Cambridge Group

Stopping the Trade Union Bill

Wednesday 21 October / 7 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Organizing in trade unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside, but unions have faced repeated attacks by employers and the state for their challenge to unrestrained profit. The latest is the Conservative government's repressive Trade Union Bill, which for example would require up to 80 per cent majorities in ballots for industrial action.

Cambridge and District Trades Council and Cambridge Labour Party have organized a meeting to discuss how we can stop the bill becoming law, with guest speakers Keith Ewing (President, Institute of Employment Rights), Lewis Herbert (Leader, Cambridge City Council), and Dave Smith (Secretary, Blacklist Support Group).

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Student organizing meeting

Wednesday 14 October / 7 p.m. / Chetwynd Room, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Everyone is welcome to this meeting, organized by students and university teachers, which is 'partly an introduction to the different kinds of political activism going on in and around Cambridge and partly a planning session.' One thing to plan will be local participation in the national student demonstration called for Wednesday 4 November by the National Coalition Against Fees and Cuts.

Defend Addenbrooke's Hospital

Tuesday 13 October / 7.30 p.m. / Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Join tonight's meeting to set up a broad campaign group 'to defend Addenbrooke's, its services, and its staff', following the imposition of special measures at the hospital's parent trust three weeks ago (see our statement at the time). The Cambridge People's Assembly will fully support this campaign.

Refugees welcome

Saturday 10 October / 11 a.m. / Regent Terrace (off Parker's Piece), Cambridge CB2

Join us tomorrow to say refugees are welcome in Cambridge! We'll march from Parker's Piece to the Guildhall in Market Square. The demonstration is supported by the Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group, Cambridge Stop the War Coalition, and the Cambridge People's Assembly.

Austerity, immigration, racism

From a member's diary.

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Everything About TTIP, with John Hilary and Eva Nanopoulos

Wednesday 7 October / 7.30 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

If the anti-austerity movement in Britain has been strengthened by the arrival of a revived, relevant Labour Party, a huge trade agreement in negotiation between the United States and the European Union still threatens everything the movement could achieve. This is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which targets 'non-tariff barriers to trade' – what workers' rights, product standards, and environmental laws tend to look like from a skyscraper – and would give multinational corporations the power to sue governments, outside any contract, for passing laws which might curb their profits.

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Last call for the Manchester demo

Sunday 4 October / 12 p.m. / Oxford Road, Manchester M14

Reinforced by righteous music at We Shall Overcome on Saturday night, we're travelling on Sunday morning to Manchester to join tens of thousands in the national demonstration against austerity at the Conservative Party conference, called by the Trades Union Congress and the People's Assembly. There are still a handful of seats left on our affordable coach! Tickets are £15 (waged, full-time), £10 (waged, part-time), or £5 (unwaged): please visit our Eventbrite page to book. The coach will pick us up from the Backs on Queens' Road, just behind Queens' College, at 8.30 a.m., and from Manchester at 4.30 p.m.

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Music from Grace Petrie and others: We Shall Overcome


Saturday 3 October / 8 p.m. / Golden Hind, 355 Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1SP

Musicians across the country are performing over two hundred gigs this weekend under the label We Shall Overcome to demonstrate solidarity with, and offer practical help to, those affected by austerity policies. The musicians won't take fees, and money raised by collections or ticket sales will go instead to the charitable shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks to which so many more have been driven in the last five years as welfare provision and public services have been withdrawn.

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Agenda for the October (in September) CPA meeting

Wednesday 30 September / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our monthly meeting in a new venue, the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre. We've moved the October meeting back into September to make space for our event on Wednesday 7 October, Everything About TTIP (details here soon). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list yesterday.

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Rally for Addenbrooke's Hospital

Friday 25 September / 4 p.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital (the front car park), Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Our friends in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public and the UNISON Cambridge Acute Hospitals branch have organized a rally, Hands Off Addenbrooke's, to show support for the hospital and its staff after the regulator placed Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in special measures on Tuesday (see our statement). The Care Quality Commission, whose rating of the trust as inadequate provoked the action by Monitor, went out of its way to praise hospital staff.

Please join us if you can!

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