Monday, 16 October 2017

Greener Jobs Alliance Newsletter.

Colleagues
Below is the link to the latest Greener Jobs Alliance Newsletter. Please forward to contacts who want an update on labour movement responses to climate change and progress to a low carbon economy.

Regards
Graham (GJA Secretary)

Monday, 2 October 2017

SERTUC activities and news

SERTUC activities and news

SERTUC East of England TU network

Saturday 30 September 10.30am Cambridge. More info richarde@pcs.org.uk

SERTUC Race Relations Committee

Monday 2 October 6pm in Congress House, celebrating the contribution of Jayaben Desai with Tim Roache GMB general secretary, Betty Joseph SERTUC RRC chair, Kamaljeet Jandu GMB national equality officer, Megan Dobney SERTUC regional secretary. Followed by refreshments https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/sertuc-race-relations-committee-tribute-jayaben-desai-monday-2-october-2017

SERTUC H&S reps conference

Friday 6 October in Congress House “What effect will Brexit have on Health, Safety and Well-being in the workplace?” 10amhttps://sertucresources.wordpress.com/sertuc-events/

SERTUC East of England TU network training day

Saturday 28 October Bury St Edmunds. More info richarde@pcs.org.uk

SERTUC/ACAS London conference

Friday 3 November – note the date, more info to come

SERTUC xmas celebration

Friday 8 December 2pm to 4pm Congress House

Britain needs a pay rise/Lift the pay cap

London pay demonstration – CHANGE OF DATE

ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, GMB, NEU, PCS, POA, RCN, RMT, SERTUC, TSSA, UCU, Unison, Unite, URTU Tuesday 17 October assemble 5.30pm opposite Downing Street, march via Departments of Health, Treasury, and Education and then rally outside Parliamenthttps://www.facebook.com/events/1295709963872854/
The TUC is organising a focussed lobby earlier in the day and the march will end at the TUC’s rally (7pm) outside Parliament

Norwich march & rally

Saturday 14 October 12 noon onwards, more details from davespencerkent@gmail.com

King’s Lynn rally

Saturday 28 October 12 noon at the Bandstand, march to the town centre. Speakers at rallies before and after Alex Mayer MEP, Megan Dobney SERTUC, Chris Jenkinson Unison, John Lister, Steve Sweeney Morning Star, Riccardo de Torre FBU. More info fromjo4nn3rust@hotmail.co.uk

TUC

Unionlearn Supporting Learners event

TUC education – win an iPad…


Trades Council actions

Colchester: Banner Theatre The union makes us strong

Tuesday 21 November 7.30pm details from r.pigott@levysolicitors.co.uk

Trade Union actions

Unite: King George Hospital march and rally

Saturday 14 October assemble 11am Central Park Dagenham, 11.45 march to Redbridge Town Hall, 3pm rally. Supported by GLATUC, Barking, Dagenham & Havering, and Waltham Forest trades councils. Contact s.aitouaziz@hotmail.co.uk

NEU: Celebrating the 1967 Abortion Act


Other actions/events

Marx Memorial Library film festival Spark

A festival of revolutionary film 24 September to 12 November at the Rio (Dalston) and Phoenix (East Finchley) cinemashttp://www.1917.org.uk/spark-film-festival/

People’s Assembly demo at Tory conference

·         Portsmouth coach organised by Portsmouth City Unison. Seats £20 waged/£5 unwaged (non-Unison members welcome). Coach leaves the Hard at 6.30am, Students Union at 6.40, Fratton 6.45, North End 6.50, Cosham 7am. Aiming to return by 9pm. Book seats with Mark on 07816 835 261
·         RMT London Region coach leaving the British Library (near Kings Cross) at 8am. Contact rossmarshallrmt@gmail.com 07932 576 955
·         Unite Southampton coach leaving SeaCity Museum 6am, University Interchange 6.20am, Eastleigh Railway Station – details and booking here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southampton-coach-protest-the-tory-party-conference-no-more-austerity-tickets-37884982001
·         Bromley trades council coach seats £10 (£15 solidarity, unwaged £6). Leaving the H G Wells Centre at 5.30am. Contact Arthur Shawa.shaw27@ntlworld.com

Grunwick 40: mural unveiling

Saturday 30 September from noon at Dollis Hill – more info here https://www.facebook.com/events/167554937136743/?ti=icl&mc_cid=3ec9b1117e&mc_eid=ef28fe1172

