Welcome #TUC2019 to Brighton!

As trade union delegates assemble at the Brighton Centre for the TUC’s Congress 2019, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party wants to send a personal welcome to all our sisters and brothers visiting our home town this September.

In 2017, Labour Conference agreed policy to repeal Britain’s anti-trade union laws and introduce strong legal rights to organise, collectively bargain and strike.  Brighton Pavilion Labour Party believes that trade union freedom is a crucial issue for the whole labour movement.  With the possibility of a Corbyn-led Labour government soon, we need to build the strongest possible support to ensure these demands are implemented.

Consequently, Pavilion Labour has asked other Labour Parties and Labour’s affiliates to add their endorsement to the statement below.  If desired, signatures can be added to this blog to show organisations that have signed.  We are also asking our members to help in promoting this statement.  As socialists and trades unionists we stand together!

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We need the right to organise and strike – free our unions

We are campaigning to abolish the anti-trade union laws which hamstring workers organising and taking industrial action, and replace them with strong legal rights.

We applaud the unanimous decision by the 2017 Labour Party conference to call for repeal of not just the 2016 Trade Union Act but also the “anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s” by the Thatcher and Major Tory governments and kept in place after 1997; and for a “strong legal charter of workers’ rights”. “For unions to be effective workers need an effective right to strike”. This builds on the 2015 conference decision, also unanimous, that the next Labour government should “legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action”.

We will campaign to ensure:

  • Complete repeal of all the anti-union laws introduced after 1979.
  • Strong legal rights for workers to join, belong to and recruit others to a union; strike by a process, at a time and for demands of their own choosing, including in solidarity with other workers and for broader social and political goals; and picket freely.
  • Strong legal rights for unions to access workplaces, win recognition and engage in collective bargaining, including sector-wide bargaining.
  • The right of unions to determine their own structures, rules and processes, decide their own policies and activities, and spend their funds as they choose, free from state and employer interference, in line with ILO Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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After Congress concludes on Wednesday afternoon:

Everyone is encouraged to attend this Wednesday evening’s public meeting of Brighton, Hove and District Trades Union Council, at the Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF, starting 7.30pm. Speakers include Jane Loftus, President of The Communications Union (CWU) and Annapurna Morley from YouthStrike4Climate Brighton.

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Brighton Pavilion Labour Party also asks Labour-affiliated trades unions to prioritise our resolution for discussion at 2019 Labour Conference:

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End Rail Rip-Off!

On Wednesday 14 August, next year’s rail fare rise will be announced.  Despite the utter failure of privatised rail – with delays, cancellations and failing franchises – we’ll still be asked to pay more for our journeys next year.

Join us to call for public ownership and an end to the #RailRipOff!

Join in the national rail fares action with campaigners We Own It and RMT union members.

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In Brighton the action is planned to start outside Brighton station from 7am.  You can download your action toolkit here and find details of all the events happening across the country here.

We need a Labour government to bring our railways into public ownership and put passengers, our communities and environment ahead of the profits of private train operators.  Read more about Labour’s policies for rail and public transport here.

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We Stand Together

Pavilion Labour will be standing in solidarity with all LGBT+ people, celebrating diversity, campaigning for equality and enjoying all the fun at Brighton Pride on Saturday 3 August 2019.

Look out for the LGBT+ Labour bloc on the Pride parade, with friends from Pavilion, Kemptown and Hove joining LGBT+ Labour, or find one of our #LabourAndProud street stalls along the London Road, or meet-up at the LGBT+ Labour stall inside Party in the Park.  Wear red if you’re coming along to join us!

Be prepared for the Pride Parade which follows a different route this year.  The Parade will begin assembling on Hove Lawns from 9.30am and is due to march off at 11am.  You can also find useful advice here on all aspects of Pride 2019.

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Take a look at some more of Labour’s pledges for LGBT+ equality –

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#WeStandTogether with LGBT+ people because we’re #LabourAndProud.

