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SERTUC ORGANISING AGAINST FAR RIGHT WORKSHOP - 17-10-2007
 
Organising Against
the Far Right
Workshop
Saturday 10 November 2007
Congress House, Great Russell Street,
London, WC1B 3LS (10.30 am – 4.00 pm)

This one-day workshop will review SERTUC’s strategy for organising against the far right. Attendees will hear guest speakers and consider how their union’s can contribute to campaigns to stop the far right at the next elections. There will be two workshops running side by side, one for the Race Relations sub-committee, and the other for the LGBT sub-committee, which will come together in the afternoon. The emphasis will be on organising activity rather than simply talking about the issues. Please complete form below to take part (please tick box).


Countering the Far Right Workshop – Race Relations

Countering the Far Right Workshop – LGBT
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SERTUC Black History Season - 15-10-2007
 
There will be an exhibition of art work inspired by the theme of 'Diversity in the Community', displayed during October 2007, at Congress House. Entry is free and it will be open to the public. The arts works are created by students and staff at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, South London. More information from Laurie Heselden at [email protected] or 020 7467 1292

17 October Trade unionists are invited to a 'private view' of the exhibition, at which the artists will be present. Very short speeches and then refreshments, 5.00 - 7.00pm, at Congress House. Please register with Darren Lewis at [email protected] or call 020 7467 1220

22 October SERTUC Black History Month Lecture by Baljeet Ghale, President, National Union of Teachers, on the theme of "The struggle never ends - the continuous battle for equality and justice" anod a reception with live music, buffet and refreshments. 6.30 - 9.00pm, 22 October 2007, at Congress House. This event is free for all trade unionists to attend. Please register with Darren Lewis at [email protected] or call 020 7467 1220

31 October Klara Skrivankova, from Anti-Slavery International, is the guest speaker at an open meeting of the SERTUC Women's Rights Committee, at Congress House. Her theme is "Gender and modern day slavery - ways to protect the victims". Please register with Darren Lewis at [email protected] or call 020 7467 1220

2 November A SERTUC Black History Month Lecture by Mike Squires on the theme of "Shapurji Saklatvala and racism", followed by a discussion. 5.30 -8.00pm, with a drinks reception, 8.00pm-9.00pm, to be held at Congress House. This event is free for all trade unionists to attend. Please register with Darren Lewis at [email protected] or call 020 7467 1220

A film show with a discussion with the director (date TBC) but after 2 November
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SERTUC MEETING 27 OCTOBER - 11-10-2007
 
MEETING OF THE SERTUC REGIONAL COUNCIL ON SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2007 AT 10.00
AM, AT CONGRESS HOUSE
Please find enclosed:
. agenda
. minutes of 28 July meeting
. motions (x4)
. secretary's report
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NATIONAL RALLY FOR TRADE UNION FREEDOM - OCTOBER 18 - 01-10-2007
 
Further updates from The United Campaign
National Parliamentary Rally and demonstration for Trade Union Freedom
Thursday 18 October 2007

Please find attached a model letter to MPs to support the campaign. If you want to ask your MP to support the campaign but don't know who your MP is, go to http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mps/

Please visit the United Campaign website or ours for downloadable copies of the documents. Hard copies of the postcard available for circulation by contacting [email protected]

Full details of the Rally and Demonstration are below.
Best wishes
Phelim

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National Parliamentary Rally for Trade Union Freedom
Support the Trade Union Rights and Freedoms Bill

Thursday 18 October 2007
4.00 - 5.30pm
Assemble & Demonstrate Outside
House of Commons
5.30 - 7.30pm
Rally in Committee Room 14
House of Commons
(nearest tube: Westminster)

Confirmed Speakers:
John Hendy QC (chair)
John McDonnell MP
Phil McGarry STUC President
Bob Crow RMT General Secretary
Tony Woodley Unite T&G General Secretary
Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary
Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary
Matt Wrack FBU General Secretary
Brian Caton POA General Secretary
Jeremy Dear NUJ General Secretary
Keith Ewing IER President
Katy Clark MP
Jon Cruddas MP
Christine Blower NUT Deputy General Secretary
Patrick Roach NASUWT Assistant General Secretary
Manuel Cortes TSSA Assistant General Secretary

John McDonnell's 'Trade Union Rights and Freedoms Bill'
The Trade Union Rights and Freedoms Bill is listed in parliament on the 19th October 2007. To mark this important event the United Campaign to Repeal the Anti-Trade Union Laws has organised a National Rally in Parliament on the 18th October.

If enacted the Bill would significantly strengthen trade union rights, including:
o Better protection for striking workers
o Simpler and fairer industrial action balloting and notice procedures
o Reform of the use of injunctions by employers
o Allowing solidarity action in certain circumstances
o Prevention of the use of replacement labour during strikes
o Trade- union rights for prison officers.
The United Campaign is supported by 24 National Trade Unions and has played a key role in the Campaign for a Trade Union Freedom Bill. Members of Parliament have been invited to the rally and the United Campaign is looking for the biggest possible turnout from the Labour Movement.

