steps of York Minster, 12pm noon Tuesday April 28th
Commemorated on 28th April each year, International Workers’ Memorial Day encourages us to “Remember the dead and, fight for the living”. Trade unions remember all those killed through work, while at the same time seek to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated. Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world. Representatives of York & District TUC will be holding a vigil outside York Minster and calling on trade union members as well as the general public to join us in remembering those workers who went to work one day and never returned.
The vigil will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday 28th April and will begin with a small number of speakers including Karl Stephenson of construction union UCATT, whose union has to deal with health and safety much more than most. Leigh Wilks (York TUC President & Regional Executive) and others will speak about the historic battles to gain safety in the workplace and the need for that safety to not be sacrificed on the altar of profit. After the event, a delegation of TUC representatives will proceed to the memorial site of the railway carriage works on Holgate Road to leave flowers in an act of remembrance for those who have been lost.
Whether union member or not, we welcome everyone to attend who wishes to pay their respects to those, who often in the service of great and historic projects, lost their lives. There are still horrific cases of injuries of death and injury in UK workplaces every year. Workers Memorial Day is about not just commemorating the lost but also raising awareness of the dangers of work so families don’t have to go through the horror of losing a loved one to a workplace accident.
If you are on your lunch hour, come along and pay your respects. It is only through the sacrifice of previous generations in the working class and trade union movements that we have the legal protections we enjoy at work on so many fronts – with health and safety being no exclusion.It is makes perfect sense that we honour those who had to die to afford us those rights.
The 2015 York TUC AGM took place on Wednesday 11th March with representatives present from many of our affiliated branches.
At the meeting changes to some rules were voted on and an updated copy of the rules will be available via this website shortly. An updated affiliation form will also be made available soon.
The officers were elected for the coming year as follows:
- Leigh Wilks was re-elected President.
- Brian Clark was re-elected Vice-president.
- Krzysztof Rockwell stood down as Secretary. Danny Myers was elected to the post.
- Karen Millar was re-elected Treasurer.
- Ian Craven was re-elected Campaigns Officer.
- Sue Thomas was ineligible for re-election as Equality Officer. The post remains vacant.
- Sophie Shaw stood down as International Officer. Pete Kilbane was elected to the post.
- Reece Goscinski was re-elected Minute Secretary.
- There remains 4 vacant executive committee positions (in addition to the officer posts).
Following the AGM, delegates heard from Labour’s PPC for the York Central constituency, Rachael Maskell, who explained to delegates what she was planning to do for working people and families in the constituency if she were elected, with particular focus on Rachael’s background in the health sector. She asked delegates to take the message back to branches and workplaces and despite needing to rush off for a train to London she stayed to answer quite a number of questions from delegates!
At the end of the delegates’ meeting, I was presented with an award for my services to the Trades Council as Secretary for the past two years. I have to say it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I have been privileged to work with a fantastic bunch of people both within and out-with the trades council. It’s bittersweet for me because I hate leaving, but I get to begin a new chapter of my life in London with my partner so that’s good too. I have agreed to stay on as webmaster for York TUC so you may see the occasional post on here from me still!