SERTUC Newsletter 29





SERTUC Film Club Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave Wednesday 26 September 7pm film and panel (including Maggie Dunn & John Hendy QC) discussion. Booking essential

SERTUC “Ending the Low Pay Culture” seminar Congress House Saturday 3 November 10am to 1pm. Register on

·         Chair Tony Lennon BECTU & SERTUC Vice-President

·         Speakers

o   Duncan Weldon TUC Senior Economist

o   Helen Kersley New Economics Foundation

o   Heather Wakefield Unison Head of Local Government

o   Enrico Tortolano PCS Research Officer

o   Andrew Murray Unite Chief of Staff

·         Closing Remarks Megan Dobney SERTUC Regional Secretary

SERTUC Regional Council at Congress House speaker Frances O’Grady TUC general secretary designate10am Saturday 27 October. All trade unionists welcome but registration essential: Darren Lewis

Trade Council actions

Brent trades council “Defend NW London NHS” march Saturday 15 September 12 noon Harlesden Jubilee clock to Central Middlesex Hospital more details from

Ealing trades council “Save our hospitals” march assemble at 10am Southall Park to midday rally on Ealing Common Saturday 15 September details from 07960 309 457

Greenwich and Bexley trades council demonstration Saturday 15 September assemble 1pm General Gordon Square, Woolwich “No hospital closures, no cuts to services” contact

Chelmsford trades council public meeting promoting 20 October Friday 28 September 8pm in Friends Meeting House, Rainsford Road with Alan Chinn-Shaw FBU, Richard Edwards PCS Reg Sec, Somaye Zadeh UAF

Luton trades council campaigning for 20 October Saturdays in Luton town centre 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm contact Richard Gates

Harlow trades council public meeting “Austerity isn’t working” Wednesday 10 October 7.30 with Kelvin Hopkins MP, Martin Gould SERTUC President, Tony Sullivan SWP contact David Forman

Battersea & Wandsworth trades council public meeting “What next for health and safety?” Thursday 20 September 7.30pm Bread & Roses pub Clapham contact 07946 172 461 or 020 7794 5999

Lewisham trades council pre-20 October public meeting Thursday 27 September 6.30 at Lewisham Town Hall, Catford SE6 4RU speaker Mark Serwotka PCS more from

St Albans, Welwyn & Hatfield trades council open meeting planning for 20 October Wednesday 3 October 7.30 Welwyn Garden City contact

Lambeth trades council Union Village at Lambeth Country Show Saturday and Sunday 15-16 September contact Ray Sirotkin

Bromley trades council “Crisis in South London Health Trust & Cuts to Public Services” public meeting with John McDonnell MP, Chris Baugh PCS AGS, Gill George Unite, and local speakers 7pm HG Wells Centre, St Marks Road, Bromley South Monday 24 September more from Paul Rooney or

Kensington & Chelsea trades council is organising 3 street stalls 12-2pm on Saturdays 22 September and 6 and 13 October promoting 20 October and opposition to local health cuts contact

Brighton trades council demonstration during the Liberal Democrat conference Saturday 22 September contact Phil Clarke or 01273 380 819

Union actions

UCU and Unison at London Met Save London Met: garner support for EDM 437 and sign petition

NASUWT is sponsoring a Teachers’ Event with the Ann Frank Trust with Eva Clarke, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors 4pm Monday 17 September St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds more information

Unison Oxfordshire Health with Cuba Solidarity Campaign public meeting “Remembering Che” Wednesday 19 September 12.30 with Aleida Guevera and Luis Marron John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford more information at


TUC Education SERTUC Union Professional Development Programme September to December 2012 and

TUC with NAVCA, Unite, Unison, NCIA conference “Outsourcing and Austerity: civil society and the coalition government” Friday 5 October 9.30am to 5pm Congress House with Frances O’Grady TUC, Gail Cartmail Unite, Karen Jennings Unison, Polly Toynbee and more contact or

TUC A Future that Works 20 October demonstration

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration with rally in Hyde Park Saturday 20 October The newsletter and twitter #mdobney will include further details as they are available. New TUC demo website

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration coach parking bookings are now being accepted on some sites (some are too busy with Olympic events at present) – your union’s national liaison officer will have details

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration the TUC is working closely with the TUC Disabled Workers Committee on accessibility; main plans thus far are a short march assembling off Piccadilly and a raised viewing area in Hyde Park

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration marching bands are welcome, but please let the TUC know so those with instruments can be accommodated

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration flyers are available from the SERTUC office see

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration an updated version of the TUC’s “Cuts are not the Cure” booklet Austerity is failing – vital for activists – available from and also downloadable from

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration transport details can be seen at, and should be uploaded to

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration coaches we have been informed of (for full list see

·         Unite London & Eastern 8am Bedford Swan Hotel, 9.05 Stevenage Bus Station, 9.20 Hatfield Premier Inn, Lemsford Road. Free to all although Unite members, friends and family will have priority. Book at

·         Unite London & Eastern 8am Stowmarket Railway Station and 8.30 Bury St Edmunds (Stand 9 at the Bus Station). Free to all although Unite members, friends and family will have priority. Book on 01473 250 321. Coaches also from Cambridge and Ipswich contact

·         Unison Hampshire 8am King Alfred Statue Winchester and 8am Basingstoke Rail Station. Free to Unison members register at or contact Pete Offord at

·         Hastings trades council

·         Unison South East coaches from Aylsebury, Fareham, Gosport, Maidstone, Medway Towns, Portsmouth, Sevenoaks, Southampton

·         Unite South East coaches from Portsmouth, Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Crawley, Medway Towns

·         Unite South East 4 coaches from Southampton

Other actions/information

Hackney Unites Inspire Hackney, an afternoon of community organising activity Saturday 22 September 1-5pm

National Pensioners Convention Rally (11.30am) & Lobby of Parliament (1pm) “Hands off the Bus Pass, Defend Universal Benefits” Wednesday 31 October

Greece Solidarity Campaign update here

UpRise Festival 2012 will be held on Sunday 30 September 2-10pm at the Old Public Baths (the CRE8 Centre) and will be a free music, arts and debate festival for all the family with sports, food and a market. More from

Ruskin College BA International Labour & Trade Union Studies Open Day Saturday 13 October 11am Old Headington and Tracey Walsh

Anne Frank Trust’s flagship exhibition in Bury St Edmunds to Wednesday 26 September

National Pensioners Convention rally and lobby of Parliament “Hands off the bus pass” Wednesday 31 October 11.30am protest Old Palace Yard, 1pm rally/lobby

UK Feminista feminist lobby of parliament “Stop the attacks on women’s rights” Wednesday 24 October

East of England Employment Relations Forum conference “The changing face of employment relations” Thursday 8 November Bishop’s Stortford, speakers include Duncan Weldon TUC senior policy officer £50, more from

Hackney Unites “Inspire Hackney” community organising event Saturday 22 September register at or contact John Page

Workers Education Association London Region free briefing for trade unionists “Raising Awareness of Autism in the Workplace” Friday 19 October no info on WEA website but see for full details or contact Monica Gort

Hackney Unites community conference “Inspire Hackney” Saturday 22 September see

Ross Pritchard Memorial Fund Annual Essay Competition £750 prize for best essay of no more than 1,000 words on Is Scottish independence a vehicle for a development towards socialism? Essays to by Monday 1 October 2012


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