SUAA meeting Our meeting this month, to discuss and plan our work, will be on TUESDAY, 12th June, in the small meeting room at the Quaker Meeting House, 2 Cooper Street, Stockport, SK1 3DW from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Quaker Meeting House is only a short distance from the bus stops on the A6. Turn down Longshut Lane at the crossroads south of the college and the Co-op store, heading towards Hillgate. You will pass the newly rebuilt meeting house at the junction with Hillgate. Entrance is from the car park at the rear of the building, on Cooper Street. There is disabled access and toilets and we have use of the kitchen facilities.
SUAA Leaflet: A Catalogue Of Cuts Please read/download our latest leaflet that outlines some of the worst cuts associated with austerity.
RESUMPTION OF JOBCENTRE DEMONSTRATIONS - SCHEDULE OF PROSPECTIVE DATES There will be a demonstration outside the jobcentre, Heron House, Wellington St, Stockport tomorrow, WEDNESDAY 6 June from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please support this if you can.The next confirmed demonstration date is then on Tuesday 12 June also from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The demonstrations combine a protest against the government's attacks on unemployed, sick and disabled people, through measures such as sanctions, workfare, work capability assessments and the odious regime that will be Universal Credit (due for full roll out in Stockport, in November this year) with petitioning of MPs and handing out advisory leaflets. We receive many expressions of appreciation for the support demonstrated from the people we talk to at the jobcentre. If you would like to help at the demonstrations after those three dates please have a look at the following list of prospective dates and let me know if you can help on any of these. The following provisional dates are proposed : Tuesday 19 June, Tuesday 26 June, Wednesday 4 July, Wednesday 11 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 26 July, Friday 3 August, Friday 10 August (all 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.) We will send notice in future SUAA email updates as dates are confirmed. Blogs on the stories of people we met at the last two demonstrations are available on Kate Belgrave's blog at : https://www.katebelgrave.com/ GRENFELL TOWERS MEMORIAL VIGIL, STOCKPORT, THURSDAY 14 JUNE From an initiative by the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils, solidarity vigils will be taking place throughout the region on the first anniversary of the horrific Grenfell Towers fire. Here in Stockport, the vigil is being organised by Stockport Trades Union Council, with which SUAA works closely. The static vigil will take place on the Art Gallery steps, (junction of A6 and Greek St) at 6 p.m. on the anniversary date, Thursday 14 June. We want sufficient people present to hold up laminated photographs of each of the 74 known victims who were killed in the fire. We will also have memorial candles placed on the steps. There will be keynote speakers on the many issues raised by the wholly avoidable tragedy. A GREAT NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS ARE REQUIRED. Please help the Trades Union Council recruit them. SUAA will pass on contact details for all who can take part in this solidarity action. Let's do Stockport proud. Email us at this address to be put in touch with the organisers. REMINDER - Stockport NHSWatch demonstrations of support for our NHS continue EVERY Tuesday ... at junction of A6, Dialstone Lane and Poplar Grove hospital approach road, 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. - next one Tuesday 12 June. IF YOU TOLERATE THIS, YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT : THE STATE OF AUSTERITY BRITAIN The publication of a shocking report by the End Child Poverty coalition of charities shows that, in the poorest constituencies in Britain a majority of children are now growing up in poverty : https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/24/most-children-in-uks-poorest-areas-now-growing-up-in-poverty?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=261603&subid=23078629&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2 SUAA says, "we are not prepared to tolerate this". Please join us, come to our meetings; support our actions and those of our partner organisations fighting for a better society. ..... AND WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? - WELL HERE'S THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AUSTERITY COIN This excellent 'Oxfam Inequality Report - Charting the Gulf between Rich and Poor' shows what happens to the world's wealth that is being taken away from the poor. Verily, to those that hath, more shall be given; to those that hath not, even that which they have shall be taken away. Will we continue to tolerate this? https://www.verdict.co.uk/oxfam-inequality-report-charting-gulf-rich-poor/
