Fair Pay fortnight

Picture taken for the start of the fair pay fortnight campaign outside The Historic Dockyard with HMS Warrior in the background.

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Minutes of the February Meeting

Dear Colleague,

The next meeting date Thursday 7th March 2013

Commencing 7:30pm

Agenda

Attendance

Apologies

Minutes of last Meeting

Matters Arising from Minutes

Treasures Report
Donations / Affiliations

Correspondence

Matters Arising from Correspondence

Reports

Motions from Branches

Press Release

Any Other Business

Meeting close 9:00pm

Venue – EASTNEY COMMUNITY CENTRE, BRANSBURY PARK, EASTNEY, PORTSMOUTH PO4 9SU

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Minutes of 3rd January meeting
held by
Portsmouth Trades Union Council
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Reminder ~ Chair to be advised at start of meeting of any matters under AOB

In Attendance ~  (Unite) ~ (PCS) ~ (Unison) ~ [Postal] (CWU) ~   (RMT) ~  (NASUWT) ~ [Book] (NUJ) ~(USDAW)

Apologies ~ (RMT) ~  (Unison) ~ (Unite) ~ (PCS) ~ (GMB)

Minutes of last Meeting ~ 3rd January 2013
With the correction of 2 spelling errors the minutes were Agreed a true record.

Matters Arising from the Minutes ~
It was requested that the minutes record the payment of £50 to the South African Strikers Fund, and it was further requested that the £50 paid to both the Fiddlers Ferry and the Joint Strike Committee are also noted.

As there were no other matters to update from Minutes sec advised he would move on to Correspondence.

Correspondence ~
All correspondence either sent or received by the secretary since last meeting was circulated and discussed as delegates decided. All items not dealt elsewhere in minutes were subsequently noted.

Matters Arising from Correspondence ~
Advisement of a series of Human Rights lectures in London by Haldane Society Noted
Appeal from BBC regarding a new series they plan on “Business” requesting contact information the PTC has with business, it was highlighted that the aim of the programme was to the public view of business. Noted
New ONLINE educational film entitled “The Parents, The Politician and the Carpetbagger”. The film is a campaigning example of a school that has its Parents and Teachers locked in battle with Educational Secretary Michael Gove’s attempt to turn the school into an Academy. To see a trailer and learn more the film can be located at

http://youtu.be/ayP6I0Dkrsk or http://www.academiesandlies.org.uk

Meeting advised that the secretary had contacted SERTUC secretary Megan Dobney asking if she knew anything about a new far right party called Patria? Sec explained a letter had appeared in The NEWS denying that Patria was a far right party despite the letter supporting policies, (e.g. repatriation back to ethnic location, etc) and the author having stood previously and repeatedly for the BNP. Noted
Advisement the NPC in connection with the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance and Public Service Pensioners’ Council have organised a “RPI” Action Day for the 8th April to highlight the impact the removal of “RPI” on pensions.
Email received from a “Arthur Shaw” claiming to be from Bromley Trades Council advising that “they are having problems getting Unison branches to affiliate and requesting information on “what Unison branches are affiliated to the PTC. Ignore
Advisement from Mark Osgood that he has set up the Portsmouth Unite Community branch and that it met for the first time last night, Mark highlighted that amongst the aims was the intention to get closer involvement with other local groups, (e.g. pensioners, unemployed and students, etc.) to campaign against issues like the “Bedroom Tax” and Cuts to Council Tax Benefits.
Secretary advised that he had been contact with Matt Wrack (FBU) secretary regarding being the lead speaker at a PTC public meeting on “Renationalising the Banks” and awaited a reply regarding available dates.

Treasurer’s Report
As reported in AGM minute on item with the addition of affiliation cheques from Unite City branch; PCS South East Association & Retired Members branch; NUJ Book branch; CWU Postal branch; PCS Portsdown Vectis branch and Unison City branch

SERTUC Monthly mailing ~
Sec advised we were meeting prior to the monthly mailing being circulated by SERTUC but advised of relevant information not out of date.

Reports / Motions from Branches ~
REPORTS
Industrial
It was reported the Dockyard Shop Stewards Committee wanted the PTC to support its Save Our Ships campaign. In reply it was stated that none of the Shop Stewards ever attend the PTC monthly meeting.

