BRANCH CONTACT DETAILS

 

REPRESENTATIVE EMAIL PHONE NUMBER (S)
 

 

RICHARD STRADLING (NPS)

 

 

 

 

richard.stradling@probation.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

07873463981

or

0161 761 6419

 

 

 

ZOE TODD (C & L CRC)

 

 

 

zoe.todd@sodexojustice.scc.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

07855543093

or

07341683947

 

 

 

PHILL TAYLOR ( C & GM CRC)

 

 

phill.taylor@interservefls.gse.gov.uk

 

 

07590828232

or

01442 229 5805

 

 

 

PENNY FORMAN (CAFCASS)

 

 

penny.forman@cafcass.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

07557218518

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVELY MEMBERS CAN RING;

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Hurricane Irma Appeal – updates and donations

Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Special Cuba Update – 11 September 2017

Hurricane Irma Appeal – updates and donations

Hurricane Irma Appeal

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign extends its sympathy and solidarity to all those affected by Hurricane Irma which devastated many Caribbean islands this week.

Cuban authorities are still assessing the full extent of the damage, but it is believed to be far worse than originally anticipated, with significant damage to infrastructure, tourist resorts and agriculture. Those wishing to donate to hurricane relief work can do so via the Cuba Solidarity Campaign Hurricane Irma Appeal – details below.

The category 5 hurricane, the strongest on record for the last 100 years, tore along Cuba’s eastern and northern coast between 8-10 September. Winds of around 250km/h (156mph) and waves between 5-8 metres high have caused major damage to coastal communities, tourist resorts, agriculture and industry, taking out power and communication lines.

Severe flooding in Havana and other towns has penetrated further inland than usual. In Havana the sea breached the malecon sea wall several blocks back into the city. Residents have been warned that waters may remain high for several days along hundreds of kilometres of coastline.

Irma comes less than a year after Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, devastated Cuba’s eastern provinces in October 2016, and many of these communities were still recovering from this when Irma hit.

The full impact on the economy has yet to be judged, but it is feared that many of the all inclusive tourist resorts and farmland in central Cuba have been badly damaged with potentially devastating effects on the economy. The Jardines de Rey international airport, which served the all inclusive northern keys resorts, has been badly damaged, and more than 5,000 tourists evacuated from hotels in this area.

President Raul Castro issued a statement on Sunday 10 September which said that tourist resorts would be restored before the start of the peak season in November: “We have the necessary human and material resources, as one of the main sources of income for the national economy.

“It has been hard days for our people, who in only a few hours have seen how everything we have built with great effort has been struck down by a devastating hurricane. The pictures of the last hours are eloquent, as is the spirit of resistance and victory of our people who are reborn with every adversity,” he added.

So far there have been no reports of hurricane related deaths in Cuba, although 26 people have died on other islands hit by the storm. This is mainly thanks to Cuba’s renowned hurricane preparedness programmes which have won praise from the United Nations as “a model in hurricane risk management.” Last year’s Hurricane Matthew didn’t kill anyone in Cuba, although it killed 271 people in nearby Haiti. In advance of Irma, one million Cubans were evacuated to shelters and higher ground for protection.

Despite the damage and chaos caused by Irma, Cuba has continued its commitment to humanitarian support for other countries. More than 750 Cuban health workers have already arrived on other islands affected by Hurricane Irma, including Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Haiti, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, and the Bahamas.

CSC sends its solidarity to the Cuban people in the mammoth task they have ahead to rebuild their communities. We call once again for the US government to end its inhumane blockade of the country so that the Cuban people can access the building materials and equipment they will need to rebuild their country following this tragedy.

You can make donations to the CSC Hurricane Appeal below. 100% of all donations will be passed on to relief work in Cuba.

CSC Hurricane Appeal:

Donations made through CSC should be clearly marked ‘Cuba Hurricane Relief’

Please make cheques out to CSC and send to:
Cuba Solidarity Campaign c/o UNITE, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, UK

You can also donate online via our website here. Remember to mark “Irma Hurricane relief” in the message box.

