TWO LONDON DEMONSTRATIONS  Sat. May 12th TUC – a better deal for working people Sat. June 30th Health Campaigns Together/People’s Assembly #OurNHS70 –  Celebrate our #NHS BOOK YOUR SEAT Coaches from #Derbyuk with or text 07889 274723

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Tens of thousands will join a major national demonstration next Saturday organised by the TUC. The People’s Assembly is very pleased to support this demonstration which will be demanding an end to austerity and better rights for all in the workplace.

And on June 30th, we will be turning out again in HUGE numbers for the NHS and against cuts and privatisation.

All details below of Derby Area Trades Union Council Coaches

Sat. May 12th    TUC – a better deal for working people

Sat. June 30th    Health Campaigns Together /People’s Assembly –  Celebrate and stand up for our NHS


Coaches from Derby details below

National Demonstration – A new deal for working people
Saturday 12 May, 11am Victoria Embankment
March to Hyde Park



Coaches LEAVE Derby Bus Station Stand 27 8:00am PROMPT – we cannot wait  – … £10 waged/£5 low waged/Free unwaged & claimants

Book as soon as possible with or text 07889 274723   

Why are we marching? Because real wages are still lower than before the crash in 2008. Because three million workers are stuck on zero hour contracts, in agency work and in low paid self-employment. Because hardworking public servants haven’t had a proper payrise for eight years. Because our NHS is at breaking point. And because years of cuts have led to poverty, homelessness and despair for too many.

We’re marching for the alternative. For a growing economy with great jobs in every nation and region of the UK. For a £10ph minimum wage and the right to a voice at work. For public services that are brilliant, funded and free at the point of use. And for a society that roots out racism, sexism and discrimination.

Transport has been arraigned from across the country – for more details click here


Saturday 30 June, 12pm Portland Place, London W1A National Demonstration Celebrate & demonstrate for our NHS

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Saturday 30 June, 12pm Portland Place, London W1A (Tubes: Oxford Circus / Great Portland St)

Coach from Derby –

Coaches LEAVE Derby Bus Station Stand 27 8:00am PROMPT – we cannot wait  – … £10 waged/£5 low waged/Free unwaged & claimants

Book as soon as possible with or text 07889 274723

To mark the 70th anniversary of our NHS, the People’s Assembly has teamed up with all the unions representing health workers, the TUC & Health Campaigns Together to put on a major demonstration, carnival, and protest parade though central London. We’ll be demanding a fully funded, publicly owned NHS & social care service – free, for all, forever. 


The People’s Assembly Against Austerity


#Derbyuk People’s Assembly: What motivates people to get involved? Email us your ideas at #ChangeisComing

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           What motivates people to get involved?

Email us your ideas at

We think it helps to have proposals of our own in order to provide a vision and a plan.  People don’t just want to protest but to see a way forwards and have something solid to work with.  This is where In Place Of Austerity comes in.

In Place Of Austerity describes how Austerity works in reality and puts forward an alternative vision and economic program.  Yes, it is time that politics and economics serve us better as citizens, society builders, services users and workers.

We think that everyone should be aware of it and make use of it at work places, community groups, campaigning groups, homes or anywhere else sp please read, share and talk about it wherever you go.

Who else will put our case forward for us?

            Spring Statement – A masterclass in privileged complacency.

It was only last month that the Tories once again pledged to continue with a policy that makes us worse off.

The Tory Chancellor’s Spring Statement was a masterclass in privileged complacency. A series of empty boasts about the strength of the economy are completely undermined by the forecasts of his own Treasury Department.

Economic growth slows – questionable wage rises – Public services starved of funds

Per person, in real terms (after inflation) spending on everything from the NHS to schools, to housing and local government spending will continue to fall.

See here for the full article

     Events for our diaries – join us and share widely

41st Chesterfield May Day People’s Gala and Demonstration  Monday May 7th.

Over the years Chesterfield May Day has developed into one of the best attended and well supported May Day events in the country.

With a large and colourful march through the town led off by the Ireland Colliery Band, inspiring Labour Movement speakers from the platform, bustling campaign stalls filling New Square and a great selection of some of the best artists around providing live music into the afternoon,
Watch this space for updates on speakers, live acts and other Mayday attractions.


