This month’s 2 top dates are:
Saturday 18th April events in Sheffield City Centre. There’s a lot going on starting at 11am with the “Stop TTIP” International Day of Action on Fargate (look out for the gazebo near Norfolk Row). Can you help hand out leaflets and signing the EU Citizens Petition against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)? These neo-liberal free trade talks are taking place in secret – and threaten our public services, our food standards and our trade union and workers’ rights. Till 2pm.
At 12.30pm the “Hungry for Justice” rally kicks off at the bottom of Fargate as part of the ongoing Fast Food Workers Rights Campaign organised by International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) and backed by Bakers Union (BFAWU) and UNITE Community. Join the demand for £10 National Minimum Wage Now and No to Zero Hours Contracts. It’s followed by a public meeting at 2pm in Central United Reform Chapel on Norfolk Street (opposite Crucible)
Sheffield Peoples Assembly is holding its regular Saturday stall outside Sheffield Town Hall from 12 noon till 2pm spreading the word against austerity. Can you help hand out the excellent SPA “myth buster leaflet?
Tuesday 28th April International Workers Memorial Day “Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living”. Our ceremony starts outside Town Hall at 1230hrs with a wreath being laid by Lord Mayor Cllr Peter Rippon, followed by a series of speeches on health and safety at work. Speakers include Bill Adams Regional TUC Secretary, Louise Haigh Labour PPC Sheffield Heeley, and speakers from a number of trade unions and health and safety campaigns. Please bring your banners and most importantly order a wreath to lay down at the Memorial Tree . Finishes about 1330hrs. A must for all trade unionists. Members of the public very welcome to join us.
And don’t forget the May Day rally in Chesterfield on Monday 4th May!
Quick “at a glance” summary of the month’s events
- Thursday 16th April Asylum Rights Election Question Time event South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)
- Saturday 18th April “Hungry for Justice” £10 per hour IUF/ BAFWU International Fast Food Workers Rights Event. Fargate 1200 midday for outdoor rally then public meeting 2pm Central United Reform Chapel 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB
- Saturday 18th April “Stop TTIP” 11-2pm Fargate/Norfolk Row. Leaflets, raising awareness, signing petition – volunteers invited to help. International Day of Action organised by Global Justice (Sheffield) and supported by 38®, Friends of the Earth and Sheffield TUC.
- Saturday 18th April Sheffield Peoples Assembly Stall outside Town Hall 12 – 2pm. Spreading the word against austerity – volunteers welcome.
- Tuesday 28th April International Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside Town Hall 1230hrs. Trade union speakers and wreath laying ceremony. “Remember the Dead Fight for the Living”. Regional TUC event organised by Sheffield TUC
- Tuesday 28th April Sheffield Trade union Council delegate meeting. Speaker Paul Blomfield Labour MP Sheffield Central. Visitors welcome
- 27th March – 13th June “Posters of protest and revolution” Civic Theatre Barnsley. V&A visiting exhibition. Admission free.
- Monday 4th May Chesterfield May Day Peoples Gala Demonstration. Assemble outside Chesterfield Town Hall at 1030hrs for march to rally at New Square. Organised by Chesterfield Trade Union Council.
- Thursday 7th May. General Election! Make sure you use your vote to kick out the ConDem Government and improve the lives for working people!
Please scroll down for more information on the above events:
Thursday 16th April Asylum Rights Election Question Time event 7pm Victoria Hall S1 2JB i South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) Get the chance to question representatives from most of the parties standing in the general election in South Yorkshire.
Doors open at 6.30pm for a cup of tea and a chance to look around the information stalls. After short introductions to the main issues facing refugees and people seeking asylum from the vice-chairs of SYMAAG, the politicians will make short speeches, leaving plenty of time for your points and questions.