What the Deputy Leadership Candidates said about the Bill:
"Do you support the right for workers to take solidarity action in certain circumstances as set out in the Trade Union Freedom Bill?"
Harman: "Gate Gourmet was a scandal...yet BA workers broke the law when they took solidarity action. That is wrong. As the Trade Union Freedom Bill proposes, where there is a clear link between two groups of workers of that kind, it should not be against the law for husband to support wife."
Cruddas: "Yes. The reality is that the UK framework of employment rights is not suitable for the modern economy where there is so much outsourcing and contracting. Strike action is a weapon of last resort but a fundamental right."
Hain: "It is of course right that where employment rights are breached, trade unions have the power to take collective action against unscrupulous employers, discriminatory employers. In examples such as the case of Gate Gourmet...unions must have autonomy to act on behalf of workers to protect their rights."

How you can help
o Join the United Campaign - get your trade union branch to affiliate. Download an affiliation form from www.unitedcampaign.org.uk
o Invite a speaker from the United Campaign to your next union meeting
o Write to your MP asking that they sign Early Day Motion 532 in support of the Trade Union Freedom Bill
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Unite against the BNP in Barking and Dagenham - 01-12-2006
 
Saturday 9 December, 1pm, Central Park

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is calling a counter rally and protest against the fascist British National Party's (BNP) rally in Central Park on Saturday 9 December. We need as many anti-fascists as possible to show opposition to the BNP. The BNP will be hoping that the acquittal of Nick Griffin and Mark Collett earlier in November will galvanise their activists.

The BNP's racist literature publicising their rally is claiming that immigrants receive priority for council housing and that violent crime has gone up in the area because of an increase in the immigrant population.

The reality is that immigrants DO NOT receive priority for council housing. The BNP's racist so-called "Africans for Essex" scheme is a total lie. There is no such scheme that specifically gives grants to Africans. The majority of Africans and other BME communities live in private accommodation paid for by themselves. Minority communities cannot be blamed for shortages in housing and other public services that are the result of public policy adopted in the last twenty years that led to the shrinkage of social housing. The BNP is whipping up racism by making these claims.

Secondly an increase in violent crime, which includes racist violence, is due to the BNP's activity in the area. Figures from the Barking and Dagenham Race Equality Council show that, in the 2 years between 2004 and 2006, racist incidents have increased by 30%. This corresponds with increased BNP activity in the area. In June 2004 the BNP recorded by far the highest vote averaging 20.5% in the Barking and Dagenham borough in the London Assembly elections, in September 2004 the BNP gained a councillor in Goresbrook with over 50% of the vote, the BNP recorded 16.89% - the highest vote - in the Barking constituency in the general election 2005 (up from 6.4% in 2001, when Barking was one of the five constituencies where the BNP saved their deposit). By contrast, the same period saw a year on year fall in the number of racist attacks recorded by the Met Police across London.

Please join the rally and protest on Saturday 9 December. If you want your trade union or organisation to support this action please reply to this email or tel 020 7833 4916.
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Defend the NHS! - Lobby parliament - 12-10-2006
 
Defend the NHS! - Lobby parliament
Wednesday 1st November 2006, 11am to 4pm
Central Hall, Westminster and countrywide
The NHS has been getting better, but progress is under threat from sudden budget cuts, untested and hurried changes and the dash to the private sector. NHS staff want to see a better NHS and is demanding that the best way to improve the NHS is to work with staff and not against them. Join the mass lobby of MPs and ministers at Westminster or find out more from http://www.nhstogether.org.uk/.
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ISLINGTON TRADES COUNCIL RE-LAUNCH MEETING 12TH OCTOBER 2006 - 09-10-2006
 
ISLINGTON TRADES COUNCIL RE-LAUNCH MEETING 12TH OCTOBER 2006 AT ISLINGTON TOWN HALL
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SERTUC TRANSPORT MEETING ON ACCESS TO LONDON'S TRANSPORT SYSTEM - 17-01-2006
 
SPECIAL OPEN MEETING
ACCESS ON LONDON'S
TRANSPORT SYSTEM

THURSDAY JANUARY 26 2006 – 14.00
Please note – due to emergency meetings we have had to re-locate just across the road from the TGWU HO to
CONWAY HALL, RED LION SQUARE, WC1

with Bryan Heiser
Transport for London (TfL) Board Special Advisor
He will outline current situation and plans, answer questions an respond to points.

This meeting will be of particular interest to those concerned with access matters. Points have been raised by those with disabilities, pensioners, those with children, etc.
We hope you will refer this to union organisations covering Disabilities/Equalities, Pensioners, Women etc .
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THE NEW ‘ANTI-TERROR’ LAWS: 7-9pm Wednesday 2nd March 2005 - 21-02-2005
 
THE NEW ‘ANTI-TERROR’ LAWS:
TAKING LIBERTIES


“I have a horrible feeling that we are sinking into a police state”
George Churchill-Coleman, former head of police anti-terrorist squad during 1980s-90s


7-9pm Wednesday 2nd March 2005

Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Westminster

Hosted by Jim Dobbin MP

Speakers include Gareth Peirce, solicitor; Gillian Slovo, South-African born novelist; James Welsh, Legal Director of Liberty; Simon Hughes MP; Richard Harvey, Chair of Haldane Society; Prof. Paddy Hillyard, Queens University Belfast, author of the book “Suspect Communities – People’s Experience of the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in Britain”, Saghir Hussein, lawyer and Stop Political Terror

Charles Clarke’s new proposals for civil ‘control orders’ on ‘terrorist suspects’ would serve political control. They would punish individuals for what they might do, not what they have done. The orders would include electronic tagging, restrictions on association, the use of phones and internet, and possible house arrest. Any breach could lead to imprisonment.


