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
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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.
We are sorry to report the death of Joe Mitchell. Joe was a tireless worker for the Labour and Trade Union movement. He served as a Calderdale Labour Councillor and was a former head of the Trade Union Studies Department at Bradford College. Joe also worked for and with the EU helping Trades Unions and Local Authorities win Funding for many Projects. More recently, Joe was active in Credit Unions, the Keep Our Police in Todmorden campaign and was a volunteer for the 3-C Community Broadband
Co-operative. Joe was a Calderdale Trades Council Officer for some time and treasurer of the last Trades Council. He was instrumental in setting up Calderdale Save Our Services in December 2010 and worked hard to try and keep the Trades Council going around that time.
1944 - 2018
Joe nominated “Part of the Union” by the Strawbs as the entry music to his funeral which also included thesinging of William Blake’s “Jerusalem” and the playing of Pete Seeger’s “Solidarity Forever”.
Below is a video of Joe opening the Calderdale Save Our Services founding meeting on 6 December 2010.
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#TUC150: Building our movement for the next 150 years
2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Trades Union Congress.
2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Trades Union Congress.
TGI Friday Strike
Friday 18 May
5.30 – 7.30pm
Unit 14, Broad Street Plaza Halifax HX1 1YA
Unite members at TGI Friday are this week taking the historic step of organising strike action in a major restaurant chain. They are striking against the removal of their tips to pay for a wage rise for kitchen staff, a wage rise the company should be stumping up for out of their profits.
The company have also been abusing unemployed people by using them as UNPAID LABOUR through the use of bogus “trial shifts” which do not lead to jobs.
As trade unionists we need to get behind this historic campaign and help our comrades in their attempt to build union power in a previously non-unionised industry.
Join the TUC's national
march and rally on
Saturday 12 May 2018
in central London.
All workers deserve a great job so everyone has a chance to progress and get on in life.
The TUC will be joining with our unions and thousands of supporters. Together we will call for more and better jobs, and a more equal, more prosperous country. We want you to join us.
Speakers at the rally will include TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, union leaders and frontline workers.
The family-friendly event is part of the TUC's Great Jobs Agenda campaign.
Calderdale 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.
Planning for the May Day 2018 is nearing completion and the programme to date is at http://calderdalemayday.org.uk.
Please ‘Like’ the Calderdale May Day Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/calderdalemayday. We will be tweeting lots about May Day from @calderdaletuc on Twitter.
Thanks to Calderdale NEU, NUT Section, Calderdale Libraries and Pride Design and Print for their sponsorship and support for the Calderdale May Day programme.
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. Halifax and Calder Valley 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.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity has published a pamphlet: “In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people”. “It is essential that we, together with the Trade Unions, continue to build the mass movement further to force the Tories out of office, and to help elect and sustain a future anti-austerity progressive government – which, of course, would be under fierce attack by the bankers, big business monopoly corporations and their pet politicians and media. This is the clear aim of the People’s Assembly.”
This pamphlet is very useful can be used to win more people to an anti-austerity position, and convince them that there is a real, practical and achievable alternative.
Download the updated pamphlet:
Morning Star review of the pamphlet:
Lobby Calderdale’s Budget Council
meeting Monday 26 February
meeting Monday 26 February
Calderdale Trades Council will be lobbying councillors outside Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street, HX1 1UJ from 4.45 to 6.00pm and then joining the meeting as observers. Bring your Trade Union and organisation banners to protest against the cuts that have been forced on the council through eight years of austerity.
Funding from central government has been reduced from £137.7 million in 2010/11 to £65.8 million in 2018/19. This is a gap of £71.9 million next year alone. Austerity is biting and biting hard. Calderdale has been cut to the bone.
Reductions in central government funding over the last eight years has taken £375.1 million away from our council and the local economy since 2010. Under Government plans, this will rise to £527.3 million by 2021 – more than half a billion pounds or £2,530 for every adult and child in the borough.
The budget proposals contains significant cuts and changes to services but these are not local choices – they are forced on local councillors by central government. No wonder John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, has described local councillors as ‘human shields’ for central government’s austerity policies.
These cuts, in addition to all the cuts imposed from previous years, will result in further significant damage to schools and a whole range of vital local services and support, further reducing the quality of life for the vast majority of people in Calderdale, especially the most vulnerable.
