20 May 2013
Tories in turmoil
THE TORIES are in real trouble. One of their leading figures calls local party activists “mad, swivel eyed loons”, a Lib Dem says of the Coalition “We're handcuffed to a man flinging themselves off a cliff” and the party is deeply split over Europe, Ukip, equal marriage and economic policy.
It’s obvious – but important to say – that real resistance could sink the government.
We want to pressure the union leaders to move from words to action, and to campaign on the ground in the workplaces and the communities over the bedroom tax and other attacks. This message finds an echo.
On the NHS demo of 7,000 on Saturday in London http://socialistworker.co.uk/art/33354/Thousands+join+angry+London+march... we sold 300 papers and signed up three people for Marxism.
Meanwhile at the FBU conference (which has about 160 delegates) we sold 84 SWs and at the PCS, which began its group conferences this morning, we have already sold over 150 papers.
There are chances to push for struggle in the Royal Mail, firefighters, teachers and others (see below) – although we have to continue to push the leaders all the way.
There were two very big joint NUT/NASUWT rallies last weekend in Newcastle and Cardiff. Thousands of teachers have gathered at events across the country in recent weeks. The first regional strike by the two unions will take place on 27 June in the North West of England with more regional and national action planned for the autumn.
NUT Divisional Secretaries meet today to discuss plans for the weeks to come.
Date for your diary: Sunday 29 September in Manchester: rage against the Tories
The Unite the Resistance steering committee met last weekend and called on everyone to build a protest at the Tory Party conference on Sunday 29 September. Unite the Resistance will be producing materials for the demo soon.
Bedroom Tax: people aren’t paying
The impact of the bedroom tax is already beginning to hit just weeks after it was introduced. Last week several housing associations reported that large numbers of those affected are not paying the shortfall in rents.
Liverpool-based Riverside Group said around half of its 6,193 tenants affected by the bedroom tax have not paid anything at all to cover the shortfall and another quarter have paid something but not the full amount.
Guinness Partnership reported that a third of their 3,000 affected tenants have not met the shortfall. Yorkshire-based Incommunities said 601 of 2,414 affected households had not paid anything; Wakefield and District said 42 per cent of 5,000 affected households have not paid, while two-thirds of the 7,350 tenants of Glasgow and Cube housing associations had underpaid.
Leeds City Council’s lead housing councillor told BBC radio Leeds last Friday that that they have 1700 new arrears cases since the bedroom tax came it and that evictions couldn’t be ruled out at some point, while Liz Kitching from Leeds Hands off Our Homes was also on BBC Radio Leeds to put the case for the campaign against the bedroom tax.
This underlines the importance of the call from the Benefit Justice Summit earlier this month for a day of action on Saturday 1 June.
There will be a all-Scotland march in Glasgow that day (12 noon, George Square), plus marches are planned in Bristol, Manchester and Norwich together with protests in Liverpool and Barnsley and Nottingham and Preston (on 31 May). Protests are also being planned in a number of London boroughs and elsewhere.
A march is also planned in Birmingham for Saturday 15 June. This will be in memory of Stephanie Bottril, the grandmother who committed suicide after facing being moved away from her family home over the bedroom tax. Every anti-bedroom tax group could get a banner and a delegation to this march.
For details of the Benefit Justice campaign and the federation, or to link your local group to others, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 371 2031 (answerphone).
The timetable for Marxism 2013 goes to print this week and so will be available from next week in hard copy and sooner online. Some of the main themes include the question of how the left should organise, understanding the economic crisis, austerity and resistance – both in Britain and across the globe, and fighting oppression. Speakers now confirmed include Peter Hain MP talking about his recent documentary on the Marikana massacre,; Tommy Sheridan chair of the All Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation; Jerry Hicks; Petros Constantinou from the KEERFA movement against racism and fascism in Greece and many others. Full details on the website www.marxismfestival.org.uk
Marxism is crucial for every SWP branch. The more people who come from your area, the stronger your branch will be afterwards. It is the place where a range of arguments and discussions will take place.
• Every member should be asked to come, even if they did not attend last year. We can provide up to date lists showing subs status to help.
• Every person we have worked with or met on sales and stalls should be asked to come.
• Every comrade should try and ask someone they know to come – whether it’s a workmate, an activist from the union, a friend or family member
To help with the detail each branch should have a team of comrades working on this. They should meet up every week and go through lists and check who is contacting who.
