Trade Union Bill major threat to workers’ rights

Motion to Council 2 November 2015.

Trade Union Bill

Cllr Tony Randerson will be moving the following motion to Scarborough Borough Councils Meeting 2 November 2015.

As a major employer in the local area, this council welcomes the positive benefits that arise from the relationship that we have with recognised trade unions and believes that the relationship between employers and their employees through their collective representatives would be damaged by reducing facility time for elected representatives and by removing the ability of union members to pay union dues direct from wages. More

Eastfield Pride Newsletter.

Tony RandersonI am currently in the process of delivering some 2,400 Newsletters to every household in Eastfield. The main subject of this Newsletter is the Eastfield Pride Competition that I have initiated. This competition is to find the Most Improved Street in Eastfield.

I am doing this because there are parts of the Eastfield Estate that require some TLC. The idea is to get residents involved by forming a small committee to run this project, for residents who wish their street to be involved and to put pride back into their environment! More

Labour councillor secures new bus service for Eastfield

Tony Randerson

Cllr Tony Randerson, NYCC Eastfield and Osgodby

A new Bus Service that Eastfield Residents had been asking for has been agreed following talks between Labour County Councillor Tony Randerson and Shoreline Suncruiser Buses.

The new 777 Service will begin on Thursday 3 April between Scarborough and Eastfield. More

50 Year Old Hedgerow Savaged

A natural wildlife and plant habitat has been savaged on the “Dell”  leading to the “Mount” on the Eastfield Estate in the Borough of Scarborough.

Tony RandersonI am currently attempting to ascertain from SBC Officers with absolute clarity that so far as they are concerned no Regulations/Legislation have been breached! The Countryside Officer did admit that although the hedge had been cut back it did not breach the regulations because it had not been completely pulled out!

4photoWell, for the damage caused it may as well have been. This area has been “ripped apart” apparently by a farmer whose rented land borders this hedgerow. Residents living on this estate, some for more than 50 years, cannot remember such devastation to this wildlife walk.

I have also ascertained that when this area was assessed for becoming an extension to the Dells local nature reserve, it met all the criteria to satisfy Natural England’s higher level stewardship due to the diversity of this ancient hedgerow and the habitat within. Just over a year ago discussions took place on collaboration between the Dell Project and the Middle Deepdale Developers to develop this area of the valley as an extension to the Dell. More

Motion on companies blacklisting individuals

My motion regarding the appalling scenario of companies blacklisting individuals for no other reason that they are “activists” either as Shop Stewards or Safety Representatives of various unions goes before County Council on the 19 February. See my earlier post for the full motion.
I fully expect this motion will be deferred until the May County Council Meeting that basically is asking the County Council to double and triple check any organisation before they award contracts for work required.
If any bidders are unscrupulous employers who have in the past blacklisted people they will take this into consideration during the bidding process. Clearly my view, which I will make abundantly clear, is that under no circumstances should the County Council award contracts to this type of immoral employer.
The Leader of the Council has assured me that he will take this motion back to the Executive and will call on me to address the Executive before the Meeting in May.
Because this motion is going to be deferred until the Executive have looked into it, I will be formally moving it at the February Meeting, but speaking at length on it at the May Meeting. Eric Broadbent is to second this motion.
The Labour Group pulling its weight and proving a force to be reckoned with at County Hall.
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Mandatory Work Activity Scheme (MWA)

On Monday 6 January during Scarborough Borough Councils Full Council Meeting a question was put to The Portfolio Holder by Labour Cllr Challen regarding the council’s blatant exploitation of the Governments Mandatory Work Scheme.

(Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) is a workfare programme in the United Kingdom that started in May 2011, whereby individuals must work for their benefits or risk being “sanctioned” and losing them. An academic analysis by the DWP cast doubt on the effectiveness of the scheme.Nevertheless, in June 2012, the scheme received a £5m expansion)

Tony Randerson Labour’s Cllr Tony Randerson a former Trade Union Official, was incensed that SBC had been using this abhorrent scheme by forcing some 120 people since 2011 to undertake training / work for zero pay. Cllr Randerson spoke extremely strongly against this exploitation likening it to 21st Century Slave Labour.

