Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Trades Union Congress London, East & South East Race Relations Committee (RRC) support: IRISH HISTORY EVENTS 2018

Trades Union Congress London, East & South East Race Relations Committee (RRC) support: IRISH HISTORY EVENTS 2018

• Walking Tour of Irish and Jewish Communities in East London Sunday 11 March 2018, 11.45am This walk will look at the different and vibrant immigrant communities in East London from the Irish community of the 17th century to the Jewish community in 1870’s. Visiting Brick Lane, which was the home of the French Huguenot community (Refugees) in London from the 1680’s, then the Jewish Community fleeing pogroms in Poland and Russia, and more recently the Bangladeshi and Somalian communities. Then on to Commercial Road, and the history of women and men who worked and lived in the streets in that area. We will walk through to Cable Street and the site of the famous anti-fascist resistance in East London between Jewish, Irish and progressive forces against Police and the Mosley's British Union of Fascists. We will be exploring how this developed and how different communities joined in the fight against Fascism in the 1930’s up to the present day. This event is FREE (voluntary donations at event close) Please register: lese@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ • Trade Union presence on the St. Patrick's Day Parade in London Sunday 18 March 2018, 11.30am TUC London, East and South East representatives will be marching in London on the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Trade Union participation is in dedication to all the Irish Workers of the last few centuries which made Britain the most industrialised nation in the world. Through their mass concentration of cheap labour, British industry boomed through the high level of production in the factories, construction and transport. Irish women were als, formidable through their work in the street markets, the cotton industry and nursing. As a result, the Trade Unions membership rapidly increased and this year, it will be 130 years since the Match Girls Strike! Teenage girls of Irish heritage had the most successful strike in British history. After withdrawing their labour for three days, all their demands were met for better pay and conditions. The contribution of Irish workers in Britain must never be forgotten! www.london.gov.uk/events/2017-03-17/london-st-patricks-festival __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 • London Memorial to the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor) Sunday 13 May 2018, 1-2pm (outside TUC Congress House) Sunday 13 May 2017 marked 170 years since the systematic number of deaths became more advanced during "An Gorta Mor" (Great Hunger) in Ireland. There will be a commemoration outside TUC Congress at 1 pm with guest speakers. This area in the Parish of St. Giles was the first recorded "Little Ireland" in London from the end of the eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century. It was populated with Irish workers living in poverty and squalor. Many Irish people fled the Famine to this part of London and soon died of starvation as well as typhus. The failure of the potato crop began in 1845 and impacted heavily on the Irish population, as other crops had to be purchased for survival at a very high price or forfeited to their landlords. Hence, the starvation took effect in 1846. During the following year, it was the beginning of more than a million deaths as Britain refused to supply grain to the starving Irish population. By 1848 was the year of revolutions throughout Europe, 170 years ago, the deaths of Irish people were in a very advanced stage and there was an even an attempt at rebellion in Ireland. It is important that we commemorate "An Gorta Mor" (The Great Hunger) in London. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ • LESE RRC Irish History Event Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.30pm, TUC Congress House Guest Speaker: Mary Doolin, PCS, Senior Full-Time Officer, will be speaking on the history of Irish women in the British Trade Union movement. This year it will be 100 years since our first woman MP following the success of the Suffragettes, who achieved the Votes for Women. It is also 130 years since the "Match Girls Strike" as teenage girls of Irish heritage achieved all their demands since they withdrew their labour for three weeks in 1888. Please register: lese@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220 www.tuc.org.uk/lese-race-relations-committee 

• Please note that this list is not exhaustive and if an event is not mentioned specifically it should not be inferred that LESE does not support it

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Save our Square – Waltham Forest Trades Council

Save our Square – Waltham Forest Trades Council
Slide-show of photos of demonstration against tower block construction in Walthamstow which will do nothing to help working class people who need somewhere to live in the borough.