Ring rounds should be set up once a week to contact members and others.
Plaster the Universities and colleges with posters and flyers
There is not much term time left so every branch needs to plan to spend as much time as possible doing stalls and giving out publicity. Posters can go in departments as well as in cafes and bars in student areas. Stalls can be done at pretty much any time – in the morning, lunch time or as students are leaving. Any details of students who are interested should be followed up immediately.
Use the Marxism sign up sheet on all stalls, meetings and events . . . then follow up any contacts
This week four people signed up on the NHS demo in London, two of whom comrades knew from the campaign in Hammersmith. Three people signed up in Manchester after meeting us on a stall. They are now asking more of their friends to come too. The sign up sheet is available at http://swp.org.uk/resource/161
Make sure you cannot miss the fact that Marxism is taking place in your local area. Are there posters up? Are flyers being used?
If you have a Peoples Assembly in your area make sure you take lots of publicity and have a proper Marxism operation.
If you need more publicity – flyers or posters please email us at the Marxism office or call the office on 020 7819 1190.
The People’s Assembly
The first regional Peoples Assembly was held in Nottingham on Saturday. Around 200 people heard former Labour MP Alan Simpson and Liz Kitching from Leeds Hand Off Our Homes talk about resistance to austerity at the opening plenary in the morning, while over 300 heard Owen Jones, Tony Benn and Lindsey German at the final plenary and there were a number of workshops in between.
There are a number of lessons:
1) It was big - this was one of the biggest political events in Nottingham in a decade. There is a mood for coming together to discuss united opposition to austerity. We need to be there and take these events very seriously.
2) The big questions around the role of Labour and the trade unions weren’t raised by the main speakers - but people are receptive to a serious debate about why Ed Miliband isn’t offering much of an alternative to austerity - not even committing clearly to abolishing the bedroom tax for example. The question of union leaders turning verbal opposition to cuts into real action, including strikes, is also an argument that needs to be raised.
3) It was very open to us and we can help shape the politics of such events - comrades spoke in every session and workshop and went down well and we sold 31 papers.
This week there are further local People’s Assembly events in Newcastle (tonight, 6.30pm, Black Swan Bar and Venue) Manchester (Tuesday, 5.30pm, Central Hall), and Sheffield (Wednesday, 7pm, Hallam University). For full details – and coming meetings in Bristol, Brighton, North London and Derby go to thepeoplesassembly.org.uk
Comrades need to register for the national People’s Assembly in London on 22 June at http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/
We want a large number of our members to be at the People’s Assembly on 22 June and to work to bring others to put forward the ideas in our model motion.
We are going to the assembly hoping to win people over the need for resistance in deeds not just words, for the union leaders to call action instead of blocking or restricting it, and not to place our faith in the Labour politicians who have so signally failed to head up a fight.
If you are going to the People’s Assembly, please email email@example.com
There is a model motion about the People’s Assembly for trade union branches, campaign groups etc at http://uniteresist.org/2013/04/peoples-assembly-22-june-model-motion/
Reject the attacks on immigrants
Several union branches have passed the motion on immigration we sent out recently http://swp.org.uk/resource/162
We have to encourage and be at the forefront of these struggles. We have to put forwards our politics on migration—a clear defence of migrants and asylum seekers against the scapegoating—and find ways of working with those who want to challenge the growing racism.
Every member should be taking up this issue in their local area, their university or college, or their union. What you can do:
• Get copies of the new, updated edition of the Socialist Worker pamphlet “Immigration: the Myths Spread to Divide Us”. Available from Bookmarks (phone 020 7637 1848). This should be on sale at all our paper sales, meetings and demonstrations.
• Ensure the issue is raised in broader campaigns, such as those over the bedroom tax, UtR meetings, etc.
• Identify any issues and campaigns around asylum and migration that are coming up in your area.
IF YOU SEND JUST ONE SOLIDARITY MESSAGE THIS WEEK….THEN MAKE IT THIS ONE
George Tapp is currently still in Manchester Royal Infirmary having undergone reconstructive surgery on two broken legs and multiple fractures after being hit by a car that drove through a blacklisting protest.. For details go to
SWP party council
It is made up of two delegates elected from each branch or student group, plus the NC, the CC, and the full-time party workers.
