Diary of Events March April May 2024

Thursday 14th March   “REBUILDING THE NHS” public Meeting

7pm Central United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2JB or Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 843 2055 3826   Passcode: 273959How do we rebuild our NHS, attract and retain the staff, rebuild morale, cut the waiting list, increase bed capacity, solve ambulance waiting times, end privatisation and the threat of US style health services?

Guest Speaker; Colin Hutchinson (Chair Doctors for the NHS) Invited Speaker from MEDACT

Come along to the public meeting to discuss how we rebuild our NHS. There will be a General Election in 2024 what policies does a new Government need to pursue to end the nightmare of the crises in the NHS today. How do we rebuild the NHS? Come along with your questions, ideas and join SSONHS to help organise for the NHS.

Please circulate the leaflet, this email and like our event on Facebook.

Friday 15th March “Ceasefire Now – Stop the Genocide” protest

Meet 5pm outside Sheffield Rail Station. Organised by Sheffield Coalition against Israeli Apartheid.





Saturday 16th March, “Expanding Community Energy in South Yorkshire” 

Day of workshops: 10.00am. to 4.00pm. Cemetery Road Baptist Church, 11 Napier Street, Sheffield S11 8HA. Organised by South Yorkshire Climate Alliance.

“Join us for a day of inspiration, practical learning, and connection, all about empowering South Yorkshire with renewable energy. Come along and join us to create a more resilient South Yorkshire”. The event offers ten practical workshops and key note speeches from Kate Josephs, CEO Sheffield City Council and Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England.

Saturday 16th March Boycott Israeli Apartheid

Meet 11 am back of Waitrose for BDS action, encouraging shoppers to boycott Israeli goods and exposing any Israeli goods in store. Supported by Sheffield Coalition against Israeli Apartheid


Saturday 16th March UN Anti-racism Day London Demonstration Assemble 12 noon Home Office, Marsham Street, London. Organised by TUC and Stand Up to Racism

Coaches to the national demo will depart at 8 am prompt from Sheffield Hubs on Paternoster Way and return around 9ish to Sheffield

Tickets Cost £25 waged and £10 unwaged / student



Saturday 16th March       Free Radicals fundraiser

7.30 at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd, S10 1TD Free Radicals Benefit for Palestine Emergency Relief

The Free Radicals and Sosa-Xa are doing a benefit (https://www.sheffieldpsc.org.uk/?page_id=3149). We’re hoping this will be a massive event raising a significant amount for emergency relief. Please book a ticket through Eventbrite you can click here: https://bit.ly/freeradicals16mar24

although payment will be by donations on the door. Please spread the word to all your friends and networks.

If you can’t come, but want to make a donation to the relief fund anyway, please go to:  https://bit.ly/Shef-Gaza-ER.

Make sure you put “Emergency Relief” on your bank transfer.

Monday 18th March       Better Buses South Yorkshire meeting

2pm on Zoom.  Usual link: Meeting ID: 842 3669 8968 Passcode: 698590  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84236698968?pwd=R3NsbzFpVDAwY29hd2NKYnl2QlF1QT09

Main item: Discussion of the draft “What We Stand for” statement (attached).

“Please bring suggestions/comments to the meeting or send in advance. Of course we’ll also have time to review recent developments and plan for future events.

I hope to see you at the meeting and/or for the tram party!” Fran Postlethwaite, convenor


Tuesday 19th March 1pm – 4:30pm and Thursday 20th March 1pm – 4:30pm Young members introduction to the role of Health & Safety Rep

Organised by TUC. These are online events – you only need to attend one:

Ever thought about taking on a role in your union branch? Interested in helping keep members safe and work free from danger? Trade union health and safety is the most powerful rep role, with rights to investigate, inspect and be consulted written into law. You’ll receive training, qualifications and earn confidence and respect from your members.

The TUC and unions are encouraging more young members to consider becoming a health and safety rep. Register and take part to find out more. file:///C:/Users/marti/Documents/martins%20docs/Trades%20Council%202024/tZAqde6rrDwrGd1xFrk-eivt-HbfgNTSAUyb.htm#/registration

The events will run for 3 hours and 30 minutes. Speak to your union about time off for training.

