Monthly Archives: February 2014

We’re Not Going Back – appeal for funding

Red ladder Productions and Unite the Union have produced a great new play for the 30th anniversary of the Miner’s Strike. Please see below and help to fund it if you can.

We're not going back image

Download a poster by clicking here

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Did you dig deep in 1984?

Will you dig deep now by buying an “Enemy Within” T-shirt?

Remember 1984-85? Digging deeper for the miners. Frankie Goes to Hollywood at number one. Everton win the league championship. And a medium-sized t-shirt was ample big enough. For those whose principles have endured the test of time a thirtieth anniversary T-shirt in classic ‘Coal not Dole’ colours. And perhaps best of all raise funds to expose the cover-ups and illegalities behind the policing of the miners strike at Orgreave. Many of those police officers five years later would be involved in another cover-up, at Hillsborough

ALL PROFITS FROM THE ENEMY WITHIN SHIRT DONATED TO THE ORGREAVE TRUTH AND JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

PLUS! Half-price and postage-free Enemy Within book when purchased with your T-shirt.

Order yours now by going to http://www.philosophyfootball.com/view_item.php?pid=1030

Enemy Within Black

No Cuts, No Austerity – lobby Durham County Council

Unite Community are supporting the Durham People’s Assembly in a lobby outside County Hall, Durham against further council cuts to jobs and services.

A full council meeting will be held on Wednesday to discuss budget cuts of £100million, leading to the lkoss of upto 2000 jobs and countless vital services.

Support the Demo and tell the council enough is enough – no more implementing tory cuts for them!

Gather outside County Hall for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday 26 February

See the Facebook Page for further details

No Cuts

Women’s Voices – Event at Durham Unite Community Support Centre

Durham Community Support Centre

Women’s Voices

DWR event
Are you a woman with a story to tell?

Have you overcome difficulties in your life?

In these days of cuts, payday loans & foodbanks, how do you still manage to put food on the table?

Are you a woman who has found success in a man’s world?

Can your story help someone else turn their life around?

Do you want to change the outcomes for girls and women and contribute to a growing movement of women standing up for a better world?

Jack Drum Arts is gathering stories and testimonies from women across Durham and Darlington as part of a Durham Women Rising project to share the untold stories of women survivors and achievers.

Your story could end up on the stage along with many others, your words of wisdom could be spoken by professional performers, your story could help women get a fairer deal and stamp…

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C.L.A.S.S. Regional Event – The Great British Rip-Off

In collaboration with TULO and the Trade Union Group of MPs, The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is organising a series of events under the title “The Great British Rip Off: How can we tackle the living standards crisis?”, where working people and trade unionists will have the chance to discuss the cost of living crisis with each other as well as the panel of experts.

Our Newcastle event will take place at 6pm, on Thursday, 13th March 2014, in Newcastle at the Royal Station Hotel (Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DH) and will feature the following speakers:-

· Mark Ferguson (LabourList)

· Ian Lavery MP (TUG, MP for Wansbeck)

· Cllr Laura Pidcock (unionstogether)

· Tim Roache (Regional Secretary of Yorkshire and North Derbyshire GMB, President of Class)

· Professor Tracy Shildrick (Leeds University)

We can provide leaflets, like the one attached, text for an email, etc and would appreciate any help you can offer!

More information can be found on our website http://classonline.org.uk/events/item/newcastle-the-great-british-rip-off-how-can-we-tackle-the-cost-of-living-cr.

Women’s Voices – Event at Durham Unite Community Support Centre

Women’s Voices

DWR event
Are you a woman with a story to tell?

Have you overcome difficulties in your life?

In these days of cuts, payday loans & foodbanks, how do you still manage to put food on the table?

Are you a woman who has found success in a man’s world?

Can your story help someone else turn their life around?

Do you want to change the outcomes for girls and women and contribute to a growing movement of women standing up for a better world?

Jack Drum Arts is gathering stories and testimonies from women across Durham and Darlington as part of a Durham Women Rising project to share the untold stories of women survivors and achievers.

Your story could end up on the stage along with many others, your words of wisdom could be spoken by professional performers, your story could help women get a fairer deal and stamp out sexism.

Or you could simply come along to support other women – be part of the process, be part of the change!

Initial drop-in story-gathering workshops will be held 9.30-12.30am on Mon/Tue February 24th/25th and March 3rd/4th at Durham Community Support Centre, Miners Hall, Redhills, Durham. These will focus on the theme of “Feeding the Family’ but all welcome if you have a story to tell.

If you would like to get involved with the project please contact Julie Ward on 07525048313 or email julie@jackdrum.co.uk

This project is in association with Durham Women Rising

http://durhamwomenrising.wordpress.com/events/

durhamwomenrising@gmail.com

ATOS demonstrations held across the Country

Unite Community members joined with disability rights activists and campaigns across the country yesterday (19 Nov) to protest against the Government’s disgraceful use of Work Capability Assessments to force people off benefits, and the private firm ATOS which completes the so-called medical examinations on their behalf. The reality for thousands of disabled people is that they are assessed against a tick list whichbears no relation to their prospects of being able to get or hold down a job.

Over a third of all ATOS decisions are overturned on appeal.

There was widespread coverage in the local media – below are a few of the many articles resulting from a fantastic day of protest which saw thousands of activists protest outside ATOS’ 144 offices nationally, and led to the assessment centre’s being colsed for the day.

https://durhamcsc.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/atos-demonstrations-held-across-the-country/
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18012
http://www.derryjournal.com/news/unite-protest-against-atos-offices-today-1-5884706
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/local-health/protest-over-treatment-of-disabled-people-1-5887357
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Yeovil-Anti-Atos-Campaign-protest-Hendford-today/story-20658127-detail/story.html
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d040-Ex-miners-and-Unite-activists-join-forces-in-anti-Atos-protest#.UwYJrbbzG6Y
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11025009.They_don_t_give_Atos__campaigners_protest_against_disability_assessors/?ref=var_0
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Protestors-Grimsby-fight-scrap-work-ability/story-20665981-detail/story.html
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/11024394.Protest_against_benefits_shake_up/
http://www.southleedslife.com/national-atos-protests-19-2-14-interview-tom-smith-man-made-happen/#.UwYKUrbzG6Y
http://www.ealingtoday.co.uk/default.asp?section=info&page=eaatos001.htm
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Campaign-group-set-protest-outside-Yeovil/story-20644571-detail/story.html
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11021896.Woman_chains_herself_to_Brighton_building_in_protest_at_sickness_benefit_assessments/?ref=nt
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/protest-at-benefits-criteria-for-disabled-in-leeds-1-6449668
http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/british-disabled-people-against-atos/