BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 20th July 2012
Privatisation & Outsourcing – Obviously (Not) A Good Idea
The G4S Olympic security shambles has shown the reality of privatisation and outsourcing – workers on poor wages, sub-standard service, private companies raking off huge profits. The Evening Post yesterday gave details of Bristol City Council‘s final proposals for the closure and privatisation of their remaining care homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable. These proposals will be discussed (and probably rubber-stamped) by the council’s LibDem Cabinet on Thursday 26th July before being discussed at a full council meeting in September. The Evening Post article can be seen here. The two council reports can be read here (Care Homes) and here (Day Centres)
If you haven’t signed the BADACA e-petition opposing these closures & privatisation please do so now – after Monday 23rd no more signatures can be accepted. You can sign it here. The full link is http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/community/petition/1904. Please forward this link to others and ask them to sign urgently.
BADACA supporters and others will lobby the Cabinet meeting on Thursday July 26th. Our petition will be submitted, along with a statement and questions . The lobby will take place from 5pm. The Cabinet meeting starts at 6pm. Details and Facebook here. Please try to come along and encourage others to do the same.
The G4S story isn’t the only Olympic scandal. The main sponsors, huge multinationals like Coca Cola, McDonalds and VISA, have been granted tax exemptions on earnings from the Olympics. To highlight this issue, BADACA is holding the Tax Avoidance Olympics on Saturday August 4th. This will include events like Cooking the books, Jumping through tax loopholes, Avoiding the taxman, Law Limbo, and Hide (your profits) and seek. Details are below and here. Facebook here. We need ‘athletes’ – if you want to take part email@example.com. Come along and join in the fun
The BADACA Open Meeting on Monday 23rd July will include discussion of the city council’s care homes closures and the Tax Avoidance Olympics. Facebook here. Please come along and join in – all welcome.
The EDL got a proper Bristol welcome last Saturday. Despite all the attempts of the local media and police to confuse people and deter them from joining the counter-protests, over 2000 people came out to show their opposition to the EDL. The very small EDL march went a few hundred yards along largely deserted streets. They have said they won’t be back in a hurry. Our anti-austerity campaigns, uniting the diversity of our city, can undermine the EDL’s appeal to others. Videos here. Photos and reports here. More photos here.
Please help us to distribute the new edition of BADACA’s NHS pamphlet as widely as possible. It’s available online here. You can get printed copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details will be available soon about the TUC’s‘A Future That Works’ demonstration on Saturday October 20th. Over the next few months we all need to do everything possible to make this a huge demonstration against the government’s economic policy – Put the date in your diary now and watch out for more details as they become available. Facebook here. Information on TUC website here.
The National Union of Students is also organising a national demonstration against fees, cuts and privatisation on November 21st. Full details soon. Current information is on Facebook here.
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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More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
Twitter – http://twitter.com/BrisNoCuts.
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 23rd July
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
Discussion of Bristol City Council’s closure and privatisation plans for care homes and day centres and the Tax Avoidance Olympics. Facebook here. All lwelcome. For more information email email@example.com
Lobby of Bristol City Council Cabinet – Save Our Care Homes & Day Centres for the Elderly!
Help BADACA and others show the Council that their proposals to close and privatise care homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable are unacceptable.
Venue: Council House, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
Tax Avoidance Olympics – Saturday 4th August
Venue: The Centre (opposite the Hippodrome)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Come along and join the fun while highlighting the tax rip-offs of Olympic sponsors. Events include Cooking the books, Jumping through tax loopholes, Avoiding the taxman, Law Limbo, and Hide (your profits) and seek. Bring along friends & family. Details here. Facebook here. We need ‘athletes’ – if you want to take part firstname.lastname@example.org.