Firefighters' union welcomes Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's withdrawal of proposals to sack its workforce
FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION WELCOMES GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE’S WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSALS TO SACK ITS WORKFORCE
"The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has welcomed Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) announcement today that it is not now planning to sack its 1250 strong firefighter workforce. The service withdrew its plans to issue Section 188 notices that would have terminated the firefighters’ contracts of employment – only those who agreed to the new 12 hour shift patterns would have been re-employed.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This is a very welcome move that will allow both parties to engage in discussions about the detail of the proposals to implement the planned cuts to the service’s budget without the threat of action by either party. The FBU has confirmed that it will participate fully in talks facilitated through the independent Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) with both parties engaging constructively in discussions to ensure the safety of the public.”
The TAP talks will begin Thursday 29 September.
The FBU acknowledges that the proposed changes were the result of continuing cuts by this government. The GMFRS has already had to make £28 million of cuts, with the government imposing a further £14.4 million over the next four years.
Approximately 20,000 members of the public signed a petition against the plans to dismiss the firefighters. The FBU’s campaign against the service’s plans to sack and re-engage its firefighters won support across the media."
Di Coffey is currently suspended from the Labour Party-caught up in a silly, conveniently "for the right-wing of Labour" timed, purge of party members. That suspension excludes her, and others in a similar position, from attending the Labour Party conference or even local meetings. It is proving a good way for anti-Corbyn elements in the party to "fix" conference to suit.
Tuesday Di has shared:
"The anti-Corbyn Labour MPs continue to express their opposition to him - further strengthening my view they would rather see Labour lose the next general election than support him in any way.
Jeremy Corbyn, Denis Skinner, John McDonnell, Tony Benn and others, vehemently opposed the policies of several of their leaders but they NEVER viciously briefed against them in the press or in interviews on TV.
Like so many, following Jeremy's victory on Saturday, I've been on a roller-coaster of emotions.
Many comrades at last night's Momentum Falmouth meeting expressed the same feelings but we found strength in each other's company and we were soon back in a positive mood planning next Saturday's Labour National Campaign Day on education and other issues.
There will be a Labour stall in Falmouth Moor on Saturday, October 1 between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm. Sadly, I can't be there because I've been suspended but if you are in Falmouth do come and chat to my chums who will be handing out leafets on Corbyn's Ten Pledges and discussing how these pledges will help Cornwall."
So if you are in Falmouth this weekend do what Di says and drop by for a chat. If nothing else it will help dispel the mainstream media and right-wing view being pushed that Momentum are somehow a bunch of loony hard-left extremists.
But if you have fallen for that view you really need to think outside the box and take off those blinkers.
Michael Wander shares his thoughts on Labour Party conference rows and stitch-ups Tuesday.
"Watching the NEC stitch up Jeremy at the labour conference today was disappointing and heartbreaking and it was especially painful having to look at the smug face of Labour's General Secretary Iain McNicol on the stage.
The only thing that makes labour electable at this time is Jeremy Corbyn.
If the Parliamentary Labour Party and the National Executive Committee continue to stab him in the back (and the front) and he falls, then we can forget the new era of decent politics, our hope for a fairer and more equal society, and all the promises of a fully funded NHS, a welfare state that cares for and looks after our citizens, a level playing field in education for our kids, affordable housing and no person or community left behind….. the whole lot thrown away by our beloved Tory-lite MPs as the chug along on their gravy train.
When you think of the tireless work that Jeremy has undertaken over the last year, travelling up and down the country challenging austerity and putting forward Labour values and principles to hundreds and thousands of people, the result of which is a membership of 600,000 I can’t believe that 600,000 members cannot challenge their behaviour and bring about the change we need; re-enforcing the mandate that all of us have given to Jeremy our elected party leader and the peoples Prime Minister.
Having said that, I am not giving up. I am going to start going to my Constituency Labour Party meetings and hopefully once we all pull our weight we can make these people accountable and help Jeremy secure his position.
Kenneth Andrew Nicholson said: “These MP's are supposed to represent you, the voters that put them there. They work for you. They do not have positions of power, they have positions of responsibility. And the time has come to remind them of that fact."
I agree and I hope that once conference is over and the CLPs start up, we will be able to redress the balance and go forward to win the next general election.
Councillor John Ferrett has said #GoodbyeLabour and yes in true old new Labour style he has done it very publicly on Twitter.
