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

Saturday, 24 October 2020

An end to concessionary travel for older and disabled Londoners?


An end to concessionary travel for older and disabled Londoners?

 The following motion was passed by a large majority at the   London Federation Of Green Parties AGM today.

London Green Party notes with alarm proposals that have been made by the government, demanding an end to concessionary travel for older and disabled Londoners, as well as children of school-age, as a condition for further subsidies for TfL operations due to the revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. We strongly urge the Mayor of London, to resist these demands. It is vitally important that London shows a level of solidarity with those, already amongst the hardest hit by this year’s unprecedented events, who have made life-long contributions to London’s economy and many of whom now find themselves in impoverished circumstances, relying on their state pensions.
Pensioners, disabled people and older people rely on public transport to access services, to travel to health appointments, to care for grandchildren, providing a vital service to working parents, and, importantly, to offer their expertise and time by volunteering. Cutting concessionary travel passes and increasing fares overall would send an entirely wrong message to Londoners. Public transport is an essential lifeline - without access to it the health hazards associated with pollution and inactivity would increase. Free travel has been shown to have considerable health benefits for older people by encouraging them to remain physically active, with associated savings for the NHS We ask that you continue to call on central government to provide adequate funding to preserve London Transport services and fares as they are, and continue to show solidarity with some of the most vulnerable Londoners..

Friday, 5 June 2020

Sign the Petition against the suspension of free travel for Older Persons during morning peak hours

Sign the Petition against the suspension of free travel for Older Persons during morning peak hours

Given that very few older persons are using public transport as the overwhelming majority are abiding by government advice and recognising that once any right is withdrawn, it is always hard to regain,
We the undersigned call for an immediate withdrawal of the suspension of free travel for Older Person’s Freedom Pass and and 60+ Card during morning peak hours.

Len Duvall, London Assembly Member for Greenwich & Lewisham and Leader of the London Assembly Labour Group said:
The Government’s attack on the Freedom Pass and 60+ Card is an attack on us all. It hits workers, it hits the vulnerable, it hits those least able to afford a fares rise. It won’t even generate much in the way of additional revenue. It is, quite simply, an attack on London“.

Friday, 22 May 2020

COVID-19 and human rights concerns for older people

On Tuesday 19th May, AGE releases the second version of its report on COVID-19 and human rights concerns for older people. The report refers to alarming situations and promising practices for respecting older people’s human rights.

This new version provides updates with regards to:
  • risks to the right to health, including mental health and palliative care,
  • how digital exclusion adversely impacts older people’s opportunities for social contact and access to information, medical and other essential goods and services,
  • the increased risk of violence and abuse during lockdown,
  • the specific challenges faced by older people in residential settings, those who live alone and those who receive care at home.
The report has also been enriched with new insights about the multiple disadvantage faced by older women, older LGBTI and Roma people. Finally, it also includes key recommendations useful for policy makers, service providers, and the media.
"The report sheds light on gaps that existed prior to COVID-19 and which have been exacerbated during the pandemic. Older people are systematically left behind in decisions about service allocation, medical treatment, prioritisation of needs and resources. Our response to COVID-19 must value older persons as rights holders on an equal basis with others – a prerequisite for full participation in our societies. As mentioned by the UN Secretary General, we need stronger legal frameworks at national and international level to protect human rights in old age and to create fairer societies” said Ebbe Johansen, President of AGE Platform Europe.

This report has been prepared with inputs from AGE member organisations and external experts. Additional quotes from AGE member organisations can be found directly in the report.

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Useful links

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Levellers Day 2020

Levellers Day 2020

17 May 2020

Contributors:John Rees – historian & political campaigner, Tracy Walsh – Red Learning Co-operative The Sea green singers,  Cathy Augustine – Co Vice-Chair, LRC,  Marie Walsh – Didcot Against Austerity Ciaran Walsh – Labour historian &; ranter, Jeremy Corbyn – Socialist &; MP for Islington North
Video of march Music from The Black Family and Attila The Stockbroker

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Questions arising from measures announced in government support deal for TfL

Publication from Caroline Russell: Letter to Heidi Alexander on TfL coronavirus financial settlement
Date published: 
15 May 2020
Dear Heidi,

Questions arising from measures announced in government support deal for TfL

I was relieved to see that an agreement was reached with the Government last night to safeguard Transport for London (TfL) services and functions for the next few months. Although the full agreement has not been shared, the details already released raise a few immediate queries that I’d much appreciate an answer to.

The first point of concern is concessionary and discounted travel. The message that older and disabled people may lose their free or discounted access to the transport network at peak times has already spread widely. There is a wide range of cards and methods by which free travel is accessed by different groups.  Please will you provide very clear communication of the way that all categories of discounted and free travel will now work, including any difference between bus and tube access and let me know when this will be available.

Many supermarkets are now offering special hours for older and disabled customers in the early morning, and some people may be using public transport, especially buses, to help carry groceries home or to reach the shops. Will you discuss with supermarkets in London adjusting these special hours to reduce the demand to travel in the morning peak for people making these shopping trips.

The proposal is also to suspend free travel for under 18s with special arrangements for young people eligible for free travel under the national scheme. I appreciate education is not a City Hall responsibility, but we know many children, particularly at secondary level, have lengthy trips to school that may be easily made by bike, if the conditions are right. Will TfL prioritise safe cycle access to schools across all of London, and urge boroughs to do the same?

The other major concern that has come up in correspondence from constituents is about the congestion charge. I called for the reintroduction of the charge last week, and am glad that an exemption for NHS and care workers is proposed. However, there are other workers and volunteers who are supporting Londoners through coronavirus such as The Samaritans, based in Soho, who tell me they have qualified as key workers during the lockdown. Given their work, across 24 hours a day, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners is it possible to include this group of volunteers in the NHS and care worker exemptions?

Private hire drivers tell me they are concerned at the increase in the congestion charge to £15 per day, and the hours that it covers. Is it possible for TfL to investigate applying the congestion charge through operators of private hire vehicles, like Uber, rather than directly on the precariously employed drivers themselves?

The congestion charge is not the ideal, long-term measure for managing traffic in London, and exemptions can only go so far in making it less blunt. This is the time to be developing plans to rapidly deliver smart, fair, privacy-friendly road pricing, so that it can be in operation as our city recovers, controlling congestion, reducing pollution and providing further resilience to TfL finances. I would welcome an update on the current preparedness at TfL to deliver smart, fair, privacy-friendly road pricing.

I’m glad that you are taking actions to avoid gridlock and I’m especially glad to see the scale of the emerging Streetspace plans. Delivering safe space for walking and cycling has never been more crucial as we live with the ongoing threat of coronavirus.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Russell
Green Party Member of the London Assembly