Supporting Junior Doctors
Read my article below on why it is vital we support the junior doctors campaign.
Andrea Carey Fuller, Green Party candidate for Evelyn ward
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Friday 26th June 2015
Demonstration and March on Streatham Job Centre against the move of mental health services into the Job Centre (as part of the DWP’s actions to ‘brand’ the unemployed as “mentally ill”! Anyone not agreeing to a mental health review will be subjected to benefit sanctions. Download my article here, on benefit sanctions originally published (in part) in the South London Press.
Why everyone should be paid a living wage
When I wrote my living wage article months before the last G.E. there was no ‘general consensus’ within other political parties about achieving a living wage and not just a minimum wage. However, we are not there yet – the current minimum wage will only be £7.20 from next April and only if you are 25 or over so young people 18-24 will continue to be discriminated against. You may have seen my post urging a commissioner within the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to do something about this – it is long overdue and is now on their radar – we shall see.
In the meantime, one of the campaigns which will aid the movement to more people being able to achieve a living wage in the shorter term is Unison’s Ethical Care Charter, which in a nutshell:
Ensures that workers providing home care to the elderly and disabled receive a living wage and brings and end to zero hours contracts within this industry, and ensures that people receiving home care get a minimum 30 minute visit. Currently the minimum visit time is 15 minutes and as most (if not all) home care workers who are not working within an “Ethical Care” Borough or City do not receive pay for travelling between their client homes they currently receive less than the minimum wage and are constantly pushed for time. Islington & Southwark were the first Councils to sign up in December 2013:
Followed by Reading and Renfrewshire in March 2014, and then Camden in November 2014 see this link for more information:
The latest City to sign up is Bolton:
We all need to urge our Councils to become Ethical Care Councils – I would urge you to pressure your MP, and to use our network of Green Local Councillors to progress the living wage agenda in this way – if you don’t have a Green Councillor in your area you could see if any of your Labour Councillors are members of Unison (I have spoken with one in Lewisham who is keen to get this on the Council agenda this Autumn) and get them to table the motion and seek cross party support.
Lewisham Council unanimously passed a resolution to become a No-TTIP Zone on 24th June.
Bin the Bill Green (January 2015): Here is a photograph taken within the House of Commons of Roisin (Bromley), Sian (Camden) and me on a mission to green card our MP’s to persuade them to vote against the Infrastructure Bill (esp the Fracking under any private land clause). I spoke with Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) and urged her to get the Labour party to look into why France, Bulgaria, New York and Ireland have banned fracking and use these arguments to ban fracking in England (especially after the Blackpool earthquake), and to look to longer term funding of tidal power. As you can see we were not quite the force of those Lancashire anti-fracking nanas – but as women we are all sisters of the same cause. Here is more information on the amazing nanas:
Renationalise our Railways – Campaign outside Lewisham Station 6th January 2015
UN Demonstration against Racism Day 2014
Stand Up to Racism March & Demonstration Trafalgar Square March 2014 (Jean Lambert Green MEP on stage). See my original article posted on Lewisham Green Party website here.
Save Lewisham Hospital action: Petition against Section 119 (formally 118) of the Health & Social Care Act handed into Downing Street – before meeting Andy Burnham & Heidi Alexander in the House of Commons to campaign for its repeal.
Old Tidemill School Community Gardens (Deptford) Green Day
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