#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


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!

Rally and Demo marking UN #Anti-Racism Day

March 1, 2014

The rally and demo called for 22nd March by UAF and the TUC, supported by many unions, community organisations, migrant and muslim organisations will be the biggest anti-racist event for many years.

See below for UAF statement. For further information go to: www.standuptoracism.org.uk

Islington UAF is organising for this event and we hope that you will join us on the day and help us build support for the event. On the day there will be a parade celebrating diversity, multiculturalism and the contribution of immigrants to our communities. It will be child-friendly and, we hope, noisy and colourful.
Before the event Islington UAF will be doing a number of things:

Friday 7th. March: leafleting at Finsbury Park.

  • 12.45 Meet Finsbury Park mosque (St Thomas Street)
  • 5.00 Meet Finsbury Park Tube (Bus station exit  at Seven Sisters side)

We also hope to organise leafleting at other local tube stations. Any volunteers?
Saturday 15th. March: demo and leafleting Chapel Market

  • 12 noon Meet Angel Tube

There are also events in Hackney:

  • Cavalcade to build M22 assembling at 11.00am on Saturday 1st March 2014. Starts from Car Park at Topps Tiles, 92 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS (opposite the Morrison’s)
  • Public Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at the Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, E5 0PU with Diane Abbott MP, Weyman Bennett (Unite Against Fascism) and Billy Hayes (general secretary Communication Workers Union)

Please join us and help to make March 22nd. a big step forward in the fight against Racism and Fascism.
If you would like leaflets please contact us.
Richard Kirkwood
Co-Chair Islington UAF

Rally and Demo marking UN Anti-Racism Day
11am, Saturday 22nd March 2014
Parade from the Mandela Statue in Parliament to rally at Trafalgar Square

A day of action against racism has been called for across Europe to coincide with the marking of UN Anti-Racism Day in 2014, with eyes on the European elections in May.

Already in most European countries parties of the right, centre and even the traditional left are allowing the terrain of these elections to be dominated by racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of minorities – Muslims, immigrants, Roma, Black and Asian communities.

Across Europe the fascist and populist racist right are on the rise. From the violent Golden Dawn in Greece, the anti-Roma Jobbik in Hungary, the Islamophobic Freedom Party of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands to the success of the Front National in France, these currents are encouraging hatred, fear and prejudice in a frightening wave across the continent.

In Britain the far right is hoping for gains in the Euro elections. The British National Party (BNP) is seeking the re-election of Nick Griffin in the North West and Andrew Brons is seeking re-election in Yorkshire and the Humber. The mainstream political parties look set to capitulate to UKIP in their calls for draconian ‘anti-immigration’ policies and promoting a ‘Little Englander’ anti-foreign, anti-Europe mentality.

The ‘go-home’ vans sent out by the Home Office over the summer are a sign of things to come. Hostility is already being stirred up towards Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers who will be able to work here from January.

Such campaigns simply whip up racism in general and induce a ‘blame game’ for falling living standards and squeezed incomes that falls on visible minorities in stepped up discrimination, institutional racism, abuse and violence.

This all encourages currents like the English Defence League, which turn their Islamophobic prejudices into real attempts to terrorise the Muslim population – attacking Mosques, assaulting veiled women, insulting religious sensitivities with vile slogans and throwing pigs’ heads, and organising intimidating marches into Muslim communities.

Following the rising violence of Golden Dawn and the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, (also known as Killah P), the Greek anti-fascist and anti-racist movement has proposed that next year’s UN Day Against Race Discrimination on March 21/22 should be the focus for actions against racism and fascism across Europe.

While there is a real threat that openly racist parties may win the 2014 Euro-elections in some countries, this can be prevented by the widest possible unity against them and the mobilisation of the broadest progressive forces.

Unite Against Fascism has therefore initiated this call for a demonstration and rally to Stand Up to Racism in London on Saturday 22nd March. We endorse this proposal and call on all those of goodwill to join us in a riposte to the rise of racism, to show that migrants are welcome and demonstrate our confidence in a future free of scapegoating and hatred.

Lobby the #Whittington Board: HITCHINS AND KOH HAVE GOT TO GO!

January 3, 2014

Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition

Lobby on Wednesday 8 January, 1.30pm, outside the Whittington Hospital

We are horrified that Steve Hitchins has been appointed as Chair of the Hospital Board. He was Lib Dem leader of Islington Council for several years. He has been working with private sector companies, contracting them for health services: see http://www.localleadership.gov.uk/future/specialadvisers/

There are two main reasons for our concerns at this appointment:

i. Steve Hitchin’s links with private health care… at a time when our NHS is under threat of privatisation and cuts from this Government, through their Health and Social Care Act. He is a member of a party that supports this decimation of the NHS. He is a board member of Newlon Housing Trust and chairs their regeneration charity Newlon Fusion. He also works with a number of private sector companies principally contracting with local government or the health service. Is this the kind of person we want to be responsible for our NHS, our hospital and our health service provision?

ii. Steve Hitchin’s reputation amongst his own party: see http://susannelamido.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/islington-knives-are-out-for-steve.html, written by a Lib Dem!

