international solidarity campaigns

24 05 2007

A range of international solidarity campaigns currently need your support. Globalisation means that trade unions are increasingly having to act on a worldwide scale to have an impact. These international campaigns are asking for help from British trade unionists. Please take a few moments to add your support. You could also encourage other union members to get involved too.

Deutsche Telekom.

German union Ver.di is taking strike action in Deutsche Telekom over proposals to transfer jobs to a subsidiary where workers would have to accept a massive pay cut and inferior working conditions UNI, which brings together telecom unions on an international scale, is asking trade unionists around the world to send a message of support for Ver.di’s membersClick here to support workers in Deutsche Telekom

European public services

The ETUC, the European equivalent of the TUC, is currently conducting a campaign to highlight the importance of public services. A petition has been established that is being signed by trade unionists across Europe.

Click here for more on the campaign and to sign the petition

On 7-9 June, Prime Minister Tony Blair will be meeting other world leaders at the G8 summit in
Germany. Two years ago, following worldwide campaigns like Make Poverty History, the leaders of these countries agreed on a package of measures to help tackle global poverty, but so far not enough has been delivered.

Connect strongly supported the Make Poverty History campaign and is now promoting its successor, The World Can’t Wait, which is calling on world leaders to take their commitments on issues like trade justice seriously. The TUC is involved with the campaign and is encouraging trade unionists to get involved. A rally is taking place in London on 2 June and an online petition is being organised to send a message to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and G8 President.

Click here to send a message to the German Chancellor
Click here for more about the campaign and 2 June rally

If you plan to go to the rally, please let us know by emailing

Connect Rejects BT’s miserly pay offer

4 05 2007

Connect Rejects BT Final pay Offer

The company has now put its final offer on 2007 pay to the union. Connect is recommending that this offer be rejected in a members’ e-ballot to take place between 11-22 May.

More info on the  main site here

Connect Biennial Conference Business 2007

4 05 2007

At last week’s committee meeting the committee went through the report to conference – to work out our position on the work of the EC for the last two years and what new policy we feel is required. As this is a rules revision conference we have to consider the proposed rules changes that are proposed.

We have a few new propositions that we feel need to be connect policy and there are some proposed rule changes we feel are not in the best interest of democracy and the long term goals of the members of Connect.

As the propositions and amendments to the biennial report have yet to be published we will not publish our business until then.

Contact one of the committee if you have any questions/comments.