We are living in dangerous times. In a number of countries across the world the far right are making serious gains, winning elections and organising. huge street protests. The recent electoral results for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil is a lesson for all of us. This article by journalist Glenn Greenwald offers a warning for what is happening.
In Britain the far right are doing less well electorally, but they have built a very large street protest movement, led by Tommy Robinson. Robinson is a known extremist and an Islamphobe – he wants to spread divsion and hate. After their last demonstration his followers attacked a trade union leader and harrasssed a bus driver just because she was a Muslim.
Lambeth UINSON will be joining the counter protest on Saturday 13 October to show that we are united against racism and far right hate. We will be alongisde thousands of other trade unionists and anti racists. These are dangerous times but united we can stand together and ensure that it is the politics of hope and not hate that triumph.
We will be meeting at 12 noon (earlier than the previously advertised start time) in Windrush square before we head up to the main counter protest at 13:00 at Old Palace Yard opposite Parliament.
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Fed up with racism, nationalism, inequality and war mongering? Trump is an inspiration to all the vicious far right movements and politicians across Europe and beyond. While decent people weep at children in cages seperated from their parents, people like Trump encourage the politics of fear and hate.
Trump is visiting the UK on 13th July.
Let’s mobilise and organise across Lambeth and Wandsworth boroughs and build for the big protest!
Build bridges not walls!
Actions coming up
Monday 9 July, 5pm, protest/banner unfurling outside US Embassy, 33 Nine Elms Lane SW11 7US – Organised by Wandsworth Momentum and Labour Party members
Thursday 12 July, 5.30pm, additional Together Against Trump protest, outside Downing Street – look out for the Wandsworth Momentum banner https://www.facebook.com/events/841619629360668/
Friday 13 July, Together Against Trump protest, 2.00pm outside BBC, Portland Place W1A 1AA and 5.00pm in Trafalgar Square
2.00pm: Wandsworth Momentum meeting point in Argyll Street (pedestrianised), exit 8 of Oxford Circus tube (Contact: 07969 385 494) https://www.facebook.com/events/176581893155207/
Health Campaigns Together & The People’s Assembly have called for a Day of Protest on Saturday 3 February in response to the worsening Winter Crisis
Our wages have fallen behind as prices and the cost of living increase.
In real terms we have lost 14% of our salary since 2010.
Now there is a campaign to break the public sector pay cap. UNISON and other public sector unions have put in a 5% pay claim.
But we all need to get behind this campaign to win it.
What you can do to help.
Please sign this Parliamentary petition to get it debated in Parliament. We need 100,000 signatures (currently on 73,000!) https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200032
Write to your MP and Councillors
You can write to your local councillors using UNISON’s easy to use website
To find your MPs contact details please visit
Wear badges and stickers
We have loads of badges and stickers in the union office in International House, please pop over to pick some up. If you are not allowed to wear them at work then wear them on outdoor coats, put stickers on the back of your mobile or the back of your ID badge.
Put posters up at work
We also have posters for union notice boards. Get in touch with us at the union office to get some.
Come on the rally outside Parliament on 17th October
There is a rally outside Parliament. Meeting at the Department of Health at 17:30 and marching down Whitehall for a rally at 6pm. Expect big name speakers like Jeremy Corbyn.
Lambeth UNISON will be heading there after our Branch Meeting earlier in the day.