Jun 192012
 
Next national day of action..

CELEBRATE NHS 64th BIRTHDAY
BY ORGANISING TO KEEP VIRGIN OUT OF IT!
SATURDAY 30 JUNE
After 64 years of the NHS its very future is threatened by privatisation now the Health & Social Care Act is law.
Richard Branson’s Virgin is one of the companies looking to make massive profits by taking over more and more of our health service.
We are asking you to celebrate the NHS 64th birthday by telling Virgin to keep out of it!
We said our last action when we picketed and closed Virgin stores and gyms was just the start
Send Branson and Lansley a message that we are not going to let the NHS be destroyed this year or any other.
Local groups are asked to pick a Virgin store or Gym and organise a protest.
Let us know when and where.
POSTERS / LEAFLETS/ BALOONS/ MASKS
If you want leaflet, posters, Richard Branson masks or balloons we can help if you email us at londonkeepournhspublic@gmail.com

WHERE TO FIND YOUR VIRGIN STORE
Virgin media store locator: http://shop.virginmedia.com/store-locator.html

Virgin Active club finder: http://www.virginactive.co.uk/en/club-finder

THE ACTION LAST TIME
Virgin media stores were closed and picketed round the country.

IS VIRGIN COMING TO A HOSPITAL OR CLINIC NEAR YOU?
Before the new Health Act is even in force, Richard Branson’s Virgin Care is already taking over whole parts of our health services. They already run:

* £500million contract for community health services in South West and North West Surrey
* Sexual Health Service for Milton Keynes
* Dermatology service in the Isle of Wight
* Shortlisted as potential providers of integrated children’s services in Devon

RICHARD BRANSON AND DAVID CAMERON 
“You scratch my back – I’ll scratch yours”
It is not surprising “Virgin Care” is doing well out of the NHS.

Just before the 2010 election Richard Branson was photographed supporting David Cameron’s election bid. A month later he bought loss-making Assura private health company for the knock down price of £4m, saying Virgin had been waiting to find “the right entry point” into the health market. That put Virgin in pole position to have influence in the government’s new commissioning arrangements. A year later Virgin was the private health company with most links on the shadow commissioning boards.

BRANSON DOESN’T LIKE CRITICISM – SO LET’S GIVE HIM MORE!
Branson obviously doesn’t like bad publicity. An article appeared in the Telegraph mildly critical of Virgin’s takeover of NHS services. Virgin tried to stop the publication applying for a high court injunction. So lets get as much publicity as possible for the way Virgin aims to make profits out of the NHS.

Jun 242011
 

Unite the Fights June 30th

Unite the Fights June 30th

Right to Work – Volunteers needed!


Over 800,000 trade unionists are set to strike next Thursday in the biggest confrontation with the government so far.
The country will be awash with picket lines and protests, see the battle map on the Right to Work website for more information. We are urging all our supporters to visit picket lines in solidarity, take breakfast, take banners, etc.
We are looking for activists who can volunteer between now & the 30th June to help with stalls, campaigning, placard & banner making. If you are able to offer your time please get in touch. We will be running campaign stalls at major demos across the country, see the battle map for protests & contact us on 07961 337 640 or 07749 481 600 to volunteer or be put in touch with the Right to Work group in your area.
Text us for 30 June strikes/materials/volunteers – Text on 07961 337 640 or 07749 481 600
Materials available to order for local protests:
Badges – Right to Work – Fight the Cuts
Placards – Unite the Fights – click here to view
Bulletin – ‘Carnival of Resistance’ – click here to view
Broadsheet – 30 June Strikes – coming soon
All other materials are available to download from our website  www.righttowork.org.uk
30th June Battle Map
We have over 50 rallies and demonstrations on the Battle Map now. Please send in any action you are taking.
Other news about 30th June
Reporting the 30th June
Pictures
We will have a slideshow of pictures from the pickets, rallies and demonstrations on our front page.
Please email, from your computer or phone, pictures to
put a title in the subject line and then “tags:30june” – this will drop it automatically into the slideshow on the website.
Eg subject line – Birmingham rally tags:30june
Reports
Please send reports from your picket lines, protests etc to reports@righttowork.org.uk and we will add then as fast as we can!
Unite the Resistance Rallies
Kevin Courtney Deputy General Secretary of the NUT, John McDonnell MP, and PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka were the headline speakers.
Striking lecturers, disability campaigners, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, young teachers and anti cuts activists spoke at a 850 strong rally in the Friends Meeting House in Central London on Wednesday.
The event had an electric atmosphere.
Estelle Cooch from Right to Work spoke at the meeting. See her speech here

March to defend the NHS from cuts and privatisation 5th July

On 5th July it will be 63 years since the NHS was founded. It’s even more important to mark the birthday of Britain’s most popular institution this year, as we face the potential dismantling of the NHS in the form of Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill.

The NHS is working: Public satisfaction with the NHS is at an all-time high. Doctors, nurses, midwives, support staff, patients groups and more have all spoken out about the dangers of these changes.
Tuesday 5th July
Assemble: 5.30pm, Savoy St, Strand, WC2E
March to: Old Palace Yard, opposite Parliament
called by UNITE the Union and Socialist Health Association
Hound the ConDems
Right to Work calls on all anti cuts campaigners to make sure that wherever the ConDems go they are hounded.
Hound Nick Clegg – Birmingham – 29 June see here for details
Hound Andrew Lansley  –  Manchester  – 7 July see here for details
Click here for more info Hound the Con-Dems
Other News and events
Affiliate to Right to Work
The latest national union to affiliate to Right to Work is the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union.
To affiliate your organisation to Right to Work click here
Please send coming events and reports to reports@righttowork.org.uk