Wednesday, 26 October 2016

celebrate 5 years of Fuel Poverty Action!

Come, celebrate 5 years of Fuel Poverty Action! Thurs 3-11-16, 7pm onwards, in Brixton
Come and celebrate 5 years of Fuel Poverty Action
AGM Thursday 3 November
Brixton Pound Cafe, 77 Atlantic Rd, London SW9 8PU, Brixton tube
Please contact us re wheelchair access (it’s not great but is being worked on)

FPA was started in 2011. We've gone through a lot – and accomplished a lot – since then.  We have our eyes on the prize, and with our many allies we intend to make concrete gains this year.  We are welcoming new members, and people who want to work with us in other ways.
More than any other time in the past few years, fuel poverty and energy policy are in the headlines.

·         Will Theresa May really bring the bills down as she’s promising?  What pressure are she and the companies under – and how can we increase it? 
·         Would her plans dent the increase in deaths from fuel poverty due to government policy – on everything from benefits sanctions to housing?
·         How can we support the fight against fracking?
·         How can we expose the cost of Hinkley C as opposed to solar, wind and tidal power?
·         Why are people in arrears being forced onto Prepayment Meters and then forced to pay more than their better off neighbours – even after the proposed “cap”?
·         Why doesn’t London yet have a public energy company as Nottingham and Bristol do?
·         District Heating – How can we make sure that those who run it are held to account so that it's win-win for the climate and communities and not a PFI disaster? 
What is Fuel Poverty Action doing about all this?  What is our role, in a landscape of charities and lobbying organisations?
How are grassroots communities organising for our energy rights?
What is being done in other countries?
How can we speak out and defend ourselves and our environment?

Come along and raise your own issues, find out what’s happening, and consider how you might be part of it.

7 pm  Business and elections
7.15  Reports, activities, discussion
8.30 Social
Lovely Brixton Pound café food will be available (for sale) 
before the meeting and for the social at the end.
RSVP – Thank you!

acknowledgements to

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

RMT Support Southern Conductors demo and rally

SERTUC activities and news

SERTUC activities and news

SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee

White Ribbon Day: Let’s end violence against women and girls Friday 25 November 6pm Congress House with speakers: James Chespy White Ribbon Campaign, Hilary Burrage campaigner, Diana Holland Unite AGS followed by a glass of wine! Please register

SERTUC TU Education

·         For Union reps courses and H&S reps courses from January 2017, see
·         Any queries? Contact

Levellers Day 2017

·         Friday 19 May 2017 Levellers Night at the CWU’s education centre and Alvescot
·         Saturday 20 May 20117 Levellers Day commemoration, march and debate at the Burford Recreation Ground

Burston Strike School Rally 2017

Sunday 3 September 2017 – note the date now!

Celebrating 50 years of the 1967 Abortion Act

SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee is supporting Abortion Rights’ events January 2017 to October 2018.

Trade union actions

RMT Support Southern Conductors demo and rally

Tuesday 1 November Protest 12.30, Rally in Parliament 14.00 with speakers Mick Cash RMT, Manuel Cortes TSSA, Andy McDonald MP, Caroline Lucas MP

Unite supporting a film for a piano to Havana

“In spite of everything” Friday 28 October 7pm, London

PCS, Unison, Unite demonstration for libraries, museums and galleries

Saturday 5 November, assemble 12 noon at the British Library. Here’s the information from the TUC’s latest affiliate, the Artists Union of England

Trades Council actions

Harlow trades council

Fundraiser for Refugee Treatment Centre, film show plus Q&A with director Wednesday 2 November doors open 7.20pm. 07449 444

Bromley trades council

First Annual Conference for trade union members and community activists Saturday 19 November 10am NHS & Social Care facts, Learn about local services, link and work with others. More form

Chelmsford trades council

Banner Theatre with “Chicago: the great teachers’ strike” Monday 28 November 7pm £10/£5. More from

Peterborough trades council

Peterborough Women’s Festival Saturday and Sunday 4-5 March 2017 Women and Education for more information

Redbridge trades council annual fundraising dinner

Tuesday 8 November 7pm with Sarah Jackson (co-author of Voices from History: East London Suffragettes) £15 07956 656 086

Other actions/events

SPOT (Solidarity with the people of Turkey)

