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On Thursday the 23rd of February, I asked the Tory-led Wycombe District Council if they would take steps towards encouraging a strong trade union community within multi-billionaire corporations operating within the Wycombe area. During my question, I decided to focus on the Mike Ashley owned Sports equipment supplier that is Sports Direct, which does, and has for some years now, have a store in Wycombe Town Centre. Unfortunately, the Tories refused to acknowledge the need to apply additional pressures on businesses that operate in our local area and do not pay a decent wage.

Sports Direct is a prime example of why a strong trade union presence is needed in retail stores. The hourly wage in a Sports Direct store ranges from approximately £5.45 an hour to £6.80 an hour, depending on your age, role within the store, and experience. Not only does Sports Direct fail to pay a decent wage – whilst Mike Ashley rakes in profits of over £300m pound a year – they also fail to employ workers with the promise of decent hours. Quite literally thousands upon thousands of workers at Sports Direct are on zero-hour contracts, and those who aren’t are put on low-hour contracts to simply make the companies employment statistics look somewhere close to acceptable.

Zero-hour contracts are not only a problem in Sports Direct, however. A report from the TUC in September 2016 informed us that at least 900,000 people from Britain’s workforce are on zero-hour contracts. We must also remember, to add insult to injury that thousands, possibly even millions, may not be on zero-hour contracts, but are still suffering from a poor wage or job that does not guarantee them decent hours.

Not only are billionaire-run corporations being given tax-cuts by the Conservative government, they are also getting away with greedily refusing to employ people with a proper living wage. So, if the government aren’t going to help suffering workers, what can be done to combat such greed and injustice? Well, it appears to me, more so now than ever, that it is time for a strong trade union movement, particularly in retail stores. It is time for workers, not only in retail stores but workplaces everywhere, to have support and encouragement for when it comes to fighting for their rights as workers. With a strong trade union movement, it would apply added pressures on both central and local authorities to act for the needs of working people, and not the tax-dodging billionaires.

If you are interested in joining a trade union, I would highly recommend checking out this website:  https://www.tuc.org.uk/join-union which has an online tool to help you decide which trade union is suitable for you depending on your sector of work. 

Trade Unions are needed to get a better deal for workers

On Thursday the 23rd of February, I asked the Tory-led Wycombe District Council if they would take steps towards encouraging a strong trade union community within multi-billionaire corporations operating within...

On Thursday 23rd February Wycombe Labour’s Youth Officer asked the Cabinet Member for the Community at the Wycombe District Council meeting whether she’d support Carolyn Harris MP’s campaign to make all funerals and burial free for children who pass away under the age of 18.

Carolyn Harris herself lost her child in a tragic accident when he was under-18 and has recently spoken out about the horrible experience she had to go through planning a funeral and being constantly worried about the costs. The strain which she had to go through shouldn’t be experienced by any other parent.

It is to be commended that the council currently provides free burial for those that pass away under the age of 16. However we feel that two further things need to happen.

  1. Free burials need to be extended to include 17 and 18 year olds as to pay for an adult plot without life insurance is vastly too much for many people.
  2. The council should also work with funeral directors and others to try and secure free funerals for under-18s as again, it is far too expensive for grieving families to pay for without life insurance.

We are willing to work with the current administration at Wycombe District Council in order to at least partially alleviate the pain bereaved families go through by not burdening them with costs that funerals and burials bring.

Funerals and burials for under-18s should be free

On Thursday 23rd February Wycombe Labour’s Youth Officer asked the Cabinet Member for the Community at the Wycombe District Council meeting whether she’d support Carolyn Harris MP’s campaign to make...

The Western Branch of the Wycombe CLP covers a good slice of southwest Buckinghamshire. From the inner town wards of Abbey and Disraeli to the leafy countryside wards of the Hambleden Valley and Lane End. So with such a diverse Branch we have differing approaches to our constituents needs. Housing and environmental issues play a great part in the work carried out by the 4 Labour District Councillors. Currently there are consultations going on about two very large proposed housing projects. Our Councillors are actively seeking views of local residents in the areas affected.
Wehave no County Council representatives, put hope this will change on the 4th of May. We are fielding a candidate in each of the 5 County Divisions we cover. We are lucky enough to have Candidates with experience, along with newer members seeking Election for the first time. As we do not currently have County representatives. Our District Councillors are busy with not only their district responsibilities, but are supporting Constituents to get things done at a County level. Like road repairs, street lighting. Along with environmental issues such as fly tipping.
Should you wish to speak will one of our Councillors please look in the Labour People section on this site.
We hold our monthly Branch meetings on the second Thursday of each month (apart from August, when there is no meeting). Further details about Western Branch can be answered by leaving your inquiries on labour4wycombe.

Nigel P Vickery,
Western Branch Chair.
07784635333

Western Branch Update- Feb 2017

The Western Branch of the Wycombe CLP covers a good slice of southwest Buckinghamshire. From the inner town wards of Abbey and Disraeli to the leafy countryside wards of the...

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