Sunday, 6 December 2020




Monday 7th December, 8.30-10am 2 Pickets United: joint virtual picket with Brighton University and Rolls Royce strikers 3 To attend the picket online, register here... 4 There are two events this week  in solidarity with Brighton University UCU’s fight against redundancies.πŸ“·On Monday Brighton UCU will pioneer an experiment in picketing. In what we believe will be the first instance ever of digital secondary picketing, our real-world picket at the Grand Parade building in central Brighton from 8.30-10am will be Zoom-linked with the picket of Rolls Royce strikers in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. We are inviting delegations from UCU branches and other trade unions to join us online to bring solidarity and, if possible, donations to our strike fund. 5 6 To attend the picket online, register here...Thursday 10 December 12 noon 7 Brighton UCU online strike rally  8 'Fightin’ Brighton: Fighting for our universities - students and staff together’ 9 With John McDonnell MP, speakers from UCU branches at UEL, Goldsmiths, SOAS Unison, and students involved in rent strikes and protests at various universities 10 ​ 11 To attend the rally, register here... 12 13 Details of our JustGiving page... 14 15 Bank account details for payments into our strike fund: UCU Brighton University SO224; Sort code: 608301; Ac/no. 40000280 16 In solidarity 17 - MarkAbel 18 Chair UCU Coordinating Committee 19 University of Brighton 20 πŸ“·πŸ“·πŸ“·Copyright © 2020 UCU London Retired Members Branch, All rights reserved. 21 UCU London Retired Members Branch - members and supporters 22 ​ 23
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Saturday, 28 November 2020

The 21st Century Crisis Nobody Talks About: Demographic Ageing

The 21st Century Crisis Nobody Talks About: Demographic Ageing

•28 Nov 2020
Humanity is getting older. But while the old outnumbering the young is one of the supreme achievements of our species, it comes with major challenges. How do we meet rising care needs at the moment the working age population shrinks? Does demographic ageing mean low growth and high deficits are here to stay? Aaron Bastani on a crisis set to re-define societies around the world which, for the 21st century at least, is every bit as disruptive as climate change.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Wembley Ambulance Station.


Brent Green Party and the Green Party Trade Union group are very concerned to learn of the proposed closure of Wembley Ambulance Station. This threat to the health of people in the surrounding areas which this would pose, seems particularly short-sighted and potentially dangerous. As stated on the Wembley Matters blog (
‘The closure would occur in the middle of a pandemic at a time of peak winter illness and falls, in a multi-racial community suffering from disproportionate numbers of Covid19 cases. A resource is being taken away from an area with a rapidly growing population as the result of high-rise developments In Alperton, Wembley Central and Wembley Park – areas close to the ambulance station.’
Unison has set out detailed objections to the proposal, Brent Green Party and the Green Party Trade Union group fully support their campaign to retain the Ambulance Station, we trust the MP’s for Brent will also give their support.
Peter Murry
Trade Union Liaison pp Brent Green Party
Co-Secretary Green Party Trade Union grou

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Northern Launch of "Anti-Nazi Germans"


Mary Quaile Club event

Northern Launch of "Anti-Nazi Germans"

Enemies of the Nazi State from within the Working class Movement by Merilyn Moos German Volunteers in the French Resistance by Steve Cushion. 29th November 2020, 2pm
Due to the current situation this of the Mary Quaile Club  will be held by Zoom Full details of how to log in can be found at the end of this post
This new book challenges a popular  myth: that there was no resistance in Germany to the Nazis. We are delighted to be joined by the authors,  Merilyn and Steve.
In the first part  of the book Merilyn chronicles the German anti-Nazi Resistance,  particularly  from the German working class movement. She includes the White Rose group and the Edelweiss Pirates.
In the second part of the book Steve chronicles  how German refugees took part in fighting the Nazis in France in the Resistance, “From spreading anti-Nazi propaganda in the German Army and attempting to organise mutiny and desertion, through to extensive involvement in urban terrorism and the rural guerrilla struggle.”
Merilyn and Steve are lifelong activists in opposing fascism in organisations including the Anti Nazi League, trade unions and community campaigns. They want to encourage all of us to be inspired by the women and men in this book. And “The most important lesson we can learn from the history of their struggles is that resistance is always possible, even under the most grim of circumstances.”
You can read a review of the book by veteran anti-fascist Mike Luft here. Zoom log in details
Topic: Mary Quaile Club public  meeting Time: Nov 29, 2020 02:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 867 0782 0322 Passcode: 993204

Friday, 30 October 2020

National Pensioners Convention The September / October Campaign! Bulletin

  National Pensioners Convention


The September / October Campaign! Bulletin

The 'triple lock'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the ‘triple lock’ mechanism to safeguard and raise the state pension each year will not be scrapped


Amnesty calls for Covid public inquiry

As lockdown began, thousands of patients were sent from hospitals into care homes.


In three months 18,562 people living in Care Homes died with COVID-19. Their report 'As if Expendable' highlights the UK Government's failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read the full report on


National Care Service


Calls grows for National Care Service as NPC webinar learns how neglected sector was devastated by Covid

Leading health and care experts told how the Covid-19 pandemic has ‘accelerated’ the multiple problems facing the UK’s ailing care system at a special NPC webinar summit for International Day of Older Persons.

Watch the webinar here

Order your copy of Goodbye Cinderella using the form here.




The NPC are supporting the We Own It campaign to protect the NHS from trade deals.

You can find out more and sign the petition on the link below.


Find out more about the latest from the NPC on

Tuesday, 27 October 2020


Fuel Poverty Action

Fuel Poverty Action will be holding a


conference: "Making Green Come True"

Autumn Date To Be Confirmed

which will address the gap between what is promised and what we get.

Even insulation can make things worse if done wrong


Please share invite and pre-register:

Monday, 26 October 2020

From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice is a space to come together, strategise, and build power for systemic change.

About this Event

From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice is a space for our movements to come together, strategise, and build power for systemic change.

This November, COP26 was due to take place in Glasgow. To mark this moment, the COP26 Coalition is hosting From the Ground Up - a global gathering providing the space to educate, strategise and co-ordinate, to build power and connect within our global justice movements. We will discuss the need for a Global Green New Deal and work towards a global plan of action to create the change we need from the ground up.

We will be hosting discussions on:

  • False Solutions to the Climate Crisis
  • Just Transition and the Role of Trade Unions
  • How Fossil Fuels get Financed
  • Feminism and the Climate Emergency
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Strategies for Resistance
  • Struggles for Land, Forests, and Oceans

As well as workshops exploring:

  • How not to burn out as an activist
  • How to resist mega-projects in your community
  • How to frame climate justice in campaigning
  • How to take action during a global pandemic

...and many more.

This Global Gathering is an opportunity for Scottish, UK, European and international climate justice movements to build momentum and capacity, and to connect to broader civil society to build power for system change.

It aims to provide a space to come together in these times of isolation, to connect and share the diversity of struggles and experiences that make our movements so powerful.

The event is free, everyone is welcome to attend. The gathering will be spread throughout the five days to enable activists from all time zones to take part. We will provide interpretation in Spanish and French (upon request), and closed captions for key panels.

For any questions, please get in touch at