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GLATUC MOURNS LOSS OF BOB CROW - 12-03-2014
 

Photo - GLATUC Secretary Mick Houghton with Bob Crow on demonstration outside Department of Transport in Westminster




The sudden death of Bob Crow, the fighting General Secretary of the RMT, was a great loss to the movement as a whole as Bob had been active in so many areas on top of his role in the RMT industrially.  For the Trades Councils he had been a strong advocate and the RMT had fought for the right of Trades Councils to be fully involved in the TUC.


In London Bob had supported numerous struggles and was strong on the history and traditions of the movement.





GLATUC echoed the call of many - Don't mourn organise!

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DEATH OF BOB TENNANT GLATUC SECRETARY 1992-2003 - 12-01-2014
 







BOB TENNANT died on Monday, 6 January, his 65th
birthday (6/1/1949 – 6/1/2014)

Bob came originally from Gloucestershire and was always a stalwart supporter of his
county’s cricket club. He moved to Walthamstow following teaching at Sussex University and was employed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest in its
Adult Education Service. 

He became a leading member of the local High Street Branch and the Walthamstow Constituency Labour Party.Towards the end of the 1980s, he became the Secretary of the Waltham Forest Council (1/1228) Branch of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU, now part of
Unite). He took over a branch of 60 members and was the driving force in
building that branch into over 1,000 members, a large part of which became the
separate 1/63 Sainsbury’s branch.

He was an activist and secretary of Waltham Forest Trades Council, through which
he helped to establish Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April, in the borough,
starting what is now an annual event by planting a memorial tree in the grounds
of the William Morris Gallery with local MPs, trades unionists and campaigners.
He
was an EC member of the Greater London Association of Trades Union Councils
(GLATUC) and became Secretary from 1992 until 2003..

Bob steered GLATUC through some interesting times including the attempt by the TUC to remove County Associations and downgrade Trades Councils. He was very important in the fight
back against that proposal, which was stopped by winning trade union support at
Congress. For most of the time he was Secretary there was no London-wide
government and GLATUC took a leading role in raising London concerns through
many channels.
He sought to put GLATUC at the heart of support for union industrial battles,
including notable work on the SkyChef dispute at Heathrow, the FBU dispute in
2002, Friction Dynamics in Wales, anti-privatisation battles, London Weighting,
and many others. 

He also took a leading part in maintaining and developing
GLATUCs international work, particularly with other European capital cities. He
with GLATUC took a leading role in the London May Day Organising Committee resisting
the attempts by new Labour and some of its union allies to stop the annual London May Day Rally. He acted as a co-chair of the rallies in
London and was part of the fight to get
the rallies returned to Trafalgar Square working with other leading figures
like Anita Halpin. 

Bob sat on the EC of the South East Region TUC (SERTUC) and the TUC Joint
Consultative Committee, which administered the work of Trades Union Councils
nationally. He did all he could to promote trades councils within the TUC and
the un
ion movement. He was also a good friend of staff at Congress House.

Bob  ater left the Labour Party and joined the Communist Party. He was also, among
other things, a writer on economic policy and political issues, trade union
organizer for the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, member of the management
committee of the Morning Star newspaper, Treasurer of Trade Union CND.

In the summer of 2003, having parted company
with LBWF, Bob moved to a small farm in Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland
where he lived until his death.. He returned to academic research full-time at
the University of Glasgow. His specialism was the Anglican sermon. The
philosophy of Joseph Butler, an early Bishop of Durham, underpinned Bob's later
work. He gave papers at several international conferences, worked on the
development of computer-assisted tools for the analysis of sermon rhetoric and
was the author or collaborator on a large number of articles and works on that
subject. In 2006 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Armstrong Browning Library, a
research facility at Baylor University, Texas.
 


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GLATUC SUPPORTS RMT & TSSA CAMPAIGN TO SAVE OUR UNDERGROUND - MEETING 16 JANUARY - 11-01-2014
 






 


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GLATUC MEETING HEARS RMT ACTIVISTS ON TUBE CUTS - 11-01-2014
 

On 11 January the full monthly GLATUC meeting, bringing together trades council activists from across London, heard 2 RMT activists, Leon Brumant and Dave Marshal, about the campaign  to stop the closure of ticket offices on the underground and losses of hundreds of jobs. They saw this as a further attack to try and break trade union organisation in key industries so the Government cut attack workers even harder.


GLATUC gave its full support and Trades Councils stated their readiness for local actions in co-ordination with the tube unions. All expressed the need to bring all workers involved in struggles for jobs and maintaining services together to look at co-ordinated action.

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DEATH OF PETER GIBSON - BUS ACTIVIST AND CROYDON TUC LEADER - 02-01-2014
 

PETER GIBSON died aged 81 years old on December 16.

Peter was a life-long trades unionist and political activist. He
was a member of the Labour League of Youth in
the late 1940's/early 1950's. He was a Labour Councillor in
Streatham in the 1950's but expelled from the Labour
Party in Croydon more than 50 years ago for being critical of
Labour Councillors who failed to attend a meeting
to vote for "Christmas extras" for residents in Croydon's old people's homes.

In his youth Peter was an active member of USDAW and as such
became Secretary of Croydon Trades Council in the late 1950's and throughout most of the 1960's. He became a busman
based at Thornton Heath Bus Garage and very soon became a TGWU shop steward. 

Peter (right) with CGT delegation

He went on to become an elected TGWU representative at local, regional and national level - serving for some years on the TGWU National Executive. He undertook many other responsibilities within the Trades Union movement but always refused offers of becoming a full-time official because he preferred to be a lay member. 

When Croydon TUC was reconstituted in 1978 Peter Gibson became its
Treasurer and remained so for 15 years. He became Secretary of Croydon TUC (for a second time) in 1994 and remained Secretary until he retired. During the 1980's Peter helped to organise speakers for meetings in Croydon including national Trades Union and political leaders and also host delegations from across Europe. He participated in
delegations to Paris and Berlin and in the late 1980's helped with the assistance of GLATUC to form links between bus workers in London and transport workers in
Paris (Ile de France Region of the CGT).

He was a delegate to the GLATUC and was also in the SERTUC Transport industries Committee where he was elected Chair. Working with Oli Jackson and Roger Sutton they madfe it one of the most effective committees concentrating on effects on ordinary workers.

When Peter retired he served for 8 years as a much respected Governor of Croydon College (14, 000 full-time and part-time students and nearly a 1000 staff). He also founded and chaired the Croydon Retired Peoples' Association and went on to to act as Secretary and then Chair of the Croydon Branch of the TGWU/UNITE retired members group.

 He was a life-long dedicated TU activist. He was a man of great integrity and highly regarded by everyone who knew and worked with him - even those who sometimes disagreed with him.

He was a much loved father, grandfather and great grandfather and
was, of course, the husband of Dot Gibson the General Secretary of the National Pensioners' Convention.


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NEWS FROM GLATUC LGBT OFFICER - 21-11-2013
 




·On
Wednesday 27 November – 2 pm the RMT union is holding a protest outside
the Lithuanian Embassy, 2 Bessborough Gardens, SW1 in solidarity with
Lithuanian LGBT people and the Lithuanian Gay League as five anti-LGBT bills
are to be considered in the Lithuania parliament in the December 2013.




·Friday
29 November UNITE London & Eastern Region Women’s and LGBT
Committees
with Greece Solidarity Campaign are screening a film –
‘Ruins’ – for World AIDS Day at 6:30 pm – UNITE House. Please see attached
flyer. Free and refreshments provided.




·Sunday
1 December – Queerzine Fest see attached flyer – day of workshops &
talks




Photographer
Francisco Gomez de Villaboa exhibition ‘X-Press Yourself’ which was
commissioned by UNITE London & Eastern Region LGBT Committee is
currently on show at The Bank, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street
E1till 30 November. Recommend visiting. One of the pictures is being used as a
flyer for the club night KAOS in December and credited to UNITE.
 


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GLATUC WELCOMES PCS CAMPAIGNING POLICY - 12-11-2013
 

At the GLATUC meeting held at the CWU Offices by the Barbican on November 9 the delegates from across London supported a resolution welcoming the PCS recent policy statement on campaigning,


The resolution said



GLATUC notes that the PCS NEC on 22 October considered the
results of the huge consultation exercise undertaken over the summer months.
Seventy-eight per cent of PCS branches, representing 206,000 members,
participated.
As a result they decided
 I. National co-ordinated action involving other unions remains a
primary objective and efforts to persuade them of its value will be stepped up.
2. Future action will be targeted in areas where membership
support is strong and where action will have a serious impact.
3. National strikes may take place as part of a strategy of
effective action.
4. A national levy will be implemented to raise funds to support
members taking action in targeted areas.
5. Resources will be diverted to targeted areas and priority given
to building our work place organising strength across the union and delivering
our 'Count me in' objectives.
6. Political campaigning will be focussed to increase pressure
on politicians in their constituencies particularly around targeted action and
local campaigns.
7. A senior lay reps' forum will be convened followed by a round
of regional briefings to explain the strategy.
8. Guidance to members will be issued and branches will be
encouraged to take part in the day of action called by national anti-cuts forum
the People's Assembly
GLATUC
expresses its support for the PCS campaign and urges Trade Union Councils to
give what support they can.


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GLATUC JOINS CROYDON TUC ACTION AGAINST FASCIST EVFNP - 07-10-2013
 

GLATUC joined Croydon TUCs action against the English Volunteer Force demonstration at Lunar House in central Croydon on October 5. Lunar House is the main office dealing with immigration applications and is staffed by PCS members. The EVF wanted to make an anti-immigration point, probably as a prelude to putting up candidates in Croydon Council elections and to steal thunder from their rival nazis in the EDL, currently riven with disagreements.






Croydon, working with PCS, organised to show that Croydon people did not want these racists trying to bring division to the community.. In comparison to the 20 or so fascists who gathered the Trade Union Council gathered some 100 outside Lunar House with banners from PCS. RMT, Greenwich & Bexley TUC , Cities of London & Westminster TUC and placards from UAF. The bedraggled nazis were drowned out by their opponents and left swiftly.

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LONDON TRADES COUNCILS PROMINENENT ON TUC DEMONSTRATION AT TORY PARTY CONFERENCE - 30-09-2013
 

London trade union councils were fully supporting the TUC March at the Tory Party Conference on 29 September. They had been involved in organising coaches to the rally amd getting seats on the union booked trains. The mass turn out  of some 70,000 trade unioists showed support for the NHS and against the attack on ordinary people through cuts and job losses.

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GLATUC MOTION ON INCREASED RESOURCES & SUPPORT FOR TRADE UNION COUNCILS PASSED BY TUC CONGRESS - 12-09-2013
 

The motion from GLATUC adopted by the Annual Conference of Trade Union Councils as the one to go to the TUC Congress calling for greater resources and support for local TUCs was passed by Congress. An issue which has been long raised by GLATUC was roundly supported by unions. With its amendment from Merseyside adding that the motion from the ACTUC to annual Congress should be moved by a a Trade Union Councils delegate, unions clearly saw the need to give backing to the role of local TUCs in the work of the movement/.

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GLATUC PUSHES FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO SUPPORT RESOURCE CALL TO TUC - 23-04-2013
 

GLATUC is urging support for its motion to the Annual Conference of Trade Union Councils in June which calls for more resources for Trades Councils to be the motion that goes from the Conference to the full TUC in September. GLATUC Secretary Mick Houghton says " We think it is important we use the chance to send a motion to the TUC Conference to raise key practical matters that are vital to help build up local Trade Union Councils. Now is the time to concentrate on organising issues that can make a difference."

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GLATUC CARRIES FORWARD THE SPIRIT OF OCTOBER 20 - 29-11-2012
 

GLATUC raised in all its acivity for October 20 the necessity of carrying forward the momentum from the March and not allow the dip that occurred  after March 26 in 2011. The Government attack on the British people and all the gains of over 100 years of struggle including the NHS, education, pensions, public services and the particular attack on trade unionists requires a serious and sustained response. Private and public sector workers are experiencing job losses caused by the bankers gambling. Full-time jobs are axed and only part-time ones replacing some of them. To fight back means a big struggle and determined action.


To ensure the movement carries out this process GLATUC sent a motion (originally from Cities of London & Westminster Trades Council) to the Southern & Eastern Region TUC quarterly meeting on October 27 where it was carried unanimously.


It read -


  "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."


 


 

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TRADES COUNCILS BIG PART OF OCTOBER 20 - 22-10-2012
 

Trades Councils made a major contribution to October 20. In areas across London they were crucial in organising mobilising events. Stalls were run in high streets; public meetings held; leafletting carried out at tube, rail, bus stations and at workplaces, colleges and public events. Joint action was taken with many unions to maximise attendance at the March including public meetings and local demonstrations.


 


On the March Trade Union Council banners from across London marched with union contingents.

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LONDON TRADES COUNCILS LEAD MOBILISATIONS ACROSS CAPITAL - 28-11-2011
 

London trades councils have taken a lead role in organising mobilising activities across the city. Meetings, stalls, leafletting, demonstrations have been turning up the gas in each borough. For November 30 there are local meetings and marches plus picket line support in which Trade Union Councils have played a major role, working with local unions, anti-cuts campaigns and community organisations.



LINDA KIETX with TONY BENN at GLATUC Meeting


This role is recognised by the invitation to Linda Kietz, GLATUC President and TUCJCC Representative for the South East to join the platform at Victoria Embankment where the march from Lincolns Inn Fields arrives at 14.00. The importance of trade union councils has been increasingly recognised as the link o communities and the co-ordinator of local solidarity action. This is reflected in the upsurge of union affiliations in the last year.

