Wednesday, 30 November 2011

NOV30! 300+ in Roth!!!

According to estimates, the number of people at the Rotherham March and Rally in support of the pension strike was over 300! Many then joined the thousands in Sheffield! This article taken from the Rotherham Advertiser.

Photo by Jason Emerson
"MORE than 300 striking public sector workers marched through Rotherham today after the biggest mass walkout for decades.

Refuse workers, probation staff, teachers, nurses, lecturers and civil servants were among thousands across the borough who joined nearly three million workers in a one-day strike against government plans to change their pensions.

Scores of pickets were out at Rotherham General Hospital, council buildings and the town’s main college.
Speakers from the UNISON, GMB, PCS, NUT and UCU unions addressed a rally in All Saints’ Square.

Photo by Ralph Dyson.
Eric Battey of the GMB said: “The facts are clear—we’ll work longer, pay more and get less.”

Ministers say public sector pensions are unsustainable and condemned the strike as irresponsible because negotiations were ongoing and would cost the economy £500 million."

Many on the march and rally were calling on the TUC to call the next date.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

NOV30: Route change!

The route of the March in Rotherham November 30th to support the strikes in the public sector has been changed.

The march in Rotherham has been shortened, though the start time and assembly point is the same: instead of continuing past the RCAT Eastwood building and turning left on to Wharnecliffe Road, the march will turn left after the RCAT Clifton Building, down Howard Street. The map below shows the new route.

10am: After pickets, gather outside town hall.
10:30am: Start the March around Rotherham.
11am: arrive for a rally in All Saints Square
11:15am onwards: Board coaches and head to Sheffield to join the regional demonstrations.

Also this Saturday there will be Union and RAC activists leafletting in Rotherham Town Centre outside Halifax/Boots/Market entrance.

MARCH DETAILS: - March begins outside Rotherham Town Hall
- March behind Job Centre along Stanley street
- Turn left, down the hill, along Mansfield Road
- Turn left and march along Wellgate
- Turn right, up the hill, along Doncaster Gate
- Turn left along Howard Street
- Turn left, down the hill, along Howard Street towards Halifax/Boots/Market entrance
- Turn Left, march along Effingham Street towards All Saints Square
- Rally in All Saints Square

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

PCS meetings on NOV30 and beyond...

A email circulated to PCS union members.

"Dear Members, 

We have organised a number of meetings to talk about the coming events in November and beyond. 

Already in our branch, members are feeling the effects of the attacks on public services. We have seen the utter chaos of the selection exercises and alongside, we are expected to pay more, work longer, and get less. Check out the pension’s calculator on the PCS website to find out how much you stand to lose: 

We would urge you all to take a small amount of time out to participate in these meetings. This struggle is not only for our own pensions, jobs, terms and conditions, but a fight to save the dismantling of the welfare state itself. 

This legacy was passed to us from our parents and their parents. Free education, health care, decent housing, jobs, pay and pensions along with decent local services for our communities were established over generations; recent Governments have undermined these basic tenets – we must stop the rot. 

Let’s not be the first generation to pass a handful of nothing to our kids and grandkids. Let’s not go quietly like lambs to the slaughter; let’s fight for our pensions and jobs. Let’s fight for our children’s future and to respect those who have gone before us, who created the welfare state. 

They gamble, you lose? 

Don’t let them get away with it. Try to get along to one of our meetings (details below). Time to stand up and be counted. 

Thursday 24th November 12:30 – 13.15
Sheaf Island pub (Wetherspoons), Ecclesall Road about 5 minutes walk from Kings Court and Porterbrook House. (Speaker tba)


Thursday 24th November 12:15-13.00 and 13.15-14.00
Red Deer, Mappin Street about 5/10 minutes walk from Mayfield Court, Rockingham and Steel City House. (Speaker tba)"

Thursday, 10 November 2011

List Of Events in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield Trades Council has circulated a list of events.

The list circulated details the many events that are taking places in South Yorkshire, many of which - though not all - are Anti-Cut related activities.In Rotherham there are weekly meetings - called by Unison - to organise the actions in Rotherham in support of the strikes on the 30th November.

