Tag: manchester

March against austerity. March to protect workers’ rights!

Dear friends

Sunday, October 4, 2015

In May, the Conservative Party won just 36% of the popular vote in the General Election and yet they were handed a majority of seats in the House of Commons and formed the first Tory government in two decades.

Since then they have lost no time in launching their vicious ideological attacks. People in employment looking to make ends meet, those without work as well as the sick and disabled all face further hardship.

Tory plans to reduce the vital help that low waged workers get through tax credits, leaving them £1200 a year worse off, have already passed through the House of Commons.

And new restrictions on the rights of trade unionists and proposals to criminalise workers involved in industrial disputes are fast on their way to becoming law in the Trade Union Bill.

On Sunday 4 October the Tory Party will be holding their conference in Manchester.  You can be there too – click here to book your place now.

This is your chance to speak out against the government’s cruel attacks and austerity obsession which is destroying jobs, living standards and vital services – not to mention the economy too.

This government knows that your unions are on your side.  That is why they want to stop us standing up for you and against their cuts.  Into the bargain, they will give bad bosses the green light by undermining the basic rights of working people.

Let’s lead the fight back for a fairer Britain.

Join us in Manchester on Sunday October 4.

  • 12 noon – Assemble Oxford Road
  • 00 pm – Rally
  • 30 pm – March through the city

You’ll be among friends as thousands of trade union members and supporters tell the Tory Party conference that we say yes to workers’ rights and no to austerity.

Book your seat now on Unite transport to the demonstration for our members and their families here or visit www.unitetheunion.org/No2Austerity.

Please share this with friends and family and on your Twitter and Facebook pages.

I hope to see you in Manchester.

Len McCluskey
General Secretary

Coaches to Tory party conference demo.

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.

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.

Workshop invitation: Tackling labour exploitation among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

We would like to invite you to attend the above workshop. This FREE workshop is aimed at any organisation, campaign group or individual working with and supporting refugees and asylum seekers at risk of labour exploitation. The workshop will help participants to:

·         understand why refugees and asylum seekers are at risk of forced labour and exploitation in the UK

·         identify signs of forced labour, trafficking and other forms of labour exploitation

·         consider options and responses available to both affected migrants and you

·         think about how your organisation can help to improve information, awareness and support for refugees and asylum seekers in precarious labour situations

We are holding three FREE workshops in London, Leeds and Manchester – see attached flyer for details, and for how to register.

We would also like to ask for your help in circulating the invitation widely to your networks of migrant & refugee organisations, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking projects.

Attached to this email is the pdf flyer, plus the word doc version which you can cut and paste into an email if you need.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Hannah Lewis h.j.lewis@leeds.ac.uk

Louise Waite l.waite@leeds.ac.uk

Stuart Hodkinson s.n.hodkinson@leeds.ac.uk

Tackling labour exploitation FLYER