SERTUC activities and news

SERTUC activities and news    Battle of Wood Green Sunday 23 April

Celebrating 40 years of multicultural diversity to counter the rising tide of racism. 12 noon onwards at Turnpike Lane with MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Catherine West, David Lammy
SERTUC organising project with CGTP and OPZZ

The next workshop is for Polish workers and will take place in London on Tuesday 16 May – please see here for details and share widely with relevant colleagues
The final workshop for Portuguese workshop workers will be on Saturday 8 July in Ipswich. More details shortly
Levellers Day 2017

· Friday 19 May Levellers Night at the CWU’s education centre at Alvescot Lodge
· 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, John McDonnell MP, Megan Dobney SERTUC; music: Red Flags, The John Ward Band
SERTUC sub-group officers meeting – hold the date

Wednesday 31 May – all sub-group officers meet to discuss with the office staff their workplans and collaborative work. 2pm to 4pm, Congress House
SERTUC South East Trade Union Network AGM

Tuesday 6 June – 11am, Congress House

Workers’ Memorial Day events

London Friday 28 April 10.30am

Assemble at Tower Hill, speakers Mary Bousted TUC president, Gail Cartmail Unite acting general secretary, Gunde Odgaard Danish building union, Peter Kavanagh Unite regional secretary, Peter Farrell Construction Safety Campaign
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!” Speaker: Megan Dobney SERTUC
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 with music from Robb Johnson, speakers: Kelvin Hopkins MP, Tony Burke Unite AGS, Ian Thomas Unison
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.
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 at 1pm to Trafalgar Square. Speakers in the square include John McDonnell MP, Mark Serwotka PCS, rally chaired by Eve Turner GLATUC, Tony Lennon SERTUC
Norwich Sunday 30 April

12 noon to 5pm, Chapelfield Gardens.
Southampton Monday 1 May

11am in Palmeston Park. March to the Peace Fountain in Andrews Park and back for rally with stalls in Palmeston Park. The theme is “Peace and Unity in our Community”
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
PCS, Unite Community and Lewisham trades council

Public meeting Thursday 27 April 7pm “Save our Jobcentres – Lewisham jobcentre to close by March 2018”. Speakers include Heidi Alexander MP. or 07903 755 074

Updated guide for union reps on the Trade Union Act 2016
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

General Election Thursday 8 June…

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
Solidarity and the miners’ strike

Oral history project, to get involved contact Diarmaid Kelliher and first event is 3pm Friday 28 April at London Met Uni with Mike Jackson LGSM, Sally Davison, Liz French Betteshanger
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
Russian Revolution Centenary Committee

Commemorating the 1917 revolution; Revolution Centenary: marking 100 years since the October Revolution 4 November

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