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Trades union congress round-up

Issue No. 2220


Bank of England governor Mervin King received a flat response at the TUC.

UCU union members wore T-shirts emblazed with “Make the Bankers Pay” and were joined by several delegates holding “No Con-Dem Cuts” placards.

The RMT delegation left the hall when King started to speak.

Green Jobs

Congress backed the One Million Green Jobs campaign. Adam Khalif told conference, “The PCS are encouraging our bargaining groups to appoint green lead reps to monitor progress and develop a network of green reps.

“The fight for jobs is the same fight against climate change.”


Delegates unanimously passed a motion calling for more investment in council housing to help the economic recovery.


Congress unanimously passed a motion moved by the TSSA and seconded by the GMB over Palestine.

It called for a campaign to boycott goods from illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine.

Last year a similar motion had been tabled but was diluted by the GMB, and there were several abstentions and objections.

This time the vote passed unopposed.

The TUC also condemned the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla on 31 May, calling for a “full, open and independent investigation and for the blockade of Gaza to be immediately lifted.”


Delegates backed a national demonstration through central London on 10 November being organised by the UCU and the National Union of Students against education cuts.

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary said, “Every single cabinet member took up the opportunity to go to university for free.

“And every single one of them is now happy to deny hundreds of thousands of young people the opportunities that they themselves were given, by cutting £1.4 billion from the further and higher education budgets.”


Somewhat against the general mood of the Congress, the TUC voted to hold biennial congresses. The NUT with PCS, RMT, FBU and NUJ voted against.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow was re-elected to the TUC general council in the contested election for seats to represent unions with fewer than 100,000 members.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2220
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