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Travel to the Protests outside Conservative Party Conference in Manchester - October 4th 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 19:29
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The Conservative Party hold their annual conference in Manchester from 3-7 October this year. The People's Assembly is organising a national protest outside the conference on Sunday 4th October, and a series of protests and events during the conference period.

Free transport is available via coach from Stroud and Gloucester - details below - thanks to a local Unison branch. Booking is essential - please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

link to facebook event for the Manchester protest

As the Conservative government cuts tax credits reducing the income of people already struggling with low pay, cuts what many sick and disabled people newly claiming Employment and Support Allowance receive to live on, attacks the rights of workers to organise collectively and take industrial action, continues to privatise the NHS, and presides over a housing crisis, the People's Assemly say: 

"We want to mobilise the biggest possible opposition on the streets, in our workplaces and communities which can force the Government out of office."

TIMELINE - ANTI AUSTERITY MARCH - OCTOBER 4TH


8.00 am - Depart Merrywalks Bus Station - Stroud

8.30 am - Depart Lister Bldg (by Bus Station) - Gloucester

11.45 am - Arrive Manchester Picadilly

12.00 pm - Rally & March begins

5.30 pm - Rally & March ends

6.00 pm - Depart Manchester Deansgate

9.15 pm - Arrive Lister Bldg (by Bus Station) - Gloucester

9.45 pm - Arrive Merrywalks Bus Station - Stroud

 

Coaches are provided by the Gloucestershire branch of the union Unison's Local Government section.
 "Yes to workers' rights - No to Austerity - 4th October, rally and march - Join us!" Unison image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:19
 

Defending our living standards and public services from cuts and privatisation - Where Next?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:25
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Stroud Against the Cuts Public Meeting, Thursday 2nd July

Stroud Old Town Hall, The Shambles, GL5 1AP

Poster for the event
Wages are low and getting lower, and the Conservative government is planning cuts to housing benefit, tax credits, disability benefits and pensions. The NHS is at breaking point, social care provision is being cut, schools are struggling. Public services are being chipped apart and more and more money is diverted from services and to private companies' profits.

Stroud Against the Cuts fought NHS privatisation locally and won in 2011/12 - join us for an informal discussion about what we face in the coming years and how we can support each other and fight back!

 

You can indicate you intend to come, and help our publicity, by joining the Facebook Event - or sharing information about the event on twitter.

 

The aim of the meeting is to hear from as many people as possible - gathering ideas and assessing what people would like to focus on.

 

For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or text/call James Beecher on 07734 058789.

 

Reports from the End Austerity Now demonstration, 20th June 2015

Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:40
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On the 20th June, 2015, The People's Assembly Against Austerity organised a "End Austerity Now" demonstration in London. Stroud Against the Cuts, working with Cheltenham & Gloucester Against Cuts, the Stroud and Cheltenham branches of the Green Party, and local branches of unions Unite and Unison, arranged three coaches to travel from Stroud and Cheltenham, picking up almost 150 people from these towns as well as Gloucester and Cirencester.

Here are some photos and links to reports from the day:

Two photos of the Gloucestershire Group from before the march, in Princes St - round the corner from the Bank of England

People hold the Stroud Against Cuts Banner with slogan "Save Our Services" at the start of the demonstrationPeople hold a Stroud Valleys Against the Cuts banner with the slogans "Defend Workers Rights and Pay" and "Save Our Services"

Video clips and a picture from the march:

 

Crown holds placards including "People's March for NHS", "Cut War Not Welfare", large foam scissors with "No Cuts" written on them

 

Thousands of people listen to speeches in Parliament Square, with the Houses of Parliament in the background

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:06
 

Support fire and rescue workers! Defend our services! Solidarity with the Fire Brigades Union!

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 19:26
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The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) took strike action from 6pm on October 31st 2014 till 6pm on November 4th 2014. In the youtube video playlist below, members of the FBU and supporters in Stroud discuss why the strike took place, why they took part in or supported the action, and how people can find out more or show solidarity with the union in their dispute with the government.
For more information see: http://www.fbu.org.uk
 

 

Support the July 10th strike - march and rally in Gloucester

Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:13
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Up to 2 million members of Unite, National Union of Teachers, Public and Commercial Services Union, Fire Brigades Union, Unison and GMB will all be taking strike action together on 10 July.

Gloucester and District Trades Council are organising a march meeting at 11.30am at the Gloucester City Council offices in Gloucester Docks, marching to a rally at Shire Hall. If you can share transport from Stroud please let us know.


This is the biggest co-ordinated strike action for years.
Stroud Against the Cuts encourages our supporters to support the strikes in whatever way possible.

Why is the strike happening?

The National Union of Teachers have produced a video explaining why the strike is happening: .

They have also made a leaflet for parents (a pdf file here)

They describe the reasons for striking as "excessive workload and pointless bureaucracy" (with teachers working an average of nearly 60 hours a week), opposition to the imposition of counter-productive performance related pay, concerns about the number of teachers, attacks on pensions, and the nature of government/union talks. (click for more information from the NUT)

Unison have also produced a video explaining the reasons for their members in local government taking strike action:

 

They say: "Most UNISON members are low-paid, part-time women workers, struggling to pay their household bills. Losing pay for strike action is not something they do lightly.

Our members are not asking for the 14% pay increase company bosses and bankers are getting. Or the 11% MPs will see. They are just asking for a rise of at least £1 an hour.

That would mean almost half a million council and school support workers currently earning below the Living Wage of £7.65 an hour could come off in-work benefits." (See more from Unison)

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says: "The long-running dispute over firefighters’ pensions will see a further day of strikes at the same time as a walk out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.

 

The strike will last between 10am and 7pm and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign. The union is also expected to announce further action later this week. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening. “We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on 10 July." (Click for more information from the FBU. Firefighters will also take further strike action later in July)

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has also produced a video:

 

They say: "Across the UK, pay cuts have damaged the economy and caused real hardship for millions of people. If pay had kept pace with inflation, average civil service pay would be £2,300 higher than it is now. But the government has announced that the pay cap will continue in 2014 and 2015 and possibly beyond.

We have submitted a pay claim to the Cabinet Office, which seeks a £1,200 or 5% pay increase. We have sought central talks on our claim. Now is the time to get behind this campaign as we go from strength to strength in challenging the government’s low pay agenda." (click for more from the PCS)

Unite the Union says: "Unite is seeking a £1-an-hour increase in pay for the local council workforce which has 400,000 employees earning below £15,000 a year and a million earning less than £21,000.

Unite national officer for local government Fiona Farmer said: “Our members have endured four years of pay cuts in real terms and they have now voted overwhelmingly to strike on 10 July to drive home the message to ministers that ‘poverty pay’ in local government must end."

Unite’s members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted by 68 per cent to take strike action and by 79 per cent to take industrial action short of a strike after enduring four years of cuts in real terms." (click for more from Unite)

The GMB union says: "GMB members serving school meals, cleaning streets, emptying bins, looking after the elderly, helping children in classrooms and in all the other vital roles serving our communities are fed up with being ignored and undervalued.

Their pay has gone up only 1% since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. Their case is reasonable, the employers won't listen and don't care, no wonder they have turned to strike action as the only way of making their voices heard." A ballot of members saw a 73% vote in favour of going on strike. (click for more from the GMB)

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:24
 


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