Saturday, 30 June 2018

Next Trades Council Meeting: 3rd July

The next meeting of the Eastbourne Trades Council will be at 7.30pm, Tuesday 3rd July, at the View Hotel (formerly T&G/Unite Centre) , Grand Parade, Eastbourne. All local trade unionists (including retired trade unionists) are invited. 

A G E N D A 

1. Introductions and apologies for absence

2. Approval of any new affiliations.

3. Minutes of previous meeting (May) and matters arising.

4. Treasurer's Report

5. Anti-Cuts Campaigns: Updates on the various campaigns including the Unison campaigns at ESCC and NHS, the campaign to save the Music Service, the East Sussex Save the NHS Campaigning, and the demonstration against cuts to SEN Children's Services.

6. Other live union disputes and campaigns:
(a) GMB Dispute at Eastbourne DGH
(b) Teachers' Pay Dispute
(c) RMT safety dispute at Southern
(d) Retail Update

7. Events:
(a) Eastbourne Pride: To agree arrangements for the stall on the day, and to encourage trade unionists to march.
(b) Modern Slavery campaign- possible link with the Co-op Party campaigning
(c) "Will and Testament"- proposed Eastbourne showing of the Tony Benn film by local Labour Party
(d) Engels Plaque update


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Next Meeting: Tuesday 15th May

The next meeting of the Eastbourne Trades Council will be at 7.30pm, Tuesday 15th May, at the View Hotel (formerly T&G/Unite Centre) , Grand Parade, Eastbourne.

All local trade unionists (including retired trade unionists) are invited.


1. Introductions and apologies for absence
2. Approval of any new affiliations.

3. Minutes of previous meeting (January) and matters arising. Draft minutes from the March AGM will also be available. 
4. Treasurer's Report

5. Guest Speaker: Jane Humberstone, NEU Rep at the East Sussex Music Service, and update on the campaign against closure of the Instrumental Teaching Service

6. Other live disputes and campaigns: 
(a) Teachers' Pay Dispute
(b) RMT safety dispute at Southern

(c) Social Care Cuts campaign- Unison and others, including "Save our Services" demo on 20th May

(d) Retail matters, especially Sainsbury's and ASDA merger proposal

7. Events:
(a)   MAY DAY and WMD:  To review the success of both events and to suggest work for next year.

(b)   PRIDE:  To agree content and staffing of our stall, and encouraging trade unions to join the march.

(c)  ENGELS PLAQUE: Update from Carol Mills (Unite Community)


May Day: We marched!

Eastbourne trade unionists proudly marched through the town on Monday to mark International Workers' Day.  This year, the march proudly welcomed a contingent of staff, parents and students from the East Sussex Music Service, whose instrumental teaching service was earmarked for closure last month.  Nearly 12,000 people have signed the petition against closure: if you haven't yet, please click here.
Other banners and flags on the march included the National Education Union, Unite the Union, RMT, Unite Communuity,  Usdaw, The People's Assembly, Eastbourne Labour Women's Forum,  East Sussex Co-operative Party,  and Devonshire and Meads Labour Party. 

A rally and picnic at the Wish Tower slopes was introduced by Trades Council secretary Dave Brinson. Attendees heard an impassioned speech from Jane Humberstone, union rep at East Sussex Music Service, as well as from  Lucette Davies from East Sussex Save the NHS,  Unison's Chrissie Parsons about threatened social care closures including Milton Grange and Firwood House, and Julie Hart of USDAW speaking about her union's Respect for Shopworkers campaign.  Carol Mills from Unite Community spoke about some of Eastbourne's less well-known radical history. 

The marchers were pleased to be visited by local MP Stephen Lloyd at the start of the march in Hyde Gardens, and to welcome USDAW's new national President, Amy Murphy, as a guest at the rally.

The May Day march was a feature in Eastbourne's campaigning calendar for decades, and the Trades Council were thrilled to bring this tradition back last year, after a twenty year gap.

Workers Memorial Day

A big thank you to those who came along and supported us in commemorating Workers Memorial Day in Eastbourne on Saturday 28th April.

We shared information about those we had lost as a result of their work locally, and on how unions and others are campaigning locally, nationally and worldwide to improve safety at work.

We are also proud that our banner was prominently carried in the May Day March last weekend.

