SERTUC activities and news 

TUC march and rally: NO to austerity YES to workers’ rightsManchester on Sunday 4 October (during Conservative Party conference)

We will be collating information about transport to Manchester – here’s a start and let us know what/when you are organising

· RMT London Region coach leaving British Museum at 07.45 £10, free unwaged. Open to non-RMT members after 1 September contact

· Kings Lynn trades council coach, possibly also picking up at Peterborough, more details

· Haringey trades council coach, more details

· Waltham Forest trades council coach, leaving 6am £20/£10, contact or 07905 765 705

· St Albans, Welwyn & Hatfield trades council coach, from St Albans, calling at Hatfield and/or Welwyn Garden, more details

· Brent trades council coach, leaving at 07.00, £20/£10, contact Brent Fightback  

· Redbridge NUT coach, more details

Unemployment in SERTUC: ONS statistics

· East of England: up by 9,000 to 146,000 people (4.7%)

· London: up by 22,000 to 307,000 people (6.7%)

· South East: up by 11,000 to 207,000 people (4.5%)

· The figures are for the quarter to June

· Nationally unemployment rose to 1.85 million

· 31 million are in work nationally, 63,000 fewer than the previous three months

· Regional unemployment: NE 8.1%, NW 6%, Yorkshire & The Humber 6.5%, East Midlands 4.7%, West Midlands 6%, SW 4.4%, Wales 5.9%, Scotland 5.6%, Northern Ireland 6.5%

SERTUC International Committee and Cuba Solidarity Campaign

One day conference Saturday 3 October at Congress House with superb platform including Alejandro Castro Espin, Mariela Castro Espin, Dr Carlos Alzugaray Treto £10/£8 – details here

SERTUC trades councils conference

Saturday 31 October, here’s a claiming date flier



Disputes/union actions
PCS National Gallery

PCS action continues with an all-out strike since 11 August

Contact the PCS at the National Gallery here

Support the following:

· Picket every day 9-11am

· Friday 21 August picket also at 5-6.30pm supported by London Region PCS

· Friday 21 August Solidarity Social 6.30pm – all welcome

· Saturday 22 August additional picket supported by Rank & File building workers 11.30 to 12.30

Create your own support:

· Pick a solidarity day – organise comrades and colleagues – pick a picture – the creative skills of NG staff will support you! Ideas are here

Financial support urgently needed:

· Collective donations also create knowledge – collecting sheets here

· Donate via PayPal here–bGhhQSunh1gtZaNC-v0Reud4IEWn_VJnlfgtnCs0OHAxcWghtAtFyKO&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d5c97cbf3d75cb63effe5661cdf3adb6d

Unison Camden parking enforcement strike

Strike for decent pay Monday 24 to Thursday 27 August – please support the picket lines – details here



Trades Council actions
West Surrey trades council

Next meeting is Thursday 17 September 6pm for 6.30 preceded by food, coffee and soft drinks, at NASUWT in Send, contact Mick Dawson



Other actions/events
Burston Strike School Rally

Sunday 6 September with Jeremy Corbyn MP, Clive Lewis MP, Megan Dobney SERTUC, Elvis McGonagall (performance poet), RMT Brass Band, Christine Blower (NUT), Matt Wrack (FBU), The Hurriers, Mike Jackson (Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners)

Kent Miners’ Festival

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 10am at Betteshanger see

Ross Pritchard Memorial Fund

Annual essay competition win £750 Title: How should we build the public struggle in defence of the NHS? Closing date 26 September see here

Ragged Trousered Cabaret

A spectacular afternoon Sunday 13 September in Hastings with Lizzie Shirley, Patric Cunnane, Sue Johns and more, see here

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign public meeting

Wednesday 16 September London, with Flor de Maria Avellan (street seller from Nicaraguan Self Employed Workers Union), Dr Francisco Domingo (Venezuela Solidarity Campaign), Helen Yuill (Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign), Dave Spooner (Global Labour Institute), welcome is a FREE glass of Nicaraguan rum! More from or 020 7561 4836

Marx Memorial Library open house

2015 Open House London – MML is open Sunday 20 September 11am to 4pm – visit and have a guided tour. See

For self-identified disabled women

A workshop on disability and sexuality Saturday 19 September London 1-5pm, see Sisters of Frida



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