Tag: Barnsley

3rd ‘Ghost Lab’ research workshop, Wed 4th Nov, NUM offices, Barnsley

Comrades,

This is a Reminder and invitation to South Yorkshire Unite Community members to attend:

What? – ‘Social Haunting’ Research Project – Ghost Lab 3: a Comic Strip workshop led by the wonderful comics artist/story-shaper, JIM MEDWAY (born in Wakefield, now based in Furniss Vale, High Peak), supported by Dr SARAH McNICOL, esteemed author and researcher in innovative and collaborative learning from Manchester Metropolitan University. Plus there will be a little bit of ghostly help from the recently rediscovered North East dialect comic strips of pit man JIMMY KEYS!

When? – 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Wednesday 4th November

Where? – the NUM Offices, 2 Huddersfield Rd (Victoria Rd entrance), Barnsley S70 2LS

Participants? – SY UC members already participating in this creative research, PLUS those interested in participating for the first time (this workshop is different to Ghost Labs 1 & 2, so it will be worthwhile for both to attend).

Please register for attendance with Geoff Bright (Project Leader) by emailing G.Bright@mmu.ac.uk  or by texting “Ghost Lab 3” and your name to 07825 669799

The notion of ‘social haunting’ is a fascinating way for us as individuals and as members of our various communities (however we define these), to reflect on our lives, and it is a concept of great interest to front-edge, academic researchers studying the dynamics of identity and societal construction through Sociology and its related disciplines, notably when cross-referenced with perceptions of social hauntings found in the expressive ‘producings’ (can’t think of a better word!) of those working in Creative/Artistic fields.

Individuals who have already had some involvement in the research have reacted very positively to the experience so I urge you all to put this date in your diaries now, and make a point of attending. This is the third and last Ghost Lab. The Arts & Humanities Research Council has funded this Project on the basis that it will ‘partner’ with the Rochdale-based Co-operative Movement and the South Yorkshire Unite the Community Branches, so we do need a good number of our members to take part. The first two Ghost Lab workshops demonstrated that it is also a good opportunity to foster inter-branch awareness and friendship.

As I write to you all, it could be said that we find ourselves in “The Corbyn Moment” – if not “Momentum!” – when, as trade union members – and very often as social and political activists as well – we find ourselves re-thinking old possibilities as potentially new promises. What a great time to have the opportunity to be participants in this kind of research!

If you are in contact with any Branch members who are not on this email list but may be interested, please do not hesitate to tell them about the Ghost Lab event and urge them to participate in the research as well.

Please note that it is not necessary for you to have a background in the Mining Industry or communities to participate in this research. Nor do you need to have special drawing skills to participate. All are welcome.

Lastly, I would appreciate it if you could confirm back to me that you have received this email.

Fraternal thanks,

John Taylor
UtC member (Sheffield)
SY UtC Link Person to the Social Haunting Research Project

Fighting the anti-union laws

We’ve had a very positive response to the proposal for a protest/rally against the anti-union laws on Tues. 13th October at 5pm on the Town Hall steps below the fountains. It is timed to coincide with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group protest and rally in London. We will issue a press release on that basis.

Barnsley College UCU have agreed to ‘chair’ the protest/rally and I urge all unions to bring union flags/banners and placards opposing the anti-union laws. I hope union representatives or individuals will speak too.

Please encourage the maximum number of your members/friends to come. A lively very visual protest  will build on the fantastic turnout in Manchester on Sunday and kickstart a co-ordinated campaign of opposition to the Tories’ Bill in Barnsley.

In solidarity,

Dave Gibson

Barnsley Trades Council Public Meeting

“Don’t let new Tory anti-union laws shackle us”

Tuesday 20th October, 6.30pm
Miners Hall, Huddersfield Road, Barnsley

Speakers:
Liz Lawrence
National President UCU

Ian Hodson
National President BFAWU

Brian Steele
Secretary Barnsley Trades Council

More details: 07594 857960
View the flyer: TUC Oct demo back

2nd ‘Ghost Lab’ research workshop

This is a Reminder and invitation to South Yorkshire Unite the Community members to attend:

What? – ‘Social Haunting’ Research Project – Ghost Lab 2: ‘Haunted Horizons’ (led by Dr Toby Pillatt, Landscape Archeologist from Sheffield University & Andrew McMillan, acclaimed Barnsley-born Poet).

When? – 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, Tuesday 6th October.

Where? – the NUM Offices, 2 Huddersfield Rd (Victoria Rd entrance), Barnsley S70 2LS.

Participants? – SY UtC members already participating in this creative research, PLUS those interested in participating for the first time (this workshop is different to Ghost Lab 1 so it will be worthwhile for both to attend).

