TRADES COUNCIL SUPPORTS CAMPAIGN TO KEEP GUARDS ON TRAINS

With many of our members depending on rail to get to work the TC has given its strong support to the battles by rail unions to keep guards on trains. The leading fight has been on Southern which is being run by one the most incompetent companies. But we understand that the argument over guards comes from the Government putting their removal into the franchise contracts being awarded. RMT guards have waged a long and brave battle for rail safety and we also applauded the decision on 2 occassions by ASLEF drivers to back the fight.

The fact that some lines had previously got rid of guards does not negate the argument that having guards makes for a safer railway and there should be no more dilution of safety standards for our travelling members.

This was re-affirmed at the 2017 AGM held on March 7. We also supported the GLATUC motion going to the Annual Trades Councils Conference on the subject.

 

TRADES COUNCIL SUPPORTING THE SUCCESFUL CAMPAIGN OVER RESTAURANT WORKERS TIPS

TRADES_COUNCIL_SUPPORTS_UNITE_TIPS_CAMPAIGN_AT_PIZZA_EXPRESS.pdf

 

SUPPORT THE TUC DEMO OCTOBER 4 MANCHESTER

TUC_2pp_NO_to_Austerity_Leaflet.pdf

 

UNIONS FORCE TUBE BOSSES TO TALK

TUBE_UNIONS_WINNING_ISSUES_IN_FIGHT_WITH_TUBE_BOSSES_xx.pdf

 

TRADES COUNCIL OUT ON PEOPLES ASSEMBLY MARCH - 20th JUNE

 

FEBRUARY 2015 - TWO DISPUTES IN OUR AREA

  TC_NEWS_feb_2015.pdf

 

FEBRUARY 2015 -TWO DISPUTES TO SUPPORT - UNITE BUS DISPUTE & NATIONAL GALLERY UNION REP SUSPENDED

TWO_DISPUTES_TO_SUPPORT.pdf

 

 

The Trades Council has been involved in a whole range of campaigns by unions and the TUC at both local and national level. It has also supported a range of issue campaigns suvh as civil liberties, trade union rights in Colombia, ending the blockade of Cuba etc.

 For more detail

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what we do/activities page

 

TC President speaking at joint meeting with FBU

 


 


 TC DEMO OUTSIDE WESTMINSTER FIRE STATION

JOIN THE FIGHT TO SAVE WESTMINSTER FIRE STATION &

THE OTHER 11 UNDER THREAT

  – WE ARE WORKING WITH THE FBU TO BUILD THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN AND NEED YOUR SUPPORT – CONTACT US IF YOU CAN HELP- [email protected]

STRAIGHT AWAY YOU CAN CONTACT LONDON MAYOR BORIS JOHNSTON WHO IS FORCING THIS THROUGH AND OPPOSE THE CLOSURES.-

By email: [email protected] (please also provide your postal address in the email)

FOR WESTMINSTER FIRE STATION YOU CAN CONTACT LOCAL TORY MP MARK FIELD -    [email protected] . He says he is concerned – ask him to get the decision reversed.

The Fire Brigades Union condemns decision by London mayor to overrule LFEPA and press ahead with cuts

January 30, 2013 by Bensprung  
THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION

MEDIA RELEASE: 30 January 2013

 The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has condemned a decision by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to overrule his own fire authority and press ahead with plans to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 engines and slash 520 firefighter posts in the capital. The mayor announced the unprecedented move this afternoon. 

Last week, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority rejected the plans on the grounds that they would threaten public safety. But the mayor said today that he would continue with the process of implementing the cuts. 

The FBU’s regional secretary for London, Paul Embery, said: “These cuts are reckless and wrong, and it is an outrage that the mayor is going against the democratic decision of his own fire authority and the wishes of most Londoners. The mayor makes the absurd claim that these cuts would somehow improve public safety. But the London Fire Brigade’s own figures reveal that the cuts would result in increased response times for nearly five million Londoners, with only a fifth of the capital’s population seeing an improvement. 

“The mayor is single-handedly jeopardising the safety of millions of Londoners on the altar of crude economic considerations. These cuts would save just seven pence per week on the average council tax bill. 

