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The work of the Trades Union Council

22nd January 2009

Leicester and District Trades Union Council was established in 1872, making us more than 136 years old and one of the oldest in the country. Trades Councils, the local arm of the TUC, exist in towns and cities across the country. In the General Strike of 1926 it was the local trades councils that supported workers and began to organise for a long and protracted strike. The bureaucracy of the TUC has been suspicious of trades councils ever since.

L&DTUC has some twenty or more affiliated trade union branches in the city and county, including both Leicester City and LTA.

Trades Council provides a forum through which issues of general interest to trade unionists can be raised and campaigns which unite different unions organised. Currently we are involved in the campaigns to Keep Our NHS Public and Support Our Schools - Anti Academies. We also oppose the anti-union laws.

Every year L&DTUC marks Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April, remembering workers who have been killed or injured at work under the slogan “remember the dead, fight for the living”. We helped establish a permanent memorial in Town Hall Square with an oak tree and plaque.

Trades Council meets at the Town Hall on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We are allowed several delegates, being a large branch, so if anyone is interested in coming along, please get in touch or ask anyone on committee to put your name forward.

We are in the process of setting up a website. Have a look and find out more.

Polly Henderson
Retired Teachers’ Organiser
L&DTUC delegate


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