Reclaiming our NHS! Camden Public Meeting

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Our NHS is in crisis and under attack, we must stand up and fight for it!
Please come to our Reclaiming the NHS public meeting on the 30th November 7-9pm, Council Chambers, Camden Town Hall Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE.
The junior doctors strike has alerted us all that our NHS is being stolen from us. It can only be saved by a massive public campaign.

80% of NHS staff are women. Over 30% are immigrant. Hear what they have to say on the impact privatisation has already had on the NHS and emergency services.

Find out which local services are threatened by cuts and privatisation (Sustainability & Transformation Plans – STPs).

Plan together what we can do to stop this.

Speakers so far include:

  • Dr Aislinn Macklin, BMA & Junior Doctors Alliance
  • Bernie Rochford, ex-clinical commissioner
  • Noel Finn, whistleblower
  • Dr Louise Irvine, Save Lewisham Hospital, Keep Our NHS Public
  • Dr Mona Kamal
  • Dr Rishi Dhir

Yannis Gourtsoyannis, local junior doctor / BMA Junior Doctors Committee
And others: consultants, midwives, carers, ancillary staff, cleaners, patients, disability & other campaigners, and entertainers are being invited to speak. MPs and councillors will be asked to respond to what’s being raised.

Please share this event!

Called by Camden Momentum. We invite all Momentum groups, Labour Party branches, NHS campaigns, community organisations to endorse this meeting and circulate this information widely.
Contact us at: camdenmomentum@gmail.com
More resources eg. leaflets, petitions, postcards and pledges available from here

Christmas Social in Aid of the Homeless

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Hosted by Barnet Momentum, Barnet Trades Council and Barnet Alliance for Public Services
Saturday December 3rd from 7 – 11.30pm
Safari Bar North Finchley.

Food and beverage will be available to buy from behind the bar. As it is so near christmas we have decided to have christmas theme – donation at the door – proceeds to Streets Kitchen which will be used for distributing meals/clothes/info for the homeless.

Crisis in the Middle East: Why We Oppose More Intervention

Monday 28 November | 19:00
Harrow Baptist Church
College Road
HA1 1BA

harrowmeetingAs the crisis in Syria deepens, the British establishment is gearing up for further intervention in Syria. Along with our existing interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, the rhetoric of further war as a solution to the catastrophic situation in the Middle East is being ramped up.

As the government whip up hysteria around Russia to levels unseen since the Cold War and make horrendous propositions of a direct military confrontation with Russia, it is imperative that we understand why more war is never the solution and organise around it.

We will be joined by Andrew Murray, the current Chief of Staff at Unite the Union and the former Chair of Stop the War Coalition, who will make the case against more intervention in Syria – or anywhere else for that matter.

The event does not require registration and is free to attend, but any voluntary contributions to help with the cost of putting on the meeting are welcome.

Come and join us to discuss the crisis in Syria and the region more widely, as well the risk of escalation into a direct military confrontation between the West and Russia.

Please invite your friends and share the event on https://www.facebook.com/events/1390017794349372/

School Cuts: Barnet Schools set to lose over £20 million

Shock statistics from the government reveal that cuts will force Barnet schools to lose more than £20 million, the equivalent of 555 teachers, by 2020. A new websischoolcutste set up by NUT and ATL, the newly merged education unions, shows the scale of the devastation to schools funding. The new website allows anyone to enter their postcode or the name of their school to get an instant summary of the way the cuts will affect  their own school. Try it here.

I looked at East Barnet School because we know that the headteacher of that school is vehemently opposed to the cuts and is prepared to say so publicly. Check for yourself. His school will be short of £297,517, the equivalent of a per pupil shortfall of £283 or the loss of 7 teachers. But this is not the whole story. The website does not take into account the difficulties which schools are already facing. As the head of East Barnet School told our NUT meeting, he has already set a deficit budget this year. In other words, before the cuts on the website can take effect his school is already in the red.

