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A People's Conference

Saturday 12 February 2011
@ Friends Meeting House,
Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

This Con-Dem coalition aims to roll back the welfare state, slash our living standards, attack our pensions and to drive up unemployment. We need to respond with protests, direct action and strikes.

At the People’s Convention on Saturday 12 February we want to discuss how we can do just that. We also want to examine alternatives to austerity – where the rich and the corporations pay for a crisis they caused.

Speakers include:

Diane Abbot MP

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

Tony Kearns CWU senior deputy General Secretary

Jane Loftus CWU President

Alan Whittaker, president of UCU

Jimmy Kelly, Head of UNITE in Ireland

Steve Hart, London and South East regional secretary of Unite

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Andrej Hunko, Die Linke MP (Germany)

Katy Clark MP

John McDonnell MP

Representative of FIOM (Italian metal Workers Federation)

Captain SKA, producer of the hugely popular ‘Liar Liar‘ YouTube hit

Workshops include:

* Organising claimants against benefit cuts

* Disabled people – at the forefront of resistance Sponsored by Disabled People Against the Cuts

* Students – at the forefront of struggle Sponsored by National Campaign Against Cuts & Fees and Education Activists Network

* How trades councils can build resistance

* Organising a local anti-cuts campaign

* NHS in crisis Sponsored by Keep Our NHS Public

* Housing Emergency Sponsored by Defend Council Housing

* Can the unions stop the ConDems?

* One million climate jobs now

* Organising migrant and precarious workers

* Alternatives to Austerity

* Debate – How can councillors resist the cuts?

More information at the T2W website.

DPAC video of protests

December 15, 2010

Hope you like it. Its not definitive – if I have time I will try to improve on it.

Thank you to Captain Ska for letting us use “Liar Liar” and photographers for the photos: Alison Wilde, Lynn Harrison, Debbie Jolly, Mikael Barnard and others. Thank you everyone for being there.

Campaigners against cuts to public services joined forces for a rally in Kirkcaldy town square on Saturday.

Group photo with banner 'Right to Work, No cuts to save Jobs'

The trades council has claimed public spending cuts will devastate services and result in as many as a quarter of public sector workers being made redundant.

Groups including the Campaign Against Charges and Cuts (CACC) and Right To Work were among those attending, along with disability rights campaigner Susan Archibald and Labour‘s disability officer for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Peter Lockhart.

Mr Lockhart, who uses a wheelchair, said proposed changes to disability living allowance could severely affect people like himself.

“This is a vital benefit being taken away from disabled people,” he said.

“There will be stringent tests. If someone gets a prosthetic limb that allows them to walk, they will stop getting DLA.

“They are going to start looking at wheelchairs. If you can get about in a wheelchair, that would stop you getting DLA.”

He added, “The government is saying it’s being abused by fraud but, in the Department for Work and Pensions‘ (DWP) own figures, fraud accounts for only 0.5% of claims.”

Ms Archibald, a member of the DWP’s equality reference group, said the seeds for benefit cuts were sown by Labour.

More information at The Courier

Location:Kings Place, Hall 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU

Time:Tuesday, 23 November 2010 18:00

Picket Clegg

This rally will be supported by DPAC

Message from Right to Work –
West Midlands Right To Work is hosting a “Birmingham against the cuts” rally on 13th of November, 2pm, Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, Birmingham. This rally is supported by UNISON Birmingham local government branch and West Midlands PCS. 

Th…is Con-Den government has unleashed the biggest ever assault on benefits targeting the ill and the disabled.

We are being asked to foot the bill for the £1.4 trillion bail out for the bankers. That means cuts in services and living standards, a massive job cull and us all having to work longer and enjoy less retirement.

The Con-Dems will move to replace all benefits and tax credits paid to those of working age with one ‘universal’ benefit which will pay out less.
Today Osborne says “we’re all in this together”. But as the Channel 4 Dispatches programme revealed that along with two other Cabinet ministers he’s avoiding paying tax.
We have seen Vodaphone being let off of paying £6 billion in tax as public services are being slashed and burned. We are clearly not in it all together!!

The rally on the 13th November will bring together a wide range of speakers from the Labour movement. We can confirm that the FBU is arranging for a striking London firefighter to speak and we are the process of organising a French striker and student to address the rally.

These speakers will be reporting from the sharp end of the international struggle against the cuts along side local speakers from the CWU, UNISON, PCS, NUT, UCU, Labour Party, disability groups, students and more.

Please come along to the rally and help build the resistance and defend our welfare state.

Matt Raine
West Midlands Right To Work