Wednesday, 11 January 2017

a stand against all Trump stands for - racism, misogyny, corporate cronyism and fossil-fuelled climate change denial







As the world enters a new era with the inauguration of President Trump, join others in your area to make a stand against all Trump stands for - racism, misogyny, corporate cronyism and fossil-fuelled climate change denial that puts our whole planet at risk.
There will be rallies and banner drops from bridges ('Bridges Not Walls') in at least 23 cities across the UK, with others in smaller towns. Events we know about so far are listed on our website. It's not too late to organise one yourself, either. As climate activists it's vital that we are there with a clear message, standing in solidarity with anti-racism and women's rights campaigners. Let's help build and promote these protests so they are heard within our own country as well!
In London we'll be joining the rally outside the US embassy with a climate bloc. (Facebook event)
Stay in touch and let us know what's going on.
All the best
Claire and everyone at CCC

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Monday, 9 January 2017

The NHS crisis has reached a new level.


The NHS crisis has reached a new level. In the last few days the Red Cross declared a 'humanitarian crisis' in the NHS and were forced to intervene. This Government has knowingly and wilfully created the crisis in the NHS. Hospitals are underfunded, social care has collapsed, which puts more pressure on hospitals, staff are overworked and conditions are deteriorating. 

The Governments drive to privatise the NHS will only make this situation worse. We must take action to defend our NHS or we risk losing it forever. 

Over the next few weeks there are some key events/actions building up to a massive#OurNHS National Demonstration on Saturday 4 March. 
Please do all you can to make sure they are as big as possible.

Over the next few days we're calling on all local groups and campaigns to do an emergency action at a local hospital. 
In London this Thursday, we're organising an emergency rally at the Department of Health from 6pm. 

Hunt Must Go - Rescue Our NHS
Emergency Protest - 6pm, Department of Health, Whitehall London
Invite your friends on Facebook

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Organised by Junior Doctors Alliance, The People's Assembly, Health Campaigns Together

Saturday 14 January, Nationwide Day of Action

We're asking local groups and campaigns to set up an emergency rally or protest at local hospitals across the country. A series of leafleting actions for the National Demonstration have been organised already, you can find details on the Facebook event here. If you want to add to the list of flyering sessions and actions please email office@thepeopelsassembly.org.uk so we can add to the list and promote.

Saturday 28 January
London Rally & Protest - Hands off our NHS 12:30 Old Palace Yard. Invite your friends on Facebook here.

Saturday 4 March#OurNHS NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION 

*For a fully funded, publicly owned, NHS & social care service 
*No cuts, no closures, no privatisation 
*End the pay restraint for NHS staff 

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Assemble: 12pm, Tavistock Square, London March to Parliament 

Transport is being arranged from across the country, full details coming soon. Called by Health Campaigns Together & The People's Assembly 

Download leaflet artwork here 
Invite your friends on Facebook here

You can arrange to pick up leaflets from our office or we can send some you if you can cover the cost of postage. 

Please email office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk for flyer requests or anything else.


The People's Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The People's Assembly Against Austerity: It's Our NHS - National Demonstration 4 March/People's Question Time/I, Daniel Blake community screenings/


I, Daniel Blake community screenings

The People's Assembly is also pleased to announce the first of many community Screenings of Ken Loach's powerful, must-see inditement of Britains benefits system, 'I, Daniel Blake'. Get along to a screening near you or organise a showing yourself.
Manchester: Tuesday 24 January

Folkestone: Thursday 26 January

South London: Friday 27 January

Rhyl North Wales: Friday 27 January
South East Cornwall: Saturday 28 January

York: Tuesday 31 January

North Hertfordshire: Tuesday 7 February
Eastbourne: Wednesday 8 February
Kings Lynn: Friday 10 February

For more info about the screenings and to book your place, click here
Coming up (dates tbc) in, Bristol, Oxford, Swindon, Milton Keynes, North London, Brighton and multiple locations across Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you want to find out more information about a screening or you want to set up your own, please contact, office@thepeoplesassemblu.org.uk 


People's Question Time: Brexit - What are our demands?

