Striking for £10per Hour!

Southwark Trades Council fully supports todays strike by workers of private contractor Aramark at Maudsley Hospital, Camberwell, where 175 GMB members voted to strike at four sites of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) in a pay dispute for £10 per hour.

Nadine Houghton, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB members in Aramark, as part of the TUC week of action against the Trade Union Bill, are showing why we need trade unions more than ever. They are fighting for a genuine living wage of £10 per hour. This is a simple demand and something that every worker should be entitled to – pay that a worker can live on.”

Prior to the strike workers took part in the TUC week of action on why unions are needed building profile for a real living wage.

Contact: Nadine Houghton, 07714 239 227 or 0208 303 3407 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369259 or Andy Prendergast 07984 49276 of GMB  press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.

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Stop the Youth Service cuts!

11/15/2015 PRESS RELEASE from Southwark Unison, Unite and GMB

Southwark Council – 73% Cuts to Youth service – Bonfire of the youth service!

Youth and play workers in Southwark are in a state of shock as Councillors propose to cut 73% of the youth

service budget and effectively end council run youth services as we know them.

The council plans to cut £2.5 million from the youth service budget leaving less than £1million to work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in London.

For years the council has slowly stripped away much of the service and will now leave a ‘much streamlined

youth and play service’. The restructuring report goes on to state: ‘The reduction in service will impact on front line delivery with some sites and projects being rationalised. ..It is envisaged that there will be a large number of redundancies.’

This is a euphemism for deleting ALL full time jobs and replacing them with a few part time posts. 122 full and part time posts will be reduced to just 42 part time posts. The council has frontloaded £2million of the cuts to 2016/17 with a further half a million pounds cut in 2017/18. Cuts in 2017/18 may have a severe impact on youth services in the voluntary sector. There are currently 13 youth projects in the voluntary sector which could suffer.

The council also plans to shut a number of its 8 youth centres or as it is stated in the report, ‘rationalisation of some buildings and sites which have yet to be determined’.

The council plans to make these cuts by April 2016 and then transfer the rest of the ‘service’ to its Environment and Leisure department. This will de-professionalise and de-skill professional youth workers. The council’s promise to protect frontline services has gone up in smoke like last week’s bonfires!

It is clear the ‘Labour’ Council, despite the election of anti-austerity leader Jeremy Corbyn, continues to wield the axe to the public sector.

While the councillors shed crocodile tears and blame Tory government cutbacks for this attack on the local community the council has reorganised its high paid senior managers to create even more managers at high grades!

As Jeremy Corbyn has said ‘austerity is a political choice’. Southwark must not abandon young people while sitting on millions of pounds of reserves which can be used to support the local community along with the fight to get more money from central government.

Branch Secretary Sue Plain Membership Manager Jenny McIntosh

Assistant Secretary April Ashley Membership Officer Francis Harriot

Assistant Secretary David Higgs Recruitment and Organising Taz Taper

Branch Chair Martina Rooney Treasurer Vincent Sabaroche

If the proposals go through then vulnerable young people will be left with no effective support and inadequate safeguarding – prey to dangerous elements on the streets. Southwark trade unions will be campaigning against these devastating cuts. We will be lobbying the Council

Assembly and other community related forums with young people and families to stop this destruction of the service.

For more information contact Pat Shelley – Head of Youth and Play Service –

(Patrick.Shelley@southwark.gov.uk)

April Ashley

Assistant Branch Secretary

UNISON Office

17-19 Bournemouth Road Peckham, London SE15 4JU

Tel: 020 7525 3600

Fax: 020 7525 6015

e-mail: contact@southwarkunison.co.uk

e-mail: sue.plain@ southwark.gov.uk

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Thousands March for Homes

Fantastic march which echoed the demands to challenge the housing crisis which starkly shows itself at the starting point of our South London meeting point.

Kilburn Tenancies M4H E&C

What do we want ‘RENT CONTROL echoed from Elephant & Castle, down the Old kent road and outside the City hall.

April with Southwark Unison banner

SE1 report includes April Ashley, Trades Council delegate and Southwark Unison, speaking in a personal capacity.

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Sky report noting importence of bring Housing to the forefront of the political agenda.

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March For Homes 31st Jan Noon

Southwark Trades Council is proud to be supporting the March for Homes on Saturday 31st January.

