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Cardiff County Trades Union Council.
We are also on Twitter @CardiffTC
We are the community arm of the Wales TUC.
Based in Cardiff, the capitol city of Wales
We meet on the of third Tuesday of each month at
The Cardiff Bus, Sports and Social Club
59/61 Tudor Street
Date of next meetings
19.02.2015 6pm Unite building
All meetings commence at 18.30hrs
Diary Marker's and Upcoming Events
Cardiff Trades Council public meeting
STOP UNION BUSTING
Speakers John McInally PCS Vice President
John Chamberlain Co-author of Blacklisted
7pm Thurs 19th March
Take action against benefit Sanctions - Public meeting
18th February 2015 at the Unite Building, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff Commencing at 18.30hrs
Full details on Facebook, click here
Over the past two years, 2 million welfare benefit claimants have been sanctioned. This has led to unemployed, disabled and chronically ill people going hungry. There has been a huge increase in people using food banks as a last resort for many people in poverty situations.
The Cardiff Community Branch has called a Public Meeting to build a coalition to find solutions and tackle the ongoing crisis of Benefit Sanctions, a major cause of the growth of food banks across Britain.
The aim of the meeting is to bring together interested parties to coordinate a practical response to these cruel and unnecessary attacks on the most vulnerable in our society.
Please join us at this important meeting and help us defend our communities.
Diary Marker. The Cardiff Trades Council May Day March and Rally 2015 takes place on Saturday 2nd May 2015. Assemble at 12.00 (midday) at the southern end of St Mary street, under the railway bridge, on the pavement outside the derelict York Hotel which is opposite the Maldron Hotel. We move off at 12.30 to march through the streets of Cardiff City centre to a rally at the Temple of Peace, King Edward V11 Avenue, Cathays Park Cardiff. The Rally should start at 1.15pm and a full list of speakers will be announced shortly. Help to spread the message to friends, family, contacts, colleagues etc and lets all help to make this a massive event. For details of the Facebook event we have created click here
All Trade Unionists are invited!
Comrades, just for your information although many are already aware, the Welsh Tories are holding their 2015 Spring Conference at the Swalec Stadium on Friday 27th February from 11.00am with a Gala Dinner at 8.00pm at the Same venue. The Conference continues through to the Saturday with a 10.00am start and finishes at 4.00pm.
Coincidentally the Welsh Lib Dems are holding their 2015 Spring Conference in Cardiff on the Weekend of the 27th February until Sunday 1st March. On the Friday the Conference will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel and on the Saturday and Sunday at the School of Management Cardiff Met. University.
Obviously Cardiff Trades Council believes we should ensure there is a warm and noisy Welsh welcome offered to both Conferences as I'm sure both parties would expect nothing less. Further info will be published closer to the date.
Info From Cardiff against the Cuts
PROTEST LOBBY OF CARDIFF COUNCILLORS
Meet at 330pm, this coming Thursday 29th Jan outside City Hall, Cathays Park.
We'll be joined by those fighting to save Howardian Youth Music Centre and other Youth and Play Centres in the city. Facebook event here.
Swiftly followed by:
CARDIFF AGAINST THE CUTS AGM
at 6pm, also this Thursday 29th Jan, upstairs in the Owain Glyndwr
We'll be discussing plans for the budget day protest. See below for THE BIG ONE. We'll be re-electing the officers at this meeting.
"READ-IN" PROTEST AGAINST LIBRARY CLOSURES
at 12 midday, Saturday 7th Feb, at Cardiff Central Library
Called by Cardiff County UNISON and Cardiff People's Assembly. Sign the petition here. Facebook event here. More info below.
SAVE CHANNEL VIEW
Their badly-kept secret is out: Cardiff Council are threatening to try and build on land currently occupied by Channel View Leisure Centre. Despite residents, users and campaigners demanding that Channel View is removed from the consultation, Cardiff Council is pressing ahead with it on the list. They want to repeat what they've done in the STAR area by shutting SPlott Pool and the STAR Centre and get away with a similar cut to funding for leisure services in Grangetown and the docks. They denied it and denied it, but now the truth has broken out. The new porky pie the Council is offering to replace the one which claimed the plan doesn't exist at all is that building a (badly needed) school on the land won't impact on the services currently offered there. As far as I can see, that would only be the case if they built it underground.
Just like the last Lib-Dem/Plaid Council, which tried to shut Lansdowne Primary School instead of building a new Welsh-medium school like they should have done years before, the current council is playing a dangerous game, trying to set one section of the community against other in order to get its cuts passed. Just like last time, it won't wash. Save Channel View campaign has pledged its support to parents who are fighting for spaces for their kids. The Council should back off from this plan, opposed by over 80% of those consulted, and use unoccupied land (of which there is plenty in Grangetown) to build a new school, not put the few leisure facilities which exist in the area at risk. Watch this space for next steps in the campaign.
SAVE CATHAYS LIBRARY
Cathays is the latest library campaign to get off the ground, joining Rumney,Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Rhydypenau and others. Facebook group here. They're planning a public meeting on the 11th Feb. More info to follow.
DON'T FORGET THE BIG ONE:
PROTEST: CARDIFF COUNCIL - STOP SAVAGE CUTS TO JOBS AND SERVICES
Meet at 330pm, Thursday 26th February, at City Hall, Cathays Park
This is the key meeting, when all the eyes of the press and public will be on Councillors as they attend the budget meeting. They will have to decide whether to vote against the cuts or support another £48 million being slashed from jobs and services. Please forward the attached poster-leaflet to all contacts. Facebook event here. Please join and invite your friends.
CARDIFF’S LIBRARY SERVICE - NATIONAL LIBRARIES DAY MASS "READ IN"
Please bring a book to hold up as a symbol of freedom, and banners, placards and signs. Authors, campaigners and members of the public are invited to read a three minute passage from a favourite book. Join in or come and listen.
