Via Barnet Unison: We Value Equality

At Barnet UNISON we were appalled to hear of the racist abuse being expressed against the planning application for an Islamic Centre at the Hippodrome in Golders Green.

The title of this piece comes from the press officer, Ahmed Al-Kazemi, of the Hippodrome Centre in Golders Green. This is just one comment made to appeal to those who would condemn the opening of the centre as an Islamic Centre on racial grounds.

We welcome and would echo the comments made by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, of the Golders Green Alyth Reform congregation and Laura Marks, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust condemning the racism and appealing to a prouder anti-racist tradition.

We also support Barnet Council’s decision to remove all comments relating to this planning application from the public domain on its website.

We celebrate the fact that when the Bravanese Islamic Centre was tragically burnt down a few years ago, the response from all Faiths in the community and people from the broad anti-racist political spectrum was quick in rallying round to support that community and show solidarity.

This is the kind of Barnet we want to belong to.

We would very much like to be a part of a similar response to the racist abuse being levied at the Hippodrome Centre now.

For background information please read these articles:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/racism-row-over-petition-to-stop-islamic-centre-being-opened-in-golders-green-hippodrome-a3659521.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/14/golders-green-hippodrome-mosque-plan-rabbi-urges-calm

https://www.bod.org.uk/board-of-deputies-looks-forward-to-good-relations-with-new-muslim-community-centre-in-golders-green/

 

Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis

healthtogetherThis is a campaigners’ conference to update and share information and experience from the fight to defend our NHS
against cash-driven cuts and privatisation.

Most of the conference time will be workshop discussion on a range of topics including: Working with local government; Building alliances; Defending rural health care; Fighting for mental health services; Building campaigns for social care; Challenging STPs/CEPs/ACSs/ACOs – what works? Fighting for safe staffing and safe
services; Fighting privatisation; The Naylor Review and the great land grab; Reversing Lansley’s Health & Social Care Act; Raising the pressure to bust the cap on NHS pay.

Working with trade unions and health workers. Campaigning for democracy and accountability in health care. Conference information packs for every delegate: share and learn from local campaigns across the country: Join the coalition of forces determined to defend and restore #ourNHS. Theresa May’s government has no mandate for cuts and
privatisation: let’s make sure plans that lead to these are stopped, dropped and abandoned.

 

Proposed Agenda for October Meeting

Agenda for Meeting on 12th of October 2017

7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley

18:30:00

Meeting of Barnet Alliance for Public Services

19:00:00

1

Attendance and apologies

19:05:00

2

Review minutes of previous meeting

19:10:00

3

Matters Arising from the Minutes

19:15:00

4

Forthcoming events: campaigning and music nights

19:45:00

5

Industrial Reports

20:15:00

6

Political Reports

20:25:00

7

Any Other Business and Delegates Motions

20:30:00

8

Meeting Ends

Solidarity with McDonald’s Workers fighting for Rights at Work – Fundraising Music Night

Barnet Trades Union Council presents for Trades Union Congress Young Workers Month 2017

7pm Friday, Novembefastfoodr 17th at the Elephant Inn, Finchley, 283 Ballards Ln, London N12 8NR

A night of music and solidarity. All proceeds to the official support fund!

McDonald’s UK workers are striking for the first time in UK history, over the company’s failure to offer them acceptable working conditions, job security or even an affordable living wage. Workers have found themselves living on low wages – with no guarantee of hours. Now, workers feel as if they have no alternative but to take action – all in line with their basic workplace rights and company procedures. This McDonald’s UK strike forms part of a growing global movement calling for the fair and decent treatment of workers.young_workersMcStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Despite McDonald’s being one of the UK’s largest, most profitable, and globally recognised employers, its employees are subjected to difficult, yet avoidable working conditions – working on insecure zero-hour contracts for low-wages. This historic strike forms part of a growing global workers movement for fairness. In the USA, more than 10 million workers in the U.S. are on a path to $15 an hour, and 20 million workers total have won wage increases since 2012.

Now, McDonald’s workers in the UK will fight to achieve the same impressive results seen by their transatlantic colleauges. Barnet Trades Council invites anyone who wants to support this struggle, and thanks  the Elephant Inn and our excellent band, Wutip. See you all there!

Download the leaflet here: McStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Facebook event here.

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See more on the band, Wutip.

No More Austerity Demo 1st October Manchester

Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation. Join Barnet TUC as we head up for a national protest against them.manky

The details for the train to Manchester are:
01/10/2017 London Euston (EUS) 08:20 Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) 11:02
01/10/2017 Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) 16:35 London Euston (EUS) 18:46

Contact Helen Davies (07432 733168) or the Barnet UNISON office (020 8359 2088) and leave your contact details if you want a ticket. Tickets will go on a first come first served basis.

UNITY FOLK CLUB… helping to keep left-wing folk singing alive

18d9758da3332c7b5f2583def55b006cThe Unity Folk Club meets on the last Monday of every month at 7.45 p.m. (doors open at 7.30) at:

TORRIANO MEETING HOUSE
99 TORRIANO AVENUE
NW5 2RX
NEAREST TUBE KENTISH TOWN
BUSES 393, 134, 214, C2

How to find us

Next session: Monday 25th September 2017

Everybody welcome, especially singers and poets who sing or read against war, capitalism, exploitation, privatisation, imperialism and globalisation.

Admission fee: £4

On Tuesday 24 October, the National Education Union and our partners will hold a major public rally and lobby of Parliament.

neuThe National Education Union is focusing on improving two aspects of education funding – how much money goes into the system and how the money is shared across schools and colleges with different needs.

That’s why on Tuesday 24 October the National Education Union will hold a mass lobby of Parliament to protest against education funding cuts. This lobby has been timed to take place a month before the Chancellor delivers his budget statement. MPs will be asked to put pressure on the Chancellor to find the funding needed to reverse the cuts and invest in our children and young people. 

In terms of how much money goes into the system, we know that, as pupil numbers rise, funding for their education is not rising accordingly. Since 2015, schools in England have had their funding per pupil frozen while inflation and other costs rise, leading to an effective £2.8 billion real-terms cut.

Schools are having to increase class sizes, reduce curriculum choices and make reductions to teaching and support staff posts. Some schools have been forced to seek help from parents to plug the holes in their budgets for books and resources.

​CAMDEN TRADES COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING

camdenSCRAP THE TORY PAY CAP – DEFEND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES
WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 6.30pm
Camden Town Hall
Judd Street WC1H 9JE
Speakers:
JOHN MCDONNELL MP, Shadow Chancellor
ROGER MCKENZIE Assistant General Secretary Unison
LUCY MASOUD Fire Brigades Union
MARK DOLAN CWU balloting for national strike action
BARTS HEALTH hospital strikers
 
There will be a huge demonstration in Manchester at the Tory Party conference on Sunday 01 October. Usually people from all over the UK travel to London to march, but this time it is us who has to get on a coach to join the demonstration!! The details of the local coach are below.
CENTRAL LONDON COACH TO #TORIES OUT DEMONSTRATION 
AT TORY PARTY CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER

£5 waged/ £3 students/ unwaged
Leaves Eversholt Street, NW1 (side of Euston Station) at
6.30am Returns from Manchester at 4.30pm Book your ticket here:

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