Diary of Events –March/April 2022

Saturday 26th February SOS NHS National Day of Action

12 noon Sheffield Town Hall “SOS NHS is a new coalition of campaign groups and trade unions that are demanding emergency funding for the NHS from the Government to support services and staff and not the private sector.

Our strategic objective is to build the strongest alliance between unions, NHS campaigns, health and care staff, social movements and civil society organisations working in and for our communities, and to demand in the immediate term an emergency funding of £20bn for the NHS.


  • Approve emergency funding of £20 billion* to save lives this winter
  • Invest in a fully publicly owned NHS & guarantee free healthcare for future generations
  • Pay staff properly: without fair pay, staffing shortages will cost lives


Friday 4th March Rally and Lobby of Mayor Dan Jarvis’s Office

Assemble in Fitzalan Square at 2pm then march down to the office on Broad St for 2.30pm.

Organised by Better Buses South Yorkshire

Message from Fran Postlethwaite: “The S. Yorks Mayoral Combined Authority will be meeting to discuss issuing the notice of intent to franchise. Their meeting will start at 3.30pm. It would be great to have a good turnout of banners, placards and people to lobby this important meeting.  Please spread the word! There will be an online action in the run up to the meeting urging the leaders to set a clear timetable – I’ll send out the link once this is set up.”


Saturday 5th March  “Cost of Living Crisis – We Cant’ Pay”

See flyer attached FUEL PROTEST March 5th

Demonstration(s) and Rally organised by Sheffield People’s Assembly with support from Sheffield TUC and others. This is the second People’s Assembly National Day of Action. (We held a successful protest at short notice on 19th February outside the Town Hall which really struck a chord).

Plans are still to be finalised but proposal is to have 2 marches one from SADACCA on the Wicker one from and the south of the city St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane. Assemble at either location at 12noon to march into town to the City Hall for speeches. Leafleting, sit downs, stickering as they go – yet to be decided


Saturday 19th March  London demonstration for UN Anti-Racism Day

The coach will leave Paternoster Row for London at 8am. Another coach will be leaving Northern General Hospital – contact us if you want details

We have had fantastic sponsorship from NEU, Unite, Trades council, NUJ, Unison -so far but we need to start booking seats. And have booked coaches – cost is £25 waged £10 Unwaged –£ 5 for NEU members and branches that have subsidised transport (free to refugees and asylum seekers). Please get your ticket now https://bit.ly/M19SHEFSUTR

“There will be national demonstrations in London Glasgow and Cardiff. Racism and anti-migrant sentiment is growing and being used by the Tory Government here in the UK to divide us. It’s time to stand up against the Nationalities and Borders Bill and all the other trappings of the “Hostile Environment” weaponry being unleashed by the Government.”


Wednesday 9th March   Sheffield Save Our NHS (SSONHS) AGM


7pm Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 813 3058 3181          Passcode: 123015


  • John Puntis – Steering Group Keep Our NHS Public ( KONP )
  • Holly Turner – Former Nurse, GMB Official and NHS workers Say No

The NHS in England is being broken up into 42 ‘Integrated Care Systems’ (ICSs). Now, the Health and Care Bill 2021 aims to make them legal.  Under the new plans, each ICS will have a separate budget and the power to decide which services to provide. This marks the end of a national health service, sets up a postcode lottery for care, and will lead to growing health inequalities. The Health and Care Bill will allow ICSs to include private companies on their boards, where they will make decisions about which services to provide, who provides them & where. Around 200 firms, including dozens of US health insurance companies and their suppliers, are already on approved lists, ready to help develop and run services for ICSs .

The SSONHS  Annual General Meeting will also receive reports on our activities for the past year and elect the  officers for the next year.

Saturday 12th March NUM Yorkshire Area Memorial event

Doors open 10am for wreath laying event in memory of David Jones and Joe Green at Miners Offices, Barnsley S70 2LS. Speakers include Bill Adams Yorks and Humber TUC Regional Secretary and Paul Holmes President UNISON


Saturday March 19th Britain Needs A Pay Rise! Blackpool march and rally

Assemble 11am Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ GB. Organised by TUC

Contact Info: info@tuc.org.uk

“Join the trade union movement in Blackpool on 19 March 2022 as the Conservative Party hold their spring conference to say loud and clear: Britain needs a pay rise!

With energy bills and other costs rocketing but wages falling, the trade union movement will stand together to demand action on pay and the cost of living.

