The local anti-cuts campaign started jointly with PCS London & SE Region

WESTMINSTER & CITY ANTI-CUTS CAMPAIGN –

 Contacts

Roger Sutton Secretary Cities of London & Westminster Trades Council [email protected]  07818-421327

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ORGANISING IN SUPPORT OF STRIKE ACTION ON MAY 10 2012

PCS, UNITE & UCU have members out on May 10 against cuts and attacks on members jobs & pensions.

Thursday 10 May actions

PCS national strike http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/campaigns/10-may--all-out/index.cfm

Police Federation London march http://www.polfed.org/mediacenter/09326921B5A642AA8AAB7C1E2DBAE538.asp

RMT Royal Fleet Auxiliary members on strike http://www.rmt.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=158900

UCU members in Further Education, the newer Post-92 universities (all members of the Teachers Pension Scheme) will be striking http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6071

Unite health sector strike, and march and rally: 12 noon at St Thomas Hospital SE1 to rally Methodist Central Hall at 1pm, speakers Len McCluskey and Gail Cartmail Unite, PCS, UCU, Owen Jones http://www.unitetheunion.org/resources/pensions/protecting_pensions_for_our_pu.aspx

 

MAY 9TH LONDON PROTEST, MARCH AND LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT AGAINST THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF REMPLOY FACTORIES AROUND BRITAIN

 

This protest and lobby of Parliament and the demonstrations around the country are a measure of the massive public support for continued funding of the Remploy factories says GMB

 

There will be a Remploy protest, march and Lobby of Parliament in London on Wednesday 9th May. This is the latest event in a long line of events against the closure of Remploy factory that employ disabled workers. These and other events are organized by Remploy unions GMB and Unite. The lobby is sponsored by Ian Lavery MP.

Remploy workers and their many supporters are angry at the coalition government’s decision to shut 36 of the 54 Remploy sites this summer with compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people, of these 1,518 are disabled. It is envisaged that the remaining 18 sites will close soon after. This decision on closure was made on 7 March 2012.

Details for protest and march are as follows:

Protest from 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday 9th May 2012

at DWP Offices,

Caxton House,

6-12 Tothill Street

London SW1H 9NA

 

March assembles from 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday 9th May 2012

at the Old Palace Yard

Westminster

 

The march will move off to the House of Commons no later than at 1:15 p.m.

 

The lobby will take place on:-

 

Between 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on

Wednesday 9th May 2012 in

Committee Room 14

House of Commons

 

Only 130-140 people will be allowed in Committee Room 14. Preference will be given to those travelling into London.

 

 

The Remploy factories schedules to close in the first wave are as follows: Aberdare, Aberdeen, Abertillery, Acton, Ashington, Barking, Barrow, Birkenhead, Bolton, Bridgend, Bristol, Chesterfield, Cleator Moor, Croespenmaen, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Motherwell, Newcastle, North London, North Staffs, Oldham, Penzance, Pontefract, Poole, Preston, Southampton, Spennymoor, Springburn, Swansea, Wigan, Worksop and Wrexham.

 

Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary said “This Lobby of Parliament and the demonstrations around the country are a measure of the massive public support for continued funding of the Remploy factories. 

 

It is now clear that this government will use the money that was earmarked to support the direct employment of disabled people to privatise its’ Employment Services business.  It is outrageous that the government can take away the jobs of disabled workers the length and breadth of the country to carry out an ideologically motivated privatisation.”

 

 MOBILISING FOR NOVEMBER 30

The Trades Council has been leading  activities across the area mobilising for November 30. In the past few weeks there has been leafletting in rail stations, tube stations and key residential areas. There have been activities backing up union initiatives and building solidarity. The Trades Coucil working with the local Anti Cuts Campaign has been getting the message out to local residents and building links with students and pensioner organisations.

Places such as Victoria, Liverpoool Street, Cannon Street, Blackfriars, Farringdon, Pimlico, St James's, Westminster, Edgware Road & Harrow Road have been leafletted setting out the union case. Good reactions have been experienced from people with promises of support.

The focus now is on the final mobilisation for the day of action over attacks on pensions and jobs. The massive response from local civil servants, teachers, hospital workers, local authority workers, lecturers and students means Westminster & City contingents will make up a significant part of the March. The March assembles at Lincolns Inn Fields from 11.00 before marching to Victoria Embankment for a rally from14.00. There will be speakers from ther different sectors on thedemonstration plus supporting organisations like the pensioners and patients groups. There is support also building from the private sector workers who are resisting the Government's divide and rule tactics.

The Trades Council and the Anti-Cuts Campaign are also planning for the continuing and intensifying fight after November 30. There will be a meeting on December 6 at PCS London Office from 17.00.