The Party Council, as our constitution says, "reviews the political and organisational work of the SWP (or such aspects of it as it deems necessary) between conferences, pools the experience of the members in implementing the line of the organisation and advises the CC.
“It has power to take decisions on matters of general policy binding on the CC."
Apart from conference, this is the broadest democratic meeting we have during the year.
Meeting on 2 June will enable us, among other things, to discuss the fall out form last week’s elections, debate the lessons from the party's work in the unions and the broader working class and among students, assess the state of the bedroom tax campaigns, prepare for the People's Assembly, talk about how to build Marxism 2013 and look at the state of the party.
Branches and district should take seriously the question of election to the Party Council. It is not acceptable to have a couple of names plucked from nowhere the night before the Party Council, or presented to the branch as the final item on the agenda in a rushed way as everyone leaves the room. Branches should ask for nominations, discuss who they want to send, and hold an election. Comrades should be given notice that this is going to happen.
All delegates' names should be sent to to the National Office by Friday 24 May. That means elections should be held on 22/23 May at the latest. The earlier we discuss the election in our branches the better.
Comrades may have seen a new blog launched purporting to come from SWP members. This is not the way debate should take place inside the party about issues that were settled at the special conference.
Looking at the Disputes Committee
The body elected by the SWP's special conference to examine some issues around the party's disputes committee met at the weekend.
The motion passed at the special conference asks the body to look at issues around safeguarding confidentiality, how findings should be reported to the party and to clarify our disciplinary procedures more generally and propose changes where necessary.
The body would like to invite constructive suggestions on these issues from party members.
We will only accept submissions from individuals, and not motions or group documents, and it would be useful if comrades can keep contributions to under 1,000 words.
Comrades who have already written in the internal bulletins do not need to resubmit their contributions as we are already looking at these.
We hope that suggestions from party members can form a useful part of our deliberations and we are not going to publish submissions or post them online.
We hope that other comrades will also respect this process by not circulating or publishing their contributions online. Please email suggestions before 30 June to firstname.lastname@example.org
Unite the Resistance
Unite the Resistance forthcoming events:
South London on Thursday 23 May, 7pm, at the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH with Kevin Courtney, Paul Embury (FBU) and Max Watson (London Met Unison)
Birmingham. Wednesday 5 June, 6-9pm at The Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF with Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, Ian Hodson, BFAWU president, Rhiannon Lockley, UCU branch secretary Halesowen College and Josh Jones, Birmingham Labour councillor who refused to vote for cuts
North East Regional Conference, Saturday 1 June. 11am – 4pm at the Newcastle City Library, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX. Speakers include Ronnie Draper Bakers’ Union General Secretary; Paul Holmes Unison National Executive (pc); Jane Aitchison Unite the Resistance Joint National Secretary and PCS
South West Regional conference Saturday 8 June, 12 noon to 4pm, Ashley Down Centre, City of Bristol College, Refectory, Ashley Down Road, Bristol BS7 9BU with Jane Aitchison (PCS), Liz Lawrence (UCU national president elect), Kevin Beazer (South West Region CWU), Kevin Doogan (author) and Phil Chamberlain (Guardian journalist).
Unite the Resistance People’s Assembly Model Motion
The model motion backs the assembly, calls for co-ordinated action and supports the general strike call and backs affiliation to Unite the Resistance http://uniteresist.org/2013/04/peoples-assembly-22-june-model-motion/
Unite the Resistance badges and T-shirts
Order “Axe the bedroom tax” and “no to austerity” badges http://uniteresist.org/2013/02/axe-the-bedroom-tax-badge/ and “axe the bedroom tax” t-shirts at http://uniteresist.org/2013/04/bedroom-tax-t-shirts-badges/
Firefighters’ pension fight
Last week’s FBU conference voted to ballot firefighters for strikes if the government refused to shift in “last chance” talks over pensions. A new leaflet for the fire stations will be out this week. There are more public meetings over planned closures and cuts to the London fire service this week.
• Hackney, Monday, 20 May 7-9pm at Hackney Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0JR
• Merton and Sutton, Tuesday 21 May 7-9pm at the Council Chamber, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX
• Lewisham, Wednesday, 22 May 7-9pm at Sydenham School, Dartmouth Road, London SE26 4RD
• Bexley, Bromley and Croydon, Thursday, 23 May 7-9pm at Bromley Central Library, High Street, Bromley BR1 1EX
A demonstration is planned to “Save Clerkenwell and Kingsland Fire Stations”. Saturday 8 June, assemble 12 pm Highbury Fields – March at 1 pm to Spa Fields Clerkenwell.
