It is just two weeks since the fantastic demonstration in London on 26th March which has given strength and determination to many to fight the cuts and build resistance wherever they can. In the week before the demo UCU lecturers went out nationally on strike in defence of pay, pensions and education. Locally UCU were also out on strike today at Liverpool Hope University in protest at managment proposals to slash jobs by up to 100 posts this year. The teachers' union NUT also staged a one day strike at Shorefields school in protest at proposals to become an academy. Management at Maghull High school in Sefton are also considering Academy status for the school. If you are interested in finding out more or becoming involved in either of these anti academies campaigns please email me. The fightback has started and with local elections in a month it is not surprising that there is a lot going on in the next few weeks. If you know of a local campaign, event or group that is not listed please let me know so I can send it out on the next bulletin.
Next Merseyside Right to Work Organising Committee Meeting (open to all) - Tuesday 19th April 7.30pm venue tbc
Thurs 14th April 2011: BBC Question Time in LiverpoolThe BBC's Question Time will be broadcast from Liverpool - no information yet on panellists or venue.
To apply to be in the audience go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/question_time/1858613.stm
Fri 22nd - Sat 30th April 2011: Liverpool Working Class Music FestivalLoads of events and gigs in Liverpool, for more information go to: www.workingclassmusic.org.uk
Thurs 28th April 2011: Workers' Memorial DayUnite the Union has organised a rally in Liverpool to commemorate all those who are killed or injured at work every year - "Between April 09 and March 10, 152 people died at work. There were 26,061 major injuries, such as amputations, burns and broken bones. 1.3 million people were suffering from an illness believed to have been caused or made worse by their current or past work. Yet, this Government has announced plans to remove Health & Safety legislation and cut the HSE budget by 35%. This will mean poorer enforcement and more workplace illnesses, injuries and deaths."Action: Assemble South Piazza of George's Dock Building, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD at 1pm. If you can't be at the demonstration organise a minute's silence in your workplace.
Sun 1st May 2011: May Day RallyOrganised by Merseyside Trades Council. Times and start point to be confirmed.
17-21st September 2011: LibDem annual conference, BirminghamThere will be a day of protest called and transport will be organised by Right to Work.
2nd-5th October 2011: Conservative annual conference, ManchesterThere will be a day of protest called and transport will be organised by Right to Work.
In addition we are considering a march from Liverpool to the conference, in particular of unemployed young people to highlight their plight. More details to follow.
No ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts.
Merseyside Right to Work was established in May of this year to give the local region a campaigning united group against the cuts which we knew were going to come with the election of the coalition government. Merseyside Right to Work has organised demonstrations outside Liverpool Town Hall on the day of the budget and public spending review announcements, and took 70 people to the Tory Party conference demonstration in Birmingham in October. Merseyside Right to Work works with and supports other anti cuts groups whilst also making links between the different struggles that everyone are facing.