#Islington’s one-day #industrial action, Thursday 10 July

July 8, 2014


We are now into the final few days before the huge strike for our demand of £1.20 an hour in London and £1 an hour elsewhere.

As you know this is a one day on Thursday 10 July.

The strike for us is based on our just pay demand of £1.20 an hour in London and £1 an hour in the rest of the country. It is vital to reiterate this and the employer has offered 1%!

All the major Local Government unions: UNISON , GMB and Unite are out and the NUT is out in the schools as well. UNISON leaflets and postcards etc have been dropped at all major workplaces and the rest will go today. If you need more then email me or phone the office or Tweet us. All details at bottom of this.

There will be picket lines at all major sites, and a local rally around 10.30 on the town hall steps. There is a flyer for the London wide rally. This is assembling outside the BBC at 11.30 to march to Trafalgar Square for a rally at 1pm

The strike will be joined by several other major trade unions including the PCS and FBU all fighting for pay rises or against attacks on their pensions as well. Hence the Civil service and firefighters are out with us and the teachers.

It will be a huge day for us all.

We will update the branch blog shortly with all information and the URL is at the end of this communique.

We also have a twitter page now so please follow us. Info at the bottom of this.
Sandwiches and drinks will be bought round to each picket line and there will be either a fire engine or open topped bus touring the borough. The national union bus will tour the boroughs as well.

You may also have seen the ad on the bottom right of the front page of the Islington Tribune on Friday as well.

The branch has also produced a postcard for use in workplaces and with the public.

If you are not a UNISON member and receive this please consider joining.

Can all reps and stewards ensure that all members receive this communique please?

Good luck and see you on Thursday
Comradely Greetings
Jane Doolan Branch Secretary
Mike Calvert Deputy Branch Secretary
Islington UNISON Local Government Branch

http://islingtonunison.blogspot.com and http://strike2014.webs.com

Phone: 0207 527 8298

Twitter: @IslingtonU77


#Islington’s Comedy Against Austerity – 16 May

May 2, 2014
  • Time and Date: Friday 16 May, 7-11pm
  • Place: Sotheby Mews Day Centre, Sotheby Road, (just off Blackstock Road)
  • Cost: £10/Concessions, £5

Help pay for the venue before the gig by sending your cheques to and collect tickets from IHOOPS, The Elfrida Society, 34 Islington Park Street, London N1 1PX. Tel. 020 7359 7443.

Progressive comedians, Jeremy Hardy, Francesca Martinez and David Jordan are coming to Islington to support good causes and give people a laugh.

PIC Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy: opposing the ConDem comedians

They will perform in a fundraising comedy and music gig. Food, drink and a raffle will feature.

Funds go to local anti-austerity campaigners, IHOOPS, Islington Disabled People Against the Cuts and the Elfrida Society’s entertainment team, the Wild Bunch Club.

The gig is supported by Islington GMB, Islington National Union of Teachers and the Islington Trades Council.

IHOOPS chair, Andy Bains said:

“Protest against injustice is never a waste of time and IHOOPS works as a coordinating group to raise the struggle in Islington against austerity, cuts and privatisation.

“The Accident and Emergency unit at the Whittington would not be there if there had been no protest. IHOOPS is pleased to support this fundraising night of comedy and music as a step in building the movement against this Government.”

Austerity isn’t working, so come and have a laugh while resisting the cuts!

Mobilise for the June #anti-cuts national demonstration

April 10, 2014

Stalls & Leafletting this Saturday, 12 April

North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity (NLPAAA)

If you can help contact: northlondonassembly@gmail.com

On Saturday April 12,  the NLPAAA will be promoting the June 21 national demo at 3 different places across North London:

  • Angel, meet by Sainsburys, map 11am-1pm
  • Wood Green, meet in area outside Nandos! 12pm-2pm
  • Camden, 12pm-2pm — contact Sam samdathi@hotmail.com


Mobilising Meeting for June National Demo

Wed April 16, 6.30pm – Kurdish Community Centre at 11 Portland Gardens, London, N4 1HU.

If you can help contact: northlondonassembly@gmail.com

The North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity (NLPAAA) will be meeting up on Wednesday April 16 at 6.30pm to discuss how we can get the maximise number of groups and people on – and working to build – the important June 21 national demonstration. It is open to all supporters of the People’s Assembly in North London.

Please put this date in your diary today so we can launch a two month plan of action to build this landmark action against austerity.


People United: National demonstration on 21 June 2014

Start Spreading the Word!

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union said:

“Join the demonstration on 21 June because mobilising, protesting and taking direct action in defence of our NHS, public services and social solidarity is our duty. To join the fight against vicious cuts and ideological austerity is to fightback against the destruction of everything we hold dear, fought for by generations past and taken for granted today at our peril. Stand up on 21 June, together we can mobilise a generation to win!”

When: Saturday 21 June 2014, 1PM

Where: Assemble at BBC HQ, Portland Place, London and march to Parliament

The demonstration will be followed by a free festival in Central London.