For credit card or bank transfers call +44 (0)20 7490 5715 or email office@cuba-solidarity.org.uk

Further updates on hurricane relief and donations will be posted on www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk, our Facebook and Twitter pages and in the October issue of CubaSí magazine.

Thank you for your support.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign team

 

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My job’s been called Mickey Mouse probation. I’m now inclined to agree

I’ve worked in probation for a long time. It has never been perfect, but before then-justice secretary Chris Grayling got his hands on it, it was said to be a high-performing public service. Now, though, it is difficult to believe what a complete mess it is in.

I work in a community rehabilitation company (CRC), one of 21 private sector firms working with so-called medium- and low-risk clients. Many people are on my caseload because of domestic violence, and there are often concerns about the impact on their children. Most have alcohol, drug or mental health issues. It’s always been a worrying job.

But the CRC I work for is now owned by a company that doesn’t understand my work. These private companies are still miles off the pace in trying to deliver an impossibly complex contract, supervising hundreds of thousands of offenders. After experiences that have included shedding a third of staff, setting up partnerships from scratch, sourcing new buildings, many of which are hard to access, and installing open booths for us to work in, we have been left working in what one client memorably nicknamed “Mickey Mouse probation”.

That particular client refused to use the open booths because of his offence and history. Instead we met outside or in group rooms, when available. I personally feel very uncomfortable when I have to use a booth to meet clients. It means most of our face-to-face work is overheard, overseen and open to disruption. Not surprisingly there has been an increase in incidents, which now seem to occur on a daily basis.

The problems don’t stop there. The interface with the National Probation Service is fractured: cases swap between the two systems as they go back to court, with mistakes rife, and palpable friction between the organisations. Essentially we feel we are misleading the courts and the public every day about what we can deliver. It is frightening.

Promises of new ways of working, and new IT systems, haven’t materialised, leaving us tied to the existing, inefficient technology to hit our funding-linked targets. Frequent inspections and auditing – akin to something out of Big Brother – confirm that the best we can hope to be is sufficient. Any poor record keeping is met with commands by email to rectify things immediately.

The Guardian 2nd September 2017

7th Wigan Diggers’ Festival – Saturday 9th September 2017

Our 7th Annual FREE Festival

This year’s festival will be another fun packed day of activities in The Wiend, Wigan town centre.

With live music and other entertainment across two stages, film showings, kid’s activities, educational talks, exhibitions, puppet shows and lots of other stuff going on in nearby venues and Wigan town centre.

We’ll also have our usual and ever popular ‘Occupie Wigan’ beer tent, and over 50 food, book, campaign and other stalls.

Around 5,000 people attended last year’s event, and a great time was had by all. We’re planning on making this year’s even bigger and better. Why not come and jin us and make a day of it?

Please invite your family & friends

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Renationalise failing privatised probation services, say unions

The government must bring failing privatised probation services back under public control instead of leaving the taxpayer to bail them out, UNISON, NAPO and GMB said today (Wednesday).

The three public service unions have written to justice secretary David Lidington highlighting how ‘risky and controversial’ reforms – where private probation firms manage thousands of people who have committed offences – are not working.

They say findings from a long-awaited review of these so-called community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) must be published in full, along with details of the public money that has been spent keeping CRCs solvent.

The call comes as new figures* released by the government show a rise in the number of people who commit serious crimes while already serving sentences outside prison.

This is since probation service reforms were introduced three years ago.

UNISON, NAPO and GMB also warn about the government’s next privatisation plan to outsource contracts for night-time supervision in probation hostels.

These premises house some of the most dangerous people to be released from prison before they are allowed to live in the community.

The public could be put at risk because private companies will employ poorly trained staff and pay them low wages, say the three unions.

UNISON national officer Ben Priestley said: “People are potentially being put at risk because private firms have not delivered on keeping the public safe.

“The justice secretary has admitted that privatisation isn’t working yet wants to continue this experiment through night-time supervision.

“What’s needed instead are properly trained public sector employees. That’s why the government must take back control of failing private probation services.”

NAPO general secretary Ian Lawrence said: “Ministers were warned that privatisation would damage an award-winning service, and standards would deteriorate.

