Calais Solidarity Collection & Delegation

The Cambridge and District Trades Council is organising to send a delegation to Calais on the 17th October as part of a national convoy of trade unionists and anti racists.

We are primarily collecting money but will take as many other items as we can (sleeping bags, tents,  food, toiletries, warm  clothes etc).  Our trip will also be to build political links with those in Calais.

We want to show that workers in Cambridge stand in solidarity with the refugees and migrants. They face ongoing police harassment and many other difficulties, particularly as the winter draws in.  They should be treated as human beings, not demonised as a “swarm” (as David Cameron did) or as “marauding” threats (as Philip Hammond did).

What can you do:  

You can use the  CambsCalaisColection to raise donations of colleagues. Or circulate the following donation details 


You can donate by bank transfer to: Cambridge & District Trades Council – bank sort code 08 60 01 account number 2011 4277 (marked for Calais appeal)

Please make cheques payable to: Cambridge and District Trades Council (marked for Calais appeal)

Return this form to : Cambridge & District Trades Council , 21 Fen Road, Cambridge , CB4 1BS 


If you are interested in joining the Trades Council delegation on the 17th of October please contact the secretary:  Tom Woodcock,   07712893552

Anti TTIP meet in Cambridge

The Cambridge People’s Assembly, supported by Trade Union UNISON, Global Justice Cambridge and Cambridgeshire KONHS Public, have organised a ‘Say no 2 TTIP’ meeting on 7 October 2015 at 7.30pm.  The meeting will be held in the Wesley Methodist Church, Christ Pieces, CB1 1LG.  Confirmed are Executive Director of War on Want, John Hilary and Eva Nanopoulus.  Eva is a Lecture in European Law and Kings College.  The CPA are trying to arrange further guest speakers, and these will be announced when confirmation has been given.

I am sure we all recognise the dangers TTIP will bring to our shores, my own concern is around the  Health and Safety legislation.  However this is not the place to list the threats TTIP poses, I am sure John and Eva will do a much better job on the evening.  Come along and support the meeting, join the campaign and the International Day of Action – Demonstration on 10 October/1200 outside the Guildhall, Cambridge.

Please print or copy the leaflet below, display and share at your work or with colleagues.

SAY NO 2 TTIP leaflet03  Please note, you will have to click the ‘back’ button to return to the Cambsridge Trades Council website, as leaflet can only open on the same page.

In Solidarity

Liz Snape, the next President of the TUC

The last day of the TUC Congress has seen the election of Liz Snape as the next President for the forthcoming year.  The TUC have released a press announcement which can be found HERE  The release ends with the following: ‘Liz lives in London with her partner and two daughters and is a huge Arsenal fan’.  For those who do not know who Liz’s partner is, it is Dave Prentice, General Secretary of UNISON.  Liz Snape has a long list of trade union credentials to her name, perhaps the most significant being Assistant General Secretary of UNISON.