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#Labour Leader Jeremy #Corbyn will be among those who will address the crowds at the #OurNHS70 national demonstration and celebration this Saturday #Derbyuk Coaches leaving Derby Bus Station at 8am PROMPT Saturday 30th June. Tickets £10 waged, £5 low waged, Free unwaged and claimants. Book with mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723 as quick as you can. #NHS #Labour #Derbyshire

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will be among those who will address the

crowds at the #OurNHS70 national demonstration and celebration this

Saturday.

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Other speakers will include actors Julie Hesmondhalgh & Sally Lindsay, music from the ska legend Rhoda Dakar who sang on a number of Specials hits, plus unions, health workers, and campaign representatives from across the country. 

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader said ahead of the demonstration:

This Saturday in London, I will be joining The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Health Campaigns Together, doctors, nurses, unions and tens of thousands of others at Our NHS at 70 march.

It is almost 70 years since the NHS was founded by a Labour government and it’s still our proudest achievement. It was the first comprehensive health service in the world built on the principle that healthcare should be available to all on the basis of need, not ability to pay .

What the Conservatives have done to our NHS, first under David Cameron, and then Theresa May, is appalling. Deliberate underfunding of services, and squeezing the pay of our brilliant doctors, nurses and health staff, has pushed our NHS to the brink. Every day there are shocking stories of unacceptable waiting times, ambulance delays and patients left on trolleys in corridors. And they’ve spent years selling off and contracting out our NHS bit by bit, leaving the NHS to be sued by private companies, like Virgin. Labour will end privatisation because our NHS should be about healthcare for all, not profits for a few. 

Last week, the government finally announced some more money for our health service. But you know what? It’s simply not enough. Not enough to make up for the last eight years of slashed budgets and worsening standards, falling morale and loss of staff. In fact, it would barely keep the NHS at a standstill.

 A Labour government would give the NHS the money it needs. It would be able to do so because we’re not afraid to ask big business and the richest to pay their fair share of tax. 

I hope you’ll join us on Saturday to stand up for our health service and its incredible staff who have carried our NHS on their shoulders these last eight years, while the Government brought it to its knees.”

Make sure you have booked your seat on Derby’s Coaches leaving Derby Bus Station

at 8am PROMPT Saturday 30th June. Tickets £10 waged, £5 low waged, Free unwaged and

claimants.

Book with mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723 as quick as you can.

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http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

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The march will assemble at 12pm, Saturday 30 June at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA followed by a procession route to Whitehall. More details here

Participants are invited to bring colourful placards or banners and to dress in bright colours or costumes associated with any of the decades the NHS has been in operation. Sound systems will play music from each decade since the NHS was founded throughout the march route.

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Serious questions surround increased NHS funding – an inadequate response for cash-starved service We still need to fight for Our #NHS. #Derbyshire #Derby Cuts still looming. Joint press release by Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together and The People’s Assembly Against Austerity 17 June 2018

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Keep Our NHS Public

Tory NHS Privatiser Theresa May lying to Tory Marr, BBC

Serious questions surround increased NHS funding

– an inadequate response for cash-starved service

Joint press release by Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together

and The People’s Assembly Against Austerity 17 June 2018

Theresa May has announced today an increase in NHS funding by 3.4% a year for the next 5 years.  The headline 3.4% increase only applies to the NHS England budget and not to the whole NHS budget.  Importantly, it also excludes medical and nurse training and public health budgets – these are crucial to the delivery of NHS services.  The overall increase promised is in fact only 3% a year.

Even this is a reluctant response from the Government to the unrelenting pressure exerted by campaigners, health unions and the electorate – and even health think-tanks and NHS Providers – to provide desperately needed increased funding for the NHS, left in a critical condition after suffering 8 years of virtually flat funding per person.

While any funding increase is to be welcomed, 3% will not be enough to repair the damage already done to the NHS from years of austerity. At least a 5% real uplift next year would be needed to begin to begin to repair the damage done and at least 4% per year is essential after that to ensure the NHS is fit for the future.

As always with the Conservatives, the devil will be in the detail. We don’t know exactly how this money will be allocated and what strings will be attached.  In 2016 the government announced a £10bn a year increase. However, due to some accounting tricks involving moving money around within the Department of Health budget, according to the Nuffield Trust it resulted in only £800m in real terms.

This promised increase must be genuine new money and not a repeat of the ‘smoke and mirrors’ designed to appease the public without resulting in any significant benefits. Resurrection of the tarnished claim of a ‘Brexit dividend’ to fund the NHS is political gamesmanship, when most analysts predict a negative fiscal impact, at least in the short term.

Whilst Theresa May talks of extra funding not being wasted, there are no policy measures to ensure that increased funding actually improves health care delivery rather than paying for the private market and wasteful bureaucracy the Government has created. There must be an end to the fragmentation of the NHS and the enforced contracting out of NHS services to the market.  The NHS must be reinstated as a public service. Currently £billions are wasted on market transaction costs and outsourcing to the private sector. NHS efficiency, co-ordination of services and collaborative delivery of care is undermined by competition.

With no promised increase in social care funding any funding increase for the NHS will have limited benefit. Social care has suffered from extremely damaging cuts over the past eight years and this has adversely impacted the NHS. Social care cuts have cause caused real suffering and an increased mortality rate in those who are directly affected. Any new funding settlement for the NHS requires increased funding for social care. Think-tank estimates argue for a 3.9% annual uplift in real terms for social care. There should be no pretence that “integration” of health and social care, without extra funds for both, will solve the problems of either service. True integration will require social care to be brought into the NHS as a public service and to be properly funded.

