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Camden United Against Cuts Meeting – Monday 23rd April, 6.30pm, Camden Town Hall

20 April, 2012
The meeting will be a chance to make plans for the coming month and to discuss the following.
  • Latest on local cuts campaigns and national demonstration
  • Campaign to defend the NHS
  • Plans for pensions strike on 10 May
  • London elections
ANTI CUTS CAMPAIGN: NO TO THE GREENWOOD PROPOSALS
Well done to the campaign for their stand. Latest news here:
http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2012/apr/wheelchair-users-protest-rain-fails-prevent-closure-four-day-centres-vulnerable
http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/netherwood_dementia_centre_in_west_hampstead_set_to_be_saved_after_council_u_turn_1_1352767
http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/carers_ask_camden_give_us_the_keys_for_centre_and_let_us_run_it_ourselves_1_1352772
 
KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC

JOIN THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

TO KEEP VIRGIN OUT OF OUR NHS

SATURDAY 21 APRIL

2pm Virgin store Oxford St, opposite the Plaza

Contact 07946 480261

http://www.facebook.com/events/363297050379410/

 
CAMDEN COUNCIL AGREES TO SET UP PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO CLOSURE OF CAMDEN ROAD SURGERY
http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2012/apr/cross-party-panel-probe-closure-camden-road-surgery
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&refresh=c08F1Pn5o4J0&PBID=42cf8fb4-cfd5-4c0b-8866-4ec86a74133d&skip=
- Turn to page 14
Next Camden Keep Our NHS Public meeting Tuesday 29 May 6pm Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1
 
HOUSING EMERGENCY PROTEST
CUT RENTS NOT BENEFITS
WEDNESDAY 23 MAY
From 9.15am outside Commonwealth Club London 25 Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5AP. 
Sign the statement here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/housingemergency-timeforanalternative/
Election briefing here: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/HousingEmergencyBriefingApr2012.pdf
Latest news in Camden: http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2012/apr/thousands-could-be-forced-their-homes-camden-benefits-reforms-cause-doughnut-effect

Fightback news starting this Saturday!

27 January, 2012

ACTION AGAINST THE WELFARE BILL

Message from the Invisible – Scrap the Welfare Bill

Saturday 28 January

11.30 am Holborn Tube

 

On Saturday a group of disabled, sick and elderly people are going to engage in a daring and disruptive act of civil disobedience, and they’ve asked for our support. Meet at 11.30am at Holborn tube station with a charged Oyster card, ready to travel to a secret location. Look here for accessibility information, and here for the press release.

Organised by Disabled People Against Cuts, Disabled People’s Direct Action Network, and UK Uncut.

 

ACTION AGAINST THE HEALTH BILL

Hope you can join us on Saturday as we keep up the pressure against the Health Bill in the last few months to stop the privatisation of our NHS.

 

Camden Keep Our NHS Public Stall

Saturday 28January 12-1pm

South End Green NW3 (by the chemist shop)

Join us to get as many postcards to David Cameron signed as possible.

 

Camden Keep Our NHS Public meeting

Tuesday 14 February 6pm (until 7pm)

Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1

Our Camden meeting will be followed by a meeting of London KONP at 7pm

 

National rally and lobby of parliament

Wednesday 07 March

Details to be confirmed

 

TIME FOR HOUSING ALTERNATIVE

Petition against Camden’s rent increases

http://camdenfed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/120124_Rents-petition.pdf

 

Housing Emergency Organising meeting

Tuesday 07 February 6pm

Camden Town Hall Judd St, WC1

 

Housing Emergency Public Meeting

Tuesday 21 February 6.30pm

Committee Room 14, House of Commons

 

With KEN LOACH film director ‘Cathy Come Home’

OWEN JONES author ‘Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working

Class’ AUSTIN MITCHELL MP, CATHERINE WEST Leader Islington Council

GAIL CARTMAIL Unite union EILEEN SHORT Defend Council Housing

http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/HELeaflet-21stFeb_A4_2pp_print.pdf

 

PENSIONS DISPUTE UPDATE

Unions which have refused to sign up to the government’s proposed pensions “deal” are planning further action in March.

So far the executives of the UCU lecturers’ union and the NUT teacher’s union have agreed to set a date for further strike action in March and the civil service union PCS has also agreed to propose further action.

