Diary of Events October and November 2017


Friday 6th October SARAG AGM

1.00pm at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. The meeting will start with a buffet lunch and refreshments followed by the AGM with special speaker, Gill Furniss MP for Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough.


Saturday 7th October PCS Eastern Avenue Benefit Gig

6pm till late DINA, Cambridge Street, Sheffield S1 4HP. Speakers include Jarad O’Mara Labour MP Sheffield Hallam. Music by Bright Lights. PCS members have taken 26 days strike action to defend the Eastern Avenue Job Centre from closure, and future week-long strikes are planned. They need your support. £5 waged/£3 unwaged. All proceeds to Eastern Avenue Strike Fund Flyer attached


Saturday 14th October “Keep fossil fuels in the ground, skip fracking, go to renewable”

Rally at Sheffield City Hall 1030hrs-1230hrs Message below from Sheffield Climate Alliance:

This is a fun family friendly rally outside the City Hall. Because oil, coal and gas are seen as dinosaur fuels we would like as many dinosaur props as possible – inflatable dinosaurs, children’s t-shirts, face masks and placards etc. After the rally there will be a mass deflation of the inflatable dinosaurs to signify the end of fossil fuels. Assemble 1030hrs Barkers Pool for 11.00 Rally starts ending 11.45 with a mass deflation of the inflatable dinosaurs. 11:45 – 12:30 – possible music from Sheffield Socialist Choir and a samba band

Speakers include: Paul Blomfield MP – Shadow Brexit Minister; Tina Louise Rothery -Friends of the Earth; Local community groups threatened with fracking; South Yorkshire Divestment group; Trade union speaker (invited)


Saturday 21st October Stand Up to Racism National Conference, London

Coach travel will be arranged from Sheffield supported by Sheffield Trade Union Council.


Monday 23rd October “Scrap the Public Sector Pay Cap” rally

1230hrs outside Sheffield Town Hall. Organised by Yorks and Humber TUC in conjunction with Sheffield TUC and all the public sector unions. But this rally will particularly focus on the Council unions – GMB, UNISON, UNITE. Tory austerity is hitting council workers harder than anyone else in the public sector and a serious industrial dispute is pending…. See flyer attached TUC Pay Campaign -Sheffield rally 23 October 2017


Thursday 26th October Showing of film

“Belonging – The Truth behind the Headlines”

Tickets £7.50 include pie and pea supper from 5.30pm at Wortley Hall, Wortley S35 7DB The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom promote this film to expose the collusion between big business and Government in three disputes; Wapping, Post Office privatisation and Grangemouth.


Saturday 28th October Demonstration in Barnsley to defend the NHS.

Assemble 1130hrs town centre for 12 noon march. Flyer attached

Health Campaigns Together with the involvement of the major trade unions is calling this demonstration against cuts in services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw and the moving of hospital support services into separate legal entities. This is happening together with the establishment of the first “Accountable Care System” in Yorkshire, one of the first in the country, to implement the changes proposed in the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan. This is all being done at great speed, in secret and with little involvement of the public and their elected representatives either in local councils or in parliament. None of the five local councils will be represented in making the Accountable Care decisions. The Labour Party conference has just voted for the full restoration of a publicly funded and provided National Health Service. It is hoped that this demonstration will be supported by campaigning groups and trade unions from around the country. It is being hosted by Barnsley Trade Union Council and Barnsley Save Our NHS.


Tuesday 31st October “Death of Justice” rally assemble 1730hrs Devonshire Green S1 4JL

March to Law Courts. The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign have called this “Death of Justice Rally” to mark the one year Anniversary of Amber Rudd’s shocking decision not to hold any form of inquiry into the infamous “Battle of Orgreave” where 95 miners were “beaten up, fitted up and locked up”. The Orgreave Campaign see it fitting that this decision was made on Halloween as we all know it’s the old monsters and ghosts of the Tory party who were responsible for the injustice then, that denies us justice now, 33 years later. https://www.facebook.com/events/1519912538051722??ti=ia


Thursday 9th November “Rise Like Lions” Banner Theatre Please note we have had to postpone this production. Please await detail of revised date. Political theatre production with music. Sponsored by Sheffield TUC. 7pm Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street Sheffield S2 5QQ. Tickets £8 (£4 unwaged).


Sunday 19th November  SARAG Fundraising event with Unite the Union Brass Band

Please find attached flyer about this charity concert in aid of SARAG on Sunday 19th November at Niagara Centre Sheffield. Tickets are £6.00 if booked in advance. Ring 01709 360 672 to book tickets in advance. (SARAG is South Yorkshire’s Campaign group on asbestos related diseases, as in Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group)