Health Campaigns Together (1), Keep Our NHS Public (2) and People’s Assembly (3) join with NHS staff, other campaigners and concerned members of the public in continuing to apply pressure on this government to fund the NHS properly and reinstate it as a public service according to its founding principles as this is the most economical way to run the system and deliver high quality care for all. We will be calling for these demands  on 30 June at the celebration and protest in defence of the NHS at its 70th Birthday. (3)

Dr Louise Irvine is a GP in Lewisham, south London and co-chair of Health Campaigns Together says:

The Conservative government’s promised funding increase for the NHS is too little too late. It is in fact only 3% a year – they’ve done their usual smoke and mirrors to make it appear more by only counting the increase to the NHS England budget and not the overall Department of Health budget. 4% is the minimum increase needed. 3% won’t be enough to repair the untold damage the Tories have done to the NHS over the past eight years of austerity or secure its future as a high-quality service. I fear that patients will continue to suffer needlessly and staff will continue to leave the profession due to stress and burnout. We’ll see more rationing, cuts and closures and insufficient improvement, if any, in waiting times. Any increase in funding is welcome but its a missed opportunity to put the NHS back on its feet. There’s so much more the Government could and should do. It could stop wasting precious NHS resources on the failed experiment of the market and outsourcing and reinstate the NHS as a public service – the only way to ensure effective and efficient joined up services. And it needs to increase social care spending by at least 3.9% a year because without decent social care the NHS will continue to pick up the pieces for all the elderly and disabled who are not getting the care they need.

Dr Tony O’Sullivan, retired paediatrician and co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public says:

The NHS and social care have been severely damaged by the last 8 years of wilful neglect. NHS workforce planning was abandoned leaving 100,000 vacancies and doctors and nurses working in extremes of pressure and ending up in tears of distress. They do not need more mischievous statements, previously exposed as lies, about ‘Brexit dividends’ that smack more of electioneering than care for the NHS. We need a commitment to respect NHS staff once again, reinstate the NHS student bursary, pay staff properly and to put the NHS back together again alongside a publicly funded social care system.

References:

  1. Health Campaigns Together is an alliance of over 100 organisations including five national unions and Keep Our NHS Public, formed Autumn 2015 to campaign for a fully funded and fully public NHS: https://healthcampaignstogether.com/
  2. Keep Our NHS Public was formed in 2005 to campaign for a fully publicly funded, provided and managed universal and comprehensive NHS: https://keepournhspublic.com/
  3. The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
  4. Rally and demonstration supported by HCT, KONP, The People’s Assembly Against Austerity and the TUC and 13 health unions: Saturday 30 June 12midday, assembling Portland Place, London and proceeding to Whitehall

#DERBYUK The Silk Mill Turn Out: Sat JUNE 23rd A Solidarity Summer Festival with great politics, the March, great open air music , food and drink, stalls of every kind and kids entertainment. A “must go to”

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DERBY: The Silk Mill Turn Out

SATURDAY JUNE 23rd 2018

A Solidarity Summer Festival with great politics, the March, great open air music , food and drink, stalls of every kind and kids entertainment. A “must go to” 1834-2018

“Remember our Past and Fight for the Future” – the annual Silk Mill Turnout event.

The day’s events commemorate the historic 1833/34 Silk Mill strike for fairness at work, which led to the formation of the whole Trade Union movement in Britain – and the world!
Meeting in Derby Market Place at 10 am, the marchers will be led off by a very colourful, loud and energetic Bhangra dance troupe who will perform along the way to Cathedral Green.
At each end of the march there will be rousing speeches from Moz Greenshields, Secretary of Derby Trades Union Council, Chris Williamson MP, Doug Nicholls General Secretary of the General Federation of Trades Unions, Sally Asquith of People’ Assembly and Dr Sally Ruane of Health Campaigns Together.
A Chaplet will be laid to commemorate the Silk Mill Turn Out, and celebrate the centenary of Votes for Women

The Festival fun will start at Cathedral Green at 1pm, with two performance spaces

Attila the Stockbroker – stand-up comedy and performance poetry
Three live bands – Alex Blood & The Diggers, Eastfield and Addictive Philosophy
Granny Turismo – a hilarious troupe, riding motorised shopping trolleys
Bombay Baja – an Indian Brass Band
Richard Garaghty – a contortionist street dancer who must be seen to be believed
Kids’ Activities – face painting, a strolling magician, henna “tattoos”
30 Community group stalls and activities
Food – Burgers – Vegan – Indian Snacks – Ice Cream
Drink – specialist beers, lager, cider – and a Gin and Prosecco Bar! Also the Silk Mill pub is on site
Community singing by all the crowd to round the day off at 4.30pm

So to celebrate Derby’s historic role in developing the Trade Union movement, to “remember the past and fight for the future”, and for a fantastic day out for all the family ABSOLUTELY FREE, make sure you are there!

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Last chance to book seats! by Wed’s 9th May Midday for National Demonstration – A new deal for working people Saturday 12 May

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

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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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723   Last chance to book seats! by Wed’s 9th May Midday

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.

Last chance to book seats? by Wed’s 9th May Midday for National Demonstration – A new deal for working people Saturday 12 May

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

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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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723   Last chance to book seats? by Wed’s 9th May Midday

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.

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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723

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TWO LONDON DEMONSTRATIONS

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

BOOK YOUR SEAT

Coaches from Derby details below

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

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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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com 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

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

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#OurNHS70 
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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com 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
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

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

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           What motivates people to get involved?

Email us your ideas at derbypeoplesassembly@gmail.com

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?

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            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  http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/spring_statement_a_masterclass_in_privileged_complacency

     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. https://www.facebook.com/events/518637078521648/

A NEW DEAL FOR WORKING PEOPLE – TUC MARCH AND RALLY – Saturday 12th May London

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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com 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 mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text Moz 07889 274 723

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

Derby People’s Assembly