Steve Ludlum (Cuba Solidarity Campaign) talked about the continuing work of the CSC following the release of the Miami 5. Their view regarding the recently reported ‘normalisation in relationships’ between Cuba and the US is that Cuba have conceded nothing and the US changes are limited, with regime change still the objective. It is important to maintain pressure for the embargo to be lifted and for the removal of Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism (which Obama has since
Voices for the Five is a major new campaigning website bringing together international personalities and campaigners from all corners of the world to call for freedom for the Miami Five. René González, other family members and international personalities including actress Emma Thomspon, former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams, and author John Le Carré have already signed up to this online call for justice for the Five. You can add your name alongside them today on the link below.
It takes less than 10 seconds to add your name, and in just a few seconds more you can leave a personal message and picture, or video message too.
Visit www.voicesforthefive.com today to see the full list of endorsers and messages from international supporters, to add your own name, and to find out how you can also attend and support the International Commission of Inquiry in to the Case of the Miami Five at the Law Society in London on 7-8 March 2014.
“In the court we know we will never find justice. This is a political case. But we trust in the power of solidarity. Only a jury of one million people, people like you, can bring justice to these men.”
Elizabeth Palmiero, wife of Ramon Labaniño
The remaining four prisoners have been in US prisons for more than fifteen years. International campaigners need to join together today so that our voices are heard in the White House and the men are reunited with their families in Cuba.
Please add your name today and support the International Commission of Inquiry in March 2014.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis spoke at the annual vigil for the Miami 5 outside of the US Embassy on 17 September where he was joined by three members of the international committee, chair and vice-chair Jean Butcher and Stephen Kennedy and Kevin O'Grady.
The vigil was also addressed by two young Cuban trade unionists. Yamil Martinez and Yudith Camps, who were over in the UK on a speaking tour co-sponsored by UNISON. In addition to the vigil the young Cubans met with the NEC international committee and also met with representatives of the Eastern, South Eastern, Northern regions and UNISON Scotland.
Thursday 19th September
TUC Regional Office, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE
Since 2008 Cuba Solidarity Campaign have taken more than 200 young trade unionists to take part in Cuba’s May Day celebrations and this visit provides the opportunity to reciprocate and learn from our Cuban comrades. Yamil Eduardo Martinez and Yudith Camps Alejo will discuss ‘the next generation’ of trade unionism in Cuba. Yamil and Yudith – whose whole lives have been spent under the US blockade – will look at the relationship that young people and the ‘post-1959 generation’ have with the Cuban Revolution and the role they have played in Cuba’s recent economic changes.
Yamil is a representative of the National Public Service Workers’ Union at the municipal and provincial level and will be a delegate at the 20th Congress of the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC) in January 2014. Yudith works at ICAP (Cuban Friendship Institute) and has responsibility for Middle Eastern and African countries. She has been a union branch secretary since March 2013.
Register: Melanie Lowden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 8th October at 10.00am in a Committee Room, Civic Centre
Newcastle City Branch is hosting a visit from Maria Isabel Martinez, the General Secretary of the Cuban Health Workers Union SNTS. If you would like to come along and meet Maria and listen to the experience of Cuban health workers living and working under the 50 year old American trade blockade, could you please contact the branch office.
James Imhoof, a member of our branch, recently joined other young UNISON members on a visit to Cuba. It is clear from James' report that all members of the delegation found much about the Cuban people and society that we can learn from. Keith Hodgson had this to say about the trip.
Our Young Members Delegation to Cuba arrived home safe and well after completing an excellent programme of work in Havana and Santiago. They have carried out all their tasks responsibly and have been excellent ambassadors for the Region.
As well as seeing at first hand all levels of Cuban Health Care, and re-juvenating our twinning links with Santiago they had the honour to meet 300 Doctors and Nurses about to leave for Haiti to help tackle the dreadful Cholera epidemic that is now sweeping the island. This was particularly moving and inspiring for the group.
Many thanks for those Branches and individuals who have given financial support to this delegation and to the Cuban medical missions this year. It has been really appreciated.
Regional International Lead
15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.
Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.
Branch nominations and ballot details.
This newsletter includes an update on the changes to the Bereavement Support Payment as well as contact details for ‘Down to Earth’, who provide practical and emotional support throughout the funeral process.
Winners in March.
Executive pay bandwagon rolls on
Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay
Employment law changes this April
New minimum wage rates kick in
UK lags on maternity
Merger heralds new teaching union
Consultation on caste discrimination
New courses for members and stewards.
Inflation leaps to 3.2%
More regulation of gig economy needed
Appalling risk of suicides in construction
Fat cats — the great pay divide
Racist abuse after Brexit vote
Lack of diversity at top in Wales
Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.
Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.
Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.
Swings and scooters of inflation basket
No real improvement in weekly earnings
Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage
Zero-hours contracts at record high
Unemployment falls below 1.6 million
Agenda and annual report.
Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data
Company merger and acquisitions in 2016
Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
GMB take on DX delivery firm
Former chancellor's nice big earner
Charter to stop violence at work
Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.
Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.
A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division. 18 March 2017.
March calendar of events and activities.
Trade Union Act regs come into force
Gender pension gap leaves women short
Violence at work — the nasty truth
Bookseller's £7m salary
Money purchase pension are norm
British Gas denied appeal in Lock case
Government fails in ethnicity review
Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.
Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.
Winners in February.
Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.
Government green paper on pensions
A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay
Employers — don't miss out on talent
Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff
Economic growth revised upwards
Work fears of disabled people revealed
Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association
Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care
London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Inflation hits three-year high
Unemployment at 11-year low
Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings
Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies
I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?
English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'
North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region
North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises
UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show
The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense
Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival
Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week
Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?
Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall
Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns
Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’
Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC
There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid
Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire
NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'
Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess
Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.
Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017
Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017
Regional Education Calendar 2017
A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests
Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?
Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts
More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals
Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting
TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?
Review of tribunal fees finally published
Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices
Insecure work on rise
Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million
A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report
NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs
Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says
Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’
Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts
'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration
Racism at work
Economy grows but there's a shortfall
Advice on gender pay gap from Acas
Tories offer no solution on discrimination
Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools
A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.
Winners in January.
Northern Region Young Members AGM
UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.
Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.
In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.
Papers for the meeting on 6 February.
Death by a thousand fire service cuts
Guidance on stress
Modern-day slave traders jailed
Fees let bad bosses get off scot free
Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017
Get tough on pay, says pension funds
Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.
Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.
Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act
Inflation rates at highest since 2014
Retail inflation eating into earnings growth
UK unemployment at nine-year low
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says
May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal
NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service
Politicians have ignored the working class for too long
World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial
Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act
UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition.
Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint
TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights
Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage
High street store fined over safety
Manufacturing output edges higher
Child poverty briefing
Winners in December.
Consultation on political fund review: December-January
We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.
Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.
UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.
'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff
Plans for a Universal Basic Income
2017 — economic forecasts for year
'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone
Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts
UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse
UK economic growth revised upwards