SERTUC H&S Reps Conference – Friday 6 October 2017


Fri 6 Oct 2017 – 10:00 to 14:30

TUC Congress House,
23-28 Great Russell Street, London


SERTUC H&S Reps Conference:
Stronger Unions – Safer Workplaces – Safer Communities

Guest Speakers:
Hugh Robertson, TUC Senior Policy Officer, Health and Safety
Marie Hughes, unionlearn Education Officer, London, East, South East
Jeff Cheeseman, ASLEF, H&S Rep at Norwood Depot
Anastasia Ahern, BECTU, H&S Rep at Royal Opera House
Charlotte Hall, Greater London Authority, Senior Policy Officer, Health
Paul Donaldson, HCSA, Honorary Secretary
Phil James, Middlesex University, Professor of Employment Relations
Sarah Friday, NAPO, National Officer
James Smith, UNISON South East, Regional Organiser
Tony Lampey, USDAW, H&S Rep at Tesco Distribution Centre, Crawley

This is an event for trade union health and safety reps and trade unionists interested in campaigning on health, safety and well-being issues at work or in the community.

Information about the venue:
Congress House is a fully accessible building.
Contact for further information:
There is no charge for attending this event.
PLEASE REGISTER: or 020 7467 1220

SERTUC H&S Conference flyer
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Map & Directions
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Link to SERTUC website & H&S Conference


Burston Strike School Rally – Book Now

Sunday 3rd September 2017

UNITE London & Eastern Region Coach

The coach will be picking up at:
Euston Station (Eversholt Street) at 8.00 a.m.
The coach will depart from Burston at 4.30 p.m. The return coach fare is:
£5.00 per seat – Unite Members / £7.00 per seat – Non-Unite Members

Bookings: / 0208 800 4281

Leaflet with event details and background to the strike
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Circular and booking form
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Government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful

From: Frances O’Grady
Sent: ‎26/‎07/‎2017 14:50
To: Secretary Newham NUT
Subject: Huge win!

Dear Secretary,

Today the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful, accepting UNISON’s argument that the fees are restricting working people’s access to justice.

What’s more, the government will have to refund any fees paid since 2013 — at a cost of about £27m.

It’s a massive win for working people, and we congratulate UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case. Continue reading Government’s sky-high tribunal fees are unlawful

Save Sarah Chapman’s Grave – online petition now launched

Newham Teacher’s Association is pleased to inform members that the online petition for the Save Sarah Chapman’s Grave” Campaign is now up and running. Please sign the petition.

Sarah Chapman was a leading member of the 1888 Matchwomen’s Strike Committee (pictured below). Sarah (ringed) is standing to the right of Herbert Burrows and Annie Besant, the Socialist Reformers. Sarah went on to become one of the first working-class women to represent their Union at the TUC.

Sarah Chapman was buried in a pauper’s grave at Manor Park Cemetery. The grave was recently rediscovered by her descendants The cemetery authorities are reusing ground at the cemetery by “mounding-over” and the grave may disappear unless the authorities can be persuaded to protect Sarah’s resting place. Please sign the petition to protect the exact resting place of this important figure in trade union history.

Banner Theatre & 150th Anniversary of TUC in 2018

Advance notice of Banner Theatre Tour:
‘The Union Makes Us Strong’ – Touring 2018

The venues for the performances will be published in due course. In the meantime, the group is seeking sponsorship for Trade Union organisations and communities.

NTA Committee members are invited to raise this at the next meeting. Continue reading Banner Theatre & 150th Anniversary of TUC in 2018

Petition To Save Sarah’s Grave

Photo of Sarah Chapman, leading member of Matchwomen’s 1888 Strike Committee and TUC Representative
Sarah Chapman

Petition To Save Sarah’s Grave

Sarah Dearman, née Chapman – Matchwomen’s 1888 Strike Committee and TUC Representative

Born: 31st October 1862 – Died: 27th November 1945 – Buried: 3rd December 1945

Sarah Chapman was a leading member of the 1888 Strike Committee and later went on to represent the Union at the TUC. Sadly, despite the great contribution Sarah made to the beginnings of the modern trade union movement and to working women’s rights, Sarah ended up in a pauper’s grave at Manor Park Cemetery. The grave, nothing more than a grassy footpath with no marking, let alone a headstone, was rediscovered by her Great Granddaughter in January 2017.

Photo of Sarah Chapman's grave, Manor Park.
Sarah Chapman’s grave, Manor Park.

With burial space running out in London, cemeteries are looking at ways to reclaim land and at Manor Park they intend to do this by ‘mounding over’ the area where Sarah is buried so that they can re-use the space. They have offered a plaque elsewhere in the cemetery grounds but Sarah’s descendants feel she deserves to be remembered at the exact location of her grave. The cemetery is resisting this.

With your support we hope to place a permanent memorial to Sarah on the site of her grave. We already have parliamentary support via Lyn Brown MP and Louise Raw (see her Facebook page – Matchwomen Memorial @MatchwomenRemembered).

An online petition is coming shortly, meanwhile please contact

Sam Johnson

For details of how to support the campaign

See also:




Newham Teachers’ Association has supported the Matchwomen’s Festival for several years.

International Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 event. Stratford, E15 Friday 28 April

A ceremony was held in Stratford to remember workers who lost their lives while at work. It was held at the Three Mills Green memorial to four local workers who lost their lives here.

A press release – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” – was circulated by the TUC to mark the event.

Workers' Memorial Day Event 2017, Stratford. Union members with banners.
Workers’ Memorial Day Event 2017, Stratford

Peter Smith, NUT Divisional Secretary, said “We need to develop an anti-austerity campaign to ensure the Health & Safety legislation is properly funded and help avoid these unnecessary deaths at work in the future.”

UNISON Housing Association Branch Secretary, John Gray, said:
“Friday 28 April was International Workers Memorial Day. A day when trades unionists remember the 20,000 British and the 2.3 million deaths of workers worldwide who die prematurely every year in work related accidents or from occupational disease. Continue reading International Workers’ Memorial Day