It’s time to raise the minimum wage to a real living wage – and give a proper pay rise to public servants and all key workers. It’s time to give unions the right to bargain for higher pay in every workplace and every sector. And it’s time to boost universal credit to put more cash in the pockets of millions of families”


Saturday 26th March Climate Summit – Just Transition and Climate Jobs

10am til 4pm Quaker Meeting House. One day summit with workshops organised by Sheffield Climate Campaign Umbrella Group. See flyer attached  SCCUmbrella (COP26) Coalition – Climate Jobs Flyer

Following the COP26 talks in November we need to keep up the pressure for investment in our green future – it won’t happen without us!

Climate Jobs: Building a workforce for the climate emergency is the new booklet produced by Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group (CCCTUC) and provides a detailed and in-depth update of the One Million Climate Jobs report, demonstrating that there are many more than a million good, well paid, skilled jobs that could be created if we get serious and urgently tackle the climate emergency, as the science demands.

To do this we need to invest in a huge expansion of public sector jobs across all sectors from transport, energy and food to homes, education and more, which are essential to tackling the climate crisis.

The summit will be an opportunity to discuss and focus on the need for a National Climate Service which can organise, plan, train workers and deliver the jobs so urgently needed. The changes needed are ones which will improve our lives, ensuring among other things we have warm, affordable homes, a fully integrated public transport system and most importantly a safe climate and ecology now and in the future.

 We want the summit to focus on bringing together and building a movement in South Yorkshire for this essential climate jobs and a transformation of our economy (locally, nationally and globally) that benefits workers and communities and genuinely helps slash emissions with the necessary speed. We would like as many of the climate groups, trade unions, youth strikers, community groups and individuals in the Umbrella Coalition to be involved in helping shape the summit (including providing local speakers for the workshops etc


Saturday 26th March  Protest Jimmy Carr- Visit to Sheffield

Outside Sheffield City Hall. Organised by Sheffield Stand up to Racism.

“Following his sickening “joke “about the deaths of Sinti and Roma people in the Holocaust we want to organise a protest to say the Holocaust is no laughing matter. Details will follow”


Saturday 2nd April PALFEST SHEFFIELD social and fundraiser

Please support this social event at Crooke Social Club with the Free Radical and more! Raising funds for the Sheffield Festival of Friendship with Palestine 6th June to 9th July 2022


Tuesday 12th April “Yes! Yes! UCS” – 50th anniversary theatre

7pm New York Stadium, Rotherham. N.B. venue chosen for good public transport link from Sheffield via train or tram. Sponsored showing supported by Sheffield TUC, Rotherham TUC and Union Branches. Tickets £10 and £5 unwaged. Will include a speaker and discussion

Townsend Theatre are bringing their new musical play (featuring the Sheffield Socialist choir) about the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in. Brand new, musical play which chronicles the story of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders ‘Work-in’ of 1971-72. Press night Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

“Powerful theatrical storytelling combines with live rock and folk music from the early 70s and graphic art animated projection to bring a meaningful message of hope, social justice and the fight for the right to work.” 


Thursday 28th April    International Workers Memorial Day

1230hrs till 1330hrs by the Memorial Tree outside Sheffield Town Hall Pinstone Street.

Wreath laying ceremony and speakers. More details to follow. Please bring union banners


Sheffield May Day march and rally

Assemble Devonshire green for march through city centre and rally outside City Hall in Barkers Pool. Probably Saturday 30th April but we will coordinate with Chesterfield TUC


Thursday 12th May Festival of Debate “Trade Unions Fighting Back in the Community”

Organised by Sheffield TUC to discuss how local trade union branches and the Trades Council are linking positively with our local communities – and standing up to poverty, inequality and discrimination. Date is provisional and venue to be confirmed. Evening panel debate with speakers and discussion.


Saturday 21st May “With Banners Held High!” march , music, poetry, stalls and politics

Wakefield TUC continues to build this annual event on the theme “the Past We Inherit; a Green Future We Build!” See flyer attached. We await further details. This an all day and evening events in Wakefield.



Weekend 18th-19th June LGND Worker Climate Conference

Venue: Foodhall, Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS. Organised by Labour for a Green New Deal.

LGND aims to contribute to the necessary development of a worker movement which can address climate change by hosting a national ‘Worker-Climate Conference’, in the aftermath of Labour Party Conference and COP26. To achieve this, LGND’s Trade Union team will bring together the range of organisers engaged in this work, to build relationships; discuss experience; and plan future strategy.

In between now and June, we are planning a series of 4 online sessions to supplement the in-person work at the conference.

The dates for these online sessions are:

Saturday 19th February, 10:30-12:30  Topic: Evaluation of Worker-Climate Organising in 2020/21

Saturday 19th March, 10:30-12:30 Topic: Just Transition and Worker Power

Saturday 23rd April, 10:30-12:30 (TBC) Topic: Local Organising

Saturday 28th May, 10:30-12:30 (TBC) Topic: Models for Organising in UK Unions