The Government will outline their spending in the Budget. The People’s Assembly is calling for protests the day before Phillip Hammond announces it to demand the Government scrap their plans for Universal Credit, to close tax loopholes and force the tax avoiders to pay their fair share, to end the public sector pay cap with an increase above inflation, and to make sure our public services are properly funded.
At all of the events across the country, we are also collecting food for foodbanks so they are stocked to deal with the fallout from the Universal Credit crisis and the continuing drop in living standards this Government is responsible for.
As last year we are sponsoring the East London coach to lobby the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Sunday 1st October. The NHS remains high on the political agenda and there will be a good national turnout by NHS campaigns. (I hope the route is better than last year!!)
I shall bring the banner and we have new tabards you can buy if you want to look corporate!!. The coach will pick up from Mile End at 6.15am, Stratford Station at 6.30pm and Ilford Hill at 6.45am. It will return and make 3 similar stops at about 10pm. A long day but is usually fun
Costs are £25 waged, £15 unwaged and a donation for anyone who needs help with the costs. There are union funds to top up these costs.
It was a great March. Thanks to all NTA members who participated.
The NTA President, Amy Sharp, was present with another Lister member and other friends.
Special thanks to Vice-President Peg Probett and Membership Secretary Rick Probett who carried the NTA banner. They were assisted by Clive, another Newham member.
Amy reported that Owen Jones and John McDonnell were particularly inspiring at the demo.
Thanks to Clive, the choral director from Newham Music, for our featured pic (above).
A campaign meeting took place on 30/01/2016 at the Stratford Campus of UEL to discuss the threat to local services under government funding plans. The meeting was a joint venture supported by the main unions in Newham. Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, West Ham MP Lyn Brown and Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT were amongst speakers who addressed the meeting.