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The VI London Poetry Festival 2017: October 14-15: Saturday-Sunday at The London Notting Hill St John's Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Together: Claire Askew

Poet in Residence at the 4th London Poetry Festival 2008

In the early days, when your feet still struggled,
each morning, to find themselves, you inhabited a city
that only made sense on paper. I, the flitting
white cane that guided you, steered us
through espresso daydreams on yawning streets,
beneath bus-shelters – we were both blind –
doe-eyed and awe-full among stricken gallery frames.


I remember you burning curls of incense
in a paper cup, scrawling on yourself –
your veins seemed to run on the outside of your skin,
liquidising your heart into the palm of your hand.
It was from there that your ash fell in the rain –
you started to smoke like an army man, that night,
as we sheltered against the steel doors
under scaffolding.

We took turns at artistic hysteria. I was your
Dorothy Wordsworth, your emotional proof-reader –
a writer of long-winded, comforting notes; a patient,
smiling model for myriad screwed-up sketches. In turn,
you suggested adjectives from behind newspaper folds;
filled the bathtub with autumn leaves – you fitted
stubborn typewriter ribbons, cursing, and blackened
to the wrist.

Soon, you solved the conundrum of your new
existence – turned correctly at the lights
without my prompt. Just like your escape from a life
lived between the pages of an A – Z, you began
to solve me; recognised my bad traits in the identity parade
of our love. Stupidly, I never thought to try
and trick you; simply buttoned you up with revelations –
talismans for the expedition ahead.

And so, we find ourselves cover-snatching under the jaws
of the night – I wear your shirts, confuse you
with my inexplicable scent. You read aloud to me,
memorise the poetic names of the beers I drink, insist
on paying for groceries. Somewhere, it seems, between the lost
and the finding, we scooped out a mould for ourselves
where the sky touches ground; a groove in the wood –
and somehow, with hands locked like puzzle-pieces, unnoticed,
we fit.

|| September 19: 2017 || ά. The VI London Poetry Festival 2017: October 14-15: Saturday-Sunday: 19:00-23:00. Poetry and Music Festival. The Festival started in 2005 and went on for five years; the fifth being held in 2009. This year the Festival resumes its celebrations of the word and the poetry and music in it so much so that that it contains the perform for the human soul to give it room enough as to be able to flow like the Universe.

This event is FREE to the poetry and music lovers but a donation will be expected to help support the necessary costs. The Festival's time is between 19:00 and 23:00 but actual readings and musical performances will take place 19:30 and 22:30. There is a Cafe within the Church where food and drinks are served. Those wanting to have a meal can do so at the Cafe. For all the poets, musicians, performers, musical groups and all those, who love poetry are invited to join us.

Poets and musicians wanting to take part, please, get in touch: editor at thehumanion.com
Volunteers: The Festival needs volunteers. Join us and let us celebrate the word.

For further on the Festival, please, visit the Festival Website. Normally, the Festival was held for four-evenings. Because we are resuming the Festival after a break, this year, the Festival is beginning with two-evenings. The VII Festival will go back to the Four-Evenings and will be in 2018: October 14-17. Please, do not hesitate to contact us.

Though the Festival is FREE, tickets MUST BE Booked. Here is The Festival Eventbrite Page. Readers, poets, performers, musicians and music bands: This year the Festival is happening over two evenings, not four so that the space-slots for performances are halved, therefore, it is going to be fierce. So hurry.

Thank you very much.

Munayem Mayenin
Editor: The Humanion Online Daily
Festival Director: The London Poetry Festival

On Behalf of The Humanion and The London Poetry Festival Team: The Festival Team Has Been
Claire Askew: Festival Development Director: Sharon Harriott: Festival Public Relations Director: Dilu Naser: Community Poetry Lead: Munayem Mayenin: Festival Director. The Humanion is a Human Enterprise: We Celebrate Humanity and It is Not a Business. The London Poetry Festival is Run on the Same Basis. ω.

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The Labour Conference Party Heads to Brighton for the 2017 Conference: September 24-27: Theresa May and Her Conservative Cabinet Colleagues are Spending More Time Negotiating with Each Other Rather Than with the EU: Jeremy Corbyn MP

 

|| September 23: 2017 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, poised to head to Brighton for the Labour Party's Annual Conference, taking place on September 24-27,  responded to the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence and said, “Fifteen months after the EU referendum the Government is still no clearer about what our long term relationship with the EU will look like. The only advance seems to be that the Prime Minister has listened to Labour and faced up to the reality that Britain needs a transition on the same basic terms to provide stability for businesses and workers.

That’s because Theresa May and her Conservative cabinet colleagues are spending more time negotiating with each other rather than with the EU. The Tories have made clear they want to use Brexit to deregulate and cut taxes for the wealthy. Labour wants a Jobs-First Brexit that uses powers returned from Brussels to invest and upgrade Britain’s economy.” The Labour's Annual Conference takes place every Autumn and is one of the largest and most high profile political events in Europe. The delegates and visitors take part in debates to shape Labour's vision for Britain.

Over 11,000 people attend Conference for the wider experiences available. With over 400 fringe events, a vibrant exhibition and great opportunities to network and share ideas, Annual Conference is an event not to be missed. For 2017 Conference the Party is returning to Brighton, the Conference venue being the Brighton Centre and the Conference hotel will be the Brighton Hilton Metropole. National Women's Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23 before Annual Conference opens.

There are opportunities at Conference for everyone. You might be an individual visitor interested in attending for a day, a business keen to have a high profile presence or a charity wanting to promote your message and work.arn more: Leader's Speech, Fringe events, Exhibitions, Advertising and promotional opportunities,  Business Forum and much more.
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RE: The State of the Nation: The State of Religious Education Needs to Be Improved

 

|| September 23: 2017: Imran Mogra: Birmingham City University Writing || ά. A new report by the National Association of Teachers of RE:NATRE and Religious Education Council for England and Wales, based on Freedom of Information Data gathered by the Department for Education in 2015, has found that more than a quarter of secondary schools in the UK are not teaching their pupils any religious education:RE. The report makes a clear case to strengthen the importance and provisions of learning and teaching the subject in contemporary British society across all schools.