Cardiff’s public library service is being dismantled. The Central library, voted one of the top six libraries in the world, is now going through a second year of budget cuts. Last year they lost the top floor and a quarter of their staff, and closed one day a week. Next year it could become a “Super Hub” and lose two more floors when Marland House, the housing benefit and council tax centre, moves into the building. Hundreds of books have already been removed and library staff have been warned not to talk about the cuts on social media.
Meanwhile up to seven community libraries in Cathays, Radyr, Rhiwbina, Rhydypennau, Roath, Rumney and Whitchurch will stop receiving any council funding at all. The plan is to 'hand buildings over to the community' by making trained staff redundant and replacing them with volunteers. If these “community groups” cannot be found to take over they will have to close completely.
Libraries are more than a place to store books – they are the only free space where residents can meet in the winter, and a vital place for elderly, disabled and unemployed people to access computers and to search for work. Our right to participate in cultural life is essential for a democracy, and if we don't put up a fight for these libraries now we won't get another chance.
Be part of history.
Defend our library service in our capital city. Make the council provide a
comprehensive service as the 1964 Libraries and Museums Act demands: Save our
and share Unison 'Save Cardiff Library Service' petition:
In Liverpool, 11 libraries where saved when 500 authors, musicians and educators wrote to the mayor along with hundreds of school children sending love library letters. (See Cathy Cassidy's love letter on the Internet)
Be part of history. Defend our
library service in our capital city. Make the council provide a comprehensive
service as the1964 Libraries and Museums Act demands. Write your love library
letter to the leader of Cardiff council. Exercise your freedom of speech by
discussing library cuts freely on Twitter, Facebook, Walesonline and letters to
the papers. Show solidarity with library staff who have been banned from doing
Address your letters/emails to
Leader of Cardiff
Tel 02920 493980 /
Peter Bradbury (libraries portfolio)
Cardiff Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign - The next Branch Meeting will be on Tuesday January 20th, 6.30 pm at The Unite Building, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9SD
21 January at 19:30 Cathays Community Centre, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff CF24 4HX
Facebook Details of the Event Click here
28 January at 14:00 Unite Building (Transport House), 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff
Facebook Details of the Event Click here
The 2015 AGM of Cardiff Trades Council will take place on the 13th January 2015 at the CWU Offices, 271 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1JB commencing at 6.45pm. The AGM will be immediately follwed by the January Business Meeting. Can delegates make every effort to attend. The necessary Documentation for the AGM can be downloaded here
Info Provided by Cardiff Branch Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Join us on Saturday 13th December 2pm
Cardiff Town Centre Queen St near Next/Marks and Spencer.
We will be leafletting with the "Children in Palestine" newsletters published by Action 4 Palestinian Children and Jews for Justice for Palestinians.
Tuesday 16th December 7pm
There'll be no branch meeting this month, instead Come along to our Christmas social event at Felafal Wales,
122 Cowbridge Rd East,Canton, Cardiff http://www.falafelwales.com/
Please let us know if you'll be attending so we have an idea of numbers - firstname.lastname@example.org
South Wales Firefighter and documentary maker Ciaran Gibbons
travelled to Scotland to film Scottish Firefighters training Palestinian Firefighters -
Watch Ciarans short, moving documentary which shows how the occupation affects
the emergency services in the West Bank
PSC Update - Sign the Pledge to boycott Hewlett Packard
Hewlett Packard (HP) is best known for producing our printers and laptops. But it is also complicit in Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine and grave breaches of international law. HP provides Israel with specialised technologies which are integral to Israel’s system of oppression of the Palestinian people. HP provides the Israeli navy’s IT infrastructure. The Israeli navy is used to bombard Gaza and enforce the illegal blockade from the sea.
Sign the pledge not to buy Hewlett Packard http://www.palestinecampaign.org/hp-pledge/
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Info provided by Cardiff Against The Cuts
In the news today is the outrageous decision by management at RBS to hand over £5.5million in bonuses to 10 of its most highly-paid staff. Parliament is up in arms - but not because of this latest rip-off, but at the suggestion that they cut their champagne budget!
And the politicians tell us we should simply accept the closure of essential community facilities, cuts to essential services, privatisation of leisure and other services and so on.
Join the growing opposition to this swindle.
We're launching this year's campaign against council cuts this Saturday. There's three things you can do:
1. COME TO THE PROTEST AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: SAVE OUR SERVICES
meet at 12 midday, this Saturday 13th December,
at the Aneurin Bevan statue, Queen St (opposite the castle).
We should have speakers there from unions representing social workers and other Council staff, as well as Community Action for Rumney Library, Save Our Services - STAR Area, Save Cathays Library, Friends of Grangetown Play Centre, Save Channel View Leisure and many more. It will be a chance for each campaign to speak to the public and the media to explain the damage these plans will do in their community, and demonstrate to the Council that a powerful force is building, demanding that they fight against the cuts instead of implement them.
2. HELP US ADVERTISE SATURDAY'S PROTEST
A) Forward this email to everyone in your contacts list.
B) Build support using social media. Indicate that you are going on our Facebook event, here. Also invite all your friends and share the event on your page and in any groups you're in or pages you're a part of. Get tweeting about the event too, tagging @nocutscardiff.
C) Get in touch if you haven't seen the poster for the event in your local neighbourhood and you think you could get posters put up in the shops and any community buildings.
3. TELL CARDIFF COUNCILLORS THEY SHOULD BE FIGHTING THE CUTS, NOT TRYING TO MANUFACTURE THE APPEARANCE OF SUPPORT FOR THEM.
The Council has launched the "Cardiff Debate", the main purpose of which is to try and soften the opposition to the brutal cuts they're trying to force through. Take part in their survey, here, and tell them councillors should be standing up and fighting the cuts, not trying to pull the wool over the eyes of their constituents. No cuts, closures or privatisation.
Please also see below an invitation to the next People's Assembly meeting and some advice from Mike Imperato, a solicitor, on using legal means to strengthen your campaign.