“We now need the widest possible campaign, with local communities working together with the FBU to stop these dangerous cuts. That fight begins today.”

Fire stations proposed for closure

 

 

CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER TRADES COUNCIL 

 

INFORMATION

Received from TSSA

 


 

Happy 150 birthday? Support staff at London Transport Museum - what you can do.

London Transport Museum is suffering from a reduction over four years of 25% of its grant from TfL - £1.5 million. The Museum is very successful at attracting funding and raising income from its shop, ticket sales, events and sponsorship, but the withdrawal of this grant (an eighth of total funding) has a significant impact at a time when arts funding has been drastically cut. The admission price has risen to £15 and staff, who have just been involved in the fabulous historic Tube 150 steam runs, now wait for news of another reorganisation.

Help save jobs at LTM and to keep the Museum affordable and accessible to all its communities. Make it a happy 150th anniversary!

What can you do?

- Join the lobbies

9.00-10.00
Wednesday 30 January
City Hall, London Bridge
Give back the grant! Lobby of Mayor’s Question Time 
 
9.00-10.00
Wednesday 6 February
City Hall, London Bridge
Have a Heart TfL! Our valentine’s message to TfL Board
 
Retro dress if you wish (staff or passenger) or come as you are…wrap up warm.
 
Other things you can do to help...
 
-       Please check in, liken and watch and share 3 min film on facebook - Save London Transport Museum.
 
-       Get people to contact MPs to sign the Early Day Motion 713 which has cross-party support. tssa.org.uk/LondonTransportMuseum
 
-      Sign the TSSA petition Tssa.org.uk/LondonTransportMuseum

-      Distribute leaflets to colleagues and friends
 
-     Send a letter to the press
 
We have had a lot of public support, and will keep campaigning for a restoration of the grant, no staff cuts, and a Happy Tube150 for all of us!

Further info [email protected]

 

In the past year the central campaign has been the Anti-Cuts Campaign launched locally. Below are some highlights but for more detail go to the Anti-Cuts Campaign link.

ACTION ON OCTOBER 20 2012

The Trades Council was heaviuly involved in the mobilisation for October 20 and on the march itself.

Congratulations to all the branches that took part on October 20 – very good turn out from this area.. The Trades Council banner went the whole way carried by PCS & UNITE delegates.

The lead up saw great work done at rail & tube stations including Victoria (jointly with PCS London/SE Region; students; UCU); Farringdon (jointly with CWU London District); St James Park; Westminster,; Charing Cross; Cannon Street; Baker Street; Maida Vale; Edgware Road; Blackfriars; Holborn (jointly with students, UCU, PCS); Tottenham Court Road; Pimlico.

A joint mobilising meeting was held at PCS London Office with PCS, UCU and Trades Council speakers,

Our motion that went originally to GLATUC was passed by SERTUC on October 27 unanimously.

“GLATUC gives its full support to the October 20 demonstration and urges all trade unionists to assist in mobilising support. This is a key event in our fight for our future and against cuts and the “austerity” policy.

 It is crucial that planning begins for campaign action after October 20th and to maintain the impetus created by the demonstration. We call on all levels of the movement to develop work for this post-October 20 period.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

 

WESTMINSTER ANTI-CUTS HITS THE STREETS

Photo – hitting the cuts centre in Westminster

Westminster & City Anti-Cuts Campaign hit the streets of central Westminster (March 14)

Rush hour commuters were leafleted at Victoria Station. Lunchtime Victoria Street was covered along with Millbank -, Strutton Ground and Horseferry Road.

Thousands of leaflets went out.

Workplace distributions also took place.

 

 Thursday 18 November 2010

 CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER TRADES COUNCIL and

     LONDON & SOUTH EAST REGION

 

supported by CWU, FBU, RMT, UCU, UNITE

 

 

 

 Westminster & City Anti-Cuts Campaign Launch Meeting

 

We are facing a massive attack on both public and private sector jobs; on services; on wages & conditions.  Yet unions and their members are fighting back. The FBU, RMT, TSSA, PCS, UNITE, CWU, NUJ, UCU, UNISON, GMB, ASLEF, POA have all been involved in disputes this year – but, in doing so, have had to face up to the anti-union laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 We have to continue to build the campaign of resistance. In Westminster & City we want to do this from the base up – getting local reps and members involved. We want to build solidarity between unions and develop links with local organisations that represent pensioners, students, parents, tenants and users of services.