Meeting learned the Action Short of Strike Action on terms and conditions continues apace, in combination with the NUT. The two Unions represent over 95% of teachers. In some schools the action is being undermined by management pleas, e.g. of the needs of schools passing Ofsted inspections. However the TU’s are looking to consolidate and escalate their action based on current terms & conditions issues raised by members through surveys and TU branches.

Teachers welcome the Sec of State’s climb down over the EBacc certificate. It is about time that Gove listens to people rather then carrying on regardless with his ideological policies for education. We recently contributed to the discussion (on the EBacc and the wider curriculum) in the local media.

NASUWT and NUT are currently exploring dates for joint strike action over pay and pensions, terms and conditions as well as job security. The feeling of the NASUWT is that, in the context of the policies of the Secretary of State, it will be a question of WHEN rather than IF we take national action. NASUWT favours a sustained campaign of strike action rather than a one-day action. This may involve a national day of strike action followed by a programme of smart, regional strikes leading up to the general election. A sustained strike action of this kind will take some time to prepare, and it will be a question of timing it right to cause maximum and lasting effect. We would like to remind delegates that the NASUWT is the only union that has been engaged in continuous action since 30 November 2011 and does not lack the will to fight for our members. After all, we are a trade union.

Finally, literally dozens of local schools are contemplating academisation. We are engaging upon the issue with the membership and agitating against further academisation, again in conjunction with NUT and other unions. Locally, NASUWT recently participated in a joint anti-academies meeting with Portsmouth City Unison. The meeting had very positive outcomes, in particular discussion and agreement upon the formation of a new local campaign against the privatisation of our schools.

Branch Reports
None. Noted

Motions from Branches
One. See end of minutes for motion which was Agreed unanimously.
An explanation behind the figures was given and it was stated the TUC have previously said this is a good initiative and it was added that the PCS are using PCS members as a proving ground. In conclusion it was advised that if wished then someone from the PCS was available to come down and discuss the item. As the delegate from Unite 256 branch had to leave he outlined the views of the branch and requested the secretary to reply to the motion putting the views of the branch (Unite 256) to the meeting, which the secretary did, in essence that the private sector have suffered detriment in wages & conditions as well as pension losses so why should the public sector be protected.
In regards to the motion a delegate said that the quoted 1% is on the total pay bill and followed on from a pay freeze for nearly 4 years.
Another said the PTC supports everyone on the minimum wage being put on the living wage of £7:45p per hour.
In reply it was said that £7:45p is a reasonable rate BUT no if you are on 16 hours per week.
Press Release
Meeting Agreed the PTC would do a press release on benefit changes. It was asked if the media ever pick up on our press releases. It was explained that The NEWS no longer had a “Business” reporter.

Any Other Business
Delegates reminded the 23rd February had been called for a demonstration as part of the “Stand up for the South Coast” which was part of the campaign started by the Southampton Shipping branch with the aim of involving other groups and organisation with similar concerns.

Meeting reminded that Workers Memorial Day (28th April) would soon be upon us and that we should discuss the item at our March meeting.

It was reported that sex offenders are now being held at Camphill jail. Noted

There being no other business the Chair thanked delegates for attending and closed meeting at 9:10pm.

Motion to Portsmouth Trades Council 7th Feb 2013.

Portsmouth Trades Council recognises that the austerity measures carried out by the Government have failed to reduce public borrowing and failed to encourage growth in the economy.

The continuing job losses as high street stores are closed underline the reality of flawed government policy.

Pay freezes and increase pay capped at 1% have meant members in the civil service have had pay cuts leading to less money being spent in the economy.

Trades Council notes that PCS will be balloting its members on a campaign of industrial action to achieve a pay rise of 5% or £1200 to reverse the pay freeze and increased pension contributions. The ballot runs from 8 Feb 2013 to 4 March 2013.

PTC recognises that proper pay increases not only benefit members immediately but increase wealth in the general economy as well. Proper pay like the living wage of £7.45 an hour outside London increases equality and benefits the country as a whole.

PCS is campaigning to make the living wage a mandatory part of government pay policy – applicable to all directly employed civil servants and to any worker sub-contracted to the private sector.

More than 100 major organisations including 10 universities and a number of colleges are already paying the Living Wage. Nearly all major banks and law firms in London pay the London Living Wage. Outside of London successes have been achieved in colleges, councils, NHS Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Housing Association.

Employers who have implemented the Living Wage have reported that they experienced better retention of staff and improved service as a result.

PTC agrees to support the Living Wage campaign through publicity and to invite a speaker from PCS to speak on the living wage campaign.