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COPENHAGEN CONFERENCE - 19-09-2011
 


above GLATUC Secretary Mick Houghton with President Linda  Kietz in Copengagen.


At the conference of capital city trade union organisations held in Copenhagen September 15/16 attended by a GLATUC delegation, a clear unanimity about the common problems being experienced in the current capitalist crisis was expressed. The intensifying battle in Athens, Rome, Dublin, Madrid were defined and the union response made clear.


The Conference recognised that the ETUC statement on the current crisis Manifest_new_EN.pdf gave a good  basis for unified trade union action across Europe..The statement from the Conference President from LO Copenhagen Peter Kay Mortenson was adopted by the Conference.



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GLATUC TAKES LEAD ROLE AT TRADES COUNCIL CONFERENCE 2011 IN PETERBOROUGH - 19-05-2011
 


Austin Harney speaking in cuts debate


GLATUC took a lead role at the Annual Conference of Trade Union Councils in Peterborough May 14/15 . This annual gathering heard resolutions and amendments from GLATUC on cuts, campaigning and civil liberties and London trades councils made key contributions. All Conference resolutions were passed.


GLATUC raised concerns about the procedures adopted for the Conference and with London TCs support got changes brought in and promises to examine procedures with a view to improvement. Delegates Ray Ludford, Gwen Cook and Austin Harney made key inputs throughout the weekend conference.

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GLATUC EXECUTIVE EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF MAY DAY - 21-04-2011
 

Meeting yesterday the GLATUC EC emphasised the importance of May Day this year as the next stage in the fight against cuts and job losses building on the massive success of March 26. Maximum effort in mobilising support was urged on all the London trade union councils. An appeal was also made for stewards to assist on May 1st.


Picture - GLATUC EC Members

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LONDON TRADES COUNCILS PROMINENT ON MARCH 26 DEMONSTRATION - 30-03-2011
 

Part of the massive demonstration of over half a million that covered central London for over 5 hours were the banners of London trades union councils. A large number of GLATUC activisyts were stewards on the day.


Photo of Southwark TUC banner.


 

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CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER TC IN PCS SECTION ON MARCH - 30-03-2011
 

Central London trades council CLWTC was marching with the big PCS sections from their area.


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GLATUC WAS PLEASED TO SEE THE MANY TRADES COUNCIL BANNERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY - 30-03-2011
 

GLATUC saw the impressive number of trades councils from all over the country on the demonstration. It reflected the big growth in trades councils as their importannce in the fight against cuts has become clear.


Pictured here the new Peterborough TUC banner - Peterborough is the venue for the Annual Conference of Trade Union Councils in May this year.


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GLATUC LEADS TRADES COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR MARCH 26 - 09-03-2011
 

GLATUC has been building trades council support for the TUC National Demo on March 26. At monthly meetings London trade union councils have been detailing the local campaigning work against the cuts and leafletting for March 26.


Sewcretary Mick Houghton said " GLATUC sees this national demo as the important national expression of what has been building locally for 9 months. It marks the national mobilisation but it does not stop on March 26 - it has to build from there. Next up will be the May Dat march in London on May 1st. To beat the millionaire government we have to build a massive campaign. The bankers are back on the gravy train whilst we face cuts - we must change that."

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TRADES COUNCIL ANTI-CUTS CAMPAIGN WOIRK JANUARY 15 - 06-01-2011
 

  


London


Across the SERTUC area there is a day of action around January 15 against cuts. London events listed below.


All part of build up to national TUC demonstration on March 26


 Bexleyheath and Erith Town Centre


 Leafleting and stalls, organised by Bexley and Greenwich Trades Council


 Contact Alexis Chase 020 7364 0856 and 07837 690 869 


[email protected]


 Camden


,street stalls and petition organised by Camden United Against the Cuts


 Contact George Binette,020 7974 1633 


Geo[email protected]


 


Ealing


 Street stall and leafleting 15 January, organised by Ealing Trades Council


 Contact Eve Turner 07960 309 457


[email protected]


  


Haringey


 Leafleting on High Streets across Haringey 15 January, organised by Haringey Trades Council and Haringey Alliance for Public Services - Mobilisation for an anticuts demonstration and lobby of a Haringey Council meeting on Monday 17 January. The demonstration is called by UNISON, NUT and UNITE 


 Further details from Keith Flett President, Haringey Trades Council 07803 167266


 [email protected]


Ilford


 Ilford High Road, 12 -2pm, anti-cuts stall and leafleting the public. Organised by Save Our Services Redbridge, 


Contact Barbara White (MU) on [email protected]


or Bob Archer (NUT) on [email protected] 


or Pauline Fraser 07766 215571, paul.balf.paul@googlemail.com


  


Hackney


 15 January, Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services will be leafleting in Hackney on 15 January at 1pm outside McDonalds in the Narrow way Mare St and at Dalston Station North London Line , opposite Ridley Road Market E8 in the build up to a Public Meeting on the 10 Feb and a local demonstration on the 19 Feb. 


Brian Debus President Hackney Trades Council 


[email protected]


or Jane Holgate, Secretary Hackney Trades Council 07960 798 399 


[email protected]


 


Ladbroke Grove, Kensington and Chelsea


 15 January, a stall at Ladbroke Grove tube station 1=3pm, organised by Kensington & Chelsea Against the Cuts.


07946 284089  [email protected]


Kilburn


, organised by Kilburn Unemployed Worker's Group A demo on 15th in Kilburn Square, 11am start.Contact Marie Lynam, Camden Trades Council


07709 932 267 [email protected]


 or Ellenor Hutson 020 7467 1374 


 


Lambeth


-street theatre plus leafleting Led by Lambeth Trades Union Council, Lambeth Save Our services and Lambeth Right to Work 


11 am, Windrush Square SW9. A static visual display of a card board city showing the consequences of the Government cuts. There will be people outside the Tate Library in Windrush Square dressed as books to highlight the threat to libraries. There will be an information stall and leaflets for the national demonstration 26/03/2011. This event will build for a lobby of the Labour Group on 17/01/2011 and a united rally against the Government cuts on 03/02/2011.


 Lead organiser: Anton Johnson 07858261354 mabuse@mabuse.plus.com


[email protected]


 


Lewisham


, led by Lewisham Trades Council 11am in Lewisham High Street, with a large map, showing the location of cuts and asking people to add their local Stories


 Organised by Tom Mellish 020 7467 1380 [email protected]


 


 Merton and Sutton 


Merton and Sutton Trades Council will unfurl a huge banner and will hold a Lobby come Demonstration against Government cuts outside the Office of Paul Burstow the Local LibDem MP who is also a Health Minister in the Government. The Lobby/Demonstration will commence at 11.00am 15 January. The Office is on the corner of Gander Green Lane and Oldfields Road (A217) 234 Gander Green Lane, Cheam SM3 9QF opposite the The Gander Inn Pub.


 Contact Kevin O'Brien, 07718 585 717 and [email protected]


 or Geoff Martin, 07831 465 103 and [email protected]k


 


 Stratford, Newham


 East ham High Street and Queen's Road Market, from midday 15 January. Organised by 'UNITE Striking Back Against the Cuts' 


Contact Paul Travers (UNITE Regional Officer), 07980 721429 [email protected]


 


 Tower Hamlets


 5 street stalls being organised. Supported by the East London Teacher's Association


 Contact Alex Kenny 020 7364 5791 [email protected]


 


 Wandsworth, (Balham)


 11am outside Sainsbury's in Balham, in Balham High Road, for street leafleting and lobbying the public. 


Organised by Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Council 


Contact Carmel Pollen =07946172461 [email protected]g.uk


 


Westminster,


organised by Westminster and City Anti Cuts Campaign , supported by Cities of London & Westminster Trades Council and PCS London and South East Region


 14 January: workplace leafleting and key point leafleting, including the area around Victoria railway station) and then local leafleting 


15 January leafletting and stall - key pedestrian hubs and local estates


 Contact Roger Sutton =0781 842 1327 [email protected] 


 or [email protected]


 

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GLATUC PAYS TRIBUTE TO KEITH FAULKNER - 16-12-2010
 


GLATUC joined the many tributes to Keith Faulkner the TUC events organiser who died suddenly. Keith had been at the TUC since the  1970s and in that time was regarded as a great friend of the trades councils. London TCs probably dealt with him more than most with his base in Congress House.


In all dealings Keith did all he could to assist trades councils and go that extra mile to make things happen - not an approach always encountered in the TUC. He assisted with numerous events and demonstrations and was a great help to the London May Day.


In reading the tributes and obits to Keith it was interesting to see things ascribed to Keith that would have made him raise an eyebrow. He was an amazing hard worker for the movement and those who knew him well knew he was solid.


Keith Faulkner 1948-2010


died 13 December 2010

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GLATUC SUPPORTS STUDENT & UCU PROTESTS - 17-11-2010
 

GLATUC gave its full support to the student & UCU protests over attacks on education. GLATUC members took part on November 10 and November 24.



GLATUC was also concerned to see the police revived the much criticised kettling tactic against predominantly school children. Effectivel holding in arrest for up to 6 hours people for having the temerity to want to protest is aepressive action. We had hoped the numerous cases of abuse shown up by kerttling - particularly at the G20  demo in the City of London - and the storm of condemnation had kicked this attack on civil liberties into the long grass. Some of the most vociferous MPs about the tactic before the election were LibDems - but this appears yet another issue they have found politically expedient to forget about.


GLATUC has also noted the strange events happening with policing - the virtual disappearance of police on November 10 particularly arounf td the Tory HQ; and the strange saga of the police van abandoned in the middle of the crowd on November 24.


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GLATUC 150th ANNIVERSARY EVENT - 25-10-2010
 

One of the oldest trade union organisations in the country celebrated its 150th anniversary at the TUC on October 23. The Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils (GLATUC) was founded as the London Trades Council and has been involved in every major trade union event in the capital ever since – from the Matchgirls Strike of 1888 to the battle over cuts today. This celebration event took place straight after the SERTUC Rally against the cuts and the march from the RMT HO.




The theme of the GLATUC event was practical organising at the rank & file local level to fight the attack on jobs, services and wages & conditions. This was chosen as the London Trades Council was set up to address the need to build solidarity action for unions in struggle, given impetus by the big builders strike of 1859.


The meeting was opened by TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber who announced the TUC date of March 26 for the national demonstration against Government policies. Other speakers were Linda Kietz (GLATUC President),John McDonnell MP and Steve Todd (RMT National Secretary).


The meeting got down to discussing the most effective ways of building solidarity action at the base level. All agreed that the only way to create a strong national response was to build from the base up. The comments of Mark Serwotka and Bob Crow about the key role of trade union councils were echoed by participants from trades councils and unions like PCS, RMT, UNITE, GMB, UNISON, POA, CWU, MU and NUJ.



Across London Trades Councils are organising local campaigns but a trades council is only as strong as the support put in by local union bodies. If trade unionists want really effective trades council campaigns it is in their own hands. Trades councils are a network of bodies uniquely placed to bring together trade union activities at the local level and engage with other community bodies.


GLATUC co-ordinates at the London level and brings a wealth of organising experience together and also has wider contacts. For example it has regular contact with trade union bodies in capital cities across Europe and the world and recently was in discussion with capitals like Athens, Madrid, Paris & Rome about the financial crisis created by the bankers.


GLATUC and the trades councils covering every borough are geared up to supporting unions like PCS as they prepare for what is likely to be a long and difficult battle. They can, for example,  ensure the information about the real tax situation uncovered by PCS (which shows the cuts are not needed if full taxes were collected from companies and the rich) is spread to other trade unionists and local organisations. That is one important element in building a strong and confident resistance to the Government policies.


GLATUC produced a commemorative booklet 150 years of union struggle


www.glatuc.org.uk


 

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GLATUC EXCHANGES SOLIDARITY MESSAGES WITH PARIS UNIONS - 21-10-2010
 


GLATC has been exchanging messages of solidarity with Paris unions  CGT , CFDT, FO, UNSA. GLATUC has sent solidarity for the massive struggle of the Paris unions. They have sent support for the struggle beginning in London.

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GLATUC FLYER FOR 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 04-10-2010
 

FOR FULL LATEST DETAILS ON GLATUC ANNIVERSARY EVENT OPEN LINK BELOW -


150AA.pdf



 

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STATEMENT FROM EUROPEAN TU CAPITALS ORGANISATIONS ON CURRENT CRISIS - 24-09-2010
 


GLATUC TOOK PART IN THE CONFERENCE & ENDORSED THE STATEMENT  


10th Permanent Conference of the European Capitals’ Trade Unions September 16th, 17th, 18th September2010 Athens


CONCLUSIONS ON THE FINANCIAL CRISIS


1. The 10th Permanent Conference of the European Capitals’ Trade Unionsheld in Athens from 16-17 September 2010, is fully committed to support the initiatives of mobilization undertaken by the European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC), starting with that on the 29th ofSeptember 2010, not only for overcoming crisis, but also in order to share out the sacrifices related to it.


2. We live in a period characterized by a global political, financial and social crisis. The simple nationalization of banks’ losses does not assist the actual economy or people. In times and in the name of crisis, unemployment increases, the ensemble of rights and salaried protection are under attack, the reduction of salaries and pensions is fostered. This model uses public funds in order to safeguard banks and private companies, increasing public deficit to the detriment of public policies, public services and investments.


3. Under pressure from the financial markets destabilized by the crisis of the system, European governments are trying to impose drastic austerity policies so as to be within the bounds for budget deficits (3% of GDP) and sovereign debt (60%). The European social model we demand should not allow social regress in all countries.