Demonstrate Wednesday to save legal aid
Save Legal Aid - Justice for Sale, this Wednesday 22 May, 10.30am Old Palace Yard, SW1 (outside Parliament) followed by mass rally at Friends Meeting House, Euston at 1.30pm. Called by London Criminal Court Solicitors Association.
Improvements to swp.org.uk
Have a look at the vastly expanded theory section of www.swp.org.uk which has a tremendous range of material.
Also please note that the resources section of the site has petitions etc on it, linking to a Scribd site after the demise of Posterous.
Students: radical revision, ULU demo, Marxism
Save ULU: On Wednesday, 22 May, the University of London’s Trustee Board is meeting to decide on the future of ULU. This will be the last point at which the University can voluntarily reverse its decision to get rid of ULU; whatever the outcome, students have said they will refuse to see their union abolished.
There is a demonstration assembling at 3pm (changed from 2pm) outside ULU on Malet Street.
Sign and share the petition to save the University of London Union:https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-university-of-london-save-the...
Radical revision: Bristol University, a relatively new group, held a very successful “radical revision” session last week. Nineteen non-members took part during the day. It shows the potential for meetings and events to attract people even in the third term.
Marxism: There is not much term time left so every branch needs to plan to spend as much time as possible doing stalls and giving out publicity. Posters can go in departments as well as in cafes and bars in student areas. Stalls can be done at pretty much any time – in the morning, lunch time or as students are leaving. Any details of students who are interested should be followed up immediately.
Against the G8
The G8 gathering of thieves and robber-governments takes place near Enniskillen on 16 and 17 June. The most powerful world leaders will gather to coordinate policies for defending privilege and inequality.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions plans a march in Belfast on Saturday 15 June. A counter summit organised by G8 Alternatives takes place on Sunday 16 June in Belfast. And a major protest is scheduled for Enniskillen on Monday 17 June.
There are a number of events in Britain too including:
Tuesday 11 June: Carnival Against Capitalism in London
Friday 14 June: “They Owe US” protest 12.30pm, Canary Wharf. Supported by UK Uncut, Climate Camp, Fuel Poverty Action etc.
Saturday 15 June Not the G8: A real agenda for global justice, 11am-6.30pm, Leeds University Student Union, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JZ. Organised by WDM.
Campaign against climate change, 8 June
On 8 June the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group is holding a major conference in London backed by six national unions.
The Confronting the Climate Crisis conference on 8 June is at London Met university and has an excellent line up of speakers ranging from leading climate scientists to activists campaigning for climate jobs here and internationally.
Comrades should make sure that the conference is advertised widely amongst trade unionists, contacts and environmental activists. A leaflet is attached.
You can get more information and register for the conference at the website.
For further information or if you need publicity for your local area please contact Ken at email@example.com
Important campaign in Royal Mail
Around 120,000 CWU members at Royal Mail begin a consultative ballot this week which runs until 18 June.
This will see a big campaign across Royal Mail workplaces for the YES vote, with meetings in every workplace, and gate meetings where that's not possible.
Dave Ward, deputy general secretary of the CWU, told the Financial Times the union was likely to call for a boycott of deliveries of non-Royal Mail post without holding a formal industrial action ballot.
This would be a challenge to the government’s privatisation plans and would also certainly create an interesting situation with the anti-union laws.
This could be a big campaign for our public services.
Every SWP branch and district should look to what Royal Mail sales it is possible to set up/ return to, and leaflet to build the YES vote in the ballot. Please let us know at the industrial department of any post sales you’re doing. A leaflet is attached.
Fighting for a national NHS demo
There was a determined mood for a fight on the NHS demo in London of 7,000 people. Many people agree that the next step has to be a national demonstration.
Where next to save our NHS: London joint campaigns’ meeting, Wednesday 12 June, 6.30pm, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Rd, WC1 (Holborn Tube)
Hunt for Hunt, Saturday 15 June
NHS anniversary day of action against the privateers, Friday 5 July.
Campaigning for a national demonstration. Sign up to the statement.
