Cambridge Needs a Pay Rise | March & Rally 18th Nov

November-18-leaflet (2)This Saturday in Cambridge workers from across the public and private sectors will join forces to March through the city’s streets to demand an end to the Public Sector Pay Cap and a £10 Minimum Wage.

Cambridge Trades Council has organised the event to highlight the squeeze the pay cap and the high cost of living is having on workers across the city.

The event will begin on Parkers Piece at 11.30am where people will gather for the march which will be followed by a rally at Little St Mary’s Church on Trumpington Street.

Addressing the rally will Richard Allday from the Unite Executive, Daniel Zeicnher MP, Laurie Heseldon SERTUC, Council Leader Lewis Herbert and Jo Rust from Unison among others.

jo-rustJo, who represents NHS staff in Cambridgeshire said,

“I see daily the struggle our hard working members are facing. I heard recently of NHS staff who can’t afford to visit the hairdressers any more, because their wages haven’t kept pace with the cost of living. In Cambridge you have the added burden of the high cost of actually living in the city. And many of the workers I see, just can’t afford to do that, instead facing a lengthy and costly commute.
If the government can find money to bribe the DUP then they can find the money to give our workers a pay rise. Money earned by Unison members goes back into the local economy. It doesn’t get spent on stocks and share in the city of London. It doesn’t get put into an offshore bank account to earn interest, it goes into the shops, into the services and so into the pockets of us all.
It makes sense to give ordinary people a pay rise because they spend it and so grow our economy. Our members must not continue to bear the brunt of a failed economic plan and the must be given a pay rise now.”
The Trades Council along with affiliated unions also want to see action to see an end the scourge of Zero-Hours contracts and homes ordinary people can afford to live in.


Cllr Lewis Herbert Said,

lewis“The City Council supports the Trades Council campaign for an end to the Pay Cap, Real Jobs, a £10PH minimum and affordable homes for every Cambridge resident. The City Council is pledged to pay all it’s workers £10 an hour by 2018, we are calling on businesses and central government to do likewise to ensure people have the bare minimum needed to live in our great city.”

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Cambridge Action Against Sanctions #No2Sanctions

On Thursday Cambridge Unite Community Branch will take part in a national day of actions to highlight the continuing cruelty of Benefit Sanctions imposed on those on welfare.
Thousands have committed suicide or died after having their benefits sanctioned or by being wrongly deemed fit for work by private companies employed by the DWP.
The action on Thursday will begin outside the Cambridge Job-Centre on Chesterton Road at 12noon where Unite members will read just a few of the names of those who have died because of hardship created by benefit sanctions, not to mention the thousands every week who live hand to mouth to trying to survive similarly hit by sanctions.
At 1pm the demonstration will move to Bridge Street bridge where a banner will be dropped (‘BENEFIT SANCTIONS KILL’) facing Quayside reminding tourists and residents of the extreme despair and poverty being imposed by this Tory Government.
James Youd Unite Community Branch Secretary said,
“The film I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach has reminded people how callous and cruel the use of benefit sanctions is. The appalling damage the ‘fit for work assessments’ do to genuinely disabled people, who are judged not to be by private companies with targets to meet and profits to be made, all at the expense of those already suffering from ill health or life-time disabilities. For doing what? None of these disabled and ill people bankrupted the country as the greedy financiers did, yet they are paying the price because the Tories want to punish those with nothing and reward the 1%. A humane society is one where we must not stand for this level of injustice, we at Unite are not going to sit and watch it happen. In the words of Ken Loach it is a conscious cruelty and those implementing it should know the consequences of their actions.”

Unite Union’s Regional Chair Jim Kelly in Cambridge for Len McCluskey General Secretary Campaign | Thursday 26th

Today (Thursday 26th) the Chair of the London and Eastern Region of Unite Jim Kelly will be in Cambridge to campaign for the re-election of General Secretary Len McCluskey.

Len McCluskey has served as Unite General Secretary since 2011, since then the union has grown to be the biggest in UK and Ireland with over 1.5 million members.
Under Len’s leadership a strike support fund was launched to give further support to members who take strike action which he has backed 100%, he has led campaigns for better pay, supported workplace representatives and shop stewards, he’s led successful disputes with multinationals and been at the forefront of defending public services against ideological austerity by the Coalition and Tory governments.
As Chair of London and Eastern Jim Kelly is the most senior lay elected member in the largest region of Unite representing around 400,000 members.
In Cambridge Unite members work in a whole range across the 20 sectors of Unite. From bus drivers to medical staff at Addenbrookes, researchers at NIAB  to College Porters. Marshall’s, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge University workers are all represented by Unite.
Unite also has an active Community Branch in Cambridge which McCluskey launched to bring those pensioners, students, disabled unemployed and under-employed into the Union. The branch campaigns for council housing, against benefit sanctions and for better public services.
There will be a campaign photo call with Unite members and Jim Kelly at 6pm at the Box Cafe, Norfolk Street, Cambridge.
Jim Kelly will be in Cambridge and available for interview from 4.30-6pm in the CB1 area of the city to talk about the work of Unite and on behalf of Len McCluskey’s campaign.
At 6.30-7.45pm There will be a hustings for Unite Members in the Box Cafe with Jim Kelly and Manchester based Ian Allinson which will be chaired by Labour Councillor and Unite Member Nigel Gawthrope.
Find out more about Len’s record and his plans Re-elect Len McCluskey

If you would like an interview or to come to the rally or Hustings, please email or call.
James Youd
Secretary
Cambridge Unite the Union Community &
East Chesterton Labour Party
07761242146

March for Affordable Homes in Cambridge | Nov 14 Demonstration & Petition

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Housing Petition

Housing in Cambridge is in crisis. Yet the government is determined to make it worse with the ‘Right-to-buy 2’, meaning Cambridge City Council being forced to sell up to 25% of its council housing. We need action now!

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Click to view and download poster.

We call on the UK Treasury, the Department for Local Government and Communities and the Prime Minister to:

Stop the passage of the Housing Bill and the damage it will do to the City Councils Housing Stock potentially forcing them to sell 25% of all such housing as it becomes vacant, with monies compensating ‘Housing Associations’ sold properties.

Allow Cambridge City Council to borrow against their Council Housing Stock of an estimated £1.4 Billion to build new council housing needed to accommodate those on middle and low incomes.

Sign the petition here

Join us Marching for Affordable and Social Housing in Cambridge

11156138_10153898371918782_4792829483349894534_nWe will be marching from Regents Terrace, Parkers Piece at 11.30am on Saturday the 14th of November to the Guildhall in defence of Council Housing and demanding the council be allowed to borrow against their council housing stock in invest in much needed new Council Housing.

The facebook event is here

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Supported by: Cambridge City City Council Labour Group.

Unite Community Condemns Death by Police

11Unite Community have issued a condemnation of the shooting by police of a man in St Neots

Cambridgeshire Unite Community said,
“The use of firearms against members of the public in our community is shocking. We completely condemn this shooting and though we understand the IPCC are investigating we shall be calling for complete transparency as to what really happened. Knowing people in the Campaign Against Police Violence who have seen the death of people like Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube who was shot and the death of Sean Rigg in a South London Police cell, this is a disgraceful act with a Cambridgeshire citizen dying from a police firearm. It is a disgrace to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Graham Bright the PCC, the chief constable must also condemn this action and take disciplinary measures against those who authorised the use of a gun and the officer who shot the man dead. This is state murder and must be treated in law as such.”