Edinburgh East Save Our Services Meeting

6.30pm Tuesday 16th June 2015                                                                                      Northfield Community Centre, Northfield Road EH8 7PP                                                      Open organising meeting for people in the east of the City to organise against public sector cuts, privatisation and welfare reform.

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Scotland stands with Greece – Anti-austerity demonstration planned from Holyrood to Greek consulate

“Scotland stands with Greece”: Anti-austerity demonstration planned from Holyrood to Greek consulate

Date: Saturday 14th February 2015

Time: 12.00

Location: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

RIC, STUC, Syriza Scotland, Podemos Scotland and anti-austerity groups set for Valentine’s Day march

HUNDREDS of demonstrators are expected to march from the Scottish Parliament to the Greek consulate on 14 February, Valentine’s Day, to show solidarity with Greece and its Syriza government in its battle with the EU to end austerity measures that, they claim, have impoverished the country.

The demonstration, ‘Democracy vs Austerity: Scotland stands with Greece’, has been called by the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC), and is an attempt to swing Scottish opinion behind the radical left Syriza party, which now heads up a government with an anti-austerity mandate following the Greek elections on 25 January.

Jonathon Shafi, RIC co-founder and an organiser of the demonstration, argued that the context of international solidarity is crucial.

“It is vital that the anti-austerity movement all over Europe stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Greece,” Shafi said. “Syriza offers a beacon of hope, but the ECB are unrelenting and viciously opposed to progress based on a social alternative to austerity.

“We can only defeat austerity on an international basis, and that is why the Democracy vs Austerity rally on Saturday is important,” Shafi added.

Syriza are locked in negotiations with the EU over trying to come to an agreement about a financial plan for the country, ahead of a 28 February deadline where, if no deal is done, Greece would effectively default on its debts. Syriza says an end to EU-imposed austerity policies in Greece is essential to end the “humanitarian crisis” in the country, with record breaking levels of unemployment.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), which represents trade unions in Scotland, will also be represented at the demonstration, and General Secretary Grahame Smith believes the Scottish Government and “all of the parties of the parliament” should be backing the Greek Government’s strategy.

“The overwhelming support for anti-austerity parties in the Greek election and the election of Syriza represents a key moment in the battle against austerity economics in Europe,” Smith told CommonSpace. “Their entirely sensible proposals for promoting economic recovery including renegotiation of debt, investment for growth, tax reform and protection of workers and ordinary people – is an entirely orthodox approach that has been championed by mainstream economists globally.

“Working people in Greece did not cause the crisis any more than did workers in Scotland and they should not be bearing the brunt now,” Smith added.

“The STUC calls on the Scottish Government and all of the parties of the Parliament to express its support for the Greek Government’s strategy and to put whatever pressure it is able to on the European and world institutions which make up the Troika”

The Scottish Government has said the Greek election result should be “respected”, but Smith believes it should be putting pressure to bear on the powers at be in Brussels.

“The STUC calls on the Scottish Government and all of the parties of the Parliament to express its support for the Greek Government’s strategy and to put whatever pressure it is able to on the European and world institutions which make up the Troika, as well as the major European powers, to adopt a serious and constructive negotiating stance,” Smith said.

The rise of Syriza from fringe party to government has given a boost to the left across Europe, including in Spain where anti-austerity party Podemos is challenging to become the leading party in October’s Spanish elections.

Podemos Scotland and Syriza Scotland are both supporting Saturday’s demonstration, and Dr Myrto Tsakatika from Syriza Scotland told CommonSpace that there is now a burgeoning European anti-austerity movement.

“The citizens of Greece voted to reverse the politics of extreme austerity. They are fighting tooth and nail to have their democratic right to choose respected. A movement of solidarity is growing across Europe and the world. It is not a just a movement in support of the Greeks, it is a movement to reclaim the power that markets and financial institutions have taken from us. Join us on Saturday, make your voice heard,” Tsakatika stated.

Lynne Henderson, vice chair of People’s Assembly Scotland, an anti-austerity campaign, will also be speaking at the demonstration, and said Syriza’s “stunning election victory is an inspiration to those of us who know there is an alternative to this austerity gloom”.

Henderson added that a note of caution was necessary, as the anti-austerity movement shouldn’t look at Syriza through “rose-tinted spectacles”.

