Diary of Events April-June 2019

Wednesday 17th April “Class, Austerity – Low Paid and Precarious Work 4pm-6pm Eric Mensforth Building 3201, Sheffield Hallam University S1 1WB (off Arundel Gate). Organised by Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies. All are welcome. Book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/class-austerity-and-precarity-a-sips-symposium-tickets-57697907996 Speakers include: Dr Charles Umney (University of Leeds); Dr Victoria Cooper (Open University) and Professor David Whyte (University of Liverpool); Dr Bob Jeffery, Dr Peter Thomas and Ruth Beresford (Sheffield Hallam University)

Wednesday 17th April Sheffield May Day Planning Meeting 6pm – 7pm Room 1 upstairs United Reform Church, Norfolk Street S1. For details of event(s) please see entries for 4th May below. We still have lots to plan including route of march, publicity, social media etc. Can your union branch/labour party/other organisations send a representative to this meeting? Can you help distribute leaflets/flyers? You can help make placards at our workshop at the Training art Room in St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane for 4pm to 6pm on Thursday 25 April. Cuban artist Daniel Bustamante will be on hand to help and advise. You can make the finishing touches to the banner and for those who wish to, paint and make your own placards. This workshop is focused on labour movement activists, friends and family. Campaign organisations are welcome to set up stalls on 4th May rally

Thursday 18th April   Chris Williamson MP  ‘Building the Labour left to help deliver a socialist-led Labour government’ Sheffield Labour Left Public Meeting. All welcome. 7pm Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street Sheffield S2 5QQ. Use side entrance on Talbot Street before 7.30pm. Speakers: Chris Williamson MP John Dunn (Ex-miner, Orgreave Truth & Justice campaigner, surcharged Clay Cross councillor); Natasha Sorrell (Labour4Clause4 campaigner and local teacher); Martin Mayer (Chair of Sheffield Labour Left and Secretary of the Trades Council) will be chairing the meeting.

Tuesday 23rd April Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting 7pm till 9pm Trades and Labour Club 200 Duke Street Sheffield S2 5QQ. FBU Speaker invited re fight to stop S.Yorks Fire Service cuts. All accredited delegates invited but visitors who are trade union members are always welcome. Please register on the door. Use side entrance on Talbot Street before front doors open at 7.30pm

Wednesday 24th April Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit Steering Committee 1230pm till 2pm Small room upstairs United Reform Church Norfolk Street Sheffield. Our monthly planning meeting is open to all supporting organisations and individuals. Our campaign has huge support and we are making a mark. Let’s join together and fight to stop and scrap this shocking attack on the lives of some of the poorest in our community. This April sees another year of benefits freeze, increasing the hardship and forcing more to food banks…

Friday 26th April International Workers Memorial Day  1230hrs till 1330hrs Outside Town Hall by the Memorial Tree on Pinstone Street. Speakers and wreath-laying ceremony to mark this international day of action on health and safety. “Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living”. Every year, too many workers die from accidents at work due to inadequate – or sometimes recklessly negligent – standards of health and safety. Vital health and safety legislation is under attack, all too often dubbed “too much red tape” or “a burden on business”.   Even more die or suffer from industrial diseases or other health conditions derived from their work. All welcome. Trade Unions please send a delegation and bring your banners and please, please bring a wreath to lay at the Memorial Tree. Flyer attached STUC Workers Memorial Day event 26th April

Wednesday 1st May Nationalisation- The Case for Public Ownership 6pm – 8pm Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN. A Festival of Debate event organised by Sheffield Marxist Society. The last 40 years of privatisation have been catastrophic for our public services. The collapse of Carillion is just one example. Join us for a panel discussion on how nationalisation can be achieved under a socialist government. Speakers include Joe Howard assistant secretary for RMT Sheffield branch, Lilly Cockwill chair of Sheffield Marxist Society and Martin Mayer Secretary for Sheffield TUC. 

Saturday 4th May Sheffield May Day Rally Assemble 1230hrs for 1pm start Devonshire Green, then march through city centre to Barkers Pool for May Day Rally on City Hall steps at 2pm. Organised by Sheffield TUC in collaboration with wider TU and labour movement. This will be the first properly organised May Day event in Sheffield for at least 20 years!

Keynote speaker Len McCluskey GS UNITE confirmed, then events planned at DINA venue on Cambridge Street including panel debate on Labour’s alternative economic strategy led by Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Sec (to be confirmed) and an evening social, also at DINA, from 8pm with bands including Free Radicals (£5 entrance fee). Please email tuchseffield@gmail.com for leaflets and more information.

We want every union branch, every Labour Party branch, every campaign organisation to bring a banner and get their people on our march. Unity is Strength and there’s Strength in Numbers! Check out our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/286338025597901/ Please post this on your Facebook page and share it as widely as you can.

