Cambridge Group

Trade unions past, present, and future

Wednesday 26 October / 5.15 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

Tonight, Cambridge University and College Union will hold the first event in its new Trade Union Series. The industrial relationist William Brown (books include The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, 2009) and the historian Alastair Reid (books include United We Stand, 2004) will speak on the past, present, and future of trade unions in Britain.

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No light on the library reservation fee

The basis for the library reservation fee for adult users, introduced as an austerity measure by Cambridgeshire County Council in June, remains unclear after the council's response to a set of requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We'll discuss its response below (that response is also attached in full) but present our main findings immediately.

  • The council has been unable to produce documentation of the decision to introduce the fee.
  • The council has been unable to produce evidence that the fee's impact on communities has been considered.
  • An internal council report projected that the fee could discourage two thirds of adult reservations.
  • The fee was to be announced 14 days after the council passed a budget for 2016/17 which didn't include it.

What did we ask? What has the council told us?

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Why we still say migrants are welcome

Monday 24 October / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, 5-7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Our friends in Cambridge Stand Up to Racism will hold a public meeting next week where Zak Cochrane (Stand Up to Racism), Lewis Herbert (Cambridge Labour Party, leader of Cambridge City Council), and Sharon Kaur (co-convener of Cambridge Green Party) will be among those to explain why, after the referendum vote that Britain should leave the EU, we still say that migrants are welcome here.

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Agenda for the October CPA meeting

Monday 10 October / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our October meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the latest draft.

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Minutes of the September CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our September meeting, including a discussion on supporting action by junior doctors and a report on the recent meeting of the Assembly body. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Monday 10 October (not the usual first Wednesday) at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Last call for the Birmingham demo

Sunday 2 October / 11.30 a.m. / Victoria Square, Birmingham B1

We still have seats left on our affordable, wheelchair-accessible coach from Cambridge, by Peterborough, to the national People's Assembly demonstration at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. We're marching to demand an alternative to austerity, and an alternative to the Conservatives!

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Agenda for the September CPA meeting

Wednesday 7 September / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our September meeting tonight, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on the mailing list last week.

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Minutes of the August CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our August meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 September at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Transport to the national demonstration: Tories Out – Austerity Has Failed

Sunday 2 October / 11.30 a.m. / Victoria Square, Birmingham B1

At the first Conservative Party conference since Theresa May became prime minister, the People's Assembly has called a national demonstration to demand an alternative to the austerity introduced under her predecessor David Cameron. That means investment in public services, in infrastructure, and in decent jobs for all; it means an end to the scapegoating of immigrants which has divided our communities and dangerously stoked racism. We don't believe the Conservatives are willing or able to deliver such change.

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Year three in Cambridge

We present an unsigned review of the work of our third year. The Cambridge group was founded at the end of June 2013.

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