Meeting 11/10/2017: London NUT Women’s Network

Our Bodies, Our Choice: the Abortion Act 50 Years On
by London NUT Women’s Network supported by the TUC and Abortion Rights

Date and Time
Wed, October 11, 2017
18h30 to 20h30

NUT, Hamilton House

It is 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act which gave most women in the UK access to safe abortions. We are meeting to celebrate the passing of this Act but also to build the campaign to improve women’s rights to abortion.
Women in Northern Ireland are still not covered by the Act and many women across the UK are still obstructed by poor access and cuts to reproductive rights services. It is also the case that abortion is only available on the authorisation of two doctors and, without this, it is still a criminal act.
We know that worldwide millions of women do not have access to safe abortion and thousands of women die.
Globally, the rights we have won are under threat. Come and hear from experts and campaigners about what we’ve won and what is still to fight for.
This meeting will be a rallying call to act.
Confirmed speakers:
Caitlin de Jode, London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign,
Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights
Dr Marilyn Thomson, specialist on abortion rights in Latin America
Diana Johnson MP
Supported by Trades Union Congress, Abortion Rights, Marie Stopes UK
There will also be stalls from Humanists UK, Abortion Support Network and Bookmarks
London NUT Women's Network Meeting Poster for 11/10/2017
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London NUT Women’s Network Meeting Leaflet (pdf)
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Irish History Month event: History of Irish Immigrants to Britain

The first Irish History Month event in TUC Congress House:

“Migration of labour – History of Irish Immigrants to Britain of the last few centuries.”

Time: Registering at 12 midday and starting the session at 1 pm
Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
Lasting for at least three hours, followed by a drinks reception in TUC Congress House. We may have a social in a pub with a band afterwards.

Venue: Invision suite, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3L. It is near the British Museum and the nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road.Irish migrant workers in 19th century factorySpeakers:
Austin Harney, Joint SERTUC Race Relations Secretary
Dr. Sonja Tiernan from Liverpool University
Phien O’Reachtigan
& others to be confirmed.

For further information, please contact:
Austin Harney, Joint Secretary of the SERTUC Race Relations Committee.

Meeting details
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The event is organised by the SERTUC (South East Regional Trades Union Congress) Race Relations Committee

PSC taking legal action to protect the right to boycott

Message from Palestine Solidarity Campaign:

“We are taking the government to court to protect our right to boycott.  Legal fees PSC logo imageare expensive, but you can’t put a price on justice. That’s why we started the PSC Fighting Fund, to make sure we could pay for the best legal defence possible and help us challenge other attempts to close down campaigning.

We asked for help with setting up the Fighting Fund and our supporters have responded magnificently – you’ve donated over £20k towards the target of £100k. We’re getting there, but there’s a long way to go till we hit our target.”

Could you give £10 or more to help protect the right to protest? 

Newham Teachers’ Association is affiliated to PSC.
The NTA recently donated £100.00 to support the PSC legal challenge to protect the right to boycott.
A further £50.00 was donated recently in response to an appeal from PSC.
Please consider making a personal donation to PSC. Continue reading PSC taking legal action to protect the right to boycott

Contact your MP: Lend support to detained PSC activists

Urgent message from the Palestine Solidarity CampaignPSC logo image

Issa Amro, Hebron peace activist, is recognised by the E.U. and the U.N. as a Human Rights Defender. He is facing now 18 charges in an Isreali Military Court.

Omar Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, was arrested only days before traveling to the U.S. to receive the Gandhi Peace Award.

Please contact your M.P. to raise their cases with the U.K. Government.

Newham Teachers’ Association has been affiliated to the PSC for many years. Continue reading Contact your MP: Lend support to detained PSC activists

Emergency Demo 13/03/2017 EU Citizens’ Right to Remain

Support EU Citizens’ right to remain in UK

Message from The People’s AssemblyPeople's Assembly logo.

This Monday, 13 March, the Commons will vote on a Labour amendment to the Article 50 bill to guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK.

The Tories will use any excuse to scapegoat migrants to divide communities and deflect from their own damaging policies. Continue reading Emergency Demo 13/03/2017 EU Citizens’ Right to Remain


On International Women’s Day

Multiracial Women Silhouettes in Women's Day Design

Open Meeting – 50 years since the Abortion Act

6-8 pm Wednesday 8th March 2017
Jayaben Desai Room,
Congress House, Great Russell Street,

Kiri Tunks, NUT JV President
Kiri Tunks, NUT JV President

Guest Speakers to include:
Carolyn Simpson, Abortion Rights Executive
Kiri Tunks, Junior Vice-President NUT




83% of people in Britain support a women’s right to choose

Sisters and Brothers welcome.
Meeting to be followed by a drinks reception
SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee Event Poster
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Other SERTUC supported International Women’s Day events:

Ealing Trades Union Council International Women’s Day Event
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Reading Trades Union Council International Women’s Day Event Poster
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UNITE the UNION International Women’s Day Event
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International Brigade Commemoration

Picture: NTA members at the memorial to the British volunteers on the Jarama battlefield

Members of Newham NUT attended the commemoration of the British & Irish Battalion of the International Brigades on the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.  They joined a delegation of 120 trade unionists from Britain, including members from NUT, Unite, Unison, PCS, ASLEF and other unions who toured the battlefields of the University City and Jarama and visited a memorial to the trade union lawyers murdered at the end of Franco’s dictatorship.  The group attended a reception at the headquarters of the Workers’ Commissions, a Spanish trade union federation, where a message of solidarity from the NTA was read to the meeting.

NTA Letter of solidarity to Comisiones Obreras, Madrid
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Picture & Report by Andy Brown

SERTUC Appeal for Funding for “London Recruits” film


We have received the following appeal from SERTUC:




“London Recruits – an anti-apartheid story
Funding required… The inspirational story of the women and men who joined the struggle against apartheid, London Recruits is a film that trade unionists as well as union branches and regions can help bring to the big screen. Full info here

London Recruits Logo
London Recruits

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016, Dorset, Sunday 17/07/2016

Barking Dagenham and Havering TUC Coach Day Trip (coach leaves Dagenham Civic Centre 7.45am – returns 5.45pm) Deposit £5

Bookings Contact: Susan Aitouaz,

Croydon TUC Coach Day Trip (coach leaves Ruskin House, Croydon 8am – returns 9.45pm) Deposit £6

Bookings Contact: / 07941 890 75

The festival runs from 15/07/2016 to 17/07/2016 for those who are able to attend for the whole weekend. See:

Appeal from TUC:

Apart from Barking Dagenham and Havering TUC and Croydon TUC, if anyone has any other details on Self Organised Groups, Unions, Trades Councils and Community Groups hosting travel to Tolpuddle on the Saturday or Sunday throughout the region (London especially) please send updates to - thanks.
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Picture of crowd. Thanks to for the use of their image.
Thanks to for the use of their image.