Chelmsford TUC

GENERAL MEETING

SEPTEMBER MEETING

At their September meeting delegates to Chelmsford TUC planned, and will be supporting, a large number of activities over the coming months. They were pleased to hear that the campaign to stop the downgrading of the Accident and Emergency units at Broomfield and Southend hospitals had been won, but agreed to study the new plans with great care. Delegates will be attending a conference in London covering ‘Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis - fighting back to win’. Having noted the Government’s plan to initiate new boards to vet patients before surgery, the secretary will be writing to Mid Essex CCG to express our opposition. It was agreed to support the campaign to ‘Scrap the Public Sector Pay Gap’ and local activity is being planned for 17 October.

Delegates also gave their backing to United Chelmsford’s campaign to petition the public after it became known that the English Defence League is planning to visit the City on 23 September; this can only divide our community. United Chelmsford has received widespread support and all trade unions and trades councils throughout the South East and East of England have been told.

There was unanimous support for the campaign against station booking office closures in our region in which both the RMT and TSSA unions have been actively involved. Delegates also backed the campaign against Greater Anglia’s plan to downgrade the role of guards and to remove many of their safety functions. Individual cards were sent by delegates to V. Ford MP expressing opposition.

Delegates were pleased to note that in addition to our award-winning website, we now have a Facebook page which is receiving positive interest.

A donation to BA cabin staff who are on strike against appalling low pay and working conditions was approved.

After concluding the formal business delegates received an excellent report by guest speaker, Chris Evans, on the TUC’s Annual Conference on LGBT Rights. The title of the conference was ‘Rising Up, Defending Rights’ and 250 people attended. After answering a number of questions, Chris was thanked for his report.