SERTUC activities and news

Please find below details of TUC related events coming up in our region soon. 

Please feel free to send it onto your networks and let me know if you are planning to attend the Burston Strike School Rally in September, we may be able to organise transport.


Hazel Perry

PTUC Secretary 
SERTUC activities and news
Levellers Day 2017
· Friday 19 May Levellers Night at the CWU’s education centre and Alvescot
· Saturday 20 May Levellers Day commemoration, march and debate at the Burford Recreation Ground
Burston Strike School Rally 2017
Sunday 3 September – note the date now! First confirmed speakers: Len McCluskey Unite, John Hendy QC, Megan Dobney SERTUC; music: Red Flags, The John Ward Band
SERTUC sub-group officers meeting
Wednesday 31 May – all sub-group officers meet to discuss with the office staff their workplans and collaborative work. 2pm to 4pm, Congress House
South East Trade Union Network AGM
Tuesday 6 June – 11am, Congress House

Workers’ Memorial Day events
Chelmsford trades council Friday 28 April
12.30pm at Central Park (near the lake and viaduct at the Memorial Tree). Speaker: Dan McCarthy NASUWT Vice President
Hastings trades council Friday 28 April
Come to the unveiling of the plaque to dedicate a tree in Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings at 12 noon. “Remember the dead, and fight for the living!”
Medway Unison Towns Local Government Branch Friday 28 April
Service at the UNISON Memorial tree 11.45am Rochester Castle Gardens. The theme for the day this year is “Good health and safety for all workers whoever they are” and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap.
Waltham Forest trades council Friday 28 April
· 1pm at Waltham Forest Town Hall with speakers from Unite, WF trades council, London Hazards Centre, NUT, Thompsons Solicitors
· 5.45pm at Low Hall to remember the worker killed on the A406 a couple of years ago
· After that: a commemoration to remember Marian Nemit, a building worker killed nearby

May Day events
Bedford Monday 1 May
2-5pm, Harpur Suite, 39 Union Street.
Chelmsford Wednesday 3 May
A musical celebration with Robb Johnson and Rick Christian at the Asylum Club. With speakers and raffle.
Colchester Monday 1 May
Event and social at Firstsite Art Gallery, Lewis Gardens.
Croydon Saturday 13 May details to come
Hastings Monday 1 May
Assemble in Cornwallis Gardens at 1.15pm. March at 1.45 to Harold Place for speeches and music, then at 2.30 to the end of the Pier for speeches and music to 4pm 07776 397 995
Ipswich Sunday 30 April
12 noon to 6pm, Alexandra Park.
London Monday 1 May
Assemble at Clerkenwell Green, march to Trafalgar Square

Stewards are needed – please contact Roger Sutton
Norwich Sunday 30 April
12 noon to 5pm, Chapelfield Gardens.
Oxford Saturday 29 April details to come
Southampton Monday 1 May
11am to 3pm in Palmeston Park. More details to come
Southend Monday 1 May
12 noon High Street stall, 2pm music at O’Neill’s
Waveney Sunday 30 April
Free festival 2pm with Alex Mayer MEP, Suffolk Pensioners Association, Elizabeth Hodgkin and evening event £5 7pm with The John Ward Band, Luke Wright

Trade Union actions
NUT is supporting Fair Funding for All Schools
Public meeting Tuesday 25 April 7pm in Wandsworth with Rosena Allin Khan MP, Kevin Courtney NUT, Monica Kitchlew-Wilson Furzedown school headteacher, and parents

TUC conference on insecure work
Tuesday 23 May with Frances O’Grady TUC, Matthew Taylor (Taylor Review) and more. Booking (free) now open at

Other actions/events
Sylvia Pankhurst statue…
Following the announcement today of establishment support for a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett here’s a reminder of the campaign to raise a statue of feminist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst
Culture Matters poetry award – £500
The Bread and Roses poetry award – submissions by 31 May. See here for details
Solidarity and the miners’ strike
Friday 28 April 3-5pm London Metropolitan University with Mike Jackson (LGSM), Sally Davison and Liz French (Betteshanger women’s support group). Register here
Day-Mer Festival in the Park
Sunday 2 July Clissold Park – there will be a SERTUC marquee and affiliates are welcome to join us
Sylvia, a play about Sylvia Pankhurst
· Wisbech 29 April Rosmini Centre £5
· Cranleigh 26 May Arts Centre £13.20/£11
All in a day’s work from Britain at Work
Working lives and trade unions in West London 1945 to 1995 £10 Dave Welsh
Ruskin House, Croydon – office space
Contact Garry Davis 01737 553 493 or Roy Aird 07941 890 756
Marx Memorial Library classes
Labour, Value and Exploitation with Simon Renton. Alternate Tuesdays starting 18 April 7pm
Russian Revolution Centenary Committee
Commemorating the 1917 revolution; Revolution Centenary: marking 100 years since the October Revolution 4 November

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