“This is now becoming reality and having a negative impact on public safety, staff well-being and the ability of people who have committed offences to turn their lives around.

“The government must now take urgent action, and these reforms should be subject to full parliamentary scrutiny.”

GMB national pensions organiser George Georgiou said: “Probation services have suffered more than most under this government. These latest proposals will only undermine provision and morale, and put the public at further risk.

“It’s time to put common sense first and invest properly. Privatisation has completely failed and the last thing we need is more of it.”

Notes to editors:
* A total of 517 reviews were triggered in England and Wales in 2016 to 17 after charges for murder and other offences including rape. This is a rise of more than 100 since 2012 according to the data released this month by justice minister Sam Gyimah.
– Former justice secretary Chris Grayling created a total of 21 privately run CRCs in 2014 to manage low to medium-risk offenders, and replaced the former probation trusts. A new National Probation Service (NPS) was created at the same time to deal with high-risk offenders.
– CRCs were awarded seven-year contracts worth a total of £3.7bn, but nearly all have reported they are already making a loss.

Media contacts:
– UNISON: Sophie Goodchild T: 0207 121 5546 M: 07767 325595 E: s.goodchild@unison.co.uk
– NAPO: Tania Bassett T: 0207 223 4887 M: 07904 184195 E: tbassett@napo.org.uk
– GMB: Alex Jones M: 07958 156846 E: press.office@gmb.org.uk

Open University bans Cuban students – take action now

Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Cuba Update Campaign Action

Open University bans Cuban students – take action now

Open University bans Cuban students – take action nowOne of Britain’s biggest educational institutions, The Open University, is operating a policy that bans applications from Cuban students. The OU cites fear of prosecution from United States’ anti-Cuba blockade laws as justification.

Please take action to end this discriminatory policy today.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign believes that the Open University’s action is unethical and illegal under UK law, and is asking supporters to take action to overturn it now.

By barring applications from a group of students based on their Cuban nationality, the OU is breaking anti-discrimination legislation laid down by the 2010 Equality Act.

By complying with the extraterritorial aspects of the blockade, it is also in contravention of legislation which prevents British companies and organisations ignoring UK laws in favour of the US.

Such cases highlight the global reach of the blockade and its impact on the Cuban people.

In June, President Trump further reinforced the anachronistic US policy by rolling back many of the limited openings for trade with the US that the Obama administration had started. In doing so he has sent a message to international companies and organisations that they can still be penalised for working with Cuba.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign has written to the British government calling on them to intervene and force the OU to back down. We have asked them to invoke the powers enshrined in antidote legislation, the ‘Protection of Trading Interests law’ passed in 1996, to protect British interests against any such US bullying.

If the Open University refuses to abide by UK law then necessary action should be taken against them.

We need your help to make sure this happens.

Please write to your MP today and ask them to intervene in this case today.

In 2007, CSC led a huge campaign together with MPs, trade unions and supporters which forced Hilton to back down from a similar ban on Cuban guests. We are confident that with your support, the Open University will reverse their discriminatory policy too.

Thank you for your support.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign team

 

 

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UNISON legal victory sees employment tribunal fees scrapped

Supreme Court verdict follows four-year fight by union and is a victory for everyone in work

Employment tribunal fees will be scrapped after UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government this morning. 

The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago.

From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court – as a direct result of UNISON’s legal challenge.

 The government will also have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals  since July 2013, when fees were introduced by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling.

Anyone in England, Scotland and Wales wanting to pursue a case against their employer has had to find as much as £1,200. This has been a huge expense for many low-paid employees, says UNISON.

Reacting to this morning‘s decision, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government is not above the law. But when ministers introduced fees they were disregarding laws many centuries old, and showing little concern for employees seeking justice following illegal treatment at work.

Read the full Supreme Court judgement in
R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor

 “The government has been acting unlawfully, and has been proved wrong – not just on simple economics, but on constitutional law and basic fairness too.

 “It’s a major victory for employees everywhere. UNISON took the case on behalf of anyone who’s ever been wronged at work, or who might be in future. Unscrupulous employers no longer have the upper hand.

 “These unfair fees have let law-breaking bosses off the hook these past four years, and left badly treated staff with no choice but to put up or shut up.