If you want to ask a question but can’t get to the meeting use the Twitter hashtag #asylumrights and we will try to put your point to the politicians
For more information on the Asylum Rights Election Question Time meeting, SYMAAG Election Pledges, which candidates will be answering questions, an asylum election briefing and what the candidates said they supported in the 2010 election see http://www.symaag.org.uk/2015/04/09/asylum-rights-election-question-time-sheffield-16th-april-7pm/
There is also an open SYMAAG meeting on Tuesday 14th at 6.30pm at NRC office, Exchange Brewery 2 Bridge Street S3 8NS. We will be discussing the Election Question Time meeting and how to stop overcrowding in G4S asylum housing in South Yorkshire. All are welcome.
If you want to come to SYMAAG-organised meetings or events but find it hard to afford transport, don’t be put off! Just bring your travel ticket or a receipt to the meeting and we will reimburse you. Or get in touch with us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.symaag.org Twitter @SYMAAG and we’re on Facebook
Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)
Saturday 18th April “Hungry for Justice” Fast Food Workers Rights Event
International Day of Action organised by International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and supported by Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU) and UNITE Community. Outdoor rally Fargate 1230pm. Come and see us in our new Gazebo as we talk to the public.
There will be speeches entertainment and refreshment. Followed by Public Meeting 2pm Central United Reformed church 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB (opposite crucible).
This campaign first kicked off in USA when fast food workers took to the streets to demand an end to exploitative working conditions. Whilst the focus is still on workers at MacDonald’s and other fast food chains, the campaign obviously go wider, appealing to all workers on low wages to join a union and start fighting back.
Join the campaign for dignity and respect at work:
- £10 p/h Minimum wage.
- The end to zero hour contracts.
- Equal pay for young workers.
- End working for benefits
Real Jobs on Real Pay for all.
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Saturday 18th April “Stop TTIP” 11-2pm Fargate/Norfolk Row. Leaflets, raising awareness, signing petition – volunteers invited to help. International Day of Action organised by Global Justice (Sheffield) and supported by 38®, Friends of the Earth and Sheffield TUC. The talks between USA and EU on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are taking place in secret. Why? Multinational companies want to sweep away anything that hampers their greed for profit – so what about regulations on food safety? What happens to employment rights? And worst of all the treaty provides for secret tribunals (ISDS) to hear grievances from big business about any government that restricts their right to trade, including by reversing privatisation of public services, or failing to open up public services to the market.
Saturday 18th April Sheffield Peoples Assembly Stall outside Town Hall 12 – 2pm. Spreading the word against austerity – volunteers welcome. Help give out the excellent new “myth buster” leaflet which exposes the lie that austerity is the only alternative. These last five years have seen a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich whilst public services have been cut and privatised. This campaign is especially important in the run up to the General Election – but will certainly continue afterwards no matter who wins!
Tuesday 28th April International Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside Town Hall 1230hrs. “Remember the Dead Fight for the Living” International event. Sheffield’s ceremony will take place outside Town Hall at 1230hrs and will be opened by the Lord Mayor. Our Sheffield ceremony has now been adopted as the main Yorks and Humber regional TUC event and will be addressed by Regional Secretary Bill Adams. Louise Haigh Labour PPC Sheffield Heeley is also invited as well as speakers from trade unions and health and safety campaigns. Please bring union banners and wreaths to lay at the memorial tree. Estimated finish time approx 1330 hrs, preceded by a minutes silence.
Tuesday 28th April 7pm Sheffield Trades Council delegate meeting. Our keynote speaker this month is Paul Blomfield Labour MP Sheffield Central. With the General Election only days away this will be a very interesting question and answer session. In the ballroom of the Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street Sheffield S2 5QQ. Visitors are welcome – please register at the door.
27th March – 13th June “Posters of protest and revolution” Civic Theatre Barnsley. V&A visiting exhibition. Admission free.
Monday 4th May Chesterfield 38th May Day Peoples Gala Demonstration.
Assemble outside Chesterfield Town Hall on Rose Hill at 1030hrs for a march to a rally at New Square, led by the Ireland Colliery Band. Speakers include Christine Blower General Secretary NUT and Lee Baron East Midlands Regional TUC Secretary. Music in New Square from Ian Prowse, Swamp Trash and Max Pashm Band. Organised by Chesterfield Trade Union Council.