What we need (apart from the overthrow of capitalism and workers' control, of course) is more rent controlled council housing, not ghost towers for investment opportunities. 

 acknowledgements to Steve Cushion
All photographs copyright Mick Holder who is happy for them to be used on social media but if any commercial media wish to use them, they should contact him…

Friday, 23 February 2018

PNR Anti fracking events update

PNR Anti fracking events update

'Allan Todd' via EcoSocialist Network Unsubscribe

12:27 PM (3 hours ago)
Postponement - 19 March:
We have just been informed that, unfortunately, George Monbiot has very unexpectedly had to postpone his visit to PNR on 19 March.
However, he is keen to set a new date - possibly in the first week of June, now - and still intends to write an article about the PNR anti-fracking protests. So… watch this space!

Monday 26 FebruaryRemember - next Monday's Green Monday speakers are
John Ashton, Co-Founder of Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G), and Jamie Peters, of Friends of the Earth. 
Jamie should be starting off proceedings in front of the gates at around 12.00/12.30pm - so make sure you're there by lunchtime!
The weather forecast for Monday is good/dry (some sunny intervals), so we're hoping for a big turnout…bring LOADS of your friends with you! 
A. Future 'Green Mondays' at PNR:

1On 5 MarchAlasdair Roxburgh, FoE's Director of Communities and Networks, will be the main speaker for this Green Monday
 2. On 12 MarchJonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the Green Party, will be the main speaker for this Green Monday
 3. On 26 MarchAmelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, will be the main speaker for this Green Monday

In addition to these dates, we are still waiting for a date for a visit by:  

Dale Vince of Ecotricity


B. United Resistance:

As announced last week, when March ends, UNITED RESISTANCE - subtitled 'Love and Defiance' - begins at PNR!!  From the beginning of April to the end of June, a variety of groups/organisations will each be 'adopting' a week and organising peaceful protests and actions, to coincide with the period when Cuadrilla think they'll begin fracking. The first week  has been adopted by the 'Women of Nanashire', and other groups, including the women of the 'Call for Calm' White Wednesdays.  

So… why not book your holidays (or part of them, at least) to coincide with one of these weeks?! We're sure you won't want to miss the fun!! Apart from anything else, truck surfing conditions are likely to be extremely good this Spring! And, for those with less energy for such sports, the road in front of the gates makes a very comfortable spot for sitting down and watching these superbly athletic environmental warriors!

Finally, for those who prefer a bit of luxury (rather than tents!) at the end of the day, there's always the Premier Inn (Blackpool East) - it's only a 25-30min. walk from the fracking site's gates!

You can find out more about this via these links: 


Finally, PLEASE keep me informed of any plans/developments as regards the regular White Wednesdays and Black Fridays - such as news of special appearances and/or events. I can then advertise/report these in future Updates. 

In the meantime, you can always catch up with developments via Tina Rothery's Blog:


All the best 
Allan Todd
Membership Secretary
Allerdale & Copeland Green Party

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Who cares about care?

Who cares about care?
Date Mon 9 Apr 2018 - 10:00 to 15:30
Location Congress house, 23-28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS London
Cost Free
London, East & South East (LESE) Pensioners’ Network Annual Seminar
Every week we hear about failures in the care services: neglect and ill treatment in residential homes, limited care times and poor service in users' own homes. This is aggravated by the bad working conditions and low pay of carers.
In 2016 LESE asked what can be done to support and improve conditions both for service users and service providers. This Seminar is a follow on and will outline the problems of the system, point to new ways forward and give participants the opportunity to express their own views.
For more information, call 020 7467 1220

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Tomorrow over 40,000 lecturers, researchers, administrators and librarians in UCU are set to begin a wave of strikes

Tomorrow over 40,000 lecturers, researchers, administrators and librarians in UCU are set to begin a wave of strikes in opposition to devastating cuts to their USS pension scheme. 14 days of strike action have been called at 64 universities across the UK (the "pre-1992" older institutions as opposed to the former polytechnics who are on a different pension scheme) to prevent university employers from scrapping the existing 'defined benefit' schemes in favour of 'defined contribution' schemes where individual pension payouts are tied to the fluctuations of the market. This is likely to lead to cuts of some £10,000 per year for new entrants and some £208,000 across retirement as a whole.


