Diary of Events 14th November 2015

Saturday 21 November “Save Our Steel” Rally Sheffield City Hall 2pm – 5pm Families will be welcome at the event, which is aimed to celebrate our steel and metal industry and send a strong message to the government to ‘Save Our Steel’. There will be speakers, music and face painting for the children. Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, City Hall, Sheffield S1 2JAFacebook https://www.facebook.com/events/191297224537434/ 

Message from Karen Reay, UNITE Regional Secretary:

“You’ll have recently seen the news about the crisis in the UK steel industry.  In our region, thousands of our members are affected.   Demonstrations have been taking place across the region and a lobby of Parliament was held last week. 

 On Saturday 21 November 2015 a rally is being held at Sheffield City Hall and it would be great to have a strong presence from all our members to show support to the steel workers.  The rally is from 2.00pm until 5.00pm.

 Families are welcome to come along to the event, which is going to celebrate the steel and metal industry and send a strong message to the Government to ‘Save our Steel’.  There will be speakers, music and face painting for the children.”


Tuesday 24th November Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting 7pm-9pm

CND Speaker. With Trident renewal very much in the news this is a very topical issue.

Visitors are welcome – just register at the door. Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street S2 5QQ (please use side entrance on Talbot Street)


Wednesday  25 November Protest re Government Spending Review. Osborne’s proposals will spell out further attacks on vulnerable and working people and further cuts to public sector services, council budgets and jobs. A 5pm rally outside the Town Hall is planned possibly preceded by a short demonstration (details to follow). Organised by Sheffield Peoples Assembly



Saturday 28th November “Time for the Climate” Mass vigil Tudor Square, Sheffield

Sheffield Climate Alliance is organising an event as part of the Global Climate March. Let’s tell our leaders it’s time to leave the age of fossil fuels behind! Come with your family and friends and be part of our growing climate movement – all welcome! We’d like everyone to join a mass sing and silent vigil in the middle of the afternoon beginning at 2pm but there is lots more happening.  Faith leaders at the vigil will include Bishop Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Hallam, Phillip Borkett, Superintendent of Sheffield Methodist Circuit, Abdool Kadir Gooljar, S. Yorks President, Islamic Society of Britain and Dr. Vithal Patel (Hindu).

We’ll be in Tudor Square, outside the Crucible Theatre, and the nearby Upper Chapel (accessed via the courtyard on Norfolk Street) from 12 noon to 4.30pm, with loads going on including: ‘Climate Cake-Off’, Make a Wind Turbine, Face-painting, ‘Evil Frackers’ Photo Booth, cycle rides, bands and choirs and a debate. More details from www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net


You can ‘join’ the event on facebook http://on.fb.me/1Ke2K09 or avaaz http://bit.ly/1QAWlBB

You can learn the song for the climate here: https://sheffieldsingsoutfortheclimate.wordpress.com/portfolio/lyrics-for-the-song-for-the-climate/ Join us to say No to dirty energy… Yes to renewables… Climate jobs now… Justice for people!



Sunday 29th November People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs Join the Sheffield coach leaving Sheffield 7am and leaving London 5pm – cost is £18 and £12 concessions for anyone on a low income. Book on Eventbrite please https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sheffield-coach-to-peoples-march-for-climate-justice-and-jobs-tickets-19382617932


More about the details of the march https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sheffield-coach-to-peoples-march-for-climate-justice-and-jobs-tickets-19382617932

and at climatejusticejobs.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1513498282295136/


 A message from UNITE The Union to all staff, officers and members

To: all Unite Officers – please cascade to activists

National People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs on 29 November 2015, London


In December 2015, the United Nations meet in Paris for one of the most important international conferences since the end of the Second World War. Tackling climate change is the challenge of our time, one that all nations must face as they gather in Paris to agree a framework for action among all 195 UN member states.


Unite’s new briefing, Meeting the Climate Change Challenge, shows that the dramatic shift to a low carbon future will affect working people in all walks of life, from energy supply and transport to manufacturing, health and public services.


Unions are calling on the UN not only to agree to halt global warming and reverse carbon emissions; Unite, along with others including the TUC, believes it is crucial that there must be a ‘just transition’ in the changes that lie ahead – one that ensures workers are treated decently.


The UN must also ensure that the key principles of a ‘just transition’ are adopted in Paris. For unions, a just transition means a place at the table, investment in green and decent jobs and new skills, a balanced energy, low carbon economy and respect for labour and human rights.


The TUC Congress 2015 agreed to support the National People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs on 29 November 2015 in London, and Unite is happy to encourage our members to come out and support the march and to campaign for a fair, ambitious and binding climate change treaty.


For more information on the march please go to;  https://www.tuc.org.uk/international-issues/social-issues/environment/climate-change/peoples-march-climatejusticejobs


For more information on Unite’s policy on climate change and the environment please see; http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/Climate%20Change%20book11-24354.pdf


Wednesday 9th December. Evening of Socialist Music for Christmas

UNITE Brass Band; Sheffield Socialist Choir; Luke Goss. Sponsored by SheffieldTUC

7.30pm – 9pm Trades and Labour Club Duke Street. Entrance fee £6 & £4 conc available on the door or send cheque payable to “Sheffield Trade Union Council” and S.A.E. to Concert Tickets c/o 59 Meersbrook Road Sheffield S8 9HU Children welcome!


Wednesday 9th December Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign Meeting

Cuban Healthcare The Benefits of a Revolution With Imti Choonara, Professor in Child Health 7pm Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, S1 2EW