Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The National People's Assembly - 2018 10:00 - 18:00, SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018, ST PANCRAS NEW CHURCH EUSTON ROAD, LONDON, NW1 2BA


The National People's Assembly - 2018

John McDonnell MP | Gary Younge (columnist) | Diane Abbott MP | Danny Dorling (author) | Amelia Womack (Dep Leader Green Party) | Steve Turner (Unite the Union) | Lindsey German (People’s Assembly) | Jonathan Bartley (Leader Green Party) | Sam Fairbairn (People’s Assembly) | Emma Dent Coad MP (Kensington & Chelsea) | Ben Chacko (Morning Star) | Dr Louise Irvine (Health Campaigns Together) | Alex Kenny (National Education Union) John Rees (People's Assembly) | Louise Regan (NEU) | Barry Gardiner MP (Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade) | Rachel O'Brian (NUS Disabled Students Officer) | Faiza Shaheen (CLASS) | Liam Young (Journalist & Author) | Cllr Ali Milani (Labour Party) | Glynn Robins (Axe the Housing Act) | Des Freedman (Goldsmiths UCU) | Moz Greensheilds (TUC JCC) | Andrew Murray (Unite the Union) | Jonathan Ashworth MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) | & more to be announced

Sessions include:
  • How much nationalisation do we need & should we compensate corporations?
  • Could councils fight austerity?
  • Is our NHS fit for purpose?
  • What would a national education service look like?
  • What would a national investment bank do?
  • How can we fight an establishment backlash?
  • A charter for working women.
  • How many houses will solve the problem?
  • Strikes & solidarity: what do they look like?
  • Environmental justice and Social justice: How Green Policies can help working people?
  • Does our economy need immigration?
MODEL MOTION - Help build the event by downloading the model motion and submitting to your local group or campaign. 
For nearly a decade falling living standards has been the reality for the majority. Our public services have been cut beyond recognition, our wages have fallen, access to education and decent housing is becoming more difficult as a result of austerity policies. But the last year has seen a turbulent time in politics, with the Conservatives in an internal crisis, with no majority in parliament. This situation is untenable, change is coming! But how do we build a movement that forces this Government from office? And when that happens what exactly do we need from a new Government that can reverse the damaging austerity policies that the Tories have presided over?
Please like and share our Facebook Event here.
Tickets £5 (waged), £3 (unwaged)

Friday, 18 May 2018

Workers at TGI Fridays at the Covent Garden branch, Bedford Street are on strike today.


May 2018
Workers at TGI Fridays at the Covent Garden branch, Bedford Street are on strike today.

This is their first ever strike and they need your support. 

Why are they striking? 
Back in January waiting staff at TGI Fridays were given just two days’ notice before they were stripped of 40 per cent of their card tips – a move that is costing these minimum waged workers £250 a month in lost wages. 

The company is redirecting the tips to boost the low wages of the kitchen teams, instead of giving them a well-deserved pay rise. 

Our members are deeply offended by the company’s attempts to make out that they don’t want to share when the reality is that TGI Fridays don’t want to give kitchen staff a properly funded pay rise.

Our members are facing real hardship, but the company has refused to listen to their concerns or meet with Unite to find a better way forward.

It’s even ignored a collective grievance submitted by workers from over 40 stores. It’s no way to treat loyal staff.

If TGI’s wants to look at how it can reward kitchen staff, then it must work with us on a fair solution – not implement an overnight wage grab where Peter has been robbed to pay Paul.

Support our TGI Fridays members, please sign our letter to the CEO

This is the first in a series of weekly 24 hour strike actions to hit the American dining chain over consecutive Fridays, please go to the website for updates. www.unitetheunion.org/TGIFTips, and follow us Twitter @unitetheunion or Facebook

And remember to tip in cash! 

Thanks for your support.
In solidarity
Dave Turnbull
Unite regional officer

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A new deal for working people - TUC march and rally

A new deal for working people - TUC march and rally
On 12 May 2018, thousands of people will march through London to demand a new deal for working people. Come and join us.

The march will assemble at Victoria Embankment between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge from 11am.
It will move off at 12pm and march to Hyde Park. 
The rally will take place in Hyde Park, finishing at 4pm. 
We want to make sure the event is accessible to everyone. We are making special arrangements for people who:
  • wish to join the march at the main assembly point
  • wish to join the last part of the march for a shorter route to the rally
  • wish to go straight to the rally
Take a look at our accessibility guide.
The main march is about 2.5 miles and the short march is about 1.25 miles.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Levellers Day 2018

Levellers Day 2018
Join us in Burford, Oxfordshire, to remember the achievements, sacrifice and legacy of the radical thinkers and political activists known as ‘The Levellers’ 

2pm Saturday 19 May
In the Churchyard, St John the Baptist Church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
There will be a short commemoration to Levellers Cornet James Thompson, Corporal Perkins, and John Church, who were executed in the churchyard, 17 May 1649. The commemoration will be led by the Reverend Giles Fraser. Flowers will be laid. The ‘Sea Green Singers’ will perform. Trade union banners are welcome.

3pm Saturday 19 May
In the ‘Old Hall’, in Warwick Hall, adjacent to the church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
There will a conversation between the Reverend Giles Fraser and John Rees about ‘religion and the English revolution’, followed by and discussion with the audience. Reverend Giles Fraser was formerly the Team Rector at St Mary the Virgin, Putney, which was the location of the ‘Putney Debates’, in 1647. He is currently the priest-in-charge at St Mary's, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, south London, and he writes a weekly Friday column for The Guardian. John Rees wrote ‘The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650’, which was published in 2016 and received excellent reviews.