4. Banks are trying to benefit from the action of European institutions. The delayed response to the Greek crisis weakened the Euro Zone even more. The ECB, which gave loans to banks at extremely low interest rates, does not loan money directly to the European states facing difficulties. The States that are hostages of private banks and of 2 investment capital and which became involved in this game are considered just one more opportunity for guaranteed profit. Stronger political control on the banks is necessary.


5. In most European countries, employment relations have been deregulated to meet the needs of multinational companies. Most European governments have announced their economic policy which limits the right to work and social rights, with measures such as: increase in retirement age, limited public investments in order to decrease public deficit, salaries and pension freezes or reductions, dismantlement and cancelation of employment within public services.


6. Such policies will lead to cheaper and easier lay-offs that have been financed in most cases by public funds.


7. Social and economic policies harm mainly young people, women, the unemployed, pensioners.


8. In order to move forward to a common European taxation policy, the harmonization of rules fiscal for companies, the strengthening of struggle against tax evasion in the EU Member States at national and regional level, a reform of the European Bank system, a reform of companies’ financing system and the elimination of fiscal paradises, are necessary.


9. A new production model based on the quality of stable employment and the improvement of quality of public services should be created.


10.This new model of growth should be based on more technological investments, innovation, better public education / training for workers in order to render the European economy more competitive. Enforcement of trade unionists training programs is also necessary.


11.No more sacrifices in the name of the economy; instead, the economy should be at the service of the European peoples and workers.


12. It is time to fight back, all together, and to establish a model based on the needs of European workers and not of profiteers.


13.A special tax should be imposed on speculative capitals (the Tobin Tax).


14.Another credit policy backed by the BCE and the central national banks is necessary.


15.The 10th Permanent Conference invites European Capitals’ TradeUnions to develop in their regions policies and to undertake initiatives coherent to the general options of the European and International trade union movement, having as objective the rehabilitation of the precarious, the reinstatement of dismissed employees into labor market, and finally the creation of the necessary conditions for a new and qualitative employment.

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LIAISON COMMITTEE SPEAKER AT GLATUC AUGUST MEETING - 14-08-2010
 

Today - 14 August 2010 - the GLATUC full delegate meeting had a Barry Camfield of the Liaison Committee in Defence of Trade Unions as a lead speaker. Barry a London trade unionist who was a Regional Officer & Secretary in the TGWU before becoming AGS came to give the current perspective of LCDTU on the question of trade union effective action.


In a wide ranging talk that covered the history of trade union rights and the restrictions since Thatcher but carried on by Labour Governments under Blair and Brown. He detailed the need for a trade union led campaign for trade union freedom.


There was a detailed discussion with delegates from the London trade union councils. The packed meeting gave its support to the battle for trade union rights.


The meeting also hasd detailed discussion about the best tactics for building the fight against the cuts of the CONDEM government and a series of local reports on fightbacks in local communities.

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Speaker on Palestine situation at GLATUC Meeting - 08-07-2010
 

 At the  GLATUC meeting this Saturday 10th July will include a guest speaker



 Betty Hunter General Secretary of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign www.palestinecampaign.org


 Would delegates please arrive promptly for 10.00


NUJ/GFTU, Headland House, 308-312 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

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GLATUC CAMPAIGN ON OLYMPICS PROVED RIGHT - 28-05-2010
 

GLATUC has long campaigned against the failure to provide ljobs and opportunities for local people. A series of reports have now shoen up how few local people have got jobs or training opportunities, the scams being pulled to regiister people from abroad as local residents and the effects of the development on local businesses.


GLATUC has also pointed out the flaws in the transpoert plans which fail to deal with the needs of transporting large numbers of people in the evenings after the events finish.

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DETAILS OF GLATUC 150TH ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES - 18-02-2010
 

Flyer for activities pdf

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GLATUC HOSTS LGBT DEBATE 17 FEBRUARY - 01-02-2010
 

 Sex Work / Prostitution: What should we do as LGBT Trade Unionists?


 17 February 2010  7 pm


 room 3D ULU Malet St London WC1


  - speakers -


Yvonne Washbourne


Chair - Midland Region TUC LGBT Network


Secretary - Midland Region TUC Womens' Committee


Thierry Schaffauser


Chair - GMB Sex Work & Adult Entertainment Branch


Secretary - Southern & Eastern Region TUC LGBT Network (per cap)


- chair -


 Peter Purton


LGBT rights campaigner, writer & historian


 


- organised by -


Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils


&


Left Front Art


- supported by -


GMB SHOUT - London Region


UNITE London & Eastern Region LGBT Committee


Lambeth Trade Union Council


UNITE 1/1148 Branch


GMB Sex Work & Adult Entertainment Branch


SERTUC LGBT Network


 

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HAPPY 150TH - 21-01-2010
 

This year is a historic milestone for GLATUC. It is the 150th anniversary of the organisation, starting as the London Trades Council, then as the London Federation of Trades Councils and now GLATUC.


It arose from discussions about how unions could be more effective and assist each other.No TUC existed at this time and was only started by Trades Councils in 1868.


In London impetus was given by the big builders strike and after proposals to meet discussed in 1859 it was eventually agreed to have the founding meeting in May 1860.


GLATUC intends to hold a number of events and produce materials during 2010. There will be a major meeting in October but a number of events will take place during the year.


GLATUC will also be asking for financial support for this anniversary programme. It also welcomes any photos and documents that mark the history of this organisation.


We have put the history pamphlet produced for our 125th celebration in to our history section of this website.


In particular we do not  want just to look back. The foundation was because union members wanted to know how to get together and be more effective in the face of rampant employers and bankers and given we face a similar situation today GLATUC wants to use this anniversary to look forward to our next 150 years and how we can be more effective.

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BANKERS BONUS OR NURSES - 29-12-2009
 

In the discussion over bankers bonuses and the need for cuts can we ask one question - would you choose a bonus for one banker of £3.5 million or pay for 100 nurses for a year for the same amount?

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GLATUC FIGHTS OLYMPICS ABUSES - 16-12-2009
 



GLATUC jointly organised a meeting with Newham Trade Union
Council on December on the effect of the Olympics locally in east London. The
meeting highlighted a number of serious problems.


 

These included the lack of job offers to qualified local
workers, in fact the lack of any contacts for most; the lack of information
about vacancies including in Job Centres; information about contractors using
local properties to house labour from overseas and claim them as local workers
and exploiting them in ter GLATUC jointly organised a meeting with Newham Trade
Union Council on December on the effect of the Olympics locally in east London.
The meeting highlighted a number of serious problems.


 

These included the lack of job offers to qualified local
workers, in fact the lack of any contacts for most; the lack of information
about vacancies including in Job Centres; information about contractors using
local properties to house labour from overseas and claim them as local workers
and exploiting them in terms of pay and conditions; lack of offering work
experience to local apprentices and trainees; evidence of sub-contracting by
stealth etc.


 

As a result it was decided to follow this up in January with
local action leading to a meeting to try and get answers. GLATUC is concerned
that as the Olympics date gets closer and with the current financial crisis the
claimed high standards sought for the site are coming under increased pressure
and that “”blind eyes may be turned to abuses. We will be campaigning against
such abuses and calling for honouring of promises of work for those in local
communities. We want to stop the employers playing off one group of workers
against another, exploiting foreign workers and keeping out local workers who
insist on proper contracts and conditions.ms of pay and conditions; lack of
offering work experience to local apprentices and trainees; evidence of
sub-contracting by stealth etc.


 

As a result it was decided to follow this up in
January with local action leading to a meeting to try and get answers. GLATUC
is concerned that as the Olympics date gets closer and with the current financial
crisis the claimed high standards sought for the site are coming under
increased pressure and that “”blind eyes may be turned to abuses. We will be
campaigning against such abuses and calling for honouring of promises of work
for those in local communities. We want to stop the employers playing off one
group of workers against another, exploiting foreign workers and keeping out
local workers who insist on proper contracts and conditions.

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Same Sex Marriage - assimilation or challenge? - 14-10-2009
 

  Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils


- invites you to debate -


Same Sex Marriage - assimilation or challenge?


part of the Shaping the Future - LGBTQ debates series


Monday 26 October 2009


7 pm


Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1


(nearest tube - Holborn)


 - speakers -


 Peter Tatchell


LGBT Human Rights Campaigner


Maire Daley


UCU National Executive Committee


 - chair -


Thierry Schaffauser


GMB and Queer activist


- organised by -


 Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils


in concert with


LEFT FRONT ART

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GLATUC EC WELCOME TRADE UNION COUNCIL BOOST - 06-10-2009
 

GLATUC Executive Committee (picture left of last GLATUC meeting to take place in GFTU Central House in June 09) has welcomed the strengthening of trade union councils across London. With re-launched TUCs in a number of boroughs and growing attendance at others there is a strong feeling of optimism.


The EC noted that unions like PCS and RMT had been stressing the importance of local TUCs in campaigning over issues like defending public services and trade union rights and that affiliations from unions were growing. To a large extent TUCs reflect the strength and activity of local union structures - branches and workplace groups.


Recent meetings in Lambeth, Southwark, Cities of London & Westminster, Islington, Barnet, Newham and Haringey have reflected this strengthening of grass roots activity.


At the September the first motion from the trade union councils under the recent Rule change was debated and carried on unemployed centres -  a further reflection of the strengthening of  the local TUCs position. 

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GLATUC SUPPORTS KELSO COCHRANE MEMORIAL ON MAY 16 - 03-05-2009
 

  KELSO COCHRANE MEMORIAL PROJECT


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


020 8 964 9531   Eddie Adams  samstjohn20[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.   


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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GLATUC SENDS SUPPORT TO LIMERICK COUNCIL OF TRAD UNIONS CELEBRATION - 04-04-2009
 

To the organisation committee of the celebration of the Limerick Soviet, and Limerick Council of Trade Unions


As this world contemplates the recession caused by the failure of capitalism to live up to the myth it has created we look to history for lessons.


We as a working class should not tolerate the bosses determining who should work, where we should work, when we should work and at what rate.


 


We as free people should determine our future and not tolerate the imposition by the state, the church, or any group of owners any restrictions on our free movement to work and trade.


 


The Limerick Soviet reminds us that solidarity of class and community can defeat our oppressors, and greater solidarity will defeat a greater enemy of working people.


 


Best wishes for your celebration in 2009


 


Mick Houghton


Secretary


Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils

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Car plant workers occupy factory - 01-04-2009
 

 








Car plant workers occupy factory







Protesters at the Visteon car parts factory in west Belfast
Workers spent the night at the Belfast factory

Workers at the UK arm of US car parts firm Visteon have occupied a factory in Enfield, north London, the Unite union says.


They are also protesting at a plant in Essex, while 80 workers are still taking part in a sit-in at a factory in Belfast which began on Tuesday.


The workers are angry about more than 500 job losses and what they see as derisory redundancy packages.


The company went into administration on Tuesday.


Visteon, a US-based firm which was spun-off from Ford, has had a presence in the UK since 2000 through Visteon UK Ltd. The subsidiary has racked up losses of £669m since then.


Visteon stopped funding the operation and appointed KPMG as administrators, who immediately shut down production at the three factories and announced 565 redundancies. According to KPMG, production has been diverted to other Visteon factories outside the UK.


The workers are protesting at what they see as rough treatment. "They are just looking for a fair deal," said Pauline Doyle at Unite.


Depending on length of service, they are only entitled to statutory redundancy. This is capped at £350 a week, and runs for a maximum of 30 weeks, said KPMG. But only workers who have been employed by Visteon for two years or more will qualify for redundancy.


The protestors claim the company's former owner and main customer, Ford, had promised much more generous redundancy contracts which they now want to see honoured. There are also question marks over the workers' pensions.


They might eventually be placed into the government's Pension Protection Fund. However, as yet the fund has "not even been informed officially of any insolvency", a PPF spokesman said. "We're not involved at all at the moment," he said.


Visteon also owns another subsidiary - Visteon Engineering Services (VES) - in the UK. A spokesperson for Visteon said VES and its 400 employees were completely unaffected by the closure of the three factories.


Visteon in the US is itself struggling to survive. It has been hit hard by a drop in orders as carmakers cut back production during the economic downturn.


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TRADE UNION COUNCILS GET TUC BOOST - 12-09-2008
 

At Congress 2008 the RMT motion calling for greater recognition of local TUC s was passed. It said -


87 Participation of the Trades Union Councils' Conference at annual Congress

Congress notes the status, role and purpose of TUC-registered trades union councils, county trades councils and county associations are recognised under rules, including:


i) bringing together local union branches to campaign around issues affecting working people;


ii) following the programme of the Trades Union Councils' Joint Consultative Committee (TUCJCC), such as assisting in building local union membership;


iii) being represented on the appropriate TUC Regional Council and at the TUCJCC and the Trades Union Councils' Conference; and


iv) the Trades Union Councils' Conference can submit motions for consideration by the TUC General Council which are in line with existing TUC policy and be represented at annual Congress by a fraternal/sororal representative.


Congress also notes trades councils in Scotland and Wales are entitled to send motions and delegates to their respective national Congress.


Congress further notes the 2008 Trades Unions Councils' Conference passed a motion calling for the trades council movement to be given the right to send delegates and resolutions to annual Congress.


Congress believes trades councils should have a greater voice at annual Congress and therefore instructs the General Council, in consultation with the TUCJCC, to implement a rule change which will have the effect of allowing the Trades Union Councils' Conference to submit one motion to annual Congress in similar way to the arrangements that exist for the equalities conferences.


Congress requests that this rule change take effect so that the Trades Union Councils' Conference will be able to submit a motion to the 2009 annual Congress.