PTC agrees to provide support, including press releases, to affiliated PCS branches as the campaign takes shape

Minutes of the AGM February 2013

Dear Colleague,

The next meeting date Thursday 6th February 2014

Commencing 7:30pm

Venue – RAILWAY CLUB, SELBOURNE STREET, FRATTON, PORTSMOUTH

Agenda for AGM

Attendance

Apologies

Minutes of last AGM

Treasurer’s Report

Election of Officers

Affiliations

Correspondence

Matters Arising

Meeting closes at 8:00pm
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In Attendance ~  (Unite) ~  (PCS) ~ (Unison) ~ [Postal] (CWU) ~ (RMT) ~ (NASUWT) ~ [Book] (NUJ) ~ (USDAW)

Apologies ~ (RMT) ~(Unison) ~ (Unite) ~ (PCS) ~ (GMB)

Minutes of last AGM (1st February 2012)
The Minutes of the last AGM previously circulated to all affiliates and delegates were agreed an accurate record.

Treasurer’s Report ~ Written report circulated. Agreed to Stall Insurance

Affiliations ~ Agreed the PTC affiliates to Labour Research Dept (LRD) mag & booklets; County Association; Hazards ~ Affiliate when Hazard conference paperwork received.

Adoption of latest TUC Standing Orders Agreed Unanimously

Correspondence ~ None

Motions ~ None

Venue ~ Sec to ascertain availability of Rifle Club & Eastney Community Centre
Election of Officers details

CHAIR
Number of Nominations required~ One (1)
Nominees ~ Jon Woods

There being no other nominations John Woods was duly elected

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VICE-CHAIR ~ Two (2) Required
Number of Nominations required~ Two (2)
Nominee ~ Sion Reynolds
Nominee ~ Geoff Lange
Nominee ~ Alan Durrant

After a vote Sion Reynolds and Geoff Lange are duly elected

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SECRETARY
Number of Nominations required ~ One (1)
Nominees ~ Louis Mac Donald

There being no other nominations Louis Mac Donald was duly elected
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TREASURER
Number of Nominations required ~ One (1)
Nominees ~ Amber Vincent-Prior

There being no other nominations Amber Vincent Prior was duly elected
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AUDITORS ~ Two (2) Required
Number of Nominations required ~ Two (2)
Nominee ~ Patrick Smythe
Nominee ~ Les Humphreys

With no other nominations Patrick Smythe and Les Humphreys are duly elected
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Press Officer
Number of Nominations required ~ One (1)
Nominee ~ Jon Woods

With no other nominations Jon Woods was duly elected
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Web Master
Number of Nominations required ~ One (1)
Nominee ~ Mark Osgood and Sion Reynolds

With no other nominations Mark Osgood and Sion Reynolds are duly elected

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County Association Delegates

Agreed Louis Mac Donald, Trevor Byng, Alan Durrant & Jon Woods
are Delegates

Minutes of the January Meeting

Dear Colleague,

The next meeting date Thursday 7th February 2013

Commencing 7:30pm

Agenda

Attendance

Apologies

Minutes of last Meeting

Matters Arising from Minutes

Treasures Report
Donations / Affiliations

Correspondence

Matters Arising from Correspondence

Reports

Motions from Branches

Press Release

Any Other Business

Meeting close 9:00pm

Venue – PORTSMOUTH RAIL SOCIAL CLUB, (opposite FRATTON STATION) SELBOURNE TERRACE, FRATTON, PORTSMOUTH

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Minutes of 3rd January meeting
held by
Portsmouth Trades Union Council
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Reminder ~ Chair to be advised at start of meeting of any matters under AOB

In Attendance ~ Unite ~ PCS ~ Unison ~ NASUWT) ~ [Postal] (CWU) ~ (RMT) ~ (NUJ) ~ (GMB) ~ (Portsmouth Pensioners) Observer

Apologies ~ [BT] (CWU) ~ (RMT) ~  (Unison) ~ (Unite) ~  (PCS) ~ (NASUWT)

Minutes of last Meeting ~ 4th 6th December 2012
With the correction of 2 spelling errors the minutes were Agreed a true record.

