MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF CALDERDALE SAVE OUR SERVICES HELD ON WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY, 2012, AT THE TRADES CLUB, HEBDEN BRIDGE
St. Catherine’s RC School It is understood the NUT are still monitoring the situation. No further information was able to be presented to the meeting.
Film night The technical aspects are still to be checked.
Action To check with the technician and with GP on her needs.
To post event on HebWeb. To revise leaflets and put them around town.
Leafletting at The Picturehouse will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings to coincide with the showing of The Iron Lady.
Action Use SOS mailing list to ask people to join the leafletting.
NHS Campaign Attendance at the 29 feb meeting in Huddersfield. GP to be contacted to see if she is involved in any campaign with a view to making links.
Library campaign We supported the demo. The CSOS banner was at the front.
CSOS has been asked by the campaign to be included in their list of supporting organisations on the DBOL website and in their campaign newsletter; also to receive news of the campaign. The meeting agreed.
Action To complete the proforma.
28 March Strike Unions are still in the process of balloting. The meeting deferred further discussion until the next meeting and to check a leaflet that is being drafted.
Action To check that a leaflet is being drafted.
AGM An AGM of CSOS is due in April. An important item on the agenda of the next meeting will be the AGM and the election of officers.
Communications The Google steering group seems to be working and ten people are signed up to it. Anyone else who wants to be on it, please contact CSOS.
AOB Friends of Heath Heath can be supported by encouraging the council to continue to use the excellent facilities for training. At the moment, the Council’s reduced use is making the charity’s financial position untenable. The Council investigations could take several months until after the local elections. The campaign asks supporters to lobby candidates in the election.
Date of next meeting Wednesday 14 March, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge. TBC
MINUTES OF THE CALDERDALE SAVE OUR SERVICES MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 24
JANUARY, 2012 AT THE SOWERBY BRIDGE WMC
Matters arising There were no minutes of the last meeting
The NUT & NASUWT are the only unions not signed up to the Government’s
pension proposals. The NUT National Executive Committee agreed
unanimously not to sign.
The left in the NUT said a date for strike action should be set
otherwise the refusal to sign means nothing.
Calderdale NUT branch voted overwhelmingly for strike action. The UCU
met late last week and set 1 March as the date for strike action,
along with the PCS.
St Catherine’s Roman Catholic High School
The school is set to close following a decision by the dioscesan
authorities. There is talk of the students going to Trinity which
would bring its complement to C1900, making it the biggest in
Calderdale. Calderdale NUT is involved and monitoring the situation
closely. There is a strong NUT membership in the school.
Our treasurer seems to have a good grasp of what is going on and is to
be asked to keep SOS updated.
There is to be a meeting at RCH on Wednesday, 29 February. We will
supply a link to further information.
There is a short film on the privatisation of the NHS on the K O N P
It was agreed to hold a film show at Hebden Bridge Trades Club,
including the NHS film referrred to above, plus a film on the miners’
strike. The optimum date is Wednesday 22 February, shortly after the
showings of The Iron Lady at the Picturehouse, which we will leaflet.
It was agreed to invite a doctor who has posted on
HebWeb to speak following the showing of the short film with
Any other business The detailed minutes to be posted on the Googlegroup.
Next meeting The next meeting will be held 7.30 pm. on Wednesday 15 February.
at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
CALDERDALE SAVE OUR SERVICES
Minutes of Meeting held on 7/12/2011
Report back on November 30th events:
We agreed that it was a great day with picket lines throughout the town visited by SOS supporters. Around 500 people attended the rally. We distributed leaflets both about the strike and advertising the evening social. A film of the rally was shown in the evening and everyone agreed it had been a fitting end to a very enjoyable and effective day of action. We agreed to post further information about the days events on the website, including reports from media such as the local newspapers.
Report back on Website and communications:
We have set up an excellent ‘mirror’ site that we could switch to at any time if we have problems at our present location. The current google site now has good visibility and comes up readily on searches such as ‘Calderdale Save Our Services’ and we are looking at ways to improve this so that related terms such as ‘anti cuts’ will also find us. We agreed to remain with our current host because the editing process is much simpler and will help us in our attempts to establish an inclusive co-operative moderating / editing procedure. Thanks to all those who have worked so hard in setting this up.
Not everyone has signed on the google group steering group. Some have apparently not received their invitations and we agreed to send these out again to those who have not yet signed up.
We discussed proposals to demolish the library and agreed to continue our work on this issue. We will accept an offer from a trade union member to write an article for the web site. We will also have people at Wednesday’s lobby.
St Catherine’s closure:
We discussed the ongoing battle to save St Catherine’s and the most recent threat to close the school in 2013, with consequent serious problems for both children and staff involved. we agreed to prepare and publish a report ready to begin a campaign of action at our next meeting.
What next for the Pensions campaign:
We talked about the campaign and agreed to support and promote a likely escalation of action in the new Year. We noted a call by Mark Serwotka for continued strike action and decided to monitor events, including this week’s TUC meeting, ready for more concrete action plans at our next meeting. We agreed that we would host an event towards the end of January at which we could once again show our film of the Halifax rally. We decided that the detailed planning for this could be carried out at our next steering group meeting in mid January.
Date of next meeting:
Tuesday 10th January (venue to be confirmed)
STEERING GROUP MEETING 22 NOVEMBER 2011
1. BUILDING FOR N30
We have a CSOS leaflet urging support for the strike on N30.
Leafletting sessions taking place this coming Saturday the 26th include:
Halifax – meet at 11am outside Boots
Todmorden – meet 11am at the market
Hebden Bridge – meet 9.30 am st George’s sq
IF YOU CAN COME ALONG AND HELP PLEASE DO!
2. ON THE 30th
The rally called by the striking unions is at 10am outside Halifax town hall. CSOS will be having a stall and give out a leaflet. Agreed to produce 1000. WE NEED TO BE AT THE TOWN HALL BY 9.45am – WE URGE ALL WHO CAN MAKE IT TO JOIN THE RALLY.
There is a CSOS-organised social at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on the night . PLEASE TRY TO COME ALONG – AS WELL AS A BAND, DJs AND A CHANCE TO HAVE A CELEBRATION DRINK THERE WILL BE SPEECHES AND A CHANCE TO DISCUSS THE VITAL QUESTION OF’WHERE NEXT?’ FOR THE BIGGEST STRIKE MOVEMENT ANY OF US HAVE EVER SEEN. DOORS 8pm. £3 WAGED/£1.50 UNWAGED.
CSOS now has it’s own website up and running . PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE – IT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE! Google calderdalesos and you should have no problem getting to it.
4. LIBRARY CAMPAIGN
The proposal to demolish the Halifax Central Library is meeting a lot of local opposition and CSOS needs to look in to this. We agreed to contact the campaign.
5. UNITE THE RESISTANCE CONVENTION IN LONDON 19th NOVEMBER
Our representative was delegated to this by Calderdale NUT and gave a brief report back – over 1200 trade union and anti-cuts activists attended. Mark Serwotka of the PCS and Kevin Courtney of the NUT spoke and many others. There were many brilliant stories of how N30 is reaching into many workplaces with little or no trade union tradition in recent years. All agreed next Wednesday’s strike has the potential to be a ‘step change’ event in British politics in terms of a fightback against austerity and the neo-liberal consensus that has dominated this country for far too long. The general message was – BUILD N30 AND LET’S GO FOR MORE STRIKES TO WIN.