Diary of Events May & June 2022 (updated)

Saturday 7th May   Sheffield Stop the War public rally

1pm outside Sheffield Town Hall

“We are calling for the withdrawal of Russian troops, an end to the military escalation by the NATO countries and for all efforts to be focused on finding a negotiated solution to this terrible war”


Monday 9th May TSSA 125 Celebrations

1100 and 1600 Mercure Hotel, St Pauls Parade, Sheffield S1

TSSA, the rail salaried staff union, is celebrating its 125th anniversary  – in Sheffield where it was born!

Steve Coe TSSA delegate to Sheffield TUC says “Please pass on an invitation to delegates to attend the TSSA125 event (at which you have a stall!)”

Further details can be found on the TSSA website: https://www.tssa.org.uk/news-and-events/events/tssa-125-celebrations

“On Monday 9 May, we shall be celebrating by holding a special event at the Mercure St Pauls Hotel. This will include an exhibition setting out our history, films will be shown, and there will be 17 stalls, exhibition stands, and various entertainments. 

The proceedings will be punctuated by a number of VIP guest speakers. A bus tour of Sheffield will be available using a former London Transport Routemaster bus, which will take in sites important to TSSA and its members. Watch the TSSA website for further details. “


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

7pm Central Reform Church Norfolk Street. Organised by Sheffield TUC.

We are pleased to join this year’s Festival of Debate with an event of our own, highlighting the work and the challenges of trade unions fighting back in our communities. No longer are trade unions looking inward – we are back out on the streets campaigning with a host of other organisations fighting for a better, fairer, greener future. We are back out there organising young workers in our low wage zero hours fast food industry -come and hear Jesse Palmer talking about his work with the Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise campaign. Heather Blakey UNITE Organiser will talk about UNITE Community which is open to people out of work to join and how this has helped to reach out to our poorest communities with highly relevant campaigns e.g. on Universal Credit. We hope to have Rafia Hussain join us about the importance of Sheffield Stand Up to Racism’s fight and why trade unions have to get involved to combat racism, defend our black and ethnic communities and challenge the Government’s “Hostile Environment”. Colette Wymer will talk about the alliances the trade unions have helped to build with climate campaigners such as XR, FoE and YouthStrike4Climate, providing a practical but far-reaching programme for greening our economy and creating good green jobs. Carrie Hedderwick from Sheffield People’s Assembly will speak about the Cost of Living Crisis and challenging the Government’s abject failure to assist the least well off. Linking up with the trade unions has been vitally important in getting these messages across.”



Saturday 14th May “With Banners Held High!” march, music, poetry, stalls and politics

(Note change of date – was 21st May)

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.








Saturday 18th June “We Deserve Better” National TUC demonstration in Assemble 11am at Portland Place, London. Rally at 1pm Parliament Square


Sheffield TUC will be booking a coach as will some of the regional Trade Unions

“On Saturday 18 June, trade union members will be taking to the streets to demand action on the cost of living – a new deal for working people – and a pay rise. Families across the country are bearing the brunt of the cost-of-living storm. Everything is going up but our wages. Ministers partied while people died. Now they do nothing while living standards plummet and P&O lays off hundreds of workers on the spot. Enough is enough. We demand better. It’s time for a new deal for working people – real help with energy bills – and a pay rise. Whatever our race, religion or background, everyone deserves a decent standard of living. On 18 June, in London, let’s tell this government: we deserve better. We’ll be marching with thousands of people from all over the UK, followed by a rally in Parliament Square. Everyone is welcome – and this is planned to be a safe, family-friendly event. We would love for you to attend this demonstration and share details with your supporters. Please bring your banners and placards raising the issues that are affecting your members and supporters. I hope to see you and your members and supporters in London on 18 June.

Yours sincerely Frances O’Grady General Secretary”


Saturday 18th June   Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign rally


Assemble 1:00pm, City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield S1 4FT

Come along and support the Annual Orgreave Rally organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, commemorating the 38th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike and the events at Orgreave.

Please bring banners, placards, drums, whistles, family and friends. We will not be silenced, we won’t go away and our vibrant campaign for truth and justice will honour our right to commemorate, celebrate, educate and protest.

Led by the Unite Brass Band, come and march with us through Sheffield City Centre and support our call for an Inquiry for Truth and Justice for Striking Miners brutalised by the state and police at the Orgreave Coking plant on 18th June 1984”


Sarah Woolley – General Secretary – Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union
Chris Kitchen – General Secretary – National Union of Mineworkers
Morag Livingstone – Film Director, Author & Activist
Kevin Horne – Miner arrested at Orgreave – Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign
Eileen Turnbull – Researcher / Secretary – Shrewsbury 24 Campaign
Neil Findlay – Former Member of Scottish Parliament – Scottish Miners’ Review



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



Monday 27th June Commemoration of Bill Ronksley’s plaque

10am to 12 noon outside Town Hall then inside for refreshments and reflections on Bill’s life.

“Much delayed by COVID, we will assemble outside the Town Hall on Pinstone Street to formally ‘unveil’ the plaque commemorating Bill Ronksley’s life. Attended by Mick Whelan ASLEF General Secretary, local ASLEF branches and Sheffield trade unionists”