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

NHS in Crisis: Fix It Now. Join the Demonstration

From the People’s Assembly Against Austerity:

The NHS is facing one of the worst winter crisis in it’s history, but it’s a crisis not caused by the weather alone, it’s caused by this Governments deliberate underfunding, cuts and privatisation. Along with Health Campaigns Together The People’s Assembly are calling a demonstration to demand that the Government fix the NHS crisis now.

NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW

12pm, Saturday 3 February 
Assemble: Gower Street, London WC1

Facebook Event
Please take a few minutes to invite your friends

The #NHSWinterCrisis has now descended into a perpetual year round  crisis. A crisis that has brought staff to their knees and patients languishing and even dying in overcrowded waiting rooms and hospital corridors.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

When headlines report there is a “third world” crisis in the 6th richest country in the world, let’s be clear and call this what it is: an entirely manufactured political crisis by the Tories.

It is time this Government stops blaming patients, nurses, doctors, immigrants, flu and the elderly for their shortcomings. It’s time they start listening to the country who is sick of empty promises from the mouths of cowardly politicians. The Tories must heed the call of the public, staff and patients alike who demand that #ourNHS is not only funded properly but brought back into public hands away from the waste and demands of shareholders and bankers’ bonuses.

On the 70th year of the NHS we created – we demand that #ourNHS is given back! We must end the NHS crisis now.

Join the demonstration, called by the People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together, on Saturday 3 February, 2018:

NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW
March and Demonstration
12pm, Saturday 3 February
Assemble Gower Street Central London WC16

Check out the Facebook Event here and share widely.

More info available soon on our website here.

If you want to get involved, get flyers and other materials sent to you, contact us today on office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

See you on the streets!

Postponed – Barnet TUC Meeting in January

The Meeting on 11th of January 2018 has been postponed to mobilise for the demo at town hall. Hope you can make it to Hendon Town Hall!

Some dates for 2018:

  • 3rd February – NHS: Fix it now march
  • 10th February – Stand Up to Racism Trades Union Conference
  • 12th to 18th February – TUC #heartunions week
  • 8th March – BTUC Annual General Meeting
  • 10th March – Campaign Against Climate Change Trades Union Conference
  • 17th March – International March Against Racism
  • 28th April – Workers memorial day
  • 3rd May – Local Elections
  • 12th May – TUC Demonstration: New Deal for Working People
  • 14th July – Durham Miners’ Gala
  • 20th to 22nd – Tolpudle Martyrs Festival
  • November – TUC Young Workers’ Month

Please let us know of any other key dates!

Bring the Parking Service back in-house – Barnet UNISON

On Thursday 11 January 2018, from 6 pm at Hendon Town Hall the Environment Committee are considering a report written by a consultant as to whether the Parking contract should be brought back in-house or whether the Council should waste more public money putting the contract out to tender,

You can view the agenda item on the work programme for the Environment Committee here

http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s43104/Work%20Programme.pdf

Barnet UNISON issued “For A Better, Fairer, Democratically Accountable Barnet.” Policy statement.

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/wp/2017/10/06/for-a-better-fairer-democratically-accountable-barnet/

Our policy statement states: “work towards bringing services already outsourced back in-house including NSL.”

Barnet UNISON believes the Parking Service should be delivered in-house.

We are lobbying all politicians to vote for the in-house service.

Barnet UNISON will be attending the Environment Committee meeting and are asking our NSL UNISON members to join us at Hendon Town Hall 6 pm Thursday 11 January 2018.

Environment Committee starts 6.30 pm.

From Freedom News: Hundreds refuse to cross picket line in wildcat Crossrail strike

More than 200 workers at the flagship rail construction project have downed tools today in solidarity with more colleagues who have been sacked and locked out.

The dispute blew up after Balfour Beatty made 54 workers redundant at short notice yesterday and a further 50 were locked out, allegedly at the behest of blacklisting-linked boss Gerry Harvey.

The job cuts came just days after electricians at their Woolwich Station in London had filed for an industrial action ballot over pay and finishing bonuses via union Unite. There had also been complaints over the list of who was to be canned, with long-term workers and shop stewards made redundant while new workers were retained.

Around 150 electricians walked out in solidarity today at Woolwich, with more than 70 joining them from sites at Plumstead, City Airport and North Woolwich, according to construction industry and anti-blacklisting activist Dave Smith.

Talking to union-news.co.uk Smith said: “We are told blacklisting is a thing of the past but today’s anti-union hostility is plain for everyone to see.”

Balfour has said the redundancies were part of standard operations, saying “we have always been clear that our works would start to wind down towards the end of this year” and that consultation had started in November.

Site sources explained however that problems with pay rates had been bubbling since the summer and Balfour’s refusal to engage properly with requests for a completion bonus as work begins to wind down has left “feelings running pretty high.”

Industry reports suggest that bosses are keeping a “close eye” on the situation as they fear calls for finishing bonuses could spread to other sites.

Update: A mass solidarity picket has been called for Thursday December 14th, 6.30am at the Whitechapel station site.

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