Wednesday, 14 June 2017

SATURDAY 1 JULY - NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION: The People's Assembly Against Austerity

The General Election result was devastating for Theresa May and the Conservatives. She called it to gain a bigger majority in Parliament but failed spectacularly to deliver on that. Now the Conservative Party are in chaos, forced to try to prop up a Government with the deeply conservative and regressive DUP. Even if they can get a Queens Speech through Parliament this arrangement is unsustainable, it won't last for long. 

Not One Day More #ToriesOut 

Assemble 12pmSaturday 1 July 2017 
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
March to Parliament



The Election result represents a rejection of Tory policies. They no they have no mandate; already the Government has suggested they may have to ease their austerity plans because of huge opposition. We need to make sure the full force of that opposition is felt. If we continue to mobilise in huge numbers we can deepen the crisis for the Conservatives and force big concessions on the NHS, education, housing and jobs. There is already talk of another General Election in the next few months which would likely see the Tories loose further support and be unable to form a Government. 

Protests have sprung up across the country and there are many more planned in the next few days, we're supporting all actions and events against Theresa May's attempt at forming a Government. On Saturday 1 July we want to invite everyone - from campaigns and community groups all over the country, from the trade unions, from political parties, and any individual - to come together in one massive show of strength. We're marching against another 5 years of a Troy Government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. And we're marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all. Join us, bring your friends and spread the word. 

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Transport is being arranged from across the country - full details available soon. If are organising transport please let us know and we will publicise. Keep checking our website for updates. 


The People's Assembly Against Austerity

Monday, 12 June 2017

The House on Coco Road

The Rio Cinema in Dalston will be showing a film on Grenada called The House on Coco Road on Saturday 24th June at 12.30 in the afternoon.

The House on Coco Road

A man pays tribute to his mother and reflects on the social turmoil of his childhood, set amidst the Grenada Revolution.
More details of the film...

Thursday, 1 June 2017


SERTUC Public Service Committee welcome Dr Peter Latham Book Signing: WHO STOLE THE TOWN HALL? - Tuesday 13 June 2017

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Date and time of event: 
Tue 13 Jun 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30
Venue and town/city: 
TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London
FREE ADMISSION (please register)
About this event: 


Joined by:  Dr Jane Lethbridge

TUESDAY 13 JUNE 2017, 1.30 – 3.30pm (Lunchtime refreshments)
In his new book, Dr Peter Latham argues that the UK Conservative Government’s devolution agenda conceals their real intention: to complete the privatisation of local government and other public services. Using illustrative examples from across the UK, including the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the Midlands, the book explains the far-reaching implications of the reorganisation of local government that is already affecting vital public services, including education, health, housing and policing. Proposing an overhaul of the taxation system to include land value taxation, a wealth tax and more progressive income tax to fund an increase in directly provided services, the author argues that a new basis for federal, regional and local democracy is vital. 
Books available for purchase at event - special SERTUC Public Services Committee discounted price £6.99 
Book Orders:  or 0117 954 5940
Information about the venue: 
Congress House is a fully accessible building  
Please refer to Map and Directions to TUC Congress House 
Contact for further information: 


Queries: 020 7467 1220 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Green Party has suspended campaigning today after last night's terrorist attack in Manchester.

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The Green Party has suspended campaigning today after last night's terrorist attack in Manchester.

All national campaigning events, including the billboard launch and Welsh Green Party manifesto launch are cancelled.

In a statement following the attacks, the Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley said:

"Our thoughts are with those affected by this appalling incident in Manchester. For young people to be targeted in this way is utterly atrocious.

"As ever our emergency services have done us proud - and we pay tribute to the police, firefighters and paramadics who stepped up in this time of need.

"Our country will never be divided by terror. The people of Manchester showed last night just how strong the bond of friendship is between the people who live on these islands - and in the coming days and weeks we'll show that we won't let terrorism tear us apart."

Monday, 22 May 2017

The RMT is holding a one-day strike on 30th May on Arriva Rail North, Virgin East Coast and Southern.

Dear CATP supporter,
The RMT is holding a one-day strike on 30th May on Arriva Rail North, Virgin East Coast and Southern. You are invited to join us on the Southern picket-line on the edge of Victoria Station 8.30 - 10am.
The RMT fight to Keep the Guard on the Train has spread from Southern to elsewhere in England. Southern recently announced that Disabled Passengers were no longer welcome to use 33 of its stations on a Turn-Up-&-Go basis as they had stopped using guards.
But getting rid of the Guard also has terrible implications for Non-Disabled passengers too. You'll remember that  guards who spend several months training have 35 safety-crucial competencies - - including the ability to safely evacuate a crashed train (if the driver is trapped in the front) and to use special equipment to turn the nearest lights to red in order to prevent another train running into the back/front of the crashed train.  Only 30% of trains run without a Guard. 
ASLEF now have an overtime ban on these same lines.
Please put the date/time in your diary! Hope to see you on the picket-line. The action supports the need for nationalisation of our railways, the need for safe numbers of well-trained staff on all railways and making rail more accessible.
In Solidarity,
Jan Pollock
CATP Co-ordinator
A nationwide billboard campaign is being launched today across the country accusing Theresa May of being a 'threat' to our public services. The People's Assembly has hired over 40 billboards, mostly in key marginal seats, which display a large picture of Theresa May with the words 'I am a threat, to your local hospital, to your child's education, to your standard of living, to your job security, to your pension, to you peace and security'.


