FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL SHEFFIELD TRADE UNION BRANCH SECRETARIES.
- Affiliation fees are now due for 2015 – please give your urgent attention
- Notification of 158th AGM on Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Len McCluskey guest speaker
- Nominations invited for STUC Officers and Executive Committee
- Notification of proposed amendments to STUC Rules and Constitution
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Dear Colleagues, Brothers and Sisters,
Sheffield Trade Union Council is a vital player in Sheffield’s Trade Union and Labour Movement,
offering solidarity to union branches in dispute and playing an important leadership and
coordination role on behalf of trade unions and their members in all areas of Sheffield’s economy,
in both private and public sectors (including the voluntary and community sectors).
We have assisted and supported unions in their disputes and campaigns throughout 2014 e.g.
public sector disputes e.g. Local Authorities, NHS, Civil Service against pay freezes and
attacks on pensions etc.
campaigns against privatisation Post Office, Probation Service Civil service depts. etc
“Action for Rail” re privatisation, East Coast and high fares
GMB rercycling centre dispute, AMEY UNITE electricians dispute and others
Doncaster UNISON Care UK workers
We have supported or led a number of campaigns against austerity spending cuts to our vital
public services, working with Sheffield Peoples Assembly, UNITE Community Branch and a number
of local campaigning groups. We have been an important voice speaking out in the local media not
only against cuts but for a positive alternative and a fairer society.
We have joined Stand up to UKIP! events and supported UAF in their fight against racism and
fascism. This included standing up to EDL in Rotherham and supporting Rotherham Trade Union
Council’s bold and visionary lead over the child sex abuse scandal in their community. Now we
have real plans to reach out to our Black Asian and ethnic minority communities in the city in
We have rebuilt our links with the Sheffield City Council Labour Leadership with a new regular
dialogue on a quarterly basis. We gave vocal and practical support for the election of Alan Billings
Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, stopping UKIP in its tracks. We are
vigorously supporting the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign Councils and celebrating the 30th
anniversary of the Miners Strike with a Red ladder production of “We’re not Going Back” at the
Trades and Labour Club on Wednesday 18th February 2015. Our international work included
supporting Palestine Solidarity Campaign over the horrific attack on Gaza this summer and
engaging our MPs, MEPs and Council Leaders on the issue.
We have secured a number of high profile national speakers to our monthly delegate meetings
throughout 2014 on important topics ranging from Europe- In or Out from a Left perspective;
austerity and the neo-liberal project; fast food workers rights and zero hours contracts, rail
privatisation etc. 2015 kicks off with 2 General Secretaries- Chris Kitchen NUM addressing our
January delegate meeting and Len McCluskey UNITE at our February AGM.
Finally we have revitalised Sheffield Trade Union Council’s public communications face with a new
website, a FaceBook page and a stream of press releases which have got us noticed on Radio
Sheffield, the Sheffield Star and beyond, ensuring the voice of Sheffield’s trade unions and their
members is heard.
We are working closely with Bill Adams TUC Regional Secretary on a pilot project to grow and
develop Sheffield Trade Union Council and help us to become even more effective and
representative of Sheffield’s Trade Union and Labour Movement in 2015. Please join us and help
to take our projects forward by affiliating your union branch to Sheffield’s energetic and
revitalised Trade Union Council for 2015.
Martin Mayer (UNITE) Bob Jeffery (UCU)
1. AFFILIATION TO THE SHEFFIELD TRADES UNION COUNCIL
All Trades Union Branches, Joint Shop Stewards` Committees (JSSCs) and Shop Stewards`
Committees (SSCs) in Sheffield are cordially invited to re-affiliate, or if not already affiliated to
affiliate afresh, to the Sheffield Trades Union Council for the Year 2015 (from the 158th Annual
Delegate Meeting) and to appoint Delegates. It is national TUC policy that:-
a) all trades union branches should affiliate to trades union councils
b) such branch affiliations should be based on total branch membership
c) joint shop stewards committees and shop stewards` committees may affiliate to trades
Affiliation fees for 2015 are:
25p per member
Minimum Branch affiliation fee #25
Branches are entitled to send delegates as follows:
One delegate per 100 members
Notwithstanding the above, all branches are entitled to send a minimum of 4 delegates
Please complete the attached forms 1 and 2 without delay and post, enclosing a cheque for the
appropriate affiliation fee made payable to “Sheffield Trade Union Council”, to The Secretary,
Sheffield Trade Union Council, Trades & Labour Club (Front Door Post Box) 200, Duke Street,
2. SHEFIELD TRADES UNION COUNCIL – NOTICE OF 158th AGM
To be held at TRADES & LABOUR CLUB, Duke Street at 1900hrs Tuesday 24th February, 2014
In accordance with Rules and Constitution of the Sheffield Trades Union Council, notice is hereby
given that the 158th Annual General Meeting of the Sheffield Trades Union Council will be held on
Tuesday, 24th February, 2014, in the Ballroom, Trades & Labour Club, Duke Street, Sheffield,
commencing at 1900hrs. The Ordinary Monthly Delegate Meeting will follow the conclusion of the
158th Annual General Meeting
We are delighted that Len McCluskey, General Secretary of UNITE the Union, has agreed to
attend and address our AGM.
The provisional agenda is as follows:
i. Speaker: Len McCluskey General Secretary UNITE the Union
ii. Officers’ annual reports (Secretary, President, Treasurer)
iii. Amendments to Rules and Constitution
iv. Election of Officers for 2015 (Secretary, President, Treasurer, and 2 Vice Presidents)
v. Election of Executive Committee including 2 seats reserved for women
vi. Election of other positions e.g. auditors
N.B. Only delegates from branches that are affiliated to Sheffield Trade Union Council for 2015
may vote at the above AGM. Visitors/observers are welcome to attend but do not have a vote.
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