All workers deserve a great job so everyone has a chance to progress and get on in life.
Join the TUC to call for more and better jobs, and a more equal, more prosperous country.  Speakers at the rally will include TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, union leaders and frontline workers. The family-friendly event is part of the TUC Great Jobs Agenda campaign.  Check out the Facebook event here 

For coach details and booking please email or text Moz 07889 274 723

Silk Mill Lockout Festival

Celebrate Derby’s trade union history and debate the future for working people at the 2018 Silk Mill Lockout Festival. The festival brings together local campaigners, trade unions, musicians, community organisations and many more in representing the diversity and unity of the Derby people.
The day involves a march from the Market Square to the Silk Mill where speeches, stalls, music and activities for all the family will take place.

NHS 70TH ANNIVERSARY – Saturday 30th June – London
The NHS is approaching its 70th birthday! We want to make sure that we have at least another 70 years and more of our country’s greatest achievement.

As we know however, this is not what this Tory Government wants – whatever their spin and lies – we know that they’re increasingly pushing our NHS toward an American-style insurance based model, with high profits for business and decreasing services for the rest of us.
We need to come together and make sure we secure a free at the point of use, universal, publicly owned and publicly run National Health Service, fully nationalised available to all. It’s time to celebrate our fantastic NHS staff and it’s amazing achievements over the last 70 years but also safeguard from attack from those who would wish to destroy it.

For coach details and booking a seat please email or text Moz 07889 274 723

Get in touch – there’s an alternative world to build.

Derby People’s Assembly

Our #NHS is 70 Celebrate and Demonstrate Saturday 30 June 2018  Assemble 12pm, Portland Place, London W1A #OurNHS70 – Free, for all, forever

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Our NHS is 70
Celebrate and Demonstrate Free, for all, forever

The People’s Assembly has teamed up with a huge coalition of unions, campaigns and organisations which will be hosting a massive celebration and national demonstration to mark the 70th anniversary of our NHS this year. On Saturday 30 June in Central London tens of thousands will join a parade of music, protest, carnival and street party. Make sure this is one event you don’t miss out on this year!


Our NHS is 70
Celebrate and Demonstrate
#OurNHS70 – Free, for all, forever

Say yes to:
– A publicly owned NHS that is free for all
– Proper funding and proper staffing
– Support for our NHS workers
– World class services for every community

Saturday 30 June 2018
Assemble 12pm, Portland Place, London W1A (nearest tubes: Oxford Circus / Great Portland St)
Parade route to 10 Downing Street, Whitehall

Please invite your friends to the Facebook event

Organised by: The People’s Assembly, Health Campaigns Together, TUC, Unison, Unite, GMB, RCN, BMA, BDA (more tbc)

#OurNHS is a loved and cherished part of every community. Come out and celebrate with us on 30th June. Bring your family, your friends, your loved ones and anyone who cares about the future of healthcare in this country.

The NHS belongs to us. Access to healthcare is a human right. Our post-war generation created a National Health Service that delivered world class care to all on the basis of need. For 70 years #ourNHS has set a shining example to the world of what can be achieved when we make the choice to look after the collective good.

But #ourNHS is under attack. A decade of austerity, underfunding and top down reforms have stretched our health service to breaking point. Services are being cut and cancelled, hospitals and wards are closing, there are staffing shortages across every part of the system and increasing parts of our health service are being outsourced to private companies.

Never has there been a more urgent time in her 70 year history to stand up and defend what is yours. For what the last generation built. You have paid for it. You deserve it.

Transport being arranged across the Country we will post details soon.


The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

RIP Stephen Hawking Fighter for #NHS and Human Rights and quite good at Maths and Physics too

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As accountants we are taught, during years of professional training, to be right miserable bastards. Pessimists. Doom and gloom merchants always looking to spoil someone’s fun. We give it a fancier title though and call it being prudent. And a consequence of this prudence is that we learn to treat numbers, especially ones with pound signs in front of them, with a dose of scepticism. If we think something looks odd then we examine the evidence and challenge it if necessary. That’s our job.