Yours in solidarity,
Secretary, Cardiff Against The Cuts
Get Legal – 5 point Guide by Michael Imperato Watkins & Gunn Solicitors (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1 – get organized – you need a structured campaign group to give clear instructions, find information etc
2 – Get a solicitor who knows this type of law – it’s a v specialised area, don’t assume the nice chap who did your will can do it
3 – Get information – the lawyer will want a chronology, key documents, facts and why you think the decision making is flawed
4 – Get a ‘man of straw” - this is someone (it can be a woman!) who is on the equivalent now of income support and owns no property. They will be the ‘nominal’ client and the lawyer can apply for Legal Aid to fund the legal challenge.
5 – Get on with it – there are v tight deadlines by which you have to apply to court. Don’t hang about.
Cardiff People's Assembly: Action Meeting
Monday, December 8at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
18-20, St Davids House, Wood Street, CF10 1ER Cardiff
(formerly old Cardiff Bus ticket office on Wood street across from the Bus Station)
People’s Assembly Against Austerity brings together campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice. It aims to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/about
This meeting has been called to get things moving more quickly as we deal with the twin issues of the setting of Local Council budgets cuts (2015/16) and the General election in May 2015. Join the People’s Assembly and help make a difference to your community
A rough agenda -
1. Our intervention as Peoples Assembly Cardiff around the next round of council cuts, as always local campaigns are erupting.
2. With six months to the general election and all the main parties committed to balancing the books thinking of how we can intervene locally creatively to press the case that austerity is completely unnecessary and push the debate leftwards
3. Supporting the People's Assembly Wales initiative
4. Thinking about events for early in 2015 such as public meeting, gigs, film screenings, protests and so on.
5. Broadening the base of Cardiff People's Assembly and getting more diverse constituencies involved.
If there is anything else on the agenda that needs to be discussed let us know!
Please forward to your networks. See you on Monday!
Acting Convenor, Cardiff People's Assembly
Make a stand to end violence against women.
Tuesday 25th Nov 2014
10.50am to 12pm
Light A Candle Event
Come speak up against violence against women. The Minister for Public Services, survivors of violence along with faith leaders will speak up at the Light A Candle ecumenical service to commemorate the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
Info: Rama (Bawso) 029 20644 633; Meg (Welsh Women’s Aid) 029 20 541 551
March to Llandaff Cathedral with us. Meet 9.45am at Bawso, 9 Cathedral Rd CF11 9HA, and bring your banners. International food will be served at a fundraising lunch at 1pm, at Unite the Union, 1 Cathedral Rd CF11 9SD.
Message from Cardiff Against The Cuts
You might have seen in the press that Cardiff Council has announced its plans to make another £48 million of savage cuts to jobs, services and living standards. We've called a meeting to discuss the campaign against these cuts:
MEETING: STOP CARDIFF COUNCIL'S LATEST BRUTAL CUTS
7pm, Wednesday 26th November,
in the side bar of the Owain Glyndwr,
opposite St John's Church, Cardiff City Centre
Council workers, who have lost 18% of their income in the last four years are facing another £5 million cut. There are more cuts planned for libraries, as well as the privatisation of all leisure services and the closure of almost all day centres for elderly and disabled people. Social services, which is so over-stretched that it has been unable to implement last year's cuts, will lose millions more from funding for services for children in care, homeless people, people with learning difficulties and other vulnerable groups. The axe is being swung again for the city's youth clubs and play centres.
WE'VE GOT TO GET ORGANISED TO FIGHT THESE BRUTAL CUTS.
Last year campaigns forced Cardiff Council to back off from some cuts. The pressure we've helped to generate is breaking the Labour group apart, as councillors accuse their own comrades of running a "dictatorship."
We don't want rival groups of councillors vying with one another over who gets to slash back our services: we want representatives who will stand up and fight the cuts with us. If they won't do that voluntarily, then it's up to us to again focus the anger that these proposals have already created.
Attached is the poster for our campaign planning meeting, next Wednesday. Please forward this all your contacts, print off some copies and get them posted up in your local shopping district this weekend, or visit facilities local to you that face closure and invite the staff and service users along.
Don't forget to come yourself too!
Our next Branch meeting is on Tuesday 18 November, 6.30pm at the Unite Building, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9SD. Come along to hear Liz Coombes tell us about her recent experiences in the West Bank. Liz has been visiting the West Bank as a volunteer with a Music Therapy project and working with children with special needs, for 10 years. http://goo.gl/UQ4cyD
SAVE THE DATE – We will be hosting an informative talk on 2nd December in Cardiff by Hamed Qawasmeh of the Hebron International Resources Network (HIRN) and Ella Furness of the Easton Cowgirls Football Team who have recently completed a football tour of the West Bank hosted by HIRN. More details to follow shortly.
Abergavenny PSC have these events planned for this month.
Sunday 16 November 7pm at the Melville Theatre, Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD. Lynn Morris’s interpretation of Quaker Elizabeth Hooton’s life as a travelling minister in the 17th Century. Admission is free with a collection for Seir Women’s Co-operative, West Bank, Palestine
Saturday, November 22nd - - Fund raising walk - Approx 10 Miles from Abergavenny
Walk, Talk, Eat to raise money for Medical Aid For Palestinians in Gaza.
11:30 Saturday 22nd November 2014 £10/£7 low income –
An optional short walk to Iron Age Settlement or short Palestinian film
Sit and chat over lunch - A light Palestinian inspired lunch using local produce. (Vegetarian option.) A brief talk about the Gaza situation.
For directions, please email Diana: email@example.com
This summer the joint actions taken by supporters of Palestinians has forced politicians and the media to sit up and take notice of us – we need you to take action again to help Palestinians in Jerusalem who face ever more harassment and violence from Israeli Soldiers and settlers.
Take Action for Jerusalem – the situation is still tense and attacks on Palestinians are ongoing in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Briefing and media action
Our report, What the media won't tell you about East Jerusalem, gives the grim facts on how Israel attempts to repress, control, intimidate and, ultimately, expel East Jerusalem Palestinians.
Please read the report and write to the media to highlight what is being left out of their reporting.