Bigger and better next year- "Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living!"

Thursday, 19 April 2018

March with us on May Day!

Commemorate May Day (a bit late, but using the May Day holiday!) with workers around the world. March with our trade union banners through Eastbourne Town Centre and up to the Wish Tower Slopes for speakers and a picnic.
Following last year's success, let's make this year even bigger! Assemble on the grass outside the NUT office on Hyde Gardens for an 11.00am start, If your union branch has a banner (or flags etc. but please no balloons) bring it along!

Speakers will include Eastbourne People's Assembly, East Sussex Save the NHS, Bourne Out LGBT and a striker from the current teachers' dispute.

Workers' Memorial Day 2018


The purpose behind Workers' Memorial Day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living" and unions are asked to focus on both areas, by considering events or memorial to remember all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated.
Eastbourne Trades Council wants to make sure that we make a big commemoration of the day in our town. We'd like to distribute literature remembering those who have lost their lives at work, and about current campaigns by unions and others to prevent future deaths through safer workplaces. 
We will be holding a Street Stall at Bankers' Corner, Terminus Road, on Saturday 28th April, from 10.00am to 12 noon. All welcome to join us.  Let us know you're coming by clicking here:

More info on Workers Memorial Day from the TUC at

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Protestival! 7th April in Eastbourne

Eastbourne People’s Assembly is hosting a fabulous day of exploring and celebrating the arts and activism. The day will include theatre, music and spoken word from acts such as Charlie X, Tony Hylands, The Four-Fathers, Madamme Charzan, Little Red, Dan Wilkes and much more. There will be something for everyone.

The event will be on Saturday 7th April, from 3-10pm at the Crown and Anchor pub, on Royal Parade.

Tickets £15 exclusively from Pebble Records, the Basement, 14 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne. Proceeds go to the Matthew 25 Mission for their work in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our town.

Eastbourne TUC Says: Congratulations Amy!

Amy Murphy, secretary of Usdaw in Sussex, has been elected as the Union’s new national president.

Trades Council secretary, Dave Brinson said: “Way back in 2010, a handful of local trade unionists sat in a room in Eastbourne Town Hall, and agreed to try and re-form a trades council for Eastbourne.

We succeeded, building the vibrant trades council we now have- and I am thrilled that one of those trade unionists ‘who believed’ is now national President of Britain’s fifth largest Union.

Amy has been a great and steadfast friend of trade unionists in Eastbourne, and will be an excellent President of Usdaw.”

Trades Council AGM: 27th March 2018

The AGM of the Eastbourne Trades Council will be at 7.30pm, Tuesday 27th March, at the View Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. All local trade unionists (including retired trade unionists) are invited, although only delegates from affiliated unions may stand as officers or vote on financial or policy matters.


1. Introductions and apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the AGM from 2017
3. Adoption of Rules for 2018 (proposal is same as for 2017) and new affiliates.
4. Officers' Reports and Accounts
5. Election of Officers for 2018

a) Chair
b) Vice Chair
c) Secretary
d) Assistant Secretary

e) Treasurer
f) Additional non-officer members of the Executive Committee, if required

5. MAY DAY PARADE and WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY: to update preparation for these events and agree any arrangements. 

6. NHS Campaigning: update on the launch of the East Sussex Save our NHS Campaign

7.  Eastbourne Pride: To update on arrangements and to agree any financial commitments. 

8. Updates from other Union campaigns.

9. Dates  of meetings for 2018-9

10. Presentation of the Len Caine Award

Friday, 2 March 2018

DEMONSTRATE: Hands OFF Milton Grange and Firwood House

East Sussex County Council are proposing to cut or close services at two essential local Adult Social Care facilities:  Milton Grange and Firwood House.  Together these social care homes provide nursing and therapy, and short-term residential services and respite to support older people with a range of physical needs including dementia, and enable them to return home.

There will be a demonstration outside Milton Grange on SATURDAY 3RD MARCH at 1.45pm to oppose the plans. 

Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne will be speaking, and local TV and press will be in attendance.

Please come along and show solidarity.

The County Council’s public consultation closes on 25th April.  Please visit the website and have your say by clicking here

A local petition has already attracted nearly 10,000 signatures. Sign the petition if you haven’t already done so by clicking here