SERTUC International Committee Welcomes Huber Ballesteros

JFCWednesday 13 September 2017

6.00pm – 8.00pm 

Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. Every year numerous union leaders, union activists and union members are assassinated – simply because of their trade union activities. Over 2,500 unionists have been murdered in the past 20 years, more than in the rest of the world combined.

After 40 months in jail, Huber Ballesteros has finally been released from prison. On Friday 13 January 2017, the court lifted the preventive detention order against the prominent trade union and peasant farmer leader, allowing for his release from La Picota Prison in Bogotá.

Huber, one of the leaders of the Patriotic March, a member of the National executive of the Colombian trade union congress (CUT) and Vice-president of the agricultural workers’ union FENSUAGRO, was arrested in 2013 when he was leading the National Agrarian Strike.

Meeting supported by: Justice for Colombia and Parliamentary Friends of Colombia

Information about the venue:

Congress House is a fully accessible building. 

Rally and lobby of Parliament on fair pay for public servants


Join us in Westminster on 17 October, to tell our MPs that Britain’s dedicated public servants need a pay rise.

For 7 years, government has restricted public sector pay rises to less than inflation – or nothing at all. But prices haven’t stopped rising in that time, and inflation means nurses, firefighters, and other public servants’ wages are worth over £2,000 less than they were when the coalition government started in 2010.

Pressure is growing on all sides for a change of course, and a fair pay rise for public servants.

Union members will be travelling to Westminster to meet with their MPs on the afternoon of 17 October. And afterwards, we’ll be hosting a rally in Parliament Square, so MPs won’t be able to ignore our message.

We’ll be posting more details here as they are confirmed, but save the afternoon now.

Support EU citizens’ right to remain day of action

13 September 2017 2:00pm–6:00pm

Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA

barnet-unison-logo-e1462368170626On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals.

UNISON believes that EU citizens currently living in the UK make a major contribution to society and should be allowed to stay here after the UK leaves the EU.

We are calling on the government to make this commitment and you can help by joining us to lobby your MP at Westminster on 13 September.

Workers from across Europe play a vital role in our public services, especially the NHS and local government. They have built their lives here. They have settled and integrated into British society.

Negotiations so far have failed to secure EU citizens’ existing rights – leading to massive uncertainty for UNISON members and their families. They deserve better.

On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of Parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals. This is an important issue and we need your support.

If you can come along please contact your MP in advance and request a meeting so you can share your story and concerns with them on the day.

We will send out detailed information nearer the time which will have everything you need to successfully lobby your MP.

UNISON has reserved rooms in Parliament from 2pm to 6pm so your MP can come and meet you. And there will be plenty of UNISON stewards there to help you on the day.

If you are planning to come to the lobby please register here

For more information on the day of action contact

You may be interested to know that a new branch activist guide Organising, supporting and negotiating for EU workers has just been published and is available on the UNISON website.

UNISON has an estimated 70,000 members who are EU nationals and the national executive council has made it a priority to support them.

Nurses: UK Scrap the cap rally

20157307_10155482680182200_5956917821875290184_oWe’re hosting our biggest ever UK rally in Parliament Square, Central London, on Wednesday 6 September.

Join us to show the UK Government it’s time to scrap the cap on nursing pay.

RCN members – register for this event and get your travel funded too:

Guest speaker: Sir Tony Robinson

Nursing staff, members of the public, friends and family are all welcome at this event.

Find out more about the campaign:

Can We Stop #Trumpageddon?


With war on the Korean peninsula looking more likely by the day, we are writing to ask you to help build our upcoming rally by:
1) Forwarding this email 
to interested friends and contacts
2) Retweeting the details to spread the word here
3) Sharing and inviting friends on Facebook here
4) Registering for the event here
Best wishes,
The North London Stop the War Coalition Team.
For An Anti-War Government – No to Trump, For Peace & Justice in the Middle East!

Wednesday September 20, 6.30pm, Marx Memorial Library, 37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU
With Ken Livingstone, Lindsey German (STWC,) Maz Saleem (Stand Up to Trump,) Glyn Secker (EC, Jews for Justice for Palestinians). More special guests and details to be confirmed.
Invite your friends on Facebook here
Register here


Proposed Agenda for Barnet TUC September Meeting

Ware meeting at the North Finchley Greek Cypriot Brotherhood at usual 7pm on the 14th of September.

The meeting will be preveeded at 6.30pm by the Barnet Alliance for Public Services.

19:00:00 Attendance & Aplogies
19:05:00 Minutes & Matters
19:15:00 Report on McStrike
19:20:00 Forthcoming Postal Strike
19:25:00 Twinning with Another Trades Council
19:35:00 Trade Unionists’ Policy Forum
19:50:00 November: TUC Young Members Month
20:05:00 Protest at Tory Conference
20:10:00 Lobby of local MPs regarding public sector pay cap?
20:20:00 Sing You Heart Out for Housing
20:25:00 Any Other Business (please notify secretary beforehand)

SERTUC Public Service Committee support: Exhibition – The Private Finance Initiative. How come we’re still paying for this? – starts Monday 18 September 2017

Mon 18 Sep 2017 – 09:00 to Wed 27 Sep 2017 – 19:00TUC
TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London

Exhibition: The Private Finance Initiative. How come we’re still paying for this? 

Starts Monday 18 September 2017 and closes Wednesday 27 September 2017

Opening times: Monday – Friday (09:00 to 19:00) 

The exhibition illustrates the range of PFI deals across different sectors in the UK, including schools, health, roads, prisons, housing, and refuse into power schemes. It provides an overview of the extent to which PFI has swallowed up public funds and channelled money into corporate coffers. The exhibition is accompanied by a more detailed booklet.

Please support People vs PFI Exhibition 

Marion Macalpine is a London-based photographer who combines art photography with community and political issues.

After a career in critical management research and teaching in the public and voluntary sectors, she is now using photography to raise and communicate critical concerns. These include the reconstitution of our public terrain as a marketplace, and how consent to this process has been managed, exemplified in the sell-off of the NHS.

Information about the venue:

Congress House is a fully accessible building

Contact for further information: or 020 7467 1220  

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