Also, there will be 2 'Days of Action' (Saturday 12th November and 19th November) in Rotherham where RAC will be support Unions in promoting the Nov 30th Strikes.

7th to 12th November,2011: "Ashes & Diamonds Exhibition."
Wortley Hall. Wortley Hall has been chosen as, like previous ventures, it has past links to
National Union of Mineworkers` Education. John Dunn, the Sponsor writes:"I attended many
Derbyshire NUM weekend and week long schools there as I am sure did many of us.Wortley
Hall is also a valuable Trade Union resource that is celebrating 60 years of ownership by the
Trade Union and Labour Movement (who says workers cannot run a business?). It will also
feature a number of Public Meetings.
7th November, 2011: 7.00 P.M.,Wortley Hall. Official opening by Arthur
Scargill, NUM Honorary President,incorporating From The Miners` Strike To The Current
Capitalist Crisis - Ken Capstick, former NUM Yorkshire Area Vice-President. The artist,
Darren Coffield, will also speak on what inspired him to create this tribute.
8th November, 2011: 8.00 P.M, Wortley Hall. "The Media - From the Miners`
Strike to MurdochGate."Speakers: Granville Williams,Campaign For Press and Broadcasting
Freedom and Author of:"Shafted-The Miners` Strike and the Aftermath"; and Peter Lazenby
-Industrial Correspondent, Yorkshire Evening Post, who was arrested during the Strike.
11th November, 2011: 7.00 P.M., Wortley Hall. "Art and The Labour
Movement." By Darrell Cozens, UCU, Coventry Trades Union Council.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Hilary Cave,
Secretary, North Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Labour History Society, 22 Boythorpe
Avenue, Chesterfield, Derbys S40 2QE, tel: 01246 270628,
10th November,2011:PUBLIC RALLY, 6,30 P.M.,PONDS FORGE,
SPEAKERS:Mark Serwotka,PCS General Secretary; Matt Wrack,FBUGeneral Secretary;
Karen Reahy, UNITE Regional Secretary; Peter Davies,GMB Sheffield Regional Secretary;
Sally Kincalds,NUT Wakefield Branch Secretary; UNISON Speaker and other Speakers
Council; Barnsley Trades Union Council; UNITE North East and the Yorkshire and
Humberside Region; NUTSheffield; NUT Barnsley; UCU University of Sheffield; UCU
Hallam University; FBU South Yorkshire; UCU Barnsley College; UNISON University of
Sheffield; PCS Sheffield; GMB S38; NUT Rotherham; UNISON Rotherham Health.. 
can the tradition be revived? DAY SCHOOL .10.00 A.M to 5.00 P.M.,Northern College, Barnsley,
14th November, 2011:10.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. TUC Regional Disabilities
Forum. Venue: TUC Office, 33,Park Place,Leeds,LS1 2RY (Phone 0113 242 9696)
A national protest at Parliament will challenge Government attacks on tenants and demand action to
build the homes we need. The Housing Emergency protest on 15 November will oppose attacks on
tenancies, rents and benefits, and demand new Council housing - see leaflet.The national protest follows
lobbies and protests across Britain, rejecting attacks on secure tenancies, up to 80% market rents, and
evictions, and demanding a mass council house building programme to provide desperately-needed secure
and genuinely-affordable rented housing.
MPs next month vote for the last time on the Localism Bill, introducing fixed term tenancies, giving
Councils powers to end homeless access to council housing and remove thousands from housing waiting
lists. Join the National Protest Contact tenants, trade unions, councillors and housing campaigners to make
a joint delegation to Parliament 4pm 15th Nov - bring banners and placards
Arrange to see your MPs and demand they oppose attacks in the Localism Bill. See Localism Bill
Briefing here Come to the meeting 5pm Committee Room 15 House of Commons, with MPs, councillors,
trade unions, tenants and others.
19th November, 2011: Labour Representation Committee Annual Conference
will take place from 10.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. in the UCU Offices,Malet Street,London. LRC
Members will discuss campaign strategy for the coming year. The conference will debate and
vote on policy, elect new officers and a national committee, and will hold hustings for LRC