 

OTHER NEWS

 

Further strike action against cuts at National Gallery

Thursday 02 February -details to be announced

 e-petition to National Gallery director: http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=103&ea.campaign.id=13285

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A5kvcqOFak&feature=share

 

Barnet Council Unison’s 4th strike against privatisation

Messages of support to john.burgess@BarnetUnison.org.uk

http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/

 

London’s local boroughs anti-cuts alliances

Wednesday 8th February 7pm

Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, WC1H

http://www.hapsnews.net/londons-borough-wide-anti-cuts-alliances/

 

March against a Haringey Academy school

Saturday 28 January

http://www.hcaa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Demonstration-Flyer.pdf

 

No free school in Hackney

Sign the petition

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/no-free-school-in-hackney.html

 

Winter Warm Ups’

Protests against fuel poverty

http://fuelpovertyaction.wordpress.com/

 

Unite Against Fascism Conference

Saturday 25 February

http://uaf.org.uk/2011/12/uaf-conference-saturday-25-february-central-london/

 

 

 

Support action against rent rises and cuts this week

17 January, 2012

Latest news from Camden campaign against cuts – please support and publicise as widely as possible

 

Camden tenants say NO to rent increase

 

Lobby of Council Cabinet meeting

Wednesday 18 January 6.30pm Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1

Tenant representatives from Camden DMCs have voted to oppose a proposed 8.1% rent increase and will have a deputation to the Cabinet meeting.

http://camdenfed.org.uk/2012/01/tenants-reject-8-1-rent-rise/

 

Meeting for all Tenants

Monday 23 January 6.30pm Camden Fed office 11-17 The Marr, Curnock St estate, off Camden St NW1 0HE

To discuss opposition to Council rent increase, threat of fixed term tenancies and 36% cut in Camden Fed funding.

http://camdenfed.org.uk/2012/01/615/

Leaflet (.doc)

 

Striking Against Job Cuts at The National Gallery

 

Support PCS members on strike

Thursday 19 January 1-3pm National Gallery Trafalgar Sq WC2

Leaflet:

Walkout at National Gallery (.pdf)

Walkout at National Gallery (.doc)

 

Fighting Against Attacks in the Welfare Bill

The campaign has forced votes against the government in the Lords and is at a critical stage.

See Video here (Guardian site)

 

Keep Our NHS Public

Latest on the campaign against the Health Bill and how we can still fight against it

http://www.keepournhspublic.com/index.php

 

Campaign stall

Saturday 28 January

12-1pm South End Green

 

Camden Keep Our NHS Public meeting

Tuesday 14 February

6pm Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, WC1

 

Pensions Dispute

The fight is far from over!

 

Get an update at Camden Trades Council Meeting

Thursday 19 January, 6pm Unite offices, Theobalds Rd, WC1

 

Meeting for all London’s local boroughs anti-cuts alliances – 18th January 2012

15 January, 2012
tags:

To promote communication, solidarity and co-ordination. Reports of local anti-cuts campaigning, plus local angles on London-wide anti-cuts struggles (eg NHS, housing, welfare, industrial disputes etc).  Active members and reps of all London’s local alliances and coalitions, and supporting organisations, are welcome.

Wednesday 18th January, 7pm


Camden Town Hall
Judd Street
WC1H 9JE (near Kings Cross)

venue fully accessible – NOTE NEW VENUE.

 

Action Points From London Keep Our NHS Public Meeting

16 December, 2011

National demonstration against health bill

We need the date now!

There have been discussions about calling a national demonstration against the Health Bill in January or February, backed by the Labour Party, Unite and hopefully the TUC. This is something we have been campaigning for, and would be a fantastic opportunity to mobilise the massive opposition to the Health Bill. But we need to start planning now to make it a huge show of strength demanding that the bill is dropped.

  • This week’s London KONP meeting encouraged everyone to urgently write to your unions, Brendan Barber from the TUC and Andy Burnham from the Labour party urging them to announce the date before Christmas.

How to keep up the political pressure

A combination of massive public opposition and lobbying stopped the bill in its tracks in the spring of this year. That is what we need again as early as possible in 2012.

Some suggestions:

  • Public meetings in January inviting Andy Burnham organised jointly by health unions and other local organisations.
  • Other publicity actions such as Bevan’s Run (see below) or Block the Bridge
  • Lobbying Lib Dem MPs who did not vote against the bill such as Lewisham KONP who plan to protest at Simon Hughes.
  • Linking up with health workers planning further action over pensions

Labour’s proposal for a “Plan B” is a different approach which came out after our meeting so was not discussed:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/dec/14/labour-nhs-plan-b-reforms

Support Bevan’s Run

Let’s greet Clive as he arrives in London after 6 days

Sunday 15 january 2pm

Department of Health, Whitehall

Clive Peedell (co-chair of NHS consultants’ association) will run 60 160 miles in 6 days

From Aneurin Bevan’s statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London to highlight opposition to the Health Bill. Follow him On twitter @cpeedell and #bevansrun.  http://bevansrun.blogspot.com/

How to keep lobbying

Keep emailing or better still writing to lords, either ones you have contacted already or some others.

