Calderdale Trades Council is the local Trades Union Council for the Calderdale MBC area in West Yorkshire. We exist to bring together union branches and members at a local level to campaign on issues affecting working people in their workplaces and their communities. Click below for our leaflet and affiliation form
Thursday 22 June
Hebden Bridge Town Hall (in The Space)
All trades unionists and others who share our objectives welcome. We encourage affiliations from all union branches which have members who live or work in Calderdale.
Download pdf version of demonstration leaflet:
Transport from Calderdale
to the Not One More Day #ToriesOut demonstration in London Saturday 1 July.
Bradford and Calderdale People’s Assemblies are combining to provide the following coach transport:
0600 – Hebden Bridge (by the Marina, HX7 8AD)
0630 – Halifax (Charles Street, opp old Charlie Browns site, HX1 1QW)
0700 – Bradford - outside Bradford Hotel, Hall Ings, BD1 5SH
Booking is on a first paid, first booked basis - £20/10, and can be made via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bradfordcalderdale-transport-to-the-not-one-day-more-demonstration-tickets-35633064455
Payment can also be made by direct transfer to the Bradford People's Assembly's bank account, account
no: 18184235, sort code 05 09 04. Please quote the reference 010717 with your payment. If you choose this method to pay or wish to make alternative payment arrangements, please e-mail email@example.com or text 07941 355272 to book your coach place including where you will be joining the coach.
Some financial support is available for unwaged Calderdale residents struggling to afford the £10 fee, but you need to register this directly with Richard, and this also applies for any under 16s. If you are members of Unite, please let Richard know your full name and membership number so that your local PA can invoice Unite for your booking.
Calderdale PA’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/calderdalepa will carry further details of the march as these are published.
A living wage of £10 / hour for all, the full rate for young workers
Sick of Being Skint? is Calderdale Trades Council’s contribution to the fight for all workers to be paid at least £10 per hour. We are urging workers, especially young workers, to press for better pay and conditions at work through joining a union.
During Heart Unions Week in February 2017 Calderdale Trades Council took ‘Sick of Being Skint?’
campaign postcards to over 60 workplaces in Halifax, Brighouse and Hartshead Moor Service Station.
Download a digital version of the postcard below:
Solidarity with Nestlé
15 proposed redundancies in Halifax; over 100 proposed redundancies in York.
Bike ride, march and rally
Saturday 27 May!
Bike ride start: 11am,
Nestle factory, Haxby Road, York
March starts 11:30, York Jobcentre Plus, 18 Monkgate Road, York Y031 7JZ
Rally at 12:00, York city centre
St. Helen’s Square
Nestlé is cutting over a hundred jobs in York. The iconic Blue Riband chocolate biscuit is moving to Poland, ending over 80 years of production in the UK.
The confectionery giant – the world’s biggest food company – is making the cuts, despite raking in £21bn from sales.
York has been the home of chocolate for over 300 years. Don’t let Nestlé trash our proud chocolate-making history. It would do well to remember Rowntree’s proud historical determination to build a
better society as well as its profits. Rowntree’s took care of workers - it has become as famous for the many benefits it provided its staff as for the chocolate
and sweets it produced.
Now we need Nestlé to live up to that proud legacy and start exporting chocolate, not jobs.
Show your support for Nestlé workers. Let’s make this a fun-packed day. Bring your noise makers, banners and flags.
Education Question Time
Hold #GE2017 candidates to account! Calderdale NUT is organising the following Education Question Time events in the Halifax and the Calder Valley constituencies so that voters can quiz general election candidates on education issues:
Education Question Time: Calder Valley
Monday 22 May 7.30 pm
Brighouse Civic Hall
Education Question Time: Halifax
Thursday 25 May 7.30 pm
Tickets for either event should be booked in advance via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdalenut and are limited to 2 tickets per person.
Calderdale has had little in the way of celebrations of May Day, International Workers' Day, for several years. In 2017, Calderdale Trades Council changed this with a programme of films, speeches, discussion and music and a local Labour Movement History Walk.
