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EAST LONDON TUCs UNITE TO FIGHT ATTACKS ON NHS - 21-09-2017
 

East London TUCs - including Barking/Dagenham/Havering TUC; Redbridge TUC; Newham TUC;Waltham Forest TUC - are uniting to fight further attacks on the local NHS -



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GLATUC SUPPORTS FIGHT AGAINST PUBLIC SECTOR PAY CAP - 12-09-2017
 

 

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ONE TRADES COUNCIL VIEW ON GRENFELL TOWER - 23-07-2017
 

One of the Trades Councils neighbouring Grenfell Tower area, Cities if London & Westminster, issued this on the tragedy.






TC NEWS JUNE 17b.pdf

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GLATUC SUPPORTS UNITE BANK OF ENGLAND WORKERS - 07-07-2017
 

GLATUC supported the demonstrations and picket lines of workers taking action at the Bank of England during June & August.

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GLATUC SUPPORTS HEALTH WORKES OVER LOW PAY - 04-07-2017
 

BARTS TRUST WORKERS


for details - BARTS3.rtf








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REPORT ON TUC DISABLED WORKERS CONFERENCE - 29-06-2017
 

A full report of the annual TUC Disabled Workers Conference from our Disability Officer Ray Ludford.


TUC DISABLED WORKERS.pdf

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TRADES COUNCILS ON MARCH 4 NHS DEMONSTRATION - 07-03-2017
 

London Trades Councils were prominent on the NHS demo held on March 4. Their banners and tabards made a colourful contribution to the massive march - police estimated 250,000 participants.





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GLATUC SUPPORTING BROMLEY DEMONSTRATION - 23-07-2016
 

 


GLATUC supported the successful July 23 demonstration against job cuts and the attack on unions by Bromley Council. Organised by UNITE a number of London trades councils joined the march.

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GLATUC ANTI-AUSTERITY INITIATIVE JUDGED A GREAT SUCCESS - 10-07-2015
 






picture above - session with James Murray, chaired by Susan Altouaziz





The special conference called by GLATUC on July 4 at Islington Town Hall was rated "a great success" by councillors who attended. The focused group of attendees was made up of Councillors from 12 London Councils, leading local trade union activists including trades council reps and key people from local campaigns.




The meeting took for granted common ground an opposing austerity measures and concentrated on looking at practical ways austerity and anti-trade union measures could be tackled locally. Initiatives already taken by some councils such as taking back certain services "in-house", ending use of contractors and imposing standards for pay and conditions on existing contracts, starting local council housing builds and so on were discussed with the specialist input of those attending.






For example, The lead official from UNITE London& Eastern Region Onay Ksab gave an analysis from the union experience and the charter drawn up on key issues and James Murray of Islington Council gave details in relation to housing need and solutions being examined.






The meeting broke into two distinct sessions during the day before returning to a final plenary session. The 50+ participants gained from the detailed and focused discussions and the establishment of valuable contacts across boroughs.






GLATUC set the conference in the context as the start of a series of initiatives across London covering different boroughs and different issues. A motion on the approach had been successfully moved at the Annual Conference of Trade Union Councils.








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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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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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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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