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SERTUC newsletter 116 – digest of trade union and trades council activities in the region



Regional unemployment figures

East of England 155,000 (minus 13,000 change on quarter) 4.9%
London 303,000 (minus 25,000) 6.9%
South East 204,000 (minus 16,000) 4.4%
Unemployment by Constituency August 2014 Commons Library Research Paper

SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee training seminar Friday 7 November 10am London with Carolyn Simpson, Megan Dobney, Scarlett Harris, Susan Murray, Anita Wright, Caroline Underhill, Kate Smurthwaite contact Phil Gowan

SERTUC Trade Union Education Union Learning Reps Stage 1 course – 5 Wednesdays 5 November to 3 December at Congress House full details here or more information

SERTUC Regional Council Saturday 10am Saturday 25 October Congress House

Speakers: Mary Lou McDonald TD (Sinn Fein Vice President); Steve Hart (UAF Chair); Clive Efford MP (Repeal the Social Care Act Private Members Bill)
If one of your delegates is unable to attend, Trade Unions and County Associations of Trades Councils may send substitute delegates, but must inform the office at
All SERTUC trade unionists are welcome to attend as visitors but pre-registration is essential at
SERTUC unionlearn Reps meetings

Kent Network (Tonbridge) Tuesday 23 September 10.30 to 13.00
Sussex Network (Newhaven) Thursday 25 September 10.30 to 13.00
SERTUC/ACAS East of England conference – hold the date Monday 9 March 2015 Bury St Edmunds

Union information

PCS London Regional Committee petition for DWP to withdraw the final written warning to George Thompson

PCS asking for supoprt for Early Day Motion 335 against HMRC office closures

RMT Wessex Regional Council march and rally in Southampton. March 10.30 near the station to rally in Guildhall Square from 11.45 Saturday 4 October with Peter Pinkney RMT President, Councillor Keith Morrell and other key note speakers–southampton-protest/

Unions at Kew petition for living wage and against cuts to funding and

NUT and Amnesty International World Teachers Day Event supporting women’s rights in Afghanistan Wednesday 1 October 6pm London with Parwin Wafa, Kate Allen, Christine Blower, Craig McVicar


TUC national demonstration Britain Needs a Pay Rise Saturday 18 October transport and other details here

St Albans, Welwyn & Hatfield trades council 10am St Albans, 10.20 Uni of Herts, 10.30 Hatfield contact
Chelmsford trades council is going by train contact
Stevenage trades council is going by train contact
Trades council actions

Winchester trades council is in the process of reconstitution, meeting Wednesday 24 September 7.30pm – please share with relevant members, contact

Ealing trades council public meeting “Resisting Austerity” Monday 29 September 7.30pm with John McDonnell MP, Richard Seynour, Linda Kaucher, local union speakers contact

Lewisham and Greenwich & Bexley trades councils present “In a Right State” by Banner Theatre Saturday 29 November Brockley c.7.30pm see or contact Tony Reay 07903 755 074

Hastings trades council public meeting on TTIP Saturday 15 November 3pm with Anneliese Dodds MEP, Sarah Owen LP PPC, Michelle Thew LP PPC more from Jonathan Lee

Croydon trades council is organising a Croydon Assembly on Saturday 15 November “Time to stand up against attacks on our living standards and services” to register your interest and more info as available here

West Surrey trades council meetings now start at 6.30pm and a buffet will be provided at 6pm, venue Milestone House, Portsmouth Road, Send GU23 7JY, 13 November contact Tony Jay

Other actions/information

Ross Pritchard Memorial Committee offers you the chance “think, write, £750” for the 2014 annual essay competition “Do the new arrangements between the Labour Party and trade unions promote the political interests of tyrade unionists?” see or Closing date Saturday 18 October

Clive Efford MP PMB petition Stop NHS Privatisation

The rise of food poverty in Britain

Hastings friends are hosting events to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Robert Tressell’s Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Thursday 2 October

Institute of Employment Rights/Campaign for TU Freedom joint lunchtime fringe at Labour Party conference Monday 22 September with Katy Clark MP, Stephen Cavalier Thompsons, Professor Keith Ewing, John Hendy QC, Len McCluskey Unite, Carolyn Jones IER contact

Her Centre free ESOL classes for women, Greenwich London, beginning Thursday 25 September see

Film tribute to Tony Benn Will and Testament tour with panel discussions Oxford Monday 22 September, London Wednesday 24 September

Jim Thakoordin book “All different all equal” about the contribution of Black workers to the British trade union movement 714pp £10 plus p&p from

LeSoCo Deptford Campus diploma courses for Reps starting October (TUC Equalities Diploma, TUC Employment Law Diploma) contact

The 5 Martyrs of Whitechapel (Irish victims of “Jack the Ripper”) tour Sunday 9 November 4.30pm, free and followed by a social, hosted by Austin Harney

Ipswich Library talk by Joy Bounds on how suffragette women used the arts to communicate their message Tuesday 23 September 6pm contact

London Travel Watch survey on London Transport’s proposals, particularly relating to ticket offices, closes 28 September

National Pensioners Convention Lobby of Parliament Wednesday 5 November 12 noon contact

National Pensioners Convention UN International Older Person’s Day Wednesday 1 October contact

Townsend Productions play United We Stand about the Shrewsbury 24 tour includes Peckham 26-29 November, South Oxfordshire 26 October, Southend 5-7 November


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