Thursday 21st March  Barclays National Day of Action

12 noon outside Town Hall for march on Barclays Bank. Organised by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign





Thursday 21st March Organise Now: Understanding trade union renewal today: Dr Jamie Woodcock, Senior Lecturer, University of Essex

4pm-5.30pm (In Person Only) CC Library-C107-Mary Badland (Collegiate Crescent) Sheffield Hallam University

We would like to invite you to the following event in the Sociology and Politics Seminar Series. Please do forward on to anyone who may be interested in attending. All the best, Bob Jeffery
Organise Now is a platform built to support workers taking the first steps to organising at work. It is a peer to peer organising network that is trying to support workers to respond to the crises in work, pay, and living standards. The aim is to introduce experienced members of the labour movement to coach new workers. The platform supports coaching by automating part of the process and enabling coaches and workers to focus on overcoming organising challenges together. The project is a collaboration between unions and campaigns, including support from BFAWU, Strike Map, Notes from Below, NUS, and ASLEF. Inspired by EWOC (the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee, based in the US), the project was started to try and address the challenges faced by the labour movement. These are twofold: first, an increasing range of workplaces and sectors that have no union organisation; and second, a growing disconnection between the labour movement and unorganised workers. The idea is to try and bridge the gap between the two, building connections between the existing labour movement and new workers. In the process, it is also about renewing a focus on what organising is for. The presentation will introduce the context of Organise Now and report on the successes and challenges so far. It will discuss the finding and learnings from this collaborative approach and what researchers can learn from this kind of engaged project. It concludes by reflecting on what challenges there are for union renewal and revitalisation today.

Friday 22nd March Celebration of Supertram’s return to public ownership

11am Cathedral Tram Stop. Organised by Better Buses South Yorkshire.

Public ownership of the tram starts on 22nd March. We are holding a celebration! Join us at 11am at the Cathedral tram stop.  We’ll have a 5 foot birth day card, songs and speeches.

Already Oliver Coppard, at least one Sheffield MP and a number of councillors are coming along.  Councillors for Stannington, Crookes and Crosspool and Ecclesall have been invited.

If you live in Sheffield or Rotherham, can you invite your local councillors to join us?

Suggested letter to councillors:

Dear (ward name here) Councillors,

As I am sure you know, the tram network is going to be taken into public administration by the mayor of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. Better Buses for South Yorkshire are organising a celebration of this at the Cathedral stop in Sheffield city centre at 11am on March 22nd. We hope you support the mayor’s initiative and as a resident in your ward, I would like to invite you to this celebration. Many thanks for any support you are able to give. I look forward to hearing from you. Very best wishes,

Give your name and full address – add BBSY if you wish

Thank you to all those who joined the lively event yesterday outside the SYMCA meeting which agreed to move to the audit stage of the franchising process.   The Star has a good article reporting it: https://app.thestar.co.uk/full_page_image/page-9-1764/content.html

Friday 22nd March “On Our Land” film

7pm at the Showroom 5 with Q& A session with the director.

Saturday 23rd March  Sheffield STAND WITH PALESTINE!

Assemble 1045hrs Sheffield Amphitheatre. Raise flags at 11am. March sets off 1130hrs to rally outside City Hall at 1215hrs. Organised by Sheffield Coalition against Israeli Apartheid.


Saturday 23rd March, “THINK GLOBAL, ACT GLOBAL: Internationalism for New Times”:

10.30am. to 6.00pm., Birkbeck, University of London.  Organised by Global Justice Now.  To book your place, go to: anothereurope.org/act-global

Sessions on: Palestine solidarity • Bidenomics • Climate internationalism • Trump redux and the far right • Pan-European migrant rights organising • Brexit and the economy • Progressive foreign policy • and more.

Speakers include: Clare Short (former Development Secretary), John McDonnell MP, Zack Polanski (Green Party deputy leader), Raga Makawi (Sudanese democracy activist), Madhuresh Kumar (Indian climate activist/researcher), James Meadway (economist, Microdose podcast), Shaista Aziz (Stop Trump Coalition), Yulia Yurchenko (Ukraine Solidarity Campaign), Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now), Hamza Hamouchene (Transnational Institute), plus more to be confirmed.

Website:  http://groups.globaljustice.org.uk/sheffield/  Twitter: @GlobalJusticeSH Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/globaljusticeSH  Instagram: @globaljustice.sheffield TikTok: @globaljustice.sheffield

Monday 25th March   Red Ladder Theatre’s “We’re Not Going Back”

7.30pm Theatre Deli, Arley Street Sheffield Red Ladder Theatre Company and Unite the Union present We’re Not Going Back Written by Boff Whalley https://www.theatredeli.co.uk/Event/were-not-going-back-by-red-ladder

75 Mines. 3 Sisters. 1 Cause. (And a six-pack of Babycham)

2024 is the fortieth anniversary of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, a dispute that still resonates today. But the strike wasn’t just about pickets vs police – in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners and no cops. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’. Early 1984, and Olive, Mary and Isabel are sisters whose everyday squabbles collide with a strike that forces them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.

