Support your local People's Assembly
Oxfordshire Anti Cuts Allliance is no longer meeting as a group, though the mailing list is still active to support local and national anti-austerity events. Public services, benefits and workers' terms and conditions remain under attack and people continue to resist the Tories ongoing implementation of austerity despite their claims of recovery and rising profits, bonuses and wages for the wealthiest in society.
The People's Assembly is a national organisation with aims similar to those that launched the Anti Cuts Alliance. It has local groups and one is active in Oxford , meeting monthly and planning and supporting activities against cuts. They can be contacted through the Oxford People's Assembly website
NO to TIPP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)
The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations.
The mechanism through which this is achieved is known as investor-state dispute settlement. It's already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet.
Investor-state rules could be used to smash any attempt to save the NHS from corporate control, to re-regulate the banks, to curb the greed of the energy companies, to renationalise the railways, to leave fossil fuels in the ground. These rules shut down democratic alternatives.
Local members of 38 Degrees to leaflet and invite the public to sign an anti-TTIP petition.
Join them at the Farmers’ Market (in East Oxford Primary School), in front of Tesco’s, and on the Cowley Road.
Saturday 30 August, from 11 – 4
Protest Against Benefit Sanctions - National day of action
Witney; Friday 12th September 6.30pm
Coach pick up from BMW Cowley (5pm), Manzil Way (5.15pm) and Taylorian Institute, St Giles.(5.30pm) Tickets £3 waged - free for unwaged.
The stopping of benefits by use of sanctions is causing untold misery to the poorest in our society. Since the Coalition took office sanctions have risen from 139,000 in 2009 to over 800,000 in 2013.
It is no coincidence that there has been similar rise in the use of foodbanks - more than a million rely on parcels - the major reason are people having their benefits cut. The Oxford Emergency Foodbank report that the numbers needing their help have soared by 70% in the last year.
Oxford and District TUC are backing a protest in David Cameron's constituency.
Witney Conservatives are holding a black-tie event at Witney Lakes with expenses-sponging, tax-dodging and No. 10 policy guru Nadhim Zahawi MP on Sep 12.
We will be holding our own reception for him.
We are calling on every union, community group, tenants organisation, etc to back and mobilise for this protest.
October could see NHS, teaching, fire brigades and local government workers striking over attacks on pay and pensions. Please support any of these groups taking action. A victory for them is a victory for everyone wanting to see and end to Tory cuts and austerity.
Fighting austerity - "Britain Needs a pay rise" national demonstration called by the TUC
This will be a major mobilisation by the trade unions and will be one of the largest anti-austerity events this year next to the public sector strikes. The demonstration is a chance to build a mood to deliver more effective action against the Tories and to make it clear to Labour we won't settle for the same should they win the election.
Oxford & Distict Trades Council has agreed to organise a mobilising committee open to anyone wanting to organise and coordinate and fill transport from Oxford to London on October 18th. Please mail back if you would like to help.
Transport will run from across Oxfordshire and is supported by Unite, Unison, PCS, CWU, RCN, Prospect and many more.
Seats can be booked on the coaches online c/o www.ouh.org.uk Tickets are free to supporting unions, benefit claimants, retired and under 16s and £5 for all other waged.
We want to send a message loud and clear to employers and politicians across the board that Britain needs a pay rise. That’s what a real recovery looks like.
We want you to be there but we don’t just want you to come, we want you to bring your friends, your families, your neighbours and your workmates, so that we make this a big and brilliant demonstration.
Here is why:
1. Poverty Pay
One in five people earn less than the living wage. For the first time more people in work are below the poverty line than those out of work. The spread of zero-hours contracts, agency working and bogus selfemployment is trapping many below the poverty line.
2. The Cost of Living Crisis
We are told that the economy is now recovering and that Britain’s costs of living crisis is over. But whose recovery is this? Ordinary people are £40 a week worse off in real-terms than they were five years ago. And if bankers hadn’t crashed the economy and wages growth had stayed on
track then workers on average would £100 more in their pay packets every week.
3. Rising Inequality
Of course it’s not tough for everybody. In 1998 top chief executives earned 45 times the average wage – enough for anyone I’d say. But now they earn 185 times as much. That means they have earned what most people earn over 12 months in just a day and a half. One key driver of the economic crash was growing pay inequality. Long before our banks went bust people’s wages had stopped growing.
This is why Britain needs a pay rise – and it’s why we want you all to join us on the demonstration on October 18th, so we can build a real recovery to last in which everybody shares.