Please ‘Like’ the Calderdale May Day Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/calderdalemayday. The Calderdale May Day web site is at http://calderdalemayday.org.uk and we will be tweeting lots about May Day from @calderdaletuc on Twitter.
Thanks to GMB and Pride Design and Print for their sponsorship for the Calderdale May Day programme.
Stand Together for Calderdale Foster Carers
Calderdale Council has decided to change Terms and Conditions for the borough's Foster Carers. The changes include reducing Foster Carers’ annual leave entitlement by a week and withdrawing payments when a family has no placement. GMB asserts that the latter would effectively place Foster Carers on to a Zero Hours Contract. According to the report to the Council on this issue, a representative of Calderdale Foster Carers Association advised that the proposed changes were the wrong way to recruit new foster carers and that the Council may lose existing foster carers as a result of these changes.
GMB has launched a petition in its campaign to persuade Calderdale Council to change its policy. This can be signed online at:
Nationally the union has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee
Inquiry into Fostering. A copy of GMB’s evidence can be downloaded below:
England’s schools are now experiencing the largest real terms cuts in funding in more than a generation.
In real terms, schools will lose huge amounts of money rising to £2.5 billion a year by 2020. 92% of schools will have their funding cut.
Teaching unions NUT and ATL have launched a School Cuts Campaign web site: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk. Go there to see how schools in your neighbourhood will be affected and to email your MP to oppose the cuts.
Fair Funding for All Schools is a campaign set up by a group of parents calling for Fair Funding for All Schools. Please sign their petition at: http://www.change.org/fairfundingforallschools. The campaign’s web site is at: http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org.
Fair Funding for All Achools is also organising a day of action on Saturday 25 February, details at: https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-justine-greening-mp-fair-funding-for-all-schools/u/19292039.
Publicity leaflet for September 2016 public meeting below:
Hands off HRI
Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Fury as health chiefs vote through Huddersfield A&E closure
Calderdale Trades Council Hospital Reconfiguration Consultation Response
Calderdale Trades Council has backed retaining Accident and Emergency Departments in both Calderdale and Huddersfield in its response to the recent local NHS consultation. The Trades Council's response also covers proposals regarding Urgent Care, Planned Care, Maternity, Paediatric and Community Health Services. The Trades Council's full consultation response can be viewed or downloaded below.
Sunday 4 September 2016 Demonstration and Funday Sunday
Demonstration sets off from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Acre Street, Lindley, HD3 3EA Noon – march to Greenhead Park for Funday Sunday 12:30-7:00pm - Free Family Festival in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 27 February 2016: #HandsoffHRI: Huddersfield's biggest post-war demonstration delivers strong message to health bosses
"More than 5,000 people flooded St George’s Square today for Huddersfield’s biggest post war demonstration as they fight plans to close the town's A&E department.?"
Trades Unionists Support Claimants' Rights
Calderdale based Unite Community members leafletting claimants at Halifax Job Centre. Published jointly by Department of Works and Pensions staff union PCS and Unite Community Branches, the leaflets outline claimants’ rights to be accompanied at any meeting with Job Centre staff and explain how to respond to Benefits Sanctions. Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield Unite Community Branch organises regular leafletting sessions at Halifax Job Centre and if you would like to get involved, contact the Branch via Calderdale Trades Council.
Support the Kinsley 3
Calderdale Trades Council supports the Kinsley 3 in their dispute with C & D Cleaning Services and Wakefield City Academies Trust and has made a donation to their strike fund.
More information about the dispute is on the Wakefield UNISON web site: wakefield-unison.org.uk
Follow the Kinsley 3 on Twitter: @TheKinsley3
Make Some Noise for
Monday March 13
Contact us for information about transport from Calderdale.
Demonstrate against the Home Secretary's shocking decision not to grant an inquiry into "The Battle of Orgreave".
Monday March 13th at 2pm - 4pm Home Office,
Unit 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
We are hoping to show how angry our community feels about the decision so have billed the Demonstration as a "Noise Protest" Bring Drums, Pots and Pans, Loud Hailers, Sirens, Whistles, Sound systems And.....Your voices!
Let's tell the Government we won't be silenced!
No Justice! No Peace!
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