There is real anger over this issue such that members nationally voted 88% in favour of strikes on a 58% turnout. Many UCU members are clear that this is a dispute driven by the desire of some of the largest and most powerful institutions to 'de-risk' and 'de-mutualise' pension funds in order to strengthen the grip of market forces inside the higher education sector.
Students, up and down the country, have reacted magnificently - supporting the demands of the strikers, turning market forces against institutions by claiming compensation for disruption and connecting the dispute to the neoliberal direction of travel inside the higher education sector that was initiated when fees were trebled in 2012.
This isn't a dispute about a pampered bunch of college professors but a strike that challenges the notion that market forces should play a determining role in university life. The employers claim, using dodgy figures, that the pension fund is in deficit and that they can't afford to increase their contributions to maintain benefits. This comes from a sector whose surplus in 2016 was over £1.5 billion!
UCU members need - and will welcome - the support of fellow trade unionists, anti-austerity activists, students and the local community. We all deserve a decent pension when we retire and we should all have the right to a well funded higher education system with qualified and motivated staff.
Picket lines will be running for 14 days in the next four weeks: on 22-23 February, 26-28 February, 5-8 March and 12-16 March. There are likely to be 'teach-outs', rallies, marches and stunts in most cities and campuses. You can show your support by joining these activities, sending messages of solidarity to UCU branches and emailing individual vice-chancellors demanding that they call on the employers nationally to return to negotiations.
There's lots of information at https://www.ucu.org.uk/why-we-are-taking-action-over-USS as well as a list of institutions who are taking part.  Defend pensions and defend education!
Live from the picket line:
We will be going live from our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/ tomorrow morning Thursday 22nd Feb at 8:30am. We will be at the University of Manchester, Live from the picket line talking to students, lecturers and university staff about the UCU strike. And on Friday we'll be at Goldsmiths Uni in London covering their Teach Out events all day - with speakers including Gary Younge, Faiza Shaheen, Owen Jones, Paul Mason, Natalie Fenton and more...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

HDV going to Court of Appeal.

HDV going to Court of Appeal.

 Grateful for any promotion of second round of crowdfunding, for HDV going to Court of Appeal.

We are challenging on all four grounds and the judge has left that open as in one case he says that the outcome may well have been different if Haringey had consulted on HDV which it was admitted they did not.
The judgement rests in good part on our being ‘’out of time’’ but there is a very strong case that we could not challenge the decision until it was in fact set up in July 2017.
And it will matter for Councils, and local democracy across the country, if we can get a ruling against the way in which Cabinet was used to determine assets transfer and strategic decisions, exclusive of the Council, and wider public.

The political battle has now been won locally, and is reverberating more widely. But the HDV is only halted, not stopped altogether.


The renewed crowdfunder — for the £7k more for Appeal - needs some punters again.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Notes Green Seniors’ meeting: Thursday 8/2/2018

Notes Green Seniors’ meeting: Thursday 8/2/2018
1.   Apologies  A. Wheatley, M.Bailey

2.  Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Wednesday 6/12/2017 
Matters Arising:
a      Nominations still open for post of G.S Treasurer.
b      Leaflet for new members design and text needed (Maureen)
c      P. Murry had agreed to defer NHS AND SOCIAL CARE motion to discuss with GP heath working group
d       UCU Retired Members’ motion to strengthen TUC motion on Climate Change noted

7.   GPEW Conference: 3&4 March, Bournemouth International Centre  Stall booked
Fringe not able to get fringe on digital exclusion due to gp email problems
Meeting, 9am Sunday 4 March, Maureen liaising with Bournemouth uni

8.   AoB

·       GS website temporarily down, blog still up at greenseniors.blogspot.com/

·       Maureen doing research via Toynbee Hall
·       Blank display stand/banner available

9      Next meeting Friday 6th April 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Will you join me this Saturday to defend our NHS? & NHS Protests outside London on February 3rd.

