Monday, 14 August 2017


Newsletter No.10 from the Greener Jobs Alliance.

Here's the link to Newsletter No.10 from the Greener Jobs Alliance.
August, 2017
Another world is possible

Words are powerful and can shape our understanding. Dull words like ‘environment’ don’t sparkle. Scientist George Monbiot argues that , “If we called protected areas ‘places of natural wonder’, we would not only speak to people’s love of nature but also establish an aspiration that conveys what they ought to be. Let’s stop using the word environment, and use terms such as ‘living planet’ and ‘natural world’ instead, as they allow us to form a picture of what we are describing. Let’s abandon the term climate change and start saying ‘climate breakdown’. Instead of extinction, let’s adopt the word promoted by the lawyer Polly Higgins: ecocide.”

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

"Moving the trade unions past fossil fuels"

"Moving the trade unions past fossil fuels". Interview with Sam Mason of PCS, the civil service union, on People & Nature.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

'Venezuela is a different place to the one you read about in international press'

aknowledgements to Jay Ginn
Dear friends:

Please find below the link to an article by the Irish Examiner, in which Irish union official Adrian Kane informs about Venezuela´s current situation, including the National Constituent Assembly elections. 

With regards,

Press Unit
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in London.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep - 4 Oct 2017

Planned to coincide directly with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester we will be holding 5 full days of protest, music, comedy, direct actions, meetings, events and a whole lot more...  
This is will probably be the most ambitious event the People's Assembly Against Austerity have ever undertaken. We will make sure the Tories, can't move through Manchester without feeling the full force of opposition to their austerity policies. 

The week of action will include:
National Demonstration - Sunday 1 October 2017
Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap
For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education
Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester - March to the Conference Centre
This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference. Coaches and transport is being arranged from across the country for the day.
If you can organise a group of people to travel from your organisation, workplace or community then please get in touch - we can put you in touch with people in your area and advise on best transport options.

Get Ready | Get Involved | Get Organised
The week will be packed full & we’re encouraging as many people as possible to stay for the whole week. Book time off work now - we will be arranging accommodation for people in a community centre. This will be basic but will be very cheap. Full details and booking available soon.
Other events in the week will be announced every few days so keep an eye on our website and the event on Facebook.
Please check out the Facebook page here, like it and share widely. 

Also check out our transport page here. These are the few coaches already booked and don't forget to keep checking back as more come in... Also please send us your coach details as soon as you have them to so we can add them to the site. 
To take on this task we need to raise a huge amount of money. The more money we raise, the more venues we can book, protests and demonstrations we can organise, events can take place.
We need to raise a minimum of £70,000 but once we hit that target we won’t stop fundraising - we’ll just go bigger and bolder with the events we can plan.
Please make a donation and help make this huge!


The People's Assembly Against Austerity

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Green Party Trade Union Group & London Fed sends a message of solidarity to the Striking workers employed by Serco at Barts Health NHS Trust.

The Green Party Trade Union Group sends a message of solidarity to the Striking workers employed by Serco at Barts Health NHS Trust. The way these Unite members, who do vital work in the NHS, have stood up to an exploitative employer, with strike action, now including a 14 day strike is an example to Trade Unionists and workers everywhere. We support their struggle and hope they gain a victory.

Our support is endorsed by the London Federation of Green Parties at its meeting on 2/8/2017.

Striking workers from Barts to stage protest outside Serco investors meeting

02 August 2017
WHERE: JP Morgan, 60 Victoria Embankment EC4Y 0JP
WHEN:  Thursday 3 August 2017, 08:00-09:00
Striking workers employed by Serco at Barts Health NHS Trust will stage a protest outside JP Morgan where Serco will present its half year financial results for 2017 to investors on Thursday (3 August). 
Unite members have already held a 48 hour strike on Tuesday 4 July and took seven days of action from Tuesday 11 July. Workers began a 14 day strike on 25 July and further strike action will also be planned for August and September unless Serco comes forward with a reasonable offer for all of the workforce. 
Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon said: “Wealthy investors need to be aware that Serco is profiting from low paid, hard-working staff who have endured getting poorer year on year because of below inflation pay deals.  Workers regularly report getting home late, tired and sore from the intense workload heaped on them by Serco. They deserve better treatment and better pay.  
“We hope Serco’s investors will urge the company to resolve this dispute across four London hospitals. All the workers are asking for is an extra 30p an hour to help them afford the most basic items like food, rent and travel.  It is time for Serco to get around the negotiating table with Unite and resolve this dispute." 
Serco won the £600 million soft services contract for Barts Health NHS Trust last year. The company made a profit of £82 million in 2016. Unite members employed by Serco as domestic staff, porters and security workers at Barts Health NHS Trust want a 30p per hour wage increase but the claim has been rejected by Serco.  
Workers also called for a strike ballot because porters at Whipps Cross Hospital are up in arms over Serco’s plans to cut jobs, and to make matters worse Serco has also increased workloads to unsustainable levels for cleaners across the trust. 
Notes to editors 
Unite members were balloted across Whipps Cross University Hospital, Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Mile End Hospital (Newham Hospital is not involved in the strike).  
For more information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 
  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.