Chelmsford TUC

GENERAL MEETING

APRIL MEETING

Delegates to Chelmsford TUC held their monthly meeting on 1 April after distributing hundreds of leaflets that day to commuters at Chelmsford railway station. The leaflet, which was in support of public ownership of rail, highlighted the fact that over £3.8 billion of taxpayers’ money is going to the train operating companies, that fares have gone up by 23% above inflation since 1995 and that shareholders have made profits of £183 million in 2013/14. Those leafletting commuters included Chris Vince, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Labour Party and Angela Thomson, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party.

Plans are now well in hand to mark Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April at 12.30 in Central Park, at our Memorial Tree close to the lake. A further event will be the Trades Council’s traditional rally at Friends Meeting House starting at 7.30pm on 1 May.

Delegates received a report of the Careers Convention at Brentwood School where students were given a vast range of informative material. Amongst these were locally published leaflets about the importance of trade unions in the workplace. In a report on teachers’ concerns in schools was the scale of bullying by headteachers. This is a growing and serious issue and one that will be debated at the NUT Annual Conference.