NTUC Newsletter March 11th 2016

Apologies to everyone for not getting up a newsletter for ages. Health issues have made me tired and scrambled my brain!! I hope you are all following our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthamptonTUC/

Reminder: if your union hasn’t paid its affiliation fees to NTUC, please could you do so asap. Contact Bob Ansell at treasurer@ntuc.org.uk, who can email you a form. Dues are 20p a member.

You might find the TUC directory useful for TC/Union contacts.


This weekend, starting tonight: Diggers Festival Wellingborough: http://www.diggersfestival.org.uk/index.aspx. Recommend you go to hear Danny Dorling tonight. Amongst many other things he wrote an excellent book on housing.

13th March: Kill The Housing Bill March. London. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/973999866019425/

14th March: Next Trades Council meeting. Jeffrey room, Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, NN5 5LD at 19.15 hrs. Please could delegates make every effort to attend and send apologies if they can’t.

16th March (Wed): Special screening of a movie called Boom Bust Boom (see http://boombustclick.com/#thefilm-section) Terry Jones (Monty Python) mixes expert insight, animation, puppetry and song to explain economics to everyone. Why do crashes keep happening? Why are students taught crashes do not happen? Will we ever learn from our mistakes? Co-written by Theo Kocken, entrepreneur and professor of risk management. With contributions from Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller, Paul Krugman, journalists John Cassidy and Paul Mason, actor John Cusack and the rhesus monkeys of Puerto Rico. 6pm, room C119 (may move to a larger room if demand is high) Park Campus.

17th March (Thursday) Midlands TUC H&S Forum, CWU Offices, Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3TH. Email Michelle at mkesterton@tuc.org.uk for details. Also take a look at TUC Risks: https://www.tuc.org.uk/node/124627

19th March (Sat) London, Stand Up To Racism March. Details at http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/

24th March Independent Socialists in Wellingborough will be hosting a meeting about the Junior Doctors dispute and the future of the NHS. There will be a representative of the British Medical Association and/or a Junior Doctor spokesperson. The meeting starts at 8.00pm in  the Rising Sun pub,  corner of Canon Street and Mill Road, Wellingborough. Contact Paul Crofts paulcrofts@gmail.com

5th April: Save Northants Services (SNS) meeting. Venue to be decided. If anyone can help with finding one (preferably free, cheap and with good access) please let Paul know paulcrofts@gmail.com

6th – 8th April (Wed) Junior Doctors’ next strike begins. The strikes planned involve 48-hours of emergency care only. Next strike planned for Tuesday 26 April 8am to 8am, Thursday 28 April

16th April (Sat) People’s Assembly March/Demo for Homes, Health, Education and Jobs. Go to the events page via http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk for details. If anyone is organising a coach let me know and I can advertise it.


ukUncut1Hi, the pics are from a very successful UK Uncut protest last Saturday about cuts to legal aid. Chron coverage at http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/politics/cuts-protestors-block-off-northampton-street-1-5560275

National coverage of the events around the country: https://www.facebook.com/ukuncut


14th October Monday 7.15: Old Black Lion, 1, Black Lion Hill, Northampton Alliance to Defend Services meeting to discuss the way forward. Let Ron know by Sat evening if you will be there as it will only go ahead if there is adequate attendance.

20th October Sunday: Red Rope Walk
. Meet at 10.30 a.m. at the LONG STAY car park at Foxton Locks, near Market Harborough, G.R.

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SP 691 895, (LE16 7RA), Parking Fee £1.50, for an 8 mile circular walk. More details below.


Ron has written a report on the NCC Unison demo, the Conservative Party Conference Manchester demo and also on the Nene Commissioning/Healthwatch ‘consultation’ event held this week. Please could everyone read it. His conclusions on the health event are very important, as they confirm that cuts are likely to be made and also that budgetary constraints may be used to justify the privatisation of health services. REPORT FOR NTUC NEWSLETTER 2.


NHS leaflet October 2013 8 – this is the latest version of our local leaflet, if anyone wishes to use it.
Risks 625 – 5 October 2013 Health and Safety newsletter – 5 October 2013 http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-22666-f0.cfm
EBIS HSE has a whole range of useful H&S booklets including Manual Handling: http://www.ebis-hse.com/Safety_Booklets_s/1630.htm
The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) newsletter for midlife and older workers: http://taen.org.uk/uploads/resources/TAEN_Newsletter_Sept_131.pdf

UkCut2Red Rope Walk Details

After a short walk along the Grand Union Canal we will arrive at Foxton Locks, an amazing complex of ten locks with balancing ponds constructed in 1814 and the remains of a steam powered incline barge lift that was in use from 1900 to 1911. The walk then passes through rolling pasture land via Lubenham,and on to Saddington with a possible pub stop (no own food).

The next stage of the walk joins the Leicester Round Footpath and is hilly and very scenic with superb 360 degree views from Smeeton Hill. The high ground ends after we pass through the village of Gumley and the final stretch of the walk is easy walking over grasslands and back along the canal to Foxton Locks.Please bring some food to be eaten al-fresco. Any dogs must be kept under close control at all times due to livestock in the fields.For any further details and possible car share from Northampton, please contact Roger at – altstratgroup@gmail.com

Newsletter August 15th

It’s a quiet time but here are some bits and pieces for those of you still around. Please pass on a link to our website to your members. They may find our help pages useful too.

