Trade unions – why they are important

As the Government legislates to further cutback the rights of trade unionists to defend their jobs and standard of living, it is important to remember why trade unions are important.

“By winning better pay and conditions, improving

health and safety at work and developing workplace

learning cultures, trade unions achieve a huge

amount for union members and their families”

From The Union Advantage. How unions make work better and society fairer. (TUC September 2014)

This booklet sets out the scale of the union advantage: the positive benefits that unions bring to workers, the organisations that employ them, and the community beyond the workplace.

The full document can be downloaded at

www.theunionadvantage.org

Reductions in Access to Justice Planned

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union is drawing attention to the Government’s consultation on closing 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales. This is not just about job loss but also about restricting access to justice.

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “With courts closures and cuts to legal aid, access to justice has been significantly restricted by the previous government and now this one.

“We do not believe it is in the interests of justice to leave our communities without easy access to courthouses and tribunals.”

PCS’s full statement can be seen at http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/pcs_comment.cfm/new-courts-closures-will-further-restrict-access-to-justice

Mark Serwotka  was a key speaker at the Croydon Assembly meetings in November and June.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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