“We’ll never know how many people missed out because they couldn’t afford the expense of fees. But at last this tax on justice has been lifted.”

 UNISON assistant general secretary Bronwyn McKenna added: “The Supreme Court correctly criticised the government’s failure when it set the fees to consider the public benefits flowing from the enforcement of legal rights enacted by Parliament.  

 “The effective enforcement of these rights is fundamental to parliamentary democracy and integral to the development of UK law. UNISON’s case has helped clarify the law and gives certainty to citizens and businesses in their everyday lives.”

 The decision marks the end of a four-year fight by UNISON to overturn the government’s introduction of fees.

CUBA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Cuba Update 7 July 2017
Parliamentarians briefed on new Trump measures against Cuba

Parliamentarians briefed on new Trump measures against Cuba

Dr Carlos Alzugaray, former Cuban diplomat, writer and academic was invited by Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) to the UK for a series of high level meetings with parliamentarians and trade unionists, and public meetings, where he gave an update on Cuba-US relations following the change in Cuba policy recently announced by President Trump in Miami.

In a brief but busy visit, Dr Alzugaray, an expert on Cuba-US relations, spoke to MPs, academics and trade union representatives at an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cuba briefing session in Westminster; addressed the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Cuba in Holyrood; met with the Labour Group at Edinburgh City Council and took part in public meetings.

Cuban Union leaders warmly received at Unison conference

Cuban Union leaders warmly received at Unison conference

Santiago Badía González, SNTS General Secretary (Cuban Health Workers’ Union) and Dulce María Iglesias Suárez, SNTAP General Secretary (Cuban Public Administration Workers’ Union) were guests at Unison’s national conference in Brighton in June.

They addressed the Local Government Conference, International Rally and the CSC fringe meeting, and met with regional delegations to discuss strengthening relations between the two unions.

CSC refutes Guardian claim that the blockade is over

CSC refutes Guardian claim that the blockade is over

In June, CSC had a letter published in The Guardian in response to a piece published about Donald Trump’s new Cuba policy. In the article, journalist Julian Borger had claimed that one of Obama’s signature foreign policy achievements, had been to end “an embargo of more than a half century”.

“CSC also emailed and tweeted Julian Borger directly and received an apology for the misleading information and the article on the Guardian website was subsequently updated to state that Obama had achieved an “easing” rather than an “ending of the embargo”.

15th Garden Party for Cuba

15th Garden Party for Cuba

More than 500 trade unionists, solidarity activists, friends of Cuba, salsa lovers and MPs enjoyed the 15th RMT Garden Party for Cuba at Maritime House in South London in June.

Guests at the capacity event were treated to a Cuban-style fiesta with rallying speeches, stand up comedy, live music, dancing, food, drink and great weather on the summer solstice – the hottest June day in over 40 years!

MPs in attendance included John McDonnell, Cat Smith, Ian Lavery, Ian Mearns, Chris Williamson, Danielle Rowley and Andy McDonald, together with several trade union leaders.

Visit Cuba in 2017

Visit Cuba in 2017

Join one of our great tours in 2017 for a unique insight into Cuba, its history and people, only available when you book with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

CSC’s Cuba Travel Shop offers you the chance to be more than just a tourist and meet and interact with Cubans in their communities and work places. We have three great tours and brigades on offer for 2017, including the Following Fidel Study Tour in November, the Che Guevara Anniversary Brigade in October, and the Winter Solidarity Brigade in December.

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TRADE UNIONS FOR CUBA NEWSLETTER

Trade Unions for Cuba eNewsletter Summer 2017 edition

Not One Day More #ToriesOUT – National Demonstration – Saturday, 1 July 2017

Re: Not One Day More #ToriesOUT – National Demonstration – Saturday, 1 July 2017

Branches sending delegations on regional transport please note the following arrangements:-

1. Outward tickets are flexible. For those branches travelling on early trains to Euston, North West members are encouraged to gather on the concourse outside of Euston Station at 1030am and walk together behind the regional banner to the assembly point.

2. The assembly point is at BBC Broadcasting House Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. (Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Regents Park, Great Portland Street).

