Thursday, 17 January 2019

The regular events newsletter from the TUC in your region 19 January 2019- LESE Regional Council

The Regional Council is appointed annually by affiliates and county associations of trades councils and meets four times a year to discuss both how to achieve policy determined at the national TUC and to make specific policies on regional issues. At its Annual General Meeting, it elects officers and an Executive Committee that meets monthly. To register as an observer please contact  <>

♥ Unions Week 11-17 February

This years theme is challenging zero hour contracts- more information to follow.

16 February - LESE Transport Industries Network "Artificial Intelligence Robots New Technology Automation"

Unite Offices, Theobald Road, London, WC1X 8TN

Where now for transport workers? A serious detailed exploration of what is happening in transport and what we need to do. Key speakers include: Sharon Graham UNITE, Leonardo Impett and Victor Figueroa ITF

16 February 209- A day school -  'Humanising Migration Narratives post Brexit', to be held on the organised by the  ‘Ella Baker School of Transformative Organising’ in association with Unite Community.

The event will bring together community activists, anti-racists, migrant supporters, academics and trade unionists to discuss how we challenge an increasingly toxic and deliberately hostile narrative around migration, in the specific context of the impending Brexit.

The day will be taken up with a series of sessions looking at the context in which anti migrant narratives have become so dominant, how communities can best respond to far right provocations, and techniques for creating new unifying narratives. Each of these will involve an introduction followed by break-out sessions, where discussions leading to resolutions can be developed while allowing all attendees to participate as equals.
More details or sign up here:

23 February 2019- TUC LESE Creative and Leisure Industries Network "Future of the Arts" Conference

The fourth conference of the Show Culture Some Love campaign – hosted by the London, Eastern & South-East Region of the TUC - is being held on Saturday 23 February 2019 in TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell
Street, London WC1B 3LS. Further information to follow.

To register to attend please contact  <>

*23 February - **Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference* 10.30am-4.30pm (Registration from 10am) - Hamilton House London

16 March - UN anti-racism day demonstration in London

March in London as part of an international day of action against racism and the far right

23 March - International Brigade memorial Trust : Len Crome Memorial Conference 11am (registration from 10.30am) to 4pm Kellogg College Oxford

30 March- LESE Organising Against the Far-RightTUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS  Register with
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2 November 2019- GMB March for Hospital Workers Rights 12 Noon - Kingston Hospital, Galsworthy Road, KT2 7QB Speaker - GMB General Secretary Tim Roache


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

"Future of the Arts" Conference

We are writing to let you know that the fourth "Future of the Arts" Conference is being held on Saturday 23 February between 1.00-5.30pm in TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St,London WC1B 3LS.

This event is being hosted by the London, South-East and Eastern Region of the TUC and is being organised in conjunction with the "Show Culture Some Love" campaign.
The main aim of the conference is to look at arts funding - how it is funded, how much funding should be made available and what funding should be spent on. Our guest speakers will include politicians, academics, trade unionists and those who work in the sector.
As ever, we will make time for speakers from any ongoing disputes/campaigns that are taking place - and we will have some artistic input from "Poetry on the Picket Line". Full details will be published in due course.

(1) Opening Session: 1.00pm-2.30pm
(2) Break: 2.30pm-3.00pm
(3) Workshops: 3.00pm-4.30pm
(4) Plenary Session: 4.30pm-5.30pm

If you are interested in attending, please email Jo Williams via:

With best wishes,

Fran Rifkin (Chair)/Tom Taylor (Secretary)
Creative & Leisure Industries Committee, TUC LESE Region

Friday, 4 January 2019

A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right Sat, March 2, 2019

A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right
Date And Time
Sat, March 2, 2019
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM GMT
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Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Avenue
The far-right is on the offensive: the biggest upsurge since the 1930s. They are increasingly internationalised, well-funded and well-organised. Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil extends this wave into Latin America.
These developments must be countered by rapid and effective mobilisation. This conference will bring together left and progressive forces from across Europe and beyond: to work together, to promote viable political alternatives and coordinate an effective response.
These are dangerous times: time for unity and solidarity.
For further information and registration visit

To get involved contact
Organised by the journal Transform UK and supported by Global Justice Now, Stand up to Racism, Another Europe is Possible, European Left Party, Espaces Marx, transform! Europe, DiEM 25 UK, The Monitoring Project, Greece Solidarity Campaign and others.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Surviving Capitalism Speaker: Derek Wall

Croydon Trades Union Council invites you to our next discussion:

Surviving Capitalism
Speaker: Derek Wall

Thursday 10 January 2019 7.30pm

Ruskin House
23 Coombe Road
Croydon CR0 1BD

Climate change and other ecological problems threaten human society, yet with the rise of right wing or even fascist leaders like Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian President, there is a fear that rather than reformism, policies to accelerate environmental destruction will be promoted. Derek Wall will discuss green trade unionism, the red-green labour project, the extinction rebellion movement and other projects aimed at challenging the apparent rush to destruction.

