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Len McClusky in Doncaster

Len McCluskey came to Doncaster on the 10th of February on the invitation of the Doncaster Geographical Branch. The meeting was well attended with the loudest applause of the night saved for the recently victorious striking Barbour Unite members and the successful long campaign to win back recognition for our Yorkshire Ambulance workers.

Not surprisingly a long debate followed about the General Election, Unite’s political strategy and the future with or without a Labour victory in May. Whatever the outcome, it is clear that Unite will be at the forefront of the class struggle leading the way for the trade union movement with our organising and leverage strategy, our community membership and our engagement within the wider movement. Onwards and upwards!

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Another well attended and successful meeting on Thursday.

We firmed up arrangements for going to York on Monday 2nd March to lobby Northern Rail. We already have almost 50 people going on the bus and hope to fill it.

Details are slightly changed for Barnsley pick up:
Sheffield 10am prompt Paternoster Row (road beside Showroom cinema).
Barnsley 10.30am Eldon Street (opposite Parkway cinema)  **** note: little earlier and different spot.
Doncaster 11am front of railway station.

We should get to York about 12 noon.

We hope to arrange a march into York centre after the lobby possibly meeting up with a disabled people’s demonstration.

We are going to leave time for getting lunch – not sure what time to return but we want to miss teatime rush hour.

If you haven’t put your name down yet then email or phone me to book a seat.

We have decided to have a leafleting session Monday week, 16th Feb, at Barnsley bus station at 11am to advertise the York demo and advertise our campaign and then to catch a bus just after 12 to Barugh Green to lobby Tates Travel offices to get them to consider bringing in the flat £1 fare for any journeys outside of 9.30am to 11pm as a couple of companies are now offering.

If you cannot stand for an hour leafleting then come along just before 12 to join the lobby of Tates.

The next planning meeting in Barnsley library will be at 11am Thursday 19th February.

Doncaster Unite Meeting

Unite are holding an open meeting in Doncaster, at the Trades Club Concert Room on Tuesday 10 February.

For those that weren’t able to get to London on 18 October 2014, it will be a great opportunity to hear from Len McClusky and other speakers, on the subject of a fair payrise for Council and NHS workers. We’ll also be discussing the General Election and what we need to do to get rid of the Tory government.

Doors open at 7pm, see flyer below.

Doncaster Unite Meeting


Care UK strikers vow to drive UKIP out of Doncaster

This article by Luke James originally appeared in the Morning Star.

Plucky workers head up hundreds from across Yorkshire who will tell Nigel Farage where to go

DETERMINED Doncaster care workers will lead local people in a demonstration today to drive Ukip out of their town — and show Nigel Farage they’re the real “people’s army.”

The workers’ spirited 50-day strike against health privateer Care UK, which slashed their pay by half after bagging an NHS contract, has won them local hero status.

Now they are turning their fire on Mr Farage alongside hundreds more people who are determined to “Stand up to Ukip.”

They will be joined by Unite community members from across Yorkshire — who are bringing their infamous blow-up rat “Scabby.”

With trade union members from Sheffield and Barnsley also expected, Unite union organiser Joe Rollin said the protest would show that Yorkshire is solidly against Ukip.

“We feel it’s important to expose Ukip for being a radical Tory party,” he told the Star. “We don’t think they’re going to deliver any change for working class people.”

They will be joined on the demonstration at the doors of Doncaster Racecourse by a group of international students angry at being “scapegoated” for Britain’s problems.

National Union of Students international officer Shreya Paudel said: “I am going to the protest against Ukip in Doncaster to tell the party that their closed, xenophobic, inward looking, fearful vision for the UK is wrong.

“They cannot blame one of the most vulnerable groups in society for the systematic failures of the government in imposing austerity, and Ukip’s policies would offer nothing to solve the problems that we really face.”

Say NO to UKIP

Unite Community members out in force today as Doncaster says no to UKIP

10717974_10152315491761128_581533959_nThe United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) made a breakthrough in the European Parliamentary Elections in May 2014. It came first in the election, polling 28 percent of the vote. UKIP are not the only right wing, racist, populist party to make gains in the European elections. Across Europe we have seen a rise of these type of parties and further gains for the fascists such as Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France.

The economic crisis, a rise in racism and Islamophobia, and the failure of mainstream parties to relate to ordinary voters has allowed the growth of the right. We will end up in a dangerous situation if mainstream parties do not challenge UKIP’s racism and scapegoating of immigrants but get pulled behind them.

UKIP is neither anti-establishment or of the people. Alongside its racism towards immigrants and its blatant homophobia are a raft of policies the benefit those in power. UKIP is funded by millionaires and has backed calls for even more cuts than the Tories are putting through, for tax cuts for the super-rich, and for full privatisation of the NHS.

UKIP likes to say it is the “people’s army” in opposition to the political elite in the mainstream parties. But it is a racist party that blames migrant workers for the problems in society it is acting as a shield for the bankers who are really responsible for the economic crisis.

For a short video of the march, visit this link to Doncaster Free Press. Click on the images below to view the gallery.

Stand Up To UKIP

The Stand Up to UKIP demonstration planned for Sat. Sept. 27th in Doncaster to coincide with their policy making conference at Doncaster racecourse, has gained in importance with the events of the last 10 days.

The defection of Tory MP Douglas Carswell – and his likely re-election as a UKIP MP in next month’s by-election, combined with their campaigning in Rotherham in the aftermath of the child abuse scandal, has propelled them back to headline news and they are likely to remain there for most of the next month.

