Chelmsford & District Trades Union Council is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Essex County Association of Trades Councils.
Its membership is made up of delegates from mainly locally based trade union branches that are affiliated to the TUC. Its aim is to promote the objectives of the TUC and to defend the interests of trade unionists and their families within Chelmsford.
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- a regular event on our annual calendar.
Chelmsford TUC has a proud record of attending various Careers Day events in local schools. Here we are at Brentwood School where we distributed hundreds of leaflets promoting trade unionism.
Our guest speakers were Junior Doctor Ananna Rahman and Mehmet Aksoy from the Kurdish Solidarity Movement.
7 July 2016:
Delegates to Chelmsford TUC received a report from its Chairman on the recent NUT strike and the well-attended demonstration in the city. The NUT has thanked parents for supporting the strike despite the inconvenience it may have caused. The reasons for the strike included the government-imposed tax changes which have led to real cuts in funding. Delegates were particularly concerned that 10% of teachers in primary schools are non-qualified and agreed that ‘on the job’ training is simply not good enough to produce professional teachers. Long working hours are the norm and the deep concerns regarding the future of their profession had led to 92% of those that voted supporting the day of action. The meeting also noted that the School Teachers’ Review Body has told the Government that an increase in teachers’ pay ’significantly higher than 1%’ is required in order to recruit and retain enough teachers over coming years, but despite this pay will remain at 1%.
Views were expressed that the Chilcott Enquiry had vindicated Jeremy Corbyn’s position on the Iraq War and that of the Trades Council and millions of people who had opposed the war. There was deep concern at the opposition of the Parliamentary Labour Party to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and it was noted that a stall in the High Street is being planned by local Momentum supporters in support of Corbyn and his policies.