Delegates to Chelmsford TUC held their monthly meeting on March 4 and made arrangements for two events, Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28) and May Day (May 1). They also finalised details for their participation in the Careers Day to be held at Brentwood School.
The meeting heard about the recent revelations regarding police spying on building workers and supported the growing demands by the Blacklist Support Group and other bodies for a full public enquiry into the victimisation of workers.
A motion on “The Digital Divide” was approved for debate at the County Association of Trades Councils. This notes the Government’s changes to the benefits system and assumes that unemployed people will be able to apply for work and benefits online. The motion points out that many people do not have the skills or the equipment to do this, and although the Government is encouraging people to use public libraries, hundreds of these are being closed or offered to local communities to be run by volunteers. In these cases neither the equipment nor staff to assist the claimants will be available.
A number of delegates will be attending the Fairtrade Quiz evening on March 14 at St. Andrew’s Church Hall commencing at 7.30pm. They will also be supporting the anti-racism Day of Action in London on March 21.