The executive nature of such powers would allow for politically motivated restrictions on individuals and their activity. Bob Marshall Andrews MP and QC described the proposals as “the most substantial extension of the state’s executive powers in 300 years.” Reminiscent of Apartheid-era banning orders, they are a measure associated more with dictatorships rather than democracies.

These proposals would would require derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights. Even with a court procedure, the orders would amount to preventive detention. This would violate a fundamental principle of justice: the right to presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

All ‘anti-terror’ measures promote a politics of fear, especially a culture of ‘suspicion’ towards entire communities. The Home Secretary has a dilemma only in attempting to maintain the pretence of a ‘public emergency’ which warrants extraordinary measures. As Lord Hoffman said in his December judgement, however, there is no ‘state of public emergency threatening the life of the nation’ – the only basis for justifying internment, which requires an opt-out from the European Convention on Human Rights.

The government is attempting to continue its fake ‘emergency’, thus justifying further steps towards a police state. The real emergency is the threat to our rights. We say: Release the detainees! No internment! No house arrest! No politics of fear! No culture of suspicion!


The meeting is called by CAMPACC; Liberty; Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers; Kevin McNamara MP; Mark Thomas; Bill Bowring, barrister; Stop Political Terror; Voices UK; CARF; Peace and Justice in East London; Sutton for Peace and Justice; The Muslim Parliament of Great Britain; Association of Muslim Lawyers; Liberal Democrat Muslims Forum; The Green Party of England and Wales; Stop the War Coalition (STWC); Respect

For information contact: Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), www.cacc.org.uk, [email protected], tel 020 7586 5892
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DEATH IN CUSTODY FAMILIES TO MEET HEADS OF INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION AND THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE - 18-02-2005
 
DEATH IN CUSTODY FAMILIES TO MEET HEADS OF INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION AND THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE


MONDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2005


On Monday 21st of February the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) has arranged meetings with the heads of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (Nick Hardwick) and the Crown Prosecution Service (Ken Mcdonald) regarding deaths in custody. At the meetings family members will be reiterating the demands of UFFC. The aim of the meetings are to be able to question & challenge these two organisations.



DETAILS:

IPCC
Time: 1.00pm


CPS
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Crown Prosecution Service
50 Ludgate Hill
London EC4M

A picket is also being held outside the CPS from 3.30 until 5.00



Press contacts:

United Families & Friends Campaign
email: [email protected]
telephone: 07770 432 439

Notes to editors:

UFFC
The United Families and Friends Campaign is the national coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals. It includes the family campaigns of Roger Sylvester, Leon Patterson, Rocky Bennett, Alton Manning, Christopher Alder, Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner, Aseta Simms, Paul Jemmott, Harry Stanley and Glenn Howard, to name but a few. Together we are building a network for collective action to end deaths in custody.

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UNITED CAMPAIGN TO REPEAL THE ANTI-TRADE UNION LAWS 9pm Monday 28th February 2005 - 14-02-2005
 
UNITED CAMPAIGN TO REPEAL THE ANTI-TRADE UNION LAWS
Chair: Bob Crow


You are cordially invited to a joint meeting of theLabour Representation Committee and The United Campaign for the Repeal of the Anti-Trade Union Laws

* Don't stay quiet *
* Now is the time to influence the next manifesto *

Trade Union Rights for a Labour Third Term


House of Commons, Grand Committee Room 7-9pm Monday 28th February 2005

Hosted by John McDonnell MP
confirmed speakers:
Bob Crow (RMT), John Hendy QC and
Steve Cottingham (United Campaign Legal Advisors Group)

All trade unionists welcome


Secretary: John Hendy QC Assistant Secretary: Maria Exall
PO Box 17556 London EC2Y 8PA
tel: 01582 616045
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ESF IN LONDON 15-17 OCTOBER - 01-10-2004
 
European Social Forum 2004

15-17 October, London.

The European Social Forum was launched from the World Social Forum meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Book your place now
Register now to ensure your place at this year’s European Social Forum – the first 20,000 applicants will receive a free travelcard giving unlimited travel throughout London for three days.
We are working to help registered delegates to find affordable or free and accessible accommodation in London. Most accommodation will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so register now.

Programme
Delegates will be able to participate in hundreds of meetings and debates featuring leading speakers from around the world. The main themes for the forum will be: war and peace; democracy and fundamental rights; social justice and solidarity; corporate globalisation and global justice; against racism, discrimination and the far right; environmental crisis and a sustainable planet.
Cultural events
A continuous programme of exciting cultural events will entertain delegates. Included in the programme are a Cuban music night; a screening of classic film The Battle of Algiers’ introduced by Algerian independence leader Ben Bella; and a European anti-fascist concert.
Volunteer to help at the ESF
We need hundreds of volunteers to make the ESF a success, both helping with organisation before the event and for the three days of the forum itself. Please get in touch if you can help.
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5 SEPTEMBER - BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL RALLY - 01-08-2004
 
Burston Strike School Rally - from TGWU web site
5 Sep 2004

Organiser: Tony Gould

Location: Church Green, Burston, Norfolk (nearest mainline station: Diss)

Times: 11.00 am to 4.30 pm

Keynote speakers at the 2004 Rally: Frances O'Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary; Diana Holland, T&G National Organiser; Jeremy Corbyn, MP; guest speaker from the Portugese Workers' Association

Other highlights: music, food and refreshments, campaign stalls and kids' fun area.

