Saturday 18 November / 11.30 a.m. / Parker's Piece, Cambridge CB2
As previously mentioned on our mailing list, Cambridge and District Trades Council and Cambridge Labour Party have called a march tomorrow to demand an end to the public sector pay cap and a £10 minimum wage. We'll assemble at 11.30 to march, then rally at 12.30 at Little St Mary's Church, Trumpington Street, where Richard Allday (Unite), Daniel Zeichner MP, Laurie Heseldon (SERTUC), Lewis Herbert (leader, Cambridge City Council), and Jo Rust (UNISON) will be among the speakers. This one's going to be great!
Tuesday 10 October / 1.30 p.m. / Shire Hall, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AJ
Cambridge Labour Party has called a demonstration today against the Conservative-controlled County Council's proposed £1m austerity cuts to Cambridgeshire children's centres, which will involve closing 30 of 40. (The Council's Children and Young People Committee is meeting at 2 p.m. to discuss the cuts.) These important centres offer family support, advice about education and childcare, parenting courses, and play sessions. The Cambridge People's Assembly supports this demonstration and will bring its banner.
Saturday 21 November / 12 midday / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
In July the chancellor George Osborne announced a 'new settlement' for permanent austerity, resting on an increase in the minimum wage alongside massive cuts to tax credits. Four months later that settlement is crumbling, in widening alarm that (according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies) three million low-paid families will lose an average of £1,000 a year: the alarm extends to Conservatives like Heidi Allen, the new MP for South Cambridgeshire, who used her maiden speech to criticize the cuts to tax credits, and to the House of Lords, which last month defied the Conservative majority in the Commons with a remarkable vote to delay and review the cuts.Read more
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).Read more