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See you in Abington Street, Northampton 10:30 am 20th July

 

Northampton Uncut

 

See you in Abington Street, Northampton 10:30 am 20th July

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We have been contacted by members of the following Northampton groups, who intend to take part (some in a personal capacity) Northampton Defend Council Housing, Northamptonshire Disabled People Against Cuts and Northampton Save Our Public Services.

 

Why:

There are now over half a million people in the UK going hungry, forced by our government to make the choice between paying the bills or eating, feeding themselves or feeding their children.

 

That’s why on Saturday 20th July UK Uncut will be setting up our own UK Uncut style food banks inside branches of HSBC – shutting down the UK’s biggest, bonus-munching, crisis-causing, tax-dodging bank. Our taxes bailed them out, but they won’t pay their fair share and the government continues to let them get away with it.

http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/call-out-stuff-the-banks-saturday-20th-july

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Northampton Bedroom Tax Protest

On Saturday 30 March, people opposed to the Bedroom Tax will gather at more than 50 locations throughout the UK in protest.

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MARCH 30 DEMO

This event is open to everyone, We hope ALL  will be supporting and would like it if YOU attended and join your fellow protesters.

52 with a backbone

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Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill

 

John McDonnell to me is what Labour should be, but sadly is not….

John McDonnell:

I want the last words of the debate to be a thank you to two young people, because if they had not taken the Government to court, we would not have had this debate. I want to thank them for having the courage to say no when they were forced into unpaid work. I want to thank them for their courage in pursuing it through the courts, and I also want to thank them for allowing us at least to have some debate today to expose the regime that the Government have introduced.

I also want to thank the two organisations that have launched a week of action: Boycott Workfare and the Right to Work campaign. They are campaigning around the country to expose what companies are doing to exploit unpaid labour; the threats to benefits; and the harassment that people have endured. They are also coming out with a simple demand on behalf of young people across the country: they just want a job, but they want one with decent pay. I do not think that that is too much to ask in the seventh richest country in the world in 2013.

 

I total agree with Owen Jones when he writes:

 

Utterly disgraceful that the Labour leadership ordered their MPs to abstain on the Tory workfare bill today. It was an attack on the idea of a honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, and on the supposed rule of law. Kudos to the 40 or so Labour MPs who voted against, including John McDonnell, Graham Morris, Ian Mearns and Ian Lavery – they did what the Labour party was actually founded to do: represent working people, and fight Tory attacks on them. One lesson from today: we need more Labour MPs selected who actually have a backbone and who are genuinely prepared to fight for working people. Absolutely furious.

 

AND when the House divided: Ayes 263, Noes 52.

 

Well DONE to the 52 with a backbone

 

NOES

 

Disabled Group ask for support

Highlighting the hypocrisy of Atos!
 
Disabled People will be demonstrating at the offices of Atos in Gladstone Road Northampton on Tuesday 28 August from 11:30 to 1:30 and are calling on the whole of the anti-cuts movement to join them.
 
Members of East Midlands Disabled People Against Cuts (EMDPAC) will be distributing flyers on this at the Umbrella Fair (18/19 Aug) and holding a stall in Abington Street on Saturday 25 August
 
This is Northampton’s part in what will be a week of protests Nationally   
 
A week of protests against Atos spearheaded by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to co-incide with the Paralympic Games is gathering support and much-deserved media attention.Both Channel 4’s Dispatches and BBC’s Panorama programmes shown last week,both exposed the brutal reality of the Tories Work Capability assessments and how these tests carried out by French IT company Atos are incredibly flawed but are still driving disabled people onto the breadline and worse. Last week, many newspapers reported that 32 people have died whilst appealing against the Tories and Atos’ hated tests.So, the Tories decision to award Atos £400 million of new contracts to assess people currently claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has enraged disability campaigners at least as much as the decision to reward Atos with the status of official Olympic sponsor.The Atos Games promises to put one of the Tories favourite benefit-slashing but public expenditure-swallowing parasitical companies under severe pressure whilst their senior executives hoped to reap even greater profits from the Olympic and Paralympic adverts. For more details of the Atos Games and how you can get involved go to the DPAC site. 
  

