Barnet alliance for public services agm

d2b450ffc2d640f3c025870b6b260584_400x400Dear fellow campaigners,

This is a very very last minute invitation to you to join our small AGM this coming Wednesday.

We intend to go quickly through the necessary business and then move straight to a discussion about where we are and how we should proceed from here in the changing environment following the mass privatisation that occurred in Barnet already with all its dreaded implications on jobs and local people, and the Tory victory nationally and locally which brought about decreasing democracy locally and further horrendous cuts as demonstrated in Osborn’s budget statement last Wednesday.

Since BAPS is seeing itself as an ‘umbrella organisation’ and have been supporting your various campaigns to the best of our ability, working alongside many of you in varying degrees, we would greatly appreciate your input in this discussion.

We did not advertise our AGM widely this year (only BAPS members were sent invitations) as we wanted the opportunity to have a thorough internal discussion among friends and fellow activists.

I am sorry that it is only now that I send this invitation (my personal fault) but hope very much that you will be able to join us nevertheless. If there is anyone you think should be invited and is not included in the list of recipients above – please feel free to forward this invitation to them (I do not have any email address for residents or activists of Sweets Way Resists).

We hope to see you on Wednesday,
tirza, on behalf of BAPS committee

UNITE THE RESISTANCE – Defend Our Unions – July 2015


Defend Our Unions – July 2nd 2015

A fantastic conference Chaired by Helen Davies, Barnet UNISON/Barnet Trades Council.

SPEAKERS included: 

Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary,

Michelle Stanistreet NUJ General Secretary,

John McDonnell Labour MP,

Chris Stephens SNP MP,

Glen Hart RMT,

Dave Smith Co-Author ‘Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business & Union Activists’,

Paula Peters Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC),

Glasgow Homeless Caseworker strikers,

Amelia Womack Green Party Deputy Leader,

Ian Hodson BFAWU National President



Balls to the Budget

Balls to the Budget 

Wednesday 8th July, 10.30 am Downing StDPAC_coloured_Logo_2_

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

DPAC and friends return to Parliament in a day of action to say#Balls2TheBudget.DPAC joined by Class War, Streets Kitchen, Black Dissidents, London Latinxs, Columbian Women in Action,
Occupy,Brick Lane Debates, Winvisible, London Black Revs, Reclaim Hackney, Camden Resists, Never Again Ever & othersAnnounce:
Balls to the Budget
Wednesday 8th July, 10.30 am
Downing St
Big balls, small balls, footballs, tennis balls, volleyballs, handballs, rubber balls, plastic balls, flour balls, paint balls, canon balls, beachballs, hairballs, furballs, glitter balls, gumballs, basketballs, garlic balls, initialed balls, personalised balls.
Get creative.

Balls to austerity;
Balls to taking our rights;
Balls to taking our jobs;
Balls to cutting our services;
Balls to bankers bonuses;
Balls to cutting the ILF;
Balls to Met Police;
Balls to cuts to Access to Work;
Balls to cuts to Social Care;
Balls to the Bedroom Tax;
Balls to Workfare & Sanctions;
Balls to Forced Treatments;
Balls to Maximus, Atos & PIP;
Balls to Child Poverty & inequality;
Balls to low pay & exploiting workers;
Balls to anti-homless laws;
Balls to stifling protest;
Balls to migrant bashing, racism & Islamophobia;
Balls to cuts to Housing, Education, NHS, Legal Aid, Womens Refuges, CAMHS and much much more.

Then, afterwards – We Are Going Back.
11.30 The Lobby, House of Commons.
Bring balls.

Online: Twitter from 10.30 am till yer tweeting fingers wear out
Take part online by using and sharing: #Balls2TheBudget
There is a tweetlist you can use here:





Trade Unionists, Councillors and Communities together




This free event is organised by GLATUC (Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils)

We aim to bring together councillors, trades unionists and community activists to share and develop practical strategies to resist austerity. We are looking for those who can share information on successes no matter how small – councillors, trade unions and campaigners – and those who want to learn and work together. Hear about

  • successful action by trade unions working with councils
  • trade unions working across different councils
  • campaigns working with unions and councils
  • London councils’ actions against austerity and privatisation

Share successes

Gain more influence through Councils joining together

Organise ways to protect your community

Develop networks for support and information



Barnet Unison LG – Strike

Barnet UNISON Press Release: UNISON confirms 24 hour strike on 8 July

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2015 – 10:05

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barnet UNISON confirms 24 hour strike on 8 July

Barnet UNISON members who still work for Barnet Council (excluding community schools) will begin  a 24 hour strike action on Wednesday 8 July

The dispute involves coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning & refuse workers, all of whom have made it clear they want to remain employees of the Barnet Council.11267482_496872037133506_5066154167153613321_n

Picket Lines

North London Business Park, 7 am start

Mill Hill Depot,  6 am start

East Finchley Library,  9 am start

Lobby of Parliament

Barnet UNISON will be joining other trade unions and disability rights campaigners on a lobby of Parliament in defence of Public Services and Trade Union rights on 8 July, assemble at 1 pm in Parliament Square, (opposite Westminster Abbey).

