The Council is planning to scrap inner-city recycling

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The Council wants to take away your and your neighbours’ recycling bins.

You’d then have to put all your waste in your black bin. This would be collected weekly.

This change is only being considered for inner city areas. People living in leafy suburbs will still get a recycling service. Continue reading The Council is planning to scrap inner-city recycling

Proposals to cut staffing on Railways will affect all of us!

Over the next six years train operating companies are embarking upon a new programme of cost-cutting (refer to the McNulty report http://www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/12658.aspx) that could see:

  • over 20,000 railway jobs put at risk,
  • the closure of 675 ticket offices and
  • a 50 per cent increase in the number of unstaffed stations.

Train companies are driving through the cuts in an attempt to find £3.5bn in efficiency savings by 2019, as requested by the government.

If the cuts go ahead one in ten staff currently working on the railways – including train guards, maintenance workers, and ticket office staff – could lose their jobs and around three-quarters of all the UK’s railway stations could become unstaffed.

This is not a case of creating a million climate jobs but of saving 20,000 Climate Jobs. The better and more attractive the railway service, the easier it will be to get people off the roads and to stop catching planes to places within the UK like Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Therefore Derby climate Coalition supports the TUC led  Action for Rail campaign

 

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Silk Mill March & Rally 2013 features active environmentalists

Support the annual Silk Mill march.

10.30 am Saturday April 27th 2013

Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby

The march will go to the Silk Mill for the laying of the chaplet commemorating the struggle of the workers there in 1834 and will then continue back to the Market Square for speeches and entertainment, with the rally starting at midday

Speakers include
Manuel Cortes General Secretary TSSA transport union and
Romayne Phoenix People’s Assembly steering group.

Both are active supporters of environmental issues.

Derby Climate Coalition will be running a stall. Please come and help. 

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Story of our involvement in Bombardier

In June 2011 the news came through that the Canadian multinational Bombardier had not won the Thameslink contract. The implications for employment and Derby were horrendous, the direct loss of 1400 jobs in Derby, and many more indirectly in the region. This decision was made with no consideration given to the social & economic impact on the UK in awarding this contract overseas. The loss of the contract could have led to the shutdown of the last railway manufacturing plant in Britain, and one might argue that this has not happened because of the mighty fight back by members of the public and the unions.This case study explores how climate activists can work alongside trade unionists in what was at first appearance merely an ‘industrial’ dispute, about jobs. Continue reading Story of our involvement in Bombardier