Matters Arising from the Minutes ~
Under A.O.B. Jon Woods advised of his intention to stand as Chair, Sion said as h intended standing for his union’s NEC his present position was that he would not be seeking re-election as vice chair.
It was proposed and seconded that we use Fratton Social Club as a future venue, after checking meeting learned that the venue was not available due to bingo being held on same night. Noted
Jon Woods advised of a successful demo outside Starbucks highlighting the fact that the company are not paying anything near the amount they should be paying in government taxes
In response to expressions given at previous meetings with regards to the suitability of the present venue being too small for comfort Trevor advised that a suitable venue would be the Bransberry Park Community Centre. Another venue suggested was Cosham Trades Club. It was agreed the secretary would visit both venues and find out the cost and suitability of each venue.

As there were no other matters to update from Minutes sec advised he would move on to Correspondence.

Correspondence ~
All correspondence either sent or received by the secretary since last meeting was circulated and discussed as delegates decided. All items not dealt elsewhere in minutes were subsequently noted.

Matters Arising from Correspondence ~
Meeting learned of a last minute addition to the “Amendment of section 47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, which has been added at the last minute to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.” The proposed amendment would mean as the sec advised that delegates need to read no more than the first line, which states “Employers would no longer have a strict liability for the health and safety of their workers, for the first time since 1898.” It was agreed the sec would circulate the relevant email on item.
“Blacklisting” a detailed breakdown of latest position on the item was given explaining that the police raided the firm who held and supplied the information to those companies running a Blacklist. It was reported that the police when they raided the premises of the Blacklist compiler they never even switched on the majority of computers which resulted in the police only collecting 5% of the available data, it was added that two examples of those who had been blacklisted were Frank Morris at the Olympic site and Steve Aitkenson who had been blacklisted for 5 years at the Fiddlers Ferry site. It was agreed to donate £50 to each campaign.

Treasurer’s Report
The treasurer said there was nothing of note to report, adding that she had received an affiliation cheque from the South Coast Water and Utilities branch of the GMB.

SERTUC Monthly mailing ~
Sec advised we were meeting prior to the monthly mailing being circulated by SERTUC but advised of relevant information not out of date.

Reports / Motions from Branches ~
REPORTS
Industrial
Blacklisting ~ further to above it was highlighted that to date only the tip of a huge iceberg had been uncovered as there are many companies not all of which are in the construction industry who are involved in the practice.

It was reported that a public meeting would be held on Tuesday 29th January at 7:30pm in the Menuhin Rooms of the City Library on the subject of Academies. It was advised that anti academies speakers had been invited. Another delegate reported that the NASUWT were involved with Co-op in schools and it was added that the union was doing this because of the fact that “Free school and Academies” are a reality, as the NASUWT position remains one of total opposition to the policy of removing schools from Local Education Authority supervision as the present policy’s aim was the “Privatisation” of education. It was argued that involving various groups to participate would only “muddy the waters”. It was stated that all government parties were in favour of Academies and that the Co-op was a positive provider of academies. It was stated that £1Billion had already been overspent on Academies and that it would be better to fight on a (local) city wide basis than nationally. It was said that to be successful there had to unity, otherwise any differences would be played off against us. Meeting advised that a local school already had a provider and it was not the Co-op. Delegates were told that providers were getting paid through PFI but would now have to be self financing. The question was posed “do we support a beauty contest or are we against Academies in principle?” It was agreed we work together to fight Academies. It was stated that the NUT had joined the campaign a few months ago and had agreed that Education Secretary Michael Gove’s letter contained too many caveats. It said that when the Government argued for flexibility on pay and conditions, what it actually meant was local rather than national pay and conditions. In conclusion it was reported that the NASUWT and the NUT were in talks on the issue of pay. It was properly proposed and seconded that “this Trades Council is wholly against Academies”. Agreed unanimously

Branch Reports
None. Noted

Motions from Branches
None. Noted

Press Release
Meeting learned that last PTC press release was publicised on European Trades Union ETU) day of action. Noted

Any Other Business
After a brief discussion it was unanimously agreed that we have a second choice of venue and as result it was further agreed the secretary would ascertain the suitability and costs of the Cosham Social Club and Bransberry Park Community Centre as possible future meeting venue’s and report back to the officers.

It was advised that TUC General Secretary (Elect) Frances O’Grady would be amongst the main speakers at the National Pensioners Convention annual meeting in Blackpool later this year.

It was asked if future press releases could be circulated to Affiliates. Agreed

There being no other business the Chair thanked delegates for attending and closed meeting at 9:00pm.