Come and join our protest to voice your concerns at this unfair budget, forced on the people of Calderdale by Central Government and call for an end to the cruel and damaging effects of the Government’s austerity programme.
HeartUnions Week 2018 takes place from 12 to 18 February.
Calderdale Trades Council
will be supporting
campaign during the week.
We will be campaigning on
Monday 12 and Saturday 17
February from 11 am
22/24 Old Market, Halifax,
HX1 1TN. Please join us.
BFAWU Organiser Sarah Woolley will be with us on Monday 12 February and TUC Policy and Campaigns Officer Gareth Lewis intends to join us on one or both days.
Young workers at McDonalds are standing up to insecure work and low pay, and pushing for respect and a voice at work through their union. Show your support to the growing voice of McDonald’s workers as they stand up for dignity in work. Please sign the petition calling on McDonald's to Keep staff safe from abusive customers.
HeartUnions week is also highlighting the TUC's Fair Pay For Public Servants campaign. Public service unions have been winning the argument on a fair pay settlement, after eight years of real terms pay cuts. Now we need to keep up the pressure for real action and genuine new funding.
We want to hear from you: Calderdale Trades Council wishes to work with public sector unions and the wider Trades Union movement to build the campaign to scrap the Government’s iniquitous, unfair Public Sector Pay Cap. We want to hear your views as to how we can all work together to raise the profile of, and campaign on, these issues in our area. Would you and your union support a programme of leafletting, rallies, public meetings etc. in Calderdale? When and how do you think such events should be organised? Contact us
HeartUnions web site
TUC McDonald's leaflet
TUC HeartUnions Week general leaflet
Calderdale TUC has written to local papers supporting TUC's Britain Still Needs a Pay Rise campaign #PublicSector Scrap the #PayCap. This is the Calderdale TUC letter:
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.
In July 2017 Calderdale Trades Council has worked with USDAW taking ‘Sick of Being Skint?’ cards to the Lidl Supermarket in Sowerby Bridge and with BFAWU in Halifax Town Centre.
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:
Huddersfield Daily Examiner article 5 Feb 2017
Mc Donald's workers who are members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) are going on strike in Cambridge and Crayford, South East London on Monday 4 September. The strike has been called over a number of grievances at the two workplaces, and the workers are also fighting for £10 an hour minimum wage now, union recognition, and for the scrapping of zero hours contracts. More information is at the Fast Food Rights web site.
Calderdale Trades is organising a #McStrike #McSolidarity protest on:
Monday 4 September
Midday - 2pm
22/24 Old Market, Halifax, HX1 1TN
Please join us if you can. We also intend to leaflet workers at other McDonald's branches in Calderdale afterwards.
Please send messages of solidarity by email to:
Please donate to the Bakers' Union Fast Food Rights Campaign strike fund.
October 31st Haloween Night @ 17:30
Devonshire Green, Sheffield
March to Sheffield Law Court
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign have called this “Death of Justice Rally” to mark the one year Anniversary of Amber Rudd’s shocking decision not to hold any form of inquiry into the infamous “Battle of Orgreave” where 95 miners were “beaten up, fitted up and locked up”.
Orgreave” where 95 miners were “beaten up, fitted up and locked up”.
The Orgreave Campaign see it fitting that this decision was made on Halloween as we all know it’s the old monsters and ghosts of the Tory party who where responsible for the injustice then, that denies us justice now, 33 years later.
We encourage you to join us on this Halloween night to rally against the evil of the past and present!
Fancy dress optional but encouraged!
Facebook Event page: #DeathofJustice
Unite Community and OTJC are looking to organise transport from Calder Valley / Halifax to this event; please email Rose.Ridley@unitetheunion.org if you are interested in attending.
Hands off HRI
Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Jeremy Hunt will now decide future of HRI after councillors reject plans 21 July 2017
Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS: Councillors refer hospital cuts proposals to Secretary of State 22 July 2017
Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Fury as health chiefs vote through Huddersfield A&E closure 20 October 2016
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.
Calderdale Trades Council supported the Huddersfield March for the NHS on Saturday 29 April. The Calderdale Trades Council banner was carried on the march.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner: NHS activists to march through Huddersfield town centre 3 April 2017
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
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.
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:
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