Pay Rise For Key Workers update

Hi All
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)
In Solidarity
Pete M Chair


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.

Pete Monaghan

Chair Cambstuc –

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 883 2361 5443
Passcode: 101067

The Big Meeting” free film screening with live Q&A

For 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.

Trailer can be viewed here

Facebook Event here  “The Big Meeting” free film screening with live Q&A | Facebook

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 to redeem it.

Look forward to seeing you on the 11th

Topic: The Big Meeting with Q&A

Time: Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 820 6156 5899

Passcode: 156633

Stay Safe at Work – Join A Union !



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.

In Solidarity

Peter Monaghan Co-Chair – CambsTUC

For posters please email –

Currently we have A3 & A4 – please state how many of which size you require and if you would like any laminated.

Webpage Link – Coronavirus: Health and safety advice for employees – Cambridge City Council

Press Release & Photo – Below

A4 & A3 also att. if you would like to print out yourselves to put up anywhere.


Cambridge March for NHS Pay Injustice

Supporting Cambridge rally for NHS Pay injustice today starting in Parkers Piece and ending in Kings Parade.

After the applause has ended we support the demand for a proper pay increase for the heroic NHS staff putting their lives on the line daily through the pandemic.

The Tory government has been quick to hand out cash to private health providers but have refused to pay proper wages to frontline workers. We’re fighting back #payrise

Tributes to Jo Robbins


Our dearest friend, comrade and sister, Jo Robbins passed away July 11th 2020 after a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was a socialist who worked tirelessly for equality, peace and justice.  For as long as many of us can remember Jo has been present as an activist on the left in Cambridge unstintingly supporting all manner of campaigns and actions, particularly working hard for decent housing for all, anti-war, anti-racism and feminist causes. Whether it was the latest campaign she was devoted to as a Unite Community member or responding to a call out for attendance and solidarity from others she could be relied upon to be there, arriving stylishly on her latest cool bike with a smile that could brighten up the dullest of days. Jo will be sorely missed, but she has left a lasting legacy through her love, determination and positive action to make the world a better place for all.

Jill Eastland – EC Member, Peter Monaghan – Co-Chair

On behalf of Cambridge Trades Council

STATEMENTS FROM UNITE COMMUNITY                        Tuesday 14 July 2020

“On Saturday July 11 we lost a great comrade, sister, socialist, trade-unionist and feminist, Jo Robbins” Jo was a valued founder member and organiser for Unite Community. I had only met Jo a few times in the past 3 years . She encouraged me in the branch, which lacked at the time women’s participation. She was comradely, kind and approachable, qualities which I will remember.

On behalf of Unite Community Cambridge, we pay tribute to Jo and extend our most sincere condolences to James and everyone mourning the loss of our sister, and comrade. Solidarity and Peace always.

May Shafi Chair

“Jo & James Youd, were a united strength of force.  When they were told Jo had cancer, we were all so shocked but watched with admiration how James stepped up the fight. Jo fought with everything and James fought at her side the whole time. We are so sad to announce Jo passed away but she did so, wrapped in James’ arms and love. James, we love you and we are here for you. Rest in peace and power, Jo”

(Dan & Carla friends of Jo and James)


Our sympathy goes out to her partner, James Youd, her comrade in arms. 

Message From James –

“Thanks to David Maher, Mark and Alex Collis for organising Jo Robbins funeral next week. So it will begin at 2.30pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd Arbury on Monday 27th July then over to the Cambridge Crematorium for 4pm where Alex will give the committal. Those of you I have already invited are the limited 30 who can come into the church itself. There will also be room for around the same number to sit in the church garden during the service and a pa will broadcast the service which you will be able to watch on zoom too. There is limited capacity for both and the wake at the Haymakers will also be limited to 30 people but some have said they won’t make that which allows others to come instead. Please message me if you wish to sit outside and I will try and accommodate you. My force of nature will get the send off she deserves!”

For those who wish to watch the service online

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 880553