‘Wrong Un’, a one women suffragette play, was performed to 21 students at the University of Sheffield on the 20th November. Unite Community, Red Ladder and the Students Union worked collaboratively to stage the event. Following the play, a Q&A – which was filmed – took place where Ellie Harris (actor), Barbara Jackson (Unite Community and Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaigner) and Kat Chapman (Students Union Womens’ Officer) were the guest speakers. This thought provoking event provided not only an historical debate but, more importantly, it resulted in a full discussion on campaigning today. Led by Unite Community, campaigning tools – including direct action – were discussed. Future campaigns such as: Equal Pay, The Living Wage, Human Trafficking and democratic processes were also debated. The event resulted in more people joining the Sheffield University Unite Community Branch. Meetings were arranged to evaluate and progress current campaigns such as the Bedroom Tax and, in light of the discussion, to explore new tactics and new campaigns.
“Many of the rights and freedoms that we enjoy today only exist because of the struggle and sacrifice made by individuals, groups and organisations who had the courage to stand up and speak out. These struggles have taken place over hundreds of years – in different countries across the world – and where battles have been won, this has had a direct result in bringing about change to improve the existence of millions of ordinary people in the world of work and in wider society, helping to advance civil society. The only way to maintain the freedoms we enjoy is through a collective voice; Unite Community is the vehicle our collective voice’’. M.Kelvin