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As you probably know, week commencing 8 February 2016 sees the start of #heartunions week, a week of action which celebrates the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society. Please find further details by using this link http://heartunions.org/.
In Yorkshire and the Humber TUC area, we are hoping to organise the leafleting of bus/rail stations, and I am writing to ask if you will be able to be part of this campaign by arranging for people to leaflet in your locality some time during this week – preferable on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, if at all possible.
Further information, details of which will be sent out shortly:
- Frances O’Grady will be holding a lunchtime meeting on 9 February, which will be available on line for meetings in workplaces,
- Events are being co-ordinated in York and Sheffield.
Leaflets will be available from the Y&H TUC office from 25 January 2016, so if you wish to order them please let Chris Beastall know by return, along with the full postal address.
We hope that you will be able to be actively involved in this campaign, and look forward to hearing from you.
Yorkshire & the Humber TUC
Last night saw another fantastic meeting in the Miners Hall organised by the Barnsley Trades Council with speeches from Steve Turner, Tosh McDonald, Jane Aitchison and Brian Steele.
Steve Turner Unite Assistant General Secretary and head of Unite Community talked about the necessity to build a broad coalition to defeat the Tories, he talked about the importance of building strong political, Industrial and community strength so we are able to stop the Government attacks on our class.
He finished his speech by saying that if laws were put in place that are unjust laws then we would be forced to break those laws, “we have a duty to stand up for what is right and we will follow in the tradition that has gone before whether that’s like the suffragettes or those who for for civil rights bad laws are made for breaking.”
A funny story from Barnsley in response to The Tory’s Trade Union Bill. Barnsley’s very own Barmy Bunting has made Jeremy Corbyn an official picket arm Band!
Barnsley Trade Unionists gathered outside of the town hall on Monday to protest against the Tory Trade Union Bill, in solidarity with the protest held simultaneously outside of the House of Parliament.
The rally also drew attention to the case of Sandy Nicoll, a Unison activist at SOAS University of London, suspended by SOAS management on charges of “gross misconduct”. They accuse Sandy of facilitating a student protest that briefly occupied the directors office.
Monday November 2nd sees a mass lobby and protest outside Parliament against the Tories’ Trade Union Bill. Many local unions have delegations going to London to lobby our MPs.
Barnsley Trades Council is calling a protest at 5pm on Monday 2nd November for those activists and trade unionists who can’t make it to London. We will be on the steps below the fountains, next to the Town Hall.
Bring placards, banners and anything else that will make us visible and noticed. The last protest was quite successful with nearly 40 people on it – with a picture in the Chronicle. We can achieve the same again.
The next few weeks are critical in both these battles. Listed below are some of the events which you can get involved in.
1. Wed. Oct. 28th 5.30pm – Barnsley Town Hall, Barnsley Trades Council meeting. Ian Davies, Community (steel union) Scunthorpe convenor will be coming to speak. We want to get as many as possible there to hear him. Please come and spread the word widely. [should be about 30 minutes]
2. Monday Nov. 2nd. – TUC Demo and Mass Lobby of parliament over Trade Union Bill.
5pm Barnsley protest, outside Barnsley Town Hall. Bring banners and placards.
3. Tuesday Nov. 10th. Barnsley College UCU on strike as part of a national one day strike for £1 an hour rise. Support their pickets.
Demonstration in Scunthorpe assembling from 12pm opposed to steel redundancies. (details to follow).
4. Sat. Nov. 14th. Unite the Resistance conference, London. Speakers include Ian Hodson and Matt Wrack as well as John McDonnell MP and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party. Transport going from Barnsley leaves Eldon Street 7am. (Let me know if you want to register and get a seat on the coach).
5. Wed. Nov. 18th 7pm. Barnsley Trades Council public meeting, opposing the Tory anti-Trade Union Bill. Flyer attached. A great line-up of speakers including Steve Turner (Assistant Gen. Sec UNITE); Tosh McDonald (ASLEF National President); Jane Aitchoison (PCS and Unite the Resistance); Brian Steele, Trades Council sec.
Below is a copy of the flyer for the Steve Turner public meeting on the Tory Trade Union Bill, on 18th November.
BTUC PM 151118 (3)