We will be touring the country with a series of Question Time events around Brexit. This tour will be launched in London on Thursday 19 January. In increasing uncertainty about what Brexit will mean for us, we will be developing a series of key demands to put to the Government so that Brexit is negotiated in the interests of the majority and not the bankers and bosses. 

If you're in London please come along, if not, you will be able to watch it live on our Facebook page. We will be announcing a series of new dates early in the new year. 
 
The People’s Question Time: Brexit – What Are Our Demands?
7pmThursday 19 January, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, NW1 2BA. Register your place

Panel includes: 
Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader, Green Party, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers, Lindsey German, People's Assembly, Malia Bouattia, NUS President, Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary, UNITE

Click here for more info

It's Our NHS - National Demonstration 4 March

The People's Assembly has joined forces with Health Campaigns Together to organise a major national demonstration in defence of our NHS. 




Click here for more info

SATURDAY 4 MARCH, 12pm TAVISTOCK SQUARE 
Check out the facebook event and get inviting and sharing. Use the hashtag #ournhs 


Don't for forget if you can afford to help in any way please donate what you can:

  Make a donation here.


Unite the Union General Secretary Elections

We want to also give a special mention to an important election coming up in the UK's biggest trade union UNITE. Len McCluskey who has been UNITE's General Secretary since 2011 has triggered an early election which will take place in early 2017. 

UNITE has been central to the anti-austerity movement and one of the founding members of the People's Assembly. Without the national support of UNITE it would have been impossible to build the broad coalition against austerity we have today. It's for this reason that the right wing media and establishment will throw their weight behind trying to undermine the work that Len and UNITE have done. They will do all they can to make sure the right take hold of one of the most influential trade unions we have. 

If you are a member please make sure you vote. You can also become a member and vote as long as you join before 1 January. If you are unemployed, or unable to join a workplace union, UNITE have a special community membership. Details here

Solidarity!

The People's Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Monday, 19 December 2016

Green Seniors support the postal strikes

Green Seniors supports the current postal strikes because they are not just in defence of workers' pay, conditions and pensions, the strikes are against Post Office privatisation and closure plans..

Communication Workers Union General Secretary Dave Ward said: “Our members are being forced into fighting to save their jobs and this great institution from terminal decline.”
“We didn’t want to be in this position, but unless we stand up now, the Post Office as we know it will cease to exist. We are defending the very future of the Post Office in this country.
“We want a Post Office that works for everyone, for communities, for small and medium-sized businesses, and for the people who serve them – our hard working members, but the people running the Post Office have no serious plan other than further closures and managed decline and we won’t accept that.” (http://www.cwu.org/media/news/2016/december/12/post-office-bosses-provoke-christmas-week-strike/)
Green Seniors supports the CWU strike because Post Offices are very important to seniors and disabled people, fewer post offices means less access to services and social contact for seniors. The union is right when it says that it is defending a cherished public service

Noel Lynch : Chair Green Seniors

P.Murry Acting Secretary Green Seniors 20/12/2016

Sunday, 11 December 2016

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TFL) ATTACKS ITS OWN PENSIONERS

From: Joel Kosminsky
Sent: 18 November 2016

Subject: "TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TFL) ATTACKS ITS OWN PENSIONERS"

On my own responsibility, I am now pursuing this through TSSA. I also wish to make NPC aware of what TfL is doing. Additionally, through Ron's chairing of the SERTUC Pensioners Network, I would like this raised at the next Network meeting. This email was sent today to TSSA following the appalling outcome of the TfL Pensioners Forum meeting held on Thursday 17 November: As an elected delegate to the TfL Pensioners Consultative Council and Pensioners Forum, I was yesterday subjected to the disgusting spectacle of TfL unilaterally ending three key aspects for its 32,000 pensioners.

