Saturday, 22 July 2017

Notes Green Seniors Friday 21 July .2017

Notes Green Seniors  Friday 21 July .6.00

1.  GS email list address is Greenseniors@lists.greenparty.org.uk".
2.  Notes Green Seniors meeting 3/3/2016: agreed for accuracy.
3.   Matters Arising
a) May meeting postponed due to General election.
b) Nominations still open for post of Green Seniors  Treasurer.
c)  No progress with crowdfunder, might not be with it if the only expense was conference leaflets. Donations invited.
d) Pedestrians Association Aka Living Streetshttps://www.livingstreets.org.uk/ had responded to Maureen refusing to take up dangers to pedestrians from cyclists on pavements.
e) Museum charges now raised to prohibitive levels for many seniors.
f)   Lucas conference working groups: (on Arms Conversion, Localisation, Robotics and Just Transition) continue next meetings 24/7/2017. PM to attend.
g) GPEW Spring Conference, a successful eent combined with world and European Greens, some contacts made.


4.  General election:
a) Rumours of November/December election
b) Ongoing Brexit problems
c)  Disappointing GP performance but actually got 2nd highest GP total vote.

5.  Gp autumn conference 7/10 october, Harrogate:
a) Stall:PM to book
b) Meeting: PM to book, and facilitate, volunteers to help needed.
c)  Motions: Alan Borgars proposing motion on fire proofing, Peter Allen proposing motion on prioritising NHS campaigning. See GP members’ site

6.  Future activities and events/Aob
a) National Pensioners’ Convention: The Message – quarterly newspaper 20p/free to affiliated groups and other publications available from: http://npcuk.org/publications.
b) National Pensioners’ Convention aims now posted at https://greenseniors.blogspot.co.uk/p/national-pensioners-convention-aims.html
Could be used  as a template for Green Seniors. 
c)  Which MP’s to contact on pensioners issues
2016–present
Source Wikipedia 21/7/2017

 

d) London Older Peoples Strategies Group www.lopsg.org.uk/

e) Maureen Childs to organise debate of Elders’ issues at Toynbee Hall
f)   Toynbee Hall research into needs of Elders in Tower Hamlets, Maureen Childs has contacted researcher Natasha Munoz and will further contact to ascertain how many Senior Centres have closed in Tower Hamlets.
g) Seniors reported to be entitled to double length GP appointments.
h) GP appointments.being replaced by skype and/or internet in some areas(?)
i)    Sheltered housing: reductions in workers, leading to reduction in residents’ access to facilities.
j)    MC and PM had attended Tower Hamlets and Brent air pollution meetings.
k)  Age Action Alliance  MC
l)    Ransackers, problems in using Uni facilities


7.Date of next meeting: 22/9/2017 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 


Friday, 21 July 2017

Living Longer Lives: Blessing or Curse?

Living Longer Lives: Blessing or Curse?

BBC World service podcast at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058m10c

Half of all people born in industrialised countries today can expect to live to 100. What implications does that have for individuals and for societies around the world? Owen Bennett Jones and his guests discuss the many issues arising from an ageing society and ask whether one day we could live forever.

Contributors
Dr Anne Karpf - Author of 'How to Age' 

Prof Lynda Gratton - Author of 'The 100 Year Life'

Dr Alexandre Kalache - Co-President of the International Longevity Centre, Brazil 

Also featuring:

Dr Bill Frankland - medical doctor still working at 105

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Barts Hospital Workers Strike

Barts Hospital Workers Strike

The cleaners, porters and other SERCO workers at Barts Health, including Whipps Cross Hospital, are involved in an historic dispute. They are striking again this week to improve working conditions and to get a pay rise from £9.70 to £10 an hour.
The next round of strike days begins on Tuesday July 11th and runs until Tuesday July 18th at 6am

Solidarity demo

Unite the Union demonstration
Saturday 15 July, 12 noon, the Royal London (Whitechapel) to Mile End hospital
Meet on Turner Street, E1 2AD.
The branch banner will be on the demonstration, please join us if you can.
 


Statement from UNITE:

We the cleaners, porters, and security who are members of Unite the Union at the St Barts NHS Trust are going on strike to defend our jobs and the integrity of our work. Since December 2016 – ‘soft services’ (catering, cleaning, security and portering) SERCO has been given the privatised contract so we work for the private sector not the NHS.
This is a deal that will cost taxpayers £600m and lead to Serco making large profits from our hard work. Since Serco have taken over they have:
1) Planned job cuts at Whipps Cross Hospital.
2) Attempted to abolish tea breaks for hard-pressed workers at the Royal London Hospital.
3) Increased the workload to unsustainable levels affecting workers physical and mental well-being.
4) Continued zero-hours contracts despite a commitment not to.
Serco profits from our NHS. Their CEO alone earns almost £2m a year. A cleaner would have to work for almost 100 years to receive this sum.
Unite members have called for:
1) A pay rise of a 30p per hour to cover rising costs in London.
2) An end to proposed job cuts.
3) An end of an ever increasing workload that is affecting our health.
Serco have refused to listen. We have now been forced into taking
industrial action. From the 4th of July we will be on strike. This is
a last resort for us and we hope that both Serco and the Barts NHS
Trust do the right thing.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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

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. 

SATURDAY 1 JULY - NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
Not One Day More #ToriesOut 

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

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK 

not_one_day_more_leaflet.jpg

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. 

For publicity materials please contact office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

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. 

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK 

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

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...

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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

roysandison via lists.riseup.net 

8:54 AM (26 minutes ago)
to greenleftdiscu.
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."
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Keep the free bus pass

Keep the free bus pass


A petition calling on all parties, before polling day, to publicly pledge that, if elected to power, they will retain unchanged the England free bus pass for older and disabled citizens, namely as a universal entitlement free at the point of use, for the lifetime of the new Parliament.
More details...