Joint Industrial Action on June 30 - support those on strike - support picket lines

PCS/UCU/ATL/NUT have action planned

 

APRIL 8

To All Supporters

The local Save Our Children's Services- Westminster which has been carrying out effective campaign work is stepping up its activity and has an event planned for April 8. We urge maximum support for this action to fight the Westminster City Council cuts. This campaign is making a real impact and needs maximum support. We know it is during the working day but if you can get there it will be very important.

socs westminster [[email protected]]

Dear all,   At the last campaign planning meeting, we decided to hold a protest outside Westminster City Hall (64 Victoria Street, SW1) on Friday 8 April at 10.30am. Please put the date in your diary and make every effort to come along.

  

WHAT WE'VE DONE

March 26th

Trades Council banner on March

  

 Save Our Childrens Services group gather for March

  

  PCS Westminster activists on March

 

 

 Westminster campaign Facebook page opened –

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001917029229 

THURSDAY MARCH 10 PUBLIC MEETING - FIGHTING THE CUTS

 Speakers JEREMY DEAR General Secretary NUJ SONIA HOWARD UNISON and local campaigning groups and unions 

At PCS London & SE Offices,Douglas Houghton House, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH 

mobilising against the cuts - make the bankers pay – defend our jobs & services

WESTMINSTER ANTI-CUTS HITS THE STREETS

 Photo – hitting the cuts centre in Westminster

Westminster & City Anti-Cuts Campaign hit the streets of central Westminster today.

Rush hour commuters were leafleted at Victoria Station. Lunchtime Victoria Street was covered along with Millbank -, Strutton Ground and Horseferry Road.

Thousands of leaflets went out.

Workplace distributions also took place.

 

 WESTMINSTER & CITY ANTI-CUTS CAMPAIGN ACTION ON JANUARY 14/15

ACTION PLANMAIN FOCUS FOR JANUARY 2011 – 2 days of action on Friday 14 January and Saturday 15th January (geared to SERTUC Regional Day of Action on 15th) – raising opposition to cuts/specific local effects/mobilising for mass national TUC demo on March 26

 

JANUARY 14 leafleting and other actions geared to workplaces and major centres (eg Victoria)

JANUARY 15 leafleting across Westminster area including some key estates & markets

Other possibilities planned – all depends on number of volunteers we get – need volunteer names for either or both days/agreeing to cover certain workplaces/major shopping centres/markets etc.

Please get volunteers from your workplace and let us know names and number ASAP

– volunteer what time you can.- all welcome

[email protected]  or [email protected] 

Looking to organise a social/music event in near future

Keep us informed of what is happening TO YOU locally.

 

Westminster & City Anti-Cuts Campaign launched with big activists meeting

 

Thursday 18 November saw the succesful launch of the local anti-cuts campaign. Around 50 local trade union activists attended the meeting at PCS London offices called jointly by the Trades Council and PCS London & SE Region.. After an introduction from Chris Baugh PCS AGS and the meeting focus covered by Roger Sutton the Trades Council Secretary there was a practical discussion that agreed to found the campaign, hold monthly meetings and be organised through an action group of 14 activist volunteers. Ideas for local action including leafletting and local events were put forward and the SERTUC action day on January 15 given as one target day. Support was recorded fronm BECTU, NUJ, RMT, UNISON, NUT, UCU, MU, UNITE, ASLEF, FBU, TSSA, CWU and local student unions plus pensioners groups. Anyone wanting to get in touch should contact [email protected]

 

 

Thursday 18 November

 

CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER TRADES COUNCIL and

 

 LONDON & SOUTH EAST REGION

supported by CWU, FBU, RMT, UCU, UNITE

 

 Westminster & City Anti-Cuts Campaign Launch Meeting

Opened by Chris Baugh (PCS Assistant General Secretary)

We are facing a massive attack on both public and private sector jobs; on services; on wages & conditions.  Yet unions and their members are fighting back. The FBU, RMT, TSSA, PCS, UNITE, CWU, NUJ, UCU, UNISON, GMB, ASLEF, POA have all been involved in disputes this year – but, in doing so, have had to face up to the anti-union laws.

 

 We have to continue to build the campaign of resistance. In Westminster & City we want to do this from the base up – getting local reps and members involved. We want to build solidarity between unions and develop links with local organisations that represent pensioners, students, parents, tenants and users of services.

 We also recognise that the proposed cuts will have a disproportionate effect on different sections of the community – with the young, pensioners, women, those with disabilities and ethnic minorities being hit particularly hard. Despite what the Con-Dem coalition says, we are not "all in this together".

 This meeting is open to anyone who lives and/or works in Westminster and City of London. We want to develop a unified campaign that builds maximum support for the anti-cuts campaign and the union movement's alternative policies and programme.

Thursday 18 November from 5.30pm

PCS London &South-East  Region Office,

Douglas Houghton House, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH

(Nearest tube – Victoria)  http://www.multimap.com/s/iJP8K76e

For further information, please contact:

Roger Sutton 020-7520-8340/ [email protected] or Tom Taylor 020-7801-2764/ [email protected]

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