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Four new exhibitions open at Unity+Works

Four new exhibitions open at Unity+Works, Wakefield,
Friday 19 February 11.00am

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Unity+Works Wakefield will host four new exhibitions from Friday 18 February to Saturday 5 March, as part of the With Banners Held High event taking place on Saturday 5 March:

Twenty six panels created by the TUC Resources Library.



An exhibition created by Pierre Bouquet and previously shown at Rock‘n’Coal, an event held in Oignies, at the heart of the former French mining area, in March 2015.

Photos by PETE DUNWELL of musicians including Billy Bragg who link their music with politics and protest.

These exhibitions highlight key themes of the With Banners Held High event. One is the inspiring but largely unknown story of the scale and scope of international solidarity and support for the miners in the form of food, money, toiletries, toys and holidays abroad for the children of striking miners. The other is the way musicians supported the miners’ strike. The exhibitions will be complemented on 5 March by workshops and speakers from Europe who were active in this solidarity action.

Granville Williams, who has organised the exhibitions, said, ‘These exhibitions provide new perspectives and insights into the miners’ strike. Some of the photographs will be totally new to people because they were not published at the time of the strike. I came across many of them during my research for the book PIT PROPS. The exhibitions are profoundly moving, giving us real insights into how people from literally around the world responded to the hardships the miners, their families and communities endured during the year-long strike.’

The exhibitions are free and available to view during Unity+Works opening hours.

Tickets for the With Banners Held High daytime event at: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/with-banners-held-high-2016/

And for the evening fund-raising event: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/the-farm/

Download the posters here:
2016 WBHH A4 poster
2016 WBHH poster


Public Sector Strike: 10 July 2014

Join millions of public sector workers across the UK who have had enough of having their pay frozen or capped.

Event Location: 11.30am, Barnsley Precinct, 1 Cheapside, Barnsley S70 1RU.

The march will assemble at 10:45am in Centenary Square with the rally taking place back in the Square, after the march has concluded.

Event Location:  Centenary Square, Market Street, Bradford BD1 1LH.

The march will assemble at 12 noon outside the Civic Offices in Nigel Gresley Square with the rally taking place back in the Square, on completion of the march.

Event Location:   Next to Civic Offices,  Nigel Gresley Square, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU.

Huddersfield TUC, in conjunction with trade unions, will be holding a day of action, including a march and rally on Thursday 10th July.

The march will assemble at St George’s Square from 10:30am with the march commencing at 11am.

Speakers will include:

Paul Holmes UNISON         Hazel Danson NUT         Neil Cole GMB
Layll Singleton UNITE         Trevor Andrews PCS      Daryl Schofield FBU
Chair Nick Ruff Huddersfield TUC

All are welcome.

Event Location: St George’s Square. Huddersfield HD1 2TA.

The march will assemble at 10am at the Unison Building with the rally taking place after the march into the city centre.

Event Location:  Unison Building, 39 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AG.


Event Location: 10.30am, St George’s Square, Huddersfield  HD1 1JA.

The march will assemble at 11:30am outside Victoria Gardens.

Event Location: Outside Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA.

11am Rally with speakers from UNITE, UNISON and GMB
Event Location:  Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham  S60 1QYSHEFFIELD
The march will assemble at 11.30am at Devonshire Green, with the rally taking place at 1pm outside City Hall, Barkers Pool.

Event Location: City Hall, Barkers Pool S1 2JA.

12.30pm – Gather at Coronation Gardens next to County Hall to march.
1.00pm – Rally at Cathedral Precinct.
2.30pm – Strikers are invited for refreshments at Wakefield Labour Club (Red Shed) on Vicarage Street.

Event Location: Coronation Gardens, Wakefield  WF1 2QW.

The march will assemble at 12 noon at Clifford’s Tower with the rally taking place at 1pm at St Sampson’s Square.

Event Location: Clifford Tower, Tower St, York YO1 9SA.

11am: Assemble, Northumberland Road, next to City Hall
11.30am: March to the Blue Carpet, New Bridge Street
12.00noon – Speakers:
Clare Williams, Chair of the Public Services Alliance, UNISON Regional Convenor
Chris Jukes, GMB
Mike Routledge, Unite
Janice Godrich, PCS President
Andy Noble, FBU
Sarah Lake, Sunderland NUT Secretary

Event Location: Assemble, Northumberland Road (next to City Hall) NE1 8SF.

Coca Cola in Wakefield urged to rethink compulsory job losses

Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) in Wakefield has been urged to rethink its compulsory redundancy drive, as more than enough staff have come forward to go voluntarily.
Unite, the country’s largest union, called on the company to rethink its ‘rigid’ stance on seeking 42 job losses at its new automated warehouse in Kenmore Road.
The job losses are made up of 30 volunteers and 12 compulsory – but Unite says that ten more workers have come forward for voluntary redundancy with similar skills, so there is no need for all the compulsory redundancies.
To reinforce the message, Unite will be arranging a demonstration at the Cola Cola site on the industrial park, Wakefield WF2 0XR between 17.00 -20.00 on Thursday 19 December.
Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “Throughout the consultation process, Unite has urged CCE to ‘do the right thing’ and allow those who volunteer for redundancy to go, thus ensuring there is no need for compulsory redundancies.
“Coca Cola has received sufficient volunteers to allow them to retain the right number of staff with the right skills, but it is still using this restructuring process  as an opportunity to make compulsory redundancies, and we believe this is just plain wrong.
“Unite recognises the important role that CCE plays in the local Wakefield economy – but what  it is proposing is too rigid and needs an urgent rethink. 
According to the company’s website, the Wakefield plant was established in 1989 and employs 466 employees. It is the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe.