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.