Diary of Events April-May 2019

Monday 1st April South Yorkshire Freedom Riders 5th anniversary rally

12 noon rally outside Sheffield rail station. This April sees the 5th year of our campaigning. We intend to celebrate by holding a rally outside Sheffield station at 12 noon. The fight for free concessionary travel and for a properly funded publicly owned transport system continues. Please bring your banners. Flyer attached

Monday 1st April May Day Planning Meeting

6pm Central United Reform Church in Norfolk Street (small room no 1 at the back upstairs). Would your union or other organisation please try and send a representative. See flyer to advertise the event. We have had 10,000 printed this week We really need to get these out to the public and ensure the vent is well-publicised.

Much of the business of planning the day is now completed but we do need to discuss the route of the march through town and some other issues e.g. getting placards and a banner made, ensuring a largest number of union branches, Labour Party branches /CLPs. other parties, campaign organisations etc. are mobilising their members to take their place on the march.

 Tuesday 2nd April Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise Steering committee

6pm at Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street (Room 3 upstairs)

Fantastic news! We have now appointed our new Sheffield union organiser who will take up the post shortly. We now need to focus on real campaign targets. Leads currently being pursued are:

Naming and shaming employers not paying the Minimum Wage/ mistreating workers; Taking action of the gender pay gap; Organising care workers and agency logistics drivers; Identifying e.g. fast food, hospitality workplaces for union organising.

Minutes of last meeting attached.Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise Steering Committee Minutes 05.03.19


Wednesday 3rd April Community Stall at Manor Top on Universal Credit

11am till 2pm Manor Top shops. See our Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/events/429494227801992/?ti=as

Please join the Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit Campaign stall at Manor Top near the Pound Shop with Petition and leafleting session. Everyone welcome! Sheffield super tram stops nearby.

For bus numbers click this link: https://bustimes.org/localities/manor-top Organised by Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit

If you can come, even for a short time, please let us know as we can only run these stalls if enough volunteers come forward. Leave a message on the Facebook Page or email sheffieldstopandscrap@gmail.com Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit

 Wednesday 10th April Community Stall at Firth Park on Universal Credit

11am till 1pm Firth Park shops. See our Facebook page for details  https://www.facebook.com/events/2480000172030159/?ti=as

Please join the Sheffield stop and Scrap Universal Credit campaign stall for petition and leafleting the local community. Everyone welcome! Meet at junction of Bellhouse Road and Sicey Avenue. For bus services please click the link: https://bustimes.org/stops/370020911


Our first community stall at Firth Park on 20th March was a great success. We met many local people directly affected by Universal Credit who were very keen to stop and talk. We learnt directly from claimants about their experiences, but also shared our vision for a better fairer system.

If you can come, even for a short time, please let us know as we can only run these stalls if enough volunteers come forward. Leave a message on the Facebook Page or email sheffieldstopandscrap@gmail.com Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit


Saturday 13th April “Broken Britain” public meeting

Organised by Sheffield Peoples Assembly. Awaiting details of time and venue. This is part of the People’s Assembly national tour “Broken Britain- Election Now!”


Tuesday 23rd April Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting

7pm till 9pm Trades and Labour Club 200 Duke Street Sheffield S2 5QQ. Speaker to be confirmed. 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

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.


Saturday 4th May Sheffield May Day Rally

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!

Assemble Devonshire Green 1pm then march through city centre to Barkers Pool 

Rally on City Hall steps at 2pm. 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 camping organisation to bring a banner and get their people on our march. Unity is Strength and there’s Strength in Numbers!

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. Bring your banners.


Saturday 11th May national demonstration for Palestine

Awaiting further 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. (She had previously said that she will)

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, and fractions down. Art work for advert by March 19 

We would love to see as many banners as possible at the event on Saturday May 18th in nearby Wakefield.