Monday, 23 April 2018

“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike

“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike
Booklet launch event with Terry Conway, Hilary Wainwright, Terry Harrison and Liz French
Wednesday 2nd May, 7pm, Free Entry

In March 1984 over 150,000 miners walked out on strike against plans for widespread pit closures in action supported by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Alongside the dispute developed a large and diverse support movement within Britain and internationally, which provided invaluable practical solidarity. Thousands of people collected food and money, joined picket lines and demonstrations, organised meetings, travelled to mining areas and hosted activists from the coalfields in their homes. This event will mark the publication of a booklet edited by David Featherstone and Diarmaid Kelliher which brings together some of their stories, experiences and reflections on the strike. The event will offer reflections on the solidarities shaped during the strike and their contemporary political relevance.

Speakers:
Liz French (Betteshanger Women’s Support Group)
Terry Harrison (Betteshanger National Union of Mineworkers)
Hilary Wainwright (author of A New Politics from the Left, editor of Red Pepper)
Terry Conway (trade union activist, Islington North Labour Party LGBT officer, personal capacity)

Organised in association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre: https://raphaelsamuelhistorycentre.com/
A digital version of the booklet can be viewed here: https://mixam.co.uk/share/5abd03c827f3bf301cfa491a

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Solidarity with the Windrush generation and their families

Solidarity with the Windrush generation and their families

Windrush Square Brixton, Friday, 20th April 5pm-7pm
Join us in the place that celebrates the remarkable contribution of African and Caribbean men and women to this country. They built the NHS and worked hard against all odds and racism to maintain public services and communities across the UK.
Speakers at this event include:
Gary Younge, journalist • Cllr Claudia Webbe, chair of Labour Party NEC • Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham • Florence Eshalomi AM London Assembly Member, Lambeth & Southwark • Michael Groce, son of Cherry Groce and Green Party member • Paul Reid, director of Black Cultural Archives • Cllr Michelline Ngongor • Micky Broom, Brixton tube National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) • Stephanie Bernard, black teachers convenor for National Union of teachers • Glenroy Watson, RMT • Margaret Greer, UNISON equalities officer • Weyman Bennett, Stand Up to Racism • Alex Wheatle, author • Sara Bredemear, actor • Unjum Mirza, ASLEF - The UK Train Drivers' Union • Rachel Heywood, councillor for Coldharbour Ward • Ellen Lebethe, Chair of Lambeth Pensioners Action Group

Stand together in defence of the absolute right of the Windrush generation to be at the heart of any society that purports to be democratic, diverse and just.

Defy the disgraceful position of government and secure full rights for them to be citizens of the UK.

Demand an immediate end to Tory government racist immigration legislation and actions that bully and frighten our elders and the community.


https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/216539

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

UCU London Retired members’ Branch against deportations













UCU London Retired members’ Branch
As part of the growing racist atmosphere, we note the recent increase in deportations, particularly of retired people from the Caribbean. We shall support and encourage campaigns against deportations both at a local and national level, working where possible with other trade unions trades councils and the TUC. We welcome the initiative from Caribbean Labour Solidarity to initiate such a campaign in London.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Notes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 6/4/2018



Notes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 6/4/2018 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

1.   Apologies: Malcolm Bailey, Erwin Schaefer
2.  Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Wednesday 8/2/2018 Agreed for accuracy
3 Matters Arising:
a      Nominations still open for post of G.S Treasurer.
b      Leaflet for new members designed, distributed at conference, Maureen (Maureen Childs greenseniors@greenparty.org.uk) has copies.
c      P. Murry had agreed to defer NHS AND SOCIAL CARE motion to discuss with GP heath working group: no further news
d     Blank display stand/banner available
4.   Ucu Retired Members’ motions
·       Disinvestment of USS pension fund: passed unanimously on 9/4/2018
·       Affiliation to Greener Jobs Alliance : report back passed unanimously on 9/4/2018
5 .   GPEW Conference report, stall quite successful given that conference was poorly attended due to weather.
6   London Local elections Maureen Childs standing in Tower Hamlets, Noel Lynch in  North Finchley, Peter Murry in Willeseden Green.
7 GS website temporarily down, blog still up at greenseniors.blogspot.com/
8 Maureen doing research via Toynbee Hall
9      
Maureen Childs attended Positive Aging event at Europe House and picked up some very useful and interesting facts about the Silver Economy - How the 50+ Bring prosperity to London and the UK. 
Briefly:
The silver economy is the biggest growth sector in the UK
More older people are working longer. More older people are volunteering and caring.
Older over 80s/90s and centurions are also carers while many need health and social care - which is an economic dynamic as well as a cost.
2.3 million older people in London
Paid work contributes £47 billion per year to the capital.
16% of older Londoners provide an economic contribution of £4.7 bn per year.
85,000 London families receive childcare from grandparents worth £0.6 bn per year.
39% are regular volunteers (London) worth £0.8bn.
Nationally around £45 billion of tax revenues contributed by over 65-year-olds in 2010 will rise to £82 billion by 2030.
Carers UK  report informal caring is worth £30 billion. Volunteering worth £10 billion.
Volunteering needs to be recognized as unpaid work.

