A Follow-Up from the Lucas Plan Conference: Trades Unionists Endorse Defence Diversification

The conference to mark 40 years since the Lucas Plan, in which rank and file workers put together a revolutionary programme for repurposing weapons technology for progressive purposes to both save jobs and help society, has had a superb follow up. A an excerpt is here:

So What Happened to Our Conference Motion 16 The “Lucas Plan”, Arms Conversion and
Socially Useful Production? 1st TUCJCC renamed it Defence, Jobs and Diversification then sent it to TUC Congress 2nd It was accepted onto agenda and heard on Tuesday 12th September PM.

The motion is now the property of the General Council and has been referred to the TUC Economic and Social Department for Action. Their first action will be to consult with those Unions directly affected-we’ll keep you updated with any progression.

In the Meantime?
TUCJCC wanted you to know what had happened with your motion, particularly with the announcement of further job losses in BAE and the potential for further announcements of job losses from supply industries across the UK. They would specifically like you too

  1. Those Trades Union councils covering the area of the BAE job losses already announced to contact the Unions involved and ask how they (and we) could help (if not already involved).
  2. The TUCJCC regional representatives will raise within their own Regional Executives the wider issue of potential job loss within the wider supply chain industries.
  3. Discuss the motion within your own Trades Union Councils and consider how your
    affiliate could encourage both the TUC and Labour Party to act on it.

 

The for a link to the full motion and repot: So What Happened to Our Conference Motion 16-final copy (002)

Against Underhill Ark Academy

The Mayor, Sadiq, passed this back to the local Council. Residents are upset by conservative councillors such as Wendy Prentice who made deeply derogatory comments in public – at Town Hall planning meeting – about the existing local secondary school – TTA – (The Totteridge Academy) (see Facebook link).

Ark Pioneer, is planned to stand across the road from TTA, which is currently achieving good GCSE results and has renewed local backing, as well as spare capacity.

Some residents will go into the office to see the Conservatives. Please support the protest outside the office on:

10th January, SATURDAY. 10.00 am to noon.

Venue: Conservative HQ , High Barnet – 163 Barnet High Road.

Thanks!

From We Own It: Branson’s BIG BAILOUT Thursday 18th JANUARY

8am, Thursday 18th January – online and at Kings Cross station

Virgin Trains East Coast is getting a bailout of up to £2 billion from Chris Grayling, at our expense.

We want to show how ridiculous it is that the public is paying for Virgin and Stagecoach’s mistakes, so we’re holding a ‘fundraiser’ for Richard Branson. Next Thursday morning, let’s make some noise. If we all join together we can build pressure on Chris Grayling to stop the bailout.

1) Join in online

a) Share our facebook event to spread the word to your friends. If you’re not on facebook, share this page by email.

b) If you’re on twitter, sign up for our twitter flashmob(This works by signing up as many people as possible to tweet the same message at exactly the same time – 8am next Thursday. By tweeting hundreds of the same message at the same time we might get our message to trend on twitter. You just have to give it permission to send this tweet, and then forget about it.)

c) And of course, if you haven’t already, sign our petition to Chris Grayling: Stop the bailout of East Coast and bring it into public ownership!

2) Join us at Kings Cross station in London

Join us at 8am on Thursday 18th outside Kings Cross. We’ll supply the buckets and placards! Sign up on facebook or email info@weownit.org.uk to let us know you’re joining. Remember to wrap up warm and wear something red if possible!

Blacklist Support Group statement on Carillion

Carillon admitted in the High Court that they blacklisted workers who complained about safety on their building sites, while at the same time milking public sector contracts for millions. Workers on projects run by Carillon need to be paid and are entitled to their pensions but no more public money should be given to the bosses of the disgraced company. In any civilized society, these people would be facing criminal charges.

When you invite blacklisting human rights abusers to run the NHS and school meals, don’t be surprised when vampire capitalism attempts to suck the taxpayer dry. The government should bail out the NHS not Carillon or their bankers. The government should nationalise Carillon now at the current market value of their shares (nothing) and go further by banning all of the construction companies involved in the blacklisting human rights conspiracy from any publicly funded contracts.

Carillion and the NHS Crisis

The Crisis in our NHS deepens today as leaked memos show that unqualified student health workers are being called upon to step in and help as services continue to fail to deliver. This comes the day after twelve major Trade Unions call on the government to properly fund our NHS.

On top of all that private outsourcing firm Carillion, a major service provider across the transport, construction and health care sectors, faces liquidation this morning after warnings of financial ill health, which could leave thousands of jobs at risk. Most worryingly, quality of care and lives, are also under threat as Carillion is responsible for 200 NHS operating theatres, 11,800 beds and makes 18,500 NHS patient meals a day. 

The timing could not be worse for an NHS dragged to the brink of ruin by a wilful Tory government, ideologically committed to privatisation at any cost. We have to get the #ToriesOut of office now. 

NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW
Emergency Demonstration
12pm, Saturday 3 February 
Assemble Gower Street Central London WC1

Share and invite your friends here: Facebook Event
Download and submit the Model Motion for support here.

The People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together have teamed up again to respond to the worst NHS crisis in history.

We’re calling on everyone; all campaigns and local groups, all round the country – to come down to London and demand proper funding, beds and full staffing levels on fair pay.

Action Saturday – Barnet Labour

The upcoming local elections in May will be our chance to prove the power of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, taking us one step closer to government. Make sure you’re a part of the journey.

Join us this Saturday in Barnet and campaign alongside Barry Gardiner MP.

Let us know if you can make it so that we can make sure we have enough campaign materials.

Action Saturday – Barnet
Saturday 20 January, 10:00am – 2:00pm
38 Church Lane, London, United Kingdom

RSVP now

Our people powered movement showed its power last summer — taking away the Tories’ majority in the General Election. This year we’re continuing to challenge the Tories in every seat, in every part of the UK.

If you’re new to campaigning — great! This is the perfect opportunity for you to start your journey as a Labour Party campaigner as there will be a full training session beforehand.

Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) Conference – Turkey under the state of emergency

SPOT conference “Turkey under the state of emergency” on 20 January 2018 at 09:30 – 16:15.

This conference is supported by the National Education Union (NEU), who will be hosting us at the NEU / NUT Headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9BD

The event will provide an update on some of the biggest issues facing democratic forces in Turkey and workshops on how we can better campaign for change.

We have a great line up of speakers on the day; including Louise Regan (NEU Co-president), Ken Loach (Filmmaker), Fatih Polat (Editor of Evrensel), Seyit Aslan (General Secretary of GIDA-IS), Owen Jones (The Guardian), Kemal Goktas (Cumhuriyet Journalist), Kate Osamor (Labour MP), David Lammy (Labour MP), Hisyar Ozsoy (HDP MP), Mehmet Tum (CHP MP), Simon Dubbins (Unite the Union), Kani Beko (President of DISK), Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition), Esra Ozyurek (LSE), Mustafa Yalciner (Writer), Aydin Cubukcu (Author) and many more.

We very much hope you will be available to join us on 20 January 2018.

Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT)

Register Here

Programme for the day.

09:30 – Registration and Refreshments

10:00 – Turkey under the state of emergency

Chair: Louise Regan, NEU Co-President
Ken Loach, Filmmaker / Seyit Aslan*, General Secretary of GIDA-IS / Fatih Polat*, Chief Editor of Evrensel Daily / Mehves Evin, Journalist / Steve Sweeney, Morning Star 

11:30 – Workshops Part I

  • Workshop 1. Fighting for the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn – how to show solidarity with scholars at risk?
    Chair: Mehmet Ugur, BAK UK
    Joanna De Groot, President of UCU / Assoc. Prof. Ceren Sozeri / Assoc. Prof. Esra Ozyurek, LSE
  • Workshop 2. Declining women’s human rights and gender inequality – how to strengthen the women’s resistance?
    Chair: Cinar Altun, Day-Mer
    Mehves Evin, Journalist / Owen Jones, The Guardian / Ceylan Begum Yildiz, Academic / Sarya Tunc, Women’s rights activist,
  • Workshop 3. Political representation and role of parliament
    Chair: Oktay Sahbaz, SPOT
    Kate Osamor, Labour MP (Invited) / Mustafa Yalciner*, Writer / Mehmet Tum*, CHP MP / Hisyar Ozsoy* HDP MP / Israfil Erbil, President of British Alevi Federation

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 -Workshops Part II

  • Workshop 4. Attacks on workers and trade unions
    Chair: Elena Crasta, TUC
    Kani Beko*, President of DISK / Simon Dubbins, Unite / Seyit Aslan*, General Secretary of GIDA-IS / Ian Hodson, President of BFAWU
  • Workshop 5. What next for Turkey in the Middle East and the Kurdish question?
    Chair: Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition (STWC)
    Aydin Cubukcu*, Author / Hisyar Ozsoy* HDP MP / Thomas J Miley, Academic / Andrew Smith, Campaign Against Arms Trade
  • Workshop 6. Journalism & the role of media.
    Chair: Ege Dundar, PEN
    Fatih Polat*, Chief Editor of Evrensel / Barry White, Journalist / Kemal Goktas*, Journalist Cumhuriyet / Kumru Basar, Journalist / Steve Sweeney, Morning Star

14:30 – Tea/Coffee Break

14:45 – Final Session – Campaigning to win change

Chair: Christine Blower, SPOT Spokesperson
Mehmet Tum*, CHP MP / Kate Osamor, Labour MP (Invited) / Hisyar Ozsoy*, HDP MP / David Lammy, Labour MP (Invited) / Kani Beko* President of DISK / Ian Hodson, President of BAFWU / Fatih Polat*, Chief Editor of Evrensel Daily / Cagdas Canbolat, SPOT

16:15 – Event Close


*Simultaneous translation will be provided 

Jobs and Climate: Planning for a future which doesn’t cost the earth

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 10:00 to 17:00

Tackling the climate crisis needs workers to build a world fit for the future. Yet the narrative of ‘jobs versus environment’ is still heard across the political spectrum, derailing the action we urgently need.