Letters for publication can be sent to:
The Guardian: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independent: email@example.com
The Daily Telegraph: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Telegraph: email@example.com
The Times: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Mail: email@example.com
Please include your name, postal address and telephone number when writing to any of the above.
To comment or complain about BBC coverage, please fill in the BBC’s website form at www.bbc.co.uk/complaints
To join PSC http://www.palestinecampaign.org/support/join/
This year’s Living Wage week runs between 3rd-9th November with Wales TUC activities aimed at raising the problems posed by low pay in Wales as part of the ongoing Britain Needs a Pay Rise campaign theme.
Saturday 8th Wales TUC will be setting stall in Pontypridd town centre with a New Orleans Jazz Band and the huge Britain Needs a Pay Rise balloon (see attached pic) as part of a Living Wage showcase. We need help from members, reps and anyone who can spare one hour of their time between 11am – 2pm. Volunteers are needed to help with leaflets and talk with membes of the public to help promote the issue and encourage those who are not in a union to join up.
The Pontypridd event will be our main activity for the week and we would really appreciate your support in ensuring that the huge prop and band have the best possible impact on the town while creating some great photos for media coverage.
Help the Cardiff Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to build a network of Trade Union Activists in South Wales to support the struggle to FREE PALESTINE 29 October 2014 at 18:30 Unite Building, Cathedral Road, Cardiff. Following Israel's brutal assault on Gaza this summer, delegates at the TUC conference vowed to step up it's campaign for a Free Palestine and called on the UK Government and the EU to end arms trading with Israel and to ban settlement goods. Help us to build a network of Trade Union Activists to raise awareness of the injustices that Palestinians suffer under the Israeli Occupation and to campaign for change.
The Welsh Alliance, a South Wales fascist group, has called for tomorrow’s anti-Muslim demo (October 25th.) to assemble at the small car park in front of Cardiff Central Station at 12.30. They intend to then march on City Hall. They say they will be drinking in the Peppermint Lounge and in O’Neill’s pub beforehand, and have advised their supporters to leave their racist banners at home! They obviously know their audience well.
UAF supporters will gather in front of Central Station at 11.30. We have no need to allow organised fascists the freedom of the city.
Regards. Julian Goss (Secretary, UAF Wales).
No Iraq War 3
Cardiff March and Rally Saturday 11th October 2014
Assemble at 2.00pm outside Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park.
Parliament voted for the third Iraq War. The last two have brought almost unimaginable suffering to the people of Iraq and have helped to create the current chaos, driving the country to the brink of break up.
They claim this is a humanitarian operation to defeat Isis. In fact, Isis is backed by various middle east powers and a new aerial bombardment will not defeat it. It will however, kill innocents, further fragment the country and inflame violence.
The record of the west's wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya show that as well as creating misery and mayhem, western military interventions make the world a more volatile, dangerous place.
Cameron's new war has built-in mission creep. Discussions are already underway for Britain to join the bombing of Syria, and there are growing calls for boots on the ground.
Initiated by Cardiff Stop the War Coalition. Supported by CND Cymru and Cardiff Trades Council. A full list of supporting organisations will be published shortly.
WALES AGAINST AUSTERITY AND CUTS CONFERENCE
Cardiff Saturday 4 October 2014 11.00 – 16.00 at the Owain Glyndwr
High Street Arcade CF10 1GL (Near St John's Church, Hayes, Indor Market)
Agenda and documents for the event here:
No More Austerity Demand the Alternative
Monday 29th September 2014, Unite Building, Cathedral Road Cardiff Commencing at 7.00pm
Speakers include -
SAM FAIRBAIRN - National Secretary, People's Assembly
LEN ARTHUR - Secretary, People's Assembly RCT/Bridgend. Len will be speaking on building a Wales-wide movement against austerity.
Living standards continue to drop, forcing millions into poverty, yet the politicians remain addicted to austerity. Cardiff People's Assembly, Trade Unions and community groups are organising to demand the alternative. Come and get involved!
Organised by Cardiff People's Assembly.
FBU Ring of Fire Tour - Comes to Cardiff
Thursday 2nd May 2014 11.00am - 3.00pm
Roald Dahl Plass Cardiff Bay.
The Fire Brigades Union has announced a nationwide “Ring of Fire” tour of the UK to highlight the devastating impact the government’s austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service.
The 20 date tour, which kicked off in Liverpool on 9 September, to promote the union’s recently published report Sounding the alarm: the future of the fire and rescue service which has found funding for the service has been cut by more than 20% during this parliament, that 5000 frontline firefighter jobs have been cut and 999 emergency response times have increased significantly.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters want to warn the public about the threat to the UK fire and rescue service from central government cut backs.
“Firefighters want to continue doing a great job but their profession is being undermined by deep cuts to the service.
“I urge the public to come to their local event and talk to firefighters about the threat to their profession.”
Along the tour, firefighters will be joined by special guests including local politicians, singers and comedians to make the event a special day out for all the family.
Entry to the event is free and each event will kick off from midday.
Demolition of Splott Pool has now began, despite all the assurances from councillors that Council Leader Phil Bale would meet with campaigners before they laid a finger on the building.
This is just the Council's latest betrayal of the community.
If they get their way, the STAR Centre will be next, and both the Pool and the STAR will be replaced by a cut-price, min-hub that will mean a MASSIVE cut to services for the local area.
If you're angry about the demolition, don't let that anger turn into despair. Turn it into something positive and help us get as many people along to the protest march on Saturday 20th. We're going to wake up Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath, marching though the whole community.
PROTEST MARCH: Save the Services of the STAR Centre and Splott Pool
Assemble 12 midday, Saturday 20th September
outside the STAR Centre, Splott Road
- help leaflet the area?
- get posters up in the local shops?
- tell your friends, family and neighbours?
- publicise it on Facebook? Event here)
- forward this email to all your contacts?
- come up with any other ideas?
