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.

Workplace stress: part two

Submitted by Janine on Tue, 21/09/2004 - 07:12.

Part two: Is stress a health and safety hazard for you?

Stress is sometimes not regarded as an obvious health and safety hazard. The key is to identify the causes and symptoms (see part one), and be prepared to act.

On the surface, stress may not seem as direct a threat as asbestos, infectious diseases, or needlestick injuries. With those hazards, the threat is clearly identifiable and the health impacts are commonly understood.


No Sweat meeting

Submitted by Janine on Sun, 19/09/2004 - 20:23.
31/12/1969 - 23:00

Space Rangers Against Sweatshops

Paul Hampton introduces a video of working conditions in Disney factories in Haiti.



Plus discussion about a new homeworkers' initiative, with a speaker invited from Oxfam.



More details from Karen 07906-384592.



No Sweat website


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Hackney Community College lecturers to strike against job cuts

Submitted by Janine on Sat, 11/09/2004 - 13:36.

From an initial leaflet from NATFHE (the college lecturers' union)

Hackney Community College is issuing a Section 188 notice with the aim of getting rid of 49 full-time equivalent jobs. Both lecturers and support staff face redundancies and many more than 49 individuals will be hit by these cuts.


Workplace stress: part one

Submitted by Janine on Fri, 10/09/2004 - 18:02.

Stress!

by John Page, Hackney TUC Secretary

Part one: What is work-related stress?

(You can read part two here)


We hear a lot about stress. People talk about being stressed out, how this or that situation is stressful. Stress affects us at home, work, and even on holidays.
We also hear too often that we should learn to ‘deal’ or ‘cope’ with stress at work. This implies that workplace stress is normal and that we need to ‘manage’ or ‘handle’ stress and just get on with the job. This view of stress is wrong.


Hackney TUC debates labour representation

Submitted by Janine on Thu, 09/09/2004 - 10:59.

Hackney TUC discusses labour representation

Fifteen trade unionists discussed the crisis of working-class representation at the September meeting of Hackney TUC.

A full report of the discussion will be posted on this website soon.


387 lecturers face the sack today!

Submitted by Janine on Wed, 01/09/2004 - 04:12.

NATFHE members protest against new contracts

Lecturers burn contracts in protest!

NATFHE members are in dispute with London Metropolitan University over new contracts. The letter below - which they have sent to MPs - explains the details of the dispute.



Lecturers' Fury Over Vice-Chancellor's 'Book Burning'

Submitted by Janine on Wed, 01/09/2004 - 04:07.

Burning bin!

Lecturers burn new contracts

NATFHE News Release, 26 AUGUST 2004


LECTURERS’ FURY OVER VICE CHANCELLOR’S ‘BOOK BURNING’



Lecturers at London Metropolitan University (LMU) today condemned the university’s vice chancellor Brian Roper for ordering the destruction of thousands of copies of a book about the university.


TUPE: What it means and what it doesn't

Submitted by Janine on Sun, 29/08/2004 - 19:42.

by John Page, Hackney TUC Secretary

Business takeovers: your employment rights (TUPE)

This article aims to explain the legal protection afforded to employees when their employment is transferred to a new company.


Discussion forum: Labour representation in crisis

Submitted by Janine on Fri, 27/08/2004 - 06:59.

The next monthly meeting of Hackney TUC will be held on Wednesday 8 September @ 7.30pm, at Marcon Court Community Hall at the junction of Marcon Place and Amhurst Road.

The September meeting will be a forum for trade unionists, 'What next for Labour representation?'. Speakers include Christine Shawcroft (Labour Party National Executive), Glenroy Watson (Political Officer, RMT Finsbury Park branch), Eddie Barns (former Labour Councillor), Kate Ahrens (UNISON National Executive) and Brian Debus (Branch Secretary, Hackney UNISON). We have also invited speakers from PCS, CWU and FBU.


Kola Shokunbi wins reinstatement

Submitted by Janine on Thu, 12/08/2004 - 22:00.

Trade unionists have won their campaign for the reinstatement of Unison shop steward Kola Shokunbi. Kola had been dismissed by Initial Hospital Services Limited from his job as a cleaner at Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust.

Click 'read more' for the details of the case that Hackney TUC circulated shortly after Kola's dismissal (on 7 April 2004).