Tuesday 1 May / 8 a.m. / McDonald's, 639 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8WL
Last September, McDonald's workers in Cambridge and Crayford (south-east London) took historic strike action. Tomorrow they're striking again, with staff at three more restaurants in Manchester and Watford joining them! They're still fighting for a choice of fixed hours, still for decent pay (£10 an hour), and now for equal pay for young workers: see the Fast Food Rights blog for more information.Read more
Wednesday 15 November / 5.15 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX
The latest seminar in the series jointly organized by the university staff unions Cambridge UCU and Anglia Ruskin UCU will discuss 'the challenges and opportunities for worker voice in the digital age' – including a case study on the People's Assembly Against Austerity! The sociologist Torsten Geelan (University of Cambridge) will draw on his doctoral research on our campaign for a talk titled, 'The Combustible Mix of Coalitional Power and Digital Media'.Read more
Monday 4 September / 6–7 a.m. / McDonald's, 639 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8WL
McDonald's workers in Cambridge will strike on 4 September against management bullying and for a £10 hourly wage, union rights, and guaranteed hours. Workers in the Baking, Food, and Allied Workers' Union at the restaurant on Newmarket Road and at another restaurant in Crayford, south-east London, voted 95.7 per cent in favour of the action. The Cambridge People's Assembly fully supports the strikers, and will carry its banner to their early-morning picket line.Read more
Saturday 11 February / 10.30 a.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
The Cambridge and District Trades Council will hold a stall on Saturday to encourage union membership and participation, as part of the Heart Unions campaign supported by the Trades Union Congress. We'll never tire of saying that organizing in unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside.
Wednesday 26 October / 5.15 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX
Tonight, Cambridge University and College Union will hold the first event in its new Trade Union Series. The industrial relationist William Brown (books include The Evolution of the Modern Workplace, 2009) and the historian Alastair Reid (books include United We Stand, 2004) will speak on the past, present, and future of trade unions in Britain.Read more
Wednesday 17 February / 7.45 p.m. / Octagon Room, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Continuing the Heart Unions week, the Cambridge and District Trades Council will hold a meeting on how to fight the austerity policies which held down workers' wages for almost five years (six and counting in the public sector) and are stripping away the public services on which they rely. Everyone's welcome at this meeting, where speakers will include Heather Wakefield (Head of Local Government, Police, and Justice, UNISON) and the victimized schoolteacher Simon O'Hara (National Union of Teachers), suspended from Small Heath School in Birmingham apparently for his work as an NUT representative.
Thursday 11 February / 12.30 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
As the government's repressive Trade Union Bill is debated in the House of Lords this month and next, the Trades Union Congress is supporting a week of events, Heart Unions, to raise awareness of why unions matter and how the bill threatens them. We'll reaffirm our belief that organizing in unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside.Read more
Monday 2 November / 1 p.m. / Central Hall, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH
The next important action against the government's Trade Union Bill is a rally and lobby of MPs in Westminster on Monday, organized by the Trades Union Congress. The rally begins at 1 p.m. at Central Hall, and the lobby at 2.30 p.m. at Parliament.Read more
Wednesday 21 October / 7 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST
Organizing in trade unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside, but unions have faced repeated attacks by employers and the state for their challenge to unrestrained profit. The latest is the Conservative government's repressive Trade Union Bill, which for example would require up to 80 per cent majorities in ballots for industrial action.
Cambridge and District Trades Council and Cambridge Labour Party have organized a meeting to discuss how we can stop the bill becoming law, with guest speakers Keith Ewing (President, Institute of Employment Rights), Lewis Herbert (Leader, Cambridge City Council), and Dave Smith (Secretary, Blacklist Support Group).Read more