From Unite the Union Community Section, London
Below are some of the events Unite Community members are involved with over the coming weeks. We are putting together a paper newsletter.
As always, it is great to see the developing work of Unite Community activists, that we are leading on or supporting in the wider movement, whether on Social Security, Housing, the NHS, TTIP and Mental Health. Please get in touch with Pilgrim and Robin if you want to get more involved or get things going in your area.
This month is Black History Month and attached is schedule of events that have been organised by The London and Eastern Region of Unite
Have a good weekend,
Pilgrim Tucker, Robin Sivapalan and Tony WinchesterRobin and Pilgrim can be contacted postally at
Unite Community Coordinator
Ron Todd House
33-37 Moreland Street
London EC1V 8BB
Tel: 020 8800 4281
Support Rev Paul Nicolson at the High Court: Legal challenge vs extortionate court costs added to Council Tax bills
Tuesday 7 October, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand (off Kingsway), London WC2A 2LL
9.30am -- Vigil outside
10.30am – one-hour court hearing. The more of us the judges see in the public gallery, the better!
Rev Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty is valiantly refusing to pay his Council Tax to Haringey, and is ready to go to jail because he objects to the poorest people being unfairly targeted. This hearing seeks a judicial review of the Tottenham magistrates who repeatedly refused to tell him at his council tax hearing in August 2013, how they arrived at £125 costs for a summons to late and non-payers of council tax. (Swheatie adds: for more info on this, see Revd Paul Nicolson's Taxpayers Against Poverty blog posting Tottenham Magistrates asleep on the job...)
Sanctions Centres or Job Centres?: Day of Action, part of the Boycott Workfare Week of Action
The Unite Community Job Centre activists group agreed to hold a day of action on Wednesday 8th October at different Job Centres — postcode link text gives links to map locations:
So far we have confirmed:
Barnsbury Job Centre, 1 Barnsbury Road, N1 0EX: 11am-1pm
Hendon Job Centre, Crown Building. 10 Finchley Lane, NW4 1DP: 9am – 3pm
North Kensington Job Centre, Quayside House Kensal Road, W10 5BL: 12pm-1pm & 3pm-4pm
Walthamstow Job Centre, Dansom House 656a Forest Road, E17 3SH: 9am-11am
Wood Green Job Centre, Granta House 1 Western Road, N22 6UU: 9am-12pm
The next Job Centre activists’ meeting is at 3pm, Tuesday 7th October, Unite regional office, 37-39 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB. Materials for the day of action can be collected from there. If you want to set up a protest/leafleting on sanctions at your job centre, please get in touch with Robin on 07860 955 361 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of other events during the Boycott Workfare Week of Action see http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=3736
No to MPIPM
The No to MPIPM public meeting on 16th of September at Unite HQ was a great event, attended by representatives of dozens of live housing campaigns in London and beyond. Our Unite Regional Secretary Pete Kavanagh spoke, committing Unite’s support to the campaign. There’s a lot to be done to organise and promote the actions and events Wednesday 15th October -1 Friday 17th October. Please contact Robin if you want to get involved. The latest newsletter from the Radical Housing Network can be found here, including an update on the inspiring E15 Mothers campaign on the Carpenters Estate:
We will be launching an initiative for our student-worker Unite Community members at the RHB Cinema, Goldsmiths University at 6pm, Thursday October 16th.
Initially we will be training student-worker members in basic employment rights advice and will be holding weekly drop in sessions for student-workers based in campuses in NW, Central and SE London.
Owen Jones (Author)
Pete Kavanagh (Regional Unite Secretary)
Shelly Asquith (President of SU Arts)