SERTUC H&S Reps Conference – Friday 6 October 2017


Fri 6 Oct 2017 – 10:00 to 14:30

TUC Congress House,
23-28 Great Russell Street, London


About this event:
SERTUC H&S Reps Conference:
Stronger Unions – Safer Workplaces – Safer Communities
Guest Speakers:
Hugh Robertson, TUC Senior Policy Officer, Health and Safety
Marie Hughes, unionlearn Education Officer, London, East, South East
Jeff Cheeseman, ASLEF, H&S Rep at Norwood Depot
Anastasia Ahern, BECTU, H&S Rep at Royal Opera House
Charlotte Hall, Greater London Authority, Senior Policy Officer, Health
Paul Donaldson, HCSA, Honorary Secretary
Phil James, Middlesex University, Professor of Employment Relations
Sarah Friday, NAPO, National Officer
James Smith, UNISON South East, Regional Organiser
Tony Lampey, USDAW, H&S Rep at Tesco Distribution Centre, Crawley

This is an event for trade union health and safety reps and trade unionists interested in campaigning on health, safety and well-being issues at work or in the community.

Information about the venue:
Congress House is a fully accessible building.
Contact for further information:
There is no charge for attending this event.
PLEASE REGISTER: or 020 7467 1220

SERTUC H&S Conference flyer
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Map & Directions
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Link to SERTUC website & H&S Conference

Burston Strike School Rally – Book Now

Sunday 3rd September 2017

UNITE London & Eastern Region Coach

The coach will be picking up at:
Euston Station (Eversholt Street) at 8.00 a.m.
The coach will depart from Burston at 4.30 p.m. The return coach fare is:
£5.00 per seat – Unite Members / £7.00 per seat – Non-Unite Members

Bookings: / 0208 800 4281

Leaflet with event details and background to the strike
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Circular and booking form
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International Workers Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 event. Stratford, E15 Friday 28 April
A ceremony was held in Stratford to remember workers who lost their lives while at work. It was held at the Three Mills Green memorial to 4 local workers who lost their lives here.

A press release – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” – was circulated by the TUC to mark the event.

Workers' Memorial Day Event 2017, Stratford. Union members with banners.
Workers’ Memorial Day Event 2017, Stratford

Peter Smith, NUT Divisional Secretary said “We need to develop an anti-austerity campaign to ensure the Health & Safety legislation is properly funded and help avoid these unnecessary deaths at work in the future.”

UNISON Housing Association Branch Secretary, John Gray, said:
“Friday 28 April was International Workers Memorial Day. A day when trades unionists remember the 20,000 British and the 2.3 million deaths of workers worldwide who die prematurely every year in work related accidents or from occupational disease. Continue reading International Workers Memorial Day

NUT Greenwich Fights Redundancies at Plumstead Manor.

Newham Teachers’ Association has made a £50.00 solidarity donation to the Greenwich GMB branch strike fund & wishes them success in their continued justified industrial action, with the support of Greenwich NUT, to stop threatened compulsory redundancies they jointly face at Plumstead Manor.

Greenwich, Plumstead Manor, PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3

Read the story behind the strike over Plumstead Manor redundancies.
The situation is a result of School Cuts & could be repeated anywhere.
PMS Strike Leaflet No.3
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Message from Greenwich NUT:

“You may be aware that we are currently involved in an important dispute to fight cuts at Plumstead Manor with the loss of up to 27 posts. The NUT and GMB have already taken three days of strike action and have called another four days to ensure that we minimise the effects of cuts in the school.
You can send messages of support to the Rep Orkun Ari at”

Social to raise money to fight school cuts

Poster for Greenwich Social 05/05/2017
Poster for Greenwich Social 05/05/2017

 Tickets in advance

£5 waged / £1 Concession
On the door – £6.50 / £2

Friday 05/05/2017 19h00
Blackheath Newbridge Club
22 Charlton Road

Poster for social (organised by Greenwich NUT, GMB & Unite)
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Irish History Month event: History of Irish Immigrants to Britain

The first Irish History Month event in TUC Congress House:

“Migration of labour – History of Irish Immigrants to Britain of the last few centuries.”