We have a 50 seater coach booked from Barnsley for this demonstration leaving the Globe lay-by on Eldon Street at 11am on the 27th. Tickets £4. Book them by phoning/texting 07594 857 960.


Public Sector Strike: 10 July 2014

Join millions of public sector workers across the UK who have had enough of having their pay frozen or capped.

Event Location: 11.30am, Barnsley Precinct, 1 Cheapside, Barnsley S70 1RU.

The march will assemble at 10:45am in Centenary Square with the rally taking place back in the Square, after the march has concluded.

Event Location:  Centenary Square, Market Street, Bradford BD1 1LH.

The march will assemble at 12 noon outside the Civic Offices in Nigel Gresley Square with the rally taking place back in the Square, on completion of the march.

Event Location:   Next to Civic Offices,  Nigel Gresley Square, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU.

Huddersfield TUC, in conjunction with trade unions, will be holding a day of action, including a march and rally on Thursday 10th July.

The march will assemble at St George’s Square from 10:30am with the march commencing at 11am.

Speakers will include:

Paul Holmes UNISON         Hazel Danson NUT         Neil Cole GMB
Layll Singleton UNITE         Trevor Andrews PCS      Daryl Schofield FBU
Chair Nick Ruff Huddersfield TUC

All are welcome.

Event Location: St George’s Square. Huddersfield HD1 2TA.

The march will assemble at 10am at the Unison Building with the rally taking place after the march into the city centre.

Event Location:  Unison Building, 39 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AG.


Event Location: 10.30am, St George’s Square, Huddersfield  HD1 1JA.

The march will assemble at 11:30am outside Victoria Gardens.

Event Location: Outside Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA.

11am Rally with speakers from UNITE, UNISON and GMB
Event Location:  Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham  S60 1QYSHEFFIELD
The march will assemble at 11.30am at Devonshire Green, with the rally taking place at 1pm outside City Hall, Barkers Pool.

Event Location: City Hall, Barkers Pool S1 2JA.

12.30pm – Gather at Coronation Gardens next to County Hall to march.
1.00pm – Rally at Cathedral Precinct.
2.30pm – Strikers are invited for refreshments at Wakefield Labour Club (Red Shed) on Vicarage Street.

Event Location: Coronation Gardens, Wakefield  WF1 2QW.

The march will assemble at 12 noon at Clifford’s Tower with the rally taking place at 1pm at St Sampson’s Square.

Event Location: Clifford Tower, Tower St, York YO1 9SA.

11am: Assemble, Northumberland Road, next to City Hall
11.30am: March to the Blue Carpet, New Bridge Street
12.00noon – Speakers:
Clare Williams, Chair of the Public Services Alliance, UNISON Regional Convenor
Chris Jukes, GMB
Mike Routledge, Unite
Janice Godrich, PCS President
Andy Noble, FBU
Sarah Lake, Sunderland NUT Secretary

Event Location: Assemble, Northumberland Road (next to City Hall) NE1 8SF.

New union community centre for Doncaster

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is opening a community centre in Doncaster which will support the local community.

The new centre at 95 Netherhall Road, will have a grand opening on Monday 9 June from 3pm. There is an open invitation to the public and press to come and meet the organisers and volunteers and see what the centre has to offer.

The centre will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm offering help and support for individuals and the community as a whole. The centre will provide a place for people to learn new skills, provide support with welfare problems and support for people looking for work. The centre will also become a hub for the local community to campaign on local issues including welfare changes.

Many of the most vulnerable people are suffering as a result of devastating cuts, such as the Bedroom Tax, housing benefit cuts and ATOS. The community centre will be providing welfare rights training so that local people can get knowledge of the welfare system and support each other with some of the problems they are experiencing.

Unite regional secretary Karen Reay said: “This is an exciting development which brings Unite back into the heart of our local communities. Our members can be confident that we are aware of the local issues and that Unite is seeking to work with the people of Doncaster to address them.

“We will be working with local campaign groups so we can ensure that our members’ voices can be heard and that issues that matter to them are top of the local agenda.”

Unite regional community coordinator Joe Rollin said: “I am pleased that we are opening this centre in Doncaster where the local community is in great need of support and centre will go some way to providing that assistance.

“Our experience of working with local groups and individuals ensures that issues which matter to people are campaigned for. The centre will become a focal point for making those changes.”

Unite opened five such centres last year – in Barnsley, Belfast, Cinderford, Tower Hamlets in East London and Durham.

Care UK Strike Action

Doncaster supported living services for vulnerable people has historically always been provided by the NHS. It was tendered out by Doncaster Council. The tender was bid for and won by Care UK.

Care UK, within months of the transfer want to decimate agenda for change terms and conditions cutting real time NHS wages by up to 50%

Our dispute with Care UK arises from the intention of the employer to slash terms and conditions of employment in order to make their profit.

As a branch we have attempted to persuade the employer away from this course of action by participating in every negotiating opportunity without success

The branch has extensively consulted with our members and after lengthy negotiations with Care UK management we have failed to reach an acceptable agreement. Following the ballot for strike action our members overwhelmingly voted yes for strike action.

Strike action has been announced to commence on 27th February to 6th March.

Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch are requesting your support in our cause.

Any donations to help our members at this time would be greatly appreciated.

Please make donations to ‘Unison Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch Hardship fund’, to Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster. DN4 5GJ.

Download Unison Flyer: Care UK flier