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.


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:

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


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


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.

Close the Gap public petition

  • BT is a multinational FTSE 100 company and is the leading telecommunications brand in the UK.
  • BT uses agency staff from Manpower, with many earning as little as the Government’s legal minimum rate of £7.50 per hour.
  • The vast majority of these agency staff are employed on Pay Between Assignment contracts which means they are exempt from equal pay protection. As a result, they are paid less for carrying out the same tasks as their colleagues employed directly by BT.
  • We, the undersigned, call on BT and Manpower, to ensure that Manpower workers are paid at least the real Living Wage rate of £8.75 per hour and cease using exploitative Pay Between Assignments contracts.

New Deal For Working People March & Rally

Save the date! The TUC is holding a national march and rally on Saturday 12 May 2018 in central London.

All workers deserve a great job so everyone has a chance to progress and get on in life.

The TUC will be joining with our unions and thousands of supporters. Together we will call for more and better jobs, and a more equal, more prosperous country. We want you to join us.

Speakers at the rally will include TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, union leaders and frontline workers.

The family-friendly event is part of the TUC Great Jobs Agenda campaign.

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