Mr Ferrett was part of our three part mini-series last week following his often abusive activity on social media. In some cases it was not really abusive in my opinion but it was the sort of activity which has resulted in friends and other party members being suspended from the Labour party, excluded a vote in the leadership election, and thus barred from conference.
Mr Ferrett on the other hand has been able to meet up with like-minded plotters at conference in Liverpool if so inclined.
Monday he is grabbing his 15 minutes of fame in the mainstream media but did he jump or was he pushed?
As the Labour Party Compliance Unit works its way through a series of allegations of abuse Mr Ferrett must have posed a huge problem.
He has been openly antagonistic toward Mr Corbyn and people who support him. His younger brother quit his council role last year; the brothers agree on their hostile opinion of Corbyn.
But perhaps the BBC report is telling.
Labour controlled Portsmouth City Council in the late 1990s, but Mr Ferrett had led a group which had fallen to just three by the elections of 2014.
"John Ferrett had been a member of the party for 27 years and stood in general elections in 2010 and 2015."
If Mr Ferrett's heart is not in the job it is time to move on.
If it will be too tough a task for him he needs to give others a chance. They may fail but we need someone who at least gives a damn and is prepared to try.
But will Mr Ferrett stay on as a councillor switching political parties or even standing as an Independent?
With his recent tweet about standing shoulder to shoulder with Tory MP Anna Soubry a political party switch could be on the cards.
However in his resignation letter to party General Secretary Iain McNicol shown below John Ferrett calls for the creation of a new political party but perhaps that is just part of the long standing "chicken coup" and was always on the cards.
Seems it is not only members of the Labour Party's Compliance Unit trawling social media. Enjoy this post share from Chris Rogers:
Hi All, this will make you all laugh I hope - Jennifer Smith, a Reporter from BBC Radio 5 has just inquired if I'd like to join a Programme to discuss why I'm leaving the Labour Party in the wake of JC's re-election. Seems they have confused some of my tweets taking the pee out of those leaving, with the actuality I'm leaving myself - a laugh given I'm bloody purged.
Here's my response and do share if you can:
"Hi Jennifer, would be more than happy to talk on your show, but do be advised I'm not leaving Labour as I'm a victim of the Leftist witchunt and actually in the process of Appealing why I'm barred from joining the Labour Party, given they were happy to have me as a member when electing Tony Blair and John Prescott in 1994.
Further, as a democracy advocate I'm currently is discussion with barristers and lawyers about a legal case against the NEC, the Compliance Unit and the Oversight Committee for numerous breeches of Data usage - perhaps you would like to chat about more than 300K being denied a vote, disabled, seriously ill and mentally ill members being Purged, and the arbitrary manner the Purge has been undertaken in.
Indeed, given I'm in the media myself, I'd have thought that the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands and purging of tens of thousands would have been of far greater interest too you than a bunch of malcontents mouthing off on social media, most of whom should never have been in a democratic socialist Party.
Alas, as you are the BBC I doubt you'll have any interest, but both George Galloway on his Talk Show and Michael Mansfield QC have considerable interest.
Further, for each member leaving at least five more are joining, which augurs well I believe if we desire our nation to look like a few of our more forward looking European neighbours, rather than the USA."
Despite all their dirty tricks, Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents could not prevent him from being re-elected with an increased majority.
It’s going to be even harder for them next time they try to oust him.
To start with, those thousands of new members who joined since January 12 will be able to vote and most of those who have been suspended will have their suspensions lifted.
With newly elected NEC members taking office, it won’t be so easy to find an excuse to suspend members. And it’s not Corbyn supporters who are tearing up their membership cards!
But much remains to be done.
The Parthian shot of outgoing NEC members was to exclude many pro-Corbyn delegates from Conference while proposing the re-introduction of elections to Shadow Cabinet – a proposal, if unopposed, which could lead to Jeremy being rendered ineffective as a leader by stacking the Shadow Cabinet with those he cannot trust!
Here are some suggestions for NEC reform.
1.No decision by outgoing NEC members should be binding on their predecessors, newly elected members should take office immediately instead of waiting until after Conference.
2.NEC’s discretion to interpret regulations needs to be restricted to prevent them from making up rules as they go along. No rule should come into effect until at least 1 month AFTER it has been publicised.
Have readers other suggestions to share?
