September motion

The following notion was passed at our September delegate meeting

Leeds TUC notes

1) More than 1,000 political groups have been spied on since the Special Demonstration Squad was formed in 1968.

2) The Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) has been established help co-ordinate, publicise and support the quest for justice for people affected by political undercover police spying and to ensure such abuses do not continue.

3) COPS calls for
●An end to spying on social justice, environmental, industrial and family campaigns

●The outlawing of intimate and sexual relationships by police officers whilst undercover

●The release of the cover names of the officers involved

●Protective measures to prevent serving and retired intelligence gathering officers passing information to private sector corporations and investigators

●Support and encouragement for police whistleblowers

●A public apology from the police to all those affected

4) That alongside Police Spies Out of Lives and the Blacklist Support Group, COPS has organised a trade union conference to discuss these issues

Leeds TUC believes

1) That swathes of campaigns and individuals have been targeted by Britain’s secret police for decades. Everyone has the right to participate in the struggle for social and environmental justice, without fear of persecution, objectification, or interference in their lives. However, citizens have been spied on and psychologically and sexually abused by officers for being part of, or simply knowing people who were part of, such campaigns.

Leeds TUC Resolves

1) To affiliate to the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) and encourage affiliated branches to do the same

2) To send delegates to the Undercover Policing and Trade Unions conference co-sponsored by COPS on 16th November


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