Care and Support Workers Organise (CASWO) are planning a day of action on Saturday 4 September during Professional Care Workers Week. CASWO is a cross union campaign made up of care and support workers from across the labour movement. Care and support workers have risked their lives during the pandemic to continue to care for the society’s most vulnerable. They have been at the sharp end of the government’s policy failures and have had to endure PPE shortages, lack of adequate testing in care homes and continued poverty pay.
CASWO are demanding:
£15 per hour minimum wage for all care and support staff
Full recognition as key workers making it easier for carers to access genuinely affordable housing
For the social care sector to be bought under democratic ownership
We fully support CASWO’s demands, and we encourage all our members to take part in the day of action. If you are a care worker or just believe that care workers deserve better, then we urge you to join the demo! Care and support workers need our solidarity as they have given so much over the past 18 months. They don’t just deserve our gratitude and applause but a meaningful pay rise and better working conditions.
The action will start at 11.30am on Saturday 4 September outside the Department for Health and Social Care with a full list of speakers to be confirmed. Other demonstrations will take place at the same time in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Preston, making it a national day of action!
Make sure to spread the word about the demo at your workplace and support this vital campaign.
Also, please click the link below and sign CASWO’s petition calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and members of The London Assembly to include all care and support workers in ‘Key Worker’ housing schemes across London.
Make sure to follow CASWO on both Twitter and Facebook.
On Friday 11th September there will be a court hearing for the four officers charged with the murder of George Floyd.
Join Stand Up to Racism Southwark and Lambeth to stand in solidarity with all those demanding justice for George Floyd and the end to racist policing in the US and here in the UK.
In the UK, we demand the end of Stop and Search under Section 60, which is disproportionately used against black people.
There will be socially distanced protest with speakers followed by a Take the Knee.
WHERE: Outside the U.S. Embassy, Nine Elms SW11 7US
WHEN: Friday 11th September, 6pm
Petition to stop Section 60
Section 60 (S60) Gives Police the right to search people when they ‘believe’ them to be ‘potentially dangerous.’ Section 60 has been both overused and misused and is used to harass Black & Ethnic Minority people across the UK.
Official statistics show that Section 60 powers are disproportionately used against black people. A black person is 47 times more likely to be stopped and searched than a white person.
Section 60 searches have increased in the capital from 1,836 in 2017-18 to 9,599 in 2018-19
This is a fundamentally flawed law that discriminates against Black and Ethnic Minority People and must be scrapped
Stand up to Racism South London are campaigning to prohibit Section 60, suspicion-less stop and search. Lambeth and Southwark council report some of highest figures for stop and search in London and must be made accountable.
Neither the massive growth in section 60 searches nor the disproportionate focus on people from black and minority groups can be justified as an objective response to violent crime.
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.
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!