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“All Together” Trades Union Council Activity

22 Oct 2010, By

Lots of activity being organised by trades union councils around the country, co-ordinating with their Regional TUC campaigns. Thought I would bring to your attention the work of Chelmsford TUC in Essex who sent me this report today. “We held a good public meeting on 22 September after which we formed a Chelmsford Against the…

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With God on ourside

24 May 2010, By

It’s with thanks to my friends at AFT Local 1581 on the island of Guam www.gftunion.com/ that I pass on this piece of news. “After stopping negotiations for three weeks, Port managers have been calling Union Members into closed door meetings to encourage them to quit the Union.  Not only is this specifically against the law and…

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Unions are for Life not just for Christmas

16 Dec 2009, By

The advert said that “seasonal help was needed. Applicants need to be hard working, good with children (CRB check required) and animals, experience in goods handling, packaging and distribution a necessity, HGV licence desirable. Willing to work flexibly. We are an equal opportunities employer.” Nicholas (not his real name) should have been more cautious of…

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Have a happy trades union council Christmas

16 Dec 2009, By

I called up the secretary of Workington Trades Union Council the day after the floods started in Cumbria to check that he and other trades council comrades in the area were Ok. Typically of George Appleton he was more concerned about whether or not the County Association meeting would be able to take place the…

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Why do we need TUC unemployed workers’ centres?

03 Dec 2009, By

Here’s one of many good reasons from Derbyshire UWC in Chesterfield. Lorry driver John Watkins devoped acute tennis elbow which ended up with his whole right arm, from shoulder to fingers, put in a cast. So John is called for a medical assessement at private healthcare consultants Atos Healthcare, part of international service providers Atos…

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Beyond Crisis

17 Nov 2009, By

I attended an excellent TUC conference yesterday – ‘Beyond Crisis’ – looking at what we should be striving for as a result of the current economic crisis. Good contributions and workshops throughout the day but I was truly impressed by TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber’s contribution in the closing speech of the day. This is…

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Support Your Local Trades Union Council

17 Nov 2009, By

Over the past few months I have been taking the organising message to trades union councils around the country – from Workington to Norwich, from Taunton to Oxford by way of Blackpool – to name but a few. After each of these visits I came away bouyed up by the energy and commitment of the…

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