Ruskin College under fire for trade union victimisation

Ruskin College in Oxford has been accused of trade union victimisation following a string of disciplinary and redundancy threats directed at UCU members.

Three union reps are facing disciplinary investigations. One of them, Lee Humber, suspended for “spurious reasons” just days after the local branch passed a motion of no confidence in the principal.

Please sign the petition calling for his reinstatement.

The college has said it intends to commence disciplinary investigations into what UCU considers to be the trade union duties and activities of a further two UCU reps. The union said the college should be responding to the issues facing the college, such as financial deficits and course closures, instead of shooting the messengers raising concerns.… Read on ...

30-minute solidarity climate stoppage

Support UCU’s TUC motion for a 30-minute solidarity climate stoppage

Millions of school students across the globe have struck for climate justice. Their action has forced governments across the world and the UK parliament to declare a climate emergency. We need to keep up this pressure. If this is not achieved then the earth’s climate will have passed a dangerous tipping point with temperatures rising up to 4 degrees by the end of the century – in the lifetime of young people alive today.

Climate is a trade union issue. Trade unionists must play a central role in shaping the way society’s economic and social organisation meets the needs of future generations and the planet.

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Southall Resists 40

In April, and beyond, this year, the communities of Southall and people from afar will honour the memories of Gurdip Singh Chaggar and Blair Peach. Both were killed in the locality by violence dictated by racism.

Gurdip Singh Chaggar, a young Asian boy, was an innocent victim of a racially motivated attack on 4 June during the hot summer of 1976. His untimely and senseless death galvanised young Asian people nationally to create their own political culture of self-organisation and self-defence as well as new artistic movements.

Blair Peach, an anti-racist schoolteacher, was killed on St Georges Day (23rd April) in the spring of 1979 by the Metropolitan Police’s Special Patrol Group.… Read on ...

Stansted 15

The Stansted 15 are a group of concerned citizens who peacefully stopped a deportation flight to Nigeria and Ghana at Stansted airport on 28 March 2017

They have now been convicted. The Stansted 15 expected to face retribution for their protest. They never expected to be found guilty of terrorism offences. But on Monday, the group became the first activists involved in a non-violent direct action protest to be convicted under laws that were formulated in response to the Lockerbie bombing. 

The group had information of people meant to be on that flight, who would be put in extreme danger if they were forcibly returned.… Read on ...

Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign

On Wednesday 21st November, a group of residents from Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign presented a petition to the full council meeting, requesting that the council ‘Safeguard Palestinian Solidarity’. [1] This was in response to the recent adoption of the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, without any caveat that would enable Palestinians and their supporters to continue to speak out freely about harmful actions of the Israeli government.

Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity Campaign are pleased that in response to our petition councillors Sirajul Islam, Kevin Brady, and Mayor John Biggs made supporting statements in solidarity with Palestine.… Read on ...

Reinstate Paul Jonson!

Defend trade unionists’ right to free speech! Defend employment rights!

If, having read the following statement, you wish to sign it, click here…

Paul Jonson, a community safety officer in Dudley and a member of Unison, has been suspended by his employer, Dudley Council.

According to a report in the local press, Paul was suspended by Dudley Council for a Facebook post stating “Stand up for Palestine – Israel is a racist endeavour”.

Paul is a long-standing anti-racist activist and campaigner against antisemitism and all forms of racism. He is also an active campaigner for Palestinian rights.

Whatever one’s views on Israel or the nature of the Israeli state and its founding, there is nothing antisemitic about this statement.… Read on ...

Oppose the racist “Democratic Football Lads Alliance”

On Saturday 13 October, the racist ‘Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) have organised a demonstration for bigots and Islamophobes in London. Tommy Robinson, ex EDL leader and notorious fascist, who is being courted by UKIP, is a firm favourite of the DFLA. Thugs linked to the group attacked RMT union members and others, after a recent anti fascist march in London. The far right, at street level and electorally, use Islamophobia as a way of rebuilding in Britain. Across Europe racist and fascist organisations are receiving growing support at a level not seen since the 1930s. But we can stop them.… Read on ...

Open letter from UK academics

The harsh sentencing of anti-fracking campaigners sets a dangerous precedent

We the undersigned are writing to express our growing concern about the shrinking space for communities and environmental defenders to engage in civil opposition to fracking developments in the UK.

Sign here…

This week three non-violent campaigners opposing fracking were jailed for 15 to 16 months simply for ‘causing a public nuisance’ and for not expressing regret. Although others have received jail sentences in more recent times, this is the first time since 1932 that environmental defenders have been imprisoned for such long periods of time for staging a protest in the UK.… Read on ...