Busy times ahead for trades union councils
It is clear that the trades union council movement in recent years has gone from strength to strength with 168 registered trades union councils compared to only 127 in 2004, with 24 county associations playing a greater co-ordinating role than ever before. But it is not just numbers alone – it was in the campaigning work to make 26 March the success that it was where the grass roots activism of trades union councils came to the fore. And it is in the on-going campaigning against cuts and in defence of public service and the public sector that they continue to play a vital role working with local and national campaign groups to make sure that working people know and understand the truth about the government’s cuts and to get across the message that there is an alternative.
This programme of work, based on discussions in workshops and debates at the 2011 trades union councils’ conference, is perhaps one of the most detailed that the Trades Union Councils Joint Consultative Committee (TUCJCC) has produced to date but it reflects the vital role that trades union councils and county associations can play across a wide range of economic, political and social arenas. It provides a framework for Trades Union Council action to build union organisation, form community alliances and raise the profile of the labour movement generally.
The programme consists of five main areas of work – Cuts, Jobs and the Economy; All together for the NHS; Green Workplaces; Green Community, Community Organising – changing, developing and building the trades union council and the union movement – building the trade union council movement; Fighting Fascism and the Far Right.
By getting involved in the recommended activities trades union councils are promoting the role of trade unions in the community and encourage more people to join the union movement which is the prime raison d’être for all trades union councils and county associations.
And talking about getting involved, isn’t it time you got your union branch affiliated to a local trades union council. With a programme of work like this can your union branch afford not to be connected to their local trades union council.