Conference Saturday 29 October 10am London “Turkey after the failed coup and the battle for democracy”, speakers include Christine Blower NUT, Steve Hedley RMT, Owen Tudor TUC, Chris Baugh PCS, Fatih Polat Evrensel newspaper, Sebnem Korur Financi THRF, Fehim Tastejin journalist, Thomas Marois SOAS, Kate Osamor MP, Aydin Cubukcu journalist, Lindsey German STWC, Barry White NUJ, Weyman Bennett SUTR. More here

Gender matters in international peacemaking

Saturday 19 November 11am London. Speakers Laila Alodaat WILPF, Kirsten Campbell Goldsmiths Uni, Lisa Gormley LSE, Sarah Ogbay Uni of Manchester. Info here

A world to win: posters of protest and revolution

At the William Morris Gallery, London, until 15 January 2017. See

Fuel Poverty Action AGM

Thursday 3 November Brixton 7pm Contact

The Workers Beer Company wants volunteers from the East of England for the Latitude festival

WBC donates £7 per hour worked to your organisation. Contact with WBC in the subject line for more information

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

·         Trade union briefing on Wednesday 2 November 5.30pm

Ruskin College, Oxford

BA International Labour & Trade Union Studies and MA Global Labour & Social Change starting in January 2017

Prostate Cancer UK quiz night

NPC lobby Wednesday 2 November

Lobby of parliament Wednesday 2 November 12 noon plus rally in parliament

Marx Memorial Library events

·         Course “Trade Unions & Power” 1, 8, 15 November 7pm £30
·         Tolpuddle Martyrs: save our history fundraising to preserve the Dorset papers covering the Martyrs 1834 to 1836

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Calais Sessions

The Calais Sessions

An eclectic group of musicians from 'the jungle' refugee camp in Calais alongside UK musicians join together and feature in their first album. All recorded in a makeshift recording studio in the camp.

Music made in the Calais 'jungle' by the talented musicians there, facilitated by The Calais Sessions music project.

Listen to the music on "Bandcamp"...
Learn more about the The Calais Sessions project...
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Will YOU join NUS and UCU on Saturday November 19th and march? We are United for Education.

The government is waging war on students and our education.

Colleges have been cut to the core, with huge job losses and course closures. 

Tuition fees are rising and the government is forcing universities to run like businesses.

Students are facing higher debt than ever before with maintenance grants and NHS bursaries scrapped, student loan terms changed and tuition fees set to reach £12,000 by 2026.

The government has ignored students and staff for too long – this has to stop.

Students – let’s march in our thousands and show the government we will not be ignored.

Alongside our staff, we have the power to halt cuts and stop fees rising even more.

Together we are a force too large to ignore.

Will YOU join NUS and UCU on Saturday November 19th and march?

We are United for Education.

#Demo #Nov19

Libraries,Museums & galleries demo 5/11

World trade union meeting unites against TiSA and CETA

World trade union meeting unites against TiSA and CETA

Pics from Panama

Global trade union leaders meeting in Panama have united in condemnation of TiSA (the Trade in Services Agreement and CETA (the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement). The representatives, who were attending a key ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) meeting, highlighted the risks that both trade agreements pose to jobs and job security.

The two-day event is being held in Panama in recognition of that country’s role as a key global transport hub and component of the Federation’s plans for building the future of work LINK

Among those protesting against the trade deals were union representatives from Australia, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Colombia, Costa Rica, European Union member states, Hong Kong China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States. All pledged to renew their objections with their own governments.

The ITF has been one of the harshest critics of the trade agreements and has repeatedly warned of its little publicised risks and built-in injustices. It has laid out how they  will affect transport workers  LINK  such as seafarers, dockers and aviation workers, by undermining maritime cabotage rules that support vital national marine trades and knowledge, and throwing open nations’ ports and airports to predatory corporate raiders. The Federation has also allied itself with other international union organisations that have exposed the trade pacts’ agenda of promoting unwanted privatisation and liberalisation LINK .

ITF president Paddy Crumlin commented:
TiSA and CETA are a threat to all that trade unions hold dear – secure, safe and worthwhile jobs and the preservation of essential and hard fought standards. No one should be surprised that we have pledged to go from this meeting and continue the fight against them.
ITF general secretary Steve Cotton said:
Unions must keep up the pressure on TiSA and CETA and this event in Panama has been well timed and placed to assist with that, as the TiSA negotiators meet in Washington and the deadline for parties to submit their second revised market access offers falls tomorrow – not to mention the Belgium vote. Rarely have so many opportunities for us to be heard in pointing out the secretive and unjust nature at the core of these talks lined up together.

# ITFPanamaEB
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