Friday, 26 August 2016

DPAC conference, week of action and channel 4 debate invite

DPAC conference, week of action and channel 4 debate invite

Join DPAC on September 10th for a one day conference on ‘Disabled Peoples’ Resistance: building beyond borders’ for discussion and film. The conference brings together perspectives and allies in the fight against austerity and neo-liberalism from the UK, Europe and Canada to look at geographic resistance and independent living
Key speakers include: John Clarke (Canada), Catriona Kenny (Ireland), Antonios Rellas and Athanasios Papantonopoulos (Greece), Kapka Panayotova (Bulgaria) The ak MoB (Germany) and John McDonnell MP
Where: Resource for London 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA
Buses 4, 17, 29, 43, 153, 253, 259, 271, 279 and X43 stop within a short walk of Resource for London. Also there are mobility buses available in the area, these are numbered 920, 921, 923 and 927.
Tube: Holloway Road, please note this tube station is not accessible
When: Saturday 10th Sept 10.30-4.30 pm
Places are limited
Cost: Free We can contribute to travel costs for DPAC members
: please email:

To view all of the events for the week of action see September 2016 DPAC Week of Action-September 4th-10th

Channel 4 News debate, not confirmed but we think this will be the 19th Sept
Channel 4 News is planning a debate on disability in the UK as part of our No Go Britain series and we'd love to have you join us. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the discussion will be live on our 7 O'Clock News program, with an audience of 100-200 disabled people.
As everyone focuses on sport, our audience will have the opportunity to debate the other, more everyday issues surrounding disability with a panel including a Government Minister, transport bosses and representatives from high street brands, amongst others.  It will be a chance for disabled people to highlight the barriers in the way of ordinary life and to debate with the panel how to make improvements.
Since 2012 Channel 4 News has been broadcasting the No Go Britain strand of films. We feature disabled people who are campaigning for change, be it: for ceiling hoists in hotels; for truly accessible toilets; for taxis not to charge disabled passengers extra; or for employers not to discriminate against disabled applicants. The individual stories come together to create a cacophony of voices that reveal a picture of Britain that's not yet a fully inclusive place for disabled people.
If you are interested in appearing in our discussion, to help us prepare, we'd appreciate the following information:
- Contact Number
- E-mail
- Location
- Age
- Preferred contact method
- Additional Requirements (e.g. support worker, accessibility aids etc.)
- Occupation
- Issue most important to you, regarding disability
- Other issues important to you
This will be followed up with a further call or e-mail to confirm your place and help you with any necessary arrangements.  At present, we don't have details regarding a date or location, as these are still being arranged. Updates regarding this, will be sent out as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to e-mail me (onJOSEPH.IZZARD@ITN.CO.UK ) Alternatively, I'm also available on 07593347111.

Many thanks,
, Channel 4 News
200 Gray's Inn Road

Green Party slams devastating Tory cuts to Bristol Council

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Green Party slams devastating Tory cuts to Bristol Council
Greens have today slammed the Tory government for reducing funding which could make it impossible for local councils to deliver essential basic services. This comes in the wake of today’s announcement that up to 1,000 council jobs could be lost in Bristol in this financial year, a move that has been condemned by Trade Unions.

Green Party slams devastating Tory cuts to Bristol Council

Left Field

excellent and inspiring - Brian Eno  

the personal entwined with activism and woven into a poetic multi-coloured tapestry - Haifa Zangana 

a thoughtful and gentle memoir - Socialist Review 



with thanks to Unbound, Penguin Books, Waterstones, Realta Films, DJ Copycat and Public Reading Rooms

Left Field can also be bought at Waterstones, other book shops and on Amazon. Available as eBook

'Left Field' is published by Unbound and distributed by Penguin Books

Sunday, 21 August 2016

SERTUC activities and news

SERTUC activities and news

New book The Burston School Strike

The third book in our series on the history of labour movement struggles in the Region will be available from 5 September. 60 pages, written by Peta Steel, price £2. Send cash or cheque (payable to SERTUC) to Joanne Williams, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Burston Strike School Rally

Sunday 4 September with Mick Whelan ASLEF, Attila the Stockbroker, Steve White and the Protest Family, NASUWT Brass Band, Red Flag, Grace Petrie, Banner Theatre 1st May Band and John McDonnell MP Shadow Chancellor

Cable Street 80 Sunday 9 October

Rally in Altab Ali park, march, rally in St George’s Gardens plus many other community and political events

Retrospect Opera The Boatswain’s Mate by Ethel Smyth

SERTUC sponsored the recording of this opera by Ethel Smyth (who wrote The March of the Women, anthem of the suffragette movement). The recording is available to buy here

Celebrating 50 years of the 1967 Abortion Act

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

19 disabled people murdered in Sagamihara Japan

SERTUC International Committee asks you to support and contribute to the Book of Condolence established by Inclusion London, Disabled People Against the Cuts and People First Advocacy

Trade union actions

NUT World Teachers’ Day Wednesday 5 October

With Amnesty International and Day-Mer 6pm London. Free, info here


Fund our NHS campaign

See Matt Dykes from the TUC’s blog here with links to actions and also much info here