Thanks to Mike Coulson for getting the ball rolling
I would like you all to take a moment or two to think about this first sentence. An MP winning a leadership election and becoming leader of their party for the second time in a row. how would you expect them to celebrate?
You would expect them to go for a £100 dinner with the champagne on tap. Expenses paid for and no members of the public in the way, because to most MPs the public are simply people who vote for them and that is all they care about.
But Jeremy Corbyn is different, he truly cares about the people and he cares about the communities that are left behind.
And yesterday after winning his second leadership contest in a row, with yet another massive mandate, Jeremy Corbyn celebrated his win by having a meal and speaking to members of the public in a local community cafe (Neo community cafe).
He had brought along some home-made jam so he could make people sandwiches, he also made french pizza bread, so he could eat with his members in a place were all felt included.
The cafe Jeremy Corbyn attended gives out many food parcels every week to starving families in poverty, the cafe ( Birkenhead Project) gives out over 1,440 meals a week to starving children in the school holidays where many children have to go without meals because their parents don't have enough to put food on the table.
Jeremy Corbyn also donated to this cafe as the welfare state is failing to support it.
This just shows that Jeremy Corbyn is a man of the people for the people and he's not in it all for himself or the money. He finds everyone equally important.
Another reason why I'm proud to support this truly wonderful man.
Thanks to Charlotte Persephone Smith
Charlotte Persephone Smith is a Jeremy Corbyn supporter and Saturday as she celebrated Jeremy's re-election as Labour Party leader she shared this open letter, which as you can see is supported by many others:
I am so happy that you have been re-elected as leader of the Labour Party.
As a party, because of you we are stronger than ever before. To win with 61.8% of the vote, a bigger mandate than last year just proves how popular you are and it proves how much the membership want you as our leader for 'straight talking honest politics'. Since being re-elected as leader of the Labour Party, me and my friends have witnessed many people wanting to join Labour. For many you are our only hope for a fair society that cares for all, rather than a few.
Throughout your leadership campaign you have gone from strength to strength. You have shown to be passionate, caring and committed. You have made Labour into the left-wing caring party it should be. A party that truly cares about the ordinary people in society. The disabled, the elderly, the working class, children, students, the sick and the most vulnerable.
Like you, I hope everyone in the party will respect the results and I hope they will respect the massive mandate which led you to victory. Together under your leadership, Labour can take on the Tories and can wipe out austerity, privatisation, neoliberalism and evil greed.
I do hope that the Labour MPs that are against you will either stand by you and your policies or simply leave the Labour Party. They have got to realise that it is you we want to take us into number 10 in 2020.
Speaking about respect, I do hope that you will take the time to welcome back all of your comrades who have been unfairly purged and suspended by the biased NEC. Even though we are very happy with the results many of us feel like the forgotten thousand, simply because we were cut off for supporting you and your vision for a credible Labour government.
I honestly believe that if we all stick together you can win the next general election and be Prime Minister. Since becoming leader of the Labour Party Labour has gone from 200,000 voters to the biggest political party ever in Europe. And it's the Labour membership along with yourself that makes Labour a party I'm happy to be in and fight for. A socialist party that cares for all rather than a few. A party that has its old traditional Labour values back.
I would also like to thank your campaign group and all those standing by you within the Labour Party, like John McDonnell who has helped you achieve Labour’s aims and values to improve everyone's standard of living in a country we love so very much.
Since becoming leader of the Labour Party you have forced the Tories to U-turn on taking £4.6 billion from the disabled, making cuts to working tax credits, and you have forced them to U-turn on making all schools academies. These are only a few things you have forced the evil Tories to U-turn on. At your first ever local election as leader, Labour overtook the Tories and won all four mayoral contests.
This week Labour gained seats all over the country from the Tories. Another outstanding result.
I have been so proud to support you, and will do what ever it takes to get you into number 10. You are a leader for the people.
You are our leader, and the best man for our Labour Party.
Charlotte Persephone Smith
And fellow comrades...
