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TUC March for “A Future That Works”

Nick Brown joined tens of thousands of people from across the UK in London this weekend to take part in A Future That Works – the march and rally organised by the TUC to protest against the government’s austerity policies and to call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs, growth and people first.

Nick Brown congratulates winners of Unionlearn workplace learning awards

Nick Brown today presented awards to Tyneside staff from the DWP and HMRC in recognition of their commitment and achievements in workplace learning. 11 PCS union workplaces across the whole of the North East and Cumbria are to receive the Unionlearn Quality Award for their IAG (information, advice and guidance) provision in the workplace. The [...]

The Government – Not The Unions – Are Itching For A Fight

There is never a good time for a strike, and the current economic circumstances make now a particularly bad time. With all the present uncertainty facing the British economy disruptions caused by industrial action add to the more general burdens. But the decision by the Lib Dems and the Tories to demonise public sector workers [...]

Opening of TUC Asbestos Support Group

The Northern TUC Asbestos Support Group was launched today by Nick Brown and North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon. At their base in the Wallsend People’s Centre, North Tyneside, the Asbestos Support Group will provide advice and guidance for the growing number of workers in the region suffering from asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma, pleural [...]

Nick backs campaign to bring Hitachi factory to Newton Aycliffe

Nick Brown has given his backing to a campaign to bring a factory that manufactures High Speed Trains to the North East. Over the next few months the Government will be deciding whether it will sanction the manufacturing of high-speed trains as part of the Intercity Express Programme. Japanese manufacturer Hitachi is now looking to [...]

Speech to the Northern TUC

In a speech to the Northern TUC, Nick Brown has criticised Newcastle City Council for its failing social care plan. Nick said that the Council’s decision to slash backroom staff had led to a deadly shortfall in social work. The Newcastle East MP accused council chiefs of disguising cuts as “efficiency savings”. As part of its [...]

Fighting for Justice for the Victims of Pleural Plaques

Last Friday a Bill was passed through the House of Commons which would have the effect of overturning the 2007 Law Lords decision to deny compensation for pleural plaques sufferers. To become law, the Bill must now pass through the House of Lords before the middle of November. This is by no means the battle [...]

Labour Party Conference 2009

This week, at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, Nick spoke at two fringe events.  At the Association of North East Councils meeting Nick and the rest of the panel discussed the push to grow our region’s economy around green energy and sustainable technologies. Later in the week Nick joined the Community Union, the G.M.B. [...]

A Tribute to Tom Burlison

On Monday 2nd June I attended the funeral of Tom Burlison. Tom had died at the age of 71 after a lifetime’s service to the Trade Union and Labour movement. I first met Tom thirty years earlier, when he was the newly elected Regional Secretary of the General and Municipal Worker’s Union, and I was [...]

Peter Francis Curran – The First Labour MP in the North East

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Peter Curran’s election as Member of Parliament for Jarrow – the first Labour MP in the North East. Nick Brown gave this speech at a dinner held by Jarrow Labour Party to commemorate the event 100 yrs ago this year, in August 1907, the general workers in Belfast [...]