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A sticky situation

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A guest blog by Conservator Jenny Barsby

At PHM we collect objects which have a story and this is often told through the physical condition of the piece, if a banner has holes or stains these may be a clue to how, where or why it was used. As is often the case with social history collections we sometimes deal with complex objects made from a variety of materials, many of the textiles I treat show signs of wear and tear or may be disfiguring if viewed in a different context. It is my job as a conservator to preserve this evidence while ensuring that the object is safe for storage and display.

As well as maintaining our existing collection and preparing objects for display we treat new objects as they come in. When a new object comes into the Textile Conservation Studio the first thing I do is a…

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2015 York TUC AGM

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!

Krzysztof

Picturehouse Cinemas living wages campaign – Living Wage coming to West Norwood

We’ve had an update on BECTU’s Living Wage campaign in Picturehouse Cinemas from the Going to Work website. It’s one step closer for Trade Union members at York’s City Screen.

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From: “BECTU campaigns via Going to Work” <contact@goingtowork.org.uk>
Date: Jan 8, 2015 4:13 PM
Subject: Picturehouse Cinemas living wages campaign – Living Wage coming to West Norwood

Dear Friends,

There’s been a significant development in BECTU’s campaign to win a living wage for all workers in the Picturehouse cinema chain.

A new branch of Picturehouse being opened later this year in West Norwood, south London, will pay its staff the London Living Wage. This isn’t a sudden change of heart from Picturehouse though. It’s the result of Lambeth Council responding to growing public concern and actually making the Living Wage a condition for granting the necessary planning permission. Continue reading Picturehouse Cinemas living wages campaign – Living Wage coming to West Norwood