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
Thurs 16 November
at Halifax Town Hall
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.
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:
Britain still needs a pay rise: London Rally for fair pay for public servants Tuesday 17 October
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity has published a new 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 pamphlet:
Morning Star review of the pamphlet:
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.
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
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.
Calderdale had 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:
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
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