We are launching a crowdfunding drive alongside the billboard campaign so we can organise more advertising in the last week of the election campaign. We want to put up more billboards, adverts and organise actions across the country to expose the truth of Tory policies. We're taking back space that's usually only reserved for the big business and corporations. The more money we raise the bigger impact we can have, but we only have a very short time to make this happen and we've now used up every penny we have! The Tories get massive donations from a few millionaires but we have the strength of our numbers. Please donate!
Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of the People's Assembly, said "
She is a threat to everything we rely on from cradle to grave. The crisis in the NHS was created by the Conservative government and they're doing nothing to address it. She's snatching free school lunches off infants while her plans to restructure our education system will leave schools without proper funding. University students are being strapped with lifelong debt. Employers are allowed to get away with paying poverty wages on insecure or zero hour contracts and she wants to rob people's houses from them & their family cover the costs of looking after them in old age."
"In one of the most important elections for generations we want to expose the lies behind Theresa May's soundbite rhetoric. We'll do everything we can to make sure Theresa May and her government for the super rich isn't returned to Downing St."
We're also asking everyone to get down to one of the billboards and take a snap and share online with #ToriesOut.

Why not save the image and make it your cover pic on Facebook or Twitter?


  1. Barking (Rainham Road)
  2. Barking (Ilford Lane)
  3. Birmingham (Summer Hill Road)
  4. Birmingham (Tyburn Road)
  5. Birmingham (Lichfield Road)
  6. Birmingham (Bordesley Green Road)
  7. Birmingham (Lodge Road)
  8. Birmingham (Long Acre)
  9. Birmingham (Bordesley Green Road)
  10. Birmingham (Bordesley Green Road)
  11. Bolton (Bury New Road)
  12. Brent (Chamberlayne Road)
  13. Bristol (Laurence Hill Roundabout)
  14. Cardiff (Cowbridge Road West)
  15. Cardiff (Cathay's Terrace)
  16. Cardiff (Nantgarw Road)
  17. Carlisle (Port Road)
  18. Coventry (Albany Road)
  19. Croydon (London Road)
  20. Croydon (Stafford Road)
  21. Croydon (Purley Way)
  22. Leeds (Bridge Road)
  23. Manchester (Grosvenor Street)
  24. Manchester (Oldham Road)
  25. Manchester (Rochdale Road)
  26. Manchester (Hyde Road)
  27. Sheffield (Broad Lane)
  28. Sheffield (Penistone Road North)
  29. Sheffield (Neepsend Lane)
  30. Sheffield (Abbey Lane)
  31. Wandsworth (Garratt Lane)
  32. Wandsworth (Upper Tooting Road)
  33. Wandsworth (Putney Bridge Road)
  34. Manchester (Bury New Road)
  35. Wandsworth (Upper Richmond Road)
  36. Wandsworth (St Johns Hill)
  37. Birmingham (Summer Hill Road)
  38. Wood Green (Turnpike Lane)
  39. Birmingham (Icknield Port Road)
  40. Leeds (Tong Road)
  41. Sheffield (Penistone Road)
  42. Southampton (Mountbatten Way)
  43. Wandsworth (Swandon Way)
  44. Westminster (Harrow Road)
For a full list of exact dates for each billboard you can download the spread sheet here.  

The more you can do to help with this initiative the bigger the reach it will have, so please make a donation and get down to one of the sites and help us spread the message online. Let's take back the space and get the #ToriesOut.


The People's Assembly Against Austerity

Friday, 19 May 2017

Day Of Action - Vote for Education on Wednesday 24th May!

Attached is a flyer for this Wednesday's London Region Day of Action - Vote for Education .

Please let me know if you or anyone from your branch has registered for the Education Hustings and if your branch can send a delegate to the rally at 5.30pm

Day Of Action - Vote for Education on Wednesday 24th May!

We are calling on all branches in colleges, universities and adult & community learning to:

* Register for the TES Education Hustings 6.30 – 8.30pm

supported by London Region UCU, with Angela Rayner and Justine Greening. The event is FREE and you can register here: e/tes-general-election-2017- education-hustings-tickets- 34435597800<>

Please request two tickets each so you can bring a colleague

* Join the rally in Old Palace Yard  5.30 – 6.30pm

Opposite Westminster - Link<,+Westminster,+London/@51.4990738,-0.1278307,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487604c3870a0ed3:0xe20f4a7e79ad159d!8m2!3d51.4990738!4d-0.125642> to map  We have invited the NUS to join us in a rally to demand:

- Scrap HE and FE tuition fees

- Reverse the HE Bill

- Bring back the EMA Education Maintenance Allowance for FE Students

- Reverse the historic neglect of FE and increase funding

- Fund 10,000 new FE lecturers

After the rally we will March to the TES Question Time at  Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW , which is ten minutes' walk from Old Palace Yard.

* Encourage all staff and students to vote  in the general election on June 8th.

Links to  lesson materials from ACTION FOR ESOL ;  Promote the Migrant Vote' via Migrants Organise and attached materials from a UCU member at City and Islington College

* Distribute the flyer around your workplace and encourage people to sign up for the TES Question Time at 6.30pm and join the rally at 5.30pm.

In the last two weeks, Labour has announced it will scrap university and adult FE tuition fees and reverse the 'history of neglect' in FE:

Register to Vote Now! Join the rally! Come to the TES Question Time! Vote for Education!

Best wishes
Mandy Brown
UCU London Regional Secretary