October 20th – Time For The Plebs To Fight Back
In the next three weeks, BADACA plans to ensure that as many people as possible from Bristol get to the TUC’s ‘A Future That Works’ demonstration in London on Saturday October 20th. Many unions have arranged coaches from Bristol and surrounding areas. Details can be found on our website here. In most cases these are free to members and their families. Some extend this to friends. Some others are not free but subsidised. There is also a link to information about all coaches from the South West. Book a seat now. If you have queries on the information provided please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A student film setting out the case for supporting the demonstrations can be seen here. Facebook for 20th October here. Information on TUC website here. Facebook for NUS Student Demonstration on 21st November here.
NHS – the fight against regional pay
Large meetings of trades union members in the NHS have taken place locally over the last few weeks to launch a campaign against local employers’ proposals to abandon nationally agreed pay scales and terms of employment in the NHS. Individual trusts would impose lower pay and cut holiday entitlement etc. This would be a further step in the fragmentation of the NHS and make it easier for the government to achieve its aim of privatising health provision. BADACA gives its full support to the unions in opposing this and looks forwarding to working with them in the campaign.
NHS – the fight against privatisation
When John Lister spoke in Bristol earlier this year he suggested pressurising the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (the groups of GPs who will commission NHS services) to ensure they act to protect the NHS against privatisation and fragmentation. 38 Degrees have now launched petitions in each area calling on CCGs to do this. You may have received an email from them about this. Please sign the petition. If you haven’t received the email you can go to here, enter your postcode and sign the petition for your CCG.
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 email@example.com.
Bristol mayor elections
Several hustings meetings have already been announced for the mayoral election – the first meeting is in mid-October. BADACA wants to ensure that candidates are forced to face up to the key local issues – cuts and privatisation of jobs and services. We will publicise candidates’ views as widely as possible. We plan to attend hustings meetings and put questions to candidates. If you have an idea for a question please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to ensure that as many of our questions are put to the candidates at as many of the hustings as possible. Current details of hustings meetings are here. This information will be updated regularly so keep an eye on it, attend the meetings and ask questions.
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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.
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BADACA Steering Committee Meeting – Monday 8th October
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