#Teachers’ #strike – Wednesday 26 March

March 25, 2014
  • from North London People’s Assemble Against Austerity and Islington NUT

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called a national strike for Wednesday. The strike is about pensions and conditions, but equally about broader education issues that are not part of a trade dispute but of concern to teachers and the union.

The NUT is striking against:

As well as visiting your local picket line to express your solidarity, there is an opportunity to support and solidarity at rallies and marches taking place across the country. (Click here for a complete list: http://www.teachers.org.uk/strikerally.)

In London, we will be joining the march with our banner and helping distribute PAAA leaflets for the June national demo. RSVP to this address and matthewwillgress@hotmail.co.uk if you can help

The march is gathering at 11.30am at Duchess Street, London, W1A 1AA (at the back of Broadcasting House, nearest tube Oxford Circus.) People will then be marching past Broadcasting House via Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Downing Street, arriving at 1.00pm at Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH.

Islington picket lines

From 8am

  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School for Girls, Donegal Street, N1 9QG,
  • Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls, Holland Walk, Duncombe Road, Archway, London N19 3EU,
  • Islington Sixth Form College, The Angel, 283-309 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DD.

Visitors bringing solidarity are very welcome!

#Teachers #strike will hit #Islington #schools

March 19, 2014
  • From Islington National Union of Teachers

Schools in Islington will be closed next week as members of the large st teacher union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), take national strike action – the strike on Wednesday March 26th is expected to close the vast majority of schools in Islington.

The strike is part of the campaign to protect pay, pensions and to ensure a workload that means children receive the best possible teaching. The strike follows a series of regional strikes in the autumn, which were very well supported and saw teachers getting a lot of support from parents.

Members of the NUT are concerned that government changes will have a damaging effect on education, these include:

  • teachers working until they are 68 or beyond,
  • increasing pension contributions by 50% and reducing the pension package,
  • introducing performance related pay.

Recent figures published by the government show that teachers in primary schools are working 60 hours a week – the NUT believes that this is too much and is one of the reasons why so many young teachers are leaving the profession.

In addition to this strike action the NUT has launched a major campaign, Stand Up for Education, through which teachers are fighting to ensure that:

  • every classroom in every school has a qualified teacher
  • local authorities can open new schools where needed
  • changes to the curriculum and exams are positive and well planned
  • new teachers are encouraged into the profession
  • schools work together and are properly and equitably funded

The Stand Up for Education campaign has been getting huge support from parents and politicians all over the country who share the NUT’s concerns about government education policy.

Islington NUT Assistant Secretary, Ken Muller, said, “Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised.

“All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents – he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault – teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.”

New #Whittington boss puts #Islington’s hospital back under threat

March 13, 2014

Islington people will have to start a new fight against proposed cuts to the Whittington Hospital.

Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition is making the call after hearing the plans of the new chair of the hospital board at a public meeting.

Last July, the Coalition, with support from IHOOPS, won a victory after hospital bosses reversed decisions to cut staff and sell off building.

Islington Hands Off Our Public Services marches for the Whittington

Islington Hands Off Our Public Services marches for the Whittington

But at a meeting on 3 March, at St Mary Brookfield church, Dartmouth Park Hill, the chair Steve Hitchens said that the hospital could not remain as a district hospital.

Chair of the Coalition, Shirley Franklyn commented: “So, are you up for a fight back? We hope so, because otherwise our hospital services will be further decimated and privatised.

“In the end, after a lot of prevarication, Steve Hitchins, surprised us by turning up to tell us about his plans. He does not think it is viable for our hospital to remain as a district hospital.

“It appears that all he wants to create is a glorified health centre, with integrated care and skyping patients spread across the boroughs.

“He plans to cut staff, while wasting millions of our money that should have gone into the hospital but that was paid to private consultants whose work they have ignored. But, other services are also being privatised at the hospital – e.g. catering and IT.

“Hitchins also said that he thought if the Hospital lost the Foundation Trust status that it would also lose a lot of services. We do not believe this to be the case. Whoever runs the Trust will have us on their back to ensure that we have a fully-fledged district hospital.

“He has torn up all the plans that have gone before. So having spent millions, including around £350,000 to Ernst and Young and £1-2 million to Unipart, as well as all the work done by hospital medical directors and their teams, they are back to the drawing board.”

The Coalition is asking people to tell them what they think. People can email them or put comments on their – http://www.dwhc.org.uk and/or Facebook

The meeting also heard from Lewisham, Chase Farm and Whipps Cross campaigns.

Shirley continued: “All these campaigns have hospital staff and consultants on them. It would be great if we could have more insiders coming to our planning meetings.

“A big thanks to everyone who turned up to the meeting and to our wonderful speakers.”

The next planning meeting is Monday 7 April at 7.00 in the ground floor room at the Archway Methodist Church Hall, in Archway Close. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Banner Theatre’s Anti-Austerity Show in #Islington

March 5, 2014
  • At 7pm to 9.15pm, on Friday, 14 March

POSTER IHOOPS, bannertheatre, 14-03-14

Grab a night of anti-cuts entertainment and donate to the struggle:

at Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 260 Hornsey Road, London N7 7QT.

Order tickets online at: http://www.platformislington.org.uk/banner-theatre
or pay on the door

Bar open until 10pm.