BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN
3rd February 2012
“How We Can Win”
The meeting on Monday February 6th with Mark Serwotka speaking couldn’t come at a better time. Those unions who have rejected the latest offer on public sector pensions are in the process of agreeing a date in March for strike action. The meeting will be a valuable opportunity to hear the arguments against the latest offer and give the impetus to build another major day of strike action in Bristol. Full details below and here. Please use every opportunity to help build this meeting into a really significant event. 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
Last week’s city council Cabinet meeting saw the LibDems vote through their proposals to cut £27million from the city’s budget. Despite what Barbara Janke & co would have us believe this represents real cuts to services & jobs. The privatisation & closure of care homes and day centres is going ahead. The Youth Service is to be privatised. Malcolm X Centre, Easton Community Centre, St Werburgh’s Community Centre, Hartcliffe Community Park Farm and others are to get substantial cuts to their grants. Bristol Muslim Cultural Society and others are losing their grants entirely. In many cases this threatens the very existence of these groups and facilities. You can see the details of all the grant cuts here. Easton & Lawrence Hill wards alone are losing over £200,000 in grants to community groups. And, no surprise, the Tories on the city council have just announced they will support these cuts with only the smallest of amendments. BADACA will be working with all those across the city effected by the proposals to mount the largest possible lobby at the full council meeting on Tuesday 28th February. We won’t be arguing that any individual service should be saved at the expense of others, but that the whole budget is inadequate to meet the needs of the people of Bristol. Full details below and here. Get in touch if you are involved with any group or service under threat.
See below for details of a meeting next week of the BADACA Health Group. If you’re interested in getting involved with campaigning against the changes in the NHS you should get along. You can sign the latest e-petition against the government’s Health & Social Care Billhere.
As OccupyBristol say ‘College Green & Phase 1 are over‘. Phase 2 is starting. Since the autumn, the people occupying College Green have raised important issues about the priorities of our government and severely embarrassed the council & cathedral. BADACA has been pleased to offer them our support. On Saturday February 4th there is an event to discuss future plans. If you’re interested try to get along. More details here and Facebook here.
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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 Steering Committee Meeting – Monday 13th February
An agenda will be sent out to affiliated organisations and other members of the steering committee early next month but please make sure the date is in your diary now. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
BADACA Annual General Meeting – Monday 27th February
This meeting will review BADACA’s activities over the last year, discuss plans for the next year and elect officers to co-ordinate those activites. Full details will be circulated next month but please put the date in your diary now. Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
BADACA Health Group Meeting – Wednesday 8th February
Venue: Bristol County Sports Club, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AE
This meeting will discuss how to continue the campaign locally against the government’s Health & Social Care bill. Glenn Townsend, User Monitoring & Development Co-Ordinator for Mental Health Commissioning in Bristol will be at the meeting to explain proposed changes to the provision of mental health services in the area. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby Bristol City Council – Tuesday February 28th
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