Wakefield & District T.U.C.
Sponsors of "Red Shed
Campaign to save the NHS
With perfect timing, on 10th November, the day after the
Trades Council`s open general meeting with a discussion on
"Health privatisation and the cuts culture", the draft STP
("Sustainability and Transformation Plan") for
West Yorkshire & Harrogate was published.
You can read all about it here.
If you do read it, you will look in vain for any mention of
the daily struggle of NHS staff to satisfy the increased
demand for their services whilst funding is repeatedly cut, or
of the endless reorganisations, or of the unnecessary dispute
which the government provoked with the junior doctors.
Cut away the candyfloss of bland statements such as "We are
committed to achieving the best possible health and care
outcomes for you and your family . . ." and there is
nothing there. To make the budget cuts that are being
demanded, closures will be inevitable ; the latest threat is
to the walk-in centre on King Street, Wakefield.
We will be joining with the Labour Party this Saturday
26/11/16 in its national campaign day to support the
NHS. If you are in Wakefield city centre, look out for
the stall, talk to us, find out more, sign petitions etc.
Established in 1891, Wakefield & District Trades Union
Council celebrates its 125th Anniversary this year.
The main event to mark this was a special meeting on
Tuesday 25th October, when the main speaker was Matt Wrack
(general secretary, Fire Brigades Union).
Matt highlighted the importance of Trades Councils in local
campaigns everywhere, for example against hospital closures.
Mark Serwotka (general secretary, PCS) was also due to speak
at this event but unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness.
This was quickly followed by another special meeting with guest
speaker Arthur Scargill (no introduction needed) on
Thursday 10th November. Arthur`s planned theme was "The case
but he also had some comments on the subject of the battle of
Orgreave in view of the government`s recent disgraceful
announcement that there will be no enquiry into this.
More on this subject
Who are we & What do we do ?
The Trades Council brings local trade unionists together to
work and campaign around issues affecting people in their
workplaces and communities. The organisation consists of
delegates from trade union branches in the Wakefield and Five
This year Wakefield Trades Union Council aims to:
With the threats of racism and fascism, changes in the labour
market and debates over the future of public services, the trade
union voice in the community more important than ever. The
capacity of trades union councils to provide a local response and
to organise trade unionists into coalitions with other progressive
forces is crucial. We do this by keeping local trade unionists up
to date with developments within the wider trade union movement,
and by taking up relevant local industrial and community issues.
- raise public awareness of rights at work and the union role
in enforcing those rights.
- promote organising and recruitment drives to build union
membership- especially contract workers, young workers and
those in temporary or zero hour contracts
- Educate people about the Trades Union Bill and organise
opposition to it.
Why not become a delegate from your union? We meet on the second
Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm., at the Labour Club (the Red
Shed), Vicarage Street, Wakefield.
issues and Campaigns
Support the Kinsley 3
Bad employers nationally have had the spotlight turned on them
recently, such as Deliveroo and Sports Direct. We have an
awful example locally with the 3 cleaners at Kinsley Primary
Academy, who have been on strike for 7 weeks over pay and
conditions of employment after their work was outsourced to
Barnsley based firm C&D. The womens` cause has
widespread support including their union UNISON (which C&D
refuses to recognise or negotiate with), also from teachers`
union NUT, local MP
Jon Trickett, Wakefield Momentum and the Trades Councils in
Wakefield and Barnsley.
There is a good report here
in the Guardian.
Follow the dispute here
A fundraising social is being organised for Sat. 3rd December at
the Coronation WMC, Kinsley. See Poster.
the NHS and support the hospital doctors in their
struggle against imposed new contracts.
Wakefield TUC were at the regional TUC demonstration in Leeds on
Saturday 16th April. The BBC reported that there were
"hundreds" of demonstrators. Actually there were thousands (has
anybody seen an accurate figure ?) in spite of the rival
attractions of another demo in Leeds (against the owners of Leeds
United FC) and the national anti-austerity demo in London on the
More information on www.tuc.org.uk/node/124426
Wakefield TUC has received reports on the British Medical
Association`s dispute from delegates and guest speakers and offers
* The Doctors` fight is our fight
* We can afford the NHS
* We can`t afford Marketisation & Privatisation , PFI ,
Read more . . .
Fast Food Action
On 9th to 14th April we were part of a worldwide campaign for a
living wage and workers rights in an industry which is notorious
for low pay and exploitation of its workforce.
for info on the global campaign
for local events and action.
The week culminated at the Red Shed on Thur. 14th, when we set up
a direct link to campaigners in New York, who have campaigned for,
and achieved, $15 per hour. It can be done if you get
TUC regional secretary Bill Adams (pictured) spoke to an open meeting of the Trades Council on
13th January 2016 about the government`s Trade Union Bill.
He said that, whilst this Bill is now at an advanced stage of its
passage through Parliament, it is essential to keep up the
opposition. It is one of the most vicious pieces of
anti-union legislation yet.
For businesses, the government constantly tries to
remove anything that stands in the way of making a quick
buck. Yet for the unions, it is hell-bent on tying them up
in just the same sort of "red tape" that is being removed from companies. A great
deal of this has been condemned as unneccessary by employers`
organisations and the police. It is also likely to be
unworkable in practice and increase the likelihood of unofficial
action during industrial disputes.
More information - see the
The Lords second reading debate last Monday exposed how
dangerous the governments Bill proposals are on workplace
democracy and hard fought for civil liberties. Read the
full article at: https://www.tuc.org.uk/node/124342
The Trades Council was involved in planning for "With Banners Held High" 2016 ; a
day-long event marking the end of an industry. Exploring the
history and legacy of the 1984-85 Miners`Strike, this is a
follow-up to last year`s successful event.
This page last updated : 22nd November 2016
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