Burston - the longest strike in history
On 1 April 1914 the pupils of Burston School marched in support of their two dismissed teachers, Tom and Kitty Higdon. The Higdons were closely associated with the Agricultural Workers' Union which brought them into conflict with the squirarchy and the Church of England which was responsible for the education of children in the countryside.

Association with the farm workers' union and Tom's election to the Parish Council as a Labour member had prompted the dismissals. The school children, 66 out of 72, had gone on strike. This was to be the first day of the longest strike in history.

The Strike School, the alternative to the CoE County School from where the Higdons had been sacked, was firstly located in the blacksmith's workshop and latterly in purpose built premises erected on Burston Village Green by Labour Movement subscription.

The Strike School continued to function until the beginning of the Second World War. Tom Higdon died on 17th August 1939 and the school closed a few months after. Kitty, then in her seventies, was unable to carry on alone, and the remaining pupils transferred to the County School. Kitty died on 24 April 1946.

In 1949 the Strike School was registered as an educational charity. There are four self-perpetuating trustees who, with the support of the T&G, manage the school and try to develop it as a museum, visitor centre, educational archive and village amenity.

Since 1984, an annual rally has been held in Burston to commemorate the first rally held in 1914 and celebrate the struggles that took place in Burston in the first half of the last century. The rally is held on the first Sunday in September.

Leading figures from the Trade Union and Labour Movement have retraced the steps of their predecessors to come to Burston to speak about the great issues of the day: Tony Benn, Ron Todd, Jack Jones, Joan Maynard MP, Ian Gibson MP, Ken Livingstone and many others have addressed crowds of thousands on the Village Green.

People visit from all over the country to have some fun, be entertained and listen to what the visiting speakers have to say. Union branches bring their banners and the march around the village echoing the demonstrations of nearly 100 years ago. This march around the "candlestick" follows the route of the children's original march and remains the centrepiece of the annual event.

Political speeches, music and entertainment combine to create an event unusual in Britain - a celebration of a challenge to the old rural order that has yet to be completed, but continues to be inspired by the struggle that began in Burston.

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TOLPUDDLE WEEKEND 2004 - 01-07-2004
 
The annual Tolpuddle rally will take place over the weekend of July 16-18 at Tolpuddle Dorset.
Full details on TUC WebSite.
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LONDON RESPECT FESTIVAL 2004 - 30-06-2004
 
Saturday 17 July 2004, 12.00 to 8.30 pm, Victoria Park, London E3

featuring Big Brovaz, Schoolly D and DJ Kid Swift
for further details of line-up see the respect festival page

The respect festival will also feature performances by young performance poets and rappers, finalists in the 2004 respect poetry slam.

During respect week 2004, from 10-17 July, there will be a London-wide programme of events, including an exhibition of the winning entries in the photography competition.

respect is London's top free music and dance festival, celebrating the capital's diversity and promoting anti-racism in a day-long festival in one of London's parks or open spaces.

respect sponsors and supporters

respect is organised by the Mayor of London in association with UNISON, the National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR), and SERTUC, the South East Region of the TUC.





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BUSH DEMONSTRATION 20 NOVEMBER LONDON - 03-11-2003
 
UK National Demonstration
20 nov

Thursday 20th November
Assemble 2pm at Malet Street, Central London (nearest tubes: Goodge Street, Russell Square and Euston/Euston Sq). March to Trafalgar Square where a statue of George Bush will be pulled down. This event will continue until 7pm to allow for people coming from work.
Route: Malet St - Russell Square - Southampton Row - Kingsway - Aldwych - Waterloo Bridge - York Road - Westminster Bridge - Parliament Square - Whitehall - Trafalgar Square. [MAP]
If there is only one STOP BU$H event that you can make - this is the one.



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BUSH VISIT - PROGRAMME OF EVENTS - 02-11-2003
 
Wednesday 19th November
London: 11am The alternative state procession "will assemble at my Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London SE1 on the 19th day of November at the hour of 11 o’clock" > Leaflet

Route: Jubilee Gardens - Waterloo - Strand - Trafalgar Square (arr. 12 Noon)

Edinburgh: 2pm Bristo Square
Scotland Demo: 6pm Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. March to US Consulate

Colin Powell Protest
Wednesday 19th November, 3pm
Senate House, Malet Street WC1
Demonstrate against ex My-Lai veteran and current pro-war architect Colin Powell.

A Royal Welcome
Plays by Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp
Wednesday 19th November, 1pm
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, nearest tube Sloane Square, Entrance: free.

Walker
Alex Cox introduces Walker, his film about Nicaragua.
Wednesday 19th November, 5pm
The Deal and Ken Loach's 9/11
Stephen Frears will attend the showing, his recent TV film about events surrounding Tony Blair’s rise to power. Ken Loach will then introduce his segment of 9/11 dealing with ‘the other September 11th’ – the coup against the democratically elected government of Chile in 1973.
Wednesday 19th November, 8pm
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2, nearest tube Leicester Square. Tickets are £7 each from the box office: 0207 494 3654 (1:30pm to 9pm).