A list of prides for 2013 was sent out recently. Please check your local one and prepare now! You will need to order extra papers etc and placards from circulation well in advance. Can you have a branch/public meeting to follow-up the event in your area? The Tories’ moves over gay marriage – and the continuing reality of LGBT oppression – will mean there is lots to talk about on these prides. Every branch should be mobilising for them, and involving the whole party.
If possible book an official stall for the intervention and help to shape the event by mobilising unions, anti-bedroom tax groups, anti-racist groups etc. Make sure Marxism 2013 is a strong element of our presence.
The first 12 dates are:
Birmingham THIS SATURDAY 25 May
York 1 June
Blackburn 1 June
Bradford 1 June
Blackpool 8 June
Oxford 8 June
Pride Scotia (Edinburgh) 15 June
Essex (Chelmsford) 22/23 June
Doncaster 29 June
Swansea 29 June
London 29 June
Sheffield 6 July
There will be a meeting for comrades to discuss LGBT work after the Party Council on 2 June. Further details will be sent out in the next couple of days.
Local Government Pay consultation
Local government workers are being consulted by Unison, Unite and GMB over the 1% pay offer. The Unison consultation will run until the 10 June. The GMB will be holding workplace meetings mid-May to mid June followed by a membership ballot late June tip early July. Rejection of the offer raises the possibility of coordinated strikes over pay with the teachers etc. A Socialist Worker leaflet arguing for rejection will be sent out early this week for SWP branches to use on Town Hall sales etc.
Unison health workers ballot for strikes – send a message of support
Please send a message of solidarity to health workers in Unison who are balloting for strikes against attacks on pay.
In Mid Yorkshire Unison NHS branch, some 3,000 workers are balloting in a bold escalation of a fight over pay that has already seen around 500 workers across three hospitals take nine strike days since November. Rush messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org
In Oxfordshire, at the Southern Health Trust, bosses told health workers they face a 15 percent cut in wages. In response, 90 percent of health workers have voted to strike in a local ballot. Rush messages of support to email@example.com
Birmingham sixth form staff strike TOMORROW
NUT members will strike on Tuesday 21 May against an attempt to impose new holiday dates without proper consultation. There will be a picket line from 8am – come and join us if you can. Messages of support can be sent to the NUT rep: Bridget Parsons c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
John Gulson Primary School, Coventry strike TOMORROW
Members of the NUT and NASUWT at John Gulson Primary School in Coventry are to strike on Tuesday 21 May. Members are striking over the implementation of a new appraisal/capability policy and excessive observations. If there is no resolution then strikes will continue on 4 and 5 June.
Rush messages to the NUT rep Stuart Steer - email@example.com and send a copy to Coventry NUT - firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Obama Academy strike THIS WEDNESDAY
40 NUT members at the Obama Academy will be on strike over compulsory redundancies this Wednesday 22 May with further dates in June. The school is five minutes from Elephant and Castle station. Pickets from 7-9 am and you would be most welcome messages of support to email@example.com
Copland School to Strike against academy status THIS THURSDAY
Copland Community School was told by the Department for Education (DfE) yesterday that it will have to adopt the government’s controversial academy status which places schools with sponsors and revokes control from the local authority. In response, teachers will stage a walkout on Thursday 23 May to protest against the plans.
Will you be attending your union’s conference as a delegate or observer? Please see below dates of upcoming conferences and contact the industrial department if you’ll be at one of them.
UCU – 29 – 31 May, Brighton
GMB – 2 – 6 June, Plymouth
EIS – 6 – 8 June, Perth
BFAWU – 9 – 14 June, Bridlington
Unison – Local government 16-17 June and main conference 18 – 21 June, Liverpool
RMT – 22 – 28 June, Brighton
BMA – 23 – 27 June, Edinburgh
Unison elections LAST CHANCE TO VOTE
The elections for the NEC of Unison run until Friday 24 May. The left is standing on a united “reclaim the union” slate. Amongst the candidates are several SWP members.
• Phoebe Watkins, Local Government Service Group, Female (national seat)
• Suzy Franklin, Health Service Group Female seat (national seat)
• Duncan Smith Scotland Region, general seat
• Karen Reissmann, North West Region, Female seat
• Helen Davies, Greater London Region, Female seat
Our Unison members are part of a fight to get as many left candidates as possible elected to give Unison members the fighting leadership they deserve.
