Disabled People Against Cuts target Iain Duncan Smith

Roderick reports on a protest against Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford.

As part of Disabled People Against Cuts’ “Revenge Tour” targeting government ministers, around 30 activists held an action in Chingford on Saturday afternoon (25 April) targeting Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency office. They included Len Hockey of the Socialist Party who is standing as a TUSC candidate in IDS’ constituency, and a representative of the local Green Party. 

Protesters spent around an hour leafleting the area, getting overall quite a positive response from residents before marching to the constituency office and assembling there to hear speeches. They included a particularly angry speech from an Ipswich activist who stated that personal friends of his had died as a direct consequence of the Tory cuts IDS has been implementing. 

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Public Meeting – Whipps Cross in Crisis: Protect our Hospital

Tuesday 28th April, 7.30pm
Ex-Servicemen’s club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB. (Next to the Red Lion pub).

Speakers include:

    • Dr Jackie Turner, GP
    • Aiden Taylor, Nurse in Unison union
    • Mary Burnett, Waltham Forest Save Our NHS
    • Charlotte Monro, Unison union activist and health campaigner

All speakers in a personal capacity

More details here


Waltham Forest Unite Community supports Boycott Workfare

Week of Action Against Workfare April 25 – May 2

Can you help?

Boycott Workfare writes…

As the general election campaign gets underway we are already seeing politicians calling for more of the same policies. More workfare. More sanctions. Yet we know that these policies have been a total disaster. It is shameful that workfare and sanctions are supported by all the main political parties. This is why we are holding a week of action in the week before the election (Sat 25 April – Sat 2 May) We need your help to expose and challenge workfare and sanctions policies and the political lies that underpin them.


Want to know more about Workfare? Here’s some background information (taken Keep Volunteering Voluntary http://www.kvv.org.uk)

What’s wrong with Workfare?

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George Monoux college strike: A statement from the NUT

Here is a statement from NUT rep Pippa Dowswell on the ongoing strike action being taken by staff at Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow.

The strike has arisen because two NUT members, both active in the union, one as the joint college rep with me and the other as the health and safety rep have been dismissed.  The NUT officials who have dealt with their cases agree that both dismissals are unfair, involving a lack of willingness by the senior leadership team to give a fair hearing to the point of view of the staff rather than the managers and a lack of support when and where it was needed.   In my opinion, working on the ground at the college, these dismissals are part of a broader picture of management incompetence and a campaign against the NUT which started because we organised a vote of no confidence against the Principal when he went forward with an ill advised restructuring in 2011.  A culture of fear has developed at the college where middle managers are made to feel that being an NUT member is not compatible with their position in the college and where teaching staff are worried that they could be next to have disciplinary or capability procedures used against them.  As the NUT Rep who is often challenging the management, I am constantly looking over my shoulder.

The NUT group at the college have voted for sustained discontinuous action, which means that if our demands for the reinstatement of our 2 colleagues are not met, we will strike again, next time for 2 days.

The management have now agreed to meet with the local and regional reps.

Stop the EDL marching in Walthamstow, 9 May 2015


Background here

Update 17 April: Statement from Waltham Forest UAF:

Waltham Forest says ‘stop the EDL’ on Saturday 9 May

The English Defence League has announced plans to march through Walthamstow on Saturday 9 May. The EDL is an extremely violent, fascist group that whips up hatred and intolerance. It particularly targets Muslim communities.

This violent, street-fighting group had originally planned the march through Woolwich in a sickeningly cynical attempt to exploit the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby who was murdered outside the army barracks in 2013. However, Lee Rigby’s mother expressed her disgust at the EDL plans. In a statement she wrote, “I have never given any permission or agreed to any part of this demonstration, I have never believed in this nor would Lee.”

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Waltham Forest general election hustings – update 3

Here is an incomplete list of hustings where residents will have the opportunity to hear what candidates have to say and hopefully to ask them questions:

Date Constituency Location Time Notes
17 April Leyton & Wanstead Tawhid Mosque, 80 High Road, Leyton 8.15pm
21 April Walthamstow Waltham Forest College 11.00am Awaiting confirmation
21 April Walthamstow St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Walthamstow, E17 3BD 7.30pm details
22 April Walthamstow Waltham Forest Trades Council: Waltham Forest Girls’ School 6.30pm details
24 April Walthamstow Waltham Forest Islamic Association, 119-121 Grove Road E17 9BU 8.45pm
25 April Leyton & Wanstead Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road 11.00am
25 April Chingford, Leyton & Wanstead, Walthamstow Waltham Forest Women’s Network: Wood St library. Women only. 4.00pm details
27 April Leyton & Wanstead Woodford Memorial Hall, High Road, South Woodford 7.30pm
29 April Walthamstow Sir George Monoux College,
190 Chingford Road, Walthamstow E17 5AA
7.00pm details
29 April Leyton & Wanstead St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HH 7.30pm details

This list will be updated as we find out more.

Charlotte Monro reinstated!

Charlotte Monro, the UNISON union rep at Whipps Cross Hospital who took her employer Barts Health to an Employment Tribunal after being sacked on spurious grounds, has been reinstated.

This is a great victory for Charlotte, for the rights of trade unionists in the NHS, and against victimisation and bullying.

Barts’ statement is here. A statement from Charlotte and her supporters can be read at change.org.

Congratulations to Charlotte and everyone that campaigned for her!