We are the lions, Mr Manager Grunwick play

Townsend Theatre Productions present their new play on the Grunwick dispute http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/shows/we-are-the-lions-mr-manager/
·         Saturday 14 October Bedford
·         Tuesday 7 November Southsea
·         Thursday 9 November Ruskin College Oxford
·         Friday 10 November Lowestoft
·         Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 November London

Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance, Peterborough

A demonstration for Peterborough Conservative Councillor to resign Wednesday 11 October 6pm http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/event/demo-andy-coles-resignation-peterborough-2/


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

C04 Climate change Motion 10 and amendments passed unan 12/9/2017

C04 Climate change Motion 10 and amendments passed unan 12/9/2017

 Congress notes the irrefutable evidence that dangerous climate change is driving unprecedented changes to our environment such as the devastating flooding witnessed in the UK in 2004. Congress further notes the risk to meeting the challenge of climate change with the announcement of Donald Trump to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Similarly, Brexit negotiations and incoherent UK government policy risk undermining measures to achieve the UK carbon reduction targets.

 Congress welcomes the report by the Transnational Institute Reclaiming Public Service: how cities and citizens are turning back privatization, which details the global trend to remunicipalise public services, including energy, and supports efforts by unions internationally to raise issues such as public ownership and democratic control as part of solutions to climate change.

 Congress notes that transport is responsible for a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and believes that a reduction in carbon dioxide levels must be the basis of the UK’s future transport policy in addition to building public transport capacity and moving more freight from road to rail.

Congress believes that to effectively combat climate change and move towards a low carbon economy we cannot leave this to the markets and therefore need a strong role for the public sector in driving the measures needed to undertake this transition.

 Congress notes that pension schemes invest billions of pounds into fossil fuel corporations. To this end, Congress calls on the TUC to:
i.                     work with the Labour Party and others that advocate for an end to the UK’s rigged energy system to bring it back into public ownership and democratic control
ii.                   . advocate for a mass programme of retrofit and insulation of Britain’s homes and public buildings
iii.                  . lobby to demand rights for workplace environmental reps iv. lobby for the establishment of a Just Transition strategy for those workers affected by the industrial changes necessary to develop a more environmentally sustainable future for all, and develop practical steps needed to achieve this as integral to industrial strategy v. consult with all affiliates to seek input into the development of a cross sector industrial strategy that works towards delivering internationally agreed carbon emission reduction targets
iv.                 . investigate the long-term risks for pension funds investing in fossil fuels, promote divestment, and alternative reinvestment in the sustainable economy.

Mover: Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union
Seconder: Communication Workers Union
Supporters: Fire Brigades Union; ASLEF; TSSA

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Grunwick 40: The mural is finally ready!

The mural is finally ready!


Grunwick 40 is delighted to announce that the mural commemorating the Grunwick strike will be unveiled on Saturday 30th September at noon.

The mural has been two years in the planning and is a few months late owing to circumstances beyond our control but it is finally happening!

Designed by artist Anna Ferrie and more than 60 participants at community workshops, the artwork has been a collaborative effort reflecting both memories of the strike for those who were present and the hope it represents for younger generations. Join us on Saturday 30th September from noononwards at the former factory site by Dollis Hill station (MAP HERE) as we reveal a colourful memorial to mark this seminal moment in British history!

Tell us you're coming on the Facebook event and don't forget to share and retweet.

This will be the final event in the Grunwick 40 commemoration project, and we'd like to thank all the supporters and donors who helped make the project possible. For those of you who donated money – as the design is finalised we are now able to produce the crowdfunder rewards and these will be sent out during October as soon as possible after the unveiling. Thank you for bearing with us so patiently.

In solidarity

The Grunwick 40 team

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A New Lucas Plan: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?



A New Lucas Plan: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Function room, Yates Brighton pub, 59 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA (200m from The Brighton
Centre) 6pm September 11 2017 

In the 1970s, workers at Lucas Aerospace showed how livelihoods under threat could be saved by converting production from arms to socially useful products, such as wind turbines, hybrid car engines and medical equipment. 40 years later, militarism, environmental and economic crises make the Lucas workers’ inspiring ideas, and their approach of bottom-up planning even more necessary. Come and discuss the idea of a new Lucas Plan with one of the original Lucas Aerospace shop
stewards and other leading trade unionists at our TUC fringe meeting.

Speakers:
• Phil Asquith, former Lucas Aerospace shop steward
• Sam Mason, PCS/Lucas Plan group
• Manuel Cortes, TSSA

Chaired by Romayne Phoenix of the New Lucas Plan group

Free. To get to Yates Brighton pub, leave the Brighton Centre, turn left and left again on West Street, pub is 150 yards on the right side.

