North East People’s Assembly Planning Meeting
7pm, Wednesday 21st May, Brunswick Methodist Church
In Attendance: Tony D (Chair), Peter B, Mark H, Alex S, Matthew G, Ed W, Joan H, Mollie S, Robert W
Apologies: Martin L, Simon H, Sanita C
See Action Points from previous meetings here
Tyne & Wear May Day – Went well, concerns about frequency of speakers.
South Tyneside May Day – Good turnout and interest in STPA
Newcastle Anti-EDL Demo – Less EDL, good numbers and broad turnout, concern over choice of Leazes Park as EDL rally location (public park)
North Tyneside Question Time – Good publicity, positive experience, Chair commended, PA made credible because of it, prospect for more of the same. Next time confirm follow up meeting, create more debate on the floor. Concern over all white male panel. Make a rule that no standing candidates can ask questions from the floor.
2. Northern TUC meeting – Saturday 24th May
NEPA rep (Tony D) invited to meeting (Tony D to confirm venue)
3. KONP/Red Labour public meeting – 11th June
Matthew to ask for NEPA stall & possibly a speaker spot.
4. Surestart Campaign (Ed)
Ed provided useful info on surestart campaign. To send info/petition to email list.
5 minute slot for speaker on June 5th meeting
5. June 5th Public Meeting
Beth Farhat (Northern TUC)
Joe Adams (or someone else from 999 NHS)
Sarah Lake (NUT)
Tony D (NEPA)
Encouraged to share on Social Networks/Local Groups
6. June 21st National Demo
All present encouraged to book seats.
£100 donation from Unite Tyneside Engineering and £100 from PCS, Sunderland Unite & UCU also to make donations.
Possible PCS, Unison & NUT coordinated strike action in late July.
7. National Meeting Report (Alex S)
Coordinated stalls with NUT in Newcastle & Sunderland
16th Aug 999 NHS march on London (Jarrow – Chester-Lee-Street) all encouraged to sign up
Possible coordinated strike action on 10th July
12th July Durham Miners Gala
23rd October – National TUC Demo
1St Nov – NEPA Regional Conference/Evening event
Agreed for no membership, optional standing
8. Nov 1st Working Group Report
See Action points from that meeting: https://peoplesassemblytyneandwear.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/action-points-nov-1st-working-group-meeting-wednesday-21st-may/
9. Fundraising & Finance
Local groups encouraged to raise funds
Suggestion to hold more meetings in community centre, concerns about the activity of Newcastle PA
Next meeting: Wednesday 25th June, Venue TBC