We demand to solve the Housing Crisis

  • Rent Controls
  • Hands off council housing
  • Stop demolition of quality council homes
  • Affordable and secure homes for all
  • Cut rents not Benefits
  • End Bedroom Tax and welfare caps
  • Build new council houses

Join us at Noon – Assemble St Maryʼs Churchyard, Elephant & Castle SE1 6SQ (tube/rail Elephant & Castle) or if your over in East London 

Assemble Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street E1 6JN (tube/rail Shoreditch High Street)

The East London march is led by community campaigns from across the area including Focus E15. The route is from Shoreditch via Brick Lane to the Mayor’s Office at City Hall.

Meantime:

Sign the open letter

Invite others and help build the march!

The March for Homes was called for by Defend Council Housing, South London People’s Assembly and Unite LE1111 Housing Workers.

List of other supporters on the website. http://marchforhomes.org/

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Westminster employment forum event – book now

Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar
Disability in the workplace – training, capability assessments and support

with
Helen John, Deputy Director, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions and Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
and
Dr John Canning, BMA; Beth Carruthers, Remploy; Paul Jenkins, Rethink Mental Illness; Linda Jordan, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi); Emma Mamo, Mind; Mark McCusker, British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and Texthelp; David Nash, Federation of Small Businesses; Jonathan Powell, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People; Dr Peter Purton, TUC; Andy Rickell, Action on Disability and Work UK and a senior speaker confirmed from Shaw Trust

Chaired by:
Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group and former Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions and Baroness Thomas of Winchester, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group

This event is CPD certified

Morning, Tuesday, 11th February 2014
Central London

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Dear Ms Plain

I am writing to ensure you don’t miss the above seminar if you are able to attend. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions – see below).

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss how the £320m protected budget for disability employment could be used most effectively in supporting disabled people into work.

The seminar follows the review of specialist disability employment programmes, Getting in, staying in and getting on, and will feature a keynote address from the review’s author Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK. It is also scheduled to follow Government’s subsequent Disability and Work Strategy, due to be released later this autumn.

Topics for discussion include:
How disabled individuals can be better supported in making the transition between education and employment, including the future role for Residential Training Colleges;
The effect of the Children and Families Bill in extending support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to age 25;
What steps can be taken to encourage and support more employers to take on disabled workers, particularly the future of the Access to Work scheme;
Concerns surrounding Work Capability Assessments for Employment Support Allowance (ESA); and
The impact of the Work Choice programme – designed to help unemployed people with a disability find work – and support for those affected by the closure of Remploy factories.

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Employment Forum.

Speakers

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Helen John, Deputy Director, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions and Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr John Canning, Chair, Professional Fees Committee and Member, General Practitioners Committee, BMA; Beth Carruthers, Director of Employment Services, Remploy; Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness; Linda Jordan, Preparing for Adulthood Pathfinder Support Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi); Emma Mamo, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Mind; Mark McCusker, Chairman, British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and Chief Executive Officer, Texthelp; David Nash, Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses; Jonathan Powell, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People; Dr Peter Purton, Policy Officer, Disability and LGBT Rights, TUC; Andy Rickell, Chief Executive Officer, Action on Disability and Work UK and a senior speaker confirmed from Shaw Trust.

Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group and former Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions and Baroness Thomas of Winchester, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

Additional senior participants are being approached.

Networking

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the DWP. Also due to attend are representatives from Accenture; Brookfields School, Berkshire; Capability Scotland; Disability Law Service; Enham; Inclusion London; JustDifferent; Life Path Trust; Mencap; Papworth Trust; Peabody; Positive Employment Job Brokerage Project; Queen Mary University of London; Shaw Trust; Social Firms UK; Volunteer Initiative Working Group; Wandsworth Education and Weightmans.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the DWP, HM Treasury and other Government departments and agencies, representatives of business and their advisors, trade unions and employee representative groups, legal professionals, the voluntary sector and academia together with representatives of the national and trade press.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out within a week of the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at the DWP and other government departments; other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda and sponsor information. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster Employment Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:
Places at Disability in the workplace – training, capability assessments and support (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £190 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:
Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 7 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

I do hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most useful morning, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Sean Cudmore

Sean Cudmore
Deputy Editor, Westminster Employment Forum

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FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The delegate fee includes copies of the presentations via PDF and refreshments. Cancellation policy is as follows: (1) cancellations 14 or more days before the event: £70+VAT cancellation fee per delegate; (2) cancellations less than 14 days before the event: no refunds. Cancellations must be notified in writing to the Westminster Employment Forum. No charge will be made for replacement delegates. Transfer of any confirmed booking between events is not possible. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme and change the speakers without prior notice. The Westminster Employment Forum is unable to grant extended credit and therefore must request that full payment be made within 30 days from the date of invoice. Should payment not be received within 30 days from the date of invoice, the Westminster Employment Forum will apply an administration charge of £40+VAT, likewise for payments made to our account in error.

Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar:
Disability in the workplace – training, capability assessments and support
Timing: Morning, Tuesday, 11th February 2014
Venue: Central London

Draft agenda subject to change

8.30 – 9.00
Registration and coffee

9.00 – 9.05
Chairman’s opening remarks
Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group and
former Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions

9.05 – 9.30
Challenges for improving employment opportunities for disabled people in the UK
Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
Questions and comments from the floor

9.30 – 10.20
Supporting disabled people in their careers – training, guidance and Work Choice
What kinds of provision do people want to see emanating from the extension of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision to age 25, included in the Children and Families Bill; how well will the extension of provision cater for different kinds of disabilities? What needs to be done to ensure that young people with SEND receive high quality and tailored careers advice for their needs? What steps can be taken to raise the career aspirations of economically inactive people with a disability who are able to work in some form? To what extent has the increase in Apprenticeships catered for people with disabilities? How can disabled people be better assisted in starting their own businesses? What should be the future role for Residential Training Colleges, and how should they be funded? How effective has the Work Choice programme been in helping disabled individuals into independent employment? How can the coordination of Work Programme and Work Choice providers, Jobcentre Plus and support groups be improved?
Linda Jordan, Preparing for Adulthood Pathfinder Support Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)
Jonathan Powell, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
Andy Rickell, Chief Executive Officer, Action on Disability and Work UK
Senior speaker confirmed from Shaw Trust
Commentator
Questions and comments from the floor

10.20 – 11.00
Work Capability Assessments (WCA) for Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
How well are concerns around the suitability and fairness of WCAs for ESA claimants being addressed by Government? What steps can be taken to ensure WCA criteria take account of a full range of conditions and their impact on people’s ability to work, particularly fluctuating and progressive conditions and disabilities? How can the Government ensure that mental health conditions are accurately reflected in WCAs? What steps could be taken to reduce the variability in the decisions made in the assessments? Is there a case for greater flexibility in the length of time between assessments, given the variance in claimants’ conditions? Should those awaiting the result of an appeal continue to receive financial support?
Dr John Canning, Chair, Professional Fees Committee and Member, General Practitioners Committee, BMA
Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness
Senior representative, assessment service
Questions and comments from the floor

11.00 – 11.05
Chairman’s closing remarks
Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group and
former Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions

11.05 – 11.25
Coffee

11.25 – 11.30
Chairman’s opening remarks
Baroness Thomas of Winchester, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group

11.30 – 11.40
An employer’s perspective
Senior speaker to be confirmed

11.40 – 12.30
Changing attitudes, workplace accessibility and the future for supported employment
What further steps can be taken to encourage more employers to take on disabled workers; is there a need to raise awareness of existing funding streams for support for adjustments? How effective has Government’s Access to Work scheme been in improving accessibility for disabled workers? What further steps can be taken to improve workplace accessibility? Is there more that can be done to challenge misconceptions over disability among both employers and employees, particularly with regards to mental health? What are notable examples of businesses using flexible, part-time and other alternative working practices to support disabled workers and accrue benefits for the business? What has been the impact of Remploy closures on unemployment rates for disabled people; is the support for Remploy employees being made redundant sufficient?
Beth Carruthers, Director of Employment Services, Remploy
Emma Mamo, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Mind
Mark McCusker, Chairman, British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and Chief Executive Officer, Texthelp
David Nash, Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses
Dr Peter Purton, Policy Officer, Disability and LGBT Rights, TUC
Questions and comments from the floor with senior speaker to be confirmed

12.30 – 12.55
Government’s disability strategy
Helen John, Deputy Director, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions
Questions and comments from the floor

12.55 – 13.00
Chairman’s and Westminster Employment Forum closing remarks
Baroness Thomas of Winchester, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group
Jonny Roberts, Associate Editor, Westminster Employment Forum

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This week’s events below but please attend the Southwark TUC meeting on Weds 17th at 7pm in room 13A Cator St

Cultural and Academic Boycott

of Israel

7.30pm at 140 –142 Hartfield Road,

London SW19

Talk with Jews for Boycotting Israeli

Goods convenor Mike Cushman

about why the boycot is important

and deserves support.

