On Tuesday evening we held our meeting to support a pay rise for Key Workers. Unfortunately, the MP we had invited to listen to his
constituents, Conservative Anthony Browne Cambs Sth., had to withdraw on the day due to emergency dental surgery. We decided to go ahead despite this and record the meeting to send to him requesting a written response. As part of that response we have asked for a direct yes or no to signing an open letter to the Chancellor supporting a pay rise for Key Workers. We have also issued a press release and we will update everyone once we receive a response. Many thanks for all those that took part especially the Key Workers who gave their testimonies. Here is a link to the meeting if you would like to view it (approx. 20 mins long)
Next Tuesday on March 2nd at 6.30 pm we have arranged for Key Workers in Cambs. South Constituency to meet directly with their MP Anthony Browne so that they can share with him their experience of working through the pandemic. They will be seeking his support for a pay rise for all Key Workers ahead of the budget being announced the next day. You can also show your support for the Key Workers by joining this meeting via the Zoom link below. Please attend, the more people in attendance, the bigger the message is that we all support our Key Workers not just with clapping but in their campaign to win the decent pay-rises they deserve.
If you are a Key Workers who are resident in Cambs. South Constituency and you can attend please get in touch if would like to be part of this meeting (contact details below) If you can’t be there in person you can also pre-record a video to be played at the meeting instead.
For https://www.tuc.org.uk/heartunions week this year we are pleased to announce that the Camb. Trades Council will be hosting an online screening of “The Big Meeting” documentary about the annual Durham Miners Gala. This will followed by a live Q&A with the film makers and one of the organisers of the Gala. The screening will be via Zoom at 7pm on Thursday 11th Feb and the link is below.
“Every second Saturday in July the city of Durham is taken over by miners, trade-unions and the public for an event known locally as ‘The Big Meeting’. The Durham Miners’ Gala is an annual celebration of noise, colour and solidarity, of class culture, creativity and endeavour. Attracting 200,000 people, banners and brass bands parade through the streets to honour their heritage. The Big Meeting reflects the past, present and future of the Gala and labour movement, whilst following four protagonists over the course of this impressive working- class occasion.”
This will be especially poignant viewing whilst we are in lockdown but hopefully be a positive experience to see and feel something we can look forward to returning to.
If you can’t make it on the night or would like to get your own copy of the film the filmmakers, Shut Out the Light, are kindly offering the DVD for trade unions for a limited period for £5 instead of £7.50, people just need to go to www.galafilm.co.uk/deal to redeem it.
We are very pleased to announce the official launch of the Stay Safe At Work – Join A Union Campaign which is a joint working partnership between the TUC, Cambridge City Council & the Cambridge Trades Council to promote the fact that the safest workers are union members. The campaign consists of TUC designed /Trades Council funded posters that will be displayed by the City Council throughout the city via their Arts Distribution service on the notice boards they service in Cambridge. In addition, a webpage has been created on the City Council website so that information on joining a union in relation to safety within the Covid-19 pandemic is accessible online. There will also be a feature in the Winter edition of Cambridge Matters that will drop on residents’ doormats very soon.
In addition to the above we also have a stock of posters to display elsewhere once lockdown is lifted. If you have any workplace, local café, pub, shop etc. that would be willing to display one of these please email me and I will be happy to deliver or post as many as you require. We will also shortly have postcards printed for distribution. These resources are a great opportunity to promote union membership so let’s take full advantage and distribute far & wide.
We would like to thank all those involved in the creating of this partnership and campaign. Please see below for various links and information.