Secretary: Jane Holgate --- President: Janine Booth. Hackney TUC is an official TUC body bringing together union members to build a strong, broad-based labour movement in Hackney, east London. Union branches with members who live or work in Hackney can affiliate. We organise solidarity, discussion and campaigns. Use this website as a resource, to find out about trade union activity in Hackney, and to support each other.

'The union makes us strong': TUC history online

Submitted by Janine on Sat, 11/12/2004 - 15:21.

Matchworkers 1888

The TUC and London Metropolitan University jointly run a website on trade union history. Click on this link for interesting articles and photographs, including significant events from trade union history, such as the Matchworkers' Strike of 1888 (pictured) and the General Strike of 1926.

EWS groundstaff strike for job security

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 22/11/2004 - 10:58.

Did you get a better night's sleep than usual on the weekend of 6/7 November? If so, that could be because the usual freight trains were not running noisily through Hackney. Why? Because EWS groundstaff were on strike.

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PCS fight against jobs massacre: "A marvellous start!"

Submitted by Janine on Thu, 11/11/2004 - 19:19.

PCS strikers march

Local PCS representatives report on a strong day of strike action on Friday 5 November. Read the text below, or download this as a two-sided leaflet here.

"The Government should take note, you cannot improve public service when you sack 104,000 workers take on your own workforce at your peril..." (Mark Serwotka, London Rally 5th November 2004)

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Hackney TUC launches a union organising drive across the borough

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 01/11/2004 - 13:40.

Join a union!

PRESS RELEASE: 31 October 2004

On Wednesday 10 November, Hackney TUC is launching a 'union organising drive' across the borough to take the union message into the borough's unorganised workplaces. The aim is to ensure that everyone who lives or works in Hackney, whatever their job, is offered the opportunity to join a trade union that can support them at work.

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Minutes: Hackney TUC meeting, October 13 2004

Submitted by Janine on Fri, 29/10/2004 - 11:46.

John Page, GMB
Janine Booth, RMT
Nigel Prendergast, PCS
Peter Coleman, Unison

PCS fights jobs massacre

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 18/10/2004 - 15:46.

 vote Yes!

Hackney's civil servants are preparing for strike action against a brutal assault on their jobs and working conditions. The government proposes to cut 100,000+ jobs in the civil service, and to forcibly relocate a further 20,000 jobs. The Department for Work and Pensions will bear the brunt.

Civil servants also face attacks on their working conditions, including the loss of the final-salary pension scheme and the loss of sick pay for the first three days of sickness absence.

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Hortance Mbebo: stop this deportation!

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 18/10/2004 - 09:32.

Hortance Mbebo

Hortance Mbebo is facing deportation, despite being married to UK citizen and Hackney Council worker Peter Louw. Hackney UNISON is campaigning to stop this unjust deportation. The union branch says: "This makes a mockery of the Home Office's motto to build a safe, just and tolerant society".

TUC launches appeal for Iraqi unions

Submitted by Janine on Fri, 08/10/2004 - 08:09.


Following its congress decision on 13-16 September 2004, the TUC has launched an Aid Appeal for Iraq to support Iraqi trade unions. You can donate online.

Update: Lecturers to strike at Hackney Community College

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 05/10/2004 - 09:14.

Information bulletin (2) from NATFHE, the Lecturers’ Union at the Community College, Hackney.

Stop the Redundancies - Save Adult and Further Education in Hackney

Lecturers at the Community College, Hackney have voted to take 2 days of strike action starting with one day’s action on Tuesday, October 12th followed by another at the beginning of November.

Celebration & Education for Black History Month

Submitted by Janine on Thu, 30/09/2004 - 19:54.
31/12/1969 - 23:00

The event is to be jointly organised by the School of Trade Union Education at College of North East London, GMB London Region Race Committee and Haringay Council: New Deal for Communities Programme. It is free of charge and open to all union members and families.

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