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.

NASUWT Speak Out Over Plans to Remove Teachers From Pensions Scheme

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.

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/letchworth-school-speaks-out-teachers-5304550?utm_source=linkCopy&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

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