Education unions’ statement on the safe reopening of schools
Unions with members in the education sector are today (Wednesday) publishing a joint statement on the safe reopening of schools.
Today’s statement follows a longer statement to the Secretary of State on Friday (8 May), which set out in full detail the principles and tests necessary for the safe reopening of schools. It is signed by AEP, GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, NSEAD, Prospect, UNISON and Unite.
Full text of today’s statement:

“We all want schools to re-open, but that should only happen when it is safe to do so. The government is showing a lack of understanding about the dangers of the spread of coronavirus within schools, and outwards from schools to parents, sibling and relatives, and to the wider community.… Read on ...

Press Release


With the news of increasing numbers of c-19 infections and deaths in east London combined with the continuing reports of the failure to provide workers with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) and training, trade unions in Waltham Forest have set up an on-line petition calling for swifter action to protect workers and patients lives.

Linda Taaffe, Secretary, Waltham Forest Trade Union Council, said:

We should not be expecting those front line workers who care for and aid recovery of the elderly, unwell and dying to have to risk their lives any more to deliver that care.

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Defend a Woman’s Right to Choose

Trades council members joined a counter protest on Saturday 4 October in opposition to the UK branch of the American anti-abortion organisation the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBRUK).

CBRUK have been targeting Walthamstow MP, Stella Creasy, using a poster of her image alongside the image of a foetus.

The council has used bylaws to prohibit the image being displayed throughout the borough saying “residents and visitors to our town centre … have the fundamental right to use the town centre without being confronted with distressing images.”

However, CBRUK have sidestepped the order by using different images and have said they will continue the campaign.… Read on ...

Dave Knight

Dave Knight: Trade unionist, Os supporter, fighter of wrongs and so much more

Dave is one of the best known people from Leyton in East London who you have probably never heard of. His activities throughout his life have led him to be recognised seemingly almost anywhere he went.

Raised in Leyton, he went to Leyton High School for Boys and made life-long friendships with pals who “bend not break the rules” and typically faced discipline when they turned up to run in the school’s annual cross-country race dressed and behaving as Monty Python Gumbies, falling over when the starting gun fired.… Read on ...

Extinction Rebellion

WFTC invited Extinction Rebellion (XR) to an Open Forum on July 2nd. Around 35 attended – trade unionists, XR activists, campaigners from Save Our Square, Socialist and Labour Party members, and some just along to find out what’s going on. The meeting started with Samantha Mason of GMB leading the discussion. Then Kevin Wing of XR outlined their plans. After many contributions from the floor we decided to support the call for trade union action on September 20th.

So, WFTC will be doing what we can to encourage workers to pressure unions to call more national action on Sept 20th on the Climate Emergency.… Read on ...

Mayday and Workers Memorial Day

Waltham Forest Trade Union Council hosted two important events in the calendar of the labour and trade union movement in Abbotts Park in Leyton.

People gathered to mark Workers Memorial Day, held every year on April 28th, to pay tribute to workers killed, injured, disabled and made unwell by their work. Workers like young Marian Nemit killed when a wall fell on him at a job near the Bakers Arms and Raymond Holmes who was killed working on the Thames Water site in Coppermill. Raymond’s wife and daughter sent the Trades Council a note of thanks for remembering him and for keeping up the tradition.… Read on ...

Waltham Forest Stand Up For Your Rights

Waltham Forest Stand Up For Your Rights is a local organisation that supports benefits claimants and campaigns on the problems they face.

Local benefit claimants and others meet every month to provide support and organise campaigning activities. The group is run by a small committee that includes benefit claimants.

Founded in 2016, in its short life to date the group has taken up the cases of claimants badly treated, campaigned against unfair changes in the benefits system, and sanctions against claimants which leave them penniless and vulnerable.

Recently some of the most vulnerable people have had their benefits reduced. For example, disabled claimants of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) have seen their special disability premium abolished, leaving them up to £80 per week worse off.… Read on ...

MAY DAY 2018

Cancellation of Waltham Forest May Day Event – Statement from Trades Union Council Officers

The May Day event which was planned for 28 April – and which included a commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day – will not now be taking place as the Council has decided not to grant permission for it to go ahead.

Waltham Forest Trade Union Council Officers have a number of concerns about this decision. We will be reporting them to our next meeting and a full statement will be issued in due course.
In the meantime, we want to thank those who agreed to speak or perform at our event – as well as those organisations that were to provide food and drink, child-friendly activities and campaign stalls.
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