Reinstate Ian Allinson - stop victimisation of union reps If we are going to defeat austerity, we need strong trade unions. And to strengthen our unions we have to defend union reps who are victimised by employers for their union activities. One such case is that of Ian Allinson, Chair of the Unite union at Fujitsu UK, who worked at that firm's Manchester plant. We appeal to all trade union members to sign this statement demanding the reinstatement of Ian and to ask your union branches officers and union officials to do so too and to spread the solidarity call. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oMEzI44WkooZimIp7GGFCYUpER_kxtIFyCS4ykUxfiw/edit
END VICTIMISATION OF TRADES UNIONISTS AT BELLE VUE BUSES - PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE PETITION Unison is seeking support in its campaign against victimisation of its lead union representative at the school transport bus company, Belle Vue buses. Please support the petition at : http://www.unisonnw.org/bellevuetuvictimisation PETITION - LET GPs PUT PATIENTS FIRST
AMBULANCE DISPUTE MAKES IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR - PRIVATISATION IS ABOUT TRANSFERING MONEY FROM WAGES TO PRIVATE PROFITS At our last meeting Stockport United Against Austerity expressed its solidarity with UNISON members in the North West Ambulance Service who are in dispute with the NHS over the deplorable situation whereby crews who were recruited during the short period in which the private company Arriva was contracted to run the service are on £2.40 an hour less than the crews directly recruited by the NHS. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/ambulance-staff-could-strike-over-14268376
STOCKPORT NHSWATCH DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL CONTINUE EVERY TUESDAY This is the latest of our occasional reminders : demonstrations continue at the junction of the A6, Poplar Grove and Dialstone Lane, every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. to show support for saving our NHS from privatisation and demanding an end to cuts and attacks on the wages and conditions of our NHS workers. Please attend and show your support.
STOCKPORT SOLIDARITY DROP-IN WEBSITEThe Stockport Solidarity Drop-in, which offers support in completing application forms for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance and information on challenging social security payment sanctions has asked us to publicise its website. This is at : http://solidaritydropinstockport.webs.com/ If you know of an organisation which may agree to link the site from its own, please let Solidarity Drop-in know through its contact form on the site.
TWO NEW REPORTS SHOW HOW AUSTERITY KILLS PEOPLE AND HARMS THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN A study commissioned by Disability News Service has revealed staggering figures showing that the proportion of people claiming Employment & Support Allowance who have attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2014 : https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/staggering-esa-suicide-figures-prompt-calls-for-inquiry-and-prosecution-of-ministers/ Meanwhile, a study by the Nuffield Trust illustrates the massive gap that exists between the poorest and richest sections of the population of England, in terms of the health of our children : https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/23/health-gap-between-uk-rich-and-poor?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=257898&subid=23078629&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2 HIGH COURT VICTORY SETS ASIDE GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO PIP REGULATIONS A brilliant victory in the High Court has overtuned as unlawful, discriminatory and detrimental changes made by the Government earlier this year to Personal Independence Payment regulations. After losing a case in the Upper Tribunal which decided that the DWP had failed to apply the previous regulations properly, in respect of the assessment test of impairment of ability to make journeys, the government changed the PIP Regulations to suit the manner in which it had previously been misapplying them. As a consequence, claimants of PIP who should have been entitled to the mobility component because their ability to make journeys is impaired by psychological distress, were being refused the mobility payments. This affected not only new claimants of PIP, but thousands of people who were already receiving the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance and had been forced to apply for PIP due to its rolling replacement of DLA. SUAA has congratulated the organisations and the brave individual who brought this case to court. http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/news/95/high-court-finds-2017-personal-independence-payment-pip-regulations-unlawful COULD YOU MAKE A REGULAR CONTRIBUTION TO HELP FUND OUR ACTIVITIES? Please consider taking out a small regular standing order payment to help us fund our meeting room hire costs and print leaflets, organise public meetings, etc. A standing order mandate form which you can print off and send to your own bank is below. We will be extremely grateful for any financial support you can give.