To make an impact, you have to stay. So under the slogan ‘Take Back Manchester’, the People’s Assembly contested the Tories’ right to have the city to themselves and make all the news. Continue reading
On Thursday 16th July, approximately 60 people gathered in St Helen’s Square to protest about the anti-homeless bars installed on benches on Rougier Street, prior to Richard Bridge handing in a petition of 5,400 signatures calling for their removal. People turned up with sleeping bags and blankets and at 5.30 and took over St Helen’s Square to stage a “sleep-in” and raise awareness of the issues faced by the rising number of homeless people in York.
Members of Unison were also protesting about cuts to Facility Time for union representatives working for the council, and once the sleep-in was over, York People’s Assembly joined this protest to show solidarity. Continue reading
For the benefit sanctions day of action, we held a stall near the Stonebow House Job Centre. Unite Community Section sent us lots of resources, including their advice leaflets. Within minutes we’d met people who had faced sanctions, and the bedroom tax was also a common theme. One woman’s sister had received a bedroom tax demand just 2 weeks after her 10 year old son died. The stall was busy throughout, with a lot of support.
Around 40 people assembled to protest outside West Offices last night, ahead of a crucial council committee vote on the fate of the Castlegate Centre. The protest was covered by York Press, appearing as the main story on the home page. The decision will now go back to the council’s Cabinet, who must decide how to change course. It’s rare to hold a protest and get a victory so soon afterwards, and everyone involved deserves to celebrate. Let’s hope its the first of many! Continue reading
Its with great sadness that we note the passing of Councillor Lynn Jeffries, as reported in the York Press. As a disability campaigner, Lynn was a key voice for the most vulnerable in our community, and will be hugely missed. She had briefly been involved in York Welfare Campaign, a group whose work York People’s Assembly continues, as well as many other grass-roots initiatives. Her refusal to condone cutbacks led to her principled resignation from the Labour group. York has lost an important voice for the marginalised from within its power structures, and she will be sorely missed.
After Monday’s meeting, where CareUK was high on the agenda, we’ve got a couple of events marked in the diary to keep up the support for this vital workplace struggle. On Bank Holiday Monday (5th May), the strike resumes for two weeks – thelongest period yet. We’ll be meeting at 8am at Nunnery Lane Car Park to drive down to the picket lines – we’ve had plenty of offers of space in cars, so do join us if you can. We hope to be joined by some of the strikers themselves at our open Decision Meeting, 7.30pm at the TSSA office on Nunnery Lane. Why not try to raise some funds from friends and colleagues and bring it along?
Last Saturday, members of York People’s Assembly and local Trade Unions showed support for striking CareUK staff by joining a march in Doncaster town centre. The campaign is heading towards its fourth strike period – a full two weeks of action. Also attending the rally were workers from Swansea. Their jobs have been outsourced to Gwalia, but the issues they face are identical. Continue reading