The report, based on a survey of 790 schools, found that 25% of all schools surveyed said that a weekly RE lesson was not available. 28% of secondary schools were struggling to make RE provisions. The situation seems poorer in academies and free schools, which make up the majority of secondary schools, where more than a third, 34%, were not offering RE to 11 to 13 year-olds and nearly half, 44%, were not offering it to 14 to 16 year-olds. Such a low level of RE is found in only a third of schools, where a locally agreed syllabus applies and in 10% of schools with a religious character. 04% of schools with a religious character do not offer a weekly lesson.

Legally, all state schools in the United Kingdom are required to teach RE to their learners at all Key Stages, though parents continue to have the right to withdraw their children from RE. Faith schools are permitted to teach their own form of RE. Schools controlled by local authorities must follow their local RE syllabus. Academies and free schools should also teach RE which can be of their own kind, which is determined as part of their funding agreement.

These figures are surprising considering the fact that the teaching of RE has been statutory for a very long time. Having said this, it is important to recognise that the majority of schools do offer RE to their children, albeit of varied quality, and this is a welcome and positive situation to be in.

In a diverse society like Britain, it is crucial that there is an opportunity for children to learn RE so that they can know and understand what influences the beliefs and practices of their peers and those in the wider community. The data provides evidence to challenge some assumptions about the provision of RE in schools with a religious character.

It is plausible that pressures from other subjects, recruitment difficulties, utilisation of non-specialists, a change of priorities and the exclusion of RE from the English Baccalaureate might be affecting the situation.

Given that there are reports suggesting an increase in the level of hate crimes based on religion in the form of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in particular, it is imperative that the state of RE is improved. Perhaps, the forthcoming Interim Report on religious education by the Commission on RE will provide an added impetus. There is a need for a clear statement to be made by those in authority that it is unacceptable for a school not to provide RE.

For those involved in the training of future teachers it is important to provide future teachers the opportunity to learn about RE to observe RE being taught, to teach RE in schools and, most importantly, to think about the value of the subject and the consequence of not teaching it.
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: Imran Mogra is Senior Lecturer in Religious Education at Birmingham City University, shares his views on the recent news of schools breaking the law on religious education:

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IFS Report on Public Sector Pay: IFS Says That The Treasury Could Increase Spending on Departments by Increasing Taxes Cutting Other Spending or Borrowing More: The Humanion Says That All These Three Options Require Political Economical Choices Being Made by the Government: And Has This Government Not Made This Choice: Yes: To Ensure the Rich Gets to Be More Rich Paying Less Taxes While the Average Workers are Left to Pay for That with Austerity Year After Year After Year

 

|| September 20: 2017 || ά. The Institute for Fiscal Studies:IFS has published its latest report on public sector pay freeze, in which it says that the government is considering easing the current restraint on the pay of public sector workers. It had previously announced in 2015 that public sector pay scales would only increase by an average of 01% per year, up to and including, 2019-20. This report describes the trade-offs, faced by the government, when deciding how to set public sector pay. The report's key findings are that public pay restraint means that average pre-tax weekly earnings in the public sector in 2016-17 were 04%, £22 per week, lower in real terms than in 2009-10 and in 2007-08). Mean private sector weekly pay in 2016-17 was 05% lower than in 2007-08.

Public sector pay grew faster than private sector pay in the aftermath of the recession. Subsequent pay restraint in the public sector reversed that trend, meaning that by 2016-17 the difference between public and private sector pay had returned to its pre-crisis level. Controlling for workers’ characteristics, such as, education and experience, average pay is quite similar in the public and private sectors. Continuing to increase public sector pay scales by only 01% per year in 2018-19 and 2019-20 would likely lead to growth in public pay falling, significantly, behind growth in private sector pay, exacerbating the emerging recruitment, retention and motivation problems in the public sector. Increasing public sector pay in line with prices or private sector earnings would likely mitigate these problems.

Workplace pension provision in the public sector remains far more generous, on average, than in the private sector. This is despite automatic enrolment boosting pension coverage among private sector workers. 83% of public sector workers receive an employer contribution to their pension worth 10% or more of their salary, compared with only 11% of private sector workers.

Compared with private sector pay, public sector pay is lower for highly educated workers than for low-educated workers. Indeed, the pay of lower-educated workers in the public sector is now higher relative to equivalent private sector workers than it was in 2007-08. However, graduates in the public sector have seen their pay fall relative to private sector comparators.

Based on the performance of pay, it is among better-paid and higher-educated public sector workers, that we might expect greater recruitment and retention issues and a more pressing need for pay increases, though, there, may, well be cases where the converse is true. Public pay is, also, low relative to private pay in London and the South East and higher than private pay in most other regions.

The public sector paybill was £181 billion in 2016-17. Therefore, even, small percentage increases in average pay can lead to significant extra costs for public sector employers. Increasing average public sector pay in line with either prices or private sector earnings would increase the cost of employing the 05.1 million public sector workers by around £06 billion per year by 2019-20.

If the Treasury were not to provide extra funds to pay for higher pay, public sector employers would need to make cuts elsewhere. The Treasury could increase spending on departments by increasing taxes, cutting other spending or borrowing more. ω.

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 Call  to Recognise the Value of Human Capital to Deliver Vital Infrastructure: And It is Time to Respond to This Call

 

|| September 19: 2017 || ά. The Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership has published a new White Paper, calling for the value of a resilient and sustainable UK workforce to be better understood and recognised. The energy and utilities sector provides essential services every day to 65 million consumers and businesses across the four nations. It, also, powers the UK economy, delivering the majority of the UK’s vital infrastructure. The Paper 'Is enough value placed on human capital to deliver vital infrastructure' was written by Energy and Utility Skills and SSE, working on behalf of the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership. SSE has invested in a ‘human capital’ report, which measures the economic value of the skills and capabilities of the people it employs, leading the way in the UK. The Paper covers the importance of valuing Human Capital, payback from long-term investment in talent, challenge of quantifying people as a critical asset and value of a resilient and sustainable workforce future outlook.

