Trades Councils

Barnet: a battle lost but who’s winning the war?

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Joan Trevor

Despite a lively campaign against the plans, Barnet’s Conservative Cabinet voted on 8 June to axe the borough’s sheltered housing wardens.

They will be replaced with ‘floating support’ — a much reduced number of wardens operating out of a handful of local ‘hubs’. In theory the floating supporters will also serve elderly residents not in sheltered housing schemes. Since the budget for all of this has been cut from £1.4 million to £950,000 it’s clear that services to elderly people in the borough have been reduced.

Despite a lively campaign against the plans, Barnet’s Conservative Cabinet voted on 8 June to axe the borough’s sheltered housing wardens.

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Wirral campaign stops closures

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Elaine Jones, Vice Chair Wirral TUC

Just as the boards were going up on the first of eleven libraries due to be axed by Wirral Council, we were told that the closures would be halted pending a Government enquiry.

Just as the boards were going up on the first of eleven libraries due to be axed by Wirral Council, we were told that the closures would be halted pending a Government enquiry.

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Migrant workers: Campaigning in the unions

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Robin Sivapalan

The second meeting of the “Checks and Raids” strategy group of the Campaign Against Immigration Controls was on Sunday 7 September. Activists, many new, discussed the situation facing migrant workers in London, with 150 workplace raids happening a week, where hundreds of workers are harassed by immigration officers and the police. Many have been detained and deported. Thousands more are now fearful of these raids.

The “Checks and Raids” strategy group of the Campaign Against Immigration Controls met on Sunday 7 September.

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Turn to build Trades Councils

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Martin Thomas

In response to Bournemouth, we should initiate a long-term consistent campaign to build or revive Trades Councils as political organs of the labour movement.

Turn to build Trades Councils

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Stop East London Line privatisation

Around 50 people packed a meeting organised by Hackney TUC to launch a local campaign against the privatisation of the East London Line. The Line - which currently does not serve Hackney - is due to be extended in time for the 2012 Olympics, but will be sold off to private contractors. Stagecoach and National Express are amongst the list of "preferred bidders".

Stop East London Line privatisation

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Learning from solidarity: the miners' strike 1984-5

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Jim Denham

"Support groups are beginning to assume the status of one of the positive lessons of the 1984-85 strike in much the same way that mass picketing was seen as the lesson of the 1972 strike".

Recalling the miners' strike support work done in Birmingham.

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Scottish unions join up

Scottish unions join up

The Scottish TUC conference unanimously voted to affiliate to the No Sweat campaign and establish links with the FNPBI in Indonesia.


The motion was moved by Edinburgh TUC and seconded by Jim Swan from West Lothian TUC. It should now be easier to help trade unions and trade councils in Scotland to organise against the use of sweatshop labour, both here and internationally.

  • Thanks also to delegates at NUT conference, held last week in Harrogate, for raising £160 towards No Sweat's work.

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Anarchists disrupt May Day rallies

Members of the Anarchist Federation in Nottingham, the “Autonomous Nottingham” group and some individuals staged a protest at the Nottingham May Day rally which ended up disrupting the whole rally.

The anarchists opposed the inclusion of Mansfield Labour MP Alan Meale on the platform of speakers.

Anarchists disrupted May Day rallies in Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.

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