These were not pension entitlements but additional facilities which TfL, and before that LRT/LT, pensioners have enjoyed. The saving from these withdrawals is around £120,000 a year, which is 0.005% of the £2.9 billion the organisation is seeking to cut from its expenditure. The three things funded by TfL which have been unilaterally withdrawn (two were subjected to a 'consultation' pressured by time and as expected, our responses were ignored) are...

 The annual calendar to all pensioners, which also contains the contact details every pensioner needs, on good quality paper which will last for a year (unilaterally withdrawn by the Commissioner, no consultation). Annual cost around £25,000.

The 'replacement' contact list will be in an existing quarterly pensioner magazine, which is on low-quality paper and has no durability, even assuming pensioners see the information and remember to retain it;

 The small hamper, which is an age-related qualification and only goes to oldest pensioners, and the surviving partners of the eldest, the latter only every five years. Annual cost £28,000;

and The Pensioner Liaison Representative (PLR) Scheme - this is a voluntary arrangement whereby other TfL pensioners who are still active and mobile maintain links with older TfL pensioners in a region close to the activist's address. TfL's argument in this case is that less than 15% of pensioners are reached. Even so, over 3000 isolated and often infirm pensioners have a link via PLRs to former colleagues and people who understand their needs. Replacements for PLRs are suggested (by management, who are all in the workplace and do not have any understanding of specialised needs of older people) as Age UK and "other services in the voluntary sector". Our PLRs are free to TfL pensioners, but management do not care that Age UK for example charges £16.50 an hour, just to make an assessment.

 TfL's savings are spread across the entire organisation but while each department and office make sacrifices by consultation (...), pensioners who have no effective voice and whose utility to TfL has ended, are now seen as only a liability, have been hit for everything, to save a sum which will not make any appreciable difference to the overall savings. The Pensioners Forum did as request, and consulted colleagues. We offered cut-back alternatives for hampers, and ways to make the PLR Scheme more cost-effective. Our submissions were flatly ignored. We had already been presented with a non-negotiable fait accompli on the calendar, which we believe is also sent to people other than pensioners, and we are being asked to bear that cost too.

 I am therefore asking my union, of which I have been a full subscribing member since July 1986 (with one intervening three-month free membership period in year 2000!) and an activist for all this century, on the EC, my branches and Division, on the Standing Orders Committee, and now in the Retired Members' Group, to take up this blatant unfairness and bullying of a cadre of former employees who cannot fight back in any directly meaningful way.

Pensioners are still people, many are still TSSA members. Our pensions are deferred wages - we paid for them. Many pensioners gave loyal service and many also served 'London Transport' in World War 2. This is not a decent, human way to repay that.

My colleagues in RMT and ASLEF should be making similar approaches to their unions. We (TSSA) supported Sadiq Khan to become Mayor of London, and I'm asking you to directly ask him the following questions:

 1. What exactly were Sadiq's or his representatives' instructions to TfL in general and to Mike Brown as to the making of savings?
2. Did the Mayor or his representatives ever use the term 'non-operational spend' or anything similar or which could be taken to mean that, in terms of the savings sought from TfL?
 3. Is the Mayor content that pensioners are being forced to pay for these savings?
 4. Does the Mayor really believe that removing around £120,000 from the annual TfL budget will in any meaningful way help reach the £2.9 billion saving?

 If the Mayor demurs from answering these questions, please advise me, and use your best endeavours to seek responses via the London Labour Party and the Greater London Assembly.
Please ask these questions as a matter of urgency and send the responses to me as soon as you can. This is a quality of life issue for 32,000 pensioners. Even the management who impose this will one day be pensioners too - how will they feel when, even with their large pensions, one day they have something of value taken away from them?

 Please do not divert this into the 'pending' file. 32,000 pensioners are now depending on people like us to show that Society is not a figment of the late Thatcher's imagination.


Regards Joel Kosminsky Vice-Chair Retired Members' Group (but here in a personal capacity) Delegate TfL Pensioners Consultative Council / Pensioners Forum TfL (+ British Airways, + South West Trains) Pensioner.