Fran McGowan, Annmarie Collins, Michelle Gibson, Jean Meech, Marika Thatcher, Michael MacDonell, Barry Naylor, Ellie Carroll, Cath Travis, Dave Hogg, Alison Lord ( Lally Laud), Jodie Chambers, Dale Latimer, Julie Graham, Samantha Berry, Toby Ray, Christopher Bainbridge, David Taylor, David Corrigan, James Kelso, Heather Scott, Merlina Waterworth, Jayne Freeman. James Rosen, Janet Hooper, Andrea Knight, Jo Burns, Samantha Davies, Stella Kay-Cole, Eamonn A Fountain, Sarah Jane, Sally Llewellyn, Isaac Marshall, Cristina Velasco Gázquez, Claudia Calvino, Catherine McGregor, Sue Lambert, Gill Davies, John Peers, Caroline Collins, Adrian Jenkins, Dave Leonard, Saffron Lisa Coulthard, Joyce Sheppard, James Tucker, Anna Marangi, Mike Hargreaves, Mags Oliver, Diane Steels, Hannah Slade, Andrea Elliott Denham, Donna Sloane, Ella Jo, Mary Jackson, Phil Vellender, Jacques Venter, Niamet Ali, Brandon Fox, Ed Clarke, Bev Hussien, Beverley Bryan, Emma Grover, Saira Afzal, Geoff Jelly, AnnaDora Soapsud, Tina Clayton, Sam Ballington, Greta Dee, Grant James, Jake Todhunter, George Marshall Black, Mike Cowley, Stephen Clay, Elaine Tiffin, Cath Quinn, Martin Duce, David Page, Samantha Messer, Keith Winter, Em Rainey, Geraldine Mason, Mike Shepard, Vicki Lackenby, Ann Flowers, Clare Richardson, Gareth P Hughes, John Riggins, Alan Gibbons, Shirley Dent, Tony Foster, Dianne Aslett, Maryann Gallagher, Phil Buyum Jackson, Stephen Lavery, Charlie Avent, Jan Welham, Margaret Harrison, Diane Soulsby Moulding, Anne Clarke, Shams Rehman, Kay Green, Nasir Khan, Chirag Suvarna, Wain Evans, Nicola Daniels, Connor Duncan, Stephanie Grant, Kaley Clark, Huge Hugh Wilde, Natasha Blondell, Darren Daley, Jay Sutherland, John Mullen, Anna Miller, Louisa Crawford, Sharon Gregory, Leo Bronstein, Jo Hoyle, Norbert Lawrie, Rik Newt, Philip Stephens, Glenn Martin, Doug Troup, Paul Johnson, Lisa Ann Ash, Sue Ball, Linda Webb, Patrick Pagan, James Mountford, Nigel Barnacle, Alan Falconer, Ann-Marie Westran, Ang Langley, Sophia Fragapane, Linda Webb, Linda Vaux, Julie Reid, Georgie Harrison, Alwyn Davies, Mandy Longmuir, Tom Hogg, Allan Drummond, Nicola Mason, Catherine Crosby, Nadia Ermilova, Peter Bates, Sue Petersen, Diane Varty, Lisa McConnell, Lee 'Slacks' Rowe, Shirley Lancaster, Linda Irvine, Claudine Cole, Abbie Chrysella Moss, Simon Duckett, Sue Brock, Sean Brogan, Andrew Upton, Kay Meades, Craig Truscott, Liz R-c, Mike Collins, Howard Thorp, Rodney Collett, Michael Clarke, Ian Beeston, Emma Rayson, Jill Westendorp, Cheryl Pidgeon, Les Smith, Moh Aladin, Ashy Giovanni, Deb Grinnell, Lucy Ferrets Brown, Jean Louca, Jane Lauppen, Sylvia Tempest, Answer Rashid, Aida Aida, Jens Larsen, Lynne Hook, Laura Quigley, Paul Oakes, John Fitzpatrick, Betty Farruggia, Angela Rai, Jim Coll, Mandy Wildman, Maureen Mooney, Esther Bolton, Carrie Nesbitt-Larking, Virginia Keyes, Sandra Bowes-rennox, Jean Andrew, Jean Jones, Mairead Tagg, Rosalie Duffy Hagart, Vicki Salmi, Antony Fenwick, Pippa Bramley, Victoria Strachan, George Watt, Faye McCardle, Jackie Stapleton, Lesley Hollinshead, David Clarke, Christine Suckley, Shelly Beaumont, Wendy Mcmillan, Matt Roper, Heidi Roper, John Parrington, Carolyne Darmanin, Deborah Jane Pearson, Katie Rawson, Kevin Donnellon, Emma Lorraine Coulling, Stephen Kennedy, John Milburn, Andrew Bardy, Jean Sudhurst, Jeanne Millinson, Dee Willis, Brian Dash, Amanda Collingridge, Tilly Pip, Louise Regan, Christina Edwards, Sean Doyle, Karen Johnson, Andrew Cooper, Gill Knowles, June Martin, Andy Fraser, Mark Raven, Matthew Wilson, Manjit Gill, Paul McLean, Kath Langley, Lisa Bell, Mandy Jane, Jade Wheeler, Alex Ivancevic, Christian Randolph Robertshaw, Martin E Butler, Calvin Fowler, Warren Hardy, Katie Kate Aubrey, Ian Kennedy, Martin Duce, Christina Penn, Stephen Nuttall, Chris York, Michael Bentley, Val Colvin and Eileen Kersey
If you are in Kingston-upon-Hull Sunday, September 25, 2016, pop into the impressive St Mary's along from the city's old market place.
