Posted on Monday, 30th April 2012 by admin2

Like every April the 28th since 1992, Saturday was Workers’ Memorial Day. It was also the first in the lifetime of the new County Durham Trades Union Council, formed in November 2011. As a new trades union council, we decided collectively that it was vital that we be involved in Workers’ Memorial Day as committed, [...]

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Posted on Sunday, 29th April 2012 by admin2

Sixty trade unionists and safety campaigners, and Newton Aycliffe and Brancepeth Brass Band, assembled at Stanley Crook church on Saturday to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day. The event was organised by North East Shop Stewards’ Network and County Durham Trades Union Council, and was supported by the Durham Mining Villages Banners Association, several trade unions, civic [...]

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Posted on Friday, 27th April 2012 by admin2

1.00pm. Assemble at the east of the village, near the Foresters Guest House, Stanley Village, Crook, DL15 9RY 1.30pm. The march will move off, with the band, and banners (including the Durham Miners’ Association Area banner, banners from Durham Mining Communities Banner Groups Association and a Unite banner), and walk three quarters of a mile [...]

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Posted on Saturday, 21st April 2012 by admin2

David Renton, Struck Out. Why Employment Tribunals fail Workers and What Can be Done (London: Pluto Press, 2012). David is the socialist barrister who helped the blacklisted Dave Smith win his case. This is an extremely well-informed and readable book. It describes why Employment Tribunals were set up, how they have developed, why the current [...]

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Posted on Friday, 20th April 2012 by admin2

Gateshead College announced to their staff before the Easter break that they were going to be dismissed from their current terms and conditions.  Not a good way for staff to begin a well deserved break in the run-up to examination and assessment time. The Branch met on Tuesday 17th April 2012 to discuss the proposals [...]

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