Get in touch via this email address or ring Ross on 07772215281.
for the committee and the campaign
Sunday 31 August, 10.30am - 5.30pm
Counter Summit in Cardiff
County Hall, CF10 4UW
Speakers from the global peace movements & sessions and workshops on NATO expansion, the drive to war and military spending; Ukraine and a new cold war; Afghanistan: the endless occupation; Women and War; Move the money: Disarmament for Development; Palestine; Middle East: Oil & Empire; The New Nuclear Arms Race; Militarisation & Science; Singing for Peace
Thursday 4 September: First day of NATO Summit
Mass Action and March on the Celtic Manor
Gather at 12 Noon • Cenotaph • Clarence Place • Newport NP11 6DG
There is also likely to be a protest at Cardiff Castle where world leaders are likely to be banqueting. Details to be announced.
Further details will be announced shortly of other key events. Throughout the week there will be other protests, events and direct actions + a peace camp at Tredegar Park in Newport where many people, particularly those travelling from further afield will be staying with events taking place
JOIN THE FREE PALESTINE BLOC ON THE MARCH ON SATURDAY 30 AUGUST & OTHER ACTIONS
As the world leaders in NATO gather in Newport, their main ally in the Middle East continues a devastating onslaught against the Palestinians in Gaza. Behind Israel’s blockading, settlements and ability to be so brutal, lies billions poured in from the rulers of Britain, the US and the other western powers. Right now nearly 2,000 Palestinians lie dead at the hand of tanks, fighter jets, drones and rifles, supplied by the US and its NATO allies.
Let’s be clear, Palestinians have every right to defend themselves, but with the support of the West, Israel will remain immensely stronger. Israel will never allow a state for Palestine on its doorstep.
That’s why we have to support the mass movements across the region challenging imperialism, but also up the ante against our government’s support for Israel at home. We need arms embargos and trade boycotts NOW!
That’s why we want to see a sea of Palestinian flags right through this demonstration. We have to send a message to Obama, Cameron and the other NATO leaders loud and clear; break the link with Israel. End the siege on Gaza. Freedom for Palestine.
Call for a FREE PALESTINE BLOC issued by Cardiff Stop the War Coalition. Bring banners, placards, and flags. To add your organisation to this call email this address.
Cardiff Stop the War Coalition
March with the Wales TUC Today!
Pride Cymru is going to be held this year on Saturday 16th August 2014. Wales TUC would like to see as many Trade Union members as possible joining in the parade through the streets of Cardiff. Families, individuals, groups and organisations all are welcome to join the walking parade to showcase the true diversity and equality across Wales. Flags and union banners are welcomed. Cheering bystanders are also encouraged to capture the event using #PrideCymru and #WelshPride.
The Wales TUC has a large banner (below) and we are asking Trade Union members to walk behind this flag.
More details are online here; http://www.pridecymru.co.uk/event/welsh-pride-is-parade-2014/
Registration to join the parade begins at 10:00 outside Pulse, Churchill Way Cardiff
Registration ends at 11:00.
The parade begins at 11:30 from Churchill Way Cardiff
The parade finishes at 12:30 at Castle Way Cardiff
Those who take part are asked to provide a voluntary contribution of £1.
Get organised. Transport must be organised now from every corner of the country, bringing everyone to London who is outraged by Israel's barbaric onslaught.
Spread the word. Everyone must now mobilise wherever they are in Britain, spread the word as widely as they can -- among family, friends, in their workplaces, colleges, community.
No excuses. Over the past three weeks, London has held the biggest demonstrations for Gaza in the world, twice mobilising over 50,000 protesters. But on Saturday 9 August we need to fill the streets of London with a huge outcry at the carnage being perpetrated by Israel, with the support of David Cameron and his government.
Reasons why. 25 days of the world's fifth most powerful military force bombarding an area no bigger than the Isle of Wight has killed 1,800 Palestinians and injured 9000 more. No one and nothing is safe from Israel's war crimes: 80% of the dead are civilians, over 300 of them children -- women, the disabled, the elderly, the infirm, all slaughtered by Israel's indiscriminate bombing with missiles and shells.
More reasons why. Hospitals, schools, power stations, sewage works -- Gaza's infrastructure is being turned to rubble. Israel has declared more than half of Gaza a no-go area, effectively announcing it will make Gaza a free-fire zone, when it knows full well there is nowhere for its people to move that is safe, with the borders sealed by Israel and Egypt's inhumane siege.
Gaza needs you. On Saturday 9 August, there will be demonstrations in cities and towns across the world. We will be there to say Israel's crimes against humanity must stop. And we will be there in our solidarity with the people of Gaza, who need to know they are not alone.
Gaza tell the Truth on Gaza Demo
Join the demonstration the BBC can’t miss – on their own doorstep. The BBC’s reporting of Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza fails to explain the years of occupation and siege Palestinians have endured. We say, give the full picture – tell the truth on Gaza.
From: SOS STARarea <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You will have the news by now: Cardiff Council now claims it can't afford to build what it promised in Splott Park - a new leisure facility that will be an improvement on what's in the STAR area at the moment.
The SOS STAR Area campaign (formerly the Save Splott Pool campaign) has called a PROTEST against this betrayal at the next local councillors' surgery. Please tell all your friends, family, colleagues and everyone else you know to get down to the:
PROTEST LOBBY for the POOL and the STAR Centre
930am, Saturday 2nd August,
outside the STAR Centre on Splott Road.
The Council's new plan is to build a cut-price hub that is smaller than the Pool and the STAR Centre combined, with Council advice services taking up space inside. Despite all the propagangda they're pumping out, this means a cut in leisure facilities for an area that badly needs more, not less, for kids and others to do. More information and the poster for the protest is attached, or read our letter in the Echo today by clicking on the link. If you can help distribute the leaflet and get the poster put up in local shops, community centres, etc, please get in touch.
Tell local councillors and the Council leader of your outrage by email and twitter, details below. If you can, ask them to meet you at the lobby on the 2nd August to discuss your concerns.
