Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Liberty & Nation Says Scrap The Cap!

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Liberty & Nation Says Scrap The Cap!

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THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY has long campaigned against the Tory 1% pay cap imposed on Britain’s public sector workers. Indeed, over the past year we’ve produced several special e-posters to highlight the plight of nurses, paramedics and other NHS workers.


In March of this year, health workers got the news that they would get a 6.5% pay rise over three years. This would work out at 3% in 2018-19 and then 1.7 percent in both of the following years. They would also get a 1.1% lump sum in the second year. Those at the very bottom of the NHS pay scale would get a higher increase.

This news was applauded by many, but we need to look beyond the headlines to get the full picture. With this in mind, we quote from the Scrap The Cap Facebook site – https://www.facebook.com/ScrapTheCapNHS/posts/1926224284263746 – which has long argued that the pay cap has effectively served as a pay cut for workers in the National Health Service:

‘In an age of pay restraint which has lasted longer than World War II, the real value of our salaries has fallen by over 14% since 2010. It is little wonder that there are more than 78,000 vacancies in NHS England alone.

This is unsustainable.

It is clear that the government is not listening. Despite the attempts of trade union negotiators, the Department of Health has stuck to its guns in refusing to scrap the 1% pay cap.

We call on all our health unions to ballot their members over this derisory 1% pay offer. While taking industrial action is a last resort, given the lack of movement from the government, we feel that we have reached that point.

Some of us are turning to food banks and pay day loans just to make ends meet. As the service staggers from one crisis to the next, staff shortages are plugged by underpaid workers picking up extra shifts.

We cannot go on like this.

If we want to stand up for the service, we must also stand up for ourselves.’

Although this was obviously written before the pay increase announcement in March, we feel that the above text provides valuable context and explains why NHS staff were so opposed to this particular Tory policy.

Many Health Care workers are in two minds about the Tory offer.

On the one hand there’s enormous relief that the government has seen sense. It has seemingly acknowledged the worth and value of NHS workers and has seen fit (in financial terms) to recognise this. Indeed, some unions like Unison have recommended that staff accept the offer – http://www.unison-scotland.org/2018/06/25/unison-scotland-recommends-yes-vote-in-nhs-pay-offer/ – and will announce the result of the vote sometime after the middle of next month.

On the other hand, some folks smell a rat. Unsurprisingly they wouldn’t trust Theresa May (or any other Tory for that matter!) as far as they could throw her. They’re wondering if this pay award will come with strings attached, such as extra work or a change in working conditions. Indeed, will the government give with one hand and take away with the other?

For the moment the jury is out. However, one thing is clear to Liberty & Nation – the voice of the National Liberal Party – and that’s the National Health Service is not safe in the hands of the Tories. The vast majority of Britons deeply appreciate the NHS. They still want it to be ‘free at the point of delivery.’

However, others don’t share this view and regard the NHS as a potential future cash cow – especially if many services are Privatised. These people have no love or loyalty for either their people or nation. They only love themselves and their only loyalty is to money.

It is against this background that the National Health Service recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. If the NHS is to survive another 70 years everyone both the general public and NHS workers will have to remain vigilant.

• Also check out:

From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists – Scrap The Cap! http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-national-liberal-trade-unionists-%e2%80%93-scrap-the-cap

Caledonian Voice Says Scrap The Pay Cap For Scottish Public Sector Workers! http://nationalliberal.org/caledonian-voice-says-scrap-the-pay-cap-for-scottish-public-sector-workers

English Voice Says Scrap The Pay Cap For English Public Sector Workers! http://nationalliberal.org/english-voice-says-scrap-the-pay-cap-for-english-public-sector-workers

Ulster Voice Says Scrap The Pay Cap For Ulster’s Public Sector Workers! http://nationalliberal.org/ulster-voice-says-scrap-the-pay-cap-for-ulster%e2%80%99s-public-sector-workers

Welsh Voice Says Scrap The Pay Cap For Welsh Public Sector Workers! http://nationalliberal.org/welsh-voice-says-scrap-the-pay-cap-for-welsh-public-sector-workers

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From The Liberty Wall – Nations without States – From Uyghurstan to Tibet Via UMMOA & Ulster – Self-Determination For All!

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• CHECK OUT the original full size Freedom For … e-posters.  Don’t forget to viral them out via social media and, in particular, Like and Share them on Facebook.  Self-Determination For All!

