Chelmsford TUC

GENERAL MEETING

DECEMBER MEETING

When Chelmsford TUC met in December it was immediately after the Chancellor had delivered his Autumn Statement; this was condemned as a recipe for disaster. Delegates took the view that businesses won’t find the customers they need if consumers do not have money in their pockets. Delegates called for policies of growth, and warned that if the Government is re-elected there will be massive cuts to our public services after the election. This will deter investment and lead to considerable damage to our social fabric.

Delegates noted the reply received from Greater Anglia which failed to respond to our questions regarding the delay in the modernisation programme at Chelmsford. Furthermore, Abellio failed to answer our concern at the increasing queues, the plan to reduce ticket outlets, and the inadequacy of ticket machines to provide a full service.

Some discussion took place around the demoralisation in education, the climate of fear that exists in schools, and the number of teachers that are leaving the profession as a result of stress.

Plans were then agreed for our traditional Workers’ Memorial Day event and a public meeting to be held on 28 April. There will be speakers to reflect our international work and against further cuts to our public services.

In closing the meeting, Chairperson Hazel Corby reminded delegates of our continuing support for the firefighters and their pension campaign, and urged colleagues to give them support on the picket line. After the meeting delegates and friends sat down to an excellent dinner in the Orange Tree.