Saturday 4th May Sheffield May Party Gig at DINA

7.30pm for 8pm start at DINA, Cambridge Street. To finish off our Sheffield May Day celebrations, come down to DINA for live music and dancing. Free Radicals, Out Aloud and Joe Solo. Tickets £6.10 via Party for the People which is like Eventbrite but is Sheffield based and gives 50% of the fee to charity. Find Party for the People on the internet and put in Party for May Day or go straight to it using:
You’ll be asked to set up an account – email address and password. See flyer attached  Book Now – only 200 tickets available!

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Monday 6th May Chesterfield May Day march and rally  We are doing our own in Sheffield this year but we still support the highly successful and always well-attended event in Chesterfield. Assemble 1100am by Town Hall. Key speaker Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary. Bring your banners. See flyer attached CVhesterfield May Day 6 May 2019 flyer

Thursday 9th May  “From the Miners’ Strike to the Gig Economy”  2019 7.00 – 9.00 pm Quaker Meeting House 10 St James’ Street S1 2EW Speakers: Peter Rowley Author of Class Work; Granville Williams Editor “Shafted: The Media, the Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath”; Bob Jeffery Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Sheffield Hallam University, President Sheffield Trade Union Council. Chair Kate Flannery Secretary, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.  There was a social contract developed at the end of World War II: Work hard and contribute to society, then society will take care of you. That contract died when Thatcher broke the miners’ strike in 1984-85. Economic decline over decades has led to the elimination of secure, well paid jobs and their replacement by humiliating zero-hour contracts with one-step-above-poverty wages. This meeting identifies the consequences and what can be done to change the situation.A Festival of Debate event organised by Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. FREE ADMISSION ALL WELCOME From the Miners Strike to the Gig Economy 9 May 2019 festival of debate

 Saturday 11th May national demonstration for Palestine Awaiting further details

Sunday 12th May Sheffield-Estelí Twin Peak Bike Ride Choice of 10, 20 or 50 mile sponsored bike ride in the Peak District. Registration fee £20. All proceeds to help fund Sheffield-Estelí community and human rights projects in Sheffield’s twin town in Nicaragua. Start your ride from Endcliffe Park tennis courts from 8am. See flyer attached for registration details.


Saturday 18th May “With Banners Held High!” Wakefield

With Banners Held High was started by Wakefield Trade Union Council 5 years ago to commemorate the Miners Strike and has grown since then. This year we are really looking at Public Services, a promise of “a land fit for heroes “that grew out of the post war WW2 settlement. Supported by NUM – but the event requires trade union funding support. Angela Rayner invited.  Workshop in the Town Hall, Political Policing, Peterloo, Orgreave, poll tax, anti fracking, Academisation WCAT etc. , Attracting Young Workers to Unions , Just Transition and more… We need more donations and so we are writing to all Unions and branches we have details for with the attached urgent funding request Please will Your Branch donate/ affiliate? 

Donations affiliations will be listed on a page in the programme and announced during the day. If you would also like an advert in the programme there are several prices £150 for a full A5 page. Flyer attached

Thursday 23rd May EU Parliament Election Day BREXIT is deadlocked so the UK must participate in these elections.

Saturday 1st June Yorkshire and Humber Regional Transport Conference“How do we get better bus services?”1130hrs-1530hrs Barnsley Civic Centre, Hanson Street S70 2HZ. Organised by Yorkshire and Humber Pensioners Convention with support of Barnsley TUC. Speakers include:Jan Shortt – National Secretary NPC; Natalie Bennett – Green Party; Jeff Turner – Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Also speakers from: RMT, York Bus Forum, South Yorkshire Freedom Riders, Stoke & West Midlands bus campaigners. Flyer attached Barnsley Transport Conf 01 June 2019 flyer

Saturday 15th June Miners’ Strike 35th Anniversary Annual Orgreave Rally
1pm Orgreave Lane, Sheffield, S13 9NE. Organised by Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. SPEAKERS: Matt Wrack  General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union (FBU)
Steve Hedley   Senior AGS, National Union of  Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)
Sarah Champion Member of Parliament for Rotherham
Rose Hunter North Staffs Miners Wives Action Group (WAPC)
Chris Kitchen General Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
John Dunn Former Miner and  Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Comperes: Chris Peace Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign & Labour Party Prospective Candidate, North East Derbyshire; Joe Rollin Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign & Unite the Union

MUSIC by Sheffield Socialist Choir and Unite Brass Band               

Come along and support the Annual Orgreave Rally organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike and the events at Orgreave. Please bring banners, placards, drums, whistles, family and friends. Let’s show the Government we will not be silenced, we won’t go away. Flyer attached