For more information, visit lucasplan.org.uk, or email info@breakingtheframe.org.uk.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Peoples' Assembly: The Scrap the Pay Cap / Macdonalds strike/ Manchester demo

Important actions across several sectors coming up in the next few days can help maintain the pressure on this weak and divided government.

It's vital we stay on the offensive: We've seen incredible strike action from Unite Members in Mixed Fleet and at Serco, along with Unite and UNISON members out in Birmingham over the refuse collection disputes. We're now about to see a historic strike for fast food workers, as McDonalds staff in BFAWU Union go on the strike for the first time.

McDonald’s workers balloted at Crayford (south east London) and Cambridge stores have voted by an incredible 95.7 percent for strikes, and their BFAWU bakers’ union has now named Monday 4 September as the first strike day. A strike committee of workers met and decided to go for the date for their historic action–the first ever strike at McDonald’s in the UK. The workers taking this bold step need the URGENT solidarity of the wider trade union movement.

The Scrap the Pay Cap campaigns from the RCN and others continue too, as well as an upcoming Day of Action against Sports Direct organised by Unite Community. Please get involved and get along to any of the event below near you!

FASTFOOD WORKERS STRIKES


Saturday 2 September, BFAWU is holding a protest at McDonald’s HQ in East Finchley, north London. We are calling on solidarity from the wider movement on this day, with banners, collections etc, brought along in support. Join and share the Facebook page for the protest HERE.
Monday 4 September, workers at the Cambridge site will picket from 6 – 7am, while workers at the Crayford site will picket from 6 – 7.30am.
Main Rally, Parliament 10.30am speakers include Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell

Other rallies on the strike day are as follows:

London
McDonald’s @ King’s Cross / Pentonville Road Come along to show some solidarity, to inform workers, customers and passers-bys about the strike.
Join the Facebook page for the event HERE
Manchester
5pm, McDonald’s Manchester
Picadilly Gardens Mcdonalds, M1 1LY Manchester
Join the Facebook page HERE

Birmingham
5 PM – 6 PM, McDonalds Unit 4 Cherry Street
Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5AL
Join the Facebook page HERE
SheffieldGleadless Valley branch of Heeley (Sheffield) CLP and Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise campaign are organising solidarity action for 4 September at McDonald’s branch in Heeley constituency, probably 2 stints one lunchtime and one tea time. See details HERE
LiverpoolJoin the Liverpool #McSolidarity protest, 4-6pm outside the McDonalds on Lord Street in the city centre (82/86 Lord St, Liverpool L2 1TL). Join the Facebook page HERE

Oxford
6 – 7PM, McDonald’s, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3HB
Join the Facebook page HERE

Cardiff

5 PM – 7 PM, Mcdonalds, Queen street
12-14 Queen St, W2 4 Cardiff
Join the Facebook page HERE

Brighton
6pm at the McDonald’s on Western Road and on London Road

Blackpool
12 – 2PM outside McDonald’s in the town centre in Bank Hey St FY1 4PX

Milton Keynes
12pm McDonalds, the Centre MK, 52-56 Midsummer Blvd

Calderdale
Monday 4 September, Midday – 2pm, outside McDonald’s
22/24 Old Market, Halifax HX1 1TN

Clacton on Sea
MONDAY 4th September 12.00 until 13.00 McDonald’s Clacton Town Center. Leafleting in Support of the McDonalds workers Strike.BFAWU bakers’ union has now named Monday 4 September as the first strike day. Note: Placards to use on the day are: #McStrike placard1 and #McStrike placard2. Please use #McStrike and #FastFoodGlobal hashtags when posting on social media.

SCRAP THE CAP


UK Scrap the Cap Rally
Wednesday 6 September, The RCN has called,
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3

SPORTS DIRECT DAY OF ACTION 
Wednesday 6 September, Unite Community has called a Nationwide Day of ActionFor more details click here

Take Back Manchester Festival 2017 is on 30 September - 4 October 


We'll be holding a series of gigs, parties, rallies, meetings, screenings, comedy nights, educational events, and a National Demonstration on Sunday 1 October, in the city to let them know that we won't rest until we have chased them out of office.

Transport information can be found here
Book you coaches and send us the information to office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

We need all the help we can get, it we want to make this as successful as it can be.
Please support our Manchester Appeal here:


Click here to make a donation

See you on the streets!

The People's Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

SUPPORT THE WORKERS AT McDONALD'S. SHARE WIDELY PLEASE AND POST WIDELY.