Tell me lies... An Evening of Poetry and Music
With: Adrian Mitchell, Mike Rosen, Saadi Yousef, Mark Steel and Tino Gonzales & band.
Wednesday 19th November, 8.30pm
Camden Centre, Bidborough Street (Opposite Kings X Station). Tickets cost £7 (concessions £5). To reserve a ticket call 0207 053 2153/4/5/6 or [email protected]


21
nov

STP BU$H in Sedgefield
Friday 21st November, 10am
Assemble: Village Green, Sedgefield
Guantanamo Bay Protest
Friday 21st November, 11am
Outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square. Nearest tubes: Hyde Park Corner, Green Park or Bond Street

Report War Crimes to the Police!
how to do it
Friday 21st November, 12 noon
Organised by Legal Action Against War.

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2003 HAZARDS CONFERENCE IN LONDON 6/7 SEPTEMBER 2003 - 07-02-2003
 
Hazards 2003 in London

The London Hazards Centre, with administrative support from Greater Manchester Hazards Centre, is to host the National Hazards Campaign conference in 2003. The venue for the conference will be the London School of Economics with accommodation in Southwark's historic Bankside: handy for Tate Modern, the Globe, the Millennium Wheel, Tower Bridge.

The conference is returning to London after a long absence. it was last held in the capital in 1987, at a time when safety is constantly in the mind of Londoners after recent disasters on the railways, the immensely popular campaign to halt tube privatisation and the growing support for campaigns against casualisation in the capital's vibrant multi-ethnic but highly exploited workforce. We hope organising it here will help strengthen and develop campaign activity and safety representatives networks.

For the event to be a success sponsorship as always will be crucial and we hope trade unions will be as generous as they have been in the past.

If you wish to get involved in helping please contact any of the collective at: [email protected]


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CONFERENCE ON COLOMBIA 22 MARCH 2003 - 06-02-2003
 
At TUC, Great Russell Street, London WC1
Registration 10am Starts 11am
Jointly hosted by Colombian Peace Association & Justice for Colombia

Speakers -
GLORIA RAMIREZ CUT Executive
BRENDAN BARBER TUC GS elect
KEN CAMERON Justice for Colombia
PROF. JAMES PETRAS New York University
MICK RIX ASLEF GS & JFC
VIDEO LINK WITH NOAM CHOMSKY

Supported by GLATUC, SERTUC, War on Want, Tribune, Morning Star, ICTUR, Latin American Bureau, UCRATUL, ASLEF, GPMU, NUM, FBU, RMT, NAPO, USDAW, UNIFI, GMB
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The ETUC calls for an action day on March 21 2003 - 05-02-2003
 
The ETUC Executive Committee, which met on November 19 and 20 2002 in Brussels, decided to organise an action day on a mass scale on March 21, 2003 the day before the European Spring Summit. The ETUC wants, in this way, to defeat regressive policies on a social level and the attacks on workers’rights in several European countries.

The ETUC wants to highlight the need to incorporate the requirements for a social Europe in the constitutional Treaty of the Union. On the action day, trade-union demonstrations will be organized in all Members States ,as well as in the applicant Countries. The main action will take place in Brussels.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 8 MARCH - 04-02-2003
 
This will be marked by a number of events including the CapitalWoman event hosted by Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, Diane Abbot MP and London Mayor Ken Livingstone. This will be at the Q Elizabeth II Conference Centre.
Details 0207-983-4302.
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TU CONFERENCE ON PALESTINE 1 MARCH - 03-02-2003
 
Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Trade Union Friends of Palestine
Joint Conference for Trades Unionists
on
Saturday 1st March 2003
11 a.m. ­ 4.30 p.m.
TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

³Justice for the Palestinian People²

Shaher Sae'd, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU),
Bill Speirs, General Secretary of the Scottish TUC
Afif Safieh, Palestinian Delegation to UK
Andy Gilchrist (Fire Brigades Union)

The conference will be an opportunity to learn about the reality of life for Palestinian workers in the occupied territories and to discuss practical campaigning action in support of the rights of the Palestinian people.


Sponsors: UNISON, Transport and General Workers Union, Fire Brigades Union, South East and Eastern Region TUC, RMT, War on Want

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UNITE AGAINST RACISM CONFERENCE 22 February - 02-02-2003
 
Unite Against Racism
Saturday 22 February 2003
9.30am - 5pm
TUC Conference Centre, Congress House
Great Russell St, London WC1
(nearest tube Tottenham Court Road)

Organised by National Assembly Against Racism with SERTUC and UNISON

Supported by the Greater London Authority, TGWU, Amicus, USDAW, BECTU, NUT,
NATFHE, NASUWT, NUS, Professional Footballers Association, Churches
Commission for Racial Justice, National Black Alliance, National Black
Students Alliance, Student Assembly Against Racism, Operation Black Vote,
1990 Trust

A one day national conference in the tenth anniversary year of the murder
of Stephen Lawrence bringing together black communities, trade unions and
many others in opposition to racism.

Speakers include
Doreen Lawrence
Ken Livingstone Mayor of London
Brendan Barber TUC Gen Sec elect
Bill Morris TGWU Gen Sec
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STOP THE WAR DEMONSTRATION 15 FEBRUARY - 01-02-2003
 
Saturday 15th February 2003 – NATIONAL DEMO – London

Assemble 12 noon at Embankment, London (nearest tube Charing Cross) or Gower Street (Euston) to march at 12:30pm .

The demonstration is being jointly organised by the Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.

If the UK goes to war SWC will call a national demonstration immediately. Demonstrate at 6pm in your town centre (in London, go to Trafalgar Square).

INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATIONS
NO WAR ON IRAQ
Coming to a city near you: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Bangkok, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Berne, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Helsinki, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Lisbon, Manila, New York, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Ramallah, Rome, San Francisco, Skopje, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw... and New Zealand.

