Dear All

As you may know, the COP26 UN global climate summit is taking place in Glasgow this November. Our union is affiliated to the COP26 Coalition who are organising a global day of action for climate justice on 6 November, as well as a “People’s Summit” 7-10 November.

Working with local and regional TUC structures, the coalition has also organised united trade union blocs on 11 demonstrations (so far) across the country.

I am writing to encourage you in your branch and in your workplace to join and support the mobilisation for the global day of action on 6 November in Cambridge

Here’s how you can be part of it:

  • Join us 1pm at Great St. Mary’s Church , Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ

Bring Banners & Placards, if you don’t have any there is still time to make some. Please inform us you are pledging to attend by emailing Pete Monaghan

  • To promote the day of action at work please find flyers/posters to print/email att. to this email to put up at your workplace. If you require hard copies sent or delivered to you email Pete Monaghan
  • Share the Facebook event across all your friends & groups

Every worker deserves a good job and a liveable future. With your help this will be the biggest and most powerful trade union mobilisation for global climate justice in the UK to date. Please join us in a trade union bloc on 6 November.

Thank you,

Peter Monaghan

Chair – CambsTUC


Trades Council Solidarity Statement with the Palestinian People

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:

The Cambridge & District Trades Council calls upon all our local branches to support any local and national demonstrations in support of Palestine.

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.”

Trades Council Celebrates May Day and Protests the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

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.

IWMD – Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD)

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”.

They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. International Workers’

Memorial Day (IWMD) 28 April commemorates those workers. What is IWMD?

May Day Celebration and The Police and Crime Bill Protest – 1st May 2021

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.