Unite Community are keen to participate. However, Joe Rollin is currently on holiday and there hasn't been a reply from Leeds TUC
Youth Fight for Jobs will come along
Request the rat from Unite
We will meet at Sports Direct at 2pm then tour around other zero hours employers in Leeds City Centre - Brian will research offenders
Possibly join with Leeds Keep Our NHS Public outside Virgin on Commercial St
The theme will be happy elves - Santa pays a living wage so why don't you? Andy Y will play santa. Everyone else to dress as elves
Helen will prepare an image to use for publicity on social media
Andy Y will investigate a leaflet and petition for the day - leaflet to mention Youth Fight for Jobs, Unite Community, CWU, Trades Council and publicise the upcoming People's Assembly events.
Discussion of the PA recall and draft statement
The last national People's Assembly was top heavy with speakers. We need to bring in more local activists.
This has to be a grass roots movement led by action from below. The recall should be more democratic and more participatory
The People's Assembly can be used to put demands on union leaders and Labour. Labour don't want to rock the boat in the lead up to the next election
It's OK for the statement to be open and leave some questions unanswered. This allows lots of organisations to be involved without alienating anyone
Ommissions include immigration (immigration controls aren't the answer to problems), energy prices, affordable public transport, social housing, rent control, climate change, taking bailed out banks into democratic control
The People's Assembly could hold referendums / petitions and organise street actions on these issues
How is the national PA going to become the property of the local PA's. Accountable and representative - not just led by union leaders etc
Need policies but also a strategy of action. Need to work more with other geographically close PA's
The sentence 'privatisation can be reversed' is too vague and needs to be expanded
Replace 'common ownership' with 'public ownership'
Need to make is clear we oppose all cuts and won't accept 'austeriy lite'
Concern that a list of detailed policies could make the statement unreadable
Compared with the People's Charter, the draft statement doesn't make it clear what we're for - this is lost at the end after a long section about what we're against
Perhaps two documents are needed: 'What we stand for' and 'What we're going to do'
We will discuss the statement further in Jan
Upcoming PA events
9th Dec - employment meeting (Andy Y to see if student living wage campaigners can attend)
13th Jan - energy (Helen to put together a plan)
27th Jan - draft statement discussion
Andy Y will try to book the Packhorse or TUC for the above