SUPPORT THE WORKERS AT McDONALD'S. SHARE WIDELY PLEASE AND POST WIDELY.
It’s on! Get behind the 4 September #McStrike
Posted on 21/08/2017
McDonald’s workers balloted at Crayford (south east London) and Cambridge stores have voted by an incredible 95.7 percent for strikes, and their BFAWU bakers’ union has now named Monday 4 September as the first strike day.
A strike committee of workers met and decided to go for the date for their historic action–the first ever strike at McDonald’s in the UK.
The workers taking this bold step need the URGENT solidarity of the wider trade union movement. Please give generously now to their strike fund HERE
Please also rush messages of support, encouragement and solidarity for the workers to fastfoodrights@mail.com
Already, just by voting to strike and organising in the union, the workers have gained an impressive shift from McDonald’s–who have stated only now after the strike vote that by the end of 2017 they will implement the twice promised offer of a guaranteed hours contract to every UK McDonald’s worker. The workers and BFAWU rightly want this signed off, but it is a major victory for the some 80,000 workers at McDonald’s and shows what getting organised, joining a union and taking action can do.
The strike remains on, over a number of grievances at the two workplaces, and the workers are also fighting for £10 an hour minimum wage now, union recognition, and for the demand on scrapping zero hours contracts to be implemented.
What’s happening and how you can support?
Pass this #McStrike MODEL MOTION to back the strike
Give urgently and generously to the #McStrike Fund
On the Saturday before the strike, 2 September, BFAWU is holding a protest at McDonald’s HQ in East Finchley, north London. We are calling on solidarity from the wider movement on this day, with banners, collections etc, brought along in support. Join and share the Facebook page for the protest HERE.
On the day of the strike, Monday 4 September, workers at the Cambridge site will picket from 6 – 7am, while workers at the Crayford site will picket from 6 – 7.30am.
The strikers and their supporters will then come together outside parliament at 10.30/11am for a rally, speakers include Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Stay posted for details of what will be happening after the rally. We are asking for maximum support possible with banners and supporters gathering at the rally, and for local activists and anyone who can to show their support at picket lines where possible too.
Outside London, we are calling for solidarity protests/ leafletings at McDonald’s stores in localities (see list of those organised so far below and send us details of any your planning). Guidance for solidarity actions on the day:
HERE is a leaflet for workers in the store. Placards to use on the day are: #McStrike placard1 and #McStrike placard2
Mostly we’d like a visible presence with the materials OUTSIDE the store, with at some point a couple of activists going in to leaflet the workers on shift, and if they sign the petition, for any contact details to be sent to the campaign centrally so we can follow up. It’s important to make sure the workers know any presence is fully supportive of the workers.
Contacting local MPs, councillors, community campaigns and union branches etc is always good, and sometimes getting any supporters from there to say a few words on a megaphone outside is useful to show the broad base of support for the workers.
It’s always good to take pictures and short videos so they can be shared and give the workers taking action more confidence. We are @FastFoodRights on twitter, and will be using #McStrike and #FastFoodGlobal , so it’s good to have someone or a few people allocated to make sure pictures and videos are tweeted there so the impact of the solidarity action is greater. Please send the details of any local action once they are ready to fastfoodrights@mail.com and we will publicise on the website.
#McStrike #McSolidarity protests on 4 September:
LONDON
McDonald’s @ King’s Cross / Pentonville Road
At lunchtime, 12PM-2PM, there will be a McStrike solidarity demonstration with friends and comrades from different unions and community campaigns across Central London. It will be outside the McDonald’s in King’s Cross (302-304 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross N1 9XD). Come along to show some solidarity, to inform workers, customers and passers-bys about the strike. Together we can make this strike powerful in our communities too, and let McDonald’s workers know there is a strong movement with them! Join the Facebook page for the event HERE
MANCHESTER
5pm, McDonald’s Manchester
Picadilly Gardens Mcdonalds, M1 1LY Manchester
Join the Facebook page HERE
BIRMINGHAM
5 PM – 6 PM, McDonalds Unit 4 Cherry Street
Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5AL
Join the Facebook page HERE
SHEFFIELD
Gleadless Valley branch of Heeley (Sheffield) CLP and Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise campaign are organising solidarity action for 4 September at McDonald’s branch in Heeley constituency, probably 2 stints one lunchtime and one tea time. More details to follow.
CARDIFF
5 PM – 7 PM, Mcdonalds, Queen street
12-14 Queen St, W2 4 Cardiff
Join the Facebook page HERE
MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes Monday 4 September
from 12pm McDonalds, the Centre MK, 52-56 Midsummer Blvd.
Organised with Unite Community and MK Momentum
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