Tuesday, October 22

Calling Notice: Birmingham & Coventry NUJ November Branch Meeting

Tuesday 5th November 2013
Carrs Lane Church Centre
Carrs Lane
B4 7SX
6:00 pm for 6:30 start

Any apologies to branch chair:  alan.weaver1@ntlworld.com


1) Introduction by chair/those attending

2) Minutes of October meeting

3) Secretary/Treasurers reports

4) Branch reports

5) Up date on disputes

7) NUJ Delegate Meeting 2014: Nomination for NUJ delegate bodies national/regional to be elected by regional ballot, Nominations for branch delegates to 2014 NUJ Delegate meeting. NUJ's policy, objectives and campaigning priorities are decided at the NUJ Delegate Meeting.

Any branch motions to Delegate Meeting, have to be agreed at this branch meeting!

8) Any other business

Topics in this message:
-  Should we Have an Enforceable Right to Food
-  UK: Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly And Association
-  Lord Neuberger  -  Justice In An Age Of Austerity
-  Reminder: Birmingham People's Assembly Launch Rally
Poverty is not an accident of nature it is a deliberate decision by Capitalists/politicians/Faith leaders to keep the wealth of a nation in the hands of the minority

Should we Have an Enforceable Right to Food
People are going hungry in England because England, to the detriment of the poor, has forgotten its legal history. Nearly eight hundred years ago, in 1216 English law first recognized a right to food. Yet between April and September this year over 350,000 people received three days' emergency food from the Trussell Trust food banks, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year.

Although justifiable outrage has been expressed at this increasing hunger in 21st century England, such hunger has not been regarded as an issue of human rights law, but only of charity. The United Nations, however, has made clear that the right to adequate food is indivisibly linked to the inherent dignity of the human person and is indispensable for the fulfilment of other human rights.
Read more: by <>  1Crown Office Row   

Fat priests, thin congregations - Exploitation of Man By Man In God's Name. The accumulative wealth of any congregation no matter how poor, ends up with the head priest. 
Read more: <>  Nellie de jongh

The Right to Food, or the Right Sort of Food?
The issue in this country shouldn't be about one's right to food, the issue must be about one's right to food that has quality and that is not going to happen unless we neuter the food lobby's influence on parliament and change the way food is farmed, processed and delivered to our stores. Don't get me wrong because what we face today is a crisis and too many lives have been ruined by this austerity. But no matter how real 21st century want is to those who must endure it,they still don't know, thank god, the ravenous despair of the Great Depression. Yet if we continue down this road of cutbacks who knows, perhaps my yesterday will be everyone's tomorrow?
Posted on UK Human Rights Blog: <>   veteran blogger 1923thebook

UK: Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly And Association

Mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by Maina Kiai, UN  Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.  Official visit to the United Kingdom from 14 to 23 January 2013 to assess the situation of freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the country.

* Amend labour laws to establish a right not to be blacklisted, and to provide redress for those who have been victims of this practice;

* Ensure that the law also protects the right to strike, including secondary strikes in conformity with international human rights law.

You can download the full report <>   here . . . .

Lord Neuberger  -  Justice In An Age Of Austerity

The more power that a government has, the more likely it is that there will be abuses and excesses which result in injustice to citizens

I detect two real problems in relation to justice. Both those problems may be summarised in one word, accessibility: accessibility to the law and accessibility to the courts. Cutting the cost of legal aid deprives the very people who most need the protection of the courts of the ability to get legal advice and representation.

The courts have no more important function than that of protecting citizens from the abuses and excesses of the executive - central government, local government, or other public bodies.

 It is when one turns to affordability, that serious problems arise. This is attributable to two reasons: first, legal advice and representation cost a lot more than most people can afford, and, secondly, the Government is increasingly reluctant to pay what the legal profession charges.
Read the full text <>     here . . . .