Today saw the Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
working for The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), take the first day of a
two day round of national industrial action.
The strike adds to the pressure on the government following recent similar
action across the Civil Service as a whole.
The DWP has refused to make any improvement to the imposition of a below
inflation pay offer, which sees 40% of staff receive 0% pay increase this
year despite rising inflation. Instead the department announced further cuts
of 12,000 staff on top of the 30,000 that have already been lost.
The first day of the strike action has been extremely well supported, with
jobcentres and benefit offices around the country reporting an 85% turnout.
Support locally has been excellent, with many offices deserted of staff.
Picket lines were held at all jobcentres and benefit offices in Hull.
Commenting, Miranda Harr, PCS Hull & E. Riding Branch Chair, said: 'By supporting this
second round of industrial action, members of our union have shown senior management
their strength of feeling over this issue. Management now need to think hard, come
back to the negotiations and improve the offer.'
For further information please contact Miranda Harr, Branch Chair on 07878 104026
News, - Springhead Music Pub Saved From Closure
Leading venue's legacy continued by entrepreneurial local pub duo
The Winking Beaver Pubco today announced that they would take over the
lease of the popular Springhead Music Pub, saving it from extinction.
The Springhead Music Pub is an award winning hull-based music venue
hosting live bands seven nights a week.
Based in Hull
News, - Photography Competition
Hull United Residents and Tenants (HURAT) Federation are holding a photography
competition for photographs taken outside in Hull during 2007 and 2008.
The photographs can be of anything from your neighbourhood - parks and
gardens, events and activities, your local tenants and residents association
or even the summer floods.
News, - More Children Die in Gaza
In two days last week, 33 Palestinians in Gaza were been killed by the USA funded Israeli army.
One quarter of those killed were children, ages ranging from 5 months old to 14 years old. I've seen hardly any news coverage of this- a little on the BBC website, a little on the channel 4 news- can you imagine the coverage if it had been 33 dead Israelis or 33 dead Europeans?
News, Environment - There Will Be No GM Spuds Planted In Hedon This Year
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that there
will be no blight resistant GM potatoes planted in Hedon this year. In an reply to a query from
Friends of the Earth National GM Campaigner Clare Oxborrow regarding trials going ahead this year,
Dr. David Sherlock of the GM Team stated, ''BASF will be using
News, - Van Available For Hire
Ings Community Resource Centre wish to remind people that they have a van which
is available to hire for half days, whole days or longer periods of time.
The van can seat 14 people (plus driver) and has wheelchair access at the
rear of the vehicle. The vehicle can be hired with a driver or for self-drive.
News, Current Affairs - Green Party Conference 2008 In Reading By Martin Deane
We're down in Reading for the Green Party Conference rubbing shoulders
with Caroline Lucas, listening to the Venezuelan Ambassador tell us
about the 50 million lightbulbs they've changed!
("How many Venezuelans does it take to change 50 million light bulbs?" Chavez!)
and the like!
Blimey the days are long! I'd forgotten. You turn up at 9.00 for the
News - University of Hull Placements
The University of Hull's Geography Department are looking to place some of their students on free, part-time work placements in the voluntary sector as part of their Applied Project module.
The University hope to place students with external organisations for 10-12 weeks to work part-time on a self-contained project, defined by the organisation.
News, Education - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum is launched in North East Lincolnshire
The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education's i-Bar will be playing
host to the launch of LGBT Forum for North East Lincolnshire, on Thursday
28th February 2008 at 5pm.Guests will be joined by Dan Bryan (Big Brother 5)
who will officially launch the event with music from a local DJ.
The North East Lincolnshire LGBT Forum;
News, - Befriending May Draw to a Close
For some newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees in the city, the befriending project at
ARKH (Asylum Seekers and Refugees of Kingston upon Hull) has been a great boost to help build towards integration between different community groups.
Over the past year and a half, the project has worked with refugee women and young people from over 10 different
News, Arts - Lonely Eric Film Project By Paul Stapleton (Pog)
Since I (Michelle Dee) signed up to the mailing list last year of the band Pog (Electro/Punk/Folk)
I have received a number of emails concerning Lonely Eric.
Lonely Eric's creator is Paul Stapleton the vocalist/guitarist of Brighton band Pog.
I investigated his movies, following the links handily placed in the mail out and
finally discovered what it
News, Education - Hull Teens Get The Shakespeare Treatment
MOPA Theatre Company, a leading UK Shakespeare Theatre Company based in
Hertfordshire, have been awarded the contract by Hull City Council to provide SATS Shakespeare sessions to every secondary school in the region.