MInutes of the November Meeting

Dear Colleague,

The next meeting date Thursday 6th December 2012

Commencing 7:30pm

Agenda

Attendance

Apologies

Minutes of last Meeting

Matters Arising from Minutes

Treasurer’s Report
Donations / Affiliations

Correspondence

Matters Arising from Correspondence

Reports

Motions from Branches

Press Release

Any Other Business

Meeting close 9:00pm

Venue – PORTSMOUTH RAIL SOCIAL CLUB, (opposite FRATTON STATION) SELBOURNE TERRACE, FRATTON, PORTSMOUTH

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Minutes of 1st November meeting
held by
Portsmouth Trades Union Council
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Reminder ~ Chair to be advised at start of meeting of any matters under AOB

In Attendance ~ Unite ~ PCS ~ Unison ~ NASUWT ~ [Postal] CWU ~ Portsmouth Pensioners – Observer

Apologies ~ Unite ~ NUJ ~ [BT] (CWU) ~ (RMT) ~ Unison ~ PCS ~ Unison ~ NASUWT

Minutes of last Meeting ~ 4th October 2012
Agreed as a true record with the following amendment ~ except the details of one delegate’s name/union.

Matters Arising from the Minutes ~
Meeting informed that only 2 coaches were used by Unite and PTC, NASUWT coach party included a NUT member: PCS coach picked up people on route: Unison ran 2 coaches and the GMB also ran a coach to the Rally and demonstration and rally in London. It was noted that the Unite coach had 20 empty seats and that the “official” estimate for the attendance at the Rally / Demonstration in London was 250,000.

It was said that more cuts were coming down the line and that the majority of people don’t realise this fact. Another said that it was an excellent turn out despite the fact that there had been no real work put into “building for the demo”. It was reported that the march took 3 hours to pass, and that police were supportive of the aims of the march, and that the NASUWT “marched” as a block. It was noted that the PCS members were spread throughout the march and that the PCS locally believe in highlighting the issue of tax evasion / avoidance, it was added that there is no longer any need to go to London via the M3 as the completion of the Hindhead Tunnel has made the A3 route a better and quicker option.

Meeting learned that the “pension” is in reality worthless to working people and that the “pension pot” needs top ups as even if you join a pension scheme at 20 it is not enough to build up a “sufficient pot” for a reasonable pension. It was stated that 1 in 5 people are living below the living wage level and that shop workers at NEXT are on strike and demonstrating outside NEXT shops. Delegates were reminded that the National Insurance (NI) fund was needed and introduced to pay for “Social items” like the NHS, education, etc.

As there were no other matters to update from Minutes sec advised he would move on to Correspondence.

Correspondence ~
All correspondence either sent or received by the secretary since last meeting was circulated and discussed as delegates decided. All items not dealt elsewhere in minutes were subsequently noted.

Matters Arising from Correspondence ~
Following on from an enquiry received from a teacher in a language school ref “becoming unionised” sec advised he had forwarded contact details onto the NASUWT and also the NUT for progression. Agreed Sion gets another copy of the details.

Email from Banner Theatre Group asking if we would consider putting on a production of “Fighting the Cuts”. Noted.

Advisement from TUC of an initiative regarding aiding Trades Councils to have a web site with the bonus of having phone technical assistance. Noted with the addition that we put the web address on PTC leaflets .

Email from Unison officer regarding taking part in the “Portsmouth NHS monitoring group” which is being set up. Noted.

Advisement of the correspondence received regarding the proposal to privatise a local primary school which laid out the NASUWT position and concerns, delegates learning the letter had been required as the NASUWT position had been totally misrepresented.

Copy of “The Message” the paper of the National Pensioners Convention had been received and following a brief discussion it was agreed unanimously that we affiliate to this body at an annual cost of £50

Treasurer’s Report
The treasurer was not in attendance Noted.

SERTUC Monthly mailing ~
Sec advised we were meeting prior to the monthly mailing being circulated by SERTUC but advised of relevant information not out of date.

Reports / Motions from Branches ~
REPORTS
Industrial
Blacklisting ~ it was reported that the offices of a blacklisting firm had been raided in 2009 and that the names, addresses and work history of 32,000 construction workers had been found, a shocking statistic on its own but a lot worse when you consider that 95% of the files were either not copied or examined, which meant that 65,000 were left undisturbed. What had been discovered was that between 2007/08 construction firm Robert Mc Alpine had created a notable spike in queries just prior to the beginning of the “Olympic facilities building programme. It was also reported that a conveyor belt being used at the “Crossrail” site had collapsed spilling waste onto the track side.

