Diary of Events end of November to end of December 2020

Monday 23rd November 6.30pmClaps Don’t Pay The Bills” Labour Unions

Ahead of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, join our Rally for Fair Pay to demand a real Living Wage now, and a proper pay rise for our Keyworker heroes.

Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Chancellor: Angela Rayner MP, Labour Party Deputy Leader: Mick Whelan, Chair of Labour Unions: Paula Barker MP, Sponsor of the National Minimum Wage Bill: Sian Elliot, Women’s Equality Officer, TUC: Rehana Azam, National Secretary, GMB: Miriam Mafemba, Nurse, UNISON: Ian Woodland, National Officer, UNITE: Jane Jones, Retail worker, USDAW; Kate MacLeod, Retail worker, USDAW

In March this year, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak promised to end low pay, but now there’s rumours that the government could even freeze the minimum wage. For those on furlough, the minimum wage isn’t even a minimum – it’s 80% pay, with 100% of the housing costs, bills and food shops. Poverty pay has to end – that’s why we’re calling for a Real Living Wage of at least £10 per hour now.

Tuesday 24th November 7pm-8.30pm

Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting. Zoom online meeting – link and relevant paperwork is sent to delegates nearer the date

Tuesday 24th November 7pm-8pm

Institute of Employment Rights (IER) Employment Law Update Part 1:

In part 1 of the series, our expert panel will focus on the dirtiest aspects of worker exploitation that have arisen during the pandemic, such as fire-and-rehire; pregnancy discrimination; and rudderless health and safety protocols. Register here:


Wednesday 25th November International Day to End Violence Against Women. Know the Line have campaigned against sexual harassment in public places for 3 years. We are now keen to work with partners to broaden the scope of the campaign to include Sexual Harassment At Work (SHAW). We believe that treating sexual banter and groping as normal, and ‘just a joke’, can lead on to more serious sexual assault and rape.

We are launching this next phase of the campaign on Wednesday 25 November, the International Day to end Violence Against Women.

Recent research by the TUC ‘Still Just a Bit of Banter’ highlights the extent of sexual harassment at work, particularly for women in insecure and low paid roles in the hospitality trade. They found:

●          52% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment

●          35% of women have heard comments of a sexual nature being made about other women in the workplace.

●          32% have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature

●          Nearly 25% of women have experienced unwanted touching


Wednesday 25th November 7pm

John McDonnell, Richard Burgon & Apsana Begum – For a #PeoplesPlan to Defend Jobs & Livelihoods

The economic crisis we face is set to be the worst any of us have experienced. Join us to discuss how we transform our economy and society to ensure that people’s jobs, livelihoods and health come first. Join over 10,000 others in supporting the #PeoplesPlan at http://bit.ly/planforthepeople

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/for-a-peoplesplan-to-protect-jobs-livelihoods-tickets-126256387253?mc_cid=f15505e722&mc_eid=0e721ea24c


Thursday 26th November 7pm-8pm

Institute of Employment Rights (IER) Employment Law Update Part 2:

In part 2, our experts will update delegates on the implications of this year’s case law and discuss the new threat of employer surveillance through technologies adopted to promote home working. Register here:



Saturday 28th November 1pm to 4pm Sheffield Climate Summit

No Going Back: Climate, Jobs and Justice in the era of Covid

Download leaflet here: SHEFFIELD Climate Summit – No going back 28 November 2020

Globally, we stand at a crossroads. Billions are being spent on restarting the economy. Will this money be used to prop up the same broken system, or can we build something better? The current crisis has hugely increased public awareness, both of the deadly fractures of climate breakdown, inequality, racism, and of the possibilities of rapid action and societal transformation. There is a strong demand for change: to seize this opportunity to rethink and rebuild.  We need immediate action! Leaflet attached. Zoom link and programme details to follow: http://www.campaigncc.org/no_going_back_just_transformation

Saturday 28th November 5pm

“Islamophobia as a form of racism – its impact and how to tackle it” #IAM2020

November is Islamophobia Awareness Month, and Sheffield Stand Up to Racism has joined with MEND to look at Islamophobic hate crime, the targeting of Muslim communities by governments & the media, and the positive contribution made by Muslim communities.

Zoom details;


Meeting ID: 834 2374 9683

Passcode: 667137

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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 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

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Meeting ID: 812 6937 6699

Passcode: 167983