Chelmsford TUC

GENERAL MEETING

JANUARY GENERAL MEETING

At the January meeting of Chelmsford TUC delegates pledged their support for teachers who have faced a mounting assault from the Government on their pay, conditions and professionalism. Delegates expressed their concern about Secretary of State Michael Gove’s policies which have provoked a crisis in the profession leading to teachers being engaged in action since 2011. Chelmsford TUC will be supporting them when further action is taken over the coming weeks.

It was agreed to send a donation to the Fire Brigades Union in support of a member who has been disciplined during the recent dispute; delegates voiced their criticism at the decision of the Essex Chief Fire Officer to deploy scabs to fight blazes on New Year’s Day rather than pay full-time professionals to do the job. A debate then took place on blacklisting and the progress that has been made by the Blacklist Group to eradicate this evil from industry.

It was agreed to encourage branches to participate in the National Pensioners’ Convention ‘Dignity Day’ which will take place on 1 February. The Trades Council congratulated Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign on its recent activities and will encourage affiliates to participate in a Quiz Evening at St. Andrew’s Church Hall on 15th March.