Diary of Events September to October 2019

Friday 13th September Rotherham Protest Against Racist PM Boris Johnson

12 noon till 2pm Magna Science Adventure Centre, Magna Way, S60 1FD Rotherham

Protest against the racist bigot Boris Johnson called by Rotherham Stand Up To Racism supported by Rotherham TUC.
“Boris Johnson will be in Rotherham on 13th September to deliver a speech to business people at a Northern Powerhouse conference to be held at the Magna centre.
Boris Johnson with his dog whistle politics seeks to legitimise racism – particularly Islamophobia—he has previously stated that Islam has left Muslim countries “literally centuries behind” the West

Friday 13th September  Can you help with public leafleting for the #YouthStrike4Climate?

4.30pm to 5.30pm outside Sheffield Town Hall. Please come and join the students leafleting about the #YouthStrike4Climate on 20th September. The School students will be really pleased to see trade unionists and others come and help them. see leaflet here 20th Sept – TU Leaflet for branches

Saturday 14th September “The Left Case For and Against the EU” – a debate

6.30pm to 8.30pm United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB. Organised by
Sheffield Labour Left www.sheffieldlabourleft.org

Socialists have a bold, transformational programme to change the UK for the better; can we achieve our ambitions in or out of the EU?
Join Professor Costas Lapavitsas, former SYRIZA MP, author of ‘The Left Case Against the EU’, and Martin Mayer, Secretary of Sheffield Trades Council and Chair of Sheffield Labour Left for a much needed public debate as they put forward their left-wing cases for and against the EU.
Please bring your comments and questions to what promises to be a very popular and energising event.
There will be plenty of time for questions and contributions from the floor.
ticketFreeEdit availabilitywww.eventbrite.co.ukFind Tickets

Monday 16th September  Sheffield Stands with Corbyn – Unite to End Tory Austerity

7pm till 8.30pm  Farm Road Sports and Social Club, Farm Road, Sheffield S2. Organised by Labour Against Austerity. Speakers include Richard Burgon MP, Chris Peace PPC North Derbyshire, Nadia Jama Stand Up to Racism, Murad Qureshi Stop the War Coalition, Sahail Cohen Sheffield Momentum and others. See flyer attached

Tuesday 17th September Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit – leafleting

4pm till 5.30pm. The Moor outside Sheffield Market. Please join us at the stall to hand out leaflets and raise awareness about this benefit reform that represents a devastating attack on the poorest in our society. See leaflet here:Sheffield Stop & Scrap UC Leaflet

Friday 20th September #YouthStrike4Climate march and rally

On the day of the #YouthStrike4Climate, the school students will be having a march and rally and have asked trade unions to join them with their banners. Sheffield TUC will be there and several union branches have already pledged support. Can your branch send a delegation with your branch banner? The plan is:

  • Assemble Devonshire Green from 11-12pm
  • March to City Hall – 12pm to 1pm
  • Rally at City Hall – 1pm to 3pm

Followed by an “After Party” at Dinah at 7pm

See flyer attached  20th Sept – TU Leaflet for branches

 Tuesday 24th September Sheffield Trade Union Council Delegate Meeting

7pm till 9pm Trades and Labour Club, Duke Street, S2 5QQ. (Please use side entrance on Talbot Street before 7.30pm). Palestinian Speaker on life inside Palestine. Open to all delegates from affiliated union branches. Trade unionists who are not delegates are welcome to attend as visitors.

Sunday 29th September Demonstrate against the Tory Party Conference in Manchester

12 noon assemble Oxford Road. Organised by National People’s Assembly against austerity. See leaflet

Coach departs The Hubs, Paternoster Row, Sheffield at 10am and Chesterfield Town Hall, Rose Hill, S40 1LP at 10.30am. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sheffieldchesterfield-coach-to-national-demo-at-tory-conference-tickets-67302306009?fbclid=IwAR3yrKI1ANY4rsHwPs4EP_XHPddq_tP-SijqYE7aY5DyG1B5-OYc2Lt3t2I

You can be sure the Tories will continue with the lie that “austerity is over” for the third time running at their annual conference. . It will be as great a lie this year as it has been in previous years. We know that austerity is burning through working peoples’ lives inflicting poverty and hardship on millions of families. It has to stop. That’s why we are demonstrating outside the Tory party conference in Manchester 29 September. Once and for all this government must know austerity has to end.
The Tory party have reduced this country to one almighty mess. Poisonously divided amongst themselves, they should’ve left office in disgrace months ago.”