This strike wasn’t just a war fought on the battlegrounds of picket line, Parliament and public opinion. It was as much a battle in the homes and families of those fighting for their communities.

We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham. 

Tuesday 26th March  Vigil/lament re horrific situation in the Holy Land

3 pm At the large cross in front of Sheffield Town Hall. Organised by Kairos (co-founder of Sheffield Palestine Coalition against Israeli Apartheid)

This Easter the Sheffield City Centre Churches are joining together to arrange a number of events throughout Holy Week around a large cross outside the Town Hall. Staff and volunteers from the City Centre Churches will be present 11am to 3 pm every day from Monday 25th March through to Good Friday 29th March.

As part of this, Kairos Sheffield have negotiated to lead a vigil/lament re horrific situation in the Holy Land. The event is organised by Kairos, a Christian group, but would like to make clear “All are welcome, of all faiths and none. ”

Tuesday 26th March Lift the Ban Community Study Day

9.30am Workroom 3, The Wave, The University of Sheffield, 2 Whitham Road, Sheffield, S10 2AH

Community Study Day at Sheffield University: “Working rights for people in the asylum system”, hosted by Migration Research Group and the Lift the Ban Coalition

“This community study day is for anyone who wants to learn more about and discuss issues around asylum and the right to work. It aims to share knowledge from different perspectives, from people who are themselves awaiting a decision on their asylum application to NGOs, trade unions, politicians, immigration solicitors, campaigners, potential employers, and academics. On the day, we will learn together about:

  • the employment rights, and barriers to employment, for people in the asylum system in the UK;
  • what the impacts of this policy are (social, economic, political, individual);
  • why a near ban on working was introduced by politicians;
  • what the opportunities for bringing change might be.

The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome. Please register for free at the link. We need to know the number of people in advance as we will provide lunch.  https://forms.gle/MpZm74vw23W4643bA

Melinda Mo-Martinez, Lucy Mayblin, Maria Vasquez Aguilar, and Sophie L. Watt on behalf of the Sheffield Lift the Ban Coalition and the Migration Research Group at Sheffield University.

Tuesday 26th March Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting

7pm till 9pm. Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ

Trade union members who are not delegates are welcome to attend as visitors but may not vote.


Tuesday 23rd April

Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting

7pm till 9pm. Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ.Trade union members who are not delegates are welcome to attend as visitors but may not vote.


Friday 26th April (date to be confirmed) International Workers Memorial Day

12 noon outside Sheffield Town Hall. Wreath laying ceremony and speeches. “Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living!”. A major event in the trade union health& safety calendar. Please bring your union banners.

Normally this event is held on the same day every year around the world on 28th April, but as this falls on a Sunday we are considering bringing it forward. Please watch this space for confirmation.


Friday 26th April “Challenging Sexual Harassment in Low Paid and Precarious Hospitality Work: Launch Event”

1pm-3.30pm, (in Sheffield) venue to be confirmed. We would like to invite you to the in-person launch of our report on sexual harassment in the hospitality industry.

Click here to book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenging-sexual-harassment-in-hospitality-work-tickets-852356931527?aff=oddtdtcreator

In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement there has been a near constant stream of shocking examples of sexual harassment in UK workplaces. The hospitality sector, which employs 2.5 million workers around the UK, often disproportionately features in the headlines. What factors shape workplace sexual harassment, why is it such a problem in hospitality, and what can be done about it? This major new study attempts to answer these questions, reviewing the best available survey evidence on workplace sexual harassment, and combining this with an in-depth presentation and analysis of interviews with hospitality workers in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The launch event will include a discussion of the current context of gendered inequalities in work in the UK, the presentation of key findings, and input from Sarah Woolley, whose union (BFAWU) has led on attempts to challenge sexual harassment in hospitality.

A light lunch will be provided at the beginning of the event. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested.

Saturday 4th May Sheffield May Day parade and rally

Details to follow but please make sure you have made a note in your diary to attend! Bring your banners and celebrate trade unionism – our history; our battles; our victories; our humanity!


Tuesday 28th May Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting

7pm till 9pm. Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ

Trade union members who are not delegates are welcome to attend as visitors but may not vote.


Saturday 15th June     Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign Annual Rally




Please come along and support the Annual Orgreave Rally organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. Bring your banners, comrades and friends and march in solidarity with us through Sheffield City Centre to support our call for an inquiry for truth and justice for the miners brutalised by the state and police at the Orgreave Coking plant in June 1984.

More information about arrangements and speakers will be made available soon.


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