The city centre and market area is in the process of being rejuvenated for Hull's year as the country's City of Culture 2017. So bear in mind that parts of the city centre are still work in progress.
St Mary's is hosting a Hull International Brigade Memorial Group event Sunday and it promises to be good.
St Mary's is across from what used to be the city's main post office but is now a Wetherspoon's pub restaurant called Three John Scott's. "For most of the 19th century, St Mary's Church, opposite this Wetherspoon pub, was run by three successive vicars, all called John Scott" resulting in the pub name.
Joe Solo who performed at the Jeremy Corbyn rally in the city's Queen's Gardens Summer 2016 will be performing again. At the Corbyn rally his "mischief" was getting the crowd to perform a fist in the air salute in recognition of the ongoing fight against fascism and in memory of those who died fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
The three thousand or so people in the crowd responded as one giving TV crews and the nearby local BBC studios something to talk about.
Eight men left Hull to fight in the Spanish civil war which began in 1936 and locals have been pushing for a fitting memorial for years.
The event at St Mary's is one of a series of events raising money for the memorial.
Tickets are £5.80 at eventbrite but will be available on the day at the door.
A Hull International Brigades Memorial Group event, with Joe Solo playing songs from his wonderful album No Pasaran and Na Mara playing tunes and weaving stories and histories linked to Guernica and the Basque children of 1937 who came to the UK to escape the bombing of Bilbao by Franco's fascist allies. This concert is one of a series of events held to raise money for a fitting outside memorial to the eight men from Hull who fought in the Sapanish Civil War.
DATE AND TIME
Sun 25 September 2016
17:00 – 19:30
St Mary's Church
THE MEMORIAL CAMPAIGN
In 2011 BBC reported on the campaign for a memorial:
So the anti Corbyn machinery is going into overdrive as the end of the contest draws near.
I see they’ve wheeled out Neil Kinnock again with a whole panorama programme for him to rant and rave and doom and gloom about Jeremy Corbyn so brace yourselves for that and it seems that Dispatches over on Channel 4 have used their selective media techniques and journalistic tricks to try and paint momentum as some sort of hard left infiltrators hell bent on destroying democracy; fortunately those of you who have recently joined momentum and attended their meetings will know the real picture.
They are well organised and have an agenda to support Jeremy, but he needs organised support to fight against his detractors.
From Hillary Benn first appearing to tell us all that although Jeremy is a decent chap, he isn’t a leader, the irrelevant vote of no confidence led by Margaret Hodge, the staged resignations, homophobic and anti-Semitic smears, all the vitriolic articles fed to the right-wing press and the forced leadership rerun.
Wheeling in the so called big guns of Kinnock, Miliband and Gordon Brown to try and convince us.
Shutting down CLP meetings and disenfranchising new members and charging them £25 to vote, and the members being labelled Trots, bullies, militants, Nazis, anti-Semitic and heaven knows what else were all highly planned and organised by Campbell, Mandelson and other Blairite bigwigs propped up and supported by Portland.
If not for momentum helping the members to organise Jeremy’s successful leadership campaign, he may not have had the impact that he has up and down the country.
I for one decided to support Jeremy months ago and my determination to see a more fair and equal society where no one and no community is left behind has been entrenched and become more determined by watching the two-faced backstabbing hypocrites in the PLP try their best to undermine me, and him.
I thought Clive Lewis was great on Marr, try and watch his appearance if it’s posted. We’re nearly there, when Jeremy becomes leader, everything will change and our new politics will start to go forward.
It will be the end of blue labour and the start of a new era in politics.
Many thanks to Michael Wander for sharing
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