 

Only Labour will save our NHS

Currently, radiotherapy appointments are concentrating my mind on the vital importance to all of us of our National Health Service. Our NHS is the subject of a very significant motion from Preston Park Branch to be discussed this week by Pavilion Labour’s General Committee – the policy-making body for our local Party. The motion calls for:

“the full renationalisation of a publicly provided, universal, comprehensive NHS free at the point of use”.

The current Conservative Government is building on decades of outsourcing of health services by fragmenting the NHS in England in ways which prepare the ground for further privatisation. Under a Tory Government, our health service will fall ever more under the sway of the profit motive until we find ourselves facing charges for more and more basic health care.

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Dedicated NHS staff, like Brighton’s Ian Evans, are on the frontline of Tory cuts to our NHS

 

There is only one way to prevent this outcome – and that is to elect a Labour Government in the forthcoming General Election (whenever that may be). Labour will recreate a national health service in which technology serves rather than replaces full local primary and secondary care provision. All outsourcing will end, including the commissioning of healthcare which is increasingly being privatised. There will be joint planning between the NHS and a national care service.

Because today’s Labour Party is led by a committed socialist and is pledged to a transformative political programme – including the rejuvenation of our NHS – the Establishment in this country will stop at nothing to prevent a Labour majority in Parliament, or to weaken an incoming Labour Government.

 

 

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We can anticipate that those who are opposed to social progress will step up attacks upon our Party and its leadership as an election looms. We can anticipate a constant stream of bile from the media, further “leaks” from the civil service and a steady drip of resignations and attacks from those within the Party who oppose our socialist direction.

There is nothing new about mounting unjustified attacks upon our Party at a time when we promise meaningful social change. The best response which we, as Labour Party supporters, can make is to step up our own activity, talking to voters, winning arguments and preparing to elect as many Labour Members of Parliament as possible – which means offering voters in every constituency the opportunity to vote for Labour’s socialist programme in support of the Government which this country needs.

 

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Thanks to everyone for your messages of support. Now let’s take our Party’s message back to our streets.

Jon – Chair, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party

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Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School

Pavilion Labour believes that our schools are better run under council management within the local education authority.  So we are asking everyone to support the campaign to stop the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School.

Please sign the petition saying no to the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School here and, while you’re at it, please also sign here to support the petition saying hands off Peacehaven Community School, under similar threat of academisation.

There will be a campaign meeting at Moulsecoomb Primary from 6pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 June.  If you want to help defend state schools, please go along.

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Councillor Nick Childs, Labour Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills committee for Brighton and Hove City Council, has confirmed our Labour Council will do everything it can to keep Moulsecoomb Primary School under council management, saying:

“Our new administration’s preferred position is in favour of maintaining all local authority controlled schools.
“We are fundamentally opposed to this attempt by the Regional Schools Commissioner to tell the people of Brighton & Hove that we must hand over our community school to become a private academy company without local accountability.
“The council will be arranging a parental and staff ballot regarding the Academy Order and we will be sharing the results of this ballot with the Commissioner.
“I very much hope that this will be reflected in any final decision made about the school.
“We shall also be writing to the Secretary of State to request that the school be re-inspected in the autumn, and asking for the privatisation process to be halted in the interim.
“In the meantime we have a great head and staff team working at the school, and the comprehensive package of support we have put in place to improve academic standards there will continue.”

Pavilion Labour members agree!  Please support this vital campaign.

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Generation Left

Increasingly age appears to be the key dividing line in contemporary politics. Young people across the globe are embracing left-wing ideas and supporting figures such as Corbyn and Sanders. Where has this ‘Generation Left’ come from? How can it change the world?

Join Pavilion Young Labour and Keir Milburn, author of Generation Left, for a discussion of the role of age in contemporary politics.

All ages welcome at the Friends’ Meeting House, from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday 30 May 2019.  See you there!