The Paper summarises the issues as '' Collectively, the energy and utilities sector is the largest single contributor to the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan:NIDP and plays an essential role in narrowing the productivity gap between the UK and our international competitors. Despite being accountable for delivering around 56% of the half a trillion pound investment plan, there is no clear strategy in the National Infrastructure Plan for Skills for electricity, gas, water and sewage and waste management to enable the successful delivery of the NIDP. SSE commissioned a ‘human capital’ report, which demonstrates how both a company and society benefit from proper investment in its workforce through increased earnings for individuals and resulting increased tax payments. People are a critical asset, that need to be quantified and the value of a resilient and sustainable workforce needs to be recognised.

Human capital should not be thought of as an asset that a company owns, rather it’s the people that are “borrowed” from society, which allow businesses to operate and to grow. Failure to secure the skilled workforce required to deliver infrastructure projects could lead to higher project costs, delays, reduced quality, reliance on overseas skills, loss of intellectual property, stifled innovation and damage to the UK economy and its global competitiveness.

Mr John Stewart, HR Director at SSE, says, “SSE is committed to the work of the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership to address the significant skills gap facing the sector. Working in partnership, we hope we can create a paradigm shift in company reports and policy making by integrating the value of human capital into corporate and government thinking. The White Paper demonstrates that both a company and society benefits from proper investment in its workforce through increased earnings for individuals and resulting increased tax payments. People, and the skills those people have, are the key to turning investment in infrastructure into energy, clean water and a better environment.”

Mr Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy and  Utility Skills, says, “The Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership recently published the sector’s first Workforce Renewal and Strategy, showing that collective action is needed to secure the talent the sector needs. As a whole, the sector is the largest single contributor to the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan and plays an essential role in narrowing the productivity gap between the UK and our international competitors.

Failure to secure the skilled workforce required to deliver such infrastructure projects could lead to higher project costs, delays, reduced quality, reliance on overseas skills, loss of intellectual property, stifled innovation and damage to the UK economy and its global competitiveness. The White Paper highlights that people are a critical asset that needs to be quantified and that the value of a resilient and sustainable workforce needs to be recognised“

The Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership
is a collective of 29 leading sector employers that are working together to secure the continual seamless delivery of the wider sector’s services across the UK.

SSE Plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy to around 07.77 million energy customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer service and is the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources. It became a Living Wage employer in September 2013 and was accredited with the Fair Tax Mark in October 2014. For more, visit  .

Energy and Utility, the expert voice on workforce issues across the sector, has been the driving force behind the creation of the Skills Partnership. Energy & Utility Skills is the provider of choice for guidance, employer solutions, setting, registering and assessing competency standards and bespoke consultancy. It helps employers attract new talent, develop their workforces and assure a high level of competence across their businesses.
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Well You May Leave But Have You Counted All That It Might Cost You If You Did: English Stands to Lose

 

|| September 18: 2017: University of Manchester News || ά. Research by the University of Manchester has found that leaving the European Union, may, reduce the levels of support for the teaching of English as an additional language, due to the withdrawal of EU funding. The new report, compiled by the University’s Multilingual Manchester research Unit through a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, finds that provisions, such as, English classes for new arrivals, are likely to be at direct risk. Others, such as, interpretation for access to key services, may be, in danger if current EU legislation and recommendations are not maintained.

The report, also, expresses concern that the public discourse surrounding exiting the EU, may, disadvantage provisions for language learning and language skills, which could have a negative effect on Britain’s global outreach. Drawing on Greater Manchester as an example, the report surveys the current contribution of funding, such as, the European Social Fund and EU regulations and programmes, that support the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages:ESOL, provisions for translation and interpreting, including, those for sign language and regional languages, the study of foreign languages and international research collaboration.

The report warns that if these contributions are discontinued, the region, may, face difficulties integrating new arrivals, supporting access to services for minority groups and expanding the skills of the local workforce.

The report highlights the need to ensure that any gaps, that, may, arise as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are covered and points to the Devo-Manc process as an opportunity to put alternative provisions in place.

“The Brexit debate has already had a proven negative impact on community relations. As researchers, we wish to work alongside public services and local leadership to ensure that community cohesion remains a priority.” said Professor Yaron Matras, who leads the Multilingual Manchester Research Unit and who supervised the research.

“Languages are key to access and equality, to confidence and understanding and to skills and development, and it is, therefore, important that the region and the country have a clear vision and a strategy to support language provisions.''

Multilingual Manchester promotes awareness of language diversity in the city-region and beyond. It studies the practical challenges and the immense opportunities that language diversity brings, and explore how it shapes people’s language repertoires and practices. It works with local government, healthcare providers, police and emergency services, schools and community initiatives to co-design research and to share good practice. It is based at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of British universities, is the largest and most popular university in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. The University is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated fifth in the UK in terms of ‘research power’, has had no fewer than 25 Nobel laureates either work or study there, and had an annual income of just over £01 billion in 2014:15.
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 GMB Calls on Mrs Theresa May to Stand Up to the US Threat and Safeguard Bombardier Jobs

 

|| September 18: 2017 || ά. The GMB, the union for aerospace workers, has called for the Government to intervene to protect Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland.
The union's call comes on the day Mrs Theresa May is expected the discuss the Bombadier trade dispute with Canadian Prime Minister Mr Justin Trudeau. Bombadier, a Canadian company and Northern Ireland's biggest manufacturing employer, announced another 95 redundancies at its Northern Ireland operations on Friday, following the announcement of 1,000 job cuts last year

The company is facing a complaint from multi-billion rival firm Boeing, that it has engaged in anti-competitive practices and risks being hit with punitive tariffs by US President Donald Trump’s administration. GMB warned that the escalating dispute put more jobs in jeopardy, with the Bombardier workforce, 4,558, equating to 08 per cent of all manufacturing jobs in Northern Ireland, 59,360. The union said that the threat of further job losses as a result of uncertainty risked having a ‘domino effect’ on the Northern Ireland economy. GMB analysis suggests that the Bombardier operation supports a further 9,400 jobs in the wider economy,  meaning that a total of fourteen thousand jobs are at stake.

