Thursday, 31 March 2016

UCU London Retired Members Branch: Annual General Meeting Tuesday April 5th 2016 - 2pm - 4pm

Annual General Meeting
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TUESDAY APRIL 5TH 2016 - 2PM - 4PM

This will also be the Annual General Meeting and we shall be electing officers and committee as well as discussing our motion to UCU Annual Congress
Meetings take place in the union office in Carlow Street NW1 7LH, nearest tube Mornington Crescent.

So far I have received notice of 3 motions, on
  • Academic Freedom in Turkey,
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for disabled people
  • Climate Change
It was also agreed at the last meeting that we shall have a discussion on the subject of the EU referendum. Please let me know of any other matters you wish to raise.
I have received some nominations for branch officers, you can let me have any other nominations by email or at the meeting. Please also consider serving on the committee.

All retired academic staff are welcome (as well as those about to retire).
If you have items for the agenda, or wish to be put on the mailing list please let me know. s.cushion23@gmail.com
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Friday, 18 March 2016

George Osborne wants to take money away from people living with disabilities.






George Osborne wants to take money away from people living with disabilities. [1]

The support he’s slashing, known as the Personal Independence Payment, is used by disabled people to help them live an independent life - for aids to help with things like washing and dressing. [2] In other words, money needed to live with dignity.

Conservative MPs are panicking. Some are already saying publicly that they don’t support taking this money away. [3] George Osborne is looking isolated, and one thing 38 Degrees members can do right now is show the public are against his cruel plans too.

We need to move fast. If thousands of us get behind a huge petition today, we can force George Osborne to do the right thing and keep this crucial support for disabled people.

Please will you add your name now?
The UK is better than this - better than taking money away from people who need it most.Taking away help to do the most basic things and live an independent life.

38 Degrees members believe in fairness, and when our government is hurting people who most need support we won’t stand by. Last Autumn, George Osborne tried to cut tax credits. This would have made many struggling families worse off. But 38 Degrees members mounted a massive campaign to stop him. And, together, we helped stopped that cut. [4]

People power can stop this cruel cut too.The more of us who rally in defence of people with disabilities, the more toxic we can make this for George Osborne, and the faster we can force him to back down.

So let’s get this petition going straight away. If you agree that George Osborne’s cuts are just plain cruel, add your name to the petition demanding he scraps them now:


Thanks for being involved,

Bex, David, James, Blanche and the 38 Degrees team


PS: This isn’t just a small cut to people's budgets - it means people with disabilities and their families losing around £70 a week. It means losing the lifeline. Conservative MP Andrew Percy says these cuts hit “exactly the wrong people.” [5] He’s right! Add your name to the petition now:

PPS: If you or a loved one are likely to be affected by these cuts, there is support available.
Disability Rights UK have a useful factsheet on PIP: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/personal-independence-payment-pip
Carers UK can provide help and advice: http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice
The Citizens Advice Bureau can offer information on various benefits and where other financial help may be available: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/


NOTES
[1] Guardian: Disability benefit cuts not acceptable, Conservative rebels tell Osborne:
BBC: Government not backing down on disability cuts despite minister's words:
[2] Gov.uk: Personal Independence Payment overview:
Guardian: Benefit cuts threaten independent living for thousands of disabled people:
[3] The Telegraph: Budget 2016: George Osborne faces mass Tory rebellion over disability cuts:
And more and more Conservative MPs are speaking out over Twitter:
Sarah Wollaston MP:
Michael Fabricant MP:
[4] 38 Degrees Blog: Tax Credits Win!
[5] Evening Standard: Chancellor faces ‘open rebellion’ over benefits cut for the disabled:

38 Degrees is funded by donations from thousands of members across the UK. Making a regular donation will mean 38 Degrees can stay independent and plan for future campaigns. Please will you chip in a few pounds a week?


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Monday, 14 March 2016

UCU London Retired Members Branch -Update March 2016

Branch AGM
Defend Butterfields tenants
Decent Jobs and Wage-led Growth in the UK and Europe
UN Anti-racism Day demonstration

 
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Branch AGM

April 5th 2016 - 2pm - 4pm
We shall be electing officers and committee as well as discussing our motion to UCU Annual Congress. The last meeting also decided that we shall have a discussion about the Referendum on the European Union.
Meetings take place in the union office in Carlow Street NW1 7LH, nearest tube Mornington Crescent.

Defend the Butterfields tenants

63 Families on the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow are facing eviction.
A private business has bought almost two whole streets in Walthamstow, East London, and put the homes up for auction as vacant properties with the tenants still inside. A first round of eviction notices have been served and more could be just weeks away.
Sign the petition...
Download the Butterfirelds Campaign Newsletter...

