“Universal Credit is an Oxymoron” 2 December 2019

Writing for the People’s Assembly: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/universal-credit-oxymoron Universal Credit is an oxymoron.  It is only universal if everyone can access it - but what if you don’t speak English or have access to the internet? I work at Newcastle College. On Wednesday last week I spent an hour — a whole hour — on the phone … Continue reading “Universal Credit is an Oxymoron” 2 December 2019

Engineering for Peace, Jobs and Climate Justice 9 November 2019

Leading workshop on 'Democratic Local Planning'.... ‘Democratic Local Planning’ is one of the four themes of the New Lucas Plan campaign. The Lucas Plan sets out a plan for human-centred, socially useful production within one organisation, but this approach can be used to produce plans for new jobs for one local area, but it can … Continue reading Engineering for Peace, Jobs and Climate Justice 9 November 2019

Love Newcastle Hate Racism Saturday 2 November 2019

Speaking for Newcastle Unites You can watch here - https://www.facebook.com/1332637355/posts/10220806533176473?sfns=mo Thank you for inviting me to speak. Racism, prejudice and intolerance have NO place in this city. I am proud to represent Newcastle Unites here today. I am proud to represent a community organisation that has equality at its core. We campaign against all forms … Continue reading Love Newcastle Hate Racism Saturday 2 November 2019

“Women in Trade Unions” Bywell and Prudhoe Labour Branches’ Rally Saturday 26 October 2019

You can watch here: https://www.facebook.com/100000500624699/posts/2991364537556871?sfns=mo Thank you Brian and Dot for inviting me to speak today. “Women in Trade Unions” was a broad remit and left the door open for me to think what it was that I wanted to say within that. Newcastle University Business School run a series of events each year called Little Heresies … Continue reading “Women in Trade Unions” Bywell and Prudhoe Labour Branches’ Rally Saturday 26 October 2019

Capitalism and Climate Change – 19 October 2019

I was asked very specifically to talk today about trade unions supporting school strikes. Thank you Alex, for inviting me to speak. UCU, University & College Union is the biggest trade union for education professionals in post-16 education in Europe. I ran a UCU stall at Jamie Driscoll’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ event in April this … Continue reading Capitalism and Climate Change – 19 October 2019

Speech to support Motion: Rights of Migrant Women Labour Conference 22 September 2019

My name is Anya Cook, Newcastle North Constituency, University & College Union National Executive and mentor at Newcastle College where I facilitate drop-in sessions with ESOL students. I support this motion. I have worked with women of asylum status or with right to remain who have been trafficked for economic purpose, raped, are trying to … Continue reading Speech to support Motion: Rights of Migrant Women Labour Conference 22 September 2019

Youth Strike 4 Climate Change – Newcastle 19 July 19

Students I bring you greetings of solidarity from UCU - from University and College Union - the trade union that works with teachers and lecturers in colleges and universities. UCU supports you and we are campaigning to take action in support with you, in September. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please take a lesson and learn from the past. … Continue reading Youth Strike 4 Climate Change – Newcastle 19 July 19