My dad was a doctor in the NHS all his working life. My son is disabled and relies on the NHS for his wellbeing. I know how precious our health service is.
I’ll be addressing tens of thousands of people this Saturday, all coming together defend our NHS against this Government’s savage attacks and cuts.
Make no mistake. It’s not the disabled who are responsible for our NHS crisis. It’s not the elderly. It’s not immigrants. It’s not the tireless doctors and nurses and staff. 
Our Government has caused this crisis. 
This is just one reason we need to fight for a vote on the final Brexit deal. We have to protect freedom of movement to keep our NHS on its feet. And we can’t fight austerity while we’re punished by a hard Brexit, overseen by a Government which wants to marketise our healthcare.
This Saturday, I’ll be calling on all parties to support a vote on the final Brexit deal - so we can revive, reinstate, and restore our NHS. 
See you on the streets,
Jonathan Bartley

Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

 NHS Protests outside London on February 3rd.


Belfast https://www.facebook.com/events/1948894135429654/
Chester https://www.facebook.com/events/181773842553839/
Chorley https://www.facebook.com/events/758215954378149/
Enniskillen https://www.facebook.com/events/190406898216685/
Evesham https://www.facebook.com/events/168858997220835/
Exeter https://www.facebook.com/events/695098677360303/
Exeter https://www.facebook.com/events/107243566759434/
Folkestone https://www.facebook.com/events/522491631444512/
Glasgow https://www.facebook.com/events/976786365806563/
Gloucester https://www.facebook.com/events/196344990944670/
Grimsby https://www.facebook.com/events/142576119775197
Hereford https://www.facebook.com/events/208998582990483/
Huddersfield https://www.facebook.com/events/769040016634674
Hull https://www.facebook.com/events/868752739983262/
Kidderminster https://www.facebook.com/events/736651566539263/
Leamington Spa https://www.facebook.com/events/400082950441442/
Leeds https://www.facebook.com/events/1972284169651148/
Leicester https://www.facebook.com/events/322219814934268/
Macclesfield https://www.facebook.com/events/1205866256210736/
Malvern https://www.facebook.com/events/386292945153927/
Margate https://www.facebook.com/events/102823773855697/
Middlesbrough https://www.facebook.com/events/2064622353769871/
Newcastle https://www.facebook.com/events/146995692630191/
Newport https://www.facebook.com/events/1791319041173060/
Nottingham https://www.facebook.com/events/396034847510585/
Okehampton https://www.facebook.com/events/1986351988247885/
Oxford https://www.facebook.com/events/198675247381792/
Redditch/ Bromsgrove https://www.facebook.com/events/386292945153927/
Rotherham 11am Rotherham General Hospital, Moorgate Road
Sheffield https://www.facebook.com/events/148095932659548/
Slaithwaite https://officialhandsoffhri.org/facebook-event/the-defence-of-community-health-services/
Southampton https://www.facebook.com/events/1981627488721062/
Southend https://www.facebook.com/events/521430288255853
Stafford https://www.facebook.com/events/889934091180491/
Stoke-on-Trent https://www.facebook.com/events/143607186433865/
Tenbury https://www.facebook.com/events/386292945153927/
Truro https://www.facebook.com/events/398875453871412/
Walsall https://www.facebook.com/events/1680521591990697/
Warrington https://www.facebook.com/events/161857811112931/
Wigan https://www.facebook.com/events/132842620855580/
Wirral https://www.facebook.com/events/157164351576903/
Worcester https://www.facebook.com/events/2118300641518371/
Wyre Forest https://www.facebook.com/events/386292945153927/