Where next after the Unite general secretary elections? Meetings with Jerry Hicks
As part of the follow up to the recent Unite general secretary campaign Jerry Hicks is speaking at a series of supporters meetings across the country. So far there have been meetings in Manchester and Birmingham and there are more to come.
• Monday 20 May: 7:30pm, The Old Fighting Cocks, 48 Market Street, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6DU
• Tuesday 21 May: 6pm, function room, O'Neills, 26 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL
• Wednesday 22 May: 7:30pm, Belle Vue Club, Kedal Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU
• Thursday 23 May: 7pm, upstairs room, The Piper on the Square, 57 Cochrane Street, Glasgow, G1 1HL (by George Square).
The mini tour will end with a national meeting: Saturday 25 May, 1pm, Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1EE (nearest tubes Euston and Kings Cross). We should be fighting hard to get anyone we know in Unite to these local meetings and the national event.
In separate ballots over the past two weeks, tube drivers, cleaners and TFL electricians and engineers all in the RMT have voted overwhelmingly for strikes in disputes over attacks on agreements and working conditions, pay and threatened redundancies.
Meanwhile, the Justice for the 33 Campaign will this Friday join with the anti-Blacklisting campaign for a protest outside TFL headquarters on Victoria street, London.
RMT members who had been working on London Underground at Bakerloo and District line stations as agency workers for 5 years are continuing their fight against sackings. They have been holding daily protests outside key stations.
This week they will take their fight to TFL, joined by workers protesting against conpanies who have contracts with blacklisters.
They are calling on trade unionists and activists to join them in solidarity for a big presence. If you are able, please stop by the protest from 8am on Friday morning, with a union banner if possible. Contact Julie or Alan can be there.
UCU: Convention for Higher Education. 24-25 May
This is a really important initiative that can start to lay out a strategy to deal with the assault on Higher Education. The event is organised by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE), University of Brighton in conjunction with the UCU (University of Brighton), and supportedby the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) andthe Campaign for Public Universities (CPU)
Keynote speakers include: Priya Gopal, Colin Blakemore, John Holmwood, Martin McQuillan, Gill Scott, Will Hutton, Martin Hall, Luke Martell, Bob Brecher, Peter Scott, Tom Hickey, Colin Green, Caroline Lucas (MP), Thomas Docherty
Online registration is available via the following link: http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&prodid... For further information e-mail Bob Brecher at r.brecher@brighton
Anti-Blacklist activity this week
George Tapp is currently still in Manchester Royal Infirmary having undergone reconstructive surgery on two broken legs and multiple fractures after being hit by a car that drove through a blacklist protest.
TOMORROW Tuesday 21 May 9am – London Frank Morris v Crossrail Employment Tribunal, Kingsway Employment Tribunal, Holborn, Kingsway, London WC2B 6EX London
Scottish anti-blacklist demonstration: A Scottish anti-blacklisting protest is taking place this Saturday, 25 May, assembling 11.30am on Holland Street and marching to George Square in Glasgow.
Construction rank and file national meeting
The next national meeting of the Unite construction rank and file is Saturday 18 May 12-4pm at The CASA, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ
NUT: The Charter for primary education conference, Saturday 15 June Sue Palmer, Debra Kidd, Kevin Courtney are amongst the key speakers at the upcoming conference. The latest publicity can be downloaded at http://education4liberation.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/latest-publicity-fo...
Despite the appalling weather in the Northern cities and Scotland, we had some good sales. They included:
At the London NHS demo, we sold over 300 papers and £72 worth of other publications. PCS conference day one 150;
FBU conference 84; Manchester Centre Wed 24 + Sat 41 + Chorlton 30; Kent 41 across Fri and Sat; Portsmouth 33;
Nottingham People’s Assembly 31; Brighton 25; Sheffield 25; Ipswich 21; Coventry 20; North London: 26 papers at London Met University and two Marxism sign ups + five papers at Wood Green council + Finsbury park Fri 17 + £5 donation + Whittington Hospital 10 + 5 from a comrade’s personal sales.
Stop the War Syria meeting
Syria - Stop Western Military Intervention
Tuesday 21 May 7pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre
SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
Called by Stop the War Coalition
Free admission - All welcome
Professor Kamal Majid
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Dr Issa Chaer
Lindsey German Convenor Stop the War Coalition
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