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.
GMB British Gas
face mass April 1
sackings as strike
GMB members in British Gas have now taken 42 days of strike action over the company’s fire and rehire pay cuts. The most recent dates, for 24 hours each day, were from Friday, March 26 until Monday, March 29.
Add your name to tell the British Gas boss: 'Don't fire your workers' petition
Send a solidarity message to GMB Regional Secretary Neil Derrick
Donate to the Strike Fund - Account no: 33010290, Sort code: 60-83-01, Ref: British Gas strike.
Manchester Go Ahead North West
bus drivers in all out strike over
fire and rehire dispute
Unite members at bus company Go North West in Manchester have been on all out srike since 28 February in a dispute over the company’s decision to impose new contracts of employment by firing and rehiring its workforce, resulting in cuts to jobs, pay and conditions.
Unite News article 12 February
Send a Solidarity message to Pat Gleave Unite NW 6/5/4 Branch Secretary
Donate to the Strike Fund - Account no: 20256669 Sort Code: 60-83-01 Account name: TGWU QUEEN'S ROAD, Ref: Go-Ahead strike.
Defend Victimised NEU Reps
Reinstate NEU Rep Louise Lewis - North Huddersfield Trust
Kirklees NEU are campaigning to Reinstate Rep Louise Lewis who was suspended by North Huddersfield Trust on 1 October.
Send an email requesting that the disciplinary be dropped to Andrew Fell, headteacher
Send an email requesting that the disciplinary be dropped to Phil Weston, Chair of the Governors
Send solidarity messages to help build industrial action for Louise Lewis to North Huddersfield Trust School NEU
Send solidarity messages to help build industrial action for Louise Lewis to Kirklees NEU Branch Secretary
People's Covid Inquiry
organised by Keep Our NHS Public
It’s not too soon to start learning lessons about this crisis, especially while so many people are still dying from Covid-19. KONP believes this level of deaths was avoidable. We all deserve to know how and why this happened. People's Covid Inquiry web site Keep Our NHS Public is also appealing for funding towards the cost of the inquiry Crowdfunding page
Better Buses Campaign
The Better Buses Campaign is a joint trades union and community campaign for public control of buses to ensure the restoration of a comprehensive, affordable and environmentally friendly bus service.
Write to West Yorkshire Mayoral candidates expressing your support for better buses
Join the Better Buses for West Yorkshire campaign
Sign the Take West Yorkshire's Buses Back Under Public Control petition
TUC Yorkshire & the Humber 2021
Cultural Manifesto now out
Please ask your MP, Councillors and candidates in the forthcoming elections to pledge their support for the Cultural Manifesto.
The manifesto supports increased public investment in the arts and decent pay and conditions for all who work in the cultural sector. The manifesto also includes policies on Covid-19, equality, the climate emergency, regional inequalities in arts funding, and Brexit.
TUC campaign: Winning a
pay rise for key workers
Day in, day out key workers take care of us. And during the pandemic - they never stopped. All key workers need a pay rise.
When the shelves needed stocking - they were there. When hospitals were at breaking point - they were there. When children needed support and care - they were there. Throughout the pandemic they went to work and risked their lives to care for us.
They risk their lives every day. Yet they get paid 8% less than the average. Nurses, teachers, care workers, cleaners and ALL key workers deserve a pay rise.
Support key workers' demands for a pay rise:
Sign the petition
Join more than 50,000 people calling for a pay rise for key workers. Add your name today.
Keep updated with the latest campaign updates
Join the list to receive weekly updates on the campaign, including resources, latest developments and social media assets.
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Calderdale Trades Council co-hosted the morning session Jobs For Our Future at Calderdale Green New Deal's 'Building a Better Future for Calderdale' online event on Saturday 6 February, starting 11.30am.
Download the programme:
HeartUnions Week takes place from 8-14 February 2021. It’s a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren't yet in a union to join.
More than six million workers in the UK are in a union – from nurses to pilots, actors to lorry drivers. If you're not in a union yet find the right union for you
Two opportunities to tell the stories of workers and union members like you:
TUC case studies - tell us what you and your colleagues have done during the pandemic
Proud to be Union - Tell your story
HeartUnions leaflets, posters, social media graphics, organising guides and more available here
#HeartUnions event: Organising vs. COVID (with NEU and TUC Education) Wed, 10 Feb 2021 - 17:00 to 18:00
Last month, Gavin Williamson forced teachers into unprecedented national action. Whilst the government denied the dangers of COVID, teachers refused to put themselves and their students at risk.
It was a stand-off, and the government blinked first.
But this wasn’t by chance. Unions won thanks to unprecedented mass organising of their members online and over the phone. Recruitment went through the roof, and school bosses were forced to concede.
Come hear how local NEU rep Steve Scott pulled this off in East Yorkshire, and get introduced to the TUC's new online organising toolkit, so you can pull off the same mass organising in your workplace.
More information and to register
Don't let the government cut union learning
Department for Education ministers have decided to end the Union Learning Fund from March 2021. This is an astonishing and counterproductive decision – last year more than 200,000 learners got new skills through union learning. More information Sign the petition Email your MP
1842 Great Strike Plaque Halifax
Listed Building Consent has been obtained for erecting a plaque - design below - on North Bridge,
Halifax commemorating the 1842 Great Strike. The plaque has now been ordered from the manufacturer. We intend to put the plaque up in Spring 2021 and (Covid-19 permitting) wish to organise a physical unveiling involving trades union activists and school students.
Calderdale Trades Council would like to thank BFAWU Suma branch, CWU Bradford Amalgamated Branch, CWU West Yorkshire branch, FBU West Yorkshire, GMB B05 Organising branch, Halifax Constituency Labour Party, J Harvey, NEU Calderdale District, RMT Leeds City branch, TSSA North East General branch, Unite NEYH Regional Committee, Unite NE Sec 2 branch, Unite NE/Geo/1 (Sheffield East) branch, Unite NE/Geo/22 Huddersfield, Unite NE/5 Leeds, Unite NE/209/1, Unite NE/302/11 Arriva Yorkshire Tiger branch, UNITE NE/401/14 branch, Unite NE/403/15 Not for profit branch, UNITE NE/Y/H407/6 branch for their generous donations towards our financial appeal.
Hands off HRI
Calderdale Trades Council has supported Hands off HRI since it was set up in 2016 to campaign against the closure or downgrading of hospitals or health services within the Huddersfield and Calderdale area, particularly against the planned closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, it’s A&E department and acute services.
Facebook Web site
Our Save our NHS previous page includes articles about Hands Off HRI
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:
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
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