8 WEDNESDAY 17

 

London’s Industrial Heritage

 

7pm at Peace House, 5 Caledonian

Road, London N1

Historian Geoff Marshall discusses

London’s often overlooked industrial

heritage and its implications on

workers and the fabric of the city, as

told in his new book. Entry £3,

redeemable against any purchase.

 

Talk: The Syria Conflict

 

7pm at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk

Place, London W2

Discussing recent developments, on

the ground and on the international

stage, and asking what changes we

could see in coming months. With

war correspondents Anthony Loyd,

Lina Sinjab, James Harkin and

Patrick Cockburn. Tickets £12.50,

call (020) 7479-8940.

8 THURSDAY 18

 

Modern Day Protest

 

7.30pm at the Bishopsgate Institute,

230 Bishopsgate, London EC2

Talk on how voices against authority

can make themselves heard,

examining which forms of protest

have made the most impact.

 

Reel News Blacklisting Special

 

7.30pm at the Grosvenor, Sidney

Rd, London SW9

With blacklisted construction

workers, green activists and sacked

Crossrail steward Frank Morris.

8 FRIDAY 19

 

Screening: They call it Myanmar

 

6.30pm at Manchester Buddhist

Centre, 16 Turner Street, Manchester

Shot clandes tinely over a two-year

period by Robert H. Lieberman, the

film provides a rare look at the

second-most isolated country on

the planet.

 

19th-21st: Eastern Permaculture

 

Gathering

 

2pm at Ringsfield Hall, Ringsfield

near Beccles NR34 8JR

Annual event promoting and

organising for an expansion of

permaculture in the region. Ticket

prices vary, call 0845 458-1805 or go

to permaculture.org.uk for details.

 

19th-21st: Tolpuddle Martyrs

 

Festival and Rally 2013

 

7pm Friday, 12pm Saturday,

10.30am Sunday in Tolpuddle

village centre, DT2 7EH

The summer’s big trade union bash

honours the six people who stood

for the right to organise in the 1830s.

Friday/Saturday require tickets (£25

weekend pass, £5 children,

under-5s free) while rally day on

Sunday is free. Call (01305) 848-237

or go to tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk.

8 SATURDAY 20

 

Stuff the Banks!

 

n Bristol: 1pm, venue tbc.

Updates at facebook.com/

events/169779389871684/

n London: 12pm on Brixton Rd,

email brixtonuncutters@gmail.com

for details

n London: 12pm at 133 Regent

Street, email ukuncut@googlemail.

com

n Glasgow: 12pm at St Enoch

subway station, email s.rodger1@

googlemail.com

n Grimsby: 10am on Victoria

Street., email grimsbyukuncut@

gmail.com

n Northampton: 10.30am 22

Abington St, email ukuncut@

occupynorthampton.org.uk

n Oxford: 1pm on Market Street,

email DayneD89@gmail.com

n Sheffield: 12pm at Sheffield

town Hall, email sheffield.uncut@

hotmail.co.uk

n Shrewsbury: 11am at 33 High

St, email shropsfightback@

virginmedia.com

UK Uncut day of action against tax

dodging by and bonus cultures in

financial giants, setting up

temporary food banks in branches

and helping out the community.

 

The 2013 Peace and Justice

 

Pilgrimage: Final Day

 

1pm at Trafalgar Square

The epic 500-mile walk from Iona,

Scotland to London in opposition to

Trident renewal will finish up walking

from the Friends House, 173 Euston

Road at 11am to St Martin in the Fields

Church, where a service of celebration

where will be held before making the

final stroll to Trafalgar Square where

there will be a shared picnic lunch.

 

Celebrating 60 years since

 

Moncada Barracks

 

1pm at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way,

London W1

Celebrating 60 years since Fidel,

Raul and the revolutionary rebels

attacked the Moncada Barracks,

sparking the Cuban Revolution.

With Cuban music, salsa classes,

art and photo exhibition, snacks,

drinks, raffle, kids’ games, face

painting, live music and more.

