Corbyn’s election as Labour leader is a victory for the movement against austerity and privatisation, of which BAPS is part of. This coming Tuesday 22 September, Barnet Left Unity is hosting a meeting to discuss what Corbyn’s victory means for us and the fight for public services. Hope you can make it. There will be food to share after the discussion.
The meaning of Corbyn’s election
TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER, 6:30-8:30pm
Greek Cypriot Centre
Britannia Road, N12 9RU, North Finchley
‘Jeremy for Labour’ speaker invited
Kate Hudson, National Secretary Left Unity
John Burgess, Barnet Unison Secretary (in a personal capacity)
The Barnet Group, Barnet Councils Local Authority Trading Company – incorporating Barnet Homes [the wholly Council owned Arm’s Length Management Organisation] which manages Barnet Council housing stock and Your Choice Barnet [the wholly Council owned care provider which offers support to adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities] have announced plans to set up a New Legal Entity within the Barnet Group.
Barnet UNISON are currently in consultation with the Barnet Group in regard to the proposals to set up the New Legal Entity.
The ‘Entity’ will be used as the sole future employer within the Barnet Group. All vacancies will be recruited to the New Legal Entity on reduced pay and terms and conditions to existing staff within the Group.
Future employees of the ‘Entity’, whose sole shareholder will be the London Borough of Barnet, will not be able to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.
If current employees of the Barnet Group seek promotion or are restructured, then they will be offered employment via the New Legal Entity on the lower pay scale and with reduced Terms & Conditions including longer working hours.
The proposals to set up the New Legal Entity are scheduled to go forward to the Policy & Resources Committee on the 14th of October.
MEALS on Wheels are likely to be scrapped in a bid to save £280,000.
Barnet council is planning to stop the subsidised service when the contract with Sodexo comes to an end next March, affecting 216 people.
The number of people having the two course hot meals has declined from 281 people in 2012-13.
Barnet council’s chairman of the adults and safeguarding committee councillor Sachin Rajput said: “The scale of the financial challenge facing the council means we have to look very carefully at every service the council currently provides.”
He said the council was visiting everyone who gets a meal delivered to them to explain the proposal and discuss other ways they can get a hot meal.
Each meal costs £7.26, with the council paying £3.11 and the resident picking up the tab for £4.15.
They are produced in Enfield, where they have been awarded a level five “very good” rating under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The council does not have a statutory duty to provide the meals, but does have a duty to safeguard vulnerable adults.
In a letter to the people who currently receive the home meals service the council’s director of adult social services Dawn Wakeling said the council has been “reviewing the existing home meals service and looking at how else we can meet people’s nutritional needs through the use of other alternative services available in the community and by supporting people to live independently.”
She said in exceptional circumstances the council will consider supporting people who do not have the means to source or cook a meal.
Diners will get a review from adult social care to see if there are other ways of helping them get a meal.
They have also been invited to tell the council what they think by Friday September 18.
Neel Radia, the chairman of the National Association of Care Catering said: “Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal for older people. For some older people there meals on wheels driver is the only person they get daily contact with helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation in our community. “
Barnet TUC and the Barnet Alliance for Public Services are putting on transport to get to Manchester to join the nationwide protests against Tory austerity and attacks on workers’ rights on Sunday the 4th of October.
There will be three pick-up points:
6:45 AM: Finchley Central
7 AM: Hendon Central
7.15 AM: Mill Hill Broadway
Tickets are £15 for waged people, and £1 unwaged (plus donations if you can afford it).
Barnet Trades Union Council send a message of Solidarity to Alan Brown
Alan Brown is a Trade Union Member who has been suspended from his job in Bromley there will be a hearing on 18th August 2015. A protest will take place to support Alan and show solidarity while the hearing is taking place. Please show support to Alan, and let’s get Alan Brown Reinstated.
Following consultations with residents of Whitefield Estate and the recent objections to the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) there are still many issues to be discussed. Would you like to participate in regular meetings and discuss all the issues and concerns you have about the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood (BCX)
Join Us – To leaflet for the Childrens March for Libraries on the 12th of September. We will be meeting outside the Bohemia in North Finchley at 12 and leafleting till 2pm every Saturday from now till the march on the 12th of September – Join Us!!!
Every Saturday till the march on the 12th of September
John Burgess, Branch Secretary of Barnet UNISON LG will be standing for the position of UNISON General Secretary.
Barnet Trades Council collectively and unanimously endorse his candidacy.
John has long been a driving force and figurehead in our community campaigns.
He brings his knowledge, innovative and resourceful thinking, energy, drive and leadership to our community and is an inspiration to all who come into contact with him.
UNISON, under his stewardship, will become an inclusive, campaigning union that members sorely need.
John would stand against the Austerity-Lie, fight injustice and inequality with the burning passion that he has brought to our community campaigns and champion the rights of workers the precariat and the dispossessed.