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Trades Union Councils

16 November 2010

Branches are asked to recognise the importance of Trades Councils and the part they play in promoting the interests of trade unionism in our communities and are encouraged to affiliate to their local Trades Council.

For that purpose please click on the link for details of all registered Trades Councils in England and Wales, by order of region. Please click on the link for details of all registered Trades Councils in Scotland.

Trades Union Councils bring together unions to work and campaign around issues affecting working people in their local workplaces and communities. Trades Union Councils aim to:

- Raise public awareness of rights at work and the union role in enforcing those rights;

- Promote organising and recruitment drives to build union membership, and

- Support union and community campaigns for dignity and respect in the workplace and beyond.

With the threats of racism and fascism, changes in the labour market and debates over the future of public services, the trade union voice in the community is as important as ever. The capacity of trades union councils to provide a local response and to organise trade unionists into coalitions with other progressive forces is crucial. They do this by providing services which keep local trade unionists up to date with developments within the wider trade union movement, and by taking up relevant local industrial and community issues.

Affiliation details can be obtained from the Trades Council Secretary in your area and payment made through the TSSA Branch 4-weekly financial return under "Any Other Expenditure".

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