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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
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:
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.”
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.