It was stated that the Tories are finding NASUWT action difficult to deal with. The threat of “money” being docked for taking industrial action exists.

Delegates were advised the Unison campaign against Academies continues, adding this is presently an issue for another day.

Branch Reports
None. Noted

Motions from Branches
None

Press Release
Delegates informed there had been 3 press releases on the issue of 20th October but that sadly nothing had progressed by the media, adding that when he contacted the newsdesk he was asked “is anyone normal going to be there”?

Any Other Business
It was said that the NASUWT were to be congratulated for the excellent “Workers Day Celebration” Social evening they had put on.

Agreed the sec purchases a “toner” for his printer.

There being no other business the Chair thanked delegates for attending and closed meeting at 9:13pm.

Minutes of the October Meeting

Dear Colleague,

The next meeting date     Thursday 1st November 2012

Commencing                       7:30pm

Agenda

 Attendance

 Apologies

Minutes of last Meeting

Matters Arising from Minutes

Treasurers Report

Donations / Affiliations

Correspondence

Matters Arising from Correspondence

Reports

Motions from Branches

Press Release

Any Other Business

Meeting close 9:00pm

 Venue – PORTSMOUTH RAIL SOCIAL CLUB, (opposite FRATTON STATION) SELBOURNE TERRACE, FRATTON, PORTSMOUTH

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Minutes of 4th October meeting

held by 

Portsmouth Trades Union Council

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Reminder ~ Chair to be advised at start of meeting of any matters under AOB

In Attendance ~ Unite ~ PCS ~ Unison ~ NASUWT ~[Postal] CWU ~  RMT

Apologies ~  Unite ~ NUJ ~ [BT] (CWU) ~, RMT ~ Unison ~ PCS ~ Portsmouth Pensioners – observer

Minutes of last Meeting ~ 4th October 2012

Agreed as a true record

Matters Arising from the Minutes ~

None

As there were no other matters to update from Minutes sec advised he would move on to Correspondence.

Correspondence ~

All correspondence either sent or received by the secretary since last meeting was circulated and discussed as delegates decided. All items not dealt elsewhere in minutes were subsequently noted.

Matters Arising from Correspondence ~

Advisement from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) of a demonstration at Wingfield House, Portsmouth between 12 noon and 2pm against the  medical assessments carried out by ATOS at the Lib/Dem government’s behest as a means of cutting welfare payments and benefits. Noted

Advisement of a letter from Mike Hancock MP to Joan Clarkson (Portsmouth Pensioners) expressing his support for the RMT campaign to re nationalise the railways and stating that he had previously put a “publicly owned railway on different occasions to his party and would continue to do so.

TUC 2013 Women’s Conference to be held from Wednesday 13th March to Friday 15th March at Congress House. Noted

Exchange of emails regarding the moving of the PA system to Mayfield School from the storage facility by Sion and Mick, see also under Treasurer’s Report.

Leaflet on the 10th October Public Meeting being held to coordinate and clarify all aspects of Transport arrangements, pick up times etc for the 20th October March / Rally to Defeat Austerity being held in London

Advisement from the office of PCS Gen Sec Mark Serwotka that Mark would be unable to speak at the above Public Meeting in Portsmouth Noted

Leaflet received advising of a National Conference being held on the topic of “The Fight Against Austerity” between 11am ~ 5pm on Saturday 17th November at the Emmanuel Centre, 9 ~ 23, Marsham Street, London.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer reported that that we were due to pay a balance £58:99 fee for storage of the PA system, which Sion had moved, and a £42 bill for printing 6,000 leaflets Noted.

SERTUC Monthly mailing ~

Sec advised we were meeting prior to the monthly mailing being circulated by SERTUC but advised of relevant information not out of date.

Reports / Motions from Branches ~

REPORTS

Industrial  

Crossrail ~ Unite’s shop steward and H&S practices are leaving a lot to be desired as there was a live 11,000 volts cable running through the site. This site has also seen 28 Unite members and shop steward sacked. 17 members were also sacked in the prefab workshop. It was reported that as the conveyer belt taking rubble away it collapsed on train track side.

Meeting learned there would be a day of action at Wingfield House on 17th October in addition to a lobby of Parliament.