Time: Registering at 12 midday and starting the session at 1 pm
Date: Saturday 13th May 2017
Lasting for at least three hours, followed by a drinks reception in TUC Congress House. We may have a social in a pub with a band afterwards.

Venue: Invision suite, TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3L. It is near the British Museum and the nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road.Irish migrant workers in 19th century factorySpeakers:
Austin Harney, Joint SERTUC Race Relations Secretary
Dr. Sonja Tiernan from Liverpool University
Phien O’Reachtigan
& others to be confirmed.

For further information, please contact:
Austin Harney, Joint Secretary of the SERTUC Race Relations Committee.

Meeting details
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The event is organised by the SERTUC (South East Regional Trades Union Congress) Race Relations Committee

SERTUC Regional May Day and Workers’ Memorial Events 2017

Advance notice of events:

* Bedford May Day – Monday 1 May 2017
* Chelmsford Workers’ Memorial Day – Friday 28 April 2017
* Chelmsford May Day Celebration – Wednesday 3 May 2017
* Ipswich May Day Festival – Sunday 30 April 2017
* London (Central) March and Rally – Monday 1 May 2017
* Medway Workers’ Memorial Day – Friday 28 April 2017
* Norwich May Day Celebration – Sunday 30 April 2017
* Oxford May Day Celebration – Saturday 29 April 2017
* Southampton May Day Celebration – Monday 1 May 2017
* Southend May Day Celebration – Monday 1 May 2017
* Waltham Forest Workers’ Memorial Day – Friday 28 April 2017
* Waltham Forest May Day Festival – Saturday 29 April 2017
* Waveney May Day Festival – Sunday 30 April 2017

More information:


(First published 06/03/2017. Updated 24/03/2017)

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival 2016, Dorset, Sunday 17/07/2016

Barking Dagenham and Havering TUC Coach Day Trip (coach leaves Dagenham Civic Centre 7.45am – returns 5.45pm) Deposit £5

Bookings Contact: Susan Aitouaz,

Croydon TUC Coach Day Trip (coach leaves Ruskin House, Croydon 8am – returns 9.45pm) Deposit £6

Bookings Contact: / 07941 890 75

The festival runs from 15/07/2016 to 17/07/2016 for those who are able to attend for the whole weekend. See:

Appeal from TUC:

Apart from Barking Dagenham and Havering TUC and Croydon TUC, if anyone has any other details on Self Organised Groups, Unions, Trades Councils and Community Groups hosting travel to Tolpuddle on the Saturday or Sunday throughout the region (London especially) please send updates to - thanks.
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Picture of crowd. Thanks to for the use of their image.
Thanks to for the use of their image.

Building for the strike ballot remains the priority

We remain in dispute and building for the ballot remains the most important and urgent priority.

Nicky Morgan has said nothing to resolve our dispute. Real term cuts in funding will have major effects on schools and teachers, whether academy or maintained. They will further erode terms and conditions, increase workload and impede pay progression for teachers. As more schools become academies, the coverage of the national STPCD and Burgundy Book will narrow and these protections will gradually wither away.

We will ballot members in all schools and academies for “discontinuous” strike action, and intend to call a one-day strike in early July and to announce additional autumn term dates as well. The ballot opens on Monday 23 May and will close on Wednesday 22 June. We need a big turnout and a huge YES vote.

Education White Paper banner. Tell Nicky "No".
Tell Nicky “No”.

Workers’ Memorial Day Rally 2016 – Report by Keith Turner


I attended Workers Memorial Day on 28 April, an annual event held to commemorate those killed at work or from industrial diseases. Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments or in tragic ‘accidents’. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t a priority. Continue reading Workers’ Memorial Day Rally 2016 – Report by Keith Turner