Friday, 8 June 2012

PRESS STATEMENT BY MR ALAN WHEATLEY OF THE KWUG TO THE PRESS ON 8.6.2012.


Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group:
Inform and Survive
7.6.2012

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“As the Con-Dem Cabinet of multi-millionaires continues to conspire on privatising and asset-stripping our public services with lobbyists from global corporations as 'advisers', the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group (KUWG) helps people in Brent and Camden and beyond know what they can do about it,” Alan Wheatley, a KUWG spokesperson said today.

Meeting every Thursday from 3pm till 5pm at Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, NW6 2JH, the KUWG liaises with Disability in Camden's (DISC) benefits advice team over casework brought to KUWG by meeting attenders who become aware of the group meetings via weekly leafleting outside Kilburn Jobcentre. As an offshoot of that contact, Luchvinder from DISC will be talking to the Group on Thursday, 14 June about forthcoming legislated changes to the benefits system and what to do about them. And on 21 June the group will be welcoming Richard Braniff, TUC envoy starting a group of young unemployed in NW10 on how we can help prevent the youth of today becoming part of a reserve army of slave labour. Speakers generally speak for about ten minutes at the start of the meeting, and then answer questions for about a further ten minutes.

KUWG will also be represented at a meeting of the London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) on 23 June, and is aiming to take part in forthcoming trade union demonstrations and activities, as well as co-operating with Brent Trades Council and Brent Fight Back.

“What is happening to our public services is a legalised abuse of vulnerable people, while the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics and Paralympics constitute an expensive distraction. But, as self-help 'survivors'' groups established in the 1980s, a 'survivor' is someone who is no longer prepared to be or become a 'victim'. We help local people become better informed and survive as stakeholders and trustees of public services for the public good,” Mr Wheatley concluded for the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group.

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