I think it will be very effective if we have some printouts of the results of all schools in Barnet at the public meeting. The NUT website calls on all to write to their MPs. At our public meeting we can decide whether this is all we can and should do.

Mayor of London Criticises Ark Academy Plans in Underhill

arkSaid Khan, Labour Mayor of London, has voiced criticisms of the controversial Ark Academy, citing its serious planning problems, particularly in terms of location and road access:

A Greater London Authority letter representing the views of Mr Khan, the Mayor of London, and planning report for October 31 state “the proposed school development is ‘inappropriate’ on green belt”.

Full story in the Hendon and Finchley Times here.

Barnet Trades Council urges all Barnet residents concerned about the issues raised to come to the meeting on November the 17th.

More general info here.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan!

 

Veteran trade unionists and younger activists see Nobel prize-nominated plan as inspiration for the future

Leading figures from the left, trade union, environmental and peace movements are coming together at a conference on November 26th with a fresh perspective on tackling current crises, using the ideas of socially useful production pioneered in the Lucas Plan. The Plan, produced by workers at the Lucas Aerospace arms company, showed how jobs could be saved by converting to make products that answer a social need, rather than weapons. See www.lucasplan.org.uk, or the notes below for more information on the Lucas Plan.

The conference will focus on 5 key themes:

  • The Lucas Plan and socially useful production.lucas
  • Arms conversion and peace.
  • Climate change and a socially just transition to sustainability.
  • The threat to skills and livelihoods from automation.
  • Local/community economic and industrial planning.

Linking all these issues is the need to rethink how we can produce what people and society actually need and overcome corporate domination through their control of technology.

Highlights of the conference will include:

  • Talks by Phil Asquith, Brian Salisbury and Mick Cooney (Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine).
  • Screening of a new film on the Lucas Plan by Steve Sprung.

Contributions from: Chris Baugh (PCS), Suzanne Jeffery (Million Climate Jobs Campaign), Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper), John McDonnell (tbc), Natalie Bennett, Molly Scott-Cato and Jonathan Essex (Green Party), Philip Pearson (TUC), Romayne Phoenix (People’s Assembly Against Austerity), Mary Pearson (Birmingham Trades Council), Manuel Cortes (TSSA, tbc), Mika Mino-Paluello (Global Justice Now), Philippa Hands (UNISON), Stuart Parkinson (Scientists for Global Responsibility), Dave Elliott (Open University), Liz Corbin (Institute of Making), Tony Simpson (Bertrand Russell Foundation), Dave King (Breaking the Frame), Simon Fairlie (The Land magazine), Karen Leach (Localise West Midlands), Marisol Sandoval (City University), Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Foundation), John Middleton (Medact), Gail Chester (Feminist Library), plus more speakers to be announced.

The conference on the Lucas Plan 40th anniversary will be held at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR) on November 26, 2016. See www.lucasplan.org.uk. The conference is being organised and sponsored by: former members of the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine, Breaking the Frame, PCS, UCU, Million Climate Jobs Campaign, Green Party, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Campaign Against Arms Trade, CND, Left Unity, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Red Pepper, War on Want and Conference of Socialist Economists

Tickets are £10/£5 concessions: To book for the conference, visit

www.lucasplan.org.uk/tickets. For more information, email info@breakingtheframe.org.uk

BACKGROUND INFO: The Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine’s Alternative Corporate Plan (‘The Lucas Plan’) was launched in 1976 and became famous worldwide, sparking an international movement for socially useful production and workers’ plans. Facing the threat of redundancies, the Combine collected 150 ideas from shop floor workers about alternative socially useful products that could be produced by the company, instead of relying on military orders. Many of the innovations in the plan, such as hybrid car engines, heat pumps and wind turbines were commercially viable and are now in widespread use. Although the Alternative Plan was rejected by Lucas Aerospace managers, it was instrumental in protecting jobs at Lucas in the 1970s. The Combine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and Mike Cooley received the Right Livelihood Award in 1982. More information about the Plan, including the 53-page summary of the five 200 page volumes, can be found on the conference website, www.lucasplan.org.uk.

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