Council Leader Phil Bale
Councillor Ed Stubbs
Councillor Huw Thomas
Councillor Gretta Marshall
for the committee and the campaign
Following the 100,000 strong march in London, 500 people marched in Cardiff at a demo called very short notice to protest the ground invasion of Gaza. We expect the march on Saturday to be massive. Please forward on to your contacts. Adam
MARCH FOR GAZA
Saturday 26 July.
Assemble 2.30 pm, Cardiff City Hall
Let the world know loud and clear, Wales supports Palestine. Stop Bombing Gaza. End the Occupation. Lift the siege. Let the refugees return. Free Palestine.
Initiated by Cardiff Stop the War Coalition. Supported by Wales sections of PCS and Unite trade unions. A full list of sponsors will be published shortly.
Come along to the Inaugural meeting of the Cardiff Morning Star Readers and Supporters Group Thursday 17th July 2014, at the Unite Building, Cathedral Road, Cardiff commencing at 7.00pm
"Which Way Forward For The Unions After July 10"
WE ARE WITH YOU - SOLIDARITY PROTEST FOR PALESTINE
Saturday (12 July) at 2 pm, Aneurin Bevan Statue, Queen Street, Cardiff
Emergency protest initiated by Cardiff Stop the War, Cardiff PSC & CND Cymru
Bring placards, banners, flags etc. All welcome.
Please forward on to as many people as possible, as soon as possible.
Cardiff Stop the War
Useful background articles -
Next NATO mobilising meeting in Cardiff - Wednesday 16 July at 7 pm, Unite Building (Transport House), 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff
Date: 4th July 2014
Wales TUC: 'Stop political attacks on our health workers'
Trade unions representing around 400,000 workers across Wales have today (Saturday) condemned the onslaught of political attacks aimed at NHS Wales and called on the Prime Minister to apologise for describing Offa’s Dyke as a ‘line between life and death.’
In a public statement (attached), marking the 66th anniversary of the NHS, unions are warning that political attacks have already damaged morale within the service and risk ‘driving a wedge between patients and staff.’
Wales TUC unions within the health service represent thousands of NHS Wales workers ranging from nurses, paramedics and consultants to porters and physiotherapists. It also represents hundreds of thousands of people who don't work in the NHS but rely on it for themselves and their families.
The statement condemns irresponsible attacks and smears levelled at the Welsh NHS, describing the unjust pressures facing the workforce as the UK government continues to deliver swingeing cuts to the overall Welsh budget. The statement continues 'whatever political interests such attacks serve are totally inferior to the task of supporting and enhancing NHS Wales and should be recognised as such.’
Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield said:
“Over the last sixty-six years, the NHS has transformed the lives of millions for the better. It continues to deliver world class treatment and care on the basis of social need rather than private profit. Today we should feel proud that the NHS was made in Wales, proud of the advances made and doubly proud of our committed and talented health workforce. We know that, despite political attacks from UK politicians, NHS workers have the support of the Welsh public.
“Our Welsh NHS has been smeared and attacked in the most outrageous terms by UK Government figures and some sections of the media. David Cameron’s description of Offa’s Dyke as the ‘line between life and death’ was an arrogant, deliberate insult to thousands of dedicated NHS Wales staff who deserve far better. No one who truly cares about the NHS would make those comments. It’s time for the Prime Minister to apologise.
"Political smears and attacks have been scripted by spin doctors who know next to nothing about the Welsh NHS. We represent hundreds of thousands of people who use the NHS as well as those working in it. Of course there are challenges and resources are stretched, but our members see the reality of an excellent service striving to be even better in the wards, surgeries and clinics right across Wales. It is time that their voice is heard.”
· Wales TUC’s #SupportOurWelshNHS Statement (attached with this press release) will also be available at: www.tuc.org.uk/wales from 00:01hrs on Saturday 5th July.
· Staff and patient case study interviews will also be available on Wales TUC’s YouTube channel.
· Follow @walestuc or facebook.com/walestuc for updates throughout the day
Alex Bevan: T: 02920 347010 M: 07912851929 E: email@example.com
Tonight (Friday 4.7.14) Come out to hear from and support UCU members who have been on all-out strike action since 2nd June against a brutal assault on their contracts by management.
One of the strikers will be coming to Cardiff to build support for their dispute. Unite the Resistance in South Wales has put this meeting on to help them build that solidarity, but also as an organising forum for us as trade unionists ahead of the mass public sector pay strike on 10th July.
Let's discuss how to build alliances to ensure a fight that can win, and take the lessons from thsi dispute forward to our own picket lines on J10.
18.30hrs Owain Glyndwr Public House 10, St Johns St. Cardiff
NEW THREAT TO POOL PLANS: come to the campaign meeting 7pm, Wednesday 9th July in St Saviour's Church, Splott RoadCardiff Council has SHOCKED the STAR area one again.
Cardiff Against the Cuts and local campaigners are determined to fight the Council as they did last year! Come to:
If you can help advertise this meeting and the campaign, please get in touch with Ross Saunders, Secretary Cardiff Against the Cuts on 07772215281. A Facebook event has been created, details here
As the Public Sector Unions take strike action on Thursday 10th July 2014 and whilst we appreciate many union members will be on their relevant picket lines, Cardiff Trades Council, supported by Cardiff Against the Cuts, Unite the Resistance, Cardiff Peoples Assembly, Cardiff campaign groups and others has organised an awareness raising event in support of the unions. Striking workers, supporters, anti cuts campaigners, students, pensioners etc will be gathering at the Nye Bevan Statue, Queen Street, Cardiff at 10.30am on Thursday July 10th handing out leaflets’ and explaining to the shoppers and workers in Cardiff City centre why the unions are being forced into taking strike action. We shall then march to the trade union organised rally at the Temple of Peace, King Edward V11 Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff. The Rally starts at 12.00.
A Facebook event has been created here
NO TO CUTS.
NO TO WAR.NO TO NATO.
