At the April meeting of Chelmsford TUC delegates agreed to send a donation to the Leigh Folk Festival which will be held on 24/25 June. They also agreed to strengthen their support for the campaign against the downgrading of the Accident & Emergency units at Broomfield and Southend Hospitals.
Members of the public are invited to the Workers’ Memorial Day event which will be held in Central Park, near the lake and viaduct, on April 28 at 12.30pm. The guest speaker will be Dan McCarthy, National Vice-President of the NASUWT. An exhibition of health & safety posters will be on show at Remembrance Square outside the Chelmsford Central Library.
Chelmsford’s TUC public rally will be held on 3 May at The Asylum, 48 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford at 7.30pm. Top professional musicians Rick Christian and Robb Johnson will be featured and Andy Abbott, representing the campaign against the downgrading of Broomfield Hospital’s A&E department will be speaking.
During the meeting delegates heard from one of its affiliates, the TSSA Anglia South Branch, about its campaign to retain tickets offices at several stations in the Walton On-the-Naze, Alresford and Harwich area. The campaign is backed by Chelmsford TUC and has received support from a number of MPs. A report was received from the Women’s TUC conference and also from a delegate who had attended a seminar for pensioners where among many speakers were Alex Cunningham MP, Shadow Pensions Minister, and Neil Duncan-Jordan from the National Pensioners’ Convention.