Find out how to contact them here:  http://www.keepournhspublic.com/pdf/LordsVoted.xls.

Find out how they voted on the amendments in the spreadsheet attached: Analysis of Lords voting (.xls)
Follow the progress of the Bill in the Lords here http://www.goingtowork.org.uk/peers/.
Allyson Pollock’s briefing attached gives a summary of the arguments around the latest amendments which could be the basis of your letter: Allyson Pollock House Of Lords Briefing No. 9 04 Dec 2011

London Keep Our NHS Public meeting

Tuesday 10 january 7.30pm

Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1 (Kings X tube)

This meeting will discuss the new year’s campaign plans as well as:

  • How parts of the bill are already being put into practice and how to make it inoperable
  • If the bill is scrapped what should alternative policies be

More information from www.keepournhspublic.com


London Keep Our NHS Public Meeting Tuesday 13th December

9 December, 2011
From London Keep Our NHS Public

LONDON KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC MEETING

TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER Seven O’Clock PM/span>

Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1 (Kings X tube)

The meeting will discuss these important and exciting developments and draw up an action plan for the New year:

1) NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST HEALTH BILL

It seems likely that a national demonstration against the Health Bill will be called in January or February, backed by the Labour Party, Unite and hopefully the TUC. This is something we have been campaigning for, and will be a fantastic opportunity to mobilise the massive opposition to the Health Bill. We need to start planning now to make it a huge show of strength demanding that the Bill is dropped.

2) BMA OPPOSES BILL AS GOVERNMENT FIGHT TO PUSH IT THROUGH LORDS

As the evidence mounts that the Health Bill means the privatisation of the NHS, the BMA has now come our in total opposition to the Bill in a vote that piles even more pressure on the government. Meanwhile the government has been struggling to push clause by clause of the Bill through the Lords.

3) 400,000 HEALTH WORKERS TAKE STRIKE ACTION 

Hundreds of thousands of health workers joined the massive public sector strikes last week laying down a gauntlet to the government over pensions and the future of public services. Hundreds joined picket lines outside hospitals, clinics and ambulance stations across London reawakening trade union organisation in the NHS. The strike had fantastic support from members of Unison, Unite, the Society of Radiographers and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, and may be joined by the RCN and BMA next time.

KEEP UP THE PRESSURE OVER XMAS
KEEP LOBBYING LORDS
Keep emailing or send them a Xmas card with your latest views?
38 degrees legal advice  Latest briefing from Allyson Pollock attached.
Follow the progress of the Bill in the Lords here http://www.goingtowork.org.uk/peers/.

Find out how Lords voted and how to contact them here:  http://www.keepournhspublic.com/pdf/LordsVoted.xls
KONP XMAS CARDS
attached (£4 for 10 by post, £3 if collected)
PUT ANDREW LANSLEY ON TRIAL
Steps of St Paul’s Cathedral
Saturday 10 December 11am
Street theatre as on the Block the Bridge demonstration

Ask ‘Lansley’ awkward questions and make a few devastating accusations.
More information from Gay,  Acting Secretary Lambeth KONP 07913496012
SUPPORT BEVAN’S RUN
10-15 January 2012
Clive Peedell (Co chair of NHS Consultants Association) will run 60 miles in 6 days from Aneurin Bevan’s Statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London to highlight opposition to the Health Bill.
Follow him on Twitter @cpeedell and #bevansrun.  http://bevansrun.blogspot.com/
More information from www.keepournhspublic.com

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N30 In Camden – Picket Line Map, Battle Bus, Rally and the SERTUC March

28 November, 2011

This coming Wednesday 30 November will see what promises to be an historic day of strike action across Britain. In Camden thousands of civil servants, local government workers, healthworkers, teachers and college lecturers will be taking action against the Government’s assault on public service workers’ pension schemes. You can join picket lines from 6.30 AM outside Camden Town Hall among many other locations across the borough. There will be a battle bus touring Camden from 9.00 AM and at 11.00 strikers and supporters will be rallying outside the old Town Hall (Judd Street and Euston Road, WC1) before departing to join the SERTUC march starting at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, near Holborn station.

This map shows confirmed picket lines in the borough and other activities.

There are picket lines and marches across the country. See the False Economy website to find one near you: http://falseeconomy.org.uk/nov30/uk/all

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