3. The march at 12 noon is to Parliament Square. (Nearest tube: Westminster, Embankment, Charing Cross). Train tickets include underground travel in Zone 1.

4. A limited number of tickets remain available from Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. Please contact Angela Twigg (a.twigg@unison.co.uk) at Regional Office ASAP.

5. The hashtag for the day is #endausterity

UNISON Welfare School Uniform Grant 2017

Get help with school uniform costs this summer

Struggling to make ends meet?

Worried about back to school costs?

Help is on hand

We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120.

To apply, download the application form below

UNISON branch office.

2017 SUG form and survey

2017 sug QandAs

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 21st July 2017.

 

PSC defeats government attempts to outlaw boycott, divestment and sanctions

The Government has acted unlawfully by attempting to restrict local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel through their pension schemes.

Palestine campaigners hailed the triumph the ruling represented for the BDS movement, stating “Today is a victory for Palestine, for local democracy, and for the rule of law.”

Administrative Court judge Sir Ross Cranston granted the judicial review on 22 June, determining that the Government had acted for an improper purpose.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has won a key victory for the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the UK government today. War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Quakers supported the legal challenge with witness statements.

What this means for Pension Funds,

We have argued that the Department for Communities and Local Government were wrong in September 2016 specifically to curtail divestment campaigns against Israeli and international firms implicated in Israel’s violations of international law.  Now we have been proven right.

Kev Allsop, Unison Delegate to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Unison rise to the challenge of Climate Change

Members of the Northwest Probation and CAFCASS branch will remember the divestment motion that it passed back in 2015.  That motion this week became UNISONs national policy

 

What it means is that unison will encourage the LGPF (All probation staff amongst many others are members of the GMPF) to divest from Fossil Fuel extraction and then invest into a just transition.

Kev Allsop, who has been at the fore of the campaign said “ Unisons National Delegate Conference, our trade unions sovereign body, has today accepted the very real progress we can make in achieving carbon neutral pension funds.

Whilst austerity has certainly benefit the ruling classes it has done nothing to increase the lot of our members and the communities in which we live.   And at a time when fuel sovereignty is vital we should not be investing in nuclear energy but instead sustainable forms of energy production“

Not only do Unison see  a very real opportunity to move £billions from Fossil Fuel extraction but have the foresight to imagine how these funds could be used to boost the economy and create jobs delivering anything from Sustainable Energy production to Council Housing creating both jobs and much needed homes benefitting generations to come whilst reducing the cost of pensions and housing benefit to the taxpayer.

Sustainable Energy production and Council Housing require a significant amount of Capital investment but give stable returns over a very long time, this suits pension schemes perfectly as they have significant capital and seek investments that will provide stable returns over a long period which means secure jobs, which will be held by unison members will be created.  Basic economics tell us that for every £1 of net pay we generate a further £2.08 of re spend thus boosting the local economies.

As probation staff we see all too frequently the problems that families face when they are unable to have safe secure homes and our comrades in the NHS will be quick to point out that one of the key factors to health is being able to maintain a home above 18 degrees”

Privatised probation programme ‘could be dropped with negligible impact’

A joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons says staff are focused on paperwork and targets at the expense of prisoners

image of a prison cell being opened as a prisoner looks out his window
‘The whole transition is often fraught’, said Dame Glenys Stacey and Peter Clarke. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.

In what critics dubbed a “devastating report on a growing scandal” Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, and Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons, say that the work done by the 21 community rehabilitation companies in the government’s Through the Gateprogramme is having a negligible impact on reducing prisoner reoffending rates, two years after its introduction.

The chief inspectors say that too many prisoners have been released not knowing where they would sleep that night, that in too many cases prisoners’ risk to the public had been inadequately assessed before release, and despite much talk about the use of mentors, they could find only one prisoner out of a sample of 98 who had been mentored.

“None of the early hopes for Through the Gate have been realised,” they said. “The gap between aspiration and reality is so great, that we wonder whether there is any prospect that these services will deliver the desired impact on rates of reoffending.”