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Some Background information

The Team from from  Joined Up Care Derbyshire (STP) invited a  group of NHS Managers –

  • Dr Chris Clayton, Chief Executive Officer Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive at Derby Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andy Smith, Director for Peoples Services at Derby City Council

members of SOSNHS Derby – the local group campaigning against NHS budget cuts and privatisation – and other members of the public  to take part in a consultation meeting on Friday 9th February at St Peter’s Church.

This report of the meeting (below ) was written by Richard Banker, one of the members of the public taking part.


“The NHS Management team in Derbyshire – responsible locally for carrying out the Government’s cuts and privatisation agenda which will close 535 hospital beds in Derbyshire through a £280 million cut – organised a consultation meeting on “What is happening to the NHS in Derbyshire” on Friday February 9.

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The meeting decisively broke with the process of  polite, measured discussion of “areas of concern”, and became a head on clash between the Managers and the public. It was attended, during a work day early afternoon,  by more than 70 people, who were determined to make their voices heard in opposition to all cuts and privatisation. There were a series of pre- arranged questions concerning the process of implementing the cuts, and an agenda item “Working Together In Future” but these were quickly abandoned as the meeting became a huge free flowing “Q and A” over the state of the NHS.


The general argument from the Managers was that,  “Money has not kept up with demand” and that “ We are the professionals who put resources at the right place, at the right time” and who ” seek efficiencies”. They declared,  “We all share the same passions about the NHS,” and that we should “All work together.” Their unconvincing line in Management-Speak jarred with people’s real life experiences, having to struggle with our “fraying at the edges” NHS. When they insisted their job was to follow the direction of the Government in terms of the budget cuts, members of the public would not let them off the hook. The  people attending the meeting clearly did not believe that the Managers were planning to protect the NHS… and did not want to “work together” in cutting and privatising it.


A member of SOSNHS Derby – the local campaign group – led off with an excellent forensic examination of the fallacy of the cuts. Then, sparks flew  – with vividly expressed personal stories giving living colour to the Managers’ pale bureaucratic blueprint. We heard heart-rending stories of how people couldn’t have a shower because they couldn’t afford to pay for care support. How people couldn’t get help for those who were incontinent.  About patients unable to have hospital beds, and left on trolleys in corridors, being looked after by already overstretched staff. One woman spoke of the nonsense of disassembling the rehabilitation unit in Babington Hospital to be scattered amongst badly paid, badly treated privatised care workers. The meeting heard how NHS staff are run ragged by yet another reorganisation, par for the course in the public sector. About the soaring costs of PFI contracts. About private contractors gobbling up NHS services,  charging the NHS the earth and draining off profits to the shareholders.


All this seemed to pass the NHS managers by. But, late into the meeting, they were forced to admit that planned operations had been cancelled as the cumulative pressures on the NHS had built to a crescendo. Some of them said that they were against further privatisation of the NHS, but gave no indication as to how they would stop or even oppose it. 

Right at the end Dr Sally Ruan, leading clinician, Associate Professor in Social Policy and Director of the Health Policy Research Unit at De Montfort University   further inspired the public to defend the NHS. The Managers did not stay to hear her as they had “important meetings to attend” Dr Ruane drew special applause in saying that constant changes are wearing staff down, and that the NHS is part of the economy… and while the economy grows, so can the NHS. She talked about how the proportion of spending on the NHS has been cut systematically for the last 7 years, starving the NHS of funds to breaking point.She talked about the foolish aspiration to cut 535 beds from Derbyshire, and reminded us that the UK has one of the poorest bed:patient ratios in the developed world. She quoted the experience of Leicester when pressure against losing 243 beds morphed into a need for more beds, not less. The notion of “top heavy beds ” is fundamentally flawed, and the view of medical practitioners and think tanks is that you can’t close beds while the need for them rises. While integration across health and social care services can have advantages in themselves , there is the real danger of quality care being reduced, as BOTH hospital care and home base social care are cut

The NHS Managers heard none of this, due to them having more important things to do, but after the very determined response of the people against the cuts and privatisation, they may be less keen to try to incorporate them in the process in future.

We left the meeting  with a sense of public duty, “job well done”, in standing up for the NHS.”

Richard Banker