PCS & STOP THE WAR COALITION
Monday 23 June, 7 PM, Unite Building/Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff
A meeting for trade unionists and community activists interested in getting involved in mobilising for the protests against the meeting of 60 world leaders for the 2014 NATO Summit at Celtic Manor, Newport.
Discussion will be introduced by Chris Nineham, Vice-Chair of Stop the War Coalition & Author of The People V Tony Blair: Politics, the Media & The Anti-War Movement
Come to the 8th Annual NSSN Conference on Saturday July 5th – ‘What recovery? We want our share! Fight Together for a Pay Rise! – Break the pay freeze, fight for a real living wage, oppose zero-hour contracts, fight for PAYE’. Leaflet – http://www.scribd.com/doc/221151679/NSSN-2014-conference-leaflet
It will be on from 11am-5pm in Conway Hall – 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL – delegate/visitor fee £6. Confirmed speakers include Ronnie Draper BFAWU bakers’ union General Secretary, POA General Secretary Steve Gillan, Janice Godrich PCS President and Peter Pinkney RMT President.
Cardiff Trades Council will be hosting the TUC JCC Trades Council Conference from Friday Evening 13th June 2016 to Sunday 15th June 2014.
A number of the Cardiff Trades Council Officers will be attending the Wales TUC Annual Confrence in Llandudno from the 20th May until the 22nd May 2014
BBC Wales is proposing to screen a debate involving the fascist BNP and Britain First parties.
NO PLATFORM FOR NAZIS
DEMONSTRATE 11.30 am Wednesday 14th May, BBC studios, Llandaff. UAF is planning to hold an alternative hustings outside, involving the Green Party and NO2EU, who have both quite rightly refused to share a BBC platform with fascists.
Come along and bring your friends
Cardiff, Sunday, 27 April: UAF counter-demonstration against racist NF demo. 1.00 pm outside National Museum Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff.
Cardiff, Monday, 28 April: Workers’ Memorial Day reception to commemorate the many thousands of people who have died as a result of their work and campaign for improved workplace safety to protect the living. Speakers including Carwyn Jones AM, Welsh First Minister, and Wales TUC. 11.15 am-12.30 pm in the Unite Building, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9SD. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to attend.
Cardiff, Thursday 1 May: 'International Workers’ Day: Wales in a Social Europe' - a Wales TUC event, hosted by Mick Antoniw AM, highlighting the contribution of the European Union to workers’ rights and the broader Welsh economy. Speakers include Welsh Govt ministers, Jane Hutt AM & Vaughan Gething AM; and David Evans (Wales TUC President). 12.45 – 1.30 pm in Conference Room C & D, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Buffet lunch provided. Please email email@example.com if you are able to attend.
We shall be leafleting in Cardiff city centre on Saturday 26th April 2014 to build for our May day March and Rally which takes place on Saturday 3rd May 2014, If you can afford a couple of hours to assist then meet at the Nye Bevan statue, Queen Street, at 11.00am
Two protest events organised by the Cardiff Peoples Assembly for Budget Day 2014
Full details here
Saturday 08 March 2014 at 10:00-15:00
Join Unite the union Wales as modern day suffragettes.
Help us celebrate international women's day but also campaign against the increases in child, food and fuel poverty and for a better, fairer future.
Saturday 8th March on Queen Street, Cardiff - opposite Boots the chemists
10am - 3pm: Join us for as long or as little as you can
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sara Mayo, on behalf of Cardiff Feminist Network and Unison County Branch member (personal capacity)
Cardiff Feminist Network presents
International Women’s Day 2014
Stop Violence Against Women
It's at City Hall Lawns (or just next to it), Cardiff between 4-7 this Sat (8th March). We'll be there to direct people there too.
Speakers including: Rhian Davies, Cardiff Women's Aid / Susan Pashkoff, Economist & Anti-cuts campaigner / Sara Mayo, CFN campaigner (personal capacity) / and many more....
Plus poetry by Mab Jones, music and creative writing readings, including "Mis(s) Seen" by Cardiff poets Merched Mentrus
Follow us - Twitter @FeministCardiff #CFN_stop!
Rhwydwaith Ffeministaidd Caerdydd yn cyflwyno
Diwrnod Rhyngwladol y Merched 2014
Atal Trais yn Erbyn Merched
Yn cynnwys y siaradwyr: Rhian Davies, Cymorth i Ferched Caerdydd / Susan Pashkoff, Economydd ac Ymgyrchydd Gwrth-doriadau / Sara Mayo, Ymgyrchydd Rhwydwaith Ffeministaidd Caerdydd (mewn cymhwyster personol) / a llawer mwy…..
Yn ogystal â barddoniaeth gan Mab Jones, cerddoriaeth a darlleniadau o ysgrifennu creadigol, gan gynnwys "Mis(s) Seen” gan feirdd Caerdydd, Merched Mentrus
Dilyn ni - Trydar @FeministCardiff #CFN_stop!
Cardiff Peoples Assembly General Meeting
March 10th Cayo Arms Cathedarl Road Cardiff at 7.0pm full details here
We're seeing an unprecedented level of opposition to the Council's cuts this year.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Help take it up a notch by publicising the protest against the Bloodbath Budget on Thursday 27th. Attached to this email is a poster for the event: print off some copies and take them to any facility local to you that is under threat - play centres, libraries, youth centres, day centres, community halls, etc. Ask your local shops if they will display a copy in their window. It would be worth booking the afternoon off if you can to attend this essential show of opposition. Tell the Council: fight the cuts, don't do the Tories' dirty work!
PROTEST AGAINST CARDIFF COUNCIL'S BLOODBATH BUDGET
3.30-6.30pm, Thursday 27th February,
outside Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park.
Invite your friends to the Facebook event here
And here's the details of the meeting we've put together to finalise the plans:
CARDIFF AGAINST THE CUTS AGM AND CAMPAIGN PLANNING MEETING
7-9pm, Monday 17th February,
Suite 1, Ground floor, Unite building, 1 Cathedral Road.