Delegates informed that the McNulty report had shown that performance levels have dropped by 4%, it was added that both the mail east coast and west coast train lines are presently in public hands.

Branch Reports

None. Noted

Motions from Branches

Emergency motion from The Portsmouth NASUWT branch on the issue of “School Academisation, Failure to consult and Victimisation of a Colleague” see also end of minutes Agreed Unanimously.

It was said that where you have a city like Portsmouth, e.g. where officers want Academies, and Councillors express no opinion there is a need to form Co-op schools. Since 2011 schools can legally charge for “creative subjects”.  Local schools that stand up against Academisation, e.g. distributing leaflets have seen colleagues disciplined for doing so. Branch members have become increasingly angry and have asked if teachers can put there point of view without the fear of targeting of individuals. In seconding the motion it was stated that schools who do not wish to become Academies can or Free Schools can become Co-op schools. It was asked if a disciplinary hearing is going on and “if so can we get involved” Another delegate opined that we should consider turning up at the school with placards stating “Freedom of Speech is being denied.” A delegate said that we should be fighting to keep all schools under “Local Educational (Government) Authority” (LEA) rather than turning them into Co-op schools. It was highlighted that School buildings and land will be lost if Academy’s is the chosen option.

In his right of reply it was said that the PTC might consider favourably writing a letter of support to the individual being disciplined but that we should delay the secretary writing until we see what happens. There is a democratic right to protest outside a school, adding that if schools had to leave LEA control then the best option would be for them to become Co-op schools. A leaflet had been circulated which was written in “public speak” rather than TU or political speak, and in closing it was stated that the school buildings and land would be given to privateers. Agreed we do a press release.

Motion 2

On the issue of PTC support for the Resistance Conference on 17th November

Agreed Unanimously ~ ~ ~ (See also end of minutes)

Press Release

Delegates informed there had been no press releases since the last meeting.

Any Other Business

None

There being no other business the Chair thanked delegates for attending and closed meeting at 9:32pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion 1 NASUWT

 

Emergency motion

 

This Trades Council notes the attempts of a local state school to seek academisation without meaningful consultation of their staff or recognised unions

 

This Trades Council commends the NASUWT members at the school for their insistence that the school consults them and the unions, as per the TUPE regulations. This Trades Council promises to give full solidarity to the members if they feel it necessary to escalate to industrial action over this failure to consult.

 

This Trades Council condemns efforts by the headteacher to victimise, by the Council’s disciplinary procedure, one of the Union’s members for following Union instructions by distributing a leaflet which contains the Union’s view on academies.

 

This Trades Council resolves to collectively support the member by writing her letters of support, to consider writing, if necessary, to the Headteacher and Chair of Governors, and any other measure which can support her.

 

This Trades Council also resolves to firmly maintain the democratic right to criticise academisation, or any other Government policy initiative that acts against the interests of teachers and the communities they serve.

 

Proposed by NASUWT

 

Agreed Unanimously

 

 

 

 

Motion 2

 

 

Motion to Trades Council

 

Support the Unite the Resistance Conference 17 November 2012

 

This Trades Council;

 

  1. Welcomes the TUC’s ‘March for a future that works’ and pledges to build the 20 October demonstration.
  2. Supports the call by some unions for further united strike action in the Autumn against the Tory government’s austerity plans. We believe any such strikes should be only the start of a campaign and that further action will be required.
  3. Believes we need to unite all those resisting the cuts – trade unions, unemployed people, students and campaigning groups.
  4. Resolves to support and publicise the Unite the Resistance conference on Saturday 17 November and send the Trades Council banner.

 

Proposed: UNISONPortsmouthCity Branch

 

 

Agreed Unanimously

Minutes of the September Meeting

Minutes of 6th September 2012 meeting

held by 

Portsmouth Trades Union Council

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Reminder ~ Chair to be advised at start of meeting of any matters under AOB

In Attendance ~ Unite, PCS, Unison, NASUWT, CWU (Postal), Portsmouth Students & Portsmouth Pensioners

Apologies ~, Unite, NUJ , CWU (BT), RMT, Unison, NASUWT, PCS

Minutes of last Meeting ~ 2nd August 2012

Agreed as a true record

Matters Arising from the Minutes ~

None

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer reported that that we were paying an affiliation fee to Labour Research Department (LRD) but never see any LRD publications. Sec said he would try to remember to bring some to the next meeting.

 

As there were no other matters to update from Minutes sec advised he would move on to Correspondence.

