Unite the Resistance bulletin 23.02.15

23 February 2015
FBU national strike, Wednesday 25 February
Firefighters across England are set to strike for 24 hours this Wednesday 25 February following false guarantees given by fire minister Penny Mordaunt about their pensions when a debate and vote over the issue was held recently in parliament. More info here
The strike is from 7am and there is then a demonstration in Westminster starting at 12 noon, assembling at Methodist Central Hall, Storey’s Gate, London SW1 9NH. Support the picket lines and join the demonstration if you can.
Support the second five day strike at the National Gallery – back Thursday 26 February day of action

PCS members at the National Gallery began their second five day strike, against privatisation of two-thirds of the staff on Sunday 22 February. On Sunday the strikers leafleted thousands of people attending the Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square.

On Monday 23 February, strikers were visited by Owen Jones, bakers union general secretary, Ronnie Draper, a rep from Unite London construction branch and tube driver Unjum Mirza who all made speeches on the picket line.
A national day of action is being held this Thursday 26 February…could you organise a solidarity photo using their poster to paste on their Facebook wall?
Go here now to find out about this and what else you can do to help.
Further strikes this week by Your Choice Barnet strikers
Unison members who work for Your Choice Barnet are striking again for two days this week, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 February. Read on here to find out how you can help.
College of North West London in Brent – two days of strike action on 23 and 25 February.
Read on here
Public meeting: Exposing the myths: why immigration benefits us all – Thursday 26 February, 6pm, London Metropolitan University
Speakers include: Sally Hunt, gen. sec. UCU, Saira Grant, Joint Council of the Welfare of Immigrants, Diane Abbot MP, Weyman Bennett, Joint National Secretary Unite Against Fascism: Sean Vernell, London Region UCU, Mohammed Kozbar, Iman for Finsbury Park Mosque and Vice President Muslim Association of Britain, Lindsey German, Convenor, Stop the War Coalition.6pm London Metropolitan University, Tower Building, Room TM1-83 Called by London Region UCU, Hosted by London Metropolitan University UCU, Download a flyer advertising the meeting here

NUBSLI national framework campaign

NUBSLI (National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters) have now launched a campaign against the national framework for interpreting and translation currently being drafted by the crown commercial services.
They have created an open letter which they are asking for as many groups and individuals as possible to sign. The deadline for signing is next Wednesday (25th Feb).
Please sign our letter and share with as many people as possible. Go here to sign and read more about the campaign here

DPAC day of action vs. Maximus, Monday 2 March
Disabled People Against the Cuts is organising a day of action on 2 March against Maximus, the private firm brought in to replace the discredited Atos to run the government’s punitive Work Capability Assessment regime.

There are currently protests organised or planned in: Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Manchester, Norwich, Plymouth, Sheffield, Sunderland, Truro, Wrexham. And in London in Balham, Croydon, Ealing and at Maximus’ HQ (Queen Anne’s Gate , SW1H 9BU ). For more information, go here or the Facebook page


Fast Food Rights planning meeting:
Wednesday 4 March, 6pm -8pm, Portcullis House, Parliament, Room T
The meeting will discuss plans for the 15 April global day of action, when fast food workers and other low paid workers across the US will see their biggest strike yet, and fast food strikes/ protests will be coordinated in countries right across the world.
Here in Britain, we are planning actions across the country…read on here


London rally for the NHS, Tuesday 10 March
A London rally for the NHS is being held on Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm in Hammersmith Town Hall. For more information go here


Saturday 21 March demonstrations against racism: London, Glasgow, Cardiff
No to scapegoating immigrants • No to Islamophobia • No to anti-Semitism • Yes to Diversity
Saturday 21 March 2015, March and rally organised by Stand up to racism, assemble 12 noon central London followed by rally in Trafalgar Square
Read more here

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