Mr Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said, "There are more than 4,500 workers at the Bombardier site in Belfast, with around 1,000 workers, who work directly on the C Series planes. But that is merely the tip of the iceberg, with up to 14,000 jobs on the line including in the wider supply chain. This escalating dispute risks having a domino effect on the Northern Ireland economy.

The UK Government is failing to use its clout to protect manufacturing in Northern Ireland and must intervene urgently to protect jobs, the Prime Minister needs to do more than phone in her concerns. It’s time she stood up and defended these jobs.

It’s not hard to see why there is a real and widespread fear amongst GMB members in Northern Ireland over their job security. Bombardier may be a small firm compared to Boeing in global terms, but it is absolutely vital to the local economy. The UK Government is the second largest purchaser of Boeing products. Theresa May must ensure punitive subsidies or penalties on Bombardier from the US are ruled out - and use her influence to achieve a reasonable compromise, that allays any fears over job security at the Bombardier facility in Belfast."
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New GMB Research Shows the Public Sector Employment is at the Lowest Level for 70 Years

 

|| September 17: 2017 || ά. The GMB, the union for public sector workers, has published figures, that show public sector employment as a share of the labour market, has fallen to a seventy year low. Official figures released this week show that 16.9 per cent of workers were employed in the public sector in June, a 0.1 per cent fall on the previous quarter. This is the lowest share since the ONS' current records began in 1999  and historic Bank of England data shows that it is the lowest share since 1947, the year before the NHS was founded. Even under Margaret Thatcher the public sector’s share of employment did not fall below 20 per cent. Just under a million public jobs have been lost since 2010 due to funding cuts, privatisation and outsourcing.

The majority of the jobs lost have been in local government. A new GMB report published this week argued Government’s review of public sector pay policy is ignoring the 55 per cent of public sector workers, who are not covered by a Pay Review Body, such as, local government workers and school support staff. The report shows: Central Government has removed an estimated £05 billion from local authority budgets in order to enforce the pay cap across the whole public sector; As recruitment and retention challenges mount, the cost of agency and temporary workers has increased by £02.5 billion since 2012:13.

By contrast, the Treasury estimated that the cap would save £02.2 billion in 2017:18, raising the prospect, that the cap is not saving any money at all;  On average, PCSOs, who are not covered by the new pay award for police officers, are set to lose £9,580 in real-terms by 2020 due to the pay cap.

Ms Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said, “These shocking figures are a stark reminder of the scale of the catastrophe, that befalling our public services. Any sensible opportunities for efficiencies are long gone, funding reductions are now cutting into sheer bone. GMB’s members are performing miracles but the vital services they deliver are being stripped-back and hollowed-out and denied the resources they need, and workers are being denied the fair pay rises they deserve.

We should celebrate the fact that people are living longer, but if services don’t get additional funding then crises of provision are inevitable. That breaking point has already arrived in the NHS and social care. Seventy years ago the Labour Government of Attlee and Nye Bevan created cherished public services, that have improved and saved millions of lives.

Today’s Conservatives seem intent on dragging us back to the dark days of the past, instead. Enough is enough. We need to properly fund public services so they can cope with sharply rising demand, and real pay rises for the heroes in the workforce who sacrifice so much and are being denied the reasonable standard of living they deserve.”
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Terrorist Attack at London's Parsons Green: 19 Patients were Treated with Minor Burns at Three London Hospitals as Emergency Services Work on a Co-ordinated Emergency Response

|| September 15: 2017 || ά. According to the latest report by The Guardian, ''Twenty-two injured at Parsons Green after improvised explosive device partially detonates during morning rush-hour.'' The Guardian reports, ''An explosion that injured a number of people at Parsons Green underground station in west London was a terrorist incident, the Metropolitan police have said. Commuters on a tube train reported hearing a bang and seeing a fireball flying down the carriage during Friday morning rush-hour. Pictures and video, purporting to be from the train carriage, were posted of flames coming out of a carrier bag containing a white bucket. Police later confirmed the blast came from an improvised explosive device. NHS England said 22 people were receiving treatment at three hospitals as well as an urgent care centre in Parsons Green. None was thought to be in a serious or life-threatening condition. Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Mark Rowley, the assistant Met police commissioner, said, “We now assess that this was a detonation of an improvised explosive device. He said most of those injured were believed to have sustained flash burn.''

The country and London are equally feeling 'relieved' and 'thankful' that the criminal:s' device has failed so that, mercifully, there was no loss of life. And the fact, that the device went off on a train on over ground and it reached a station, was of considerable importance, in terms of minimising its impacts and making it easier for the emergency services to be able to do their work much better.  But this is of little comfort to the multitude of humanity, who had to endure horrific burn injuries, children on their way to school, witnessing this horror unfold. Parsons Green, however, was at its best today as the locals came to aide those, who needed help and support. The Emergency Services have conducted an exemplary expression of duty and public service for which the country must show thankfulness and gratitude in endless measure. This is, as any other such cowardly acts by extremists:terrorists, whoever they are, an act of barbaric nature, that aims its 'weapons' on and against innocent members of the public. And, as such, these criminals should face the full force of the law. One thing, however, the UK and London can do well without is the constant 'word-rhoea' of the American President. Can someone in the White House look and locate some decency still left there in the Oval Office and tell their President to simply mind his own business; the United Kingdom and London are not an American state. Thank you very much.

The threat Level has been raised and the Police Investigation gathers pace to bring those responsible to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those, who have been affected by this attack, those, who are injured and are recovering, those, who have witnessed this horrific incident, particularly, the young children going to schools and the local community at Parsons Green. Ms Diane Abbott MP, the Labour Party’s Shadow Home Secretar, responding to today’s terrorist attack in Parsons Green, said, “We are all horrified by the terrorist attack in Parsons Green today. Our hearts are with those affected and their families and we are thankful that there are no fatalities. In what has been a difficult year, we have seen just how much we owe our emergency services including the police, NHS, Ambulance and fire service. And today we applaud the swift response of the British Transport Police and Transport for London staff who were first on the scene. Setting out to harm people on their daily commute is an attack on our very way of life. In times like this our great city has always pulled together with resilience and in defiance of any threat. Londoners will never be beaten by terror.”