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “Our members want to work for the Council, they want to be directly accountable to the residents of Barnet. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will have to place the shareholders’ legal demands before local residents’ needs. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which  uses zero hours contracts. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will not pay the London Living Wage as a basic minimum. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which won’t allow their colleagues to belong to their Pension Scheme, and our members don’t want to work for an employer which will take jobs out of the borough. That’s why 87% of our members working for the Council voted ‘Yes’ to taking strike action. So far the Council has failed to come close to agreeing to any one of these demands. One of our members has written and produced a music campaign video called “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” which pretty much sums up the mood of our members take a look here



Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on 07738389569 or 0208 359 2088 or email:


  1. Six years ago Barnet Council introduced a policy known asFuture Shape which morphed into ‘easyCouncil’*.This imposed a series of tariffs on residents wishing to access a range of services. A basic service would be offered to residents at a fixed price, but ‘fast track’ services might be available if you paid extra.

This approach was quickly abandoned by the consultant driven One Barnet Programme, which led to the following Council Services being outsourced/privatised in the space of three years:

  1. Social Care for Adults with disabilities to Your Choice Barnet
  2. Housing Options to Barnet Homes
  3. Parking Services to NSL
  4. Revenues & Benefits, IT, HR & Payroll, Pensions, Health & Safety, Finance, Estates, Property Services, Procurement, Projects all now part of Capita CSG
  5. Environmental Health, Planning, Building Control, Hendon Cemetery & Crematorium, Highways, Trading Standards & Licensing all now Capita RE
  6. Legal Services
  7. Registrars & Nationality Services
  8. CCTV
  9. Music Trust
  10. Public Health
  11. Mortuary Services.

Over the past three years our members have seen hundreds of colleagues transferred to other employers. This has often meant redundancy as the new employer has moved jobs out of the borough and Greater London to places as far afield as Belfast, Carlisle, Coventry, Southampton and Darlington.

Barnet has branded this final phase as the ‘Commissioning Council’.

On 3 March 2015 Barnet Council agreed its next Five Commissioning Plans all of which are looking at ‘Alternative Delivery Models’, jargon for working for a different employer.

The Council Services now at risk of outsourcing are:

  1. Early Years – 13 Children’s Centres
  2. Library Services
  3. Adults & Communities services
  4. Street Scene Services e.g. Waste & Recycling, Street Cleansing, Parks and Transport
  5. Education & Skills and School Meals services.
  6. Disappearing Council – short animation
  7. “The easyCouncil Loco-motion”                               

Stop Press – Nazis no longer coming to Golders Green

Stop Press – Nazis no longer coming to Golders Green

Please see UAF Statement below

UAF Statement re today’s developments

 UAF is glad to hear of the decision to stop Neo Nazis attempting to intimidate the residents of Golders Green, in London, on Saturday, by a provocative demonstration of anti Semitic hated.
The attempt by fascists to intimidate and cause distress to this well known area, with a strong Jewish community, will not now take place. The fascists behind this have a history of anti Semitic violence, alongside homophobic and Islamophobic hate crimes.
Well done to all from the area, and beyond, who pledged to oppose the fascists on the day. 
UAF will be monitoring developments. Pls watch this space.

BREAKING NEWS! Barnet Homes to create a new company


BREAKING NEWS! Barnet Homes to create a new company

The following information appeared on Barnet Council website overnight.
“To approve the business case for the creation of a new legal entity within The Barnet Group with new company terms and conditions including a new pay and grading model, pension scheme and a flexible benefits solution.”
A few questions for  Barnet UNISON members
What do you think a new pay & grading means?
What do you think new company terms and conditions means?
What sort of Pension scheme will be on offer?
Send your answers to
UNISON has already written to Barnet Homes and we are meeting next week.

barnet unison Lg – strike latest

what do the unions do for us

Barnet UNISON LG next day of strike action will be Wednesday the 8th of July

8th July Strike day Picket line information

1. North London Business Park—From 7 am Picket Line Coordinator Helen Davies 07432733168

2. Mill Hill Depot—From 6 am Picket Line Coordinator: John Burgess 07738389569

3. East Finchley Library—From 9 am Picket Line Coordinator: Hugh Jordan 07983391740

Lobby of Parliament Trade Union lobby of Parliament in defence of Public Services and Trade Union rights on 8th July, assemble at 1 pm in Parliament Square (opposite Westminster Abbey) Barnet UNISON meeting place is at Westminster Tube station at 12.30pm.

aslef – overwhelming support for strike

images (16)ASLEF members on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over the company’s decision to try to force through, without negotiation, new rosters which would mean Tube drivers will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, were asked two questions.

Are you prepared to take part in a strike?

Yes 1,771 [97.6%]

No 44 [2.4%]

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

Yes 1,786 [98.7%]

No 24 [1.3%]

Turnout was 81.3%

The ballot was triggered when management ended direct talks with the unions and started the process to impose new rosters. Underground staff have been told that unless they agree to the rosters then no pay offer will be made this year

ASLEF’s executive committee has announced a 24 strike from 21.30 on 8 July that will see the entire tube network shut down.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s district organiser, said: ‘There is a window of opportunity for London Underground managers to avoid a summer of disruption by seriously engaging with us to find a solution. They need to withdraw the threat to impose new rosters and make a realistic offer on pay and conditions.

‘We are always prepared to talk, but they have to start listening to this very clear message from their staff.
‘Our members are entitled to a family life and to some sort of work/life balance. We aren’t opposed to all night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground.’

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