Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mayday

Romayne Phoenix12:47pm Apr 17
In most countries in Europe, the 1st of May (International Workers' Day) is a public holiday, but the official "May Day" holiday takes place on the firstMonday in May in the UK. The London May Day Organising Committee organises a march on the 1st of May anyway, and campaigns for that day to be a public holiday.

As http://www.londonmayday.org/home.php says, it "has been a unique bringing together of trade unionists, workers from the many international communities in London, pensioners, anti-globalisation organisations, students, political bodies and many others in a show of working class unity."

In the model motion, accessible from the same page, it says "We urge unions involved in industrial action to consider May 1st as an appropriate date for such action." One such union involved in a dispute is the National Union of Teachers (NUT); if it called another strike on that day, that would be particularly effective at building a big demonstration, since many parents and school students could join it as well as striking teachers.

This is an unofficial event. I live in Manchester so couldn't be involved in the London May Day Organising Committee, but having noticed that the publicity for this very important event is low key (as I noticed last year when I called for a general strike on that day - seehttps://www.facebook.com/maydaygeneralstrike) I decided to set up this Facebook event to build the demonstration and encourage coordinated strike action.

According to the latest news page, accessible fromhttp://www.londonmayday.org/home.php, the London May Day march will follow the traditional route and timings:

ASSEMBLE CLERKENWELL GREEN FROM 12 NOON
MARCH MOVES OFF 1300 SHARP
TRAVELS TO THEOBALDS ROAD/RED LION SQUARE/HIGH HOLBORN/KINGSWAY/ALDWYCH TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE
REACHES SQUARE APPROX 1420
RALLY STARTS AROUND 1430

This May Day event will be part of a mass movement across the world. The following event coordinates demonstrations (with a call to reoccupy the streets across the world): https://www.facebook.com/events/485754691545923/
May Day
www.londonmayday.org
London May Day Organising Committee (LMDOC) brings together trade unions, organisations from London'...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

The People's Parliament meeting on the NHS Room 19 House of Commons 6.30 to 8.30pm TUES 29TH April.

http://thepeoplesparliament.me.uk/

The People's Parliament meeting on the NHS
Room 19  House of Commons     6.30 to 8.30pm   TUES 29TH April.

ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME TO CLEAR THROUGH SECURITY ( and sometimes queues)

    There will be short talks by a number of people from Keep Our NHS Public (KONP).  The subjects are the effects of the H & SC
   Act; a clinician on the effects on morale among clinicians and staff; a speaker from the Lewisham campaign; a talk on the NHS
  we need; and a speaker on the Transatlantic Trade and=  Investment Partnership (TTIP).

  The speakers will be Paul Evans, Jacky Davis, Jill Mountford, John Lipetz and Gay Lee.
  Each will be short to encourage debate.
    For those of you in London this should be worth attending.
    You have to book a ticket - so go to People's Parliament, look at events and get your place booked.

     http://thepeoplesparliament.me.uk/


Romayne Phoenix
Green Party Trade Union Liaison Officer,
GPEx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

West Hendon Estate residents resist social cleansing

Saturday, 12 April 2014 from Martin Francis' http://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/west-hendon-estate-residents-resist.html



I have previously covered the situation at the West Hendon Estate  where Barratt Homes are knocking down the social housing to build luxury flats on the banks of the Welsh Harp, fully supported by Barnet's ultra-Tory Council..

Today angry residents and supporters marched on the surgey of local MP Matthew Offord to protest agains the plans which one protester said would mean only 15% of current residents would remain on the estate. The others would be torn away from their community to be rehoused elsewhere in the borough in private rented accommodation in the area or beyond.

As with other communities residents have already been hit by the benefit cap and the bedroom tax. Matthew Offord declared his surgery a private meeting and dived into a police car to be sped away rather than face the people's wrath or listen to their grievances.

Middle east solidarity:"The Egypt Solidarity Initiative and the campaign for academic freedoms in Egypt "

Middle East Solidarity pt1 Anne Alexander of Middle East Solidarity addresses UCU retired members' London Branch AGM 10/4/2014 on "The Egypt Solidarity Initiative and the campaign for academic freedoms in Egypt ". Chaired by Jan Pollock.

see
http://gptublog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/middle-east-solidarity-egypt-solidarity.html

Monday, 7 April 2014

Petition: Retain the Open University's Regional Centre in the South East

Retain the Open University's Regional Centre in the South East, England, and confirm the principle of maintaining local support for the University's teaching across the UK.

Retain the Open University's Regional Centre in the South East, England, and confirm the principle of maintaining local support for the University's teaching across the UK.

    1. Margaret Kiloh
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    3. Petition by
      United Kingdom

Supporting local teaching with local staff has been a core principle of the Open University. This may now change: staff in Region 13 have been told they will have to relocate or lose their jobs, as the East Grinstead office is to be closed and ‘local’ support moved to Camden. Indeed, the principle of local support across all the English regions, from Gateshead to Bristol to East Grinstead, may be under threat. This is bad news for students, bad news for staff, but also bad news for the Open University.
To:
Martin Bean, The Vice Chancellor, the Open University 
Retain the Open University's Regional Centre in the South East, England, and confirm the principle of maintaining local support for the University's teaching across the UK.
Sincerely,
[Your name]

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  1. Reached 250 signatures

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