Sunday, 1 November 2015

The extraordinary difference of having a local TUC!

The creation of East Staffs TUC in 2014 has made an extraordinary industrial and political difference in Burton.....

In little more than a year, the Trades Council has:

* Organised around the "cancer not for profit" campaign
* Held public meetings against austerity & cuts.
* Delivered a high profile three day May Day march (from Burton to Stoke) against NHS       privatisation.
* Supported numerous “Rail Not For Profit” leafleting campaigns at Burton Train Station.
* Worked with local 38 Degrees to fight TTIP....and much more!!

Raising awareness of the hated #TUBill is the current priority.  A successful public meeting was held last week. In addition to the usual speakers, there was also some theatre and song!

Burton Area Activist Committee has applauded the creation of this excellent new body and notes, “This AAC firmly believes that unionised workers in the town have been significantly strengthened by the coming together of unions in East Staffs TUC.”

The new body is a coming together of stewards and activists from numerous unions in the town, such as FBU, UNISON, NASUWT, RMT, Unite and more.    

In a marginal constituency such as Burton, Labour are great at getting it's local media message out during the few months leading up to a general election.  Perhaps less so the rest of the time!  But where there is an active Trades Council, there is a permanent local voice for workers. This is expressed through local, workplace and online media, and can serve as an effective way to hold employers and politicians to account. It can also serve as a highly useful counter-balance against the anti-union, pro-Tory media experienced in many towns.

Online, East Staffs TUC are most active on Facebook.

Not only are they active on Twitter....

...but they have just launched East Staffs People's TV.    I'm really looking forward to watching how this grows and develops.

Activists from East Staffs TUC are now actively involved in setting up a Unite Community Branch specifically for Burton.  Watch this space!

If you are reading this but don't live in Burton - I have a question for you!  Do you have a local TUC in your town?  If not, why not set one up?

"Together we make a difference" is not simply a Trade Union's a statement of fact.