STATEMENT – ROYAL WARWICKS CLUB, COVENTRY

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As people who live, work and socialise in Coventry, we stand for a city that is based on principles of peace, reconciliation and respect. We are proud of Coventry’s reputation as a city that welcomes all, regardless of religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

We note that Britain First claim to be a ‘patriotic’ campaign group but in reality they are a splinter group from the BNP, with a track record of physical intimidation of Mosques during Prayer time. We are proud that our city does not have a reputation as a city where those who seek to divide us, such as the BNP, EDL and Britain First, are able to organise, terrorise and scapegoat. We are determined that this will continue to be the case. We defend the freedom of worship for those of all religions.

We therefore note, with major concern, that the Royal Warwicks Club, in Coventry City Centre has hosted a series of far right meetings in recent years and appears to have become a hub for fascist meetings and activity in the city.

We note that in August 2012 the Club was approached by representatives of local campaign groups and a local Councillor and agreed to sign a statement committing to equal opportunities and to no longer host meetings by far right organisations.

We note that in July 2014, the Club was visited by the President of Coventry Trade Union Council and was asked if they intended to host a planned meeting by Britain First on Friday July 18th. The Club Manager point blank denied this was the case.

We note that on July 18th, a small meeting was indeed held by Britain First at the Club and that photos of this meeting were published by Britain First on Facebook, confirming the venue. This confirmed that the Club had both breached their commitment of August 2012 and lied to Coventry Trade Union Council about their intentions.

We call on all Coventry people to refrain from attending the Royal Warwick Club and/or booking the premises for any social or business event. We call on all military charities to also refrain from association with this premises. We will work to ensure they are facilitated in alternative locations where they wish to deliver services or raise funds.

We call on the City Council to use its maximum powers to ensure the Royal Warwicks Club can no longer function as a hub for those who espouse racism and fascism to promote hatred and division in our city.

Signed by:
Darrall Cozens – President, Coventry Trades Union Council
Cllr Bally Singh – Chair of Communities and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Board, Coventry City Council
Cllr Ram Lakha – Chair, Coventry against Racism
Tony Conway – Coventry against Racism
Jane Nellist – National Executive – National Union of Teachers
David Kersey – Unite against Fascism – Coventry
Sandra Durkin – Secretary of Coventry and Warwickshire People’s Assembly (personal capacity)

Sean Leahy – Chair of Coventry & Warwickshire Unite Local (WM6050) Branch

Clive Dixon – Love Music Hate Racism – Coventry

Steve Akers – Regional Organiser – Unison West Midlands
Email your name and any position to coventryunite@yahoo.co.uk  to add your name to this statement. Please indicate if you do not want your name to appear on public copies of the statement.
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL SUPPORT WORKERS TO STRIKE AGAIN

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UNISON’s local government and school support workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to hold a second day of strike action on Tuesday 30 September.

The announcement follows the strike on 10 July, which saw around a million public service workers walk out in an increasingly bitter dispute over pay.

The union is calling on the Local Government Association to engage in further talks to resolve this year’s pay dispute. The current offer would see 90% of local government and school support workers receive a mere 1% increase, on the back of three successive years of pay freezes and below inflation rises in 2013 and 2014. Pay has declined by 18% since 2010 and most councils have also imposed severe cuts on conditions such as unsocial hours payments.

 

Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary
Tel. 0121 685 3170 or 0790 434 3342 r.subramanian@unison.co.uk

Simon Holder Area Organiser (Campaigns and Communication)
Email: s.holder@unison.co.uk Direct Line: 0121 685 (3105) Blackberry: 07946555174

Say No to Britain First

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See below for info on Britain First and their links to the BNP etc.

Britain First came from a split from the equally fascist BNP. A sinister figure behind BF is Jim Dowson, former Bnp funder and longtime extremist. BF are aping the tactics of the EDL, in their aim to capitalise on Islamophobia. Their flash mob demonstrations and proposed ‘tour’ is reminiscent of past, brownshirted, stormtroopers. They are a tiny but provocative mob,.intent on hitting their way into the headlines. Their aims and intentions come amid a corrosive atmosphere of attacks on Muslims. At it’s extreme, such Islamophobia can lead to physical attacks on places of worship, as in Muswell Hill, last year. With many locals, Uaf rallied round to ensure that the community stayed united.
BF’s actions show what depths they will stoop to. Their claims to be on a Christian mission have brought strong criticism from Church leaders. BF are seeking to undermine our multicultural society. Instead of cherishing dialogue and tolerance between different communities, races and faiths, these fascists look to scupper it. Thus, defending Muslims and opposing Islamophobia is essential. Confronting the poison of BF is vital No section of our society should be scapegoated.
Uaf calls for the strongest possible action against such fascists. No Mosque should face a repeat of BF’s threats. Their politics and tactics are in direct opposition to our multiculturaL society. We reject their politics of hate and stand full square with all who BF target.

Visit http://www.uaf.org.uk for further info.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE – Coventry UNISON – After Last Weeks Strike – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

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For immediate release

15 July, 2014

UNISON is hailing last week’s strike action by local government and school support workers as an overwhelming success, with more than one million public service workers reported to have attended picket lines and rallies in protest over this year’s pay offer. In Coventry hundreds of members of UNISON, GMB, UNITE, PCS, NUT and FBU joined a rally in Broadgate, followed by the march round the city, calling for a fair and just pay settlement for members. It was the first time in several years for the unions to come together and it was a resounding success.

It shows the strength of feeling in many areas of the public sector that enough really is enough. The government can afford to treat public sector workers better, when we have suffered more than half a million job losses since the coalition came to power. More work and less pay has become the employers’ mantra and it cannot continue.

The UK is the seventh wealthiest economy in the world, yet you wouldn’t believe it to listen to politicians. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. We cannot and will not stand idly by and continue to see the wholesale destruction of public services, our jobs and our pay that we work so hard for. It is as important to raise our placards and make our voices heard now as it was when the suffragettes did before us in their cause for the right to vote. 

For details of the pay campaign and future events, visit the national Unison Campaign page via http://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/unison-campaigns/worth-it/home/ or contact Coventry Unison via the above address or visit on the web via www.coventryunison.co.uk, our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/coventry.unison.

Follow @coventryunison on twitter.

 Download the pdf here – july1514unisonpressrelease

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