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Freedom For Uyghurstan http://nationalliberal.org/self-determination-for-all-freedom-for-uyghurstan

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Freedom For UMMOA! https://nationalliberal.org/self-determination-for-all-…-freedom-for-ummoa

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Freedom For Ulster! http://nationalliberal.org/self-determination-for-all-%e2%80%a6-freedom-for-ulster

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Freedom For Tibet! http://nationalliberal.org/self-determination-for-all-%e2%80%a6-freedom-for-tibet

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• ALSO CHECK OUT From The Liberty Wall – Nations without States – From Western Sahara to the Vhavenda People Via West Papua & Wales – Self-Determination For All! http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-–-nations-without-states-–-from-western-sahara-to-the-vhavenda-people-via-west-papua-wales-self-determination-for-all

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SIKHS TO OBTAIN RECOGNITION?
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After Sikh lobbying and other group’s campaigns, including the National Liberal Party (see ‘The British Census and Identity’ http://nationalliberal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/The-British-Census-and-Ethnic-Communities.pdf), it looks like the 2021 census will list Sikhism as a distinct ethnicity rather than only as a religion.
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In the last census in 2011, more than 83,000 Sikhs refused to tick any of the choices in the question on ethnicity, rejecting options such as Indian in order to write “Sikh” in the space for “any other ethnic group”.
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Prior to the last census English wasn’t recognised as a separate group but was so in 2011. Other groups have been recognised over previous censuses.
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National Council member Jagdeesh Singh says “The outright opposition to a straight-forward and positive Sikh recognition as an ethnic entity and the pressure for Sikhs to call themselves ‘Indian’ instead, reveals a great deal of underlying pro-Indian mindset and, furthermore, the irritation felt towards a rising, aspiring, self-determining and self-identifying Sikh population.”
He added ”The Sikh ethnic question is more than just about Sikhs. It is about out recognition for Dalits, Tamils, Kurds, Polish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Gujarati, Bengal and more; as expressed in the debate today. It is about positive equalisation and inclusion.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will make the final decision but they are under a lot of pressure to make the change and we sincerely hope that it does. Indeed, although we desire integration and all those that make the UK their permanent home to see themselves as loyal citizens, we recognise that private identity and difference to be important.

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Liberty & Nation Says Wherever You Live – SHOP LOCAL THIS SUMMER!

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If You Live Or Work In Yorkshire … Support Local Self-Employed Workers!

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UK GOVT STALLS ON ANTI-CASTE LEGISLATION

The Government has decided not to enact the Caste legislation which was designed to make it illegal to discriminate on grounds of caste. The latter, unknown in British history, has become an issue as some Indian diaspora have allegedly brought their views on the supremacy of higher castes (a form of class stratification) to the UK. The NLP has campaigned for the recognition of caste discrimination for a number of years. One of the most active members of the Party National Council, Jagdeesh Singh, on this issue gives his reaction and his disappointment with some of the South Asian establishment

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The UK government’s EQUALITIES OFFICE has announced that it will not be progressing the intended and proposed anti-caste legislation to give legal recourse and remedy to victims of caste based discrimination. Its Equalities Office has announced that anti-caste legislation would be ‘divisive’, complicated and there would a ‘low volume of genuine cases…’.
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This is a scandalous rejection of the critical need for legal protection against the medieval to modern evil caste practises which are rampant and mainstream across South Asia and are visibly and palpably evident in the UK’s South Asian population too, including Sikhs! The Hindu ferocious caste system has spread it’s evil tentacles into all communities which inhabit South Asia. No-one has been left unaffected by this life destroying system, which has inflicted substantially more evil and oppression spanning over many centuries than the several decades of apartheid in South Africa.
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The pretence by some Hindu and Sikh ‘leaders’ and voices that caste does not exist or is no longer relevant, is a gruesome denial and lie! This combined and dual resistance to anti-caste legislations is extremely tragic and reveals a great deal about the inner mindset of these select Hindu and Sikh organisational voices. Denial is an easy, instinctive, insular response. Embracing real life issues, just like other rampant issues affecting these communities, would be very courageous and principled. The lack of principled leadership in both these communities is an open reality. The caste issue has brought out panic opposition from organisations and supposed ‘leaderhip’ voices from both. In contrast, ordinary, grassroot, day to day Hindus and Sikhs openly accept and recognise the reality of caste in their lives. Whereas Sikh ethics and origins firmly and robustly challenge the entire embedded caste machinery which has inflicted misery, murder and mayhem on South Asia for centuries; the current stance of Sikh organisations and supposed ‘leaders’ has been shocking and scandalous. They have taken a totally unprincipled and suspicious position of opposition. This reveals a great deal about the dubious quality of these ‘leaders’ and organisations. None of these organisations have entered into a open, discussion, debate and conversation with the community about caste. Instead, they have formed bland statements by themselves to oppose anti-caste legislation. This siding and perpetuating a medieval Hindu evil, reveals a lack of credibility on these unprincipled Sikh sources. It contradicts with their frequent rhetroric about Hindu supremists and xenophobia epitomised by the infamous BJP and RSS. Where do the real intentions of these Sikh ‘leaders’ and organisations actually lie? This exposes a contradiction to their routine rhetroric about human rights, freedom, self-determination, which have increasingly become bland platitudes and sloganeering without any substance. Organisations like the Sikh Council and Sikh Federation are invited to step forward and engage in an open, public conversation on the caste issue!
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Jagdeesh Singh
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