The purpose of this LTB is to advise Branches, reps and members, that the TUC have today postponed the National Rally planned for Blackpool on the 19th March.

We have attached a statement from the TUC which was endorsed at a TUC Executive Committee meeting earlier today.

From a CWU perspective, we do understand the reasons for the postponement, although we made it clear that the CWU were ready to deliver a big turnout.

We know that CWU Branches will be disappointed at this postponement and that you had already put a lot of work into mobilising for the March rally, and we thank you for your efforts.

However, as part of the discussion today, we are pleased that the TUC have firmed up their commitment to the National New Deal tour and the National New Deal mobilisation taking place in summer 2022.

In prioritising the New Deal Campaign later this year, we are confident that the whole of our movement will be redoubling our efforts to ensure we see the biggest mobilisation of working people for decades.  Further details on this will be released in due course.

In the meantime, please ensure that the contents of this LTB are conveyed to our representatives and members and advise that we will still be focusing on the CWU mobilising for the UN Anti-Racism day on the 19thMarch.  We strongly encourage Branches to attend one of the Anti-Racism events that are taking place around the UK on that day.

Any enquiries on the above should be addressed to the General Secretary at

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward
General Secretary

To all members of the TUC General Council and all General Secretaries of affiliated unions:

Dear Colleague

This morning the Executive Committee agreed to postpone the mobilisation that was due to take place in Blackpool on 19 March.

Over the coming fortnight we will be mobilising trade unionists in support of the ITUC day of solidarity with Ukraine on 15 March(more details to follow tomorrow). And we will support the mobilisations in London and around the UK for the UN Antiracism Day on 19-20 March – particularly as this government refuses to properly support and welcome refugees from Ukraine and other conflict zones into the UK.

The wages and bills crisis is about to bite. The TUC and the whole trade union movement demand action.  So we will be bringing our campaign to win pay rises and a new deal for workers to a town or city near you soon, and hosting a national mobilisation in London this summer.  Dates and details to be announced soon.

Paul Nowak
TUC Deputy General Secretary


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