Decent Jobs and Wage-led Growth in the UK and Europe

28 April 2016, 14:45-20:00, University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre, FEPS and TASC welcome you to a conference with John McDonnell MP, Professor Ozlem Onaran, Professor Engelbert Stockhammer, Professor James Wickham, Dr. Alicja Bobek, Dr. Geoff Tily, Professor Francis Green, Dr. Ernst Stetter and Mr. David Begg. The conference will present the findings of two new research projects on “Wage-Led Growth in Europe? Effects of Changes in Income Distribution and Financialization on Growth ” and “Workers' Experience of New Employment Strategies
To book a place for the conference please reserve here.

 

National Demo: Refugees Welcome Here: Stand up to racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism & fascism!

UN Anti-racism Day demonstration Sat 19 Mar 2016, London #M19
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London Housing demo 13 March 2016






















London Housing demo 13 March 2016. Natalie Bennett ( who spoke at the demo), with Epping  Forest GP banner and members. More pictures by Martin Francis below and at  http://www.wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/london-rises-up-against-housing-bill.html,  and
http://greentulondon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/london-housing-demo-13-march-2016.html















Friday, 4 March 2016

*Show Culture Some Love conference* *Saturday 12 March 2016*

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/show-culture-some-love-no-to-austerity-arts-budget-cuts-tickets-21203096031



*Show Culture Some Love conference* *Saturday 12 March 2016* *Venue: Trade
Union Congress (TUC)* *Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St, London WC1B
3LS*

This is an event organised under the banner of the Show Culture Some Love
campaign by the Southern & Eastern Region of the TUC’s Creative & Leisure
Industries Committee (CLIC) and the PCS union Culture Group.
Accessibility details can be found here:
http://congresscentre.co.uk/facilitydetails/3/7/35/accessibility.aspx

If you have other access requirements, can you please email
SVolunteer@TUC.ORG.UK and will try to plan accordingly. Note that
unfortunately we are unable to provide signlanguage interpretor due to the
lack of budget.
Draft Programme

*(1) **Opening Session – 11.30-13.00*

It’s been claimed that George Osborne’s recent budget has “solved all our
problems” in the arts & culture sector. What’s the reality?"

Speakers: Sonia Boyce, (Professor of Fine Arts, Middlesex University) –
invited;

Maria Eagle, (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport) –
invited;

Dr. David Fleming, (President of the Museums Association) – confirmed;

Clara Paillard, (President of PCS Culture Sector) – confirmed.

Chair: Nicola Hawkins, (Chair, CLIC)


-      *Lunch break & performances 13.00-14.00 -*


*(2) Workshops sessions 1 – 14.00-15.30*

* (a) Campaigns *

 Speakers: Chris Jury, (WGGB/CLIC), “BBC: Love it or Lose it” campaign;

Christina Paine, (UCU/CLIC), “Save the Cass” campaign;

Candy Udwin, (PCS/CLIC), PCS National Gallery dispute

Equity speaker , English National Opera

 Chair: Tom Taylor, (Secretary, CLIC).

* (b) Equalities*

Speakers: Giovanni Bienne, Chair of the Equity LGBT Committee

Antonietta Torsiello, artist

Dave O’Brien, Goldsmiths University and lead “Panic” survey - equalities in
the culture sector

Mike Jackson, Lesbians &; Gays Support the Miners

Chaired by Zita Holbourne, (artist, PCS NEC / Black Activists Rising
Against Cuts BARAC).

 *(c) Art &; Protest: Art as a weapon*

This session will look at how art &; creativity can be used in political and
campaigning activities and reflect how the Show Culture Some Love campaign
can learn from those experiences.

Invited speakers:

Jess Worth &; Danny Chivers, Art Not Oil

Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against Cuts

Bob &; Roberta Smith, artist

Samia Malik, artist

Chair: Hayley Hare, Artist Union England

*(d) Defend the arts: No to cuts, closures & privatisation*

This workshop will look at the growing crisis developing in relation to the
reduction in arts spending and its impact on cuts to local art programmes,
closures of cultural venues and the increasing involvement of the private
sector.

Speakers: Greg Childs, (Children’s Media Foundation)

Jamie Pullman, Organiser for the Musicians' Union

Rob Waters, PCS rep at V&A Museum

Julie Ward, MEP, Labour Party

Chair: Jane Perry, BECTU president



*(3) Closing Session – 15.30-17.00*

This will receive feedback & proposals from the workshops and provide a
summary of the day – including taking forward the Show Culture Some Love
campaign.

Chair: Tony Lennon, (SERTUC/CLIC)


*Following the conclusion of the conference, there will be a social
event. **(further
details to follow)*
When Saturday, 12 March 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
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Where Congress House - 23-28 Great Russell Street, City of London WC1B 3LS,
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