Invasion and War in Ukraine

Fire Brigades Union Executive Council Statement

1.      We oppose and condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We call for an immediate ceasefire and for all Russian armed forces to immediately withdraw from Ukraine.

2.      The war in Ukraine is an extremely dangerous development. Implicit in the situation is the risk that it may spread and escalate, drawing other countries into a growing international conflict. The working class has nothing to gain from war and will pay the biggest price, both in Russia and Ukraine.

3.      Despite the terrible situation, we support the building of unity among workers across national boundaries. The workers of Ukraine and Russia have common interests.… Read on ...


Public meeting
7pm Tuesday 1 March
William Morris Community Centre
Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ

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Workers in Waltham Forest are showing they can’t take this any
longer. They have started fighting back collectively in their trade
unions for better pay, to stop worsening conditions and the scourge
of privatisation
● Support those in the forefront. Can your workplace join in?
● Ask workmates to come along.
● Time to say enough is enough – let’s use our trade union power
● There’s enough wealth at the top to meet basic needs for everyone
Speakers include:
Sam Gurney • TUC spokeperson
Plus reps from 4 disputes in Waltham For est
● Unite the Union striking to end 2-tier pay for Serco support staff at
Bart’s Trust Whipps Cross
● General and Municipal and Boilermakers (GMB) union and Unite
organising together for a real living wage and better conditions for
bin workers
● National Education Union (NEU) fighting to stop the fire and
re-hire method to force staff in schools onto less pay and more
● Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) fighting massive cuts to
pay, pension and jobs

Waltham Forest Trades Council, unions, NHS workers and campaigners protest at Whipps X Hospital on NHS anniversary

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One hundred people gathered at Whipps Cross Hospital, Waltham Forest to mark the 73rd anniversary of the formation of the NHS and to call for an end to privatisation and for a proper, decent pay rise for all NHS staff in recognition of their massive efforts during the pandemic. The event was called by Waltham Forest Trades Council and supported by Unite, Unison, Unite Community, NEU, NUJ, GMB, NHS Emergency, Keep Our NHS Public, Save our NHS, local Labour Party and the Socialist Party.

Speakers included:

Len Hockey, Unite Barts
Kevin Parslow, Waltham Forest Trades Council
Mary Logan, Keep Our NHS Public
Anna Livingston, GP from Tower Hamlets
James Ivens, Socialist Party
Tom Taylor, Labour Party
Isai Priyats, Waltham Forest Trades Council

Rally at the Hospital Gate on Whipps Cross Road


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As part of a national day of action in defence of the NHS, Waltham Forest Trades Council will hold a rally outside Whipps Cross Hospital. Union members who work in the NHS will be joined by local trade unionists and campaigners to demand:

  • Reject the insulting 1% pay increase for NHS staff with trade union action demanding a 15% rise
  • A fully publicly funded NHS and care system
  • End privatisation of NHS services

Len Hockey, Unite Whipps Cross said: “Our free National Health Service was founded 73 years ago after a mass pressure of the working class.… Read on ...

Support for DPAC#20More4All Campaign

Waltham Forest Trades Council notes that there has been a lack of awareness raised in mainstream media of legacy claimants who have not received any additional support during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This has led to a widespread issue in that the public have, as a consequence, not been informed of 2.5 million legacy claimants suffering increased hardship throughout this period.

This trades council resolves to

  • Pledge our support for the DPAC #20More4All Campaign by sending a message of support to DPAC and posting it on our trades council social media pages.
  • Ensure any of our future campaigning by or around the £20 a week uplift is inclusive of those on legacy benefits, refering to #20More4All.
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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

This trades council believes that the Tories’ Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is an attack on the democratic right to protest, falsely and hypocritically justifying these restrictions on Covid
We note that:-
• the government factsheet on the Bill explains that it will “strengthen police powers to tackle non-violent protests that have a significant disruptive effect on the public or on access to Parliament”
• Under this proposed legislation we face a fine of £2,500 for not following police restrictions over how we conduct our protests.
• Effective protest that is considered a “public nuisance”, will now be a statutory offence rather than a common law offence.… Read on ...