NTUC Calendar of Events
NTUC is busy organising events and activities in support of workers and their communities across Northampton and the wider district.
It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Pat Markey.
Pat was a delegate on Trades Council for many years, standing up for teachers and education as a representative for NUT and then NEU.
The photograph is of Pat on the 1st Feb 2023, campainging outside Weston Favell Academy.
He was always a stalwart of the trade union movement and tireless campaigner for socialism. He will be a great loss to the movement.
The History of Northampton Trades Council
Part One: Origins and Early Years 1888 to 1892
Written by John Buckell
John Buckell is a retired teacher and former NUT (now NEU) delegate to Northampton Trades Council, of which he was Minuting Secretary for some years. He writes and gives talks about local history and is a member of Northampton Radical History Tours.
Social Democratic Federation Banner: currently held in the Peoples’ History Museum, Manchester.
1888 was an important time in the political life of Northampton. The town was represented in Parliament by the radical Liberals, Charles Bradlaugh and Henry Labouchere, but a branch of the Social Democratic Federation had been formed in 1886, and was making the case for socialism. In 1887 a bitter strike and lock-out in the shoe industry had ended in an unpopular compromise.
Northampton’s shoe workers still did not have full parity of wages with other shoe centres, but their union increased its membership. Nationally, trade unionists were beginning to seek representation on town councils and in Parliament, although for the moment as Lib-Labs, elected as Liberals to represent organised workers.
Enough is Enough! NTUC Activities in 2023
Thank you to all who made our march on the 11th March such a success.
Read about why Northampton workers are saying,
'Enough is Enough!
Community Solidarity Saturday
Community Solidarity Saturday was a follow-up event to support workers and communities in Northampton.
NTUC was dormant during the outbreak of Covid. But, now we are back, following a successful relaunch meeting on 11th January 2023 and AGM on 22nd February
The meeting on 11th January welcomed representatives from GMB, UCU, ASLEF, Unite Community, Unison and NEU, with an observer from Northampton South Labour Party.
In addition, Rob Johnson was there representing the Midlands TUC.
On 22nd February 2023 we held our AGM at which we elected the following officers and committe members
Chair: Graham Croucher, ASLEF
Email: chair ntuc.org.uk
Assistant Chair: Russ Hickman, Unite Community
Email: rmhickman gmail.com
Secretary: Anjona Roy, Unison
Email: secretary NTUC.org.uk
Assistant Secretay (Vacancy)
Treasurer: Bob Ansell UCU (Retired)
Email: Treasurer NTUC.org.uk
Assistant Treasurer: Paul Draper, Unite
Email: paul.draper80 mail.com
Media Officer (Vacancy)
General Committee Members
Sonya Andermahr, UCU
Email: sonyajand gmail.com
Sam Cook, ASLEF
Email: titus_ajayi yahoo.com
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