AgeUK report £61 billion economic contributions of the over 65's.
All this contribution needs to be recognized and promoted and needs to be incorporated in the Mayor's strategy.
Figures were given by Chris Walsh of Positive Aging.
For more detail please contact either Maureen or Positive Aging.

Maureen has also taken part in Research of older peoples needs in Tower Hamlets. Conducted by Natasha Munoz at Toynbee Hall.
The results reflect the figures from Postive Aging to some extent. We found also found that 38.6% of the population of Tower Hamlets are Male and 52.0% female. 44% of the population of Tower Hamlets live alone.

10 Next meeting Friday11th May 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT INTERVIEW (A PARTLY FICTIONAL ACCOUNT)

PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT INTERVIEW (A PARTLY FICTIONAL ACCOUNT)


A Nice Nurse knocked on my front door,
So I showed her up the stairs,
To my first floor flat.
I asked her to observe,
The difficulty that I have
In ascending to my abode,
For it is an overweight and arthritic old man,
Who writes this ode;
And coughs as he does so, remembering,
Forty years of heavy smoking
Plus decades more of breathing,
Polluted city air.
So I pant up the steps,
And sit, wheezing, in my chair,
As the Nice Nurse questions me.
She asks if I can wipe my own arse,
And how frequently I pee,
How I catch the bus or train,
And, how many pills I take,
And when I walk with my walking stick,
What progress do I make?
At the end of the interview, she explains
That in a month or so,
A verdict on my payment will be made,
It could be cut, it could be raised, it could even be doubled
Then she holds up a bucket and says:
“or just kick this now,
Save the government some money and trouble.”

copyright p.murry april 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

"WHO CARES ABOUT CARE?" MONDAY 9 APRIL 2018


"WHO CARES ABOUT CARE?" MONDAY 9 APRIL 2018

FREE ADMISSION (REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL – lese@tuc.org.uk / 0207 467 1220)



LONDON, EAST & SOUTH EAST (LESE)
PENSIONERS’ NETWORK ANNUAL SEMINAR

"WHO CARES ABOUT CARE?" 
MONDAY 9 APRIL 2018


Registration (Lowed Ground Floor, Reception Desk) Tea/Coffee arrival
10.00
Seminar Introduction
Carolyn Simpson
Seminar Chair
10.05
TUC Introduction 
Kevin Rowan 
TUC Head of Department, Organising, Services and Learning
10.15
TUC work strand in relation to care
PowerPoint Presentation

Kamaljeet Gill
TUC Policy Officer, Economics and Social Affairs, Organising, Services and Learning
10.30
LESE position regarding homecare and care homes for older people 
FOLLOWED BY Q&A / DISCUSSION
Sam Gurney
LESE Regional Secretary
11.00
Covering issues in adult social care and ideas on party policy
FOLLOWED BY Q&A / DISCUSSION
Barbara Keeley MP
Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care
Midday
Getting a good Brexit deal for UK health and social care services
FOLLOWED BY Q&A / DISCUSSION
Allison Roche
UNISON Policy Campaign Lead for Brexit
13.00

Lunch Provided (Lower Ground Floor)

13.50
What would you like the LESE Pensioners’ Network to focus on for 2018-19 work programme

AUDIENCE DISCUSSION
  
14.20
The Politics of Care
FOLLOWED BY Q&A / DISCUSSION
Dot Gibson
15.20
Chair Closing Remarks
Carolyn Simpson
Seminar Chair