In his statement, following the Attack, The Mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, said, “The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the explosion on a train at Parsons Green Station this morning is being treated as terrorism. Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life. As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism. I am in close contact with the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, Government and other emergency services who are responding at the scene and leading the investigation. I will be attending the emergency COBRA meeting in Whitehall this afternoon with the Prime Minister. My sincere gratitude goes to all our courageous emergency responders and the TfL staff who were first on the scene. I urge all Londoners to remain calm and vigilant, and to check TfL’s website for travel advice.” ω.

 

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Universal Credit in Total Disarray: The Government Should Immediately Halt the Roll Out of Universal Credit to Contain the Misery Being Caused by the Disastrous Mishandling of This Programme: Debbie Abrahams MP

 

 

|| September 15: 2017  || ά. New data published today by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’ and urgently needs to be paused. The data shows that: i: One in four new claimants are now having to wait longer than six weeks to receive payment. This has deteriorated from one in five claimants, driving many into debt and arrears; ii: 42 per cent of families in arrears under Universal Credit state that it is due to the waiting times to receive payment, support being delayed or stopped  or administrative errors in the system.

iii: alf of families in arrears under Universal Credit have said that their rent arrears started after they made their claim and vi: Half of new Universal Credit claimants need a DWP loan to cover the six week wait for their first UC payment being enforced by this Government. This suggests that the Department accepts that half of new recipients are unable to go six weeks without UC support. However, the advance loan requires rapid repayment, exacerbating the high levels of debt and arrears among Universal Credit claimants.

This new evidence appears to confirm the findings of a report by Citizen’s Advice, published this week, which shows that Universal Credit is increasing debt among low income families. For 79 per cent of those asked, having priority debts, such as, rent or council tax is 'putting them at greater risk of eviction, visits from bailiffs, being cut off from energy supplies and even prison'. This figure is up 10% compared with those on legacy social security payments, such as, Jobseekers’ Allowance. The same report, also, found that two in five have no money to pay creditors as their monthly spend on essential living costs is more than their income.

Ms Debbie Abrahams MP, the Labour Party's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said, “The Government’s flagship Universal Credit programme is in total disarray. It is unacceptable that one in four claimants are waiting more than six weeks to receive support, alongside mounting debts and arrears among recipients.

I have written to the Secretary of State requesting that he immediately halt the roll out of Universal Credit to contain the misery being caused by the disastrous mishandling of this programme. In our manifesto we set aside £10bn for reform of the social security system, including,  transforming Universal Credit, to ensure that, like the NHS, it is there for us all in our time of need.”
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GMB Warning as CETA Comes Into Force

|| September 14: 2017  || ά.  The GMB Union has issued a dire warning as the ‘toxic’ CETA trade deal comes into force next week. The free trade deal with Canada means the UK will lose control of its ability to decide which public services are outsourced and which are not; foreign multinational companies will be able to influence UK laws covering food safety and environment and, worst of all, corporations will be given the ability to sue the British government if it does anything to affect their projected profits. GMB warns the deal, which goes live on September 21, amounts to a corporate land grab.

Mr Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said, ''CETA amounts to a toxic free trade deal with the USA via the back door given that 85% of US corporations have subsidiaries in Canada. The fact that it will be enforced without being voted on in Parliament is simply not acceptable and is a bad precedent for trade deals negotiated post-Brexit. We should not be party to any deals, that will tie us in for 20 years given that we are going to leave the EU and that CETA is opposed by trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic. This is nothing more than a corporate land grab.”

Ms Kathleen Walkershaw, GMB European Officer, said, CETA is a very damaging trade deal and the worry is it will be the blue print for future post-Brexit deals. By nodding through this agreement without putting it to Parliamentary vote, the Government has potentially doomed jobs standards and our cherished public services. All political parties seemed to have allowed CETA to quietly slip into force, with minimal parliamentary scrutiny.

The sad reality is that the UK will be held to investment obligations for up to 20 years, and furthermore the UK government, in disarray generally with Brexit negotiations, will become increasingly tempted to use these off the peg existing agreements as its framework for new trade arrangements post Brexit – so the worst of all worlds. UK trade policy needs to go urgently back to the drawing board and start putting people before profit.''

GMB’s has a number of serious concerns about CETA, including:

CETA would empower thousands of corporations to sue governments over legitimate and non-discriminatory measures to protect people and the planet. The balance of power is tipped too far in the favour of corporations.

Nothing would stop corporations from using CETA’s investor rights to bully decision makers away from public interest regulation, for example to tackle climate change.

CETA’s Investment Court System:ICS grants highly enforceable rights to investors but no corresponding obligations. It does not enable citizens, communities or trade unions to bring claims against corporations which violate environmental, labour, health, safety, or other rules.

Protection of labour rights and sustainable development cannot be effectively enforced through sanctions in the same way that a corporation's will be under CETA.

CETA severely limits governments’ ability to create, expand, and regulate public services or reverse privatisations. Studies have indicated that CETA will lead to significant job losses and inequality is expected to be higher than without the agreement.

It will impact fundamental rights, such as the right to privacy and data protection and limit the EU’s:Canada’s ability to roll back excessive intellectual property rights (IPR) that limit access to knowledge and innovation.

CETA would expose farmers to competitive pressures - increase corporate control over seeds; obstruct buy-local food policies; and threaten high food processing and production standards.
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New GMB Report Blasts the Government for Ignoring the Forgotten Three Million of Public Sector Workers

|| September 13: 2017  || ά. The GMB, the union for public sector workers, accuses Mrs Theresa May of ignoring the ‘forgotten’ three million public sector staff in a major new report, published today. The majority of public sector workers, 55 per cent, including, council workers, front-line school and police support staff and civil servants are not covered by a Pay Review Body. For years, Pay Review Bodies have been under orders from the Government to keep pay recommendations at 01 per cent while ministers like Mr Michael Gove insists the bodies are the ones responsible for setting public sector pay.