National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

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GLATUC CELEBRATE 120 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF "MATCHGIRLS" STRIKE - 04-08-2008
 

GLATUC is marking the 120 year anniversary of the key "Matchgirls" Strike of 1888. For full details open here.

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GLATUC SUPPORTS WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY - 29-04-2008
 

GLATUC supported the Workers Memorial Day march to HSE HQ then City Hall on 28 April. President Linda Kietz attended with representatives of Islington, Brent, Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham and Battersea & Wandsworth TUCs.

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GLATUC HONOURS STEVE SINNOTT & GREG TUCKER - 13-04-2008
 

 











At GLATUCs monthly meeting yesterday it honoured 2 trade unionists who had died.


Steve Sinnott the NUT GS had died suddenly and Greg Tucker, long time activist in the RMT and the South London trade union movement had died after a long illness.



Steve Sinnott



NUT General Secretary, Steve Sinnott, died suddenly on 5 April, 2008. He was 56. His loss will be keenest felt by his beloved wife Mary, his son, daughter, grandchildren and extended family.


Steve was General Secretary from 2004, having served the Union previously as member of the National Executive, President and Deputy General Secretary.




Francis Beckett
Monday April 7, 2008
The Guardian


Steve Sinnott, who has died suddenly aged 56, was elected general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in 2004, and was regarded as the best leader the union could have for these difficult times. In a union which has always had warring factions, he was a unifying figure. He was about to lead the NUT into strike action over a pay rise of 2.45% with inflation running at 4% - the fourth annual pay cut in a row, he said. The last NUT strike, 21 years ago, was not a success, losing the NUT both members and prestige: Sinnott, as president, deputy general secretary, and then general secretary, played a considerable part in winning them back.



He was determined that this one was going to be different, and there is no doubt that his calm, reasonable, thoughtful personality would have helped make it so. It would also have defused the inevitable sneer that the NUT did not care about children, for the charge would never have stuck to a man so transparently committed to the job he had done for years before he became a full-time union official.



Born into a working-class Liverpool family with strong socialist traditions, he was the son of a worker at Ford's Halewood car plant and went to West Derby comprehensive school, Liverpool. He graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic with a BA in social sciences in 1974, and trained as a teacher at Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, where he joined the NUT.



He taught humanities and was NUT school representative at Shorefields comprehensive school in Toxteth, Liverpool, before moving, in 1979, to Broughton high school near Preston, where he was head of economics and business. Website tributes from former pupils recall his effectiveness and friendliness as a teacher.



In 1986 he was elected to the NUT's national executive, and, in 1994, he became the union's president - the first former comprehensive school pupil to hold the post, as he proudly pointed out. The presidency is held by a serving teacher, but during his year of office he was elected to the full-time post of deputy general secretary, from which he stood for the top job 10 years later.



He was the first general secretary for many years to be on good terms with the union's hard left, and able to work with them. Though he was not their candidate for the job, they took to him, and the campaigns the union supports - for non-selective education and against academy schools - benefited from his tenure.



At the same time he forged an equally good relationship with colleagues in the office, including those who had been rivals for the job. He set in train useful but undramatic reforms in the union's organisation that did not require redundancies. He addressed the longstanding problem of regional officials having too high a load of casework by providing them with assistants at a lower grade who could handle the more routine cases. A warm tribute from Gordon Brown, the prime minister, confirms that, despite the looming strike, he was also successful in ending the angry standoff which had started under his predecessor, Doug McAvoy, when Charles Clarke was education secretary.



One result was that the NUT conference in Manchester last month was the most united that anyone can remember. Sinnott had taken trouble to make sure none of his members felt under attack. He found a way of so arranging union policy that it did not offend, for instance, either faith school teachers or those whose pupils went into the army.



He was also able to establish himself on the international stage. He claimed that "teacher unions in both Israel and in Palestine have no closer friend than the NUT" and was active in bringing the two together, chairing Education International's advisory committee on the Middle East. Fred van Leeuwen, the EI general secretary, yesterday also drew attention to the key part he played in drawing up a protocol about teacher recruitment designed to prevent Britain from asset-stripping Commonwealth countries of their teachers.



But the strike would have been his biggest challenge so far, and he had prepared meticulously. He took every opportunity to hammer home the message that a reduction in teachers' pay is bad for children: it leads to recruitment and retention problems, and people teaching well outside their subject areas.



He is survived by his wife Mary, herself a talented teacher, his son Stephen, daughter Kate, and two grandsons.



· Steve Sinnott, teacher and trade unionist, born June 24 1951; died April 5 2008


 


GREG TUCKER 1953-2008


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Greg Tucker – who died yesterday from throat cancer – was no stranger to hostile media coverage; it’ll be interesting to see what some of the mainstream press obituarists come up with. But he never had any difficulty with being described as ‘an unreconstructed figure of the hard left’, because that is essentially what he was.



Greg (pictured) and I got to know one another in the South London branch of the International Socialist Group in the early 1990s, and later worked together in the London Socialist Alliance. In the 2001 general election, he stood as a Socialist Alliance parliamentary candidate, polling 906 votes against Keith Hill in Streatham.



He also served as a Labour councillor in Lambeth throughout the period in which that local authority was controlled by the hard left, achieving a certain amount of notoriety, including this mention in the House of Commons by a Tory former cabinet minister.



As Michael Heseltine made clear, Greg lost his council seat not because he was voted out by the voters or democratically deselected by Labour Party members, but because he was deemed unacceptable by the Walworth Road machine:



Mr. Heseltine : But there is a consolation prize for the Labour party. It will win the vote of no confidence that was passed today in its Labour candidates in Lambeth. The House is entitled to the latest up-to-the -minute information. Today the Labour executive kicked out 13 of Labour's councillors in Lambeth. The Labour leader, Joan Twelves, is out. The mayor, George Huish, is out. The deputy leader, John Harrison, is out. The chief whip, Julian Lewis, is out. Greg Tucker, Mrs. Twelves's partner, is out. I leave it to my right hon. and hon. Friends to interpret that for themselves ; whatever he happens to be, he is out on his ear. As all those great luminaries of the Labour establishment get the chop, they have given a new political significance to the meaning of the Lambeth walk. [Interruption.] It is a long way to Tipperary and it is quite a long way to Sheffield as well.



As if all of this didn’t keep him busy enough, Greg went on to achieve notoriety all over again for his activism in the RMT transport union, playing a leading role in several strikes. In 1999, he stood for the position of general secretary on a rank and file ticket, and picked up around one-third of the ballot, a highly credible vote for a revolutionary.



The Daily Telegraph headlined one story about him ‘Left-winger at the heart of the dispute'. It's almost a pity that Greg will be cremated rather than buried, because that would have made the perfect epitaph. Condolences to Joan and to Greg’s son by an earlier relationship.



Posted at
from www.davidosler.com
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ISLINGTON TRADES COUNCIL LAUNCH THEIR NEW BANNER - 22-02-2008
 
On 21 February Islington TUC launched their new banner. In a meeting involving local trade unionists, local MPs Jeremy Corbyn &,Emily Thornberry, leader of the Labour Group on Islington Caouncil plus TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady and Pentonville 5 docker Vic Turner the new banner was shown.

It refers back to some of Islington's strong trade union and progressive history featuring Tom Paine who wrote Rights of Man in the Angel pub, the Copenhagen Fields demonstration for release of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the release of the Pentonville 5 from the prison on Caledonian Road in 1972.

Many referebces were made to other parts of Islington's history - Suffragettes at Holloway Prison, Leveller discussions with Comwell in the 1640s at the pub on the Holloway Road, the many events at Clerkenwell Green and the radical centre of Finsbury in the late 18th and whole of the 19th centurIes.

To have Vic Turner, part of a momentous chapter of working class history, brought the links with our history to life and he gave a rousing call for trade union solidarity in action. It echoed the banner slogan - reclaim our past, organise our future.

Click here to download the PDF.

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GLATUC AT BRIXTON REMPLOY RALLY - 21-09-2007
 
GLATUC took part at the Rally held in Brixton today. After rallying outside the gates union pressure forced the mamagement to allow a canteen meeting at which there were a number of speakers, including 1 from GLATUC, which followed the excellent Remploy Campaign dVd. Trades Councils at Brixton were Lambeth, Croydon, Cities of London & Westminster, Battersea & Wandsworth and Southwar.k
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TRADES COUNCIL BANNERS AT BRIXTON - 21-09-2007
 
2 of the banners
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GLATUC JOINS METRONET WORKERS PROTEST - 05-09-2007
 
GLATUC joined the protest by Metronet workers outside the Department of Transport in Marsham Street, Westminster on September 4.

GLATUC had already planned its own protest at the DTp for September 5 over the spending of over £1bn of taxpayers money to sort out the failure of the private contractors Metronet. Chancellor Brown had forced through the PPPcontracts despite the fact that most experts pointed out the pitfalls of the private contract scheme. Now that their predictions amd those of the unions involved had been proved right Brown still persisted in wanting to carry on with the same PPP contracts and taxpayers were being asked to fork out yet not getting public control of the work.

As soon as GLATUC heard that Metronet workers in RMT, Unite and TSSA were talking industrial action and holding a protest on September 4, contacted RMT to offer to unite with the Metronet workers.

So on September 4 the GLATUC banner was there along with members of Cities of London & Westminster, Ealing, Bromley, Hammersmith & Fulham, Southwark and Camden TUCs plus PCS members.
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METRONET PROTEST - 05-09-2007
 
Part of the large demonstration.
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METRONET PROTEST 2 - 05-09-2007
 
Bob Crowe speaking at protest
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METRONET PROTEST 3 - 05-09-2007
 
Banners
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METRONET PROTEST SEPTEMBER 4 - 24-08-2007
 
TO ALL LONDON TRADE UNION COUNCILS

At the August GLATUC Meeting we agreed to hold a demonstration over the Metronet fiasco costing over !1bn of public money. We set the date for Seprember 5 at the Department of Transport.

However, since then the RMT have decided to take strike action over the Metronet situation and their first 72 hour stoppage will be from September 3. They are holding a lobby outside the Department of Transport on September 4.

As a result it is only logical that we move our action to join with RMT, TSSA and UNITE on September 4 from 11.30 until 13,00.

We therefore urge all Trade Union Councils to try and be represented and get banners to the demonstration. We also urge you to publicise this key question not only for transport workers but all Londoners.







TRADES UNION CONGRESS
GREATER LONDON ASSOCIATION
OF TRADE UNION COUNCILS



STOP PUBLIC MONEY GOING DOWN THE TUBES

OVER £1BN WASTED ON PRIVATISED COMPANIES
FOR LONDON UNDERGROUND
GET THE WORK DONE UNDER PUBLIC CONTROL

SUPPORT THE METRONET WORKERS
SUPPORT THE LOBBY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT ON SEPTEMBER 4 11.30-13.00

BRING YOUR BANNERS




Dept of Transport is on corner of Marsham Street and Horseferry Road
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DR

walking distance of St Jame’s Park, Westminster & Victoria tubes
see attached map




MORE THAN 2,300 RMT members at failed Tube privateer Metronet are to mount two 72-hour strikes after failing to secure guarantees over jobs, conditions and pensions from the bankrupt company’s administrator.

The Tube maintenance staff will walk off the job at 18:00 on Monday September 3 until 17:59 on Thursday September 6. The second stoppage will be between 18:00 on Monday September 10 and 17:59 on Thursday September 13.
The strikes will have a massive cumulative impact on Tube services on those lines Maintained by Metronet, but the spill-over effect will disrupt the entire network.

During the first strike Metronet workers will demonstrate at the department for Transport in London on September 4 for an end to the part-privatisation of the Tube and for the return of infrastructure work to the public sector.
During their second stoppage they will also lobby the Trades Union Congress on Tuesday September 11 for support from fellow trade unionists.
"Our members voted by a huge margin to strike against the threat to their jobs, conditions and pensions following the collapse of Metronet, and they have made it clear that they wanted substantial and meaningful action,"

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.
"The bottom line is that they will not accept being made to pay for the failure of the PPP and the decision by Metronet's fat-cat shareholders to walk away from the contract, and that means no job losses, no forced transfers and no cuts in pension entitlements.
"Our members are the people who get out there and keep the Tube running seven days a week, and it is they who will deliver the improvement the network must have if it is to be up to the standard required by the 2012 Olympics.
"The PPP stands in the way of those improvements, and the time has come to return the work to the public sector where it belongs.
"Maintenance on the national railways has improved massively since it was brought back in-house, and that is the only sensible solution for the Tube as well," Bob Crow said.

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GLATUC VINDICATED OVER PROPERTY SCAMS - 30-07-2007
 
Accusations made by GLATUC over corrupt practices and scams in the massive property developments across London, particularly along the Thames, have been vindicated today by the joint Evening Standard/Channel 4 expose.

Today's report shows that there was bugging, forging of "residents" letters of support, , phoney PhD researchers getting councillors views, secret dossiers on councillors and references to bribery.

GLATUC alleged that there was corruption and dirty tricks being used as far back as 2002. It said this was a recurrence of what happened in Docklands in the 70s and 80s.
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STRONG TRADES COUNCIL PRESENCE ON MAY DAY MARCH - 03-05-2007
 
A strong presence from London Trades Councils was seen on the large May Day March that went from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square. The March was boosted by attendance of PCS members on one day strike and heard PCS GS Mark Serwotka address the rally.