We wonder why Dr Koh is still in post having led the Board through such a wrecking and disastrous plan to slash the hospital in its bid to become a Foundation Trust.

So do join us outside the main entrance of the Hospital on Wednesday 8th January at 1.30pm. This is OUR hospital. We need it to provide a positive environment and to meet our health needs, under a publicly funded system, not under a system that pours money for health into shareholders’ profits.

See you there! And do pass this on to everyone you know!

Defend #Whittington backs anti-Tory demo

September 5, 2013

Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition will be holding:

  • A public meeting on Thursday 19 September
  • Transport to the National Save our NHS Demonstration on Sunday 29 September

Update on Whittington Hospital

Our Stop the Sell-off campaign was largely successful, as the hospital is now going for a growth model, and not selling off as many buildings as originally planned.


i)  The early discharge element is of serious concern, as it depends on people having a good support environment for after care. This is not the case in our area, where there are increasingly high levels of single occupancy,  deprivation, elderly, lone parents, carers and mental illness. At a time where care for these people is decreasing early discharge may not be in their best well-being interest.

ii) Dependence on community health resources. The whole concept of Whittington Health is dependent on the Hospital winning bids, which they may or may not win, in this nasty, privatised, competitive, commissioning environment. If, for example, they lose the bid next year for Haringey Community health services, what happens to their Foundation Trust plans?

Local Public Victory Meeting at 7pm, Thursday 19 September, at Archway Methodist Hall.

Speakers include local MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, speaker from the Hospital Board to update us, BMA executive member and Whittington consultant – Dr Jacky Davis, Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign – Dr Louise Irvine, and we are hoping that Charlotte Monro, suspended Whipps Cross Hospital Unison Chair, will also join us.

Please help us to promote this meeting through the attached leaflet, which you can display on your window, give to friends, neighbours and colleagues, or collect piles for distribution from Whittington Community Centre in Yerbury Road, N19 – collectable from next Tuesday.

Save our NHS Demonstration at Tory Party Conference in Manchester on Sunday 29 September

The problems at the WhittingtonHospital stem from the Government’s Health and Social Care legislation, forcing all hospitals to become foundation trusts by the end of next year, and from their austerity measures. This has affected other hospitals through the necessity for massive PFI repayments for which they are inadequately funded. Privatisation is at the heart of this Act and will cause massive downgrading of our health services as our health monies go to shareholders instead of meeting health needs.

The demonstration is focused around these issues. So it would be great of we could have a strong Whittington contingent on our coach. Tickets cost £10, and £5 for concessions.  Please let us know if you can come.

Look forward to seeing at the above events. Thanking you for your support to Stop the Sell off of at the Whittington, and of our NHS.

Bernard Berhman

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Bernard Berhman, a supporter of DWHC, died in the WhittingtonHospital almost two weeks ago. Bernard was an active supporter of the campagin, and we send his family and friends our thanks and deep condolences.

Shirley Franklin
Chair Defend the WhittingtonHospital Coalition


Facebook Pages
Defend WhittingtonHospital Coalition:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/243554475615/

#Islington #anti-cuts events include Save #NHS demo

September 5, 2013

Rally for Education
central London
Organised by the NUT and NASUWT for parents, students, support staff and others.

NHS Whittington Local Public Victory Meeting
7pm, at Archway Methodist Hall, Archway Rd, London, Greater London N19 3TD
Speakers include local MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, speaker from the Hospital Board to update us, BMA executive member and Whittington consultant – Dr Jacky Davis, Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign – Dr Louise Irvine and also a Unison activist suspended from work

NHS Demonstration at Tory conference in Manchester
7am, Islington Town Hall
Coaches £5 to £10

Say No to Legal Aid Cuts protest
11am, Old Bailey, EC4M 7EH

IHOOPS Peoples Assembly Event
Planned for 17/10/2013,
6-9pm, IslingtonTown Hall, Upper St., N1 2UD

London Teachers’ Strike
Week beginning 18/10/2013
Organised by London NUT and NASUWT

North London Peoples Assembly
26/10/2013, Venue to be confirmed
Prominent speakers and workshops on the key areas of resistance to cuts involving local campaigners and trade unionists.

Student Assembly Against Austerity
Central London. More info. www.studentassemblyagainstausterity.tumblr.com/

National Teachers’ Strike
Week beginning 18/11/13
Organised by national NUT and NASUWT