The theme for the Trades Union Councils Programme of Work for 2016 to 2017 is ‘Protect Jobs, Defend Living Standards’. It sets out a positive vision of trade unions as we know them to be: a democratic force for fairness in the modern workplace. It highlights the role that trades union councils play in developing and promoting trades unions and in campaigning on the core values of the TUC and the union movement.
The key areas of campaigning for the year are:
protecting workers’ rights to strike, promoting trade unionism and building union organisation;
setting out the case for a high investment, high productivity economy with great jobs and skills at its heart;
making devolution and decentralisation work for people;
reaching out to young workers;
support and campaigning for the Welfare Charter
fighting racism and fascism
This programme of work has developed by the TUCJCC to ensure that trades union councils can identify their part in TUC campaigns and help implement the resolutions passed at the 2016 trades union councils conference.
On the 9th October 2016 anti-fascists from across the UK will come together to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Socialists, Trade Unionists and anti racism groups will march from Altab Ali Park to Cable Street where a rally will be held to commemorate the defeat of fascism in London’s East End eighty years ago.
“Our rail fares are already the highest in Europe and today’s increases will only make that record worse. It’s time that ministers gave rail passengers a break and actually froze fares in real terms.
“Fares on the most popular routes have jumped by more than 245% since rail was privatised 20 years ago. Running a publicly owned railway would end this annual mugging of passengers and give us a network run in the interests of passengers and staff.”
Since the Labour Party was founded by trade unions over a century ago, the world of work has radically changed. The UK is one of the most unequal modern economies: low pay is widespread with six million workers earning less than the UK living wage.
We want to ensure that no one is left behind and that rewards are shared more evenly. That’s why we’re launching our biggest ever discussion on the workplace – so we know what the world of work should look like in 2020.
So whether you’re an employer, an employee, or both: we need to hear from you.
It’s the demonstration every Library & Museums campaigner has been calling for and now it’s on. The march will start from the iconic British Library and end outside the House of Commons for a Rally. Jeremy Corbyn is supporting the protest.
Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. Libraries are, or should be, trusted public spaces for everyone. They play a crucial role in improving literacy, in combating the digital divide and in widening democratic involvement. BUT, in the UK since
2010, we’ve LOST:
• 8,000 paid and trained library workers;
• 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and
• One in five regional museums at least partially closed.
We’ve also seen:
• Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut;
• Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed;
• An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation;
• A 93% increase in the use of volunteers in libraries;
• Income generation become the priority for almost 80% of museums.
This is a crisis and not an opportunity. Users, staff, campaigners and unions need to unite and fight before it’s too late. PCS Culture Sector, Unite the Union, Barnet UNISON & Save Barnet Libraries, and Campaign for the Book have been calling for a national demonstration to highlight the ‘clear and present danger’ to our national Library service. Support the protest on 5th November!
JEREMY CORBYN, Leader of Labour Party says: “I give my 100% support to this demonstration. The Tories have devastated our public services using austerity policies as justification. I promise that a Labour Government will act to ‘in-source’ our public and local council services and increase access to
leisure, arts and sports across the country. We will reverse the damage the Tories have done to our communities in the cities, towns and villages.”
PROTEST AT THE COUNCIL MEETING: TUESDAY 26 JULY, 6pm
Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, NW4 4AX
Tory Barnet councillors and Capita are planning to move council services from the North London Business Park and Barnet House into a new purpose built accommodation in Colindale.
This will cost Barnet residents £50 million and no savings are expected for 50 years while Capita, it is believed, will receive a 14% fee!
The council has not fully secured or identified the resources needed to make this work. At time of massive cuts, including making 46% of library staff redundant, this will make cuts to front line services even worse.
This decision for new accommodation will be as dangerous and costly as that to sell off Mill Hill depot when no alternative had been secured. Now vehicles servicing Barnet are to be stationed further away in Harrow and at Abbots Road, creating more traffic and more pollution. The location in Colindale is remote, and the access to it will be as difficult and frustrating as are the Barnet’s call centre and website.
PROTEST AT THIS WASTE OF £50million
REJECT THE ACCOMODATION REVIEW
Protest called by Barnet Trades Council, Barnet UNISON, Barnet Alliance for Public Services, Barnet Momentum.
Barnet Trades Union Council fully supports Jeremy Corbyn’s candidature in the upcoming Labour Party Leadership Election.
We deplore and condemn the lack of democratic process being exhibited by the Labour NEC in relation to the impending Labour Leadership Election.
Disenfranchisement of full Labour party members who have joined the Party since the end of January – even though it was clearly stated upon them joining as new members they would have a vote in any future party elections taking place.
This also call into question the legitimacy of any Branch Meetings, CLP All Members Meetings, Annual General Meetings and Local Campaign Forum Meetings which have been convened if new members who joined since the beginning of February had an active role and participated in voting.
The assertion by the NEC that Supporters of the Labour Party who pay £25 by the 15th of July WILL have a vote in the Leadership Election even though full members of the Party who joined after the end of January will not.
This will also disproportionately effect people who will struggle to pay £25 at short notice – the very people who the Labour Party are meant to represent.
NEC’s instruction that CLP, Branch and Local Campaign Forum meetings do not take place until after the Leadership Election is completed.
‘All normal Party meetings at CLP and Branch level shall be suspended until the completion of the Leadership Election. The only meetings which will be organised while this timetable is in place are:
# Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination.
# Campaign planning meetings for by- elections or devolved mayors.
# Any meeting agreed with the explicit permission of the Regional Director [General Secretary]’
This is unacceptable and goes against the Labour tradition of inclusive Democracy.
We call upon the NEC and Local Labour Parties to reinstate Democracy in the Labour Party and to overturn these unconstitutional, anti-democratic, usurping of Labour Party rules.
We will be taking our next day of strike action on Tuesday 5th July as part of the ongoing campaign in pursuit of our pay claim to address the 14.5% fall in our wages in real terms since 2009.
The 5th July date has been chosen for maximum impact across London with many HE institutions also on strike that day.
Those of you with school-age children may be aware that the National Union of Teachers will also be taking strike action on the 5th in their separate dispute with their employers.
A more detailed email will follow but the plan for the 5th is that Middlesex University UCU will conduct a “Teach Out” on the Burroughs on the morning of the 5th (the day of the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference at Middlesex). Our “Teach Out” will address the government plans in the White Paper for HE and we will discuss the alternative vision for HE as seen by UCU, the Council to Defend British Universities and other organisations.
We hope to have a speaker from Middlesex Student Union to give us the view of the student body and to tell us about the growing national concerns about the retrospective rise in the interest rate on student loans etc.
There will be other opportunities for creative learning during the morning with interesting options for those of you who might need to bring your children to the “Teach Out”. In the afternoon there is likely to be a pan-London event involving a range of education unions. More detail on this in a later email. You are the UCU.
Do be part of the 5th July – this will be the liveliest picket ever.
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