Ian Lawrence and Ben Cockburn write
The predictions from seasoned political commentators that this year’s Trade Union Congress would be pivotal for the aspirations of working people, very much proved to be the case.
A number of important debates took place in Liverpool covering the many issues that TUC affiliates had brought on behalf of their members. As was pointed out last week, Napo had tabled two motions for debate, one on the dangers posed to public safety as a result of heavy workloads, and one calling for Cafcass to be removed from the Civil Service Pay Remit. The former was composited with the equally excellent motion from the POA calling for the establishment of A Royal Commission into the Criminal Justice System. Both were unanimously carried.
The debates and the excellent speech from Ben (first time Delegate) and Ian on Tuesday, together with a personal testimony to the professionalism of Cafcass staff can be seen below:
You can watch day two of congress in full here where you can easily scroll through to also see contributions on the current RAAC construction crisis and a keynote address by Deputy Labour Party Leader Angela Rayner who mapped out her commitment to a ‘New Deal for Workers.’
New Government faces some stern challenges
Congress, (much like Napo’s own AGM) rightly sets out a huge ask list of its leadership and this week was no different in that respect. But two key challenges were laid down to those aspiring to form the newhttps://napomagazine.org.uk/tuc-congress-supports-removal-of-cafcass-from-civil-service/ Government whenever that expected General Election arrives.
The first is the insidious and vindictive Minimum Service Level legislation introduced by the Government, following their failure to turn public opinion against workers who have been engaged in industrial struggle in the fight for fair pay and the protection of their livelihoods. Many leaders, including our own General Secretary (at a packed NSSN Fringe meeting on Sunday) called out the MSL for what it is: an attack on the fundamental right of an individual to withdraw their labour.
This issue will loom large in the months to come, alongside the proposed ‘new deal for workers’. Trade unions have made it very clear that a Labour Government – if that’s what we have- must repeal all anti-trade union legislation and implement a new suite of employment rights that put working people at the front of the queue, as opposed to the all too many employers who seek to exploit them, for generations to come.
Watch this space.