But the new report shows that in order to enforce the cap on the three million public sector workers not subject to pay review bodies, the Government has stripped billions of pounds from the budgets of local Governments, schools and police forces. The publication, ‘Public Sector Pay and the Forgotten Three Million', follows the Government’s rejection of the Police Review Body’s recommendation for a 02 per cent consolidated increase in police pay. GMB estimates that approximately £05 billion has been taken from DCLG budgets in connection with the one per cent cap between 2013:14 and 2019:20.

The report shows that i: The Government pinched £737 million from local government wage budgets in just two years to enforce the pay cap; ii: The annual public sector bill for agency and temporary workers has risen by £02.5 billion since 2012:13; iii: Local authority workers are paid 22 per cent below the public sector average;  iv: Average teaching assistant pay has risen by 02.7 per cent between 2011 and 2016 compared to 07.9 per cent CPI inflation​; v: 85 per cent of unitary local authorities say that they are encountering recruiting and retention problems

vi: The voluntary turnover rate for PCSOs increased from 08 per cent in 2010:11 to 15 per cent in 2016:17; vi: Public sector workers are twice as likely to work unpaid overtime as those in the private sector, and the pay cap is affecting 02.4 million children; vii: Despite claiming that they respect the recommendations of the Pay Review Bodies, Ministers have rejected the recommendations of two review bodies for police officers and NHS workers and abolished the negotiating body for school support staff.

Ms Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said, “It’s a myth that Pay Review Bodies set public sector pay. Most workers aren’t covered by a Pay Review Body in the first place but they all have been subject to the divisive pay cap. his new report explodes the false claim that the pay cap does not apply outside of the Pay Review Body professions.

Billions have been pinched from wage budgets and individual workers across the whole public sector. Social workers and PCSOs are on the front-line by any definition, but Ministers are now trying to wash their hands of them. We stand against all attempts to divide and rule over public sector workers. We need proper pay rises for teaching assistants as well as teachers, and police support staff, as well as, police officers.

This Government con trick should convince no one. Theresa May and Philip Hammond won’t get a hearing on pay until they face up to their responsibility for pay throughout public services. The unfair and pernicious cap has caused lasting damage across the public sector. Recruitment and agency costs are spiralling out of control and it’s questionable whether the policy is saving any money at all.

That’s why GMB and other unions are demanding a pay rise of at least 5 per cent to start to restore at least some of the quality of life that has been stolen from our dedicated members. GMB is proud to support all our members and to stand up for the forgotten three million who are being ignored by Tory politicians.  "We won’t stop campaigning until they have all received a decent pay rise.”
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GMB estimates of total real-terms CPI salary cuts 2010 to 2020

Job Title

Total to be pinched 2010 – 2020

Police Data Input Clerk

£5,809

Catering Assistant

£6,412

Personal Care Assistant

£6,412

Police Administrative Assistant

£6,739

Office Cleaner

£7,636

School Lab Technician

£8,638

Teaching Assistant

£8,867

Library Assistant

£9,042

Refuse Collector

£9,042

PCSO

£9,580

Cover Supervisor

£9,722

Police Custody Officer

£9,908

Qualified Residential Care Worker

£11,709

Scene of Crime Investigator

£11,933

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

£12,491

Social Worker

£12,987

Average Public Sector Worker

£13,027

Library Manager

£13,420

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (SEN Specialist)

£13,844

NHS Waiting List Co-ordinator

£14,473

Housing Officer

£14,675

Homelessness Prevention Officer

£15,090

Residential Warden

£15,090

School Business Manager

£18,369

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To Find My Way Back Home: Looking for Your Heart: May Be Erja Lyytinen Can Tell You a Blue or Two About That: Stolen Hearts UK Tour: September 20-26

 

 

|| September 14: 2017  || ά. She has sung herself with her guitar being the wind of the white hues of the blues and the blues of the daze of the white solitude of Finnish landscape, where the lilies do not quite know whether the water is transparent or blue or white or nothing but a flowing unity, that simply is: both concurrent and eternally in one instance: breathtaking. And she has risen and spread her wings to the world of blues. Her blues and guitar playing are her blues: these are Erja Lyytinen-Blues. And will you be glad that you have attended her Stolen Hearts UK Tour, starting on September 20 for six days? The tour follows hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed new album Stolen Hearts , released on CD, 180 gram vinyl and digital download.

Erja's Stolen Hearts UK Tour, September 20-26. Dates include Sheffield Greystones: September 20, Edinburgh: The Caves: September 21, Nottingham Bodega: September 22, Chester Live Rooms: September 23, Manchester: Band on the Wall: September 24, London: Borderline: September 25 and Bristol: The Tunnels: September 26. Well, if you were not absolutely blown away by Erja's blues magic, this is the week The Humanion celebrates its third anniversary, so we will offer you this guarantee: write to us with your complaint and we shall get Sibelius Administration up and running to deal with your complaint! And if, by any chance, you are looking for your heart, this is the chance to get to hear Erja do a song and play about the stolen heart, that might offer you some clues as to where to go and look for it or rather just give up for, she says, it has been stolen and with no hope of getting it back because that is why she has been seeking to find her way back home.

Well, here, in The Elleesium, there is always space, place and shape of a home for all those, who are eternally lost for only than they will remain eternally searching and that is a beautiful state of being: to keep on searching and finding wonders and magic, and along with it, sing like Erja and play the guitar like Beethoven played the Piano. And do go to any of the concert taking place across the UK for it is not every day you will come across an Erja Lyytinen. The best way to try to pronounce her name would be, e as in error and ja as in ya so Erya and lyy, nearest English would be lu as in Lucy but actually, it is not like it, will have to do, because it is rather different an u, but try Lucy's u, may be, a little longer but it must not become u as in oo. Thus, you arrive at Erya sounds like area, except, in Finnish, it is Er Ya not eria.

