Local TUCs, uniting workers from different trade unions across a city / town / borough
Organise local meetings
Hackney TUC went out leafleting against East London Line privatisation earlier this evening. RMT will be leafleting on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th November at Whitechapel, Canada Water and Surrey Quays stations, from 16:00.
Get down there and help.
Last night's Hackney TUC / Leabridge Labour Party meeting with John McDonnell was packed. I couldn't go, as I still languish at home getting used to the falsie. But I spoke to a few people afterwards, and the feeling was generally very positive.
Browsing Lansbury's Labour Weekly again, I found this article from June 27 1925. So, what do you reckon? Are union branches obsolete? Is organising in the workplace the way forward? Is the policy outlined here unworkable in small, scattered workplaces? Personally, I'm inclined to agree with the broad outline of this.
A Left-Wing Industrial Policy
ORGANISE THE WORKSHOPS
Faryal Velmi reports on the Grunwick commemoration event held by Brent Trades Council on 17 September.
Please sign Hackney TUC's online petition.
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".
Respect and the SWP in Cambridge have launched a veritable campaign against any support for the Iraqi workers' movement and for Iraqi trade unionists facing murder threats.
By Stan Crooke
At the March meeting of Cambridge Trades Council I moved the following motion on behalf of my Amicus branch:
“1) Cambridge and District Trades Union Council welcomes:
The January meeting of Cambridge Trades Union Council (CTUC) passed the following motion: “Cambridge Trades Council condemns the murder of Iraqi trade unionist Hadi Salih [pictured], the murderers of Hadi Salih, and the apologists for the murder and murderers of Hadi Salih.”
“Cambridge Trades Council resolves to produce and circulate a further leaflet calling for support for Iraqi trade unionists which covers: the attacks on, and murders of, Iraqi trade unionists and workers; recent developments in the Iraqi trade union movement; support for Iraqi trade unions from UK unions.”
"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".
Hackney TUC is holding a meeting to organise opposition to the BNP during the London Assembly and European Elections on June 10.
Tuesday 13 April at 7.30pm
Hackney Trades Union Council is holding a meeting on Wednesday 12 November at 7.30pm at Marcon Court Community Hall (junction of Amhurst Road and Marcon Place).
John Page will give an update on his case (click here for details and background). There will also be a speaker from Lambeth Unison about their recent successful campaign in a very similar case in defence of a council union rep sacked for campaigning against his employer's racism.
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.
By Janine Booth, President, Hackney Trades Union Council
Hull Trades Council has set an example with its solidarity work with the workers involved in the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee dispute.