In these notes it gives the date of the next meeting but this has changed. The next meeting to plan our March and Rally on 15th December will be on MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER - see events page.
This is Paul Couchman's letter of the week in the Surrey Advertiser a couple of weeks ago. The file is the notes from the highly successful meeting we held on 26th September with the FBU, RMT, UNISON, Labour, Socialists and the Greens. It was agreed to organise a major public event, led by the FBU, in Woking on Saturday 15th December - SAVE THE DATE.
A planning meeting has been organised for Thursday 8th November - see events page for details.
Chertsey, Painshill and Banstead fire stations closed on Saturday July ...
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These recent articles in the local press, along with the flurry of posts on social media, show the dire state of Surrey's fire and rescue service. This is from the mouths of the firefighters and their representatives. Surrey County Council are trying to gag our firefighters and stop them from telling us the truth.
SOSIS is proud to have been part of the fight to defend fire services in Surrey since our inception in 2009 - particularly our role in the campaign to defend fire services in Spelthorne and Staines Fire Station (see previous posts). We will be discussing the most recent developments and what can be done about them at our meeting on 26th September in Woking. Why not come along?
We have also been support the RMT (Railworkers union) in their battle to keep the Guard on South West Railways (SWR). We hope to have RMT and FBU Reps at the meeting on 26th to see if a joint campaign can be developed on the issue of public safety and austerity.
It has been a while since I last emailed. Everyoneone is incredibly busy and the cuts continue. I just wanted to ensure people that we are still here and that we intend to hold an annual general meeting soon (probably in April) to elect our officers etc. for 2018-19.
In the meantime, there are a few things coming up:
This Saturday (tomorrow) We have a stall arranged at the 'Jazz for Labour' event with Courtney Pine (and guest speaker John McDonnell MP) in the Leatherhead Theatre. I believe there are still tickets available if you want to come along https://www.theleatherheadtheatre.com/jazzforlabour.
LOCAL PAY RALLY 7 APRIL
Surrey County UNISON, with the support of the regional UNISON office, have organised a rally against austerity and for a fair pay rise for all. This event will be on 7th April at 2pm in the Runnymede constituency of Philip Hammond MP – the current Chancellor of the Exchequer. Runnymede is also where the Magna Carta was signed which protects the right of people to free speech and to protest (amongst other things). They have set up a Facebook event which will be regularly updated here:https://www.facebook.com/events/813239645526585/. Please think about coming along and bringing your colleagues, friends and family. Bring banners!
A letter for trade union branches and an initial flyer for the event is attached (which also advertises the TUC march and rally on 12th May on the back).
WE ARE THE LIONS MR MANAGER – showing at the Electric Theatre, Guildford on 25th March
This is an exciting new play from the Townsend Theatre company, which is about Jayabe Desai’s inspirational fight for freedom, equality & human dignity as part of the famous Grunwick Strike 1976-78. Paul Couchman, SOSiS Secretary, will be speaking at the after-show talk. You can book tickets here:https://electric.theatre/shows/wearethelions/
NHS 70th BIRTHDAY EVENTS
The NHS will be 70 in July this year. We should think about organising an event/events to celebrate and to continue to fight against privatisation and for an NHS publicly-owned, publicly-managed and free to all. There is a major London demo planned on 30th June by Health Campaigns Together and the Peoples Assembly Against Austerity.
Scrap the Public Sector Pay Cap - Rally this Sunday in Brighton with John McDonnell, Len McCluskey and more...
Come to the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) TUC Congress Rally in Brighton Sept 10: ‘Smash the Tory pay cap!’
NSSN TUC Congress Rally in Brighton: ‘Fight together to scrap the Tory pay cap!’ – 1pm Sunday September 10th in the Arundel Suite in the Holiday Inn, 137 King’s Rd BN1 2JF. Confirmed speakers: Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary, Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Dave Ward CWU General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President, Amy Murphy USDAW Southern Division NEC member and Len Hockey Secretary Unite Barts NHS Trust branch – currently on strike. Chaired by Janice Godrich PCS National President – all welcome! We will also be giving a platform to speakers from other current disputes to build solidarity
Over 80 NHS supporters crammed into the Walton Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre to watch the film SELL OFF and hear our panel of speakers, which included the ex-CEO of Ashford and St Peter's, a Junior Doctor from the Royal Marsden and Dr Bob Gill, who stars in the film. This was one of our best events and we hope that those who attended will have been angered and inspired enough to get active with Save Our Services and help us defend our public services. Pictures below.
As usual, our steering committee was positive and action-focussed.
Confirmed speakers on the panel for our film showing and discussion next Thursday at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton are Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, a Junior Doctor and Cancer specialist working at the Royal Marsden - see her promoting the sequel to SELL OFF here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab4fyqCKStE
Dr Bob Gill, a GP and health campaigner (who appears throughout the film) and Stephen Fash (ex-Chief Executive of Ashford ad St Peter's Hospital Trust) who is campaigning to save the Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter's. Matt Clarke (SOSiS Chair, will preside)
Tickets are still available (although half the seats have been sold) at just £5 each at the box office:
Put Tuesday 26th September at 1pm in your diaries. We will be lobbying the SCC Cabinet before presenting our 2,500 signature petition to save Spelthorne's fire services. More nearer the date.
Notes from the meeting
Attendees - Helen Couchman, Paul Couchman, Liz Mansfield, Steve Trafford, Jon Button, Roger Bowen, Fiona Corr, Veena Siva and Karen Lyons.
Apologies from Matt Clarke, Thelma Snelgrove, Ginny Eaton, Iain Raymond and Mick Dawson.
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