Tribute to Graham Scott

I first met Graham when he joined the NATFHE committee at the college, first Kilburn Poly, later the College of NW London. We were an extraordinary bunch of people who were almost all way to the left and led the branch on a number of exemplary issues: supporting flat –rate rather than proportionate pay increases, supporting Troops out of Ireland demonstrations and regularly taking an anti-racist stand. We campaigned for a head of Department who ‘joked’ about black students being like black dogs to lose his job and for a black lecturer, who had exposed police cadet racism and was threatened with dismissal,not to lose his .

Graham had solidarity baked into his bones. His was the voice of both reason and compassion throughout and in sometimes fiery meetings could be relied upon to be both incisive and to offer calm .

I was delighted when he later reappeared at our Retired branch.… Read on ...


The High Court on Thursday 10 February served United Voices of the World (UVW) union with a temporary injunction banning its Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) striking security guards and their supporters from dancing, singing and even waving banners within 200 metres from the hospital.
This is an unprecedented legal ruling to silence workers and one of the biggest legal attacks against the human rights of the trade union movement in decades, and the guards and their union are determined to resist it vigorously.
We call on all working class people, all unionists to join hands together, because we see an attempt to suffocate the voices of working people, to suppress the movement of the unions,”
Sam Awittor, GOSH security guard on strike
Read the Injunction…
Donations and messages of support via the union website…


Over 180 academics have written an open letter expressing their solidarity with the striking Great Ormond Street Hospital security guards and calling for the the injunction taken by the hospital to be overturned.Read on ...

TUC LESE Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network

Newsletter #3

The third Newsletter of the TUC London, East & South East Region  Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network can be downloaded here…

Articles on:

  • Cop Out 26 – A response from the Global South
  • Edmonton Incinerator Update
  • Walthamstow Mall towers too tall to be green
  • Redevelopment of the Holloway Prison Site
  • Green Jobs and Skills in London
  • Greener Jobs Alliance – insulation special issue
  • Unions in Yorkshire and the Humber – partners in the climate transition?
  • Greenwash: Oil industry promotes carbon capture fantasy
  • Stop the Silvertown Tunnel
  • COP26 – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back – London Hazards Centre
  • In Wet’suwet’en territory, Indigenous land defenders and their supporters are fighting to save their ancestral land from the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline


The Police Crime Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill gives the police increased powers to stop and search which will impact disproportionately on Black youth. The sections of the Bill restricting the rights of travellers include provisions that would criminalise the way of life of Gypsy and Traveller communities.

The specific provisions relating to protest propose increasing the powers of the police to place conditions on the right to public processions and assemblies but without detailing what those conditions might be. They introduce a new consideration for the police to take into account, the level of noise. This requires the police to determine whether the level of noise is such that it could cause “serious disruption to the activities of an organisation which are carried on in the vicinity of the procession” or such that there may be a relevant or significant “impact” on persons in the vicinity. The very nature of peaceful protest is that it is noisy – whether through chanting, shouting, or Samba / drumming /musical support.Read on ...

Urgent action to Stop the Edmonton Incinerator!

“Pause and Review” the Edmonton Incinerator and campaign for zero waste climate jobs now!

There is a big push on to stop the seven North London Waste Authority boroughs awarding a contract to the one sole remaining bidder, Acciona to build a larger incinerator at Edmonton instead of agreeing to the ‘pause and review” that pretty much everyone is asking for now. The next vote to progress this will take place at the NLWA meeting on 16 December and there is a huge push back on this.

Please try to join one of the following in-person actions asking for a “pause and review”:
Thursday 9 December 2021 19.00-20.30 Islington
Demo led by North London Campaign Against Climate Change 19.00 -20.00 at Islington Town Hall, N1 2UD
Thursday 9 December 2021 17.45-19.00 Enfield
Demo during Environmental Scrutiny Panel 17.45 at Enfield Civic Centre, EN1 6XA,
Thursday 9 December 2021 from 17.45 Waltham Forest
Demo at WF council meeting 19.00 -20.00 at Waltham Forest Town Hall, E17 4JF
Monday 13 December 2021, 17.30-18.30 Hackney
Demo led by Sustainable Hackney 17.30-18.30 at Hackney Town Hall, E8 1EA
Thursday 16 December 2021 NLWA -14.00 onwards
All campaigners to meet outside and lobby the NLWA meeting 14.00.
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Climate change, COP26, zero carbon economy and job creation

Our branch’s motion to UCU Congress was composited with others and passed
Votes in favour 220
Votes against 4
Registered abstentions 4

The COP26 talks in Glasgow in November 2021 come at a crucial time. According to a recent report by the Environment Agency, climate change is hitting the ‘worst case scenario’. This means hotter temperatures, more extreme weather conditions, drought, famine, ecosystem destruction, biodiversity loss and much more. And as always it will be communities in the Global South who feel the worst impacts.

While we welcome any action to deal with the climate crisis, we need to beware false solutions that focus on the market or billionaires to rescue us. That is why the mobilisations for the COP26 – in Glasgow and in local towns and cities – are crucial. And it is important that trade unions are at the heart of these mobilisations, calling for climate justice, a just transformation for workers and one million climate jobs.Read on ...

TUC LESE Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network


The first Newsletter of the TUC London, East & South East Region  Environmental Sustainability and Just Transition Network can be downloaded here..

Articles on

  • Silvertown Tunnel – Stop Digging
  • Students and workers of the world unite – there is no planet B
  • Book Review: Andreas Malm, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming
  • RMT statement on report that green energy will be main source of offshore employment by 2030
  • Debate
    • The Case for the Renewal of North London Waste Authority Edmonton Incinerator
    • Opposing the Rebuild of the Edmonton Incinerator
  • Diary of Events

Opposing the Rebuild of the Edmonton Incinerator

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA), on behalf of the seven north London boroughs, plans to replace the current incinerator with a new, much bigger version which will burn rubbish that could otherwise be recycled. The toxic pollution, including tiny particle pollution, from this new incinerator will harm everyone who lives, works and studies nearby. The waste incinerator sits in one of the poorest areas of the country, where air pollution already breaches legal limits. UK waste incinerators are three times more likely to be in deprived areas.

The incinerator is an environmental disaster. Waste incinerators currently release an average of around 1 tonne of CO2 for every tonne of waste incinerated. The release of CO2 from incinerators makes climate change worse and comes with a cost to society that is not paid by those incinerating waste. Over the next 30 years, the total cost to society of fossil CO2 released by UK’s current incinerators will equate to more than £25 billion pounds of harm arising from the release of around 205 million tonnes of fossil CO2.Read on ...