At the European Social Forum, anti-war organisations in 11 European countries agreed to demonstrate against Bush and Blair's war on the same day: 15 February 2003. A follow-up meeting in Copenhagen on 15 December agreed to co-ordinate European-wide action. In December a landmark conference in Cairo initiated a new International Campaign Against US Aggression on Iraq. We encourage people around the world to unite for a world-wide day of demonstrations on 15 February against the prospect of war.



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MUSICIANS UNION LOBBY 27 JANUARY 2003 - 22-01-2003
 
On 27 January at 1pm the Musicians Union are holding a lobby of Parliament over Government Proposals in the new Licensing Bill. The date is Mozart's birthday and the MU are using it as a silent protest symbolising what part of the new Bill will do to thousands of venues and private functions. It will curb the ability of people to gather and make music.
Things have not been helped by the provocative statements of Minister Kim Howells who has called the carefully researched and legally supported views of the MU as "scaremongering" or "pure fantasy". The MU which has supported many aspects of the Bill are being forced to oppose by the failure of the Department to enter into serious dialogue over the sections of the Bill that threaten musicians and venues.
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DEFEND COUNCIL HOUSING LOBBY 29 JANUARY - 20-01-2003
 
Lobby for Council Housing: build up going well…

27 coaches and block bookings on trains from the North East will bring an impressive number of tenants and trade unionists to the Rally (1-3pm) at Westminster Central Hall on Wednesday 29 Jan and then to lobby MPs.

Alongside leading tenant activists, speakers include MPs Gerald Kaufman (former Minister of Housing), Andrew Bennett (Chair Parliamentary Local Government Select Committee), Brian Iddon, Lynne Jones and Austin Mitchell. Brendan Barber, the new TUC General Secretary, is also speaking with Dave Prentis (UNISON), John Edmonds (GMB), Jack Dromey (TGWU) and John Thompson (UCATT).

Labour Groups in Liverpool and Southwark are supporting the lobby and sending delegations. Coucillors from Wirral, Camden and Stroud are coming too - make sure your local councillors are invited!.

Growing support for the demand for a ‘level playing field’ for council housing is increasing pressure on John Prescott to concede direct investment in council housing – with no strings attached – as tenants are demanding.

A new DCH pamphlet (out on the day) shows that ending ‘Daylight Robbery’ and switching subsidy from transfer to direct investment would provide sufficient funds to clear the £19 billion backlog of repairs and improvements.

Contact your local MPs now (and send out a press release explaining why you are lobbying). Ask to meet your MPs after 3pm (rally 1-3pm) and urge them to sign the latest Early Day Motion ‘Council Housing’ No 116 backing the lobby demands.


See DCH website www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk for further information, leaflet, transport details, Early Day Motion list, etc.

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PENTONVILLE 5 30 YEAR COMMEMORATION - 05-07-2002
 
In 1972 working class activity was at a high.
The dockers strike and the forcing of the release of the Pentonville 5 were a key element.

There will be a Commemoration meeting on July 26 2002 with major speakers starting at 6.30pm. It will be at the New South West Ham LNR Club, 213a Barking Road, London E16 (just past Canning Town flyover). Amonst those attending will be Vic Turner (one of the Pentonville 5), Barry Camfield AGS of TGWU, Bill Freeman of Briant Colour Work-In and many special guests.

The evening will be a commemoration and social with food and a full bar.

Note it in your diaries and check back for details.

Jointly organised by Cities of London & Westminster Trades Council/TGWU No1 Region/ex-dockers for details - [email protected]
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30th ANNIVERSARY OF BRIANT COLOUR WORK IN - 16-05-2002
 
BRIANT COLOUR PRINTING WORK-IN
21st June 1972 to 3rd July 1973

30th Anniversary Commemoration & Reunion

Saturday 22nd June 2002.


Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, 24 Clerkenwell Close

(just off Clerkenwell Green)

London, EC1. (nearest tubes: Farringdon or Angel)


3.0.pm to 4.30.pm Commemoration session & Speakers.

4.30.pm till 11.0.pm Reunion Social.

Speakers: Include:- Tony Benn, Vic Turner, John Haylet, &

Former Briant Colour Work-In FOC/MOC's.


The former Briant Colour Printing Work-In members cordially invite all supporters in the TU & Labour Movement to come along for the celebration and renew old friendships. We look forward to seeing you there, and would be greatly obliged if you could phone or email confirmation of your attendance in order to help us with the catering.


For the Organising Committee,


Bill Freeman.


Please address all correspondence or calls to:_

No. 7 Albion Villas Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 4DB

Telephones: 020 8699 0295 (H) 07860 308 135 (M)

E Mail: [email protected]
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Home Care Services in Wandsworth: join the protest! - 22-11-2001
 
Lobby Wandsworth Council:
6.30pm
Wednesday 12 December
Wandsworth Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street.

Home care services in Wandsworth are under attack: £2,000,000 of cuts are proposed, with services privatized, the threat of redundancies and a reduction in the quality and consistency of service.

Battersea & Wandsworth Trades Council, together with the local authority unions, are holding a protest rally. Please make every effort to join them. Bring your banners, colleagues and friends.
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Friction Dynamics dispute: Parliamentary lobby this Thursday - 18-11-2001
 
The Friction Dynamics strikers, their T&G officials and supporters will be lobbying Parliament from 2pm to 4pm this Thursday, 22 November, in House of Commons Committee Room 10.
Londoners are asked to support the lobby.

