The next meeting date Thursday 7th March 2013
Minutes of last Meeting
Matters Arising from Minutes
Donations / Affiliations
Matters Arising from Correspondence
Motions from Branches
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
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.
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.
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 ~
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.
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.
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