Trades Council banners from all over London were prominent in the trade union section of the March which also saw the new banners and flags of UNITE - the TGWU/Amicus merger.
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WE WILL RETURN UNTIL THERE IS ACTION - 13-02-2007
 
GLATUC Secretary, Mick Houghton, said "We will keep returning to this issue until there is action from the Colombian Government. The killings and threats must stop. The guilty punished however high they are in the Army or Government. We will not ignore the killing of trade unionists".

picture from Feb 10 demo
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GLATUC PROTEST AT TRADE UNION MURDERS IN COLOMBIA - 12-02-2007
 
Trades Councils from across London supported the GLATUC protest outside the Colombian embassy on Saturday 10 February, Protesting at the continued killing of trade unionists in that country (some 80 in 2006) and other community leaders.

The ICFTU pointed out in a review last year that although the authorities claim the deaths are part of the ongoing guerrilla-government war, most of the trade unionists killed are directly involved in industrial battles with multinationals or state employers.

GLATUC has had a close interest in this horrific record of attacks on trade unionists going back to the 1980s when Hector Marin, who had been working as an organiser in London, returned to his home in Colombia and was brutally murdered. GLATUC protested on the same issue in December 2002 and supported TUC demonstrations in subsequent years.

GLATUC wants to keep the matter high on the agenda until the authorities in Colombia start to deal with the right wing death squads, army and police killers and their political supporters in high levels of the state and regional structures. GLATUC also wants an end to British Government financial and military aid to this heavily implicated Government and military structure – particularly aid to the so-called “counter-terrorist” units who are accused of organising disappearances and assassinations.

At the protest were Trades Council banners from Cities of London & Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Harrow plus representatives of Ealing, Croydon and Bexley TUCs and TGWU, UNISON, PCS, GMB, NUT and CWU.
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HARROW BANNER AT COLOMBIAN EMBASSY - 12-02-2007
 
The new Harrow Trade Union Council banner outside the Colombian Embassy
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CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER TRADES COUNCIL BANNER AT PROTEST - 12-02-2007
 
The central London trades council - Cities of London & Westminster - at the Colombian protest on February 10.
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HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM BANNER AT HANS CRESCENT PROTEST - 12-02-2007
 
Banner of Hammersmith & Fulham at the protest in Hans Crescent behind Harrods against killings in Colombia.
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GLATUC CALLS DEMO FOR END TO KILLING OF TRADE UNIONISTSW IN COLOMBIA - 16-01-2007
 
STOP THE KILLING OF
TRADE UNIONISTS IN COLOMBIA

DEMONSTRATION AT COLOMBIAN EMBASSY


SATURDAY 1O FEBRUARY 2007 13.30 – 15.30


COLOMBIAN EMBASSY, HANS CRESCENT, LONDON SW1
(Knightsbridge tube – by Harrods)



Hundreds of trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia – along with hundreds of community activists and peasants. Despite numerous promises the killings and disappearances continue

The killings continue yet the Government turns a blind eye. The Colombian army and police are deeply implicated in the killings and links with the right-wing death squads. The British Government continues to give military assistance to Colombia, including “anti-terrorist training”.

We demand an end to the killings. For prosecution of the murderers and their allies in the police, military and political structure

SUPPORT US ON FEBRUARY 10
CALL FOR AN END TO MASSACRES
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CGIL ROME-LAZIO CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY - 30-11-2006
 
CGIL Rome-Lazxio - part of the CGIL national union - has been celebrating its centenary this year. Its foundation followed the setting up of a Camera de Lavoro (Workers Centre) in 1892 with CGIL Rome-Lazio in 1906.

There have been a number of celebratory events but the final high point was the opening of an exhibition covering the history of trade union activity in the Italian capital from its foundations, through the rise of Fascism and union resistance to the liberation of Rome and then the battles after WW2 in the face of US led opposition to progressive moves leading up to the Strategy of Tension in the 60s and 70s.

GLATUC was pleased to be represented at the exhibition opening by Roger Sutton.

The photo is of CGIL Rome-Lazio Secretary General Walter Schiavella opening the exhibition.
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BERLIN DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SECTOR & PENSIONS - 24-10-2006
 
On Saturday 21 October German unions held a day of action over Government attacks on the public sector and pensions. In Berlin (pictured) 80,000 gathered on central thoroughfare - Unter den Linden to hear a wide range of speakers interspersed with music from 2 bands. At the same time in 4 other cities demonstrations were going on bringing in total across Germany 200,000+ out in support of the DGB - the German TUC.

GLATUC gave its solidarity to the Berlin demonstration.
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SUCCESSFUL MEETING ON TUs & CIVIL LIBERTIES - 17-10-2006
 
On Saturday October 14 there was a highly succesful meeting held at TGWU HO in London. Attended by trade unionists, civil liberties campaigners and other concerned citizens it had detailed updates from speakers from Liberty & CAMPACC plus a practical analysis of what needed to be done to get support from Tony Benn.

GLATUC opened the meeting with an analysis of where they saw the debate was at particularly in the trade union movement.

Detailed reports will follow.

Picture shows GLATUC President Linda Kietz with Tony Benn in the discussion that followed the speakers' contributions.
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GLATUC PROTESTS AT US ACTION AGAINST IRISH ACTIVIST - 16-11-2005
 
Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils

President: Mrs Linda Kietz
Secretary: Mick Houghton
16 Mansell Road, Acton, London W3 7QH
Daytime Office: 020 8280 3139 Fax: 020 8810 4654 [email protected]
Home : 020 8749 3769 Mobile : 07714 760073 [email protected]

GLATUC Website : www.glatuc.org.uk



Peter Hain MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA

15th November 2005

Dear Peter

Re: Sean Garland – extradition application by the United States

GLATUC shares the concerns expressed by the Dublin Trades Council that a resident of the Irish Republic is being sought for extradition to a different jurisdiction whilst visiting the United Kingdom. We are also concerned at the increasing use by the US of procedures in violation of basic human rights.

This County Association of Trade Union Councils notes with concern that the Court in Northern Ireland has placed serious restrictions on Sean Garland, President of the Workers Party, prohibiting him from leaving that jurisdiction pending the Hearing of an application for his extradition to the US. Moreover, the Association is also concerned that no evidence has been advanced in support of the application, despite suggestions that an investigation has been underway for fifteen years.

The Association also notes that Sean Garland, who is 71 years old and in declining health, has not been charged with any crime and is concerned that his rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights may be violated in that he has not been offered the right to a fair trial.
This Association also notes that EDM 241, signed by 125 members of the House, recognises that the current extradition arrangement with the US covering British Subjects is not fit for purpose. ‘That this House urges the Government to defer approving the extradition to the United States of any British subjects until such time as the United States Senate ratifies the Extradition Treaty of March 2003; further calls upon the Government to amend the Extradition Act 2003 (Designation of Part 2 Territories) Order 2003 and replace it with a new Order which requires the United States to supply prima facie evidence to accompany its extradition requests to the United Kingdom, as the UK has to do in relation to an extradition from the US; and further calls upon the Government to amend the Extradition Act 2003 to reflect the terms of Article 7 of the European Convention of Extradition on Place of Commission.’
We hope that this case can be dropped and that Sean Garland can return home.

Yours sincerely





Mick Houghton
Secretary
GLATUC
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GLATUC BACKS POSTAL WORKERS - 07-09-2005
 
GLATUC is fully behind the CWU campaign to halt the creeping privatisation of the Royal Mail. Today CWU held a rally at Friends House in London to focus the next stage of the fight. Support from other unions and pensioners was shown at the meeting with speakers such as Bob Crow of RMT, Matt Wrack of FBU and Dot Gibson of the London section of the National Pensioners Convention.
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GLATUC support the sacked Gate Gourmet workers - 19-08-2005
 
The Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils expresses solidarity with the workers dismissed by Gate Gourmet.

It comes as no great surprise to Union members that when BAs catering business was sold off and an extra layer of shareholders and overpaid executives was introduced that the workers would have to bear the extra burden. The callous manner in which a dispute was constructed so that workers could be dismissed by megaphone epitomises the employers contempt for a loyal workforce in their pursuit of profit.

The courageous action by other airport workers to support the sacked workers is to be greatly admired and applauded. In the face of the current anti trade union legislation, which gives workers no protection when expressing solidarity, the baggage handlers took a great personal risk.

The GLATUC hopes that both BA and Gate Gourmet will see sense and reinstate ALL of the dismissed workers.


Mick Houghton
Secretary
Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils
16 Mansell Road, Acton, London W3 7QH
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HOTEL RIP-OFF - 27-07-2005
 
It was so heart warming to discover the various hotels who, on the night of bombs going off on July 7 with people trapped in the capital, saw the chance for a quick buck. In the spirit of spivs everywhere they jacked up their prices. A man from Manchester told the BBC he had to pay £250 for an £80 room. Others reported rooms going up from £120 to £300 and £1oo to £240. Thistle Group were mentioned by the BBC.These were big "respectable" hotels setting such an example whilst ordunary people pulled together.
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SOLIDARITY MEETING HELD IN RUSSELL SQUARE - 14-07-2005
 
GLATUC in conjunction with Kings Coss Bunswick Neighbourhood Association and Camden Trades Council, held a solidarity meeting on 14 July - following the magnificently supported 2 minutes silence at noon.

The meeting was remembering the victims of the attacks and expressing solidarity to family & friends of victims and others caught up in the events. It also saluted the tremendous contribution of the transport & emergency workers. It made a statement of our values, asgainst attacks on workers and others going about their business.
It also publicised the GLA Vigil in Trafalgar Square at 6pm on the 14th.

A number of speakers took part covering all aspects of the community. The first 2 speakers were Councillors Pete Brayshaw and Nasim Ali, who cover the area around Tavistock Square and Russell Square. Pete spoke about the many local initiatives to support the emergency services and to build community unity at a time when some would seek to scapegoat certain communities.

Masim, (picturedleft) a former Mayor of Camden and Secretary of the Neighbourhood Association, spoke strongly against those who used the name of Islam to cover their outrages. He praised the efforts of transport and emergency workers and pointed out the diversity of the victims of the bombs - from all ethnic backgrounds, relgions or none, each gender, every colour, every age, every sort of job and that the attacks were on all of us.

The meeting took place within yards of the area of floral tributes to the victims. GLATUC speakers emphasised that the we were fighting for our values and the importance of community unity and resistance to those seeking to divide our communities.

Speakers came from the local community and from nearby workplaces. Important points were raisedabout reclaiming our area, our tube, our streets; about the need for support for those not directly affected by the bombs but who were nevertheless deeply affected; re-emphasising the need for unity; on not just looking at the problems to overcome but praising our strength and ability working together to overcome anything.

President of GLATUC Linda Kietz spoke about the contribution of transport and emergency workers, about defiance to the bombers, recognising any ordinary workers could have been hit as they travelled to work and we were united in that.

Apart from 2 local councillors, local resident and workers, there were people from Camden, Cities of London & Westminster, Brent, Bexley, Ealing, Croydon and Hammersmith & Fulham Trade Union Councils and NUJ, GMB, UNISON, TGWU, RMT, PCS, PROSPECT, NATFHE, CWU and NUT.
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WORKERS OBSERVE 2 MINUTES SILENCE - NOON 14 JULY - 14-07-2005
 
Workers across London came out on to the streets across London to mark the 2 minutes silence remembering the victims of the bomb attacks one week before. It also honoured the heroic efforts of transport & emergency staff. In the area around the bus bomb all were aware that down below on the Piccadilly Line workers were still inching forwards in the wrevk of the tube train in frightening conditions.

The silence was observed right across London with buses and taxis stopping supported by other lorry and van and car drivers.

There was a determination to mark the horrific events of 7 July and express solidarity.
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SOLIDARITY MEETING WITH VICTIMS OF BOMBINGS AND TRANSPORT & EMERGENCY WORKERS - 12-07-2005
 
ONE WEEK ON

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS KILLED
SOLIDARITY WITH THE INJURED & FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THE VICTIMS

TRIBUTE TO TRANSPORT
& EMERGENCY WORKERS


THURSDAY 14 JULY
1-2PM

GATHER NORTH WEST CORNER OF
RUSSELL SQUARE/THORNHAUGH STREET WC1
(BY SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL & AFRICAN STUDIES)


ALL WELCOME

THIS IS ORGANISED BY ORDINARY WORKERS & LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO EXPRESS THEIR SOLIDARITY


Organised by
GREATER LONDON ASSOCIATION OF TRADE UNION COUNCILS
supported by
KINGS CROSS BRUNSWICK NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION,
CAMDEN TRADES COUNCIL & MANY TRADE UNION BRANCHES
p&p 16 Mansell Road London W3 7QH
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London united in defiance of terrorist attacks - 12-07-2005
 
London united in defiance of terrorist attacks



Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said: 'On Thursday 14 July London will remember all of those who died last Thursday and show its defiance of those who try to change the character of our city through terror.

'At noon millions of Londoners will observe two minutes silence. Every bus in the city will stop, businesses will stop and I want everyone who can to come out of their workplaces and homes onto the streets of London to remember those who died and to show their complete defiance of the terrorists.

'At 1pm books of condolences will be opened in Trafalgar Square for all Londoners and visitors to the city to sign throughout the day.

'At 6pm Londoners are invited to a vigil in Trafalgar Square to remember those who died, to show that London will not be moved from our goal of building an open, tolerant, multi-racial and multi-cultural society showing the world its future and to thank the heroes of the transport and emergency services who saved so many lives last Thursday.

