Hello Mick, thanks for your correspondence, I support you totally with these very important issues you raise.
Below is a NOM I submitted at Sheffield City Council two years ago, supporting your position.
Regards, Cllr John Booker.
(a) supports Mick Cash, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), in his argument that there is no basis for cost cutting on the North’s railways, and notes that, according to Rail North’s own estimates, passenger demand for the North’s railways will soar by 50% over the next fifteen years, and despite this, and the clear need for investment, the Government has stated that annual subsidy will be cut by £160m, or 53% by the final year of the franchise;
(b) believes there must be strong opposition to the cuts programme, attacks on supervisory and clerical jobs, the introduction of driver-only operation and increased casualization, arising from the re-franchising processes;
(c) further, supports a publicly owned “People’s Railway for the North”;
(d) believes that, for too long, British workers involved in the traditional industries have been ignored and not treated with the respect they deserve;
(e) further believes we must invest in more training of our youth to meet future needs, especially in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), increase places for medical training so we can be less reliant on foreign nurses and doctors, and provide more meaningful apprenticeships to support future growth; and
(f) pays tribute to the men and women that drive forward British industry and aims to protect workers’ rights from Conservative cuts [undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts]
Yesterday’s full council confirms what l know to be true, and for me was the last straw that broke the camels back.
That’s why Ukip, Greens, and Lib dems walked out in protest.
It seems like any opposition in our council will not be tolerated by the majority of Labour Cllrs.
The head of the council Cllr Julie Dore will not allow anyone the right to have an opinion other than hers, she is very often rude to opposition Councillors and even the public.
In a nutshell the word arrogant sums her up as with many of the other labour cllrs .
Cllr Paul Scriven, describes our Labour Sheffield City Council administration as running it like Stalin did in Russia.
Sorry but after being a Sheffield City Councillor for 3 yrs,
l must agree.
I think they have forgot the people who voted for them.
This council is not democratic anymore l am afraid it’s run more like a dictatorship.
Our party didn’t come to UKIP as politicians, we came as workers and ordinary people, trying to deliver what people want, and we believe no one believes exactly the same thing.
Cllrs don’t have to be a genius, but they do need to be someone who their constituents trust to do the right thing on their behalf.
I know that in the last 3 yrs l have done my absolute best for my ward and will keep on doing it.
Cllr Pauline Andrews
UKIP councillors have a lot of questions about what has happened to the trees on Rustlings Road. Please come to the Council Meeting on 7th December at 1pm to register your questions!! If you want to talk to any of your UKIP councillors about this give us a ring on 07583018336.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labor and environmental standards.
Organizers — an alliance of environmental groups, charities and opposition parties — said 250,000 people were taking part in the rally against free trade deals with both the United States and Canada, far more than they had anticipated.
“This is the biggest protest that this country has seen for many, many years,” Christoph Bautz, director of citizens’ movement Campact told protesters in a speech.
A police spokesman estimated 100,000 people were taking part in the demonstration which has been trouble free so far. There were 1,000 police officers on duty at the march.
Opposition to the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has risen over the past year in Germany, with critics fearing the pact will hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers.
“What bothers me the most is that I don’t want all our consumer laws to be softened,” Oliver Zloty told Reuters TV. “And I don’t want to have a dictatorship by any companies.”
Dieter Bartsch, deputy leader of the parliamentary group for the Left party, who was taking part in the rally said he was concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the talks.
“We definitely need to know what is supposed to be being decided,” he said.
Marchers banged drums, blew whistles and held up posters reading “Yes we can – Stop TTIP.”
The level of resistance has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government by surprise and underscores the challenge it faces to turn the tide in favor of the deal which proponents say will create a market of 800 million and serve as a counterweight to China’s economic clout.
In a full-page letter published in several German newspapers on Saturday, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against “scaremongering”.
“We have the chance to set new and goods standards for growing global trade. With ambitious, standards for the environment and consumers and with fair conditions for investment and workers. This must be our aim,” Gabriel wrote.
Businesses hope the trade deal will deliver over $100 billion of economic gains on both sides of the Atlantic.
“A fair and comprehensive free trade deal promotes growth and prosperity in Europe. We should actively participate in the rules for world trade of tomorrow,” Ulrich Grillo, head of the BDI Federation of German industries, said in a statement.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley and Reuters TV, editing by David Evans)
‘Cameron’s deal with Europe is just smoke and mirrors’ Let’s put Great back in Britain
THE panto season has just ended in Brussels. Sales were poor for the latest production.
Perhaps it was the title, Dave And The Fundamental Reform Of Britain’s Relationship With The EU. Catchy it ain’t. Perhaps it was the “star”, “Dodgy Dave” Cameron. Unlike the supreme pantomime villain Tony Blair he has never quite mastered the art of faking sincerity. Remember Dave’s photocall as new Tory leader 10 years ago, ostentatiously pedalling to the Commons on a bike to curry favour with the greens?
Sadly, the wheels fell off in minutes when we discovered his shoes were being chauffeured behind him in his gas-guzzling government limo. The PM is all spin and no substance. Last week’s deal with Brussels is no different. He assured us he would demand a “fundamental reform of Britain’s relationship with the EU”. The package he has got doesn’t even rise to the level of trivia. Britain is in the middle of an unprecedented immigration crisis.
Migrants add a city the size of Cardiff to our population every year. In 2010 Cameron pledged to cut it down to “tens of thousands” a year. “No ifs or buts,” he said. What happened? It is up from 175,000 a year to 350,000 and rising. At least half of this is due to the EU. Five hundred million EU citizens now have a legal right to live and work in the UK. Our border isn’t the White Cliffs of Dover but the minarets a few miles from the Bosphorus.
If Cameron had really wanted “a fundamental change in our relationship with the EU” he would have restored Parliament’s power to decide who comes into this country. We need an Australian pointsbased system to cap the numbers and restrict entry to people with essential skills. Cameron didn’t bother to ask. He knew it was a non-starter with our masters in Brussels. Even if he had achieved the impossible and could scrap just migrants’ work-related benefits it wouldn’t dent the vast numbers of EU immigrants.
Romania’s average wage is £350 a month compared with £2,200 in Britain. Six EU countries have average wages of less than a third of the UK’s minimum wage and another eight where they are less than half. Poor people from Eastern Europe don’t come here for benefits: they want to transform their lives through higher paid work. Who can blame them? The rest of Cameron’s deal is just smoke and mirrors.
In fact, it is a bare-faced fraud and he knows it. Dave claims he will end the EU dream of “ever closer union”. Dream on. The Brussels express is still hurtling full-speed ahead towards the terminus of a United States of Europe. The failed single currency has devastated Greece and Spain where youth unemployment exceeds 50 per cent. They are now no more than German economic colonies.
All the big decisions are taken in Frankfurt and Berlin. Against this background Cameron’s claim to have won the day is laughable. He takes us for mugs. Repatriation of powers will never be conceded and that is why we must leave the EU. We would save £55million a day in membership fees for starters. Over just one year that is enough to pay for 70 new hospitals and 300,000 nurses.
We would also get rid of the Common Agricultural Policy which costs every household £1,000 a year extra on food bills. We could scrap the EU’s absurd “green” energy laws which force us to close cheap and efficient coal-fired power stations to rely on expensive and intermittent wind. EU-based energy taxes also add £200 a year to the average household electricity bill. Green taxes also devastate industries like steel, glass, aluminium and concrete.