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EC Report - December 2018

21 January 2019

There were two apologies for absence - Stephen Lawrence (Scotland) and Matty Courtliff (Wales and Western)

Walkden House at 17 Devonshire Square

TSSA staff have completed the move into Walkden House. The training room and boardroom, which were in progress at the time of writing the last report, have been completed and are ready for use.

Negotiations with HS2 on the remainder of the payment for Walkden House in Euston continue to be testing. The Executive Committee agreed to proceed legal proceedings early in 2019.

Industrial Relations

The Executive Committee agreed to ballot members for industrial action including strike action and action short of strike in the following disputes:

Freightliner - the company has unilaterally changed their pension terms without consultation or agreement with the trade unions.

Córas Iampair Éirann - A longstanding pay issue.

Financial and Notable Donations

The Executive Committee received a report on the position of our investments. Recent uncertainty in markets has resulted in the value of the fund dipping slightly in the last few weeks, however the fund will be boosted by additional investment in the next few days.

The Executive Committee was asked to consider assisting the Tall Ships Youth Trust, which is one of the world’s oldest sail training charities, who help 12-25 year olds break down the barriers and challenges that they face to fulfil their potential through experiences at sea. The Committee agreed to donate £50 and to circulate the work of the trust to branches. You can find out more about Tall Ships here: https://www.tallships.org

The Executive Committee agreed to make a donation of £50 at the request of Sussex branch to fund the sourcing of four blue plaques to honour Women’s Social and Political Union, Minnie Turner, a supporter of women’s suffrage in the UK from 1903 to 1917, Elizabeth Robins, a writer who declared herself a suffragist and wrote the play ‘Votes for Women!’, and Clementin Black, a suffragist, trade unionist and writer. She moved the first resolution for equal pay at TUC in 1888.

The Committee agreed to make a donation of £50 to the Greater Manchester Association Trades Union Council to assist in the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre.

Political and Campaigns

The Executive Committee received a detailed report from Sarah-Jane Potter, who was part of TSSA’s delegation to this year’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. The Committee would like to extend their thanks to Sarah for her work.

The Executive Committee considered the case, forwarded from the Scottish Trade Union Congress, of Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody in May 2015 after being restrained by at least nine police officers who responded to a report of a black man brandishing a knife. Sheku was restrained by handcuffs to his wrists and restraints applied to his knees and ankles, and his body was covered in lacerations, bruising and he had suffered a broken rib.

Mr Bayoh was found to have not been in possession of a weapon, despite the police attempting to smear him by leaking reports to the local press that he was carrying a knife. The grief of Mr Bayoh’s

family was further compounded when Scotland’s chief prosecutor decided in October 2018 to not press charges against any police officers involved in his death.

The Executive Committee agreed to donate a sum of £100 to the campaign for Justice for Sheku Bayoh.

The Executive Committee agreed to make two donations of €500 to Brendan Ryan TD, Labour Party deputy in the Dail, made at the request of the Irish Committee.

The Executive Committee agreed to endorse and sign a statement from the Brazil Solidarity Initiative, which expresses alarm at the election of far-right Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s president. You can read the statement here.

The Committee also agreed to endorse a statement from Trade Union & Labour Movement Campaign Against Racism and the Far Right noting alarm at the rise of the far right across Europe and the need for progressive and democratic forces to counter these worrying developments.

The Committee received a quarterly report from Campaign for Better Transport on their work in buses, rail, roads, freight and other areas from July to September of this year.

Governance

The Executive Committee considered a report from members who had attended a governance and leadership course in November. It was agreed that the reminder of the Executive Committee would attend the same or similar training before further improvements to the governance of the union would be implemented.

The Committee agreed to introduce web-based portal for administering the work of the EC, including minutes, agendas and supporting documentation. This will further enhance our robustness in com-plying with GDPR. The projected cost per annum will be £6,700 plus VAT per year, plus any incidental costs associated with the supply of tablets with direct savings in resources in terms of staff time, printing and postage.

TSSA Democracy

The Executive Committee authorised the call for nominations for the following positions, whose terms are due to end next year:

President

Treasurer

Executive Committee member (Scotland)

Executive Committee member (London North West)

Executive Committee member (North West

The Executive Committee were requested to endorse two amended branch Standing Orders, one for London Bus and Rail Operators and the other from TfL Central. Both required some further amendment and branches will be written to accordingly.

Time to Grow and Organising

The Committee was given an update on membership and recruitment. Recruitment has slowed and membership has again dipped below 18,000. The new compulsory recruitment courses which commenced in November have been well received and work must continue to recruit new members across the industry. Reps can register to attend courses by clicking here: http://www.tssa.org.uk/re-cruitment-skills.

Donations and Funding

Donations, funding and affiliation fees were authorised to the following:

€1000 to Brendan Ryan TD, at the request of the Irish Committee

£250 to War on Want

£125 to Manchester May Day Festival 2019

£100 to Justice for Sheku Bayoh

£50 to Hazards Campaign

£50 to Medical Aid for Palestine

£50 to Tall Ships Youth Trust

£50 for Blue Plaques

£50 to the Greater Manchester Association Trades Union Council

£25 to Working Class Movement Library

The next meeting of the Executive Committee would be on 16th and 17th January 2019 at Walkden House at 17 Devonshire Square

This is a brief summary. For further details, please contact your Executive Committee member.

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