Thursday, 16 October 2014

UN MILLION D'EMPLOIS VERTS/ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS















Here is a photo of the Canadian campaign for UN MILLION D'EMPLOIS VERTS/ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS on the great climate march in New York. As the banner says, the campaign is backed by the Canadian Labor Congress and the Green Economy Network.

acknowledgements to j.neale

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Following the High Court injunction which prevented the strike in Further Education last week, UCU Westminster Kingsway Branch, have launched a petition

Following the High Court injunction which prevented the strike in Further Education last week, UCU Westminster Kingsway Branch, have launched a petition which may be found by following this link:

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/fair-pay-for-all-defend-the-right-to-strike.html
It was the Principal of Westminster Kingsway that sought the injunction, so the more signatures we can get for this petition, the better will be the position of the UCU branch in the college in their struggle with their reactionary management.
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Monday, 13 October 2014

The Green Party should appear in the TV election debates

Victory to the NHS strikers!



Martin Francis writes "Nurses and other health workers were in fine spirits despite the rain when I visited this morning and Shahrar Ali, deputy leader of the Green Party also joined them to express Green party solidarity. This is why they are striking:



Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Green Party Trade Union group sends solidarity to NHS workers

Solidarity to all those NHS workers who are striking

The Green Party Trade Union group sends solidarity to all those NHS workers who are striking today (13/10/2014). It is a disgrace that in one of the richer nations of the world, we are so misgoverned that workers in our health services are not properly paid for their skilled and dedicated work, whilst the government continually seeks to make the provision of health available as a source of profit to the private sector. GPTU and the Green Party stand for a properly resourced health service staffed by properly paid workers providing health free at the point of need. Victory to the NHS strikers!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

October 16th, World Day of Action For Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

October 16th, World Day of Action For Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and to consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations.
b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_efsa_Llamado_16_de_Octubre_foto.jpgThe international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty  and against  transnational corporations, this coming October 16th, 2014.
Every year, La Via Campesina organises this Day of solidarity, resistance, and mobilisation in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.
To this end, we believe that it is important, and absolutely necessary ,to strengthen the alliance between those who work in the countryside and those who work in the city. The human right to food should not only refer to availability;  it should also ensure that the available food is wholesome,  healthy, and culturally appropriate.
In 1996, in Rome, La Via Campesina introduced Food Sovereignty as the right of the world’s peoples to decide upon their own food and farming policies, giving preference to local production and distribution systems - in the hands of peasants and family farmers - that meet the needs of the population.
Today, taking advantage of the triple alliance between states, banks, and communications media, transnational agri-business gives widespread advertising coverage to the large-scale agricultural model, which, it is argued, is very highly productive and is able solve the food crisis. In reality, however, at this very moment, more than a billion people in the world suffer from hunger and starvation, while the transnational corporations, solely motivated by profit, continue to speculate with food.  
Agribusiness drives millions of  peasants and family farmers, women and men, off their land and away from their territories, leaving the countryside without farmers, leading to a concentration of control over natural resoures such as land and water, and destroying biodiversity.
Moreover, companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Bunge, Dupont, and AMD, among others, have taken over and are monopolising world trade in grains and seeds, criminalising the ancestral practice of saving, and exchanging seeds.  Agribusiness encourages the indiscriminate use of toxic agricultural chemicals, which both degrade the soil and threaten the lives of farmers, farmworkers, and urban consumers.
On this World Day of Action taking place on October 16th, we peasants and farmers, women and men, of La Via Campesina reaffirm the urgent need for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform as a means of attaining Food Sovereignty; and we endorse agro-ecological production as the alternative farming practice that is consistent with our plans for the future as peasants and family farmers, which also mitigates the effects of climate change and cools the planet down.
Therefore, on this October 16th – the World Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Corporations – we will be mobilising: taking over land, holding forums; organising agro-ecological festivals; occupying the streets of towns and cities. We will raise our voices in order to express our resistance to landgrabbing  and to the use of toxic agricultural chemicals and genetically-modified seeds -  and  to call for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform and Food Sovereignty , which together imply a radical transformation towards a fair and decent food system for the world’s peoples.
Food Sovereignty Now!!
We would like to record all of the actions taking place in your organisations everywhere in the world:  photographs; forums; marches; video screenings; seed exchanges; agro-ecological festivals. Please send your information to: lvcweb@viacampesina.org

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Coalition Government are balancing the budget on the backs of the poor

This went out as a press release GPEW 30/09/14

Orwellian nightmare
 
  • The Coalition Government are balancing the budget on the backs of the poor
  • Green Party is the only party committed to transforming the economy to make it work for all not just the 1%
 
Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith’s announcement on Government plans to introduce payments on pre-paid cards to welfare state claimants has today been denounced as “positively Orwellian” by the Green Party.
 
The party has responded to Iain Duncan Smith’s speech with anger saying that “this move is deliberately aimed at generating  disunity and creating hostility towards the most vulnerable.”
 
Green Party Welfare Spokesperson, Romayne Phoenix said:
 
The Conservative's  disastrous decision to introduce payments on pre-paid cards for claimants shows how out of touch they are with the realities of life for many people in Britain today. Anyone that is in debt or struggling to earn a living doesn't need reminding to spend their small benefit payments on food for their families. What most people need are better wages and better support. 87% of people claiming state aid are already in work but often in such low paid jobs that leave them  unable to pay their bills and having to look to the state for help. These families deserve support, not retribution and humiliation." 
"If the Conservative's really want to help people facing problems with gambling and addiction, they should stop promoting the national lottery and stop cutting funding to those vital support services that have been set up specifically to help people in tackling such issues. If the government is really that hung-up on problem gambling, a more socially beneficial approach might be to introduce pre-paid cards for their friends in banking that require them to invest sustainability and ethically rather than speculating away public finances."
 
The Welfare reforms have so far caused "financial hardship and distress" a committee of MPs found in April.