Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Join Cardiff Trades Council and anticuts campaigners at Cardiff Central on 27th May and be a part of the fightback!











The Queen's speech on Wednesday looks set to include details of the beginning of the most vicious attacks on trade union rights we have seen in the UK for decades.

The Tories intend to tighten the noose tied by Thatcher almost three decades ago when that government introduced some of the most restrictive anti-trade union laws in Europe. We are not going to let them.

The RMT trade union has struck the first blow against the newly installed Tory cabinet by embarrassing them with a ballot for industrial action that had a result which far outstripped both the intended new threshold and the majority which the government was elected by, and so we intend to protest in the symbolic location of the railway station on the day of the Queen's speech.

Meanwhile there will be thousands of young people protesting across the UK against the austerity cuts in demonstrations called by Youth Fight For Jobs on the same day, let's show the government a nationwide demonstration of the collective power of the working class!

If you cannot make the huge London demo next month, join Cardiff Trades Council and anticuts campaigners at Cardiff Central on 27th May and be a part of the fightback!

Some Socialist History Events

Some Socialist History Events

C.L.R. James's Intellectual Conquest of Imperial Britain - Christian Høgsbjerg
UCL Institute of the Americas - 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN - June 3rd 17:30

Together with other critical Pan-Africanist figures such as his fellow compatriot George Padmore, the Trinidadian Marxist C.L.R. James led from the front as an ideological agitator in the fight against British imperialist mythology and propaganda during the 1930s.
Attendance is free of charge but registration is required

Margot Heinemann: Change is their memorial who have changed the world - Jane Bernal
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 Saturday 30 May 2.30 p.m.

A look at the fascinating life of Communist writer, activist, novelist, LRD researcher, historian and literary critic, This talk will follow the Socialist History Society AGM which starts at 1:30pm in the same venue

London Socialist Historians Summer term seminars 2015

All seminars are held in Room 102, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet St WC1 and start at 5.30pm
Monday June 1st - Parmjit Dhanda, 'My Political Race'
Monday June 15th - Launch of 'A History of Riots' (Cambridge Scholars Publishing); Keith Flett and others
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Stop the Nazis at Golders Green! Saturday, July 4 at 12:00pm


SE Region TUC update may 2015: Action building up in the Region

SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee

Solidarity meeting with the National Gallery Monday 1 June 6.30pm in Congress House with Mark Serwotka and more, info herehttps://sertucresources.wordpress.com/sertuc-events/

SERTUC Women’s Delegation to Brussels

Report here of the March visit to the European Parliament and the ETUC https://sertucresources.wordpress.com/sertuc-publications-general/

Levellers Day

The Reverend Mark Chapman’s commemorative address is available here https://levellersday.wordpress.com/what-happened-2015/

Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee

Annual lecture at Wortley Hall (SERTUC is a founding sponsor) Friday 14 August https://sertucresources.wordpress.com/sertuc-events/

SERTUC training for sub-group activists

Effective Participation in Meetings training day Saturday 30 May 10.30am to 2.30pm, Congress House - details here: https://sertucresources.wordpress.com/sertuc-events/

SERTUC TU Education

Gender, Globalisation and Poverty Reduction course for union reps at South Thames College Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July (3 days) Contact angie.birtill@south-thames.ac.uk for more information

SERTUC unionlearn

Contact Adrian Ryan, Senior Union Support Officer Aryan@tuc.org.uk, for all unionlearn-related matters; contact Oreleo Du Cran, Apprenticeship Union Support Officer oducran@tuc.org.uk for all apprenticeship-related matters

Red Ladder theatre special offer

Discounted rate of £10 (instead of £25) for double bill Hurling Rubble at the Sun and Hurling Rubble at the Moon Finsbury Park London, promo code SERTUC10 see https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hurling-rubble-at-the-sun and https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hurling-rubble-at-the-moon


