Diary of Events December 2020 – January 2021

Tuesday 1st December 7pm

*People Before Profit* Fight job losses. Fight the virus. Support the strikes Live Online meeting via: Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. https://fb.me/e/3eApuWqog

Speakers include:

John McDonnell MP: Steve Turner, Unite Assistant General Secretary: Grace Blakeley, journalist: Mark Porter, UNITE Convenor Rolls Royce Barnoldswick:  Jacqui Applebee, chair of Doctors in UNITE: Kevin Brown, Branch Secretary UNITE Optare: Izzy Smitheman, Manchester University student rent striker and occupier: Paul Almond, We Are With You UNISON rep: Karen Reissmann, NHS nurse and UNISON NEC (pc)

As we face a second wave of coronavirus, infections, hospitalisations and deaths are continuing to rise. The Tories approach has consistently been ‘too little, too late’. It could be several months before any vaccine is deemed safe and rolled out. In the meantime, to hold onto their profits bosses are making workers pay for the crisis. Job losses are sky-rocketing. And the governments measures are inadequate. Come and hear from some of the strikes where workers are taking a stand and fighting back—they need our support. Hear as well from the students at Manchester University who are taking up their appalling treatment by university bosses.

Tuesday December 1st 7pm SYMAAG 2020 Annual General Meeting

Message from Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)

“It’s an important opportunity for us to take stock, plan and organise for the future, especially in the absence of face to face meetings and events. Despite the pandemic we have been as active as ever working alongside people who are subject to the hostile environment. Our guest speakers this year are Olivia Blake MP for Sheffield Hallam and Aram and Hadis who are people with direct recent experience of the asylum system. We’ll follow this with a presentation of our Annual Report 2019-20 and plenty of time for discussion, followed by a presentation of our Financial Report. We will also have elections for our Executive Committee and a short item on changes to the SYMAAG constitution.

To attend the meeting please register in advance. For security reasons please email Stuart direct for access to the link symaagcentral@gmail.com

Wednesday 2nd December 7pm : “Is Education in Sheffield COVID-safe?”

The Education Unions (NEU, UNISON, UCU, GMB, UNITE) are joining together to demand action to make our schools and universities safe for scholars and staff

Council of Action Education Public Meeting 02.12.20

Following the open letter to Sheffield City Council (attached; Open letter to Sheffield City Council 23.11.20) sent on behalf of the NEU, Unison and UCU, Sheffield Trades Council is holding a public meeting on Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday 2nd December to facilitate discussion around the issues related to Covid-19 and educational settings.

Students and parents are welcome and we hope it will provide a platform for information sharing within the educational community.

Publicity material for this meeting) is also attached

Zoom meeting 7pm Wednesday 2nd December: Meeting ID: 851 3216 2470 Passcode: 212009

Best regards, Simon Murch, Joint Branch & District Secretary, Sheffield National Education Union (on behalf of the Education Trade Unions in Sheffield)

Tuesday 8th December 7pm Sheffield TUC CV-19 Council of Action

This online meeting will be responding urgently to the expected announcement from the Government of a pay freeze for public sector workers. This is not acceptable. We will have national and local speakers to plan a fightback and ensure Sheffield trade unionists unite and fight for a just pay rise for our key workers.

Speakers to be confirmed. Zoom details to be sent out in due course.

Wednesday 9th December

“Universal Discredit” UNITE Community Day of Action

Campaign for a fairer social security system for all, which works to end poverty, and which allows claimants to live with dignity.

Universal Credit is a brutal, discredited system which causes severe hardship, misery, suffering and even deaths (not least because there is an enforced 5 week wait before the first award is received).

At the start of the Coronavirus crisis, the government was faced with unprecedented numbers of new claimants who would learn the harsh reality of today’s welfare system for the first time. To ward off the backlash this would create, the government made a snap increase of £20 to the weekly rate for Universal Credit AND suspended the harsh sanctions regime, which sees many claimants unable to feed their children or pay their rent. BUT this increase is only temporary (currently set to end April 2021) AND it only applies to Universal Credit claimants – people on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA), including many disabled people, have been left behind.

Join Unite Community in our three immediate demands:

  • End the five-week wait for payment
  • Make the temporary £20 per week extra permanent and give to ALL existing benefit claimants
  • Stop Benefit Sanctions


Thursday 12th December Care4Calais Winter Appeal for Refugees

Stand Up to Racism has been working with Care4Calais supporting refugees in the hotels but every year our work has been critical to getting refugees through the cold winter months in Calais Dunkirk and Belgium. This year we need your support more than ever.

Hundreds of refugees remain trapped at the they are being subjected to police raids on their settlements year-round, with harsh evictions taking place almost every day in the autumn. Tents have been taken or destroyed. Places where they slept have been fenced off. A cruel food ban also came into force in Calais which stopped volunteers from giving out meals in key streets. Winter has come and the refugees once again face months in cold, rain and snow with no permanent shelter. This is the hostile environment governments want to create.

We are asking our supporters to collect – get support from their union branch, party branch or community group. You can DONATE using this link.

You can Download Winter Appeal Collection sheet:


We invite you all to an activist meeting at 5.30pm on Monday 30th November – please come along – bring your ideas – we need people who can perform – music poetry – we could do an auction a quiz- but we need your help. Maxine Bowler & Sahail Chohan

Topic: refugee- support – activist meeting

Time: Nov 30, 2020 05:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 812 6937 6699

Passcode: 167983

Tuesday 12th January 7pm Trades Council meeting for Sheffield Nablus TU partnership

Sheffield TUC , Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine and Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be joining together to have our first international Zoom meeting with Palestinian trade union contacts, under the new Sheffield Nablus TUC Partnership. We hope to attract wide participation from representatives of unions and workers’ organisations from both cities. Watch this space for more details!