For further details, please see the attached leaflet, and note that you need to contact Dr. Geoff Bright to register your intention to attend.

The notion of ‘social haunting’ is a fascinating way for us as individuals and as members of our various communities (however we define these), to reflect on our lives, and it is a concept of great interest to front-edge, academic researchers studying the dynamics of identity and societal construction through Sociology and its related disciplines, notably when cross-referenced with perceptions of social hauntings found in the expressive ‘producings’ (can’t think of a better word!) of those working in Creative/Artistic fields.

As I write to you all, it could be said that we find ourselves in “The Corbyn Moment,” when, as trade union members – and very often as social and political activists as well – we find ourselves re-thinking old possibilities as potentially new promises. What a great time to have the opportunity to be participants in this kind of research, looking at the idea of “Haunted Horizons”!

Individuals who have already had some involvement in the research have reacted very positively to the experience so I urge you all to put this date in your diaries now, and make a point of attending. The Arts & Humanities Research Council has funded this Project on the basis that it will ‘partner’ with the Rochdale-based Co-operative Movement and the South Yorkshire Unite the Community Branches, so we do need a good number of our members to take part. The first Ghost Lab workshop demonstrated that it is also a good opportunity to foster inter-branch awareness and friendship.

If you are in contact with any Branch members who are not on this email list but may be interested, please do not hesitate to tell them about the Ghost Lab event and urge them to participate in the research as well. It would be useful if you could print off a few copies of the leaflet I have attached, so you can give it to such contacts.

Please note that it is not necessary for you to have a background in the Mining Industry or communities to participate in this research.

Ghost lab 2 – South Yorkshire

Attila the Stockbroker at Old No7 in Barnsley

Attila the Stockbroker has been a great friend of the left for well over 30 years and it would be great if we could get a sell out crowd when he comes to play at No7 in a few weeks.

Power of Song Promotions are proud to present…….

Attila the Stockbroker (John Baine)
With support from the excellent Joe Solo
7.30pm Saturday 17th October 2015
Poems and songs interspersed with excerpts from his new autobiography “Arguments Yard”
Autographed copies will be on sale at the gig.
Tickets £5 – available from the Old No7, Market Hill, Barnsley. (£6 on the door if it doesn’t sell out but it will!)

Attila wanted the gig to be a cosy, personal sit down affair so we’re only making 50 tickets available – get in there quick!

Tickets are available from Old No7 or by contacting Tony Wright and pay via PayPal.

Go to event page on Facebook.

Refugees Welcome Here

Saturday 12 September
Barnsley Demonstration and Rally, May Day Green, 1.00pm.

This day of action has been called in response to the unfolding human tragedy across Europe as thousands of refugees flee war, persecution, torture and poverty. Thousands have lost their lives in the process or are living in appalling conditions as they struggle to find a safe haven.

Over 2,400 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean already this year. The shocking picture of baby Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach epitomizes the appalling humanitarian tragedy taking place. But the response of David Cameron and the government to this has been disgraceful.

On Monday 14 September Home Secretary Theresa May will meet with EU leaders to discuss the refugee crisis. We must learn the lessons of history and call on the government to take a humanitarian and compassionate response to refugees, and to meet its share of the responsibility for providing protection.

Let’s send a strong message: We say refugees are welcome here.

Download the flyer: Refugees_welcome_here_NATIONAL_A5

Barnsley Save Our NHS Public Meeting

A number of us in Barnsley are trying to develop a Save Our NHS campaign here. A group of people has come together already and we plan to hold a Save Our NHS public meeting on Saturday 19th September, at 11am, in Barnsley Library.

The aims of the meeting are to make people aware of the threat of cuts and privatisation, to identify the immediate issues that we need to be campaigning on locally, and to get more people involved in the group.

We are very keen for the NHS trade unions to be involved. We would like to invite all Unite members to the meeting. Also, it would be great if someone from Unite working at Barnsley Hospital could speak briefly about how they see things (in a personal capacity if necessary).

There will be two other people speaking (both in a personal capacity) – Alison Brown of Sheffield Save Our NHS, who works for the ambulance service, and Andrew Bogg, who works in telehealth for SWYPFT.

The speakers will be followed by a discussion, where we hope that people will raise their concerns about the NHS.

Tony Nuttall

Download the flyer: Barnsley Save Our NHS Flyer

Coaches to Tory party conference demo.

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The TUC called Oct. 4th demonstration outside the Tory party conference in Manchester is getting  a fantastic response. The first Trades Council coach is half full already.

The coaches will pick up on Eldon Street at 9.30am. Ticket prices are £8 waged ; £3 students/unwaged. Phone 07594857960 to buy tickets.