'The vigil is organised by my office with the Trades Union Congress and representatives of London's different faiths and communities. There will be readings and poems by prominent Londoners, different communities and from London's representatives of the city's transport and emergency services.'
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SOLIDARITY MESSAGES TO LONDON WORKERS FACING BOMB ATTACKS - 08-07-2005
 
GLATUC has been receiving messages of solidarity for London workers facing bomb attacks. Particularly noted were 2 messages from CCOO Madrid who faced the attacks on railway trains last year in which many trade unionists were killed. Messages also from CGT Ile-de-France, CFDT Ile-de-France, CGTP Lisbon. All Pakistan Federation of United Traade Unions and the Palestinian GFTU.

All express solidarity with the workers of London and for the victims of the attacks.
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GLATUC URGES FIGHT FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES - 14-02-2005
 
At its monthly meeting on February 12 at TGWU HQ, GLATUC supported a motion defending civil liberties. Unanimous support included those who reminded delegates of previous attacks on civil liberties in the early part of the 20th century, including the Second World War.

The motion read -

This GLATUC opposes the rapid dilution of civil liberties in Britain. Key protections for citizens, established over years of struggle and tested by time, are being attacked. As trade unions we have learnt how measures, supposedly brought in to deal with one specific purpose, are then used against others including trade unionists. Recent examples have been the anti-stalking laws which have been used against campaigning groups and now ASBOs. The whole structure of the “anti-terror” laws attack the very basis of our liberties and defences against state power.

Experience of using measures like internment in Ireland and during the first Iraq war showed how disastrous such laws are and how flawed the ‘intelligence’ used was. The ideas like national identity cards, internment, house arrest, and arrest for what you might do, sound more like apartheid South Africa than a democratic state. The current use is causing massive resentment in communities across the country and gives the state too much power.

This all takes place in the context of the erosion of international standards, led by the US. The result has been abuse, torture, Guantanamo - all undermining human rights and the due process of law.

We cannot stand idly by because these protections are a concern for us all and it is too dangerous to wait until they are fully turned on us.

We resolve to -
1.support appropriate campaigns opposing measures that dilute civil liberties including the anti-terror laws and proposals, dilution of jury trials, and national identity cards
2. contact MPs calling on them to oppose the measures
3. call for SERTUC to arrange for a weekend or evening seminar to brief trade unionists & explore ways to build a campaign of opposition
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DEATH OF PETE TURNER - 05-01-2004
 
It is with great sadness we recod the death of Pete Turner (1/5/35 - 24/12/03). Pete, Secretary of Hammersmith & Fulham TUC and a GMB member died on Xmas eve.

Pete had been a long time delegate to GLATUC, serving on the Executive and as President for 2 years. He also was a delegate to SERTUC and a number of bodies on behalf of GLATUC - like the Miners Defence Campaign and Liberation.

Pete was murdered by the callous multinationals who pump out toxic substances into their workers and surrounding communities. Asbestosis killed him, contracted in the building industry many years earlier. It was as a steward and convenor on the buildings, for the GLC and on Hammersmith direct works that Pete established a reputation as a doughty fighter. For his fellow workers he would do anything and he was unforgiving to those in the trade union and labour movement who betrayed or failed to fight hard for fellow workers. To him the biggest insult was to be thought to have not fought your corner in a workers struggle.

Pete came primarily from the Libertarian/Anarchist tradition and had strong roots and history there. Not dismissive of theory, he felt that the key thing was, in someone's words, not just to understand the world but to change it. And that meant practical struggle from squatting to strikes, demos to occupations. He was involved in the Committee of 100 protests over nuclear arms, particularly identifying the secret shelters of the ruling class whilst we were supposed to make do with brown paper on the windows! He was involved in most major struggles, including on the building sites in the 60s and 70s. He was a tireless fighter for the miners in their strikes in 72, 74 and then the big battle of the mid-80s. This led on to his work for the sacked miners and campaigning over the coal scandal. One notable issue was the attempt to prospect Michael Heseltine's estate for coal.

Pete was incensed when Thatcher proposed selling off the GLC County Hall (on top of abolishing the GLC itself and destroying its progressive transport policies). He reminded everyone that County Hall had been built with donations from Londoners and was not the Governments to sell. He took part in occupying the building in protest. He campaigned on workplace health and safety. On council housing, fiercely challenging those who now decried the GLC provision. He was fighting against tube and rail privatisation. Against sell-offs of council services. For Irish freedom. There are also some stories to be told about assisting the struggle for freedom in Franco's Spain and against the Colonel's Greece

He was also a great reader and art lover. A great admirer of William Morris. As a chippy he greatly appreciated skills shown by workers from previous eras. He knew the importance of working class history being kept alive. Jazz and blues were also enjoyed by Pete. He was a strong allotment supporter and a keen cyclist. It is also appropriate he was born on May Day so he could celebrate both together.

After his retirement he kept up his union and trades council work. He was one of the many comrades who, unsung and undetected by the media including many of those who regard themselves as progressive, are the heart and backbone of the one truly democratic movement in Britain - the trade union movement.

If your back was to the wall he was one you knew you could depend on. All done with a gentle manner and a great sense of humour.
We honour a great comrade.
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GLATUC CONCERNED OVER TUBE SITUATION - 02-12-2003
 
With Transport for London reporting that the tube derailments, principally on the Central Line, plus Mammersmith and Camden Town, have cut revenue by £55 million it is clear that the new privatised system sees the public purse paying for private failures. This is on top of the risk to passengers and tube staff and the massive disruption to travel in the capital.

It appears that only the unions are putting positive plans forward to get change. RMT have voted for action to get safety standards sorted out and GLATUC supports them 100%.

GLATUC is also concerned at the apparently macho management being used to try and show they "are doing something". This has led to cases of punishing staff without fair processes. This macho management might be better directed at those responsible for carrying out safety work.
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FIRE RISK ON TUBE - 10-11-2003
 
TSSA News Release 4/11/03


Tube passengers could be in the line of fire, warns TSSA

TSSA, the Tube’s second biggest union, warned that London Underground has been lobbying ministers to water down fire safety legislation to help them cut staffing levels on the Tube.

This has emerged in the final stages of consultation over a government bill on fire safety expected in the Queens’ speech.

TSSA is very concerned that LU wants to cut staff numbers in ‘deep line’ tube stations, contrary to safety measures introduced after King’s Cross fire in 1987 where 31 people died. These ‘section 12’ stations in central London were specifically categorised by Lord Fennell in his report on the fire as requiring extra safety measures.

In a drive to cut staffing costs and to reduce any safety measures that might be seen as “unnecessary” that impinge on keeping the trains running, LU is reviewing whether staffing levels, recommended by Fennell, are still required, and whether station closures are necessary if escalators or lifts are out of order. Since King’s Cross, each station has its own emergency plan, and provides detailed safety information on when it’s necessary to close the station.

In fact, LU has issued a circular to their safety forum titled Safety constraints on customer service reliability, which specifically states that it wants to review station closures (including Section 12) due to staffing arrangements.

Rick Justham, TSSA negotiations officer, said:

“It beggars belief that London Underground would even consider reducing their safety procedures in the aftermath of the recent derailments.

“We appreciate that the public want to see trains running frequently, but we don’t think they would thank us if it compromised safety.

“It’s also an indicator that if LU can reduce some of its safety procedures to improve service reliability and get away with it, then it will attempt to do it.

“We are worried that the questioning of safety constraints is the beginning of a move away from the stringent safety measures laid down by Fennell. We have raised this issue with the director of safety for London Underground as a matter of urgency.”

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GLATUC RAISES DEMANDS IF OLYMPICS COME TO LONDON - 08-11-2003
 
In any discussion of the Olympics coming to London if we are concerned with a genuine development of sport in the area rather than short term prestige projects there needs to be a radical agenda. This is supported by those arguing for a successful development of sport and those arguing for the important role of sport in developing social cohesion. GLATUC supports the view that in order to properly develop sport in London and the South East there should be investment in providing proper facilities for established athletes. However, this needs to be part of a wider involvement of the whole community, particularly the youth of the area, by providing sports facilities like adequate swimming pools, athletic complexes, pitches and other facilities. There should be an immediate ban an ANY sale of sports fields and open spaces particularly those owned by schools or local authorities.

In the event of London being chosen as the venue for Olympics we will fight for –

· Assurances that all construction work is carried out to proper safety standards and by unionised labour
· That the costs of such Games should be borne by the national purse and by those businesses that profit by the Games
· That facilities created for the Games shall be kept in public ownership and made available for local people to use
· That all initiatives such as transport links shall be developed to ensure they have long term benefit to the locality beyond the life of the Games
· That all contracts shall have proper equality and other social clauses to ensure proper standards are reached including trade union membership
· That any improvements in local economies shall be used for the long term benefit of the residents
· That proper independent analysis shall be made of the statistical impact of the Games so that a proper assessment of such initiatives can be made
· That there be long term commitment to provision of sports facilities at local level

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GLATUC SALUTES SOLIDARITY OF POSTAL WORKERS - 31-10-2003
 
GLATUC has given its backing to postal workers battling to stop management imposing terms in their contracts. The magnificent solidarity shown as the employer tried to pick off different workplaces has shown the employer that postal workers will not take these attacks lying down. The employer clearly thought that in the wake of the vote against a national stoppage over pay they could try to force through retrograde changes to workers' contracts. They seemed to hope they could isolate London workers who were pursuiong their claim for increased London Weighting.

Little seems to have changed from the report of a few years ago that called Post management as being old fashioned and autocratic. Despite all the new PR around Leighton and ex-FA boss Crozier, they seem to still be spoiling for a fight and an attempt to break the union. Some even say they want to provoke a strike so they can then close down sections of the service and blame it on the workers.

Whatever the motivation it is clear there was a green light from the top to try and force through worse conditions. The evidence of covert surveillance of union activists, videos and insisting on masnagement presence in all meetings plus the claims of intimidation and violence are part of a carefully planned assault. For a management threatening all sorts of retribution to call the workers threatening is an Alice-in-Wonderland sort of spin. They could not believe workers would stand so solidly together as the employer kept sending work to other offices who refused to take it.
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CWU DISPUTE - 27-10-2003
 
CWU NEWS ON DISPUTE


No. 612/03 Ref: 60000 A Date: 23rd October 2003

TO: ALL BRANCHES WITH POSTAL MEMBERS

Dear Colleague

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS - ROYAL MAIL

The purpose of this LTB is to advise Branches of some important
developments and summarise our current position.

Unofficial Industrial Action

For the last few days unofficial industrial action has continued in
and around London. This is in addition to recent unofficial
industrial action in most areas of the country, in particular Oxford,
the North West, Scotland and the North East.

The levels we are currently witnessing are in excess of those which
prompted the original Lord Sawyer Enquiry into Royal Mail. In all
cases the Union have carried out all our legal responsibilities and
continue to make every effort possible to bring about an immediate
return to work.

The Executive are satisfied that there is now a deliberate policy by
Royal Mail to make working conditions intolerable for any of our
members who take a different view to the new management regime.
Rather than act like a reasonable employer Royal Mail are making
demands that mean that instead of working normally our members have
to accept changes in their local terms and conditions which often
involve contractual issues.

There is also clear evidence of a concerted campaign against local
Area and Divisional Representatives which involves Royal Mail
refusing to abide by existing National Agreements including our
National Industrial Relations Framework.

The Chairman's Letter

The Union has been made aware that Royal Mail are currently using
external PR companies as part of their concerted attack on the Union.
Branches should be aware that the copy of a letter addressed to me
was actually in the hands of our members before I had received it
myself.

The Executive Council have considered all of the current activities
being undertaken by Royal Mail and believe we are now dealing with
the most anti Union senior executives who have ever worked in this
Industry. As such it does not surprise us that Mr McCarthy's letter
has had to resort to lies for the sole purpose of creating further
divisions. Mr Leighton has stated the he will not de-recognise the
Union. He knows he is on safe ground in this regard because it is
illegal. What he does want to do is completely disenfranchise the
Union and turn us into an ineffective Staff Association who have to
accept everything management decide.

For the record the Union are striving to maintain national pay
bargaining and it is Royal Mail by moving forward without a National
Agreement on pay and major change who seek to impose regional and
office-by-office pay.

On London Weighting Royal Mail are now using many of the same
divisive arguments that were put forward against me in the campaign
preceding my election. This should not surprise any of us.

There is no truth, whatsoever, in the accusation that we wanted to
increase London Weighting instead of national pay. We were
legitimately concerned that pensionable pay on an office-by-office
basis would further undermine national pay bargaining. It was Royal
Mail who offered the Union a further £75 on London Weighting on the
basis that this would be taken out of the existing National Pool. We
rejected this offer because we did not believe it was right to use
national money in these circumstances. In the same way we chose to
ballot our members separately on London Weighting because we knew
Royal Mail were waiting to use a single national ballot as a further
opportunity to drive a wedge between the membership.

It is essential that our Branches remind all of our members that the
policies that the Union has pursued have come about though our
democratic procedures at Annual Conference and were supported by
every single Branch in the country.

All the Union is seeking is the chance to negotiate a fair and
balanced National Agreement that will give all CWU members the
protection and safeguards they will require in the future, not just
on pay, but on important issues that affect their working conditions.
It is Royal Mail who are refusing to negotiate because they are
afraid of a fair national deal because it will undermine their future
agenda.

Conclusion

Having considered all of the aforementioned, the Executive Council
have now decided to seek the assistance of ACAS. This would be on
the basis of a full and independent investigation into all aspects of
industrial relations and the current relationship we have with the
employer. This proposal has been communicated formally to Royal Mail
earlier today and a letter was received within an hour rejecting this
approach.

We will continue to press for ACAS involvement because the Union has
nothing to hide. Clearly Royal Mail have.

