Friday, 20 April 2018

SCRAP Universal Credit,

At Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group it was agreed we would hold our monthly protest outside Tothill Street HQ to continue the call to SCRAP Universal Credit, with Unite Community.4th May 12-1pm
Agreed that singing and dancing will also be on the menu and people to speak out. Travel and coffee costs available with receipts.
SCRAP THIS CRAP!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Solidarity with the Windrush generation and their families

Solidarity with the Windrush generation and their families

Windrush Square Brixton, Friday, 20th April 5pm-7pm
Join us in the place that celebrates the remarkable contribution of African and Caribbean men and women to this country. They built the NHS and worked hard against all odds and racism to maintain public services and communities across the UK.
Speakers at this event include:
Gary Younge, journalist • Cllr Claudia Webbe, chair of Labour Party NEC • Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham • Florence Eshalomi AM London Assembly Member, Lambeth & Southwark • Michael Groce, son of Cherry Groce and Green Party member • Paul Reid, director of Black Cultural Archives • Cllr Michelline Ngongor • Micky Broom, Brixton tube National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) • Stephanie Bernard, black teachers convenor for National Union of teachers • Glenroy Watson, RMT • Margaret Greer, UNISON equalities officer • Weyman Bennett, Stand Up to Racism • Alex Wheatle, author • Sara Bredemear, actor • Unjum Mirza, ASLEF - The UK Train Drivers' Union • Rachel Heywood, councillor for Coldharbour Ward • Ellen Lebethe, Chair of Lambeth Pensioners Action Group

Stand together in defence of the absolute right of the Windrush generation to be at the heart of any society that purports to be democratic, diverse and just.

Defy the disgraceful position of government and secure full rights for them to be citizens of the UK.

Demand an immediate end to Tory government racist immigration legislation and actions that bully and frighten our elders and the community.


https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/216539

Monday, 16 April 2018

100 YEARS SINCE THE VOTE FOR WOMEN AND 70 YEARS SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF THE WINDRUSH Thursday 26 April @ 6.30pm TUC Congress House PLEASE REGISTER (FREE ADMISSION)


100 YEARS SINCE THE VOTE FOR WOMEN AND 70 YEARS SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF THE WINDRUSH Thursday 26 April @ 6.30pm TUC Congress House PLEASE REGISTER (FREE ADMISSION)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

UCU London Retired members’ Branch against deportations













UCU London Retired members’ Branch
As part of the growing racist atmosphere, we note the recent increase in deportations, particularly of retired people from the Caribbean. We shall support and encourage campaigns against deportations both at a local and national level, working where possible with other trade unions trades councils and the TUC. We welcome the initiative from Caribbean Labour Solidarity to initiate such a campaign in London.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Green Left, statement re media coverage of Jeremy Corbyn

Green Left, the eco-socialist current within the Green Party has expressed its disapproval at the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn by much of the national media recently

In a statement Green Left said, QUOTE

"Many of us are veterans of anti-racist campaigns that Corbyn has supported and we reject the repeated suggestions that he has condoned anti-Semitism in the Labour Party as spurious  nonsense. We have political disagreements with the Labour Party but have the greatest respect for Jeremy Corbyn and his record as an anti-racist campaigner. We feel that this is a record that the mainstream media has repeatedly and deliberately ignored,

We call on the National Union of Journalists to remind its members of the fine principles in its code of conduct and in particular the first four:

“A journalist:
1.     At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed.
2.     Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair.
3.     Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies.
4.     Differentiates between fact and opinion.”

contact P.Murry: Secretary Green Left; yrrumuk@googlemail.com

Friday, 30 March 2018

14-15 April: Act to defend democracy and human rights, in Catalonia and everywhere


















14-15 April: Act to defend democracy and human rights, in Catalonia and everywhere

Web: English Català  Español Français 
The Spanish state’s repression against Catalonia’s democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. They are accused of violent rebellion, although they have never used violence. By mid April the two leaders of the main Catalanist organisations, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, will have spent 6 months in prison.
And apart from the 10 political prisoners and 6 political leaders in exile, from 1 October until now there have been: 1,500 people injured while voting or demonstrating; 150 fascist attacks; 140 web sites closed; police attacks on journalists; censorship of rappers, writers and artists…
In protest at this situation, there will be a united demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday 15 April at 11 am, organised by a very broad platform of social movements, including the ANC, Òmnium Cutural, trade unions, the neighbours’ organisations, youth movements, cultural and sporting organisations, the federation of NGOs… It will be a massive call for solidarity with the political prisoners, and with all those suffering the current attacks in Catalonia and increasingly in other parts of the Spanish state.
We call on international solidarity movements to organise actions over the weekend of 14 and 15 April: demonstrations, rallies, public meetings, symbolic events…
If we allow repression to go unchallenged in Catalonia today, then fundamental rights can be repressed tomorrow in any part of the world.
Please mobilise on 14-15 April. Defend democracy and human rights.  In Catalonia and everywhere.

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Call in different languages, in PDF: English | Français | català | castellano | Deutsch | Polska
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Thursday, 29 March 2018

United Voices of the World the union Recycling Workers Wildcat Strike.

















United Voices of the World the union  Recycling Workers Wildcat Strike.
United Voices union members at the Orion recycling plant in east London walked off the job this morning in a historic and inspiring wildcat strike to protest against inhuman working conditions.
The 10 migrant workers, all of whom are from Peru, took the courageous decision to stand together and fight, despite being told to 'fuck off' by their foreman, and threatened with the sack.
Within only 19 hours of first coming to United Voices offices in Elephant and Castle to speak out about the conditions they endure, they were on strike and negotiating with their boss in a mass meeting at the gates of their workplace.
The workers had never been members of any union before let alone been on strike, and much less a Wildcat strike. This shows what can be achieved in next to no time and at no expense with the right combination of inspiration, determination, unity, and solidarity.
The workers, who were joined at the gates in the pouring rain by representatives from the Bakers' Union and McDonald's strikers, as well as United Voices union supporters, had the courage to also demand from their boss - face to face - a living wage for working in 19th Century conditions.
They demanded and won a personal pledge from the company owner to provide them, by 9am the next day, with proper face masks, air filters, gloves, four pairs of protective overalls each, soap and toilet paper - and to provide showers on site within a month.
They also won a pledge to meet with the union to discuss a 25 per cent raise in the workers' minimum wage pay rate to the London Living Wage, plus occupational sick pay. They also received a personal apology from the site manager for abusing the workers, and walked off with the promise that for the day of this unprecedented wildcat strike they would still be paid and not be victimised!
Confident, combative, united and inspiring, these 'invisible' workers have shown what it takes to stand up and resist precarity and marginalisation.
Dismissed as 'unorganisable' by most official unions, these migrant worker members of United Voices of the World have shown that the best weapon to fight back is the collective strength of those you work with.
If 'invisible' migrant workers at an industrial site in east London can do this, there's no reason why other workers can't take on the bosses and win!
photography by Gordon Roland Peden