The acclaimed film: “WE ARE MANY” by Amir Amirani
Join WStWC at the launch night in Clapham Picturehouse, TONIGHT, Thursday, 21 May, because this film is about us – on 15 February 2003, over 15 million people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world to try to avert the war in Iraq.
Venn Street, SW4, near Clapham Common underground, film starts at 8pm followed by Q&A session live by satellite
Book here: https://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Clapham_Picturehouse/film/we-are-many-plus-satellite-qanda
. It is a brilliant, inspiring documentary and should dispel the myth that protests and marches do not achieve anything.
The acclaimed film “We Are Many” by Amir Amirani will be in cinemas across the UK on 22nd May. It tells the story of 15 February 2003, when millions of people in cities and towns across the world marched to say “not in my name” to the Iraq war. Featuring many prominent figures who were there, and some of those who marched in such huge numbers, the film is an inspiring celebration of a day, the impact of which has reverberated in protest movements ever since. It is not just a fantastic document of the global anti-war demonstration but a passionate argument for the power of protest It has rightly had great reviews. You can watch the trailer here.
Screen: 'A powerful and at times moving tribute to organised dissent and the power of the people.'
Empire Magazine: 'A work of beautiful rage. Provokes anger and goosebumps.'
It will be launching in 100 cinemas around the country with a Q and A after the film featuring Lindsey German, Philippe Sands, Amir himself and others at the Curzon Mayfair. with a satellite link to other cinemas.
After the launch night the film is showing around the country. This film, a vindication of so much that Stop the War has done, is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our movement.
The UCU Annual Environment Report will be launched at UCU Congress this week. It provides an overview of the union's work on what the IMF call 'the greatest economic challenge of the 21st century'.
This year the TUC will be running a free coach to the Tolpuddle Festival <http://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/index.php?page=2012-festival-and-rally> on the Sunday, and this is an early opportunity for staff and family/ friends to book their seat on the coach – very limited spaces!
Anyone who has been on the trip, will know what a lovely day it is, the weather is normally fantastic and the speakers and music are always excellent..not to mention the atmosphere. Billy Bragg will be headlining this year!
Depart Congress House: Sunday 19 July at 8.30am
Arrive Tolpuddle: Approx 11am/ 11.30am
Depart Tolpuddle: 6.30pm
Arrive Congress House approx: 9pm
Traffic permitting of course..
REMEMBER THE DEAD – AND FIGHT FOR THE LIVING
1.00pm, 28 April, Town Hall, Forest Rd, E17
Waltham Forest Trades Council, supporting unions, campaigners, and relatives of those killed at or by work will gather outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall at 1.00pm, 28 April to remember the dead and to continue to fight for the living!
Speakers will include:
Stella Creasy MP
Colin Toogood, Bhopal Medical Appeal
John McClean, GMB National Officer for Health and Safety
Dave Knight, Unison Waltham Forest
Lorna Webster, Thompsons Solicitors
Vincent Borg UNISON Asst National Officer for Health and Safety
Steve White NUT Walthamstow
Waltham Forest Trades Council
Among those killed in or near to Waltham Forest are:
Dan Flanagan died when a wall collapsed on him during the construction of what was then called Poll Tax House in March 1990.
Narvah Kallah, 30, known as Charlie, was electrocuted while working as a plumber at Cushions Galore, High Rd, Leytonstone on 3 December 2003.
Paul Jackson, 19, died after a fall in a drain inspection pit in Tavistock Avenue, Walthamstow while working for MTS Cleaning Services sub-contracting to Thames Water on 29 October 2006.
Andrezej Rokita, 55, from Poland, was killed by falling materials while working at M & M Contracting Ltd., Midland Rd. E10, on 22 March 2010.
Raymond Holmes a GMB member who died on 20 April 2010 on the Coppermill Thames Water site.
Alfie Perrin, 16, from Enfield, who died when he fell from a scaffold in Camden Rd, Wanstead on 14 November 2012.
Marian Nemit, 21, from Romania killed on a shop refurbishment site at the Bakers Arms, Leyton on 17 April 2015.
Raymond Holmes’ family will be in attendance.
In the UK, each year 1,500 to 1,600 people are killed while doing their jobs - including those killed on the roads while working. It is estimated between 20,000 to 50,000 people die each year in GB from work-related diseases - about 5,000 from asbestos diseases alone. Successive governments have repeatedly said almost all of this is predictable and preventable by employers who still fail to protect their employees and the general public.
Yet despite this the UK the government is attacking those health, safety and environmental protections we have fought long and hard for - using the cuts agenda to achieve what big, bad, killer bosses have been screaming for years.
Which is why we will be there to remember the dead - and fight like hell for the living!
Dave Knight, President Waltham Forest Trades Council: 07789 126 113
"In days gone by, people didn’t have the right to join a trade union.
And were thrown out of work if they campaigned for better rights.
But today, we still have the odious practice of blacklisting.
Contractors, companies who block and blacklist those who have a history of trade union activity.
I will not tolerate that in the country I lead.
So that is why we will have a full inquiry that is transparent and public into blacklisting.
With one purpose and one purpose alone:
To put an end to blacklisting right across the United Kingdom.
And throughout the history of this movement, you have fought most of all for people’s right to work."
Blacklist Support Group welcome Labour's public commitment to a full inquiry into blacklisting. If Ed Milliband becomes PM in May, we will be knocking on his door asking for a full public inquiry and asking to be involved in drawing up the remit before it begins.
