At our meeting on Wednesday 19th May, the Cambridge & District Trades Council restated out Support and solidarity with the Palestinian people and we also fully endorse the following statement of the Trades Unions Congress:
Further to this, we also agreed to send congratulations and support to our Comrades of the Leicestershire FBU who refused to remove Palestine Action protesters from the roof of Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit’s Leicester plant.
Elbit manufactures a wide range of military equipment, including drones, which are advertised as ‘Battle Tested’ – i.e. used by the IDF against Palestinian civilians. They also supply arms to many of the world’s most repressive regimes.
We stand in solidarity with Palestinian workers today and every day in their struggle for liberation, independence, equality and justice.”
The Cambridge and District Trades Council, alongside other organisations such as Kill the Bill, Extinction Rebellion and local Student activists held a joint May Day celebration / Kill the Bill protest on Saturday 1st May.
Several hundred people and their families came together to show that we will not tolerate the loss of our right to protest.
A video of part of the event will shortly be available on our YouTube channel.
The Cambridge Trades Council are supporting the protest against the proposed Police and Crime Bill generally and more specifically participating in the protest to be held in Cambridge on 1 May 2021. The protest will be combined with a celebration of May Day.
The significance of May Day need not be pointed out but, for those unfamiliar with the Police and Crime Bill, it may attack the foundations of our democracy by effectively outlawing peaceful protest. The Police would be able, for instance, to prohibit a protest on the grounds of nuisance, noise or causing offence. It is doubly dangerous because the definition of these terms is left to the Home Secretary by way of Statutory Instrument, who would be able to draw them as they wished. The implications for the Trade Union Movement are obvious and chilling.
All Unions, Branches, Members and others are invited to participate in this event, pass news of it on as widely as possible, and invite others to do likewise. Let’s do all we can to ensure a good turn out to demonstrate the power of collective action and to honour the legacy of all those of the Workers’ Movement who have gone before us. It will also be an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of the Union Movement and promote membership.
Please see the below link from the Hertfordshire Mercury – an interview between the paper and the NASUWT and the plans of St Chrisopher’s School in Letchworth Garden City to deny the opportunity for staff to become members of the pension scheme. Keith Anderson, a member of the Cambridge & District Trades Council is one of those interviewed.
There has already been strike action on 15th April but further days are planned on 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th April.