Correspondence ~

All correspondence either sent or received by the secretary since last meeting was circulated and discussed as delegates decided. All items not dealt elsewhere in minutes were subsequently noted.

Matters Arising from Correspondence ~

Advisement from RMT about a demonstration at Portsmouth & Southsea station on Wednesday 12th September between 4:30pm ~ 6:00pm. Noted

Advisement from Unite the union Regional Officer that Unite would be running 2 x 50 seater coaches from Portsmouth to the “Austerity isn’t Working” demonstration in London on Saturday 20th October.

The meeting learned that the PCS union were also running a coach and that Unison are running 4 x 50 seater coaches. Delegates were reminded that the TUC centrally would pay 75% of the cost of any coach hired by the PTC and that NASUWT had said they would contribute the balance which was universally welcomed. In total this meant there would be 8 x 50 seater coaches leaving from the city to the demonstration in London, with the codicil that should any additional coaches be required assurances had been received that the Unite union would pay for them. The question of charging for 20th October transport was considered and rejected, it was agreed that the pick-up points in the city for the coaches would be The Hard; Students Union; Fratton Bridge and Cosham.

There ensued a wide discussion on where do we go from here as it was felt that whatever comes next is vitally important. It was expressed that previously some Gen sec’s had been unsupportive of similar campaigns. It was view of some that something should be done locally as well as nationally and that we should be considering what to do after October 20th.

Delegates were informed that there was growing anger amongst students over various educational issues. A delegate said we need to build participation links between the PTC and trade unions in the city, adding that there would be lobby of the TUC at Brighton this weekend and that there would be a bus leaving from the students’ union. A delegate enquired if anyone had any idea of the TUC’s position in regards to a “General Strike”.

A delegate opined that unions must retain and if possible build up their membership. Another said that the present round of cuts are making people unemployed and as a response we should be taxing the rich and noted that Osborne’s policies have failed. It was questioned if the cuts were really necessary or were they a big con trick as banks are sitting on £750 million as employers won’t invest in their own companies.

The view was expressed that we needed to change the present system, but the problem is that we cannot change the present system under the present system. It was also said that the theme of any demo should be settled, e.g. “uncollected taxes”.

Meeting informed that there to would be a meeting held Southsea Community Centre on 17th September between 7:30pm ~ 9:00pm for the PACT against the cuts campaign group to settle arrangements and finalise a coherent plan of action.

It was highlighted that we needed something between now and 20th October in response it was said that there was a public / coordinating meeting planned for 10th October and that amongst the planned speakers was one from the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) and in addition there was the planned Workers Celebration Day Social event where there would be a band, food, salsa dancer and much more, it was highlighted that this would be an excellent opportunity to promote the 20th October event.

It was proposed that we cancel the present storage arrangements for the PA system and instead move the system temporarily to a local school before taking up Unite’s kind offer of FREE long term storage. Agreed unanimously. It was noted that in addition to cancelling the storage we need to look into the question of insurance for the PA system.

It was proposed that we produce a joint PTC / PACT leaflet and consider sending speakers to branches. It was highlighted that the leaflet must say not for fly posting at the bottom of the leaflet. The likely cost of 1,000 b&w double sided leaflet was put at £50. It was reported that there was the possibility of TU speaker at the Students Freshers Fair.

It was suggested and agreed that a coordinating meeting / rally is held on Wednesday 10th October at the Central Library commencing at 7:30pm. The Menuin room can be hired for £120. It was agreed that we purchase stall insurance circa £50. (F6 – Ag1 – Ab3)

The fact that tax dodging is costing the country a fortune and multi nationals are money in and out of the country as they desire was once again highlighted

SERTUC Monthly mailing ~

Sec advised we were meeting prior to the monthly mailing being circulated by SERTUC but advised of relevant information not out of date.

Reports / Motions from Branches ~

REPORTS

Industrial

None

Branch Reports

None. Noted

Motions from Branches

None

Press Release

Delegates informed there had been no press releases since the last meeting. Agreed there needs to be one to help explain what campaigns and actions we are involved in.

Any Other Business

Advisement that there would be a demonstration on 15th September at the Ferry Port from 7:15am, it was highlighted that the campaign was to get the same basic conditions and wages as British seamen for these foreign seamen and not some right wing campaign to get jobs for British workers.

There being no other business the Chair thanked delegates for attending and closed meeting at 9:00pm.