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November 2nd protests Against Trade Union Bill

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.

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

National Day of Action against Sport Direct’s Shameful Work Practices

image2BTomorrow Unite members will be protesting outside Sports Direct Annual General Meeting demanding an end to ‘Victorian’ work practices at the retailer’s Shirebrook warehouse and pays a real living wage.

The protest is part of a national day of action outside over 25 Sports Direct stores across the UK. It comes amid a shareholder revolt over the company’s governance and employment practices resulting in calls for the Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell to stand down at tomorrow’s AGM.Unite has launched an online petition calling for an end to ‘Draconian’ working practices and an end to Sports Direct’s reliance on zero hours contracts.

Please help us put pressure on Sports Direct – sign the petition here, share it with friends and family on your Facebook or if you Tweet, retweet.

The hash tag is #SportsDirectShame – here is the link to the petition.
List of actions here.
Report here.
More here.

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.

Two important events this Saturday that need your support!


Saturday 18th July 10.30am
Outside Sheffield Town Hall
Come along, protest and find out more about the dangers of TTIP


Another major GMB Greenco Rally in support of GMB Recycling Workers
Speakers include Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh
Saturday 18th July, 12pm — 2pm, Blackstock Green Co, S14 1JE (outside the Horse and Groom pub)

Please come and show your support for GMB Recycing Workers who face bullying and intimidation, have had both shop stewards sacked, have had their agreement on the Living Wage broken and promises of decent washing and toilet facilities torn up. these are the workers who look after and operate the City’s 5 recycling centres – on a sub-contract run by so-called charity Greenco!

It’s vitally important that Sheffield#s trade unionists and citizens show their support and publicise their case. That’s why the GMB and Sheffield Trade Union Council are calling a series of rallies at diferent sites across the city. Last month it was Shirecliffe – this month it’s Balckstock Road on Gleadless valley estate.

Public transport: from city centre use 48 to Herdings or 79/79A to Jordanthorpe


Download the Green Co flyer here: Green Co Leaflet July 18

Sheff Save Our NHS 18.07.15

Barnsley Budget Day Protest

George Osborne kindly popped into Barnsley yesterday and helped to release 300 black balloons, to remember Public Sector job losses in Barnsley Council over the last year.

Barnsley Anti-Austerity Protest

Wednesday, July 8
Barnsley Town Hall at 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Trades unionists from across Barnsley will demonstrate against the continued financial destruction of our public services as the Tory government holds its emergency budget.

4th June – Protest at first full BMBC meeting


The Freedom Riders will be protesting outside of Barnsley Town Hall, at the first full council meeting since the local elections, on Thursday 4th June from 9.30am to 10.30am. Please come and lend your support.

Barnsley says no to Cameron’s cuts


David Cameron graced Barnsley with his presence on Saturday. OK, it wasn’t the real David Cameron, who probably wouldn’t be seen within miles of a town like Barnsley. However, the boos that just a protester in a mask attracted gave a clue to the kind of reception that the real Cameron would attract, if he ever dared to set foot in the town that his beloved predecessor Margaret Thatcher tore the heart from.

It is fair to say that Barnsley has suffered disproportionately from Tory cuts over the last thirty years. Pit closures hang like a pall over the town and now that Barnsley’s current biggest employer, the public services sector is facing further cuts, the future doesn’t look like it is going to get brighter any time soon.

The protest, organised by TUSC, drew together people from a range of groups. The South Yorkshire Freedom Riders (a group formed to campaign for the reinstatement of free public transport for pensioners) were there, as were the Barnsley Green Party, campaigners to save their local Sure Start – Worsbrough Common Rising Stars (sign the petition here), the Socialist Workers Party, NHS employees and a range of trade unions.

Although Saturday’s protest was modest in numbers, it points to the way ahead. We need solidarity across a range of groups if we are to resist cuts to our vital services and build more cohesive, compassionate communities. Movements grow from the ground up. We can’t rely on Westminster to make the changes that we want to see for us.

”People’s protest” gives 91-year-old veteran hope we can fight for fairer wages for all

This article by Harry Leslie Smith originally appeared in the Mirror.


More than 90,000 people marched this weekend to tell the Government: “Britain needs a pay rise”.

Everyone from young children to pensioners, public sector workers to celebrities took to the streets of London to protest at the TUC-organised demonstration.

Among the inspiring speakers was war veteran Harry Leslie Smith who spoke up movingly for the NHS at the Labour Party Conference.

Here the 91-year-old explains why the fight for a pay rise is one the country can’t afford to lose…

I am writing this as I prepare to leave the capital to return to the north. Outside of my hotel window I see London, like the rest of our country, can’t even rest on the 7th day.

Not one corner of our island is quiet because, after four long years of Cameron’s coalition government, we must work every waking hour to stretch pennies into pounds to meet the rising cost of living.

Austerity has ground the British economy into one that profits the elite at the expense of everyone else who toils on zero-hour contracts or tries to live off of stagnant wages.

For many, these are grim and pessimistic days that are made more dismal by the exorbitant cost of higher education, housing, fuel and food.

Life hasn’t been this difficult since the days of my youth in the 1930s and so, despite the fact that I am in my golden years, I can feel empathy and much concern for the future of today’s young.

But I am not too discouraged by the horrendous cost austerity has exacted on Britain.

I find that there is much reason to hope that soon our country will return to its standard of fair play for all.

I take heart in demonstrations like the TUC’s “Britain needs a pay rise” that was held in Hyde Park on Saturday.

Despite the fact that I am in my 90s and have been retired from the working world for close to 30 years I walked with thousands of others because I know what it is like to be paid an unfair wage.

But I was encouraged by what I heard and saw throughout the day.

People who turned up weren’t radicals, agitators or malcontents but ­ordinary folk from all walks of life and ­professions who wanted to raise their collective voice to fight the ­injustice.

The young, middle aged and soon-to-be retired were all equally represented and they all believed they were not only marching for themselves but for every worker who is struggling to live from pay cheque to pay cheque.

As I broke bread with these strangers – who all shared one noble ambition to receive just compensation for their labours – I was struck by their ­optimism and resilience.

All knew this battle for fair wages begins and ends with the workers who must mobilise either through their unions or through collective action.

It must be done as one young man said to me, like the great civil rights movements of days gone by, through peaceful protests against corporations who dole out profits to their shareholders but refuse to invest their wealth back into Britain by paying proper taxes and wages.

Protesters are rightfully confident their actions on Saturday and in the ensuing months will bring change for the better to British workers’ wages.

For me I don’t doubt their perseverance and optimism will prevail and soon we will see changes for the better to the lives of British workers.