“We must be careful not to only look through rose tinted spectacles and to recognise the economic limits to the concessions that Syriza is offering, the requirement for coalition with right wing forces, the acceptance of Nato membership and so on,” Henderson said. “However, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity Scotland stands with the people of Greece and their democratically elected government in their mandate to oppose austerity. They will be challenged by the Troika, the establishment and by home-grown oligarchs. It is our job to stand with them.”

The demonstration begins at 12 noon outside the Scottish Parliament, before making its way to the Greek consulate at 12 Queens Crescent.

Reprinted with kind permission from Ben Wray  @Ben_Wray1989

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Lobby The City Council – Thursday 12th February 2015

Date: Thursday 12th February 2015

Time: 8.30am – 10am

Location: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

The Council is having its budget meeting on 12/2/2015. On that day it will set its budget for 2015/2016 and will agree on ways to make savings/cuts of £22 million with more and bigger cuts in the following two financial years.

Community and local trade union organisations will be lobbying the Council meeting and we appeal for public support. There will be a lobby outside the City Chambers from 8.30am to 10.00am. Everyone is welcome to attend demanding that there should not be cuts in vital services such as social care.

Edinburgh TUC will ask for a deputation to be heard by the Council. Its deputation will speak to the paper that Edinburgh TUC has submitted to the Council in response to its budget consultation.

We believe that some of the savings/cuts proposed in the Councils draft budget will have a negative and discriminatory effect on older people, women and disabled people.!

Our overall recommendation and plea to the Council is that its Budget Meeting on 12/2/2015 consider a motion to the Scottish Government demanding extra powers and additional finance to render unfair and counter-productive cuts and savings unnecessary. The Council must call on all Edinburgh MSPs and MPs to support its motion regardless of political party. The Council should convene a civic conference and ask a range of community organisations to back its demand for extra resources. The Council should lead a campaign to make sure we keep the services we need for a decent quality of life. The Council should actively promote good public services whether provided directly by the Council or indirectly by subcontracting.

Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance Meeting

Carer helps elderly man walk downstairs10am Saturday 17th January 2015                                Augustine Church  41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Following on from the large public meeting on the 27th November this organising meeting aims to bring together activists to plan a campaign against the cuts to vital services being made by Edinburgh Council.The Council is proposing cuts of £22m for 2015/16, as part of a three-year strategy that will inflict further cuts of £55m and £77m in the next two financial years. This will significantly damage services for those most in need and will be resisted.

All welcome.

Stop Social Care Cuts – Working Group Meeting Sat 7th

The Edinburgh Anti Cuts Alliance and Edinburgh TUC are convening a meeting to plan a campaign to  put pressure on the City Council to maintain and improve Social Care. The first working group meeting will take place on Saturday 7th June 2014 within the Augustine Church , George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. The group will meet on this occasion from 10 am to 12.30 pm. Refreshments (tea/coffee – biscuits) will be provided. Continue reading

Greater Leith Against The Cuts Meeting

6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at the Community Flat, Ground Floor, Persevere Court, 10 North Leith Mill, Edinburgh, EH6 6JY.                                                                                                 All welcome.                                                                                     Greater Leith Against The Cuts (GLATC) holds regular meetings in the Leith area to organise against cuts affecting the local community. We also co-ordinate with the Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance and other local community based groups on city-wide and national campaigns.

For more info e-mail us at greaterleithc59@gmail.com or contact us on Facebook.

Lothian Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation Meeting

10am Saturday 12th April 2014                                                                                      

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Leith.

All welcome.

Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance Meeting

6.30pm Thursday 27th March 2014 at Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace

Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance (EACA) seeks to bring Edinburgh’s local anti-cuts groups together with trade unions, service-users’ groups and individuals to organise on a City-wide basis against public sector cuts, privatisation and welfare reform.We are not affiliated to any political party and our meetings are open to all.To get in touch or sign up to get regular e-mail updates contact us at info-etuc@btconnect.com

Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance Meeting

6.30pm Thursday 16th January 2014                                                                                            Augustine Church, George IV Bridge                                                                                                The second meeting of the newly reformed EACA will be looking at building a demonstation against cuts to the City of Edinburgh Council’s budget and services.
All welcome.
To join EACA’s new e-mail list visit http://lists.noflag.org.uk/listinfo/edinanticuts and subscribe.