Please write to your MP (at the House of Commons, Westminster, SW1A 1AA) or send him/her an email (Joe Bloggs MP's address is [email protected]). A model letter is available from GLATUC: [email protected].

The strikers will be unveiling a new strike support banner (in Welsh) designed by Ed Hall and donated by T&G London branch 1/1228.

Strike funds are still wanted urgently. Collection sheets are aslo available electronically from GLATUC.

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Bougues UK workers organize for safety - 15-10-2001
 
The following is a statement issued by the Joint Sites Committee about a situationwith Bouygues U.K., Fulham Road, West London:

SUPPORT OUR STAND FOR SAFETY

This week is European Health & Safety week. 120 building workers were killed last year in the construction industry. Everyone talks about safety but carpenters, plumbers, electricians and bricklayers are still being killed every week. And every week the big developers and contractors are making record profits in the property boom. It is the building employers who cut corners on health & safety that are responsible for the deaths in the industry.

On the Bouygues UK site in the Fulham Road they are building luxury flats for yuppies. Someone is making plenty of money on this contract. The workers on the site have complained about safety and the welfare facilities on the job. What has happened? The legally accredited Safety Rep has been physically & verbally threatened by the brickwork company; Raven Brickwork. Every time he has complained about safety conditions on the job, money has been deducted from his wages! When the Safety Rep presented his first safety Report the site management refused to sign it and threw it in the bin. Bouygues Head office simply want the safety issues to be hushed up and for the Safety Rep to go away.

Is it any wonder that 120 building workers are killed each year? All the company talk about safety is just window dressing. They are more interested in profits than building workers' lives.

No Victimisation of Safety Reps! Real action not “talk” in European Safety Week!

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May Day 2002 - initial leaflets now available - 09-10-2001
 
On behalf of the London May Day Organising Committee, GLATUC has produced leaflets which start the process of organizing for Wednesday 1st May 2002. They are all in A5 format.
One leaflet is directed towards trade union branches. Its theme is "Take the Day Off", encouraging trade unionists to book a day's holiday on 1st May and to come on the March with their branch banners.

The other leaflets are aimed at community groups and at Student Unions.

The main leaflet will be issued in December and the final leaflet in February 2002.

Bulk copies of these leaflets can be obtained by emailing GLATUC ([email protected]). They are free, but donations towards costs would be welcome.
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Friction Dynamex strikers visit London - 22-09-2001
 
Friction Dynamex strikers visit London
In the week of 24 September four of the 87 T&G members in dispute with Friction Dynamex, the American-owned factory in Caernarfon, North Wales, are visiting London, under the auspices of Region 1 of the T&G and GLATUC. They will be addressing at least 22 meetings during the week, putting their message across about their being sacked under the provisions of the new Employment Relations Act and raising funds to strengthen their campaign. So far they are meeting T&G, CWU, NUT, UNISON and FBU shops and branches. Haringey and Bexley & Greenwich TUCs are taking them around those boroughs for whole days and there will be a joint reception staged by SERTUC, GLATUC and T&G Region 1.

If your organization is able to receive them, especially in the latter part of the week, please contact Bob Tennant (020-8558 6612; [email protected]).

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URGENT: FRICTION DYNAMEX VISITS LONDON: SUPPORT NEEDED! - 06-09-2001
 
FRICTION DYNAMEX DISPUTE:
URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP
GLATUC has agreed to assist the T&G in London in building up support for this dispute in Bangor, North Wales, where 87 T&G members were sacked four months ago in the course of a legitimate industrial dispute (see elsewhere on this events page).

The strikers are sending a four-member delegation to London and all London trades councils, union branches, shop stewards committees and workplaces are asked to receive them.

Working in two-person teams, they are available from 8am on Monday 24 September until the evening of Friday 28 September and again from Tuesday 2 October to Thursday 4 October.

Please contact GLATUC Secretary Bob Tennant via this website, or on [email protected] or on 020-8558 6612.

Bob Tennant said today, "GLATUC is very pleased and honoured to help the T&G with this dispute. Not only is it the latest in a long line of lock-outs by anti-social employers - remember Silentnight, Magnet, Hillingdon Hospital, the Liverpool dockers, JJ Fast Foods and Skychef - just to give a few examples from the T&G alone - but it is a blow at North Wales, one of the poorest areas in the country. These strikers are Welsh speakers and if their jobs are destroyed this is a heavy attack on the identity of the Welsh nation and the last bastion of its language. The labour movement, which supported the coming of regional government to Wales, must support our Friction Dynamex brothers and sisters for political as well as industrial reasons. We must aim to sustain them by doubling their strike pay through fund-raising in London."

For further information about the dispute visit their official website at www.frictiondynamex.co.uk.
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GLATUC SUPPORTS VIGIL FOR MURDERED ASYLUM SEEKER - 09-08-2001
 
GLATUC SUPPORTED THE VIGIL IN MEMORY OF FIRSAT YILDIZ, 22 YEAR-OLD ASYLUM SEEKER STABBED TO DEATH IN GLASGOW
HELD ON MONDAY 13th AUGUST 4 - 6pm
OUTSIDE THE HOME OFFICE, 50 QUEEN ANNE'S GATE, LONDON SW1
NEAREST TUBE ST JAMES' PARK
Firsat Yildiz was stabbed by two white men in the Sighthill area of Glasgow. He had been in Scotland for a year, dispersed there within the government's dispersal policy.

