Trades Councils

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.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Trade Unions: 


Barnet Alliance for Public Services launch meeting


23 September, 2010 - 20:00 to 22:30


Emerald Suite, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1GN


Public meeting for Barnet residents and workers, launching the campaign against cuts and privatisation in the borough. Don't cut our services! Don't privatise our services! No to easyCouncil!
7-9pm, Emerald Suite, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, N11 1GN. More details:

Conference called by Leicester TUC on unions in the crisis


16 May, 2009 - 11:30 to 17:00


Moat Community College, Maidstone Road, Leicester


Leicester and District Trades Union Council: a conference

"A Standpoint on the Crisis: Defence through self-organisation - Rebuild Trades Councils and the Shop Stewards' Movement... We especially invite Midlands Trades Councils and trades unionists, members of National Shop Stewards Network and interested individuals".

Charges: £10 (with organisational support), £5 (waged individuals) others free or donation. Cheques to "L&DTUC" to address below
For enquiries please contact Paul Henderson, 22 West Avenue, Leicester LE2 1TR; Bernard Harper,; Alan Sanley, 0116 251 3793 or
Download flyer for the conference, including agenda.

Barnet Trades Council: launch and showing of Ken Loach's new film


24 September, 2008 - 20:00


Building 2, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP


Barnet Trades Union Council invites you to its Grand Launch Evening.
7-8pm - Welcome from Barnet TUC
Ken Loach, film director, introduces his 2007 film "It's a Free World"
Also speaking: Fremantle care workers, London Underground cleaners
8pm - Showing of "It's a Free World".
The event is free but please confirm your attendance by email: or tel: Vicki, 07719 283132.

Refreshments will be provided at this event. Feel free to bring food to share if you are able to!

Why we are showing this film

Barnet TUC is the local branch of the Trades Union Congress. It represents local trade unions and brings them together with people campaigning for better public services in Barnet. We support the campaigns of low-paid workers for better pay and better working conditions, and we hope this film will help us to understand the issues better.

Ken Loach's film "It's a Free World" explores the world of employment agencies employing migrant, often undocumented, workers. The main character is the woman who sets up the agency: it tries to understand her motivation, showing how she is just fitting in with the capitalist economy, at the same time as it exposes the way she exploits the people who are desperate to work for her. You can read more about the background to the film at

Hackney TUC meeting: Fighting Gordon Brown's pay and job cuts


31 October, 2007 - 18:30 to 20:30


Hospitality room, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, Hackney, East London


Organised by Hackney TUC in association with the Public and Commercial Services Union and Unison

Speakers: Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary; Janine Booth, RMT; Glenn Kelly, Unison NEC (pc); CWU activist (invited)