BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN– 20th January 2012
Local Cuts & Public Sector Pensions – Key Weeks Ahead
Next week, sees a key stage in Bristol’s LibDem councillors forcing through cuts of a further £21million from April. On Thursday 26th January, the council’s Cabinet meets. The cuts include the privatisation of Youth Services and the privatisation/closure of care homes & day centres. At the meeting the LibDem councillors who make up the cabinet will be voting through their package of cuts in preparation for the full council meeting on 28th February. BADACA will be at the meeting to make a statement, opposing all cuts in Bristol. We want to have the largest possible presence. See full details below and here. If you can come along please do so and encourage others to do the same.
And of course, as the public sector pensions dispute is coming to a head with many unions having rejected the goverment’s ‘final offer’, Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, speaks in Bristol. Mark has been at the forefront of those union leaders calling for no deal and is currently trying to build support among unions for further strike action. See his recent article in the Guardian here and BBC interview here. Come to hear him speak on ‘How We Can Win’ on Monday February 6th. Full details below and here. Please use every opportunity to help build this meeting into a really significant event. One way is to help on the stall in Broadmead on 21st January- details below and here. The flyer can be downloaded from here. Please download it and forward it to friends, neighbours, work colleagues. Print it out and put it on notice boards.
Yesterday the Royal College Of Nurses and the Royal College Of Midwives joined the British Medical Association in calling for the Health and Social Care Bill to be scrapped. There is an important new e-petition demanding the government publishes details of the Risk Register relevant to the Bill – see here for details and sign the e-petition here. The Information Commissioner has told Lansley to publish but the government are hoping to push the bill through parliament before the damaging information is made public.
OccupyBristol is threatened with eviction (see here and here for details). This isn’t the beginning of the end – it’s the end of the beginning. Send messages of support and visit them. Those involved with the camp are inviting people to join a process to develop a radically different vision of Bristol for the 21st century. This starts with a meeting on Saturday 21st January. You can see full details here – Evening Post article here. In their time on College Green they have raised important questons about the priorities of the government and severely embarrassed the City Council. See our website here for a review of their occupation. Support them in any way you can. Check out their FaceBook pages here and their website here. Call the camp information line on 07415 139 464.
Please try to get involved in as many of the activities below as possible and pass the information on to others who may be interested.
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‘How We Can Win’ – BADACA Meeting with Unite the Resistance – Monday 6th February
Speakers: Mark Serwotka (PCS General Secretary), Jayne Taylor (Unite The Union), David Wilshire (CWU)
Venue: The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
A meeting to discuss the way forward for the campaign to defend jobs, pensions and public services. All welcome. A flyer can be downloaded from here. A poster can be downloaded from here. Facebook here.
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BADACA Leafletting In Broadmead – Saturday 21st January
BADACA supporters will be meeting to leaflet and talk to shoppers about developments in the pensions dispute and the Mark Serwotka meeting. Meet in the centre of Broadmead (outside BHS) at 2pm. Please try to come along. More details and Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
Bristol City Council Cabinet Meeting – Thursday 26th January
This meeting is when the LibDems will finalise their budget proposals before they are put to the full council meeting at the end of February. BADACA will make a statement to the meeting and plans to have the largest possible presence there. Please come along if you can. The meeting starts at 6pm. We will meet outside the Council House from 5pm. More details and Facebook here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby Bristol City Council – Tuesday 28th February
This is the meeting when the budget (ie cuts) is put to the vote. We need to let councillors know that people across the city oppose their cuts. The meeting starts at 2pm but will go on into the evening. BADACA will hold a lobby at the start of the meeting but encourage those who can’t get there then to come in the evening. So meet outside the Council House from 1pm and again from 5.30pm. More details and Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
Lobby South Gloucestershire Council – Wednesday February 29th
And this is when South Gloucestershire will agree their cuts. Again there will be a lobby. The meeting starts at 7pm. Meet outside Kingswood Civic Centre from 6pm. Map here. More details and Facebook here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org