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!
NHS workers across the country are striking this morning as the government have refused their request for a 1% pay increase.
The government’s unwillingness is tantamount to a pay cut in real terms for thousands of nurses, midwives and ambulance staff.
York TUC fully supports the strike and wishes to send a message of solidarity to all those who have taken the difficult decision to stand up.
If you pass a picket this morning please give your support to the professionals who care for us when we are sick, or when we are bringing our children in to the world. If we do not fight for this NHS we will be forever known as the generation who sold our children’s healthcare off!
As many of you are no doubt already aware, the Liberal Democrats will be holding their Conference over the weekend commencing 8th March and the TUC, both locally and regionally, are mobilising a demonstration against their shameful support of the austerity policies of one of the most severe Tory Governments in political history. For full details of the demonstration and how you can get involved, please visit the demonstration website at www.abetterwaydemo.org which will give you full details of the plans for the day, including the route of the march and details of speakers at the rally which will follow it. York & District TUC are also organising a fringe event to take place from 2pm to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, a short distance from the rally, starting with a premiere showing of “On The Edge”, a short half-hour film by Cathy Denton about austerity in York, followed by a range of local and regional speakers. We are still finalising the details of the fringe event but these will be up on the site early next week along with a press release – we think you will find both the march, rally and fringe event not only an ideal opportunity to tell the Liberal Democrats what you think of their support of the Tories’ crippling policies, but especially at the fringe meeting, an opportunity to discuss the “better way” that the TUC and its affiliated unions are proposing.
I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal for some help in stewarding the event. If you would like to help us out in being a steward for the day, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your contact details.
Look out for further details about the fringe event early next week, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on the day.
Leigh Wilks, York & District TUC President