VIRGIN PROTEST Northampton – full report later ….

VIRGIN PROTEST Northampton – full report later ….

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PRESS RELEASE :

Health campaigners called a weekend of protests against Richard Branson’s Virgin Care, one of the leading private companies bidding for NHS contracts.

NORTHAMPTON Save Our Public Services who are affiliated to the ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ campaign group were joined by supporters of UK Uncut on Saturday 21 April in Abington Street to show there concerns.

Doctor and journalist Max Pemberton have described Virgin Care as “one of the first of many vultures to start picking over the rich, tender flesh of the NHS now that it has been splayed open” by new Tory legislation.

Dave Green (Northampton Save Our Services spokesman) “These private organisations are going to try to cherry pick parts of the NHS that they see as being extremely profitable for their balance sheets, owners and shareholders. We need to resist this encroachment into the NHS which was built to serve people’s health needs not to line profiteers’ pockets.”

The Keep Our NHS Public campaign group had organised nationally coordinated local protests at Virgin stores on Saturday 21 April.

Virgin Care was set up in 2006 as Assura Medical. Branson’s Virgin Group bought a 75 percent stake for £4 million in March 2010. It was rebranded as Virgin Care in March this year.

KEEP THIS CLOWN AWAY FROM THE NHS

Save Our Services – No to Virgin NHS!

Picket Virgin in Northampton

21st April, Saturday, Abington Street, 11am and afternoon (to be arranged)

‘Save Our Public Services’ – Northampton is calling for support of the Protests around the country that have been initiated by the national campaign ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ against the takeover of our Health Service by the likes of Richard Branson’s Virgin corporation.

These private organisations are going to try to cherry pick parts of the NHS that they see as being extremely profitable for their balance sheets, owners and shareholders.  We need to resist this encroachment into the NHS which was built to serve people’s health needs not to line profiteers’ pockets.

So, join our protest, consider making some placards and other material to bring along (although some will be provided) to make this protest colouful and relevant to the citizens of Northampton.  There will be Branson face masks for use on the day – but please bring along your own material as well (perhaps Virgin Health Care Cards, Fly Miles credits for heart and stroke patients treated at Virgin health care facilties, etc etc).

The campaign against the effects of the recent coalition health and welfare bill needs to continue so that we resist locally and nationally the break up of universal health care for all, and oppose the introduction of a US style health service (or should that be disservice?)

Please get your  organisation and friends onboard to support this initiative and future activity to ’Keep our NHS Public’

email northamptonsaveourservices@gmail.com  

 
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Don’t let Richard Branson asset-strip the NHS!

Save Our Services – No to Virgin NHS!

Picket Virgin in Northampton

21st April, Saturday, Abington Street, 11am and afternoon (to be arranged)

‘Save Our Public Services’ – Northampton is calling for support of the Protests around the country that have been initiated by the national campaign ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ against the takeover of our Health Service by the likes of Richard Branson’s Virgin corporation.

These private organisations are going to try to cherry pick parts of the NHS that they see as being extremely profitable for their balance sheets, owners and shareholders.  We need to resist this encroachment into the NHS which was built to serve people’s health needs not to line profiteers’ pockets.

So, join our protest, consider making some placards and other material to bring along (although some will be provided) to make this protest colouful and relevant to the citizens of Northampton.  There will be Branson face masks for use on the day – but please bring along your own material as well (perhaps Virgin Health Care Cards, Fly Miles credits for heart and stroke patients treated at Virgin health care facilties, etc etc).

The campaign against the effects of the recent coalition health and welfare bill needs to continue so that we resist locally and nationally the break up of universal health care for all, and oppose the introduction of a US style health service (or should that be disservice?)

Please get your  organisation and friends onboard to support this initiative and future activity to ‘Keep our NHS Public’

email northamptonsaveourservices@gmail.com