Category: Campaigns

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST SANCTIONS

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LONDON UNEMPLOYED STRATEGIES, SOUTHWARK STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS  AND LAMBETH AND SOUTHWARK UNITE COMMUNITY joined forces today outside Peckham Jobcentre to protest as part of the National ‘No Sanctions’ campaign.

Vulnerable people on JSA and ESA are increasingly falling victim to sanctions, especially nowadays those imposed by heavy-handed Work Programme Providers like PeoplePlus. We are determined to take up these issues locally and nationally as part of the campaign to scrap sanctions.

DO YOU LIVE IN LONDON AND HAVE YOU BEEN UNFAIRLY SANCTIONED BY PEOPLEPLUS OR OTHER WORK PROGRAMME PROVIDERS? GET IN TOUCH via nickplus007@gmail.com and tell us your story. We will not use your name but it will add weight to the campaign.

Demonstration against Housing Bill – 5th January

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The Housing Bill is a major threat to the right of unemployed and low-waged people to stay living in London. Among its main proposals are:

  1. Enabling Housing Associations to sell off their homes, similar to the Councils Right To Buy schemes
  2. Introducing ‘Pay To Stay’ schemes that could force families in council flats with an overall income of £40,000 in London (£30,000 everywhere else) to pay the market rent
  3. Changing secure council tenancies to fixed contracts of 2-5 years, after which they could be evicted

If you are concerned about this then please use the doc below to write to your MP:
http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/LettertoMPs.pdf

For more info read this:
http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/KtHBbriefingJan2016.pdf

SOCIAL SECURITY SUMMIT – 31st OCTOBER

SSSUMMIT OCT 2015 Mark SLUS attended the Social Security Summit convened by Unite Community and PCS in Birmingham on 31st October. Keynote speakers included Unite Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner and PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka.
Their presence was an indication of the importance both unions are placing on the need to build stronger links with unemployed people in the fight against the £12 billion cuts to the welfare budget.
The meeting was well attended by hundreds of delegates from all over the country. The proposed cuts to working tax credits was seen as a major potential campaign that could link unemployed and employed workers.
Mark Serwotka stressed the need for all trades unions to make the issue of benefits cuts to the unemployed a high-priority issue on the TUC agenda. Colin Hampton from TUC Unemployed Workers Centres stressed that a major way of doing this was to promote the Welfare Charter and get it endorsed at every level of the trades union movement. He said that the new developments within the Labour Party made it more inclined to support such initiatives. He therefore urged trades unions to take advantage of this to add momentum to the campaign.
Paula Peters from DPAC said that her organisation was launching a ‘No More Claimant Deaths’ campaign alongside Black triangle in Scotland, following the large numbers of suicides and other deaths linked to Work capability Assessments. They are lobbying Jeremy Corbyn to devote a whole PM’s question session to this issue.

WELFARE CHARTER LAUNCHED AT TUC CONGRESS 2015

STEVE TURNER  (Asst. General Secretary, Unite) LAUNCHES WELFARE CHARTER
STEVE TURNER (Asst. General Secretary, Unite) LAUNCHES WELFARE CHARTER

The Welfare Charter, a series of demands to make life better for all types of benefits claimants, was launched at a fringe meeting at the TUC Congress this week (Sept. 14). It is supported by, amongst others, Unite Community, PCS, The Unemployed Centres Combine and London Unemployed Strategies (LUS). For the full Charter, click on the link below:

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We want everybody to endorse and promote the Charter and get it circulated as widely as possible. LUS wants to start up support/campaign groups all over London run by and for unemployed people, aimed at getting their full rights both as they stand now, and as they can be in the future if the Charter demands are won. If you are living in London, are unemployed or underemployed  and want to help build up a group in your area, please contact Nick at LUS: nickplus007@gmail.com or 020 7467 1283/07530 001653

DEATHS ON BENEFITS

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/death-britains-benefits-system-fit-for-work-safety-net

The National Welfare Charter will be launched at a fringe meeting at the TUC Conference next week. It includes the demand for the scrapping of the current Work Capability Assessments scheme which has been a major factor in the tragedies described above.

More details about the Charter and how you can support it to follow soon.