Greater Londons trade union councils
Greater London has 32 boroughs. 26 of these are served by a trade union council. The other 6 boroughs operate in pairs: Bexley and Greenwich; Merton and Sutton; and Hammersmith and Kensington. At any given time there are usually one or two trade union councils which are re-organizing and therefore not fully operational. In such cases GLATUC arranges a re-launch and undertakes essential local duties on a temporary basis. The trade union councils are registered by the TUC as its official representatives in their areas.
Like trade union councils, GLATUC is registered by the TUC and is part of the official structure of Britains trade union movement, albeit one composed of rank-and-file trade unionists.
Londons trade union councils send delegates to GLATUC, which is by far the biggest of the County Associations of Trade Union Councils (CATUCs) which serve most of the counties and metropolitan areas of England. Trade union councils can send motions to GLATUC. These must be hard copy only, on headed paper, and signed by their Secretary.
GLATUC affiliates to a number of outside organizations. Currently these are: Construction Safety Campaign, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, East Thames Gateway Forum, Greater London Pensioners Association, Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trade Unions, Liberation, Liberty, London Hazards Centre, London Socialist Film Co-op, Marx Memorial Library, National Abortion Campaign, National Justice for Mineworkers and Trade Union CND, United Campaign to Repeal Anti-TU Laws.
GLATUC meets on the second Saturday of each month, from 10.00am, . The meetings are open to any London trade unionists as observers, on production of a valid trade union membership card, but they can speak only by the President’s permission. London’s lay trade union leaders regularly brief us on key industrial issues.
GLATUCs Annual General Meeting (in May) elects seven officers and seven Executive Committee members, who also meet once a month. The Secretary produces an Annual Report (see this page for the current report and for previous reports see the Archives page).
GLATUC, as the trade union body for Greater London, has the task of maintaining relations with the trade union centres in other capital cities. We have active, formal relationships with most of the capital cities of Europe, from Lisbon to Moscow, as well as capitals in the Americas and Asia. This is a continually expanding part of our work.
Southern & Eastern Region TUC (SERTUC)
GLATUC sends a delegation of 15 to SERTUC by far the largest delegation of any organization. We can submit motions to SERTUC for discussion at the quarterly Regional Council meeting (trade union councils may not send motions direct to the TUC, only through GLATUC).
We also send two delegates to each of SERTUCs sub-groups: Construction Industry, Creative & Leisure, Health, Local Government, Pensioners, Race Relations, Transport and Women.
The SERTUC Executive Committee has five seats for CATUCs, one of which is occupied by a representative from GLATUC (currently our Treasurer, Roger Sutton).
Annual Conference of Trade Union Councils
CATUCs (like GLATUC) and trade union councils can both send delegates to the movements Annual Conference. CATUCs can each send 2 motions to Conference; CATUCs and trade union councils can both send amendments and emergency motions. Conference elects annually a Fraternal/Sororal delegate to the TUCs Annual Congress and its decisions are reported to the TUCs General Council.
Between conferences the trade union councils movements affairs are conducted by the TUCJCC, a body consisting of members of the General Council and 8 representatives of the trade union councils in the TUCs English regions and Wales. The current representative of London and SE England is GLATUC Secretary Bob Tennant.