In the meantime, I would ask that Branches make it a priority to copy
this circular to all workplaces and continue to hold meetings
explaining why it is important that we secure an overall National
Agreement and telling our members the truth about the people
currently leading this business.

Yours sincerely


Dave Ward
Deputy General Secretary (P)
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LONG SERVICE GLATUC SECRETARY MOVES ON - 14-07-2003
 
The GLATUC Secretary for the last 12 years or so has been Bob Tennant of Waltham Forest TUC and the TGWU. At the recent AGM he let it be known he was going to stand down once an acting secretary was in place. With Mick Houghton taking that role on Bob stood down at the July meeting.

The main reason for the change was Bob wanting to concentrate more on some of his work committmemts which include writing academic papers, particularly after being made redundant by his council employer. Bob has steered GLATUC through some interesting times including the attempt by the TUC to remove County Associations. He was very important in the fight back against that proposal winning trade union support at Congress. For most of the time there was no London wide government and GLATUC held an important role is raising London concerns through many channels. He also sought to put GLATUC at the heart of support for union industrial battles - including notable work on the SkyChefs dispute at Heathrow, the FBU dispute, Friction Dynamex, anti-privatisation battles, London Weighting etc.

He also helped build up the London May Day and develop international solidarity. He served for some time as the TCJCC rep in the SE with a seat on the SERTUC EC. He also brought his experience as an active organising TGWU Branch Secretary into the trades council debates in London. He intends to continue contributing to GLATUC.

Acting Secretary Mick Houghton is a CWU member from Ealing TUC.
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GLATUC SUPPORT FOR BELFAST MAY DAY RALLY - 02-05-2003
 
An officer of GLATUC wiull be representing the organisation at the May Day Rally being held in Belfast on May 3.

The Belfast Rally has been an important focus for workers concerns and maintained a strong anti-sectarian position through the difficult years in the city.
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MAY DAY STATEMENT OF EUROPEAN CAPITALS TRADE UNION ORGANISATIONS - 01-05-2003
 

Millions of people throughout Europe are today celebrating the workers holiday and are demonstrating for their social rights. They originate from different Countries and cultures and speak different languages. Notwithstanding all the differences that characterise them: they are ever growing, tending to form a single European trade union movement. Solidarity does not recognise national boundaries and the number of co-operations and common supranational actions is constantly increasing. The men and women of the trade unions of all the European capitals, therefore advance their claims for this 1st of May 2003, asserting the following:

1. War cannot be a political instrument. The battle carried on against every form of totalitarianism has permitted us to reach conditions of peace, understanding between populations and social balance. These are the only objectives that European politics must pursue. This is what we pretend from our National Governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

2. We join together and demand a social Europe:
- in which women, men and children can live in a democracy guaranteed and respectful of human dignity
- in which school and professional training ensuring their future is a guarantee for young people
- in which all are given work in exchange for a fair wage and working conditions that can be defined as social

- where men and women have the same rights in professions and the family and working hours are orientated to the needs of people and their families

- in which the social systems are efficient and protect people from illness, unemployment and poverty, allowing them to live with dignity in old age

- in which the Government does not go down as a subject in competition, but is rather based on a fair tax policy, where the strongest contribute more and the weakest less, that protects the social interests of all the citizens

These are the objectives towards which the European Constitution must orientate itself, if we want unification to produce a Europe of citizens and not only of economic and currency union; instead of deregulation, privatisation and dismantling of welfare systems, we finally demand facts and not words in favour of social unification.

3. Justice and social balance cannot stop at the door of Europe. This is why we forcefully demand: that Europe supply its contribution to a world economic order, with financial markets, goods and capital subject to precise rules, that economic power be democratised and that all mankind have equal access to the resources of the plant. Only in this manner will it be possible to guarantee all men a dignified existence against human rights, to finally stop war and terrorism from sowing pain.
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IF WAR IS DECLARED - 19-03-2003
 
The Stop the War Coalition is calling on people to mass at Parliament Square in Westminster in a show of anti-war feeling at 1800 GMT.
Chairman Andrew Murray said: "The war has started which is an outrage against world peace, against the population of Iraq and against law and democracy in Britain.
"This is going ahead without the support of British people. This is a day of shame for Britain. Our country has been dragged into a ridiculous war by a US administration which has shown contempt."
Anti-war groups have already called on employees and students to mark their opposition to the conflict by leaving their desks.
They are organising a national demonstration in London on Saturday.
Mr Murray stressed: "We call on the people of Britain to demonstrate against the war - to walk out from work or hold protest meetings.
"We call on school students to walk out and for teachers to join them and we want students to leave or occupy their colleges."

Latest information from STOP THE WAR COALITION
Saturday 22nd March 2003 - London

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
Jointly organised by
the Stop the War Coalition
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
the Muslim Association of Britain
The demonstration will assemble at 12 Noon. There will be two assembly points as on 15 February: [A] Gower Street and [B] Embankment
We urgently need volunteers to steward the demo. If you live in London and would like to volunteer, email [email protected] [email protected]> or call one of the usual numbers

WHAT TO DO IF WAR BREAKS OUT
The People's Assembly, which met on Wednesday 12 The People's Assembly, which met on Wednesday 12 March in London, resolved to escalate protests against war. It urged everyone to support the European Trades Union Congress's call for fifteen minutes work stoppage at midday last Friday 14 March. School and college students are urged to strike and occupy next Wednesday March 19.
THE DAY WAR BREAKS OUT
The day that war breaks out, the assembly calls on everyone to STOP EVERYTHING. Where possible walk out of your work place college or school and then converge in your city centre. This will culminate in a mass protest at 6pm. In London please go straight to Parliament Square in the afternoon for a massive protest.

"When war breaks out we want to see as many CWU members as possible out on the streets protesting against this war...isn't it about time that the TUC said 'On the day war breaks out, every trade unionist should get in the street?" BILLY HAYES, General Secretary of the CWU

"My members will walk out as the day war breaks out and close down the station to join the demonstration. Action speaks louder than words. If they start the war we must stop the country." UNJUM MIRZA, London Region RMT

"If we can do it, so can you." Birmingham school student
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ETUC CALLS FOR WORK STOPPAGES AGAINST WAR ON MARCH 14 - 11-03-2003
 
At the ETUC Meeting held in Athens on March 6/7 it made a statement (see Related News for full text)including this call -


"To convey this message, the Executive Committee calls on all ETUC affiliates to organise work stoppages on Friday 14 March at noon as well as to take part in the mass demonstrations planned all over Europe on March 15."
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FARCE OF TRANSPORT AWARDS - 05-03-2003
 
Firmly in the satirical tradition set by giving Kissenger a Nobel Peace Prize, the 2003 National Transport Awards from the Centre for Transport Policy have made the sponsor for the "Outstanding contribution to Transport" prize Jarvis. This is the company hit by Health & Safety convictions totalling £500,000 and is being investigated as the company responsible for track maintenance at Potters Bar. They have been exposed as having poor levels of undrerstanding of health & safety by their employees. So clearly adding their great reputation to the prize which will go to some local authority.

A few years ago any local authority would not want to get into bed with such a company - but today, when cosying up to the private sector is all the rage, who knows.

Next Health & Safety Awards sponsored by the Asbestos Industry?
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GLATUC GETS NEWS FROM TRADE UNIONS ACROSS EUROPE ON ANTI-WAR DEMONSTRATIONS - 17-02-2003
 
LO in Oslo report a 60,000 demonstration (see photo).
Dublin TC reports a 100,000 plus demo with strong trade union involvement
Belfast reports up to 20,000 in the biggest such protest uniting across communities
Rome unions report about 3 million involved in massive protest.
Lerwick in the Shetlands had demonstration of 600.
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HISTORIC MARCH DEMANDS PEACE - NO WAR ON IRAQ - 16-02-2003
 
The magnificent march held in London on Saturday 15 February marks a new point for mass action. Even the police admitted 750,000 - but in paper interviews said it could be as high as 1.5 million - through most commentators saying 1-2 million, to the organisers who estimated 2 million. WHATEVER, IT WAS THE BIGGEST MARCH IN BRITISH HISTORY BY AN ENORMOUS MARGIN.

GLATUC and trade unions were proud to be part of such a massive exopression of popular feeling and to help in its organisation. Many commented that the years of privatisation, scandals, supping with dodgy businessmen, unmet promises under Blair somehow came to a new and unacceptable level with the Bush frontman role. Anger and frustration at what was being done in our name boiled over as opinion poll after opinion poll showed massive opposition to the pro-war stance of Blair.

After trying to convince us about weapons of mass destruction, then the war on terrorism without success suddenly Blair became the champion of the Iraqi people and democracy. Seeing Bush as the beacon of liberty and human rights is not very convincing. Even the Iraqi opposition groups have been condemning the Bush plans for a post-war carve up. And are they planning to sacrifice the Kurds again?

Blair ignores the effect on the whole region of a US client state, operating in support of Israel, in the heart of the Arab world. The potential for conflict and anger is frightening. If the Arab world feels betrayed, frustrated and oppressed by US/Brtitish intervention does Blair think this will lead to more or less terrorism?

GLATUC also welcomed the mass protests across the world in which trade unions took a leading role. Now we have to organise this mass support for the next stage of our campaign to stop the oil war.
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CONGESTION CHARGE CAMERAS TO BE USED FOR MASS SURVEILLANCE - 15-02-2003
 
GLATUC (which has consistently opposed congestion charging but not controls on traffic access to central London) noted with interest the Observer story of last Sunday about the charging cameras having a "dual use". This was to act as a mass surveillance tool on traffic and people entering the charge area.

This dual use has not been part of any of the consultation about the system. In fact, on some occassions it was stated that the information collected would not be used for other traffic offences, for instance. The massive implications for the ever-eroding civil liberties in Britain should be made, at minimum, part of a specific consultation. The high incidence of CCTV in Britain, 2.5 million - 10% of the world's total, has not been part of a national debate about civil liberties and left to piecemeal local action.

Londoners deserve to be told exactly what the system will be used for and have control over what the surveillance will be used for.
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GLATUC SUPPORTS EUROPE WIDE CALL ON IRAQ AND WAR - 14-02-2003
 
GLATUC was pleased to support a statement from Trade Union Organisations in Capital Cities across Europe calling for a peaceful settlement of the situation in Iraq. The statement was drawn up in a Conference held in Rome in late January. The Conference also endorsed the ETUC statement (see our Related News section).

In all the main Capital Cities there was going to be a mass protest on February 15 and GLATUC was supporting the London March. The debate in Rome was initiated by Oslo LO but backed by other capital organisations such as Dublin, Paris, Brussels, Athens, Lisbon, Copenhagen, and Berlin.
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DEATH OF TOM DURKIN - 07-01-2003
 
GLATUC is sorry to have to record the death of Tom Durkin, aged 87, just before Christmas. Tom was a leading trade union activist in London and a stalwart of the trades council movement. His local Trades Council was Brent, where he was President for many years, and took a leading role in the Grunwicks dispute of the mid-70s.

Tom had a long and varied life, coming too Britain from the west of Ireland in his teens and went on the "tramp" for work around England. He was active in the unemployed movement and increasingly in political and trade union work, taking a leading rank and file role in the building industry.

In GLATUC he was an Executive Committee member and delegate to the SERTUC. Famed for his powerful oratory, delivered in a booming Irish accent, he was at the forefront of many struggles including the Peoples March for Jobs and the Miners Strike in the 1980s.
He was also a campaigner for Irish freedom and the Irish working class.

He will be much missed. His funeral was on January 9 at Golders Green Crematorium West Chapel where over 100 comrades and friends gathered to hear tributes to his life and work.
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ACTION ON MURDERED TRADE UNIONISTS IN COLOMBIA - 27-11-2002
 
TRADE UNIONISTS MURDERED IN COLOMBIA
148 TRADE UNIONISTS KILLED SO FAR IN 2002

Attacks on trade unionists have accelerated under the new right wing Government. Death squads are hitting at trade unionists, community activists and civil rights campaigners. Communities are facing repression.

As well as the murders there are hundreds of “disappearances” and many arrests.
Trade unionists from across the country in all sectors from agriculture to transport, local government to teachers. The situation is getting worse after decades of attacks on trade unionists and community activists. We must protest at these attacks on fellow trade unionists in Colombia.

The US is supporting the new regime and giving military assistance. Under the guise of a war on drugs and terrorism they are backing an assault on democratic organisations and trade union activists.

The Colombian TUC (CUT) has been calling for solidarity action from other trade unionists. In January the TUC acted in support of the CUT. As the situation gets worse we ask you to support our PROTEST.

DEMONSTRATION AT THE COLOMBIAN EMBASSY
Flat 3a, 3 HANS CRESCENT, LONDON sW1
(at the back of Harrods – NEAREST TUBe kNIGHTSBRIDGE)
SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER 2002
14.00 – 15.30

Please bring your banners and organise support.

GREATER LONDON ASSOCIATION OF TRADES COUNCILS
25 Vicarage Road, London E10 5EF
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GLATUC SUPPORT FOR FIREFIGHTERS - 13-11-2002
 
The FBU Dispute begins on 13 November and GLATUC is geared up to give maximum support in this critical battle.

GLATUC requested London Trades Councils to set up local firefighters support groups. The response has been impressive with Groups being set up in over 20 boroughs already. Local public meetings have also been called. For example, Support Groups are co-ordinating support for local fire stations in City & Westminster, Waltham Forest, South West London (Battersea & Wandsworth), Lambeth, Southwark, Haringey, Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hackney, Croydon and Bexley & Greenwich.