A review of this scheme took place the following day, and it was promptly abandoned, although many questions  still need answering by the administration regarding its utilisation of this scheme in the first place.

This fantastic result shows Labour is the only credible opposition at SBC and the only party that truly cares for the welfare and working conditions of local working people. Labour at Work is showing that the Tories, propped up by the Independents, are truly rattled by challenging questions from the Labour Group . An administration in disarray.

Roll on 2015!

Councillor calls for Urgent Meeting to discuss the very poor state of the Highways in and around Eastfield.

County and Borough Councillor Tony Randerson has called for an urgent meeting to address the very poor state of the Highways and Footways in and around Eastfield and indeed the whole of Area 3 which covers Scarborough and Whitby.

potholeTony has contacted the NYCC Highways 3 Office in Whitby requesting that a meeting takes place as soon as possible with Senior Representatives of the contractors – Ringway, NYCC Highways Officers and County Councillors in the region with a view to ascertain just why Ringway are so far behind schedule in repairing pot holes that are only going to deteriorate in the coming months due to both vehicles continually running over them and the frosty weather.

Tony believes it is high time that this problem is addressed and it is just not good enough for excuses to be continually made by officers and executive council members defending this appalling record of Ringway.

This company were desperate to attain this very lucrative contract but have so far failed in their duty to carry it out.

Tony believes our residents (the rate payers) deserve much better, why should they have to suffer through this lack of action by Ringway, why should they have to continually have repairs done to their vehicles and just why are residents themselves filling in pot holes because of this inaction ?

Resounding Win for Labour’s Tony Randerson in Eastfield

Tony Randerson

RESIDENTS in Eastfield elected Labour Party candidate Tony Randerson on Thursday 21 November in a by-election that followed the resignation of Lib/Dem Councillor Geoff Evans.

Councillor Randerson gained a runaway victory for Labour, capturing a 49% share of the vote, leaving the Conservative candidate trailing in third place with just 5%.

Election Candidate Party Votes %
 Mr Tony Randerson Labour 310 49% Elected
 Mr Jonathan Dodds UK Independence Party 175 28% Not elected
 Carole Lucille Gerada Independent 96 15% Not elected
 Mr William Baines Conservative 32 5% Not elected
 Ms Annette Hudspeth Green Party 11 2% Not elected
 Mrs Dawn Maxwell Independent 10 2% Not elected

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Randerson for Eastfield

ballot boxOur Scarborough Branch has chosen NYCC Councillor Tony Randerson to contest the Eastfield by-election for Labour. The by-election will be held on the 21st November, and we have a very good chance of winning if we can get our supporters out to vote – after all, Tony won the Eastfield and Osgodby seat on the County Council in May. More

That was the campaign that was

With a few moments to spare from a hectic round of county council electioneering, I thought for purely philanthropic reasons I would analyse some of the campaign ‘literature’ (as we prefer to call it) or ‘junk mail’ (as unattached readers may wish to call it) that has plopped through people’s letterboxes the last few weeks. This service is brought to you in the interests of truth and transparency – of course.

challenI was inspired to read an independent leaflet for a candidate in Northstead Division, which was generously delivered to electors in Castle Division. This says “Independents have to work three times harder than Labour, Conservative or LibDems to get elected and retain office.” I wonder how many LibDems would agree with that statement this year – they may have to work 10 times harder than the ‘Independent’ and still not get elected. It may not have occurred to the writer of this particular leaflet that where there are three candidates standing for one seat, they may all have to work three times harder to get elected – but two never will! The leaflet goes on to make a number of claims, none of which stand up to much logical scrutiny either. Take my word for it. More