This conference, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group, aims to challenge the false choice of good jobs versus the environment. Instead of settling for this, there is both an urgent need for action on climate change and a real opportunity for trade unionists to be at the forefront of campaigning for a transition. One which puts the needs of the planet, decent jobs and social justice at the top of the political agenda.

The conference, for trade unionists and others interested in the issues, will be an opportunity to hear from trade unionists, scientists, environmental activists and others about the issues; and to learn from grassroots action today as well as debating a vision for the future.

Workshops:

Climate Change: What’s happening to our climate and why this is an issue
One Million Climate Jobs: Planning for a national Climate Service
Climate Refugees: Campaigning within the trade unions
Just Transition: Challenging the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy
A New Lucas Plan: Popular Planning for Social Need
Jobs and Climate: Debates in the movement
Food and agriculture: Planning for a healthy sustainable future
Women and Climate: In the frontline
Workplace Environmental Reps: Organising in the workplace
Energy Democracy

Workshops will also be led by key trade union and environmental campaigns: The Greener Jobs Alliance, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and The Lucas Plan.

Book tickets through Eventbrite

More details below and full programme on https://www.cacctu.org.uk/jobs_and_climate

Book tickets now through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jobs-climate-planning-for-a-future-that-doesnt-cost-the-earth-tickets-41316618117

Find out more about the work of the Campaign against Climate Change trade union group https://www.cacctu.org.uk/ – if you’ve got any questions, please get in touch or email climatetradeunion@gmail.com

Jobs and climate: planning for a future which doesn’t cost the earth

10 March 10-5pm, Hamilton House, London WCH 9BD

Two Plenary Sessions: 1. Jobs versus the Environment, challenging a false choice. 2. Planning for a just transition – a future which doesn’t cost the earth

Speakers include:

Barry Gardiner MP – Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change, Chris Baugh – Dep Gen Sec PCS, Sarah Woolley – BFAWU, Liz Hutchins – FOE, Professor Joanna Haigh – Grantham Institute, Suzanne Jeffery – Chair, CACC, Asad Rehman – Executive Director War on Want, Caroline Russell – Green Party London Assembly Member, Mika Minio-Paluello – Platform, Wilf Sullivan – Race Equality Officer TUC, Tahir Latif – PCS, Allison Roche – Unison, Duncan Law – Biofuelwatch, Kim Hunter – Frack Free Scarborough, Tina Louise Rothery – Lancashire Anti-Fracking Nanas, Graham Petersen – Greener Jobs Alliance, Sam Mason – PCS, Jonathan Neale – Global Climate Jobs, Dave King – New Lucas Plan Group, Lauren Jones – Sheffield Climate Alliance, Paul Allen – Centre for Alternative Technology, Sarah Pearce – Unison

 

 

 

 

Help us build the first branch of the London Renters Union. When can you come door knocking in Newham?

This year, get involved with helping to launch the London Renters Union. Together we can stand up to landlords, take collective action, and give the housing system the reboot it needs.

We need your help to build the first branch of the London Renters Union in Newham, one of the areas of London where the housing crisis is most serious.

Starting on January 15, the London Renters Union is knocking on doors and talking to people across Newham as a key part of building the first branch of the Union in the borough.

Click here to let us know when you’ll join us as we knock on doors in Newham

Door knocking is a great way we can let people know about the London Renters Union and listen to people talk about the housing challenges they are facing.

Fill out this form to let us know when you’re available to come door knocking with the London Renters Union.

To begin with, we’ll be going door knocking on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, we’ll be doing an afternoon session starting at 3:45pm and an evening session starting at 5:45pm. Saturday sessions will start at 11am.

We need as many people to get involved and help us to build the power we need to transform the housing system. No previous experience is necessary. We’ll provide training, support and refreshments to everyone who joins in.

Getting involved in door knocking is a great way to help build the London Renters Union, have interesting, meaningful conversations and meet other people interested in transforming London’s housing system.Fill out this form to let us know which dates you’ll join us to go door knocking: https://londonrentersunion.typeform.com/to/Jjfl4b

From January 15 until February 3, we’ll be focusing on Forest Gate South, one of the areas of Newham with the highest proportion of private renters. We’ll be door knocking in other parts of Newham in February and March.

We hope you’ll be able to join us as we start to have the conversations and build the relationships we need to create to help transform the housing system.

In love and solidarity,
All the London Renters Union crew

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