The chief inspectors’ report was based on visits to nine prisons where Through the Gate services were delivered by seven different rehabilitation companies in England and Wales and a detailed examination of the cases of 98 long-term prisoners.

“The overall picture is bleak,” they conclude. “If Through the Gate services were removed tomorrow, in our view the impact on the resettlement of prisoners would be negligible.”

They said that CRC staff focused most of their efforts on producing written resettlement plans to meet contractual targets, while the needs of prisoners received much less attention.

 “Many have enduring problems including mental illness and addiction, and yet links between treatment in custody and in the community were not always easy. Indeed the whole transition is often fraught. Affordable accommodation is hard to source, and claims to state benefits take time to process, so some prisoners are released with nowhere to live, and like others, may face weeks without any income.”

The provision of post-release resettlement services was one of the key aims of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms which saw the part-privatisation of the probation service.

The inspectors say that while many CRCs have employed well-respected voluntary organisations to deliver resettlement services, their potential has not been realised as they have focused on completing delivery plans. The few examples of the promised innovation, they add, have been on a very small scale.

The performance of the CRCs raises questions about whether they will qualify for any payments under the payment-by-results mechanism in their contracts when the first reoffending data becomes available in October.

Frances Crook, of the Howard League for Penal Reform, described it as a “devastating report on a growing scandal” adding: “One of the first challenges for the new government is to sort out this mess.

“The break-up of the public probation service, with a large part of it handed to private companies, was supposed to turn lives around, reduce reoffending and make us all safer.
“Instead, successive inspection reports have shown that the risk to the public has increased, and now we learn that Through the Gate services are so useless that they could stop tomorrow and we would not notice the difference. People who are trying to lead crime-free lives are being let down,” she said.

Labour’s shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, added that the report’s central conclusion pointed to “a complete failure of the Tories’ reckless part-privatisation of probation. Public safety is being put at risk because ex-offenders aren’t getting the support, supervision and rehabilitation they need,” he said.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “We will take all necessary action to make sure the probation system is reducing reoffending and preventing future victims.

“We have undertaken an overarching review of probation, looking at the standards we set for providers and how we hold them to account. Additionally, we have made changes to how community rehabilitation companies are paid so they can focus on activities that will help cut crime.

“As part of part of the probation review, we have been looking at Through the Gate services and will be publishing our findings in due course.”

Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Cuba Update Special, 18 June 2017

US blockade is tightened by Trump

On Friday 16 June, President Trump set back Cuba-US relations and any prospect of ending the US blockade in the near future when he announced his new policy on Cuba.

It is clear that Trump succumbed to pressure from hardline pro-blockade politicians in Florida who have been lobbying to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy for the last two years.

By choosing to make the announcement in a Miami theatre named after a Bay of Pigs veteran, Trump will further antagonise relations between the two countries and undo much of the goodwill that US and Cuban diplomats have worked hard to build since diplomatic relations were re-established.

The announcement also flies in the face of US public opinion which according to a recent poll shows 65 per cent of citizens in support of improving relations with Cuba.

More importantly, it will be a huge disappointment to the people of Cuba who saw a glimmer of hope that the blockade may end when relations were re-established between the two countries in December 2014.

The aim of the blockade has always been to inflict economic hardship and suffering on the Cuban people to bring about a change in government and these measures are a continuation of this policy. Reducing the ability of US citizens to travel to the island and limiting the number of Cuban state companies that US businesses can work with is a blatant attempt to damage the Cuban economy and create unrest in the country with the ultimate aim of regime change.

Trump’s actions serve as a reminder to friends of Cuba that the blockade is far from over. In the forthcoming months it is critical that we maintain pressure on the United States’ government to continue on the path to normalise relations with Cuba, and ultimately to end its 55 year blockade against the island and illegal occupation of Guantánamo Bay.

What you can do

Please join the Cuba Solidarity Campaign today – Join today

If you are already a member please make a donation to support out work – Donate today

Keep informed by coming to the Urgent Public Meeting on Trump’s threat to Cuba, Latin America and US relations – on Monday 26 June, 7pm, at Unite, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN. Find out more

Thank you for your support

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign team

 

 

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UNISON North West Women – Women’s Word – April 2017

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