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Budget Day Protest

Unite Community members in Leeds linked up with the People’s Assembly to Protest about the Useless Budget Day Proposals yesterday, As was pointed out working Families are at least £1600  a year worse off with thousands of workers forced into accepting low wages and zero hours contracts. The group used the opportunity to raise awareness about the Demonstration against the hated Bedroom Tax on the 5th of April.

More here.

Unite Budget Day Briefing here.

Bedroom Tax – one year on – end it now!

5 April marks the first anniversary of the hated Bedroom Tax.

The Bedroom Tax causes misery to 600,000 families, increasing financial pain and contributing to growing food bank queues.

Unite Community believes one year is one year too long. Please join us in Leeds City Centre, to call on Westminster to follow the Scottish parliament in binning the Bedroom Tax.

Join us for speakers, entertainment and sign an alternative birthday card to Iain Duncan Smith.

Event – Bedroom Tax, one year on, end it now
When – 12pm, 5 April
Where – The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 5JW
Speakers – Joe Rollin and some of those affected by welfare reforms.
Contact – Joe Rollin

Please find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

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Donation from Sheffield East Branch

Unite Community Barnsley would like to thank our brothers and sisters in the Sheffield East Unite Geographical Branch NE/GEO/1 for the Generous Donation of £500, this money will help us continue organise our community activists and campaign against the cruel and unnecessary Welfare Reforms.  United we bargain, divided we beg!

Branch donation

Demo at the Lib Dem Spring Conference

The Yorkshire and the Humber TUC has called a demonstration in York on Saturday 8 March to protest against the austerity measures of the Coalition government and to highlight a better way to grow our economy and protect our society. The demonstration takes place while the Liberal Democrats hold their Spring Conference in York.

Would your Unite Community Group or branch like to organise a mini bus to this event? We can help to source funding, if you can arrange for members to travel.

Please contact joe.rollin@unitetheunion for more Info.


Doncaster Against Austerity

Join with UNITE COMMUNITY members on February 22nd @ Doncaster Women’s Centre from twelve noon to discuss, debate and decide how to organise in our town against austerity. Week by week, jobs, services and many important aspects of our life are changing and changing for the worse. The welfare state that has been set up to protect us from cradle to grave is lambasted as an unaffordable out of date idea.

This is leading to massive attacks on the most vulnerable in our society – women and children.

12.00 pm – 1.15 pm – opening session:
Austerity Against Women – Women Against Austerity
Lindsey German: National People’s Assembly organiser
Katy Taylor Aya Project: The Imkaan and Women’s Aid Capacity Building
Partnership (PC)

1.15pm – 1.45 pm – coffee break:
Buy a Raffle Ticket in Aid of Doncaster Unite Community Food bank

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm – Last session:
Benefits Advice: Know Your Rights – Know Why Benefits Matter.
Speaker to be confirmed
Thirty years after the Miners’ Strike – Campaigning for Justice For All

Barbara Jackson: Orgreave, Truth and Justice Campaign
Mike Symonds: Documentary maker of ‘Still the Enemy Within’
Janet Alder: Campaigner against deaths in police custody
Session Chair: Joyce Sheppard Women Against Pit Closures ’84-85′

Joe Rollin Unite community coordinator.
Email: joe.rollin@unitetheunion.org

Louise Harrison @ women’s centre/platform 51, Cleveland street, Doncaster town centre
contact by text 07949 436356

Download the flyer here: donny womens 2

The South Yorkshire Unite Community Branch Annual General Meeting

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The South Yorkshire Unite Community Branch is now one year old and we have grown to have over two hundred members, we are proud to say that we have achieved a great deal in such a short space of time. We have:

  • Helped organise meetings, protests, lobbies, sleep outs and appeals against the hated Bedroom Tax.
  • Taken part in in organising the People’s Assembly.
  • Taken to the streets to oppose the English Defence League. (more…)

Yorkshire ambulance staff to strike over ‘10 hour shifts without meal break’


Yorkshire ambulance staff have voted to take strike action over changes in shift patterns which could mean paramedics going more than 10 hours without a meal break and staff being forced to work 12 hour shifts.

The staff, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, voted overwhelmingly for a 24 hour strike which will commence at 00:01 hours on Saturday 1 February 2014.

Unites members at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will strike again for four hours between 15.00 and 19.00 on Monday 3 February over the imminent introduction of new elongated shift patterns.

The members voted by a margin of 76 per cent for strike action. (more…)

Welfare Rights Training

We have secured some Fantastic Welfare Rights Training to be delivered by the Child Poverty Action Group on Wednesday the 2nd and Thursday the 3rd of April, from 10am until 4pm at the Leeds Unite Regional Office. The two day course is titled “Benefits for non-benefit advisers” here is the link with more course details http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/benefits-non-benefit-advisers. A buffet lunch will be provided and all travel costs reimbursed. The course has twenty available places and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Please Email joe.rollin@unitetheunion.org to book your place?

Out and About on the Streets of Barnsley


Unite Community activists have been out and about this week spreading the message about the Community Support Centre at the NUM Headquarters, 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS Telephone 01226 215557 http://barnsleycsc.wordpress.com/
The Freezing weather didn’t stop a dozen or so activists from leafleting around Peel Square in Barnsley, where members of the public told us of the difficulties either they, or their friends & families were experiencing because of welfare cuts and the hated bedroom tax.

The day was a great success, with our activities being reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Dearne FM And Radio Sheffield. On the second day of activity, we took our message out to Worsbrough Common and Honeywell estates, delivering leaflets throughout the estates and arranging for posters to be displayed in a number of local shops, businesses and the local Workmen’s Club.

Again, the day was a great success with locals already arranging appointments to visit the centre for advice.

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Barnsley Unite Community branch take campaign to the streets

On Monday and Tuesday (13/14 January 2014) Barnsley Unite Community branch will be taking the campaign to support people who have been victimised by Tory and Lib Dem welfare, benefits and job cuts into the communities.

From 11am on Monday (13 January) Unite Community will have a stall in Peel Square, Barnsley Town Centre, and will be touring local town centres and estates on Tuesday (14 January).

Unite Community will set up a stall in the town and will have campaign materials, and representatives from other organisations, including the Anti-Bedroom Tax Campaign, to help spread a positive New Year message.

Unite community coordinator for Yorkshire Joe Rollin said: “It is a disgrace that in one of the richest countries in the world increasing numbers of people are facing hardship brought about by tougher regimes in jobcentres, leading to benefit sanctions for vulnerable people, including people in work. Many are turning to food banks to feed their families.

“Cuts have also decimated support and advice organisations so Unite Community is attempting to get people working together and supporting the building of collective community based solutions to these bread and butter issues.

“Unite community has linked up with the Gateway food bank in Barnsley and we have donated food paid for by Unite’s industrial members. We also refer many completely destitute people to the food bank who regularly come into our community centre. We are focusing on debt issues too, which are particularly relevant after the expensive Christmas period.”


For more information please contact Joe Rollin Unite Community coordinator on
07711 375 536 or joe.rollin@unitetheunion.org

Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1

Notes to editors
The Unite Community Centre is open every Wednesday and Thursday from (time???). Unite Community Support Centre, NUM Headquarters, 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, S70 2LS.

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

Our Community Centre is Open every Wednesday and Thursday
Unite Community Support Centre,
NUM Headquarters,
2 Huddersfield Road,
S70 2LS
Tel: 01226 215557