Camden Trades Council

Uniting workers and communities in the London Borough of Camden

SERTUC newsletter 21

Trade union actions

GMB and Unite at Remploy two 24 hour strikes on Thursday 19 July and 26 July from 6am onwards see http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/other_news/two_24_hour_strikes_at_remploy.aspx for contact details. Government has announced closure of all 54 factories by the end of 2013 affecting the following plants in the SERTUC region: Acton, Barking, North London, Norwich, Portsmouth, Southampton

FBU Essex march and rally against fire service cuts Wednesday 18 July 12 noon Chelmsford http://www.fbu.org.uk/?p=5682

TUC

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration with rally in Hyde Park Saturday 20 October http://www.tuc.org.uk/economy/tuc-21056-f0.cfm The newsletter and twitter #mdobney will include further details as they are available. New TUC demo website www.afuturethatworks.org.uk

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration first flyers are available from the SERTUC office dlewis@tuc.org.uk see http://afuturethatworks.org/downloads/

A Future That Works TUC mass demonstration an updated version of the TUC’s “Cuts are not the Cure” booklet Austerity is failing – vital for activists – available from dlewis@tuc.org.uk and also downloadable from http://afuturethatworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/aftw-booklet.pdf

Playfair 2012 campaign “Alternative Opening Ceremony Party” Friday 27 July 7pm Bethnal Green £10 http://www.philosophyfootball.com/new_win.html

Union Professional Development Programme July to September 2012 http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/files/publications/documents/201.pdf including Women’s Summer School

SERTUC 

SERTUC deal on “1936” best available seats for £14 at 3pm on Saturday 4 August for Attic Theatre Company’s production about the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Call 0844 412 4300 and quote “TUC offer” or www.sadlerswells.com and enter promo code “pcdtuc” when prompted

Burston Strike School Rally Burston near Diss Sunday 2 September with Bob Crow RMT, Clive Lewis, Mark Serwotka PCS, Cath Speight Unite  www.burstonstrikeschool.org.uk

Trade Council actions

Southwark trades council debate “The Labour Party and the Trade Unions” Thursday 19 July 7.30pm with Jack Dromey MP and Sue Plain contact Nick Phillips np@southwarkunison.co.uk

Cities of London & Westminster trades council Pentonville 5 40th anniversary event Saturday 28 July 2pm with Len McCluskey Unite Isle of Dogs contact Roger Sutton roger@gftu.org.uk

Other actions/information

Sean Geraghty electricians’ leaders, memorial Wednesday 18 July 6.30 London http://www.cpbf.org.uk/body.php?id=2746

Employment Tribunal statistics April 2012-March 2012 from http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/tribs-stats/ts-annual-stats-2011-12.pdf

  • 186,300 claims (15% down on previous year)
  • 230,000 jurisdictional complaints (some claims contain more than one complaint)
  • 40% related to unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy
  • 16% were for unauthorised deductions
  • 10% were for equal pay
  • 33% were Acas conciliated
  • 27% were withdrawn
  • 12% were successful at Tribunal

Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Lecture 7pm Wortley Hall, Sheffield Friday 17 August with Sarah Veale TUC “Divide and Rule – the oldest tactic in the book” http://sylviapankhurst.gn.apc.org/

Norwich Pride Saturday 28 July www.norwichpride.org.uk

Ross Pritchard Memorial Fund Annual Essay Competition £750 prize for best essay of no more than 1,000 words on Is Scottish independence a vehicle for a development towards socialism? Essays to megan@gn.apc.org by Monday 1 October 2012

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