So, here we have Erya Lutinen. But the t is not as the English t, try th as in Thomas and now you have Erya Luthinen! Why do they have to make their language so difficult! Well, that is because this language is, probably, one of the oldest, continuously living human languages, that exist in the world, so that it is almost equivalent to Chinese civilisation in linguistic terms! If you want to find out more, try reading the Finnish epic, The Kalevala and see the world, culture, religion and belief systems and social norms depicted there, that would predate any other existing world epics. It is that old! Now, this is our theory, this is our hypothesis. Finland, may be, one hundred years old as a country, as a nation but she is an eternal soul, going on and on and along this journey Erja joins in and sings and plays all blues. And along with it we are here, joined in this flow, reporting about the soundscapes Erja Lyytinen is determined to make.

Tickets are priced at £12.50, can be ordered from the debit:credit card hotline number 01472 349 222, between09:00 and 17:00 from here or booked directly at the venue box offices.

The tour will feature songs from her critically acclaimed album 'Stolen Hearts', mixed by and vocals recorded by the legendary Chris Kimsey, The Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Marillion, Peter Frampton.
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McDonald’s Boss is Paid 1,300 Times More Than the Lowest Paid of His Staff: Symbolic of the Deep Inequality and Injustice That Scars Our Society: We Don’t Know How Long It Will Take But This Weak and Chaotic Government Will Be Prised Out of Downing Street: Jeremy Corbyn MP at the TUC Congress


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Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the TUC Congress in Brighton, said, Congress, thank you for that welcome and thank you for everything you do as a movement, for our people and our country, to secure better pay and conditions for working people, to give them a voice in the workplace and a say in our politics. Trade unions are far and away the biggest voluntary and democratic organisations in the country. They are the roots and the lifeblood of our party. You are abused by the powerful and your rights are attacked, including, by this government, but the trade union movement represents the best of Britain and is a vital engine of progress in our democracy. And, of course, Trade Unionism has always had international solidarity at its heart. And it’s great to see Huber Ballesteros, who was unjustly imprisoned for his trade union activity in Columbia and freed by international solidarity action, with us here today.

But despite all of your tireless efforts, modern Britain is marked by growing insecurity at work, which undermines and holds back both low waged workers and the better paid. In fact insecurity now goes right to the very top of public life, just ask Theresa May. But Congress, this escalating insecurity is not only bad for individual workers and their families as it weakens bargaining strength and holds down pay, just as it fuels stress and powerlessness; it is, also, bad for our economy and for our whole society. This epidemic of low pay, which is closely tied up with insecurity at work, ruins people’s lives, leaving workers and their families locked in poverty. It damages the economy as people have less to spend. It costs us all because it means more paid in tax credits and housing benefit from the public purse and it means less tax being paid to fund public services.

So I want to pay tribute to those unions, which are working so hard to organise insecure workers and have taken on the exploiters, as Unite has done at SportsDirect and the Bakers’ Union has done so impressively last week at McDonald’s. McDonald’s boss is paid 1,300 times more than the lowest paid of his staff, symbolic of the deep inequality and injustice that scars our society. That’s why it’s crucial for our movement to organise the lowest paid and most vulnerable workers. The TUC needs to represent all workers. And the least secure have to be our priority because they need our solidarity most. Their needs for representation are the greatest. Last week I raised some of these cases at Prime Minister’s Questions and Theresa May could not bring herself to utter one word of condemnation of McDonald’s or SportsDirect. This from the Prime Minister, who tried to rebrand the Conservatives as the ‘workers’ party’. No, I didn’t buy it either.

It’s essential we work together as a movement; trade unions and the Labour Party, as part of local communities, to stamp out low pay and insecurity. And I know it’s not easy I was once a trade union worker representing low paid garment workers, mostly women; victims of some appalling practices by unscrupulous employers. Exploitation and discrimination at work cuts across all sectors and pay grades and that’s why Unison’s victory against Tribunal fees in the High Court was such an outstanding gain won on behalf of all workers. Rights mean almost nothing if you can’t afford to get access to them. And when the workers, who provide the public services we all rely on are having to use foodbanks, you know that something is deeply wrong. Seven years of Tory pay cuts have not only caused real hardship, they have damaged our public services by hitting recruitment, retention and morale. The Government’s position seems to change by the hour. At the weekend, we were led to believe the pay cap was a thing of the past. Yesterday, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said it would ‘continue as planned’.

Today, as inflation rises to nearly three per cent, they try to divide people on the cheap. The POA is right: a pay cut is a pay cut and we must be united in breaking the pay cap for all workers. So let me be absolutely clear today. The Labour Party totally rejects the Tories’ attempt at divide and rule, to play one sector off against another. A Labour government will end the public sector pay cap and give all workers the pay rise they deserve and so desperately need. And, Congress, in the case of the Birmingham bins workers, which I know you have discussed today, we, collectively, as the labour and trade union movement, have a duty as a labour movement to find a resolution to this dispute as soon as possible.

Congress, we often talk about workers’ rights but we’re not just talking about rights at work, we’re talking about people’s lives, about the chance to live a decent life, about work-life balance; the security of your home, living standards, your family life and your mental health, too. A Manchester University study recently found that poor-quality jobs are actually worse for mental health than unemployment. Most people spend most of their lives as workers, selling their time, labour and skills. Workers’ rights are human rights, they give protections to every single person in employment and indirectly to many more children and carers, as well as, those, who need care. They are fundamental to any society that claims to be advanced or democratic and yet these rights; your rights as workers, hard won over generations, are currently being sacrificed by this Conservative government on the altar of a failing and ever more ruthless form of capitalism.

Increasingly flexible employment is sold to us as a benefit. They call it the gig economy and who doesn’t like going to a gig? And, of course, it is a benefit to unscrupulous employers but it is the source of continuous worry and insecurity for millions of people and is in part responsible for the worsening mental health of a country that has lost over 6,000 mental health nurses in recent years. And when employees want genuine flexible work, TUC researchers found that shamefully, those parents and carers, often women, requesting flexible working, all too often found themselves punished instead with fewer hours, fewer opportunities to progress and even losing their jobs. So the next Labour government will take action right across the board to help protect people in the workplace. And, although, we would like to see another general election as soon as possible; that delivers more Labour gains and this time a Labour government, in the meantime, we will challenge the government in parliament and outside, every step of the way. To defend working people and stand by you, the trade unions, battling for people’s rights day in and day out.