Midland Region TUC demo

Demonstration at the Conservative Party conference Sunday 2 October, Birmingham with Dave Prentis Unison, Tom Roache GMB, Owen Jones writer

Trades Council actions

Battersea & Wandsworth trades council

North Battersea Alliance against the Bridge family fun day Saturday 10 September 11am to 4pm

Barnsley trades council Festival of Labour

Other actions/events

Lewisham Pensioners Forum

The LPF is looking for Lewisham trade union activists, 55 years plus, who are no longer in full time employment but want to use their union experience, skills and connections to campaign for a better society or call Doris Smith on 020 8698 9062

NPC conference and lobby

·         Conference The future of public transport Thursday 22 September 11am London. £5 including lunch
·         Lobby of parliament Wednesday 2 November 12 noon plus rally in parliament

Marx Memorial Library events

·         Membership Volunteer wanted (with IT skills) for half a day a week. Contact for more info
·         17-30 October Remembering the International Brigades, two week festival
·         Fundraising evening with socialist magician Ian Saville at the Harrison Pub Wednesday 21 September 7pm 

Poetry on the picket line

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Grunwick strike began 40 years ago today: 'WE ARE THOSE LIONS' - commemoration events

Saturday, 20 August 2016


From Grunwick40
It's an important day.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the first moments of the Grunwick strike – and we're proud to announce our plans to commemorate it. 

We'll be running a series of inspiring, thought-provoking events exploring Grunwick and its legacy, launching with Grunwick Memories on Saturday 27 August.

Grunwick Memories is a free event, giving you the opportunity to explore and contribute to the Grunwick archive held by Brent Museum and Archives. Come along and take part in a story sharing session and add your memories and experiences of the strike to the Archive. You will also get an exclusive look at some of the materials that will feature in the upcoming exhibition.

Grunwick Memories will take place at Brent Archive, on the second floor of The Library at Willesden Green, Willesden High Road NW10 2SF, from 2-4 pm on Saturday 27 August. Please join us!Email or call 020 8937 3600 for more information.

Other upcoming events:
• We are those lions: The story of the Grunwick strike 1976-78 exhibition, launching October 2016 at The Library at Willesden Green. Look out for the launch date – coming soon.
• The Great Grunwick Mural unveiling, Chapter Road, NW10. Be the first to see our amazing murals in place near the original Grunwick site. The design and unveiling details are still under wraps, but we'll be revealing details over the next few weeks, along with the names of our special guests, who'll be providing music and entertainment.
• Explore Grunwick in more detail at our November events, a film screening and discussion on “Race and the Unions” at SOAS, November 2nd, and Grunwick 40: The Conference, The Library at Willesden Green, November 26th – booking for these events will open in October.

Yours in solidarity,

Grunwick 40

PS: Don't miss out on the reissued anniversary edition of Grunwick: The Workers’ Story, by Jack Dromey and Graham Taylor, with an updated introduction – due out in late September.

acknowledgements to Martin Francis

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Grunwick Changed Me

Grunwick Changed Me

Maya Amin-Smith explores the impact of the Grunwick dispute, which began in August 1976, and finds out how members of her family became involved, and how they look back on it now.
The Grunwick dispute, at a film processing plant in north west London, is widely regarded as a landmark in British trade union history. For the first time, a high-profile strike involved women from South Asian immigrant communities, many of whom were fairly recent arrivals in the UK. Few if any had experience of industrial action - and the press at the time quickly noticed what they called 'strikers in saris', an image which challenged the perception that strikes were largely led by white men.
But aside from the public legacy of the Grunwick dispute, what was the personal impact on the people involved?
Maya Amin-Smith was born fifteen years after the strike was abandoned, into an Indian family of East-African immigrants. Her family had settled in the Chapter Road area of Dollis Hill where the Grunwick factory was situated. Indeed, two of her great aunts worked at the film processing plant themselves.
There's little sign now in the narrow streets of Dollis Hill that this was once the site of a long and bitter struggle, but now that the dust has settled, Maya explores the impact that this industrial action has had not only on her family, but on families like hers within the South Asian immigrant community, and how it's remembered now.

UNISON members at Portsmouth shipping company MMD Ltd have today (Wednesday) voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over the company’s decision to impose new contracts.

MMD is wholly owned by Portsmouth City Council, and the changes include
increasing the number of shifts per week, increasing the length of shifts,
flexible start times (where the flexibility is all on the management side,
at short notice) and reduction in pay rates, overtime rates and sick pay.

The local paper (always keen to push the local Tory line) has been
softening us up for this with a series of pieces on "Isn't it incredible
how much council tax-payers money has been spent on MMD" prior to the
imposition of the new terms.  Poor business decisions by the council are no
excuse for cutting the wages of its citizens.

We now have a City Council run by the Tories (largest minority) due to UKIP
and Labour uniting to vote for a 100% Tory cabinet because they both hate
the LibDems (2nd largest minority).  Portsmouth politics is f*cking weird.