Since the start of the policy last year, there have been over 70 racist attacks in Sighthill, one of the most deprived areas in Britain. In the last few months, there were two near fatal attacks on asylum seekers.
Last night, a 22 year-old Iranian asylum seeker was stabbed by three white men.

The horrific murder of Firsat Yildiz sends a chilling message of how the dispersal policy has failed to provide safe housing for asylum seekers whilst their claims are being processed. Individual asylum seekers are sent to parts of Britain where they are isolated, without the support networks of the established multicultural communities in big urban areas.

When asylum seekers were entitled to welfare benefits, they could choose the area where they lived. They were entitled to housing benefit which meant that they could be housed in privately rented accomodation of their choice. With dispersal, they have no choice. Refusal to be dispersed often means they would lose any rights to assistance under National Asylum Support System.

The National Assembly Against Racism, the Refugee Council, Day-Mer Turkish & Kurdish Community Centre, TGWU Textile branch, KNK London, the Kurdish Community Centre in Haringey and many others held a peaceful Vigil in memory of Firsat Yildiz and for an end to the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, who should not be made to bear the brunt of botched policies and pay the price with their lives.

For further information, please contact Milena Buyum at the National Assembly Against Racism on 020 7247 9907. The vigil was supported by GLATUC and the local Trades Council, Cities of London & Westminster.

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Tussauds Attacks Human Rights - 23-07-2001
 
The GMB is taking Tussauds to court and campaigning for reinstatement of the elected union rep, the company to honour its employees’ legal rights and the right to organize and for the GMB to be recognized. The GMB reports that many staff believe they would be sacked if discovered joining the union.
What you can do:

· Join the GMB picket outside Madame Tussauds at 2.00pm every Saturday;
· If you visit Tussauds, ask to see the Operations Manager, Caroline Harper, before you leave and ask her about the company’s plans to meet the union and settle the dispute; and
· Write to Caroline Harper, Operations Manager, Tussauds Museum, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR asking her to reinstate the union representative and negotiate wages with the union.
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PENTONVILLE 5 COMMEMORATION - 05-07-2001
 
CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER TRADES COUNCIL held their annual Pentonville 5 Commemoration on THURSDAY 26 JULY at GFTU, Central House, Upper Woburn Place, London WC1 (near Euston station).

This event marks the great working class victory in July 1972 when mass action forced the state to release the 5 imprisoned dock shop stewards. It also looks at the lessons for building working class united action today. The victory that forced the release of the Pentonville 5 in 1972 was an important part of working class history. It was a major event for London and for Britain. It is important that the victory is not forgotten. The five docker shop stewards who were imprisoned under the anti-union laws of the Heath Tory Government were fighting for jobs. When they refused to be cowed by the National Industrial Relations Court (NIRC) they were sent to prison for contempt of court. As soon as they were arrested a snowballing series of strikes, beginning in the docks but rumbling through print, transport, engineering, construction, manufacturing and on until there was virtually an unofficial national strike. The TUC met and facing this massive fight by workers called a national stoppage for the next week. A massive march went up to Pentonville prison in North London involving tens of thousands of striking workers. The state caved in and, dredging up the previously unknown Official Solicitor, released the 5 as the march reached the prison. This victory did not take place in isolation. There had been mobilisation against the anti-union plans of the Labour Government of Harold Wilson. When the Tories came in under Heath they brought in the draconian Industrial Relations Act and started a policy harsh economics. Workers fought back in many ways. There were occupations in many firms over job cuts and attacks on conditions. At the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in Glasgow the workers began a work-in to stop closure. Massive resistance to the Tory laws was led by engineers who fought attempts at sequestration and thousands more followed. The TGWU were attacked by the law but the members resisted. In 1971 there was a massive TUC demonstration (over 250,000) against the Industrial Relations Act and unions held a united line. Two miners strikes in 1972 and 1974 along with action by power supply workers and construction workers showed the fighting spirit of the time. Important history but full of lessons for our struggle today. Lessons about solidarity and workers action. Lessons about how to fight in changed economic conditions. Lessons about what workers need to be able to defend their interests. If you are interested come to our meeting.
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Support the T&G's Friction Dynamex dispute - 02-07-2001
 
A dispute which had its origin in erosion of health and safety conditions has deteriorated into a bitter industrial action. T&GWU members voted by 91% for a week-long strike at the Caernarfon-based car part manufacturer Friction Dynamics. The industrial action was called after deterioration in working conditions at the plant, including proposed removal of statutory health and safety rights, reductions in holiday allowance, and changes in shift patterns. Impossible work targets were constantly being set, and attempts made to break existing agreements made with the former owner of the factory. Serious concerns were raised about the past record of the current owner in regards to health and safety issues. Following the week-long strike, workers returned to find they had been locked out of the factory, placed on an enforced holiday, and 50 temporary staff had been recruited to fill their places. Meetings were held with ACAS to try and resolve the dispute, but little progress was made, given the refusal of the management to compromise in any way. The workers were offered a return to work package which involved a 15% pay cut and no change to the proposed new work patterns. After eight weeks of stalemate, the workers were given an ultimatum to return to work or face dismissal. A mass meeting was held and the workers unanimously agreed to continue the action. On the 29th of June the strikers were issued with dismissal notices.

Visit the dispute's Web site at www.frictiondynamex.co.uk.
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