With a dedicated team of professional actors and a globe-inspired set, the company will visit fourteen secondary schools in Hull
News, Education - Youth Music Mentors Scheme in Hull
Youth Music Mentors Scheme offers free music training to young people in Hull
A youth music project in Hull which offers support to young people looking for a
future in music is expanding the number of opportunities to take part.
The Youth Music Mentors scheme will offer the chance for young people with some
News, - Free Energy Saving Light bulbs
The Goodwin Development Trust has successfully secured 48,000 energy saving bulbs and a number of power down packs, to be given to Hull residents. Hull Community Wardens will be distributing the energy saving packs FREE to Hull residents from their Warden Shops around the city.
News, - Friday 18th January 08 - Postcards to Aunty Mag Book Launch and Reading Event At Waterstones Hull By Michelle Dee
The opportunity to be in the presence of authors reading their own work is rare indeed.
Perhaps now and then on a reviews programme, radio or television, they may impart a few
paragraphs to give you a flavour of the whole, but rarely can you sit a few feet away as
When I heard from Richard Sutherland at WaterstonesRead more...
News, Education - Discover Yourself - A training programme designed with Lone Parents in mind
Its aim is to help each person who attends the training to make realistic choices about how they can get more out of life.
We use the word realistic as we know that lone parents face unique barriers when it comes to balancing caring for their children and at the same time making sure that they continue to achieve their goals and aspirations for themselves.
News, Funding - The Department of Health Funding
The Department of Health is reviewing all funding and investment to third sector organisations. This includes primary grant funding streams; Section 64 General Scheme of Grants and Opportunities for Volunteering, and other funding through contracts.
In response to this, the Department of Health are inviting Third Sector
News, - National Trade Unionist Speaks in Hull
Brian Caton, General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association will be speaking at a
public meeting on Tuesday 22 January 2008 at 7pm at The George Hotel,
Land Of Green Ginger, Hull. The Prison Officers Association is currently
in dispute with the government over pay and the right to strike.
Brian Caton said
News, Education - Job Hunting Advice with Preston Road NDC
Are you unemployed or coming to the end of your contract?
Have you previously worked in the food or manufacturing industry?
Preston Road NDC is offering practical support to people who are currently unemployed who have worked in the food or manufacturing industry.
Whether you want to continue in that line of work or change direction, they can help you to:
News, - Keeping chemicals moving is major issue for industry
Chemicals industry leaders are teaming up with World Trade Centre Hull and Humber for an event that will focus on current supply chain challenges while mapping out a strong growth agenda.
In their first joint venture, Humber Chemical Focus and the World Trade Centre
will host a Chemicals on the Move conference at the University of
Hull's new Logistics Institute on Thursday 31st January.
News, Community - Hull Mosque Hosts Multi-Faith Community Party
On the weekend when we heard the Bishop of Rochester say Muslims were creating no-go
areas in some towns Sunday saw an event inspired by the Hull and East Riding Interfaith
when members and representatives were invited to Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre on Berkeley Street, Hull.
The day at Imam Mr Salik's Al Noor Read more...
News, Funding - The Bransholme Trust
The Bransholme Trust is a Micro Grant funded by donations from the
Sir James Reckitt Charity, and the Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust.
Grants of up to £300 are available to small voluntary run groups
working on the Bransholme estate. Groups with an income of less than
£20,000 are eligible to apply.
News, Arts - Delma Tomlin Awarded MBE in New Year's Honours List
Delma Tomlin, the York based arts administrator, has been awarded an MBE for Services
to the Arts in Yorkshire in The Queen's New Year's Honours List.
Delma came to York in the early 1980s to run the 1984 York Festival and Mystery Plays
before going on to administer the York Early Music Festival and establish the now
News, Community - Hull Community Warden Service is First for Quality
The Hull Community Warden Service is celebrating after being the first to be awarded
the Warden Quality Standard with Distinction on successive occasions.
The Warden Quality Standard was developed by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in what was
then the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and is now the
News, Current Affairs - 2011 Census Puts Your Name on the Bullets By Bryan Berue
It is likely, if not probable, that the 2011 census could be run by defence contractor and
munitions manufacturer Lockheed-Martin, that is unless enough people can put pressure on the British Government to bar Lockheed-Martin from the bidding process.
Why does a defence contractor want to know all about you?Read more...
News - Community News - Recycle with Freecycle
Calling all Voluntary/ Community Groups ...
Do you have unwanted items you would like to recycle?
Or perhaps you are looking to acquire something for free?
The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003.
The Network provides individuals and non-profit groups an electronic
forum to recycle unwanted items.
When you want to find a new home for something