Category: Events

NUM Banner Exhibition

As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Strike Commemorations the Yorkshire Area NUM in partnership with the “BARNSLEY CIVIC” are holding a “Banners Display” of Barnsley Area Pit Branches open at the time of the Strike, in the Civic Building from 27th August-6th September. Admission is free. Mining Memorabilia will also be on display.
NB (Closed on Sundays).

View the event poster here: NUM BANNERS 1 (3)

Tony Benn Film – Will & Testament – Cornerhouse Manchester


Tony Benn

Tony Benn: Will and Testament
Sat 5 Jul 18:20
Dir: Skip Kite
94 mins

In this unique autobiographical feature, Tony Benn – one of the UK’s most influential and charismatic political figures – presents his personal reflections on life, work, love and loss through intimate, confessional interviews, wonderfully illustrated by his personal photographic and film archives. Criss-crossing the UK, he bears witness to major social and political upheavals and events that influenced him during his life and political career.

This event includes a post-screening panel discussion with: Ruth Winstone (Tony Benn’s long-time friend, colleague, Editor of his published diaries and Associate Producer on Will and Testament); Jim Mowatt (Director of Education at Unite); and Broadcaster Terry Christian.

This promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

For details and tickets please visit the Manchester CORNERHOUSE.ORG

Presented in association with the London Labour Film Festival.

ORGREAVE mass picnic and festival

ORGREAVE mass picnic and festival
Saturday 14 June
11.00am – 7.00pm
Admission free
Catcliffe Recreation Ground, Poplar Way, Catcliffe S60 5TZ

A celebration of struggle and resistance on the 30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT MINERS’ STRIKE

Pleasure will replace pain. Truth will replace terror. Hope will replace horror. But the fight against injustice will go on.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) is delighted to announce that we are holding an all-day picnic and festival on 14 June 2014 at Orgreave; location of state-backed police terror thirty years ago during the year-long miners’ strike.

Those who are attending will include many former miners who were present on the 18th of June 1984 when 95 strikers were arrested after thousands of police officers – many in riot gear with others on horseback – brutally assaulted miners fighting to protect jobs and ensure a future for mining communities.

Unreliable oral and written evidence by the police subsequently meant all charges – which included, in numerous cases, riot, carrying the possibility of life sentences – were dropped.

Compensation was even paid to 39 pickets in out of court settlements but no police officers were disciplined or charged for the offences they committed which included assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.

Growing concern that South Yorkshire Police (SYP) Force and its officers, many now retired, have still to account for their actions at Orgreave led to the SYP referring itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in November 2012.

Following a scoping exercise the IPCC has promised to announce in the near future whether they will move forward to conduct a full investigation. Whatever decision is taken by the IPCC will be noted with interest by the OTJC. Either will not deflect us from continuing our growing campaign for a full public inquiry which we are confident will lead to a paper trail showing how the actions of the police at Orgreave were influenced by political pressure from within the highest ranks of the Government of the day.

The picnic and festival, organised in association with the Justice for Mineworkers’ Campaign, has only been made possible because of significant financial support from the labour and trade union movement at local and national level. The day will help re-affirm the OTJC fight for justice and there will be a range of speakers at the beginning including Mike Mansfield QC, who represented a number of those arrested at Orgreave. Later; Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign will be joined on stage by Arthur Critchlow; a victim of police brutality thirty years ago who successfully fought off riot charges. In honour of his support, there will be a tribute to Bob Crow, the dearly departed RMT leader.

There is also going to be a chance to party. A range of artists, whose commitment is a constant source of inspiration and at the heart of all our hopes and dreams, have agreed to appear on two stages. They include Three Faction, Omar Puente & Friends, Western Promise and The Hurriers.

Compere will be Attila the Stockbroker.

Other attractions include a children’s play area, bouncy castle and art workshops, exhibitions that include a photographic display of NUM photographer Martin Jenkinson’s work in 1984-85, stalls, refreshments and a beer tent.

For more details contact Barbara Jackson on 0114 2509510

Download the Programme:orgreave-Web

Additional comments from speakers.

“I am delighted to be speaking at the event on 14 June 2014, The heroic miners and their leaders in 1984 were amongst the first to expose the democratic bankruptcy of our Parliamentary system. Corruption, vested interest and undercover surveillance have all now been revealed as the tools of the political trade.”

Michael Mansfield

Striking miners from 84/85, Orgreave Veterans, Women Against Pit Closures (WAPC), 84/85 Strike Babies and miners’ supporters from the wider community will join together to hold a Mass Picnic which will celebrate the continuing solidarity of those who fought long and hard to resist the most vicious government attacks on their union and their class. Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Great Miners’ Strike, the picnic and festival will be a day to renew our determination to carry on the fight for justice.

