On 15th January, the Trades Council, alongside other organisations attended a protest and march in opposition to the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill in Market Hill, Cambridge. It was very well attended and the Trades Council leaflets on the issue were very popular. Although it has since been sent back by the Lords to the Commons, the battle is far from won.
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.
The government has confirmed the eviction ban will end next month, with possession proceedings set to restart on 24 August. It has never been more urgent to help spread collective organising on housing.
Welcome to the next meeting of Acorn Cambridge, on Thursday July 23rd, 7 pm. We’re gearing up to do more actions, so now is a great time to get involved!
At the meeting we will discuss:
What is Acorn?
Update on Acorn National actions – Housing Is Health, eviction resistance training
Local group update
Break into groups and plan actions
This meeting is open for non-members as well, so bring along a friend!