GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE SAT 6NOV

 

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 chair@cambstuc.org

  • 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 chair@cambstuc.org
  • Share the Facebook event across all your friends & groups https://fb.me/e/1TDI3Znrh

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:

www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-stands-solidarity-palestinian-workers

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

http://www.campalsoc.org/a-homepage-section/

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.”

In Memory of Tony Carter

Dear all

After his passing on 21st March our dear friend and comrade Tony Carter will be laid to rest tomorrow. Below is a tribute to him by Ian Beeby on behalf of the Cambridge & District Trades Council.  We have also created a page on our website to pay tribute to Tony which you can view here https://cambstuc.org/in-memory-of-tony-carter/ –   if you would like to add to this including any photos you may have of Tony please email me chair@cambstuc.org and we will gladly add them.

Our love , best wishes and Solidarity go to Sylvia & all his family in this difficult time.

Tony Carter

I first met Tony back in the early 80’s, yes about 40 years ago. It was a meeting of the Trade Council, but back then we used to meet in Alex Wood Hall. In those days members would read or fiddle with newspapers like the guardian instead of their mobiles. There were at least 30 members present. Even then I remember Tony raising his hand and getting up to speak for several minutes about various issues all which escape me now. As a new member and only dealing with agriculture most of it went over my head as it was more about “City” issues and therefore had little relevance to me.

I then re-joined the Trade Council about 20 years ago when we used to meet at the USSC.  Again, Tony was there but this time with Sylvia. Tony was still doing his speeches, but these now made a lot more sense to me. I do recall him speaking several times about “academies” and how he was the only one at St Bede’s school on the Board to oppose academies. The Board then started a campaign to get Tony removed as the Council rep, which I recall was the reason why Tony was on the Board of Governors.

Through the years as I got more involved with the Trade Council, I got to know Tony & Sylvia a lot better. After attending meetings together, he would inform me of things he had done in the past. Frequently on returning from SERTUC as we were walking past a fire station, he would tell me about, after a SERTUC meeting, he came across the Firemen taking industrial action and then joined and stayed on their picket for some considerable time.  On the way back from the County Association meetings held in Peterborough, for which he had been a delegate and Chair for over 30 years, as we approached the traffic lights at Milton Sylvia  and I would say “ what idiot bought a job lot of traffic lights, probably on the cheap, and put them up at such daft places just to get rid of them?”.  Afterwards over a “juice” and socialising I would then discuss many different issues with them like their holidays and family and general chit chat.

Tony ended up in Barton Branch, part of Unite where he served as a very outspoken member who would always let everyone else know his views and opinions on every topic. For the record Tony was a Unite, or as he would often say, T & G member for 53 years.  He was an active shop steward in the dairy industry and a member of the Dairy National Negotiating Committee. He also sat on SERTUC and its EXEC for many years.  As a City and County Councillor he is most remembered for the cycle bridge that is named after him and the then County Transport and Highways chief (Brian Oldridge).

Tony could be relied on for not only attending and being a banner carrier for the many rallies and disputes around the County and Country but was keen to engage with the public and others about the reason we were marching or demonstrating putting his points politely but with conviction.

 

Finally, on behalf of the T & G, Unite, the Trade Council and County we send Sylvia and family our deepest sympathies and best wishes for the future, and thanks for sharing her husband with us.

Ian

Cambridge Trades Council YouTube Channel

Hi all

Please see our Trades Council YouTube channel. Cambridge & District Trades Council delegate and UNITE member, Arsalan Ghani gave an introduction to the Indian Farmer’s Strike at our March 2021 meeting. Arsalan explained how the privatisation of the farming industry, which has worsened under the Modi government, is leading to a situation of destitution for farmers and the communities which rely on them.

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ONuLkCvfv3egUvoQAyx7Q

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