Derek Wall is a former Principal Speaker and International Coordinator of the Green Party. A leading ecosocialist, he argues that environmental problems can only be overcome by challenging capitalism He has written 13 books on green and ecosocialist politics, the most recent is Hugo Blanco: A Revolutionary for Life published by Merlin Press. He also teaches political economy at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Stansted 15

Stansted 15

The Stansted 15 are a group of concerned citizens who peacefully stopped a deportation flight to Nigeria and Ghana at Stansted airport on 28 March 2017.
They have now been convicted. The Stansted 15 expected to face retribution for their protest. They never expected to be found guilty of terrorism offences. But the group became the first activists involved in a non-violent direct action protest to be convicted under laws that were formulated in response to the Lockerbie bombing.
The group had information of people meant to be on that flight, who would be put in extreme danger if they were forcibly returned. The group knew about their stories from the website Detained Voices. For example, a lesbian women feared persecution by the Nigerian authorities if returned to Nigeria, her abusive ex husband who she was made to marry had also told her he would kill her on return. Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world for LGBT people. The Stansted 15 also knew that the Home Office was not respecting rule of law, some of the people scheduled to be on the plane had ongoing claims and had not exhausted the legal process. The Stansted 15 were deeply concerned about the treatment of detained people during the deportation process as well.
Write to the Crown Prosecution Service to protest –
Walthamstow resident and Stansted 15 protester Melanie Strickland on why she’ll keep fighting to help vulnerable deportees
I was convicted of an absurd terror-related charge this week, on International Human Rights Day. The Stansted 15 – as we are known – have been tried for “endangering safety at airports” following our peaceful action against a deportation plane set to fly to Ghana and Nigeria in March 2017.
This charge, and the way the prosecution made its case throughout, has been political and vindictive. We were subjected to a ten-week trial at what must have been vast public expense.
I am proud of what we did and what the groups involved – End Deportations, Plane Stupid, and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants – have achieved. We helped to expose a massive government scandal.
We now know that the government has been deporting people en masse on a routine basis – many of these people had claims that had not been heard properly. In doing so, the Home Office has shown contempt for rule of law and due process.
Eleven of the 60 people scheduled to be on the plane we stopped remain in the country today. These people include trafficking survivors and people who have claimed asylum. At least one person has already secured leave to remain.
If I was put in a situation of extreme danger by my own government, as people on the plane we stopped were, I would want someone to intervene on my behalf. In March 2017 I was responding to a plea from someone I knew would be on the plane, whose story was posted on Detained Voices when they got the ticket for the deportation plane. They said: “I came to England for protection, I seek asylum here. I believe the UK could help me… Nobody hears our cry. We are crying. Please, we need to be rescued. Please can anybody helps us?”
From volunteering at Walthamstow Migrant Support Centre, I know about the misery experienced by people subject to immigration control. I found this person’s story compelling and totally credible.
The Home Office routinely breaks the law in refusing people’s claims without good reason, and in deporting them. They haven’t confirmed if the 49 people subsequently deported from our flight were of the Windrush generation, and they haven’t contacted those affected to tell them about the newly-established Windrush Taskforce.
If the government can totally disregard the law and get away with it, then none of us are safe – all our rights are under threat. The hostile environment is hostile to all of us. While these charter planes carrying deportees are still flying, we will keep up the campaign to end this brutal practice. It is now my mission to hold the government to account for its dark deeds.
I think about the people on the plane every day. Their words give me courage: “When something is wrong people have to stand up. The problem is with the Home Office. No-one checks on them, they have absolute power over peoples lives. They do whatever they want. People must stand up against injustice. We are very proud of the protesters. They did the right thing.”

– Charter flights (private, mass deportation flights chartered by the Home Office), like the plane stopped, are a particularly brutal, secretive and barely legal plank of the hostile environment policy as championed by Theresa May. People are racially targeted based on their perceived nationality, then ripped from their communities, friends and loved ones before they are forcibly deported. People are often deported before they can get access to a decent lawyer. Legal aid is available in limited cases and it’s very difficult to access even where it is available. People are seriously abused by guards involved in the deportation process. Being tranquillised, ‘dragged like a goat’ in a restraint belt, and racially abused, are all commonplace experiences. Charter flights take place in the middle of the night in a remote part of Stansted airport where the public cannot observe the dark deeds that are taking place. This offends common decency.
You can find a lot of information on the End Deportations website…

Facts:The Stansted 15 have been the targets of a political frame up. They have been charged with endangering safety at airports under terrorism-related legislation. They have ensured a 10 week trial so far. The Government is in fact guilty of the charge the State has levied against the Stansted 15 – the Government endangers people every day with their brutal, unfair hostile environment policies and particularly the barbaric practice of charter flights.
– Decent people must be united in their condemnation of charter flights and their solidarity with the Stansted 15. Peaceful dissent to defend our rights – and those of our migrant brothers and sisters – is noted never could be an act of terror. State terror must be identified, called out, and opposed.
– The action by the Stansted 15 has mean that 11 of the 60 people due to be deported that night are still in the UK with their friends and families. More details from the House of Commons website…



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Friday, 14 December 2018

protest events supporting the Stansted 15

'martin empson' via Climate Trade Union

3:07 PM (48 minutes ago)
to Climate-change-trade-union
Dear all,

There are lots of protest events being called supporting the Stansted 15 who were found guilty under terrorism legislation this week. Here is a list of those that I know about. 



Martin Empson
Treasurer, Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group
079 585 35231