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You've heard about our plans to mark the 40th anniversary of the Grunwick strike – we want to create a mural, put on an exhibition and organise a conference. But we need to raise some money to make it happen. Our crowdfunding campaign is now live and we're relying on you to help us turn these plans into reality. Let's ensure that the heroic struggle of the Grunwick women is remembered for years to come.
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The Grunwick 40 Steering Group
Grunwick 40 is an initiative of Brent Trades Council and the Willesden Green Town Team.
Our mailing address is: *c/o Brent Trades Council, 375 High Road, London NW10 2JR*
On Tuesday 8 March at 4.30pm at Congress House SERTUC is launching our tenth survey of equality in trade unions. To respond to the government’s attack on trade unions we need to be in the best shape possible. Are we? Join us to find out. With a glass of wine and a peanut… Let Joanne Williams know you are coming please at firstname.lastname@example.org
SERTUC’s Creative & Leisure Industries Committee conference
Unite International Women’s Day events Tuesday 8 March
Unite House, London
·12 noon What Next for Women? Public meeting with Kate Osamor MP, Diana Holland Unite AGS, Siobhan Endean Unite Women’s Officer, Jane Stewart Unite Women’s Committee chair. All welcome, Lunch provided ·2pm Caring & Campaigning: Bloomsbury Women Walking tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. Places limited. Free to Unite sisters, other unions can attend if places are available £5. Register at email@example.com ·6pm Irish Women of Resistance 1916-2016 Public meeting with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey Irish socialist and republican, Liz Deasy and Karen Gearon Dunnes Sotres strikers, Kelley Temple Abortion Rights, Theresa Moriarty Irish socialist historian. All welcome. Refreshments provided
Thursday 25 February 6.30pm “Big Brother, who’s spying on you. Police spying on trade unionists” with John Lang Wapping Striker, Matt Wrack FBU GS, Helen Steel author, Mark Metcalf political activist, Jim Kelly Unite chair. More info firstname.lastname@example.org
Bromley Unite Library Campaign
Unite is protesting outside Bromley Community Links (the organisation chosen to run 6 Bromley libraries) 24 and 25 February, 2 and 4 March – contact email@example.com for further details
Wednesday 24 February 7pm with Dr John Lister, Val Moore, a Junior Doctor. Details firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s rights campaigners in East London, oral history project
Eastside Community Project is promoting East End women’s history as a response to the Jack the Ripper museum on Cable Street. Do you know anyone willing to be interviewed on the subject of working women’s rights? Contact Kirsty Parsons Kirsty@ech.org.uk
Stand up to Racism public meeting
Goldsmiths College Tuesday 1 March at 7pm with Imam Shakeel Begg, Denis Fernando, Vicky Foxcroft MP, Mary Goodfellow journalist, Laurie Heselden SERTUC, Shakira Martin NUS, Marcia Rigg, Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild more info email@example.com
Yanis Varoufakis was quoted today on RTE (the Irish national broadcaster) as saying, in relation to the general election, “The old world is dead but there is nothing to replace it”. I am not sure I agree completely but he has a point. Since its inception Ireland has been governed (usually) by Fianna Fail, and occasionally Fine Gael in coalition with others. The wrongly named Labour Party has performed the role of propping up the two main parties, both right of centre, and this time has been punished viciously. A similar fate befell the Green Party, who suffered total wipe out in 2011 as a result of being the junior party in coalition with Fianna Fail. (They are back with two TDs and 2.7% of the vote.)
Has it all changed? In 1997 FF, FG and Labour commanded over 90% of the vote. Even in the post-crash 2011 election the big three achieved 78% of the vote. In 2016 this dropped to 56%. The two Conservative parties, FF and FG, did not manage 50% between, them. Renua, a right wing split from FG, has been wiped out. The “hard left” in the shape of AAA-PBP has at least 5 TDs on around 4% of the vote. Sinn Fein (the new Fianna Fail or part of the Left?) has taken around 14%, a significant increase on its 2011 figure, but less than it hoped. Independents – some of whom are clearly on the Left – have taken around 18% of the vote.
What happens next? The only viable government appears to be a coalition of the old big two, FF and FG. Given that the results make a governing coalition of the Left impossible many would “welcome” this outcome as it might finally lead to the development of class based politics in the 26 counties. Sinn Fein would then be the main opposition party. Whether it would see its future as part of the Left, or seek to take over from FF as the main “republican” party, remains to be seen. The other possibility is a return to the polls later this year, but none of the parties want to be blamed for provoking another election. If the old world is not yet dead it is clearly in very poor health.
Democracy is under attack. Workers’ rights are threatened via the outrageous Trade Union Bill and crackdown worldwide. Global corporations’ rights to challenge governments are growing and they are side-stepping laws through ‘free-trade’.
Yet people in the UK and across the world are resisting these unjust policies. Join us for an inspiring day of discussion, film and practical workshops on the erosion of democracy and about resistance across the world.
Topics will include:
Striking back: There is power in a union
Taking down unfair trade deals including CETA and TTIP in a new Europe
Resisting the government clampdown on local democracy, boycotts and campaigns for Palestine
Fighting British complicity in the abuse of rights in the global South
The new totalitarianism: How creeping state powers including anti-extremism strategies, are supressing political dissent
It will be an inspiring day, building on our campaigning work and sharing experiences from around the world. The conference is free and open to everyone, so please do invite your friends to come along too.