Bid to revive town’s trade union council

Cllr Abigail Campbell
Cllr Abigail Campbell

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Daventry, Abigail Campbell, has revealed plans to resurrect the town’s Trades Union Council (TUC).

The original Daventry Trades Union Council represented workers from a broad range of industries in and around Daventry, from engineers to workers at the BBC, for more than 21 years.

It shut its doors in the mid 1980s after struggling to appoint enough officers to carry out its duties. Cllr Campbell said the plans, which are still in their earliest stages, would see the trades union council once more champion the rights of workers in the area.

She said: “There seems to be to a resurgence in trades union councils across the country. There have been a lot of changes in jobs and employment and I wonder if that is partly why people feel they should come together in this way.”

“I see it as another form of support.

“It is about bringing people from different work places together. There are real concerns about employment conditions and zero hour contracts.”

Cllr Campbell said a meeting would be held in March to discuss how a Daventry based trades union council could work, and that the initiative had already attracted plenty of interest.

Roy Sharp, former secretary at the Daventry’s Trades Union Council, reacted positively to the news: “I think it would be a very good idea if Cllr Campbell can attract enough interest to get the organisation afloat.

“It would be quite an improvement.”