Solidarity and support work is being carried out. First, trade unionists are being urged to go to their local picket lines. Second, organise local support meetings. Third, raise issues of safety at work in the light of the dispute (see below). Fourth, ensure funds are raised to deal with hardship and organising costs for the firefighters who will be losing a lot of income in the weeks up to Xmas – and they are striking because of their low pay!

The question of workplace safety whilst the dispute is on is a very serious one. Already unions in London Underground and on rail – RMT and ASLEF – are refusing to work in certain situations because of the health & safety considerations. All safety reps are urged to raise this issue with their employer. And it is not enough for the employer just to say be more careful or to train staff how to use extinguishers. Most risk assessments for fire safety are based on the presumption the fire brigade is there to assist, particularly in evacuations. The Army strike breakers cannot deal properly with buildings above 2-3 stories, are trained to fight fires in a more defensive way than the firefighters and thus will give less cover for internal assistance in fires, do not have specialist equipment etc etc. If safety reps are not satisfied with arrangements then members should be informed and if members believe themselves at risk, under Health & Safety legislation, can remove themselves from the place of perceived danger.

Given the provocative role played by the Government, it is quite clear they have engineered a confrontation with the FBU. Presumably, this is to try and break them as the strongest section in the public sector knowing that all public sector workers are becoming angry about their pay and conditions and will soon be raising claims. For this reason alone it is important that maximum backing is given to the FBU. But their claim is also a just reason for giving support. For too long Governments have cynically calculated that public sector workers, particularly in the emergency services, are unwilling to go on strike because their whole aim is to serve the public. Knowing this, Government has ignored their claims, reasoning they will not do anything. Eventually the dam builds up and if not dealt with will break. This is where the FBU has got to after 25 years of not taking action and trying to reason with employers and Government. They cannot be accused of being impatient or not trying to seek agreement. Now 25 years of problems have to be addressed.

It is ironic that after 25 years industrial peace the state starts talking again about bans on public sector industrial action. The FBU has shown that they have been devoted to public service but when things get too much they must have the right to pursue their grievances.

The Bain report, exposed as a shallow exercise to help the Government, is full of errors and attempts at black propaganda. For instance, all of a sudden they raise concerns about existing practices working against women and ethnic minorities. In fact, the FBU has been pursuing ideas for more family friendly and flexible employment policies and have been opposed by employers who claim it will cost too much. Bain wants overtime to be worked – will that be family friendly? Bain claims there is a rigid watch system that needs to be changed – in fact there are a number of different shift patterns to meet particular needs. Bain echoes the employers’ refrain of “modernising” the fire service. This despite constant changes and new responsibilities being added over the years. What they mean by “modernisation” is cuts and reductions in service, as they have done in other parts of the public sector. Remember it was largely the FBU (with local support) that stopped a lot of the attempts to close fire stations and reduce engines a few years ago. That’s the employers’ agenda – and to achieve it they need to defeat the FBU.

WE MUST STOP THEM.
SUPPORT THE FIREFIGHTERS.


STRIKE DATES

The Fire Brigades Union has announced strikes on these dates:

- 6pm Wednesday 13 November to 6pm Friday 15 November

- 9am Friday 22 November to 9am Saturday 30 November

- 9am Wednesday 4 December to 9am Thursday 12 December

- 9am Monday 16 December to 9am Tuesday 24 December

LIST OF LONDON FIRE STATIONS
Acton 27 Gunnersbury Lane, W3 8EA Ealing
Addington 197-199 Lodge Lane, Croydon
Barking Alfreds Way Barking Essex, IG11 0BB Barking and Dagenham
Battersea 11 Este Road, SW11 1TL Wandsworth
Beckenham 8 Beckenham Road, BR3 4LR Bromley
Belsize 36 Lancaster Grove, NW3 4PB Camden
Bethnal Green 11 Roman Road, E2 0HU Tower Hamlets
Bexley 172 Erith Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 6BY Bexley
Biggin Hill 2 Kingsmead, TN16 3UB Bromley
Bow 64 Parnell Road, E3 2RT Tower Hamlets
Brixton 84 Gresham Road Brixton, SW9 7NP Lambeth
Bromley 4 South Street Bromley Kent, BR1 1RH Bromley
Chelsea 264 Kings Road, SW3 5UF Kensington and Chelsea
Chingford 34 The Ridgeway, E4 6PP Waltham Forest
Chiswick 2-4 Heathfield Gardens, W4 4JY Hounslow
Clapham 29 Old Town, SW4 0JT Lambeth
Clerkenwell 42-44 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RN Islington
Croydon 90 Old Town, CR0 1AR Croydon
Dagenham 70 Rainham Road North, RM10 7ES Barking and Dagenham
Deptford 186 Evelyn Street, SE5 8PR Lewisham
Dockhead 8 Wolseley Street, SE1 2BP Southwark
Dowgate 94-95 Upper Thames Street, EC4 City of London
Downham 260 Reigate Road, BR1 5JN Lewisham
Ealing 60-64 Uxbridge Road, W13 8RA Ealing
East Greenwich 235 Woolwich Road London, SE7 7RF Greenwich
East Ham 210 High Street South, E6 3RS Newham
Edmonton 99 Church Street, N9 9AA Enfield
Eltham 266 Eltham High Street, SE9 1BA Greenwich
Enfield 93 Carterhatch Lane, Enfield
Erith 52 Erith Road Belvedere Kent, DA17 6HR Bexley
Euston 172 Euston Road, NW1 2DH Camden
Feltham 101 Faggs Road, TW14 0LH Hounslow
Finchley 227 Long Lane, N3 2RP Barnet Forest Hill 155 Stansted Road, SE23 1HP Lewisham
Fulham 685 Fulham Road, SW6 5UJ Hammersmith and Fulham
Greenwich 4 Blisset Street, SE10 0SA Greenwich
Hainault 368-388 New North Road, IG1 3BD Redbridge Hammersmith 244 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7NJ Hammersmith and Fulham
Harrow 500 Pinner Road, HA5 5RW Harrow
Hayes 65 Shepiston Lane, UB3 1LL Hillingdon
Heathrow Building 450, Heathrow Airport Northern Perimeter Road, TW6 2RR Hillingdon
Hendon 91 The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BL Barnet
Heston 520 London Road Isleworth Middlesex, TW7 4DA Hounslow
Hillingdon Uxbridge Road, UB10 0PH Hillingdon
Holloway 262-268 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT Islington
Homerton 97 Homerton High Street, E9 6DL Hackney
Hornchurch 42 North Street, RM11 1SH Havering
Hornsey 108 Park Avenue South, N8 8LS Haringey
Ilford 460 High Road, IG1 1UE Redbridge
Islington 278 Upper Street, N1 2UD Islington
Kensington 13 Old Court, Kensington High Street, W8 4PL Kensington and Chelsea
Kentish Town 20 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1NS Camden
Kingsland 333 Kingsland Road, E8 4DR Hackney
Kingston 390 Richmond Road, KT2 5AR Kingston upon Thames
Knightsbridge 16 Basil Street, SW3 3AL Kensington and Chelsea
Lambeth 8 Albert Embankment, SE1 7SD Lambeth
Lee Green 9 Eltham Road, SE12 8ES Greenwich
Lewisham 249/259 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6NH Lewisham
Leyton 90B Church Road, E10 5HG Waltham Forest
Leytonstone 466 High Road, E11 3HN Waltham Forest
Manchester Square 1 Chiltern Street, W1M 1HA Westminster
Mill Hill 10 Hartley Avenue, NW7 2HX Barnet
Millwall 461 Westferry Road, E14 9AN Tower Hamlets Mitcham 30 Lower Green West, Mitcham, CR4 3AF Merton
New Cross 266 Queen's Road, SE14 5JN Lewisham

New Malden 180 Burlington Road, KT3 4RW Merton Norbury 1321/1325A London Road, SW16 4AU Croydon
North Kensington 242 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5LP Kensington and Chelsea
Northolt 73 Petts Hill, UB5 7TW Ealing
Old Kent Road 405 Old Kent Road, SE1 5UO Southwark
Orpington Avalon Road, BR6 3US Bromley
Paddington 156 Harrow Road, W2 6NL Westminster
Park Royal Waxlow Road, NW10 Brent
Peckham 78-80 Peckham Road, SE5 8PR Southwark
Plaistow 145 Prince Regent Lane, E13 8RY Newham
Plumstead 1 Lakedale Road, Plumstead, SE18 1PP Greenwich
Poplar 168 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP Tower Hamlets
Purley 128 Brighton Road, CR2 4DB Croydon
Richmond 323 Lower Richmond Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4PN Richmond upon Thames
Romford 198 Pettis Lane North, RM1 4NU Havering
Ruislip Bury Street, HA4 7TW Hillingdon
Shadwell 290 Cable Street, E1 0BX Tower Hamlets
Shoreditch 235 Old Street, EC1V 9EY Hackney
Sidcup 162 Main Road, DA14 6NZ Bexley
Silvertown 303 North Woolwich Road, E16 2BB Newham
Soho 126 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1V 7DN Westminster
Southall 17-19 High Street, UB1 3HA Ealing
Southgate 96 High Street, N14 6BN Enfield
Southwark 94 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 Southwark
Stanmore 650 Honeypot Lane, HA7 1JE Harrow
Stoke Newington 64 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AP Hackney
Stratford 117 Romford Road, E15 4JF Newham
Surbiton 31/33 Ewell Road Surbiton, KT6 6AF Kingston upon Thames
Sutton 43 St Dunstans Hill, SM1 2JX Sutton
Tooting 91 Trinity Road, SW17 7SQ Wandsworth
Tottenham 49 St Loys Road, N17 6UE Haringey
Twickenham 30 South Road, TW2 5NT Richmond upon Thames
Wallington 19 Belmont Road, SM6 8TE Sutton Walthamstow 343 Forest Road, E17 5JR Waltham Forest
Wandsworth 45 West Hill Wandsworth, SW18 1RL Wandsworth
Wembley 591a Harrow Road, HA0 2EG Brent
Wennington Wennington Road, RM13 9EE Havering
West Hampstead 325 West End Lane, NW5 1RR Camden
West Norwood 445 Norwood Road, SE27 9DG Lambeth
Westminster 4 Greycoat Place, SW1P 1SB Westminster
Whitechapel 27 Commercial Road, E1 1LD Tower Hamlets
Willesden 59a Pound Lane, NW10 2HH Brent
Wimbledon 87 Kingston Road, SW19 1JN Merton
Woodford 2 Snakes Lane, IG8 0BS Redbridge
Woodside 2 Long Lane Addiscombe Road Croydon, CR0 7AL Croydon
Woolwich 24 Sunbury Street Woolwich, SE18 3BT Greenwich
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London Unions campaign against privatization - 17-01-2002
 
GLATUC has adopted the following statement as a core tool in its anti-privatization work. We ask all London's trade union councils and trade union branches and committees to consider putting their name to it. Please email your decision to GLATUC: [email protected].

London public service unions:

statement on privatisation

The trade unions representing London’s public service workers recognise that the drive towards even greater involvement of the private sector in the areas where our members are employed represents a massive threat to the infra-structure and services that Londoner’s rely on day in and day out.

We know from the massive public opposition to the plans to part-privatise the tube network that Londoners are aware of just what is at stake. The threat from privatization through PFI, PPP, “Best Value”, market testing and the like - now cuts right across every sector of the services that are the lifeblood of the Capital.

At a time when Londoners are being driven out of the Capital by rocketing housing costs, the sense of insecurity from the threat of privatisation, combined with the policy of asset stripping land and buildings, is hastening the flight of skills away from this City.

London’s public service unions will not stand by as individual hospitals, schools and services are picked off by the private sector. We will act together to defeat the threat of privatisation. Our plan includes:

1. Total opposition to privatisation and support for the return to public ownership of privatised services.

2. Solidarity with workers and service users engaged in campaigns against privatisation. We will not leave any sector to fight in isolation.

3. Exposure of the private companies seeking involvement in the public services to detailed scrutiny.

4. Disclosure of the full financial facts behind the transfer of public services to the private sector and the cost to the taxpayer.

5. High profile political and industrial pressure at every level in London to force back the privatisation agenda.

6. Joint union campaigning across London designed to maintain and extend the public opposition to privatisation.

Privatisation threatens to tear the heart out of London’s services and to bankrupt what remains. The implications for both the public, and the staff who make London tick, are horrific. London’s public service unions will work with Londoners to overturn the menace of privatisation and to keep public services public.


The following organizations have adopted this statement: UNISON London Region, CWU London Region, FBU London Region, NATFHE Inner London Region, NUT Westminster Teachers Association, RMT London Transport Committee, Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils.
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Unite against Privatisation! - 24-11-2001
 
The second meeting of the GLATUC-sponsored anti-privatisation forum will be as follows:

7.00pm
Wednesday 16 January 2002
T&G Transport House
128 Theobald's Road, Holborn
(nearest tube: Holborn).

Following up on the very successful launch in November, the meeting will bring together public sector trade unionists (shop stewards, convenors, regional lay and paid officials), trade union council delegates throughout Greater London, and activists from the anti-privatization community and users groups. All such people are warnly invited to attend. Further details from GLATUC (contact button on top page of this site).
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GLATUC organizes against privatization - 18-11-2001
 
A special open meeting of the GLATUC Executive Committee is to be held on Wednesday 21 November to organize closer co-operation between the many anti-privatization campaigns among London's trade unions and community organizations.
The meeting, from 7.00pm, will be held in T&G Transport House, 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn WC1.

Warm invitations are extended to all London's trade union councils, to convenors and shop stewards in London's public (and privatized) sector and to officers of anti-privatization campaigns.

For further details email GLATUC at [email protected].

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