Chelmsford TUC

GENERAL MEETING

JANUARY GENERAL MEETING

Delegates to Chelmsford TUC welcomed guest speaker David Smith to its January meeting. As author of the book Blacklisted, David outlined the history of blacklisting in the UK and the way in which hundreds, particularly those in the building industry, have suffered over recent years. He explained how the judicial system has helped employers even though they have admitted their practices. Of particular concern was that of Agency Workers.

After years of campaigning the government enquiry is expected to last another two years, but the court cases will be heard in May. Delegates heard how the employers had conspired against their employees some of whom had rarely gained meaningful employment for years. He described how the police had used undercover agents to spy on trade union meetings. David also said that three of the Blacklist Groups’ most ardent supporters over the years had been John McDonnell MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Tony Benn. After answering several questions, David was thanked for his excellent talk.

Delegates then agreed to participate in the homeless campaign, to work with the City Council to assist Syrian refugees when they arrive in Chelmsford, and to participate in training workshops organised by Hope not Hate. It was also agreed to participate for the second year at Brentwood School’s Careers Day.