A message from the TUC General Secretary:
"Britain's unions have their best opportunity in a generation to grow once again. New rights at work are giving people a new confidence to demand dignity and respect at work.
TRADES UNION COUNCILS can help promote the union message where it matters most - at the grass roots, in the community, in the workplace.
By bringing trade unionists together, campaigning around local concerns and building up new alliances, Trades Union Councils can play a crucial role in helping unions reach out to new members.
I URGE UNION BRANCHES TO AFFILIATE TO THEIR LOCAL TRADES UNION COUNCIL and to get involved in its activity."
Roger McKenzie former Secretary Midlands TUC: "I am a firm supporter of trades union councils and believe that they are vital bodies on which our movement can be renewed. In my view this does not necessarily mean trades union councils operating in the same way as they have done historically. One lesson from the local campaigns against fascism could be that having, the building of community alliances for social justice at their heart may be one of the ways of reinvigorating trades union councils"
Most main local union branches affiliated to WB&DTUC last year:
Community Craft, Community Region 4
UNISON City of Wolverhampton, UNISON Acute (New Cross hospital), UNISON (Sandwell Gen), UNISON Police Staff, UNISON W.Mids Community
UNITE branches: WM6150, WM5203, UNITE WM7085(W'ton Homes)
action: increasing our affiliation base is a key to increased activity and effectiveness for our campaigns.
The Executive Committee constantly looks at this. Some regional offices pay affiliations on behalf of their branches e.g. Community, UNITE, UCU & UNISON, so there should be higher levels of affiliation from these unions. Many local trade union branches have very small branch meetings or have difficulty involving members in activity. WB&DTUC is thus the ideal platform for increasing the capacity for involvement in public work.
action: branches need to attract new activists to be put forward as delegates. There is still a huge potential for increasing our affiliation base and delegates can assist by contacting unaffiliated branches with which they have dealings.
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