Discussion forum – after the Labour leadership election, what next for trade unions?

7.30pm, 10 October 2016, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3BD

Speakers: Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of transport union TSSA, Linda Taaffe, Secretary, Waltham Forest Trades Council, Tom Taylor of Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party, and Niki Fitzgerald an activist in the BMA.

Waltham Forest Trades Council welcomes the victory of Jeremy Corbyn to continue as Labour leader.

WF Trades Council has therefore convened a discussion forum to give space to local people, whether in Labour or not, whether in a trade union or none, to come along and discuss and debate what needs to be done to forge such an anti-austerity party to achieve those goals.

Linda Taffe, Secretary WFTC said: “In recent months he has outlined many exciting policies like building a million homes, introducing rent controls to address the desperate housing crisis, abolishing crippling university fees for young people, and more. We know that Theresa May and her government is weakened by problems in its own ranks, so it’s time to press home the advantage.”

The discussion will ask what can trade unions do to ensure that the restrictive anti-trade union legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher is fully repealed? How exactly can a million homes be built? How will fees be financed if not by students? These and many more issues are expected to be discussed on the night.

The debate will be opened by short speeches from Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of transport union TSSA, Linda Taaffe, Secretary, Waltham Forest Trades Council, Tom Taylor of Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party, and Niki Fitzgerald an activist in the BMA. Then the discussion will be opened up to the maximum number of contributions from the floor.

All welcome.

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