to this demonstration. The Tories have devastated our public services using austerity policies as justification. I promise that a Labour Government will act to ‘in-source’ our public and local council services and increase access to
leisure, arts and sports across the country. We will reverse the damage the Tories have done to our communities in the cities, towns and villages.”

REJECT the Council accommodation review – STOP the move to Colindale, NO to the £50million squander

PROTEST AT THE COUNCIL MEETING: TUESDAY 26 JULY, 6pm
Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, NW4 4AX

Tory Barnet councillors and Capita are planning to move council services from the North London Business Park and Barnet House into a new purpose built accommodation in Colindale.

This will cost Barnet residents  £50 million and no savings are expected for 50 years while Capita, it is believed, will receive a 14% fee!

The council has not fully secured or identified the resources needed to make this work. At time of massive cuts, including making 46% of library staff redundant, this will make cuts to front line services even worse.

This decision for new accommodation will be as dangerous and costly as that to sell off Mill Hill depot when no alternative had been secured. Now vehicles servicing Barnet are to be stationed further away in Harrow and at Abbots Road, creating more traffic and more pollution. The location in Colindale is remote, and the access to it will be as difficult and frustrating as are the Barnet’s call centre and website.

PROTEST AT THIS WASTE OF £50million

REJECT THE ACCOMODATION REVIEW

Protest called by Barnet Trades Council, Barnet UNISON, Barnet Alliance for Public Services, Barnet Momentum.

Statement on Labour Party Leadership Election

Barnet Trades Union Council fully supports Jeremy Corbyn’s candidature in the upcoming Labour Party Leadership Election.

Furthermore

We deplore and condemn the lack of democratic process being exhibited by the Labour NEC in relation to the impending Labour Leadership Election.

Namely:

  1. Disenfranchisement of full Labour party members who have joined the Party since the end of January – even though it was clearly stated upon them joining as new members they would have a vote in any future party elections taking place.

 

This also call into question the legitimacy of any Branch Meetings, CLP All Members Meetings, Annual General Meetings and Local Campaign Forum Meetings which have been convened if new members who joined since the beginning of February had an active role and participated in voting.

 

 

  1. The assertion by the NEC that Supporters of the Labour Party who pay £25 by the 15th of July WILL have a vote in the Leadership Election even though full members of the Party who joined after the end of January will not.

 

This will also disproportionately effect people who will struggle to pay £25 at short notice – the very people who the Labour Party are meant to represent.

 

  1. NEC’s instruction that CLP, Branch and Local Campaign Forum meetings do not take place until after the Leadership Election is completed.

 

‘All normal Party meetings at CLP and Branch level shall be suspended until the completion of the Leadership Election. The only meetings which will be organised while this timetable is in place are:

# Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination.

# Campaign planning meetings for by- elections or devolved mayors.

# Any meeting agreed with the explicit permission of the Regional Director [General Secretary]’

This is unacceptable and goes against the Labour tradition of inclusive Democracy.

 

We call upon the NEC and Local Labour Parties to reinstate Democracy in the Labour Party and to overturn these unconstitutional, anti-democratic, usurping of Labour Party rules.

NUT strike on the 5th of July – Rally information

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Location March Assembly Point March Rally Speakers include
London 11.00 BBC,
Portland Place,
London,
W1A 1AA
(map)
12.00
to Westminster through Central London
13.30
Parliament Square,
London,
SW1P 3AD
(map)
Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary, NUT, Madeleine Holt, Rescue Our Schools, Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, BMA, John McLoughlin, UNISON LG executive member, Mark Campbell , UCU London Region.

UCU Joint strike action with NUT Tuesday 5th July

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We will be taking our next day of strike action on Tuesday 5th July as part of the ongoing campaign in pursuit of our pay claim to address the 14.5% fall in our wages in real terms since 2009.

The 5th July date has been chosen for maximum impact across London with many HE institutions also on strike that day.

Those of you with school-age children may be aware that the National Union of Teachers will also be taking strike action on the 5th in their separate dispute with their employers.

A more detailed email will follow but the plan for the 5th is that Middlesex University UCU will conduct a “Teach Out” on the Burroughs on the morning of the 5th (the day of the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference at Middlesex). Our “Teach Out” will address the government plans in the White Paper for HE and we will discuss the alternative vision for HE as seen by UCU, the Council to Defend British Universities and other organisations.

We hope to have a speaker from Middlesex Student Union to give us the view of the student body and to tell us about the growing national concerns about the retrospective rise in the interest rate on student loans etc.

There will be other opportunities for creative learning during the morning with interesting options for those of you who might need to bring your children to the “Teach Out”. In the afternoon there is likely to be a pan-London event involving a range of education unions. More detail on this in a later email. You are the UCU.

Do be part of the 5th July – this will be the liveliest picket ever.

Sent on behalf of Middlesex UCU Branch Exec Follow us via social media:

Twitter –  @UCU_MDX

Facebook – UCU Middlesex University

 

Picket Lines 8-12pm on 5th July at the front of the university.

Statement From UNISON on the Attacks against Jeremy Corbyn

Unison believes the attack on him is misjudged ,mistimed and indulgent .
After a devastating Referendum result ,it is vital that our labour MP ‘s return to their constituencies to begin to heal the dangerous fault lines that have split poorer working class communities and not be hidden away in the corridors of Westminster plotting against an elected leader with an overwhelming mandate.

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