Disputes/union actions

PCS National Gallery

23 strike days already, Rep Candy Udwin sacked join the demonstration on Saturday 30 May 1pm Trafalgar Squarehttp://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/pcs_comment.cfm/join-major-rally-supporting-national-gallery-strikers with Mark Serwotka PCS, Ken Loach film maker, Bob & Roberta Smith artist, Megan Dobney SERTUC, Kate Smurthwaite comedian. Financial support urgently needed https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=_F-jClBjwTV7gPHa_eW2nmnIRNIuAvwSElcWvBDA-H_nB0rawGVaq-kBTpG&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d99e4111b56ef0eae45e68b8988f5b2dd

BECTU at The Globe

Next Strike day Monday 1 June 8.30am the The Globe Theatre on the Southbank. Last strike day report here https://www.tuc.org.uk/union-issues/world-class-tour-guides-%E2%80%98-globe-theatre%E2%80%99-strike-against-second-rate-pay and more info herehttps://www.bectu.org.uk/news/2395

Unite in Bromley

People and Services First march in Bromley Saturday 13 June assemble 12 noon http://uniteforpublicservices.org/bromley.php

PCS in Gosport

Pay dispute in the Computer Science Corporation (an outsourced part of the MoD) – further strikes planned for the summer and support urgently needed http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/pcs_comment.cfm/csc-members-strike-over-insulting-pay-offercontact beatled@pcs.org.uk


Trades Council actions

Croydon Assembly

Croydon Assembly (an initiative of the trades council) meeting Saturday 6 June 10.30am with Ted Knight, Mark Serwotka PCS, Philipa Harvey NUT, Matt Wrack FBU, John McDonnell MP, Adam Khalif PCS http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-assembly-tickets-16246984167or croydonassembly@gmail.com

Barking, Dagenham & Havering

With the NUT is putting on a coach to the Tolpuddle festival Sunday 19 July departs 7.45am contact s.aitouaziz@hotmail.co.uk

Hastings

Supporting Hastings Palestine Solidarity with The Freedom Theatre of Jenin with The Siege Thursday 28 May Seehttp://www.musicglue.com/stmaryinthecastle/events/28-may-15-the-siege-st-mary-in-the-castle/ or contact Ian Stewartianhastingues@hotmail.com

Hillingdon

The trades council is being re-built! Please share with your Hillingdon members... next meeting on Tuesday 26 May at 7.15pm in Uxbridge, contact acting secretary wallykennedy@hotmail.co.uk

Burston Strike School Rally
Sunday 6 September With Christine Blower (NUT), Matt Wrack (FBU), The Hurriers, Mike Jackson (Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners) See https://burstonstrikeschool.wordpress.com/2015-rally/


Other things...

Marx Memorial Library summer classes

“Capitalist crises and the power of labour”, tutor Tony Briscoe 21 May, 28 May, 4 June, 11 June more here http://www.marx-memorial-library.org/

The Liberty Tree

At the Cockpit Theatre London Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 June details here http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/the_liberty_tree

Mesothelioma Action Day/London Hazards Centre

Friday 3 July in central London, contact mail@lhc.org.uk


To add to this newsletter...

Friday, 22 May 2015

Join major rally supporting National Gallery strikers

Join major rally supporting National Gallery strikers

14 May 2015
PCS is holding a rally in Trafalgar Square on 30 May to support members striking against privatisation and victimisation at the National Gallery.
Staff at the gallery who have been told that their jobs and the work that they do - looking after the security of paintings and millions of visitors - are likely to be sold to a private company are due to take their 24th day of action on Wednesday (20 May). Members are also on strike again from 26 May to 4 June and ask you to join them on their picket line on 30 May. The signing of the contract for the preferred bidder is expected to be in August.

In addition, we are calling for the reinstatement of Candy Udwin, a senior PCS rep at the gallery who was suspended just before the strike began in February.

Speakers at the rally, which starts at 1pm, include:
  • Mark Serwotka (PCS general secretary)
  • Ken Loach (renowned film maker)
  • Bob and Roberta (artist)
  • Megan Dobney (regional secretary SERTUC)
  • Kate Smurthwaite (comedian and writer).
  • and green party tu liaison officer: Romayne Phoenix
Mark is also speaking at a South East Region TUC National Gallery solidarity event at Congress House at 6.30pm on 1 June.

What you can do

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015