Vote Labour!

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm today, Thursday 2nd May. As voters in Brighton and Hove, we have one chance every four years to choose new councillors. We encourage you to use your vote in support of our candidates shown below and hope that you will vote Labour to support our manifesto for Brighton & Hove.

 

HEG c2Hanover and Elm Grove – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Danielle Cornish-Spencer

Emma Daniel and Eleanor Humphrey

 

HSHollingdean and Stanmer – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Phil Clarke

Theresa Fowler

Tracey Hill

 

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Patcham – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Renato Marques

Adam Scott

Janet Smith

 

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Preston Park – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Juan Baeza

Julie Cattell

Denise Friend

 

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Regency – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Poppy Burt

Dan Simmonds

 

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St Peter’s and North Laine – please vote for your Labour candidates:

Gabriel McCook

Maureen Winder

 

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Josh Guilmant

Ian McIsaac

James Thompson

 

If you aren’t sure where your polling station is, check here using our polling station locator.

Labour is standing on our record, having been the largest party on Brighton & Hove City Council since 2015.  However, we need a majority Labour Council so that we can put Labour pledges for the city into action.

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Our Labour pledges include our commitments to tackle the housing crisis, ensure Brighton & Hove is carbon neutral by 2030 and protect workers in our city, as well as lots more:

Read Labour’s 2019 local manifesto for Brighton and Hove to see our plans, which were developed in consultation with all our thousands of Labour members living locally.

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Thank you to everyone who has helped our campaign to elect Labour’s candidates across Brighton and Hove. Now we just need one final push to get out the vote on polling day, Thursday 2 May.

If you have any spare time on 2nd May, please volunteer at your local campaign centre. To find out more, email Paul Williams – at bhlabour.organiser2019@gmail.com or drop in at our central Brighton office at 11 Dorset Street BN2 1WA.

Let’s make sure that Brighton and Hove elects a socialist Labour council:

Vote Labour on Thursday 2nd May!

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Together we can achieve!

Join us on Saturday 9 March at Brighton’s celebration of International Women’s Day .  Throughout the day Pavilion Labour women will be running a stall at the International Women’s Day event in The Dome.  This is the brilliant Brighton celebration organised annually by Brighton Women’s Centre.  As it runs from 10am to 5pm, all volunteers are welcome.  

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This year we shall be joined by Labour candidates for the Brighton & Hove council elections on 2 May and we’re hoping to take a photo of with as many of our Labour women candidates as possible, probably around about 3pm.  So, if you are interested in finding out about Labour’s council campaign or Pavilion Labour campaigns in general, come along to our Brighton #IWD2019 stall.  

 

 

 

 

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Another of our campaigns which we’ll be featuring during #IWD2019 will be our long-running and very successful campaign to end period povertyIf you are able to, perhaps you might bring along some spare sanitary pads as these essentials for women are often overlooked in foodbank donations.  Women should not have to choose between food and sanitary products and Labour policy is that sanitary products should be available free to women and girls at schools, hospitals and foodbanks.  Pavilion Labour women have discussed this and we believe sanitary products should be available free to women and girls from all public services and also be provided by leading private sector organisations – following the initiative taken by Brighton and Hove Albion.  Come on The Seagulls, we say!  

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Have your say on Labour policy

Labour’s National Policy Forum is consulting on eight new policy documents between now and Saturday 30 June 2019.  Pavilion Labour will be organising members’ discussion forums for after the local elections on 2 May but you can already have your say online here.  Labour members’ ideas and knowledge provide contributions which are vital to ensuring that our Party’s policies will transform Britain in the interests of the many not the few.  Have your say and help the next Labour government rebuild Britain.

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Find out more about the eight policy documents under discussion until 30 June and submit your own ideas on:

Joining-in the discussion of the consultation papers at local forums will be one of the different ways members can get involved in contributing to Labour’s next manifesto.  So look out for details of future events and come along to have your say.

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