PCS strike #Oct15

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Visited PCS strikers picketing DWP offices in Nottingham city centre.
Poor morale amongst staff.
The focus on helping people who need help being lost.
Have had no wage increases.
Select graphic to read leaflet.
Twitter coverage on @pcs_union #Oct15

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Pride

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The new movie “Pride” evokes the 80’s and tells big political stories. History. Tales from our own time.
The miner’s strike.
Victimisation of gays.
Public health responses to HIV and AIDS.

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Big tales of the time to tell, and the film does it well. Of personal suffering. Of victimisation. Of struggle. Of defeat, and of victory.
Perhaps too much at the expense of one family portrayed.
Perhaps too much of the other worldliness of South Wales – despite them dancing to the same disco music as the rest of the world – well, the women anyway.

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But some great humour. A favourite scene – a Welsh gay, returning home after many years, and pretending to be from Rhyl. No – we won’t have that – not someone from North Wales. A wind-up, masterfully executed.
And an excellent, triumphant end, with some sadness.
Authentic. Makes you think about the value of making bigger demands in politics.
Reminds you of some of the events of the time at work and in Nottingham.
One tiny moan. Celebrating the NUM driving the Labour Party conference to adopt gay rights. But no mention of the New Labour government passing the legislation that was sought.

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Roy Greensmith

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Died 26th August.
Funeral took place on Friday 19th September at Holy Trinity Church, Clifton.
Roy was a Clifton Councillor from 1992 to 2003 .
Born in the Meadows in 1929, Roy joined the army in 1947, serving in Egypt before returning to work for British Rail, where he remained for 47 years. An active member of both the trade union movement and the Labour Party,

Roy was elected to the City Council in October 1992, representing Clifton East. Roy was appointed Sheriff of Nottingham in 1995 and served as Lord Mayor in 1997/98 and 2001/02. He later served as an Alderman.

I first met Roy at a trade union branch meeting (RMT), called to support a strike, and for which TSSA members had raised a donation.
Roy was chair of Nottingham No.2 branch (covering engineering) for many years. He was a lineman in signals and telegraphs, looking after external relays, for Trent Box and another nearby signal boxes. He chaired British Rail’s S&T and Permanent Way grades committee, as well as being on the RMT’s national executive for 3 years.

One constituent has already said – “Roy was a smashing man and very easy to work with. He was very supportive of the work we undertook within the community of Clifton and Wilford and the wider City. When he was Lord Mayor Mary, his wife was a constant support at his side.”

Photo taken on 8th June 2001, the morning after Labour’s landslide.

J10 strikes

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Visited 4 picket lines before joining the march from The Forest.
Unison’s argument.
Cllr. Pat Ferguson made a special umbrella to show Labour Councillors’ concerns.
Former Labour MP Alan Simpson says – “I bet none of those on strike today have off-shore accounts or hide in tax havens. You can not build a recovery on an economy that gets richer whilst its people get poorer. We have to get back to paying decent wages for decent work, and valuing those who sustain the society, not speculate against it. That is the top and bottom of the day’s strike action.