Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Public Service not Private Servants

A one-day conference for trade unionists in the SERTUC region with keynote speakers and seminars.

The conference will look at the causes of the current economic crisis; the response of the mainstream political parties - particularly with reference to their public expenditure plans - and the trade union movement to it; exploring the potential for joint campaigning activity within the region in defence of jobs, services and living standards; and the scope for building solidarity at local and regional level when union members are compelled to take industrial action.

Travel: nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road, exit 3

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is essential.

Campaigning to Defend Public Services
Saturday 6th March 2010
Congress House

9.30 – 10.00 Coffee and Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and Introduction Martin Gould SERTUC President

10.10 – 11.00 The economic crisis and the public sector Graham Turner Economist and author of No way to run an economy and

The Credit Crunch

11.00 – 12.15 The Trade Union response:

 The Public Sector Context “Speaking up for Public Services”

Megan Dobney SERTUC Regional Secretary

 Civil Service Compensation Chris Baugh PCS AGS TBC

 Higher Education Under Threat Cliff Snaith UCU Regional Secretary TBC

12.20 – 12.30 Introduction to Workshops John Ball SERTUC

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

13.15 – 14.45 Cross Public Sector Workshops

The aim of the workshops is to update across sectors on the key issues and develop campaigning and organising strategies. For example pay and pensions, what are the key issues in Health, Education, Local Government, Civil Service, Prisons, Fire and Rescue Services, Government Industrials.

 Pay and Pensions Chair: Martin Powell-Davies NUT

 Job and Services Chair: Gloria Hanson Unison

 Equality Chair: Teresa Mackay Unite

 Campaigning and Solidarity Chair: GMB

Lead speaker: Tom Taylor

14.45 – 15.30 Workshops Plenary Session

15.30 – 16.00 Closing Session TUC Spokesperson

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