Strikers force union recognition at the National Gallery
At the final rally we were told by the PCS union general secretary, Mark Serwotka that they had achieved a victory at National Gallery as union rep Candy Udwin had been reinstated and the deal includes union recognition with the company and the London living wage! The news comes after 100 days on strike since February. Mark Serwotka said, however “We still do not believe privatisation was necessary but we will work with the new company and the gallery to ensure a smooth transition and, importantly, to ensure standards are maintained at this world-renowned institution.”
Amazing Rally by Teaching Assistants
“Thank you Derby City Council for making us feel worthless” was the message among banners at a protest against pay cuts for school support staff on Wednesday.
Teaching assistants are facing swingeing cuts to their pay and terms and conditions across the city. The photo above shows an amazing rally outside a meeting of the cabinet at the Council House. It was loud, it was angry and it received whole-hearted support from passing motorists, whose honking horns added to the clamour demanding a fair deal for our hard-working support staff.
Sign their petition here: https://www.change.org/p/derby-city-council-pay-teaching-assistants-what-they-deseve?
Read more: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Protest-outside-Council-House-pay-dispute/story-27941303-detail/story.html#ixzz3oFEsOahc and cityofderbynut@blogspot
However, whilst the government continues to facilitate the transfer of power and wealth from the poorer classes to the richer ones, more people feel the squeeze but also start to ask questions and participate in actions of all sorts becoming more interested in politics (politics is all that determines how we live our lives).
The win of Jeremy Corbyn has been good news for our anti-austerity agenda because it made it plain to see that people DO want and CAN opt for an anti-austerity direction. However, Corbyn’s admission that he cannot lead or effect change by himself shows that the People’s Assembly analysis that we cannot win by simply voting and then letting politicians rule is true. We must build a movement of ordinary people to effect proper and long lasting change for the better and specifically to:
- build our numbers
- plan & act in a variety campaigning ways
- promote alternative policies through our ‘manifesto’
- hold all politicians accountable to act to end austerity
Come and take part – don’t stand on the side lines – enough is enough really
But of course the government won’t stay still!
Join in all possible ways to resist this attack on democracy and working people’s rights.
Stop Fracking in Derbyshire Organising Meeting
Tuesday 13/10/2015, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Derby Climate Coalition and 38 Degrees invite all those people who are interested in doing something against potential fracking, in their area or across Derbyshire, to come to the coalition steering group meeting on Tuesday 13 October at 6.00 pm, room 11 at Derby Council House. The aim is to work with people across Derbyshire and help people set up or support local groups.
Erewash Green Party
Wednesday 14th October 7-9pm at Brennans, 2 Regent Street, Long Eaton NG10 1JX.
An open meeting to discuss the Fracking licence the government has issued for Erewash, the planned HS2 route through Erewash (and Long Eaton) and the proposed open cast mining in Cossall.
International Women’s Day Fundraiser
Suffragette – new film screening, plus talk by local historian Rosa Straw on Derby’s unsung Suffragettes and heroes, 6pm Friday 16th October at Quad, Derby.
Protest against “Britain First”
Protest to stop, “Britain First” activists from having a Fascist event in Burton. The anti Fascist event will take place on October 17 at 12:30 pm and will assemble at Burton station, on the bridge
In a Right State
21 October in Belper High school theatre and 22nd October Derby Guildhall
We Own It
Talk about sale of public assets. On October 28 at 07:30 pm at the Old Bell Inn on Sadlergate (www.derby50k.co.uk)
Peoples Climate March in London
On the 29th of November there will be marches, throughout the world, focusing on the UN climate talks in Paris. The Derby Climate Coalition coach to the London march leaves Belper at 8:30 am and Derby Full Street at 9:00 am.
Please register here:
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