GMB CALL ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF BANGLADESH RANA PLAZA DISASTER FOR FIRMS YET TO PAY COMPENSATION TO DO SO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAYS
Call that labour-standard should be improved with free trade unions and repression on workers should be stopped and living wage should be paid to workers for the interest of the garment industry in Bangladesh endorsed by GMB
GMB endorse the call made by Amirul Haque Amin, President, National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) in Bangladesh on the second anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster that companies yet to pay into the compensation fund do so without delay.
Amirul Haque Amin was speaking at the 'sit-in demonstration' staged by Rana Plaza victims' orphan children in front of the National Press Club in the Dhaka city on April 24th to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster. See notes to editors for copy of NGWF press statement and see picture of Rana Plaza victims' orphan children on GMB website www.gmb.org.uk <http://www.gmb.org.uk> .
Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said "The 8-storied Rana Plaza building, which housed 5 garment factories, collapsed on April 24, 2013 killing 1,138 workers, mostly women, and injuring over 2,500.
This was worst industrial disaster of 21st century in the world. Hundreds of children lost both or either of their parents in the tragedy and are languishing in poverty and uncertainty as they have not yet received compensation.
GMB endorse the call that the labour-standard should be improved, free trade union rights should be given, repression on workers should be stopped and living wage should be given to the workers for the interest of the garment industry.
GMB agree with demands that the buyers (brands) to follow 'fair trade' practices and give 'fair price' to Bangladeshi garment products."
Contact Bert Schouwenburg 07974 251 764 or Kathleen Walker Shaw 07841 181 549 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.
GMB STRIKE BALLOT FOR WANDSWORTH SCHOOL TRANSPORT DRIVERS FOR DISABLED CHILDREN FACING PAY CUTS OF UP TO £4,000 PER YEAR
Tory councillors are not prepared to ask wealthy residents to pay the same level of council tax as those in neighbouring boroughs and this is a direct result of that decision says GMB
GMB members employed by Wandsworth Council as drivers of busses that transport disabled children to and from schools within the Borough have voted 100% to ask for permission for an official strike ballot after being told they would have their working year would be cut to term time working only leading to a cut in pay of up to £4,000 per year. These staff work out of the Frogmore depot in central Wandsworth.
No satisfactory offer has been made by the council to compensate members for these losses. In addition senior managers have also failed for a number of years to adhere to Councils policy of undertaking annual appraisals whereby staff can see an uplift in pay.
The Southern Regional Committee has now given authority for an official strike ballot to go ahead. Wandsworth Council have now been formally notified and the ballot will conclude on 12 May 2015.
Paul Grafton, GMB Regional Officer, said “Staff are vehemently opposed to this change since they simply cannot afford to see pay cut by up to £4,000 per year.
This is what Tory cuts in wealthy Wandsworth mean for those who are already the lowest paid people currently working for the Council. Tory councillors are not prepared to ask the wealthy residents to pay the same level of council tax as those in neighbouring boroughs and this is a direct result of that decision.
These staff voted by 100% to move to an official strike ballot which will go ahead and will close on 12 May.
In addition senior managers have cheated these staff by not undertaking appraisals for some years despite this being a contractual right. Appraisals can have an impact on earnings as if a positive review and score is gained an automatic pay lift is given to each staff member. Senior management were fully aware of these not being undertaken as they have to authorise uplifts in pay.
A collective grievance was placed to the HR Director on the appraisal issues. The day after the collective grievance was lodged staff were victimised. They were obliged to stay on site if they finished all their work early as previously they were permitted to go home.
When GMB representatives undertook a detailed investigations it became apparent that with previous appraisals undertaken some years ago that managers had altered the council documents to show no automatic uplift is given to staff.
As a result a further collective grievance was lodged with the HR Director and it was agreed that staff would have all of their appraisals looked at and any uplift given. However in spite of this staff were told after the new appraisals that regardless of the outcome of the exercise they would not gain any uplift or back pay.
To add insult to injury Kevin Powers the senior manager responsible has been promoted despite seriously breaching council policies and procedures.”
Contact: Paul Grafton, GMB Organiser on 07714 239092 or 0208 397 8881 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.
Landlords set for 'rich harvest'
14 Apr 2015 - 15:23
By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent
Page 1: 15:23Private landlords could end up making huge amounts of money from the Conservatives' plan to grant 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their homes, a leading union has warned.
A study by the GMB found that two out of five council houses sold in Wandsworth, SW London in the 1980s, are now owned by private landlords, who rent them to tenants.
There are almost 1,000 private landlords in the borough, owning the 6,800 council houses sold under the flagship policy of Margaret Thatcher, according to the research.
One private landlord owns over 90 houses, while a further 15 own at least 10, said the GMB.
A similar picture was found in other parts of the country, especially across Southern England, said the report.
The GMB warned that private landlords will reap a similar "rich harvest" from the new policy of the Conservatives.
General Secretary Paul Kenny said: "Our investigation in Wandsworth has laid bare the harsh reality of the exploitation of our social housing stock. Exactly the same will happen now that the Tories have opened the door to buy-to-let landlords on housing association properties.
"In Wandsworth and elsewhere private businesses are making vast profits from the public purse while the people these homes were built for sit on waiting lists that never move. To add insult to injury many are using offshore tax havens to avoid paying tax on these profits.
"These homes were built and designed to be rented by ordinary London families. The investigation exposes Mrs Thatcher's flagship policy of 'right to buy' for individuals as nothing more than a charter for the exploitation of our social housing for private profit. Her plan to create a home owning democracy has turned into a 'buy to let' bonanza."