Invite your friends to the Facebook event here. We're hoping to get Play Centre campaigners, trade unionists who represent the workers in the facilities under threat, campaigners for children who have disabilities, campaigners from the library service - cut again this year - as well as many others there, including people who are fighting the brutal cuts to the youth service.
WHAT'S THE LATEST NEWS?
In the past week literally hundreds of people have attended or organised meetings or protests. Apolgies if I forget you! Get in touch if you want us to advertise anything you are doing.
One of the highlights has got to be the bold kids of Grangetown Play Centre, who briefly blocked Ferry Road on Wednesday in protest at Council plans to shut down their centre. Play Centres are crucial parts of the community they're in: they're part youth club for younger kids, part educational, part support group - somewhere safe for the kids to go and for parents to get together. Shutting them will deal a killing blow to the community.
Over a hundred also attended a lively protest at Ely Play Centre yesterday. Campaigners have produced a video (watch this space) where a long line of Welsh Mams lay into the Council for the damage that will be done if the plans aren't scrapped.
Riverside Play Centre campaigners have asked us to publicise their meeting/protest. Meet at 6pm this Monday 10th Feb at the Play Centre on Ninian Park Road. I'd encourage everyone to attend: they need our support to keep these vital facilities open, and they also feature some of the most energetic, lively protesters I've ever seen!
We're also in touch with campaigners from Play Centres in Llanrumney, Splott, Adamsdown and elsewhere. Together, the groups are hatching an exciting plan to march through the city to our protest on the 27th February.
Campaigners at Howardian Youth Centre organised a very successful gig on Thursday night, which demonstrated the talent of some of the young people who attend the club, and how important the facility is. Cathays Youth Club supporters are hodling their own gig (all-ages) at the Embassy Club on Cathays Terrace tomorrow (Sunday 9th Feb) at 3pm to build support for their campaign.
The STAR area campaign is hotting up, with tempers flaring now that it has emerged that not only will the "hub" the council has planned for the area not include all the services in the STAR, which is to be demolished, but the Play Centre on the site will be scrapped too. Councillors LIED to campaigners, saying that Splott Pool would stay open "until spades were in the ground" to build the new facility, but instead the Council wants to shut it in April, months (years? Remember the Empire Pool?) before any work starts. Adamsdown is incandescent with rage: they'll lose their play workers as well, after losing a community centre, losing access to Plasnewydd Community Hall and now the STAR if that plan goes ahead. Their meeting is also Monday night (10th Feb), 7pm in the STAR centre.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP?
Can you contact any of the other facilities that are under threat? Do you know anyone who works there or uses the services provided? These include:
Barnardos - losing funding for the Family Support Community Team support for parents with learning difficulties and the young Fathers project.
Central Library - to be shut one day a week and half of it shut or closed to library users permanently.
Other Youth Centres - losing £1million in total. Radyr Youth Centre, Whitchurch Youth Centre, Creigiau, Gwaelod‐y‐Garth, Tongwynlais, Llanishen Youth Centre, Ty Celyn Youth Centre, Howardian Youth Centre, Pentwyn Dome, Trowbridge, Dusty Forge, Ely.
County Hall nursery - to shut.
Maes-y-Coed community centre - closing.
Pontprennau Community Hall - to shut.
Lastly, get in touch if you can help on the day of the protest itself with the organisational work that will be necessary - stewarding etc.
If we can pull all these strands of opposition together we can build a powerful force that could push this cowardly council back from its plans to cut the services we rely on, rather than stand up to the Tories in Westminster.
Protest Lobby: Stop Cuts in Cardiff
3.30pm, this Thursday 30th January,
outside City Hall, Cathays Park
All of Cardiff's Councillors will meet on Thursday to agree some of this year's cuts, including the closure of facilities in Grangetown and Pentwyn and the STAR centre in Splott. Wyndham Street Diner is under threat of further cuts, as are libraries and leisure centres across the city. We've heard that 80 bus drivers are being targetted for redundancy, which must mean a whole list of bus services are under threat, plus there is the scandalous plan to furher cut the pay of ordinary council workers, who have already apparently lost 18% of their wages in real terms, while a handful of top council managers are sharing out over a million pounds between them!
The full draft budget will be released Thursday night - after that, hang on to your hats. We've got to race to help organise as many people as possible who are affected by cuts to stand up and fight for an alternative.
Secretary, Cardiff Against The Cuts
The Cardiff Trades Council 2014 AGM takes place on Monday 27th January at the Unite Building 1 Cathedral Road Cardiff, CF11 9DS commencing at 6.30pm. The January monthly business meeting will immediately follow the AGM
Cardiff Trades Council has invited the candidates in the Splott Cardiff, Council by - election to address a Public Meeting on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at the STAR Centre, Splott Road, Cardiff from 6.45pm til 9.0pm
As part of the TUC backed day of protest against the Blacklisters Cardiff Trades Council will support the demonstration at the McAlpines site for the new Admiral Building in Cardiff city centre on Wednesday 20th November 2013, Meet at the site which is near the Motapoint Arena, Mary Ann Street from 9.30am and join trade unionist and campaigners on the day.
In the run up to the day of Civil Disobedience which is planned for November 5th and will be a nationwide day of protest and a Bonfire for Austerity, The Cardiff Peoples Assembly will reconvene on Wednesday 30th October at 7.pm at the Unite Building, Cathedral Road, Cardiff. The meeting is open to all and will focus on the plans of Cardiif Peoples Assembly to play its part in a day of action. Come along, bring your ideas and enthusiasm!
Bob Crow, General Secretary of the RMT will be delivering the
S.O. Davies memorial lecture, organised by Mertyr Trades Council on Thursday 17th October at the Canolfan Soar, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UB. Doors open at 6.30pm to commence at 7.00pm. Tickets are £2.00 and can be obtained from:
Margaret: 07989 791 179; Geraint: 07930 886 328;
Andrew: 07815 748 341 Tom: 01685 359 376.
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Join us for a march and rally in London on 18 October 2014, to help call for an economic recovery that works for all Britons, not just those right at the top. Britain Needs A Payrise!
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