 We also recognise that the proposed cuts will have a disproportionate effect on different sections of the community – with the young, pensioners, women, those with disabilities and ethnic minorities being hit particularly hard. Despite what the Con-Dem coalition says, we are not "all in this together".

 

 This meeting is open to anyone who lives and/or works in Westminster and City of London. We want to develop a unified campaign that builds maximum support for the anti-cuts campaign and the union movement's alternative policies and programme.

 

 Opened by Chris Baugh (PCS Assistant General Secretary)

Thursday 18 November from 5.30pm

PCS London &South-East  Region Office,

Douglas Houghton House, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH

(Nearest tube – Victoria)  http://www.multimap.com/s/iJP8K76e

For further information, please contact:

Roger Sutton 020-7520-8340/ [email protected] or Tom Taylor 020-7801-2764/ [email protected]

download meeting poster below

  Poster (2).pdf

 

SEE OUR NEWS BULLETINS ON

what we do/activities page

CURRENT CAMPAIGN TO BUILD UP SOLIDARITY ACTION BETWEEN UNIONS IN STRUGGLE - DEFENDING JOBS, DEFENDING PUBLIC SERVICES

FBU STATEMENT ON STRIKE SUSPENSION NOV 5 2010

suspension of strike action-1A.pdf

 

below  - some of the campaigns we have been supporting

 

CIVIL SERVICE BATTLE OVER THE REDUNDANCY SCHEME

There has been a long battle with strike action taking place - most recently on March 8 & 9 and then Budget Day March 24 2010. The big rally held in Westminster on March 9 saw the Trades Council banner prominent in the hall.

 

Photos below -

 

 

 

 

THE CWU BATTLE FOR THE POST OFFICE 

 

 

TRADES COUNCIL SUPPORTS KELSO COCHRANE MEMORIAL

KELSO COCHRANE MEMORIAL PROJECT

C/O 42, ST LAWRENCE TERRACE LONDON W10 5ST

020 8 964 9531   Eddie Adams  [email protected]

Financial appeal

Dear Friend,

A number of organisations have come together to mark the 50th anniversary of Kelso Cochrane's tragic death. Kelso a carpenter from Antigua, was on his way to his girlfriend's house. He had been to hospital for a hand injury sustained at work. At the corner of Golborne Road and Southam Street he was attacked by a number of white youths and stabbed. No one was ever charged with his murder.

Kelso's funeral was attended by hundreds of people. It was an important turning point in that it brought together the black and white communities in opposition to racialism and the threatened growth of fascism. Sir Oswald Mosley was standing for parliament for North Kensington in the 1959 general election

This 50th anniversary   is occurring at a very vulnerable time for our country. The economic crisis is threatening the welfare of working people and unemployment is over 2million. It is a time of change and progressive people must come together to resist racialism and to defend and improve peoples living conditions.

We are asking organisations and individuals to give generously to this appeal so that we can give this anniversary the importance it deserves. We're planning a graveside tribute at Kensal Green Cemetery 12 noon on Saturday 16 May 09 followed by a march. We need   to produce posters, leaflets, adverts and show films etc, Any donations please make payable to Unite 1/684 branch to the above  address

This memorial appeal is supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Trades Council (including Kensington branches) Camden Trades Council Cities of London & Westminster Trades Council History Talk, Alliance for Green Socialism, Ealing Trades Council Unite Acts branch 1/684 Unite1/785 Advice & Legal Workers branch Black & Asian Studies Assoc.  

   

 

 TRADES COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR PROTEST OVER FINANCIAL CRISIS 

The Trades Council supported the demonstration called by the National Shop Stewards Movement outside the Bank of England on Monday October 13 2008. Banners from PCS, UNITE, RMT & UNISON were also present calling for money to be made available for health, education, housing, social services etc and for assets of the speculators to be seized.

 


 

 

 



 

 

 

 

  

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