Umbrella Fair

Just a reminder that this is on this coming weekend and that we need helpers and details of anyone who wants to share the marquee. Please see the previous newsletter below for details.

Union News

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Shrewsbury 24 Campaign. The Shrewsbury 24 were building workers who took part in the first ever national building strike in 1972. It was successful, but 5 months later the pickets were arrested and charged in relation to the picketing – conspiracy to intimidate, affray and unlawful assembly. Six were imprisoned, with Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson (the actor) doing the longest periods. The campaign believes they were innocent but the Government is withholding papers about it under a section of the Freedom of Information Act relating to National Security. Please download the petition and get others to sign it: http://www.shrewsbury24campaign.org.uk/

The National Shop Stewards Network send out bulletins detailing current events and a lot of union news you won’t hear elsewhere in the media. You can get regular mailings if you sign up. Current bulletin: http://shopstewards.net/2013/08/ebulletin-154-zero-tolerance-for-zero-hour-contracts/


Risks 617 – 10 August 2013 Health and Safety Newsletter 10 August 2013 http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-22450-f0.cfm

Online Courses: there are some excellent looking short online courses coming up including Cancer in the Workplace, Disability Champions in

the Workplace, Equality Reps, Going Global, Pensions etc. Go to http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/online-courses. well worth doing.

Insurance: The TUC has negotiated an insurance package with CaSE Insurance which can be used by Trades Councils or Trade Unions (they also do charities and the voluntary sector). See: TU Insurance



TUC items and other useful info


Don’t forget you can sign up for as many TUC alerts as you want on a whole range of topics: http://www.tuc.org.uk/mediacentre/register.cfm

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The Economics of the CSR & 2015: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2013/05/the-economics-of-the-csr-2015

Robin Hood Fortnight in the Financial Times: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2013/05/robin-hood-month-in-the-financial-times

Risks 607 – 1 June 2013: Health and Safety newsletter 1 June 2013 http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-22244-f0.cfm

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People’s assembly 22nd June. You can still register for this at http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/register/

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NTUC Newsletter March

Hi, I am slowly getting the hang of writing blogs, but please bear with any errors of format and style!


Wed 20th March: Please support the PCS action by calling in on a picket line. They will be in the usual places, including Northgate House in Sheep St, the MOJ Bulk Centre in St Katherines St, the Job Centre in the Lower Mounts and the courts from 7.30. There will be a gathering for a photo call at some stage – we’ll try and get more details out later.

Sat 23rd March am: Help is needed for the NHS action on staff shortages, bed shortages etc at NGH, planned by Northampton Reclaim Our NHS group and supported by NADS and NTUC. There will be some street theatre with people dressed as doctors, nurses and patients, but if you don’t fancy that, people will be needed for the stall and giving out leaflets. Please contact Ron Mendel or Ben King. Details of event tbc.

Also on the 23rd :

The Labour Party has a conference on Education Policy 10 -12.30 at University of Northampton, Park Campus Sulgrave Building. Target participants are Labour Party members, Labour Party supporters, local educators. The purpose of the seminar is to consider current trends in education 5 – 19, and consider a Northampton contribution to national policy.There will be speakers and workshops on academies, the

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Other union news

Unite members: there will be a General Secretary Election Meeting at the Cotton Club, Main Rd Far Cotton, NN4 8EN on Wed 20th March at 7.30. All members welcome.

The FBU is campaigning against the Public Public Sector Pensions Bill which will raise the age of retirement for firefighters to 60. Yet its own report published earlier this year shows most firefighters cannot work safely until that age. More info from the FBU website.



Campaign Manager – Community, issued 07 Mar 2013. Salary/Hours: £27,919.87 P/A & Benefits. Full time. Location: Earls Barton, Northampton. Closing date: 22 Mar 2013 23:59 For details click here: Campaign Manager

Midlands Regional Organiser – The Musicians Union, issued 15 Mar 2013. Salary/Hours: £45,000 incl car (a full driving licence is an essential requirement). 37.5 hours per week. Location: Birmingham. Closing date: 08 Apr 2013 23:59. For details click Regional Organiser

Health and Safety

Risks 597 – 16 March 2013 Health and safety newsletter 16 March 2013

Hazards at Work – get your copy now! The new edition of the TUC’s best-selling guide to health and safety at work it out now. It is used by reps, officers, employers, professionals in the field and even enforcement officers. Find out more, including how to get hold of your copy click here: Hazards at Work

Burnout bigger heart attack risk than smoking, says new research. For details click Burnout

NTUC Newsletter part 2 TUC info and links

Touchstone have updated a number of useful blog entries. Follow these links for entries about the living wage, the Robin Hood Tax and the TUC Budget for Green Growth.

Health and Safety newsletter 23 February 2013 http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-21958-f0.cfm

Health & Safety Course Stage 1

This is the core course for trade union health and safety representatives. It is the first stage in the TUC health and safety training programme. It is designed to help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to carry out your work as a safety rep. If you would like to register for the course please click here and complete the form.

If you require any further information about this course please contact:-
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TUC ‘Green’ Budget Submission 2013

Industrial policy for the green economy: The TUC’s ‘Green’ Budget submission calls for a

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