 

Antifascist Footprints

 

2pm at Algate Station, Aldgate High

Street, London EC3

Who was Oswald Mosley? Who were

the Blackshirts and what did they do?

What was it like living in the East End

at the beginning of the 20th century?

Answers to these questions and more

will be delivered by David Rosenberg

from East End Walks

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Events this week – July 1st to 5th

8 MONDAY 1

Mind the Income Gap

2-4pm at Congress House, London

WC1B

Economists join TUC general

secretary Frances O’Grady to

debate whether we need to secure

higher wages to create growth

and ween the economy

off its reliance on

household debt.

 

 

Another Life

4.30pm at John

Gielgud Theatre,

Malet Street,

London WC1E

Karen Malpede’s

play tells the story

of the US torture

programme and

how it led us into

war, starring George

Batenieff. Aftershow

discussion at 6.45pm. Also

showing Tuesday at 6.30pm with

8.45pm discussion. Free entry.

8 TUESDAY 2

Reflections of a War Surgeon

7pm at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk

Place, London W2

Gino Strada, who cofounded Italian

NGO Emergency, talks about his

work providing free, high-quality

health care to millions of victims of

war and poverty. Costs £12.50,

more info tinyurl.com/ntobzcr or

(020) 7479-8940.

8 WEDNESDAY 3

Don’t Lift the EU Arms

Embargo, No New Intervention

In Syria

7pm in Boothroyd Room, Portcullis

House, London SW1A

Stop the War open parliamentary

briefing on Syria chaired by Jeremy

Corbyn MP and speakers including

Peter Hain.

The Two Marys: A Conversation

Piece

7pm at Housmans, 5 Caledonian

Road, London N1

A theatrical presentation between

Mary Wollstonecraft (Sasha Hails) and

her daughter Mary Shelley (Victoria

Ross) with music devised and

performed by David Chernaik. Entry

£3 redeemed against any purchase

and a free glass of wine to all attending.

Is Talking to the Taliban a

Solution?

7pm at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk

Place, London W2

Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell chairs a

panel considering what forthcoming

talks between the Taliban and US

mean for Afghanistan. Costs £12.50.

Fukushima: Health and

Community Effects

8pm in Bertrand Russell Room,

Conway Hall, London WC1

Free London Region CND public

meeting with independent radioactivity

consultant Dr Ian Fairlie and a speaker

from Japanese Against Nuclear.

8 THURSDAY 4

Universal Credit: New

Rules for Workers

at Congress House,

London WC1B

The man

responsible for

the DWP’s pilots

into their new

benefit reforms

addresses a

TUC seminar on

what they’ll mean

for low-paid

workers.

Independence From

America Day

5-9pm at Menwith Hill, North

Yorkshire

Campaign for the Accountability of

American Bases’s annual demonstration

against US imperialism will see

speakers including Stop the War’s

Salma Yaqoob and journalist Martin

Wainwright. It’s also the denouement

of the centenary Witness Walk from

Richmond Castle. More details at

http://www.caab.org.uk or from (01423)

884-076.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

8.30pm at the Barbican Cinema 1,

Silk Street, London EC2Y

Mike Lerner’s film follows performance

troupe Pussy Riot’s story from

their cathedral protest to their

imprisonment. A talk with the director

follows. Standard tickets £11.50 on

the door, online sales and concessions

available tinyurl.com/o5556md.

8 SATURDAY 6

Defend Peterborough City

Hospital

11am outside Peterborough

Museum, Priestgate

March through the city centre to

defend the NHS in Peterborough

and against the disaster of PFI.

Organised by the trades council.

International Brigades

Memorial

12.30pm at Jubilee Gardens, South

Bank, London SE1

This year marking the 75th

anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro,

speakers including Rodnet

Bickerstaffe and Mick Whelan salute

the heroic sacrifice of the

International Brigaders. Followed by

a social from 2.30pm in the Camel &

Artichoke, 121 Lower Marsh Street,

London SE1.

Grand Peace Fete

2-5pm at the Clock House,

Coleshill, Oxfordshire, SN6 7PT

An old-fashioned family fun day

courtesy of Faringdon Peace Group

with a wide variety of unusual stalls,

live music, games and home-made

refreshments from curries to cakes.

Contact Sjoerd Vogt on (01367)

241-707 or sjoerd@vogt.org.uk.

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