  We’re calling for our biggest rally yet in Manchester to protest the Tory Party Conference, and give a clear message: we want a #GeneralElectionNow to #SackBoris

Tuesday 1st October Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise campaign

6pm till 7pm Room 3 United Reform Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield

Monthly campaign meeting to coordinate our activities. We aim to organise the unorganised to fight back against low pay, zero hours contracts and bogus self-employment. Progress update from our Union Organiser Jack Pearson

Wednesday 2nd October Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit planning meeting

1230pm till 2pm Room upstairs, Central United Reform Church Norfolk Street.

Open to all those willing to help campaign against this new benefit which is causing real hardship to those least able to afford it.

Wednesday 2nd October Stand Up To Racism national day of action to defend EU migrants Stand Up To Racism has launched a statement, signed by Diane Abbott, Alf Dubs, several union general secretaries, MPs and MEPs, faith groups and anti racist campaigners, to defend EU migrants’ rights (see attached).
Stand Up To Racism encourages local groups, affiliated unions and supporters to take round the statement in their workplaces, colleges and communities, take selfies showing support, and protests in town centres on the day as well as take part in social media promoting the day of action. We want everyone to use the statement and upload the signatures from their campaigning via the online petition too.

Friday 4th October Launch of the Black Members Regional Network

1030am till 4pm Leeds. Join us for the launch of the TUC’s regional Black Members Network. The TUC in Yorkshire and the Humber have launched a network for black trade union members across the region. The Black Members Network is an opportunity for you to connect, communicate and interact with black members across the region. The network welcomes all who identify themselves as black as well as those interested in supporting its growth. You may already be a member of a black members’ network in your own union, but this is an opportunity for connections across the various trade unions in the region. If you want to know more, register for this event and sign up to our Black Members mailing list below https://tuc.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ebd004a8047907dc47d269fd1&id=43c21dd82d

 Our fellow Gleadless Valley Labour member, activist and friend Joe Clarke is having a party He is planning to leave Sheffield shortly to return to Liverpool and is throwing a fundraiser before he goes with proceeds going to Chris Peace’s Labour election campaign in NE Derbyshire. He’d really love to see many people there and get lots of money raised, and he’s asked us to spread the word – all very welcome whether you know Joe or not! Please would the Sheffield Trades Council be able to add this to a mail out to help spread the word? Many thanks if you can.

Saturday 5th October Fundraiser for Chris Peace NE Derbyshire election campaign

8pm – 2am at Dina on Cambridge Street S1 4HP. Sheffield TUC has been asked to advertise this fundraising party with proceeds going to Chris Peace’s Labour election campaign in NE Derbyshire. Bring a bit of food to share if you can and there’ll be a donation bucket at the door. Joe Clarke says “there’ll be a great night of music lined up so should be a good night, hope you and other comrades can come!”

Tuesday 15th October SARAG AGM – South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group

11am Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street Sheffield. Buffet lunch to follow the AGM.  See flyer here  SARAG AGM Flyer 2018 (1) (1)

Professor Angela Tod will present an update from a current study; ‘The Gendered Experience of Mesothelioma Study: GEMS’. Professor Tod is Professor of Older People and Care at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Sheffield.

 If you are attending the AGM please, fill in the attached flyer and return to SARAG.

Tuesday 22nd October Sheffield Trade Union Council Delegate Meeting

7pm till 9pm Trades and Labour Club, Duke Street, S2 5QQ. (Please use side entrance on Talbot Street before 7.30pm). Speaker to be confirmed. Open to all delegates from affiliated union branches. Trade unionists who are not delegates are welcome to attend as visitors.

Friday 25th October Asbestos Conference

1000am till 3pm Sheffield Showroom, Paternoster Way    See flyer here 20 Years On SARAG.PDF flyer

SARAG, in conjunction with Derbyshire Asbestos Support Group, are holding a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the UK ban on asbestos.

Since 1999, it has been illegal to use or import asbestos, to the benefit of everyone’s long term health. This victory, of great importance to millions of trade union members, must be marked. Although there are no new imports and uses of asbestos here, there are still thousands of tonnes present in our national infrastructure. We must continue to highlight this ongoing risk. We should also take this opportunity to remind people why this ban is vitally important. In these times of political instability, the repeal of the asbestos ban is not beyond the realms of possibility. The anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to promote these issues.


 9.30 till 10.00 – Registration

 10.00 till 10.15 – Introduction

 10.15 till 11.30 – Breathless (film)

 11.30 till 12.15 – Asbestos in Schools

 12.15 till 1.00 – Lunch

 1.00 till 1.45 – Managing asbestos in Social Housing and Public Buildings

 1.45 till 2.30 – Campaigning on Asbestos

 2.30 till 3.00 – The work of the Forum and Asbestos Support Groups.

 3.00 – Close of Conference