Bridget Bell, OTJC and APC

“I am going to the picnic to see lots of comrades who are attending. It is important to mark a massive event that took place in the miners’ strike, which shouldn’t be forgotten in union history.”

Arthur Critchlow, Orgreave veteran


As you no doubt know, the TUC is organising a national March and Demo on Saturday 18 October 2014.  Please find below further details of this event, which we hope will help you to mobilise.  We would be grateful if you would share this information as widely as possible, and keep us informed of any relevant regional activity.

The march will assemble from 11am on the Embankment near Blackfriars. 

The march will move off at noon and march, via Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly to Hyde Park for the rally.

This is a slighter shorter route than previous marches, and it is hope that it will allow more people to get to Hyde Park in time for all, or at least a good part, of the rally.

The website will be the main information resource for the event and you will be able to download all you need to help to publicise the march, both in print and on-line.  As soon as this is active, I will send out details.

If you are producing your own material, the artwork files (ranging from those you can use to photocopy a few leaflets to professional format hi-res artwork for high quality print) are available.  Please read the brand guidelines on the website.  Any print or design queries should go to Rob Sander on

You can also order A5 leaflets from the TUC, at cost price, using the order form on the website.

We are also asking people to pledge support on-line and to use social media to promote the event to their friends and contacts.

Coach places have been booked in Wembley, New Covent Garden and the 02.  Coaches will not be able to drop off or collect from central London on the day.

We will shortly be able to let people know how to book the parking – as with previous years, Wembley spaces will be done directly via their website and Covent Garden and the 02 via the TUC.  Coach companies or unions can book spaces to suit.  NB Please find attached specific information for Trades Union Councils regarding booking coaches to travel to the rally.

Nearer the day, the False Economy web site will offer a facility for coach organisers to offer spare seats.   NB Anyone wishing to offer spare coach seats can also do so through the regional TUC office at y&

The TUC will offer advice for those making their own way to the event on the website.

The key message that we want to get out early is that form-up is close to Blackfriars so that people arrive from the rear of the march.  The key tube stations will be Blackfriars, Southwark and St Pauls.  Temple is likely to be closed as it is small and easily overcrowded.

It is hoped to improve on the number of stewards for this event, and we would very much welcome some of the same people who volunteered previously if they could help again.  The demo in October 2012 went very well and it is envisaged that there will be a similar amount of people attending this year.

There will be two main types of steward:

·         Senior Stewards – who will be place along the route of the march (or in other locations such as the form-up and in Hyde Park).  It is intended to make individual unions responsible for each section of the route, and the national TUC will be talking directly to unions about this.  Senior stewards will be expected to attend a training session in advance, in either  Glasgow or London.

·         Route Stewards – who will move with the march.  Many will be recruited by unions or other supporting organisations to look after groups of members.  They will need to register in advance, complete and on-line training exercise and wear a TUC provided hi-vis jacket (not that of their own organisation).  The TUC will shortly be providing a sign-up facility on the website.

While route stewards are helpful and welcome, the priority is to recruit and train senior stewards, to ensure that all of the march is stewarded.  In order to ensure that we have sufficient numbers, we ask unions to recruit most of the senior stewards by the end of June 2014.

The TUC chief steward is Carl Roper and all queries should be directed to him.

1.       There will be a short march for those who are not able, or do not wish to do the full route.

2.       There will be an assembly area for wheelchair/scooter users on the Embankment for which we will be able to arrange drop-off through road closures.

3.       There will be a viewing platform (larger than in previous years) in Hyde Park for wheelchair/scooter users.

4.       Please let us know, as soon as possible, if any of your members require British Sign Language Interpretation at the rally.

5.       Please let us know of any other issues, and we will do our best to help.

Content of material and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act

The demonstration takes place in the “regulated period” for the next general election, but as the march is not intended as any kind of electoral intervention we do not consider that this counts as third-party campaigning and therefore we do not need to account for spending on the event to the Electoral Commission.

Unions that follow the general line of TUC material should have no difficulties.  If in doubt, then Nigel Stanley may be able to provide guidance (though not legal advice).  Contact him at

Attendance Numbers
Early mobilisation is important.  Unions are asked to let us know approximate attendance numbers as this information will inform planning and will impact upon the number of police and other services at the event.  Please let Michelle Gregory know by providing monthly updates to and copying in the regional office on y&

If your union would like a table top stand at the rally, then requests should be submitted to Stephanie Pugsley by 2 September 2014 at

Keeping in Touch
The national TUC has already organised the first meeting for national union organisers at which a number of helpful points were raised.  The rally will be placed on t he agenda of the Y&H TUC Executive Committee on 5 June 2014, where information can be shared.