nominees for the centre-left Labour Party NEC slate. If not already a member or need to
renew then join online . Only LRC members are able to speak and vote at conference.For
those who are unwaged or travelling from outside London, the price to attend is £3, Register
online. A free creche will also be available, though please email us to register. Speakers at the
conference include campaigning left MPs John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn; and Katy Clark.
Other Speakers: FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack; Haringey community and youth
worker Symeon Brown; and Dot Gibson, General Secretary of the National Pensioners`
22nd November, 2011: Wortley Hall Left Film Club Presents at Wortley Hall:
Black Flash "A Century of Black Sportsmen." The film is based on the Phil. Visili book
"Colouring over the White Lines: A History of Black Footballers in Britain." From the
eccentric Victorian Arthur Wharton who kept goal for Preston North End in 1886 to Cyrille
Regis, John Barnes and beyond. Black Flash celebrates the highs and lows of nearly 120 years
of black involvement in British professional football. .The film will be followed by a
Q.& A. Session.
ITINERARY: 6.00 PM -7.15 PM Food: 7.15 PM -7.55 PM. "Black Flash";
7.55 PM. to 8.10 PM Intermission; 8.10 PM to 8.50 PM "Black Flash".
9.00 P.M. Q.& A. Session.
COST: £6.50 Per Person (INCLUDING Pie and Pea Supper)
CONTACT: Wortley Hall,Wortley Village, Sheffield, S35 7DB. Tel.0114 2882100;
Fax 0114 283 0695;
22nd November, 2011: Sheffield Trades Union Council Delegate Meeting.
7.00 P.M., Trades & Labour Club. Speaker: Bill Adams, Secretary,TUC Yorkshire & The
Humber Regional Council. The Agenda of this Delegate Meeting will include the Final
Arrangements for the Trade Union Day Of Action on 30th November, 2011.
25th November, 2011: Derbyshire Unemployed Workers` Centres. Present:.
"THE BIG SOCIETY SOCIAL." 7.00 P.M.., The Winding Wheel,Chesterfield.
Tickets: £10 Waged/£5 Unwaged.
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30th November, 2011: Rally, 9.15 A.M.. Herries Road Entrance, Northern
General Hospital. Organised by UNISON Northern General Hospital Branch. Speakers
invited. Jazz Band to be booked.Further information will be given when when available.
30th November, 2011: TUC Regional March and Rally in Sheffield of trade
unionists on strike plus their supporters commencing around 1.00 P.M.. Further information
will be gven when available.
30th November, 2011: Day Of Action Social & Rally commencing at 5.30 P.M
organised by the Sheffield Trades Union Council in the Sheffield Trades & Labour Club,
Duke Street,Sheffield, S2. Further information will be given when available.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Nov 30 - March and Rally in Rotherham!

Rotherham is to hold a March and Rally on November 30th to support the stikes in the public sector.

In a meeting organised by Rotherham Unison branches, with representatives from many unions, community groups and campaigning groups, the following action was agreed in order to promote and to support the strikes:

10am: After pickets, gather outside town hall.
10:30am: Start the March around Rotherham (details + map below - red line marks the route of the march).
11am: arrive for a rally in All Saints Square
11:15am onwards: Board coaches and head to Sheffield to join the regional demonstrations.

Also there will be 'Action Days' held on Saturday12th and 19th November, leafletting and promoting the strike and the march. Stalls will be organised in All Saints Square and outside the Market/Halifax Bank/Boots.

MARCH DETAILS: - March begins outside Rotherham Town Hall
- March behind Job Centre along Stanley street
- Turn left, down the hill, along Mansfield Road
- Turn left and march along Wellgate
- Turn right, up the hill, along Doncaster Gate
- Turn left along Howard Street/Eastwood Lane past RCAT
- Turn left, down the hill, along Wharnecliffe Street/ Drummond Street past the Markets and Rotherham Central Library
- Turn Left, march along Henry Street/ Effingham Street towards All Saints Square
- Rally in All Saints Square