Meetings and events
At this months Lesbian, gay, Bisexual & Transgender advisory committee passed motions on the scrapping of benefit for under 25s, bogus 'gay-cure' organisations, and extending the length of the LGBT conference.
Scrapping Housing Benefit for under 25s
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RMT General Secretary Bob Crow will be speaking at the "Stand up for Labour" comedy evening in Chiswick on Sunday 21st of October.
The event will be held from 7.45pm in the George IV pub, 185 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR.
The night will feature comedy from Norman Lovett ('Holly' from Red Dwarf), Adam Bloom, Sir Ian Bowler MP, Paul Ricketts and the compere is Crispin Flintoff.
"While Mayor Boris Johnson is basking in the spotlight at the Tory Party conference he is light years away from the harsh realities of life faced by the cleaners" - Bob Crow
TRANSPORT union RMT, along with supporters from the community, will be stepping up the demand next week that Mayor Boris Johnson increases the London living wage to £10 per hour, benefiting cleaners and other low-paid workers.
Campaigners will demonstrate outside the GLA Headquarters on Wednesday 17th October at 0900 hours, to call for better pay and conditions for transport cleaners.
We have set up a Facebook Page for the RMT National Campaign for Cleaners. Like the page to show your support and keep up to date with campaign news.
The RMT is to hold a demonstration outside the Zimbabwean Embassy on Sunday 7th of October in response to ongoing violation of LGBt rights by the Zimbabwean government. We will also be handing in a protest letter which has been signed by General Secretary Bob Crow and 43 other RMT members.
If you are an RMT member and wish to have your name added please contact us
The protest letter, below, was written by the RMT's London Transport Region LGBT Officer.
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
I am very pleased to confirm the RMT Education Centre will be opening the additional building development to the existing Education Centre on the 23rd November 2012. This additional facility effectively doubles our education and training support to our Unions members. To reflect this expanded facility I am attaching the 2013 education programmes for both of the teaching rooms now available at the RMT Education Centre in Doncaster. The programme again is a progression from 2012 and the Council of Executives remain committed to providing the best education and training support for our members and officials.
Stratford No 1 branch's latest newsletter is now ready. Click 'read more' to read the text of the leaflet, or download it below.
This is the report from our Executive Member Janine Booth to this month's Executive Council Meeting. We've added links to each report item to explain what they mean in some more detail.
To find out more attend your local branch, or the Regional or Executive meetings where these points can be discussed in detail, points raised or questions asked about them.
REGIONAL ORGANISER VACANCY
RMT activists took part in a rally to block the fascist far-right English Defence League from demonstrating in Walthamstow. Hundreds of anti-fascists, trade unionists, faith and community organisations also took part in the event in east London.
Members of the RMT - amongst them several LGBT activists carried the unions LGBT banner.
In July, the RMT annual general meeting passed a motion on international LGBT rights: the time for us to take action is now.
In recent weeks, LGBT rights activists in Zimbabwe have reported a shocking rise in state-sponsored intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and beatings of Zimbabwean LGBT people. In August, the building of GALZ (Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe) was raided and President Robert Mugabe’s riot police arrested 44 LGBT activists.
You can download the flyer below - please print and distribute amongst comrades
The RMT's London Transport Regional council has organised a meeting for members to discuss the changes to Employment tribunals - one of many attacks from the Tories on workers. The meeting will also discuss how these and further attacks could be defended against.
The meeting will cover what every RMT rep, activist and worker needs to know and what can be done in the face of further Tory attacks designed to make it even harder to ﬁght for justice in the workplace.
The meeting takes place at The Exmouth Arms on Tuesday 25th of September at 5pm.