Rights are won by all of us together, but they have to be constantly defended and enforced. And that’s why we are opposing the Tories’ dangerous EU Withdrawal Bill. Not out of any attempt to frustrate the vote to leave but because of the extraordinary unaccountable powers it would hand to Tory government ministers to impose decisions, scrap protections and rip up workers’ rights without parliament having any say. That is a threat to every worker in this country: you simply cannot trust the Tories with your rights at work, and that’s why Labour voted against the Bill last night. There is no doubt that the British workplace is already one of the most unequal in the world. We have a huge and damaging imbalance of power between employers and employees which has led to the proliferation of low wage jobs, race-to-the-bottom agency working, zero-hours contracts and employers avoiding paying sick pay, holiday pay and even the minimum wage through bogus self-employment.

That has been effectively targeted by unions, such as, the GMB, fighting for Uber drivers denied their basic rights at work. Such practices are rife throughout the ‘gig economy’ which presents itself as modern and dynamic but all too often uses technology as a cover to deny both employees and customers basic protections. Technological innovation is crucial for our economic success. But technological advance cannot represent real progress if it means we are dragged back to 19th century employment practices or is used to impose deregulation that leaves people without dignity or security. Technological advance is driving change in the economy and the workplace at unprecedented speeds but what is not inevitable is who benefits from it.

We need a government and economic and industrial policies that are not stuck in a 1980s time warp of neoliberal dogma but are driven by the need to channel and shape technological change, to benefit the many not the few. That will not happen if we leave it to the market or corporate boardrooms. The Bank of England estimates that 15 million jobs could be at risk of automation over the next decade and as is so often the way those who are most at risk are those who are paid the least. The deregulated gig economy is ripe for automation. It is no basis for economic advance and rising living standards. No, that demands high investment in the cutting edge jobs of the future. When you add the Conservatives’ continuing determination to hack away at the state cutting investment, squeezing public services, and removing your rights. It’s not hard to see the dangers of our present course.

We already know that the Tory way of running the economy has dramatically widened regional inequalities, sharply increased the wealth gap, with tax breaks for the few and public services cuts for the many. And the Tory approach to Brexit is to use the process of leaving to go much further, much faster in that direction and deliver a deregulated, free market tax haven, off the shores of Europe, underpinned with a race to the bottom trade deal with Donald Trump, a Shangri La for bosses and bankers. But nothing of the kind for everybody else. Because that is the real divide over Brexit, a Tory Brexit to drive down standards or a Labour Brexit that puts jobs first.

Labour respects the referendum result. But we want a jobs-first Brexit, which guarantees full access to the European single market as part of a new trade agreement and relationship with the EU which maintains and develops workers’ rights, and consumer and environmental protections and uses powers returned from Brussels to support a new industrial strategy, with investment in good jobs in every region and nation of Britain, where work pays, where employees have security and decent conditions and prosperity is shared by the true wealth creators: the workforce.

When we leave the EU the current free movement rules will end. Labour wants to see fair rules and management of migration, fair rules that put jobs, living standards and the economy first, not fake immigration targets, as the Tories do, that will never be met. nd we will continue to assert that the rights of EU nationals must be guaranteed. We must never let ourselves be duped and divided. It isn’t migrants who drive down wages and conditions but unscrupulous employers, supported by a government that slashes rights and protections at work whenever it gets the chance.

It is our movement that has been the bedrock of resisting racism and fascism in the workplace and on the streets and we must continue to oppose the division of the far right. So if we want to tackle low pay and insecure work we need a Labour government strengthening workers’ rights, enforced by strong trade unions, taking action to prevent employers undercutting pay and conditions, not closed borders, xenophobic intimidation and scapegoating. That’s why our General Election manifesto set out a 20 point plan for security and equality at work, including: equal rights for all from day one in a job, banning zero hours contracts, guaranteeing unions a right to access workplaces, raising the minimum wage to a real living wage, ending the public sector pay cap, setting maximum pay ratios of 20 to 1 in the public sector and beyond, banning unpaid internships, doubling paternity pay, reinstating protection against harassment at work and supporting the Dying to Work campaign to protect workers with terminal illnesses.

But ultimately protections at work depend on those who work themselves. Winning a Labour government, even one with a programme to transform the country, which is now our goal, is simply not enough. That is why the most important thing any worker can do is to join a trade union. And I want young people especially to hear this message. Many young people have recently got involved in politics for the first time. Tens of thousands of young people have joined the Labour Party in recent months. And at the recent General Election we saw the long running decline in young people voting reversed, with young people voting in higher numbers than they have for a generation.

Politics is about power and democratic politics is about putting power in the hands of the many not just the few. That principle applies in the workplace too. if you want a job that pays a decent wage, gives you the chance to get on in life, live independently and enjoy your work, then join a trade union. Do it today. Trade unions are often demonised in the right-wing press. I know it’s a shock that billionaire tax dodging press barons don’t like trade unions. And they don’t like us because our movement, through which the values of solidarity, community and social justice run like a thread from top to bottom, our movement challenges unaccountable power of both government and bosses.

But of course the power of the billionaires, who control great chunks of the media, isn’t what it was. They tried to dictate the election result in June with a blizzard of propaganda and millions of voters simply ignored them. Trade unions don’t just defend their members, they defend the institutions that benefit all employees, our NHS, our schools, our social care, and they defend our rights. We don’t know when the next election will come. We are not in control of that but you are in control of whether you join a trade union, organise in your workplace or in your community and start changing people’s lives for the better right now.

We don’t know how long it will take but this weak and chaotic government will be prised out of Downing Street. And we know that the advances we made in the general election in June are a powerful springboard to win the radical Labour government we want to see so that together we can change our country so it truly works for the many not the few. ω.

Whatever Your Field of Work and Wherever in the World You are, Please, Make a Choice to Do All You Can to Seek and Demand the End of Death Penalty For It is Your Business What is Done in Your Name. The Law That Makes Humans Take Part in Taking Human Lives and That Permits and Kills Human Lives is No Law. It is the Rule of the Jungle Where Law Does Not Exist. The Humanion

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