Solidarity with Christchurch & Bahr Academy. No hate in our beautiful city. (Counter-demonstration against the North East Patriots)

Good Afternoon Anya Cook UCU National Executive Speaking today for Newcastle Unites I would like to start with a lyric from Akala - he’s a rapper, poet, author, political activist: “Racism, sexism and nationality Just to me it all seems like insanity Why must I rob you of your humanity To feel good about mine?” … Continue reading Solidarity with Christchurch & Bahr Academy. No hate in our beautiful city. (Counter-demonstration against the North East Patriots)

Speech to support NEU’s motion on SEND at #NTUC19

Anya Cook UCU National Executive and Branch Secretary at Newcastle College Chronic underfunding of schools and colleges through privatisation and cuts is leading to failings. In Northumberland, in October, the combined inspection by Ofsted with the Care Quality Commission into SEND failed spectacularly. Their report highlights severe staff shortages, severely overworked staff and gaps in … Continue reading Speech to support NEU’s motion on SEND at #NTUC19

Speaking in support of Unite’s motion on Period Dignity at #NTUC19j

Anya Cook University & College Union National Executive And Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where we had the first Period Poverty campaign at a college in England- launched back in October. Our campaign was funded by our branch and we invited contributions from organisations and colleagues. In February we secured agreement from the principalship to … Continue reading Speaking in support of Unite’s motion on Period Dignity at #NTUC19j

On Housing and Homes

I work in a tight-knit team of supportive colleagues. And I was glad of that warmth when I shared with them my feelings of guilt, my upset, my conscience-wresting this week. Mid-evening outside the bus station in Newcastle, a regular begging patch, I passed a man, a person who looked to be living on the … Continue reading On Housing and Homes

Hexham PLP Candidate Statement

Vote Anya for Hexham Trade Unionist, Socialist, Feminist I am proud to be shortlisted as Labour Candidate MP for Hexham.   I hope you will support me to be your MP. If elected, I will work to improve the life chances and conditions of everyone, including those in marginalised groups, isolated or lonely within the constituency. … Continue reading Hexham PLP Candidate Statement

Trade Unions Are Vital

Trade Unions Are Vital Trade unions are the weights and measures of the conditions of employment and are absolutely essential now in these most difficult times. More and more deregulation has resulted in workers’ rights being undermined and the pernicious Trade Union Act 2016 has made it harder and harder for unions to organise and … Continue reading Trade Unions Are Vital

Why stand to be Parliamentary Labour Party Candidate for Hexham Constituency?

Quite simply - I was asked. That I was considered by some to be their choice of representative of the people of Hexham, to advocate, challenge and defend, to be their voice in parliament - well that’s a personal win and ‘humbled’ and ‘proud’ don’t cover it. Everything I do in my professional and community … Continue reading Why stand to be Parliamentary Labour Party Candidate for Hexham Constituency?

Speaking on behalf of Peace & Unity at Newcastle Council of Faiths February 2019

https://www.facebook.com/122098561182392/posts/2175249769200584?sfns=mo Good evening.  My name is Anya – I am a mentor at Newcastle College, I am branch secretary of University and College Union at Newcastle College and I sit on its National Executive.   I’m here this evening speaking for Peace & Unity. Thank you for this warm welcome here tonight. The last time … Continue reading Speaking on behalf of Peace & Unity at Newcastle Council of Faiths February 2019

Speech to support Motion: Violence Against Women (not called to speak) Labour Women’s Conference 23 February 2019

My name is Anya Cook, Newcastle North Constituency, University & College Union National Executive and mentor at Newcastle College. I support this motion. I would add that those of us trade unionists here can work to take the principles of this motion forward in our own workplaces. Women in the workplace, when they disclose they … Continue reading Speech to support Motion: Violence Against Women (not called to speak) Labour Women’s Conference 23 February 2019