Unite Calling NoteWhat: Unite Community and Public and Commercial Union (PCS) social security summitWhen: Saturday 31 October 2015 between 10.30 – 16.30Where: Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TBUnite Community, and Public and Commercial Services (PCS) hold Social Security summitThis is the first ‘myth busting’ conference that brings together those who need benefits and those who administer them to mutually support one another against the austerity agenda.The keynote speakers include:
- Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
- PCS general secretary Mark SerwotkaUnite general secretary Len McCluskey will tell delegates: “This government sneaked its way into power by refusing to tell the electorate in May that the true nature of its underlying plan was savage cuts to the welfare system.“We know that ministers are mounting a twin-pronged attack on the financial support that people in work receive and in swingeing cuts to those out of work. The strain on frontline benefit workers, who have to deal with desperate people every day, is appalling.“That is why we are bringing these two communities together. It is vital that those who need benefits and those who administer them understand that this dreadful situation is not their creation, but manufactured in Number 10 and cruelly refined next door in Number 11 by chancellor George Osborne.”Workshops at the summit will cover topics including:
- Building a broad-based coalition with charities, religious bodies, food banks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- Using the media to get out the real stories about welfare budget cuts
- Engaging with women, the disabled, young people and BAEM communities disproportionally hit by the welfare axe
- Campaigning against the Welfare Reform and Work bill
- Lobbying politicians to build support to stop the cutsThe latest version of the programme is available via http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/FINAL%20PCS%20-%20Unite%20summit%20agenda11-24510.pdfMembers of the media are warmly invited to attend this conference and should get in touch with Unite director of communications, Pauline Doyle by email firstname.lastname@example.org, so they can get the necessary accreditation.
Angela Appleby and Robbie Faulds will be attending this conference on behalf of Durham Unite Community. They will provide a report on the event for Durham members.