Category Archives: Manchester news

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

International Workers’ Memorial Day remembers all workers who have lost their lives in the workplace, and is commemorated this Friday in Manchester.

Programme for Manchester #iwmd17

Gather at Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street from 11.30 onwards with banners and wreaths.

Music from Claire Mooney

12.00: Lynn Collins, Secretary of NWTUC, Chair will welcome everyone, briefly explain the reasons for IWMD and the theme for this year

12.05: Andy Burnham, Labour Party Candidate for G.M. Mayor – how he will work to ensure good health and safety at heart of decent jobs and lives, is a key part of his economic strategy

12.10: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers –Tracey’s husband Mark was killed by his employers negligence

12.16: Leo McCann, Professor of Organisational Studies, University of Manchester, the effect of cuts, extra work and trauma on the health of firefighters and other emergency workers

12.22: Christine Alderson, Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group Phil Liptrot – how government attacks on access to justice:  are affecting sick and injured workers and their families

12.26: Mick Whelan, Gen Sec ASLEF on how health and safety for workers is also for passengers, DOO campaign etc

12.30: Lauren McCourt, BFAWU, Fast food worker

12.35: Neil Hope Collins, Prospect

12.40: Ann Farrow and Jane Warburton, UNISON Care Workers

12.45: Phil Liptrot, Thompsons Solicitors government attacks on access to justice effects on sick, injured workers & families

  1. 49: Reading of the names of some of those killed in the North West

12.53: One minutes silence to Remember all the Dead killed at and by work

12.55: Laying of wreaths

12.57: Song from Claire Mooney

13.00: Lynn Collins – concluding comments.

Adjourn to the People’s History Museum – stewards will point the way-  to see the “Fair enough: We are all sickened by inequality at work” exhibition, the new GMHC film on why IWMD is important to us and have a cup of tea. And warm up/cool down/ dry off-  whatever is appropriate!

NW H&S Adviser Group Meeting & Training

The next NW H&S Adviser Group Meeting & Training will take place on 24 March at The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Off Cromwell Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1HQ and is open to all reps, Division Secretaries and members across the region. Divisions are also encouraged to send a delegate to the advisers meeting.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

North West H&S Adviser Group Meeting/Training

Arrival from 12:30pm – Buffet lunch & refreshments
Group Meeting/training – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Valuing Women- Health and Safety issues for Women Teachers

Arrival from 3.30pm – Hot/cold food & refreshments
4:00pm – Main Speaker – Janet Newsham (TUC Hazards)
5.30pm – Finish

Places can be booked via the Eventbrite link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valuing-women-health-issues-for-women-teachers-nut-members-only-tickets-31836634230

Kevin Courtney Press Release for Fair Deal 4 Manchester Rally, February 25

Manchester City Council, local trade unions and community groups are coming together in Manchester on Saturday 25 February to highlight the devastating effects of cut backs to health, social care, and education, to the local community.

A torch-lit march will leave Castlefield Arena at 5pm, and after arriving at Albert Square, will hear calls for these basic services to be properly funded from a number of local and national figures, including Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, and Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. Other speakers will be confirmed.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, NUT, said: “The Government is keen at every turn to define its new funding formula for schools as ‘fair funding’, but this is nonsense. It cannot be fair without new money. There is a gaping hole in the school budget and it is only set to increase through inflation and a rise in pupil numbers. The Government’s planned formula ensures that 98.5% of schools will see their funding per pupil fall in real terms. Every demographic of school is hit – rural schools, inner city schools, grammars, secondary moderns, academies, and faith schools. All will lose funding. There are no winners from the Government’s education policy, only losers and worse losers.”

John Morgan, Secretary of Manchester NUT, added “Here in Manchester we are already starting to see the effects, with large cuts planned to the Sensory Support Service, and a number of schools announcing re-organisations and planned redundancies just since January. This situation is guaranteed to worsen.”

NUT Disabled Teachers’ lunch and working party

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Are you a disabled NUT member, or interested in disabled issues?

As a result of this year’s Disabled Teachers’ Conference, colleagues are meeting in Manchester for lunch and a general chat, with the aim of coming up with ways to improve the working lives of all disabled NUT members in the NW.

The meeting will take place at The Left Bank Café at The People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER, at 1:30 pm on Saturday 12th November. All interested members are welcome.

 

Free tickets for Manchester NUT members

Manchester Community Safety Forum is holding a follow up to its conference on Daesh, this time on the dangers of the far right, on Friday Nov 18 at 6.30pm. There will be an excellent line up of expert speakers, and a three course meal. The event takes place at the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Whalley Range (see flyer). Individual tickets are priced £15, but Manchester Teachers’ Association has paid for a table for ten, tickets for which are available for free on a first come, first served basis for interested Manchester NUT members.

Contact us if you’re a Manchester member and wish to attend for free. Email secretary@manchester.nut.org.uk  or telephone 0161 945 5062.

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Strike Day 05 July #J5

NUT members came out on strike in force yesterday, with schools across the region being affected by industrial action against government cuts to education funding. Six hundred members and supporters from sister unions marched through Manchester, and later assembled to hear speeches from Kiri Tunks, NUT Junior Vice President, concerned parents, Manchester City Councillors, our sister union the UCU, and others.

Most importantly, we have now established the legal right to take more action in the Autumn term, if the government do not engage in meaningful talks on funding, national terms and conditions, and workload.