January saw the return of our popular new year get together which was well attended despite some badly timed snow. In addition to a pleasant evening members arranged a collection for a local Foodbank.
Hello, this is just a quick update to inform members not at the AGM that I was very honoured to be elected to succeed Peter Donovan as secretary of our constituency party at the AGM in November. Peter and I will be working together over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth handover. I’d also like to thank Peter for his years of service, I’m sure he will be similarly indispensable in his new role as membership secretary. There remain a number of other vacant positions on the executive committee, especially a youth officer, a BAME officer and a campaign coordinator. If you’re interested in one of those roles or in volunteering in any other capacity then please get in touch. The last 18 months we have seen a dramatic increase in our local membership and the exciting challenge now is to grow this into an effective campaigning force that can work for real change in our communities.
Tom van de Bilt
In January many of us enjoyed a great curry at our new year social event in Dunmow Maltings. Our speaker Megan Dobson from the TUC (centre in the picture) took us through the implications of the Trade Union Bill now going through Parliament, and the impact it will have on all our rights and freedoms. Megan explained the serious issues clearly, but also with humour. Our thanks to her for coming to speak, and to Coral, Janet, Dave, Hilary and John for all their hard work on the arrangements. See more about the Trade Union Bill here. We’ll be ready to join with the major TUC campaign in February.