A Google group for union officers involved in organising the event has been set up: if you want to join or add colleagues to the list, please let Alen Mathewson have the email addresses at

Many thanks to the unions who have already provided their key contacts: please provide this information if you have not already done so, to ensure that you are kept up to date with the plans.

Development grant report form
TUC Reserved Funds for supporting demonstration – application form

The 1984/5 Miners’ Strike – 30 Years On

An Informal Social, with Buffet and Private Bar, Hosted by East Leeds Labour Party.
Guest Speaker: Ian Lavery MP
(striking miner during 1984/5, former President of the National Union of Mineworkers and now Chair of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs).

Thursday 24 April 2014
7.30pm, the function room of The Barnbow Pub (formerly ‘The Manston’), Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, LS15 8EH.

£10 on the door (£8 in advance) or £5 concessions.
Free entry for 1984/5 strikers and Women Against Pit Closures activists.
To reserve your place at the advance price of £8, e-mail


Bedroom Tax – one year on – end it now!

5 April marks the first anniversary of the hated Bedroom Tax.

The Bedroom Tax causes misery to 600,000 families, increasing financial pain and contributing to growing food bank queues.

Unite Community believes one year is one year too long. Please join us in Leeds City Centre, to call on Westminster to follow the Scottish parliament in binning the Bedroom Tax.

Join us for speakers, entertainment and sign an alternative birthday card to Iain Duncan Smith.

Event – Bedroom Tax, one year on, end it now
When – 12pm, 5 April
Where – The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 5JW
Speakers – Joe Rollin and some of those affected by welfare reforms.
Contact – Joe Rollin

Please find more information on the event’s Facebook page.

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David Jones and Joe Green Memorial

Orgreave campaigners and Unite Community Members were among the many ex-miners paying our respects to David Jones and Joe Green, who payed the ultimate price fighting for their Union, their futures and their communities, 30 years ago today. We will not forget or forgive. The struggle continues.

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Women Against Pit Closures

Anne Scargill (Unite Community Member) and the Women Against Pit Closures, organised a fantastic Miners Strike Anniversary event on Saturday the 8th March. The Event was absolutely packed with speakers Maxine Peak, Hillary Wainwright and David Hopper, making passionate speeches about the heroic struggle thirty years ago and linking them to the fight against Austerity today.

It is no accident that Anne and the other Women Against Pit Closures are still at the centre of the Movement today, offering practical solidarity to the communities of Barnsley, with their weekly work in the homeless kitchen and support for our Unite Community Centre. Hillary Wainwright talked of the Importance of building a new movement linking our working members, with our community members and repeated our slogan of “Educate. Organise, Agitate.”

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Public Meeting

Organised jointly by Barnsley Trades Council and Barnsley Unite Against Fascism

Monday 10th March 7pm
Miners Hall, Huddersfield Road

Gerry Gable, Searchlight David Hopper, Durham Miners Association, Andy Ducker, International Brigade Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary UAF, Brian Steele, Secretary Barnsley Trades Council.
Invited: Eleanor Tunnicliffe (Labour MEP candidate)

View Leaflet: March 10 2014 PM + demo

We’re Not Going Back

Written by Boff Whalley

We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.

But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.

The North East, Yorkshire & Humberside Region of Unite are supporting this event, however its success depends upon all of us working and funding this together collectively.

This performance ‘We’re Not Going Back’ by Red Ladder can be rolled out across the country, sending our message of solidarity and commitment to our communities. We are already intending to have a number of events within this Region-the play can be performed in schools, colleges or any venue where this story can be told and will resonate with all our members and activists and their families.

To ensure the success of this venture we are asking you as comrades to spread the word throughout your organisation to seek financial pledges. Any amount will help to launch this event and all who contribute will be clearly recognised as supporters on all publications.

It is in all our interests to support the Miners, their families and our communities. We must not forget what the Miners and their families did in the name of solidarity. As memories fade it is our responsibility to ensure their strife is understood by future generationswhat could be better than showing this with music and theatre- this is an opportunity to show our movement remains proud and strong.


Please could you contact your branch secretary and request a donation at your next branch meeting or if you wish you could make a personal donation.

All donations should be forwarded to Karen Reay, Regional Secretary, Unite the Union, 55 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BW with cheques made payable to “Unite the Union”

Thank you for your support.

Download the flyer: Were not going back