Monthly Archives: April 2017

MTUC May Day Festival 2017

Manchester Trades Council’s May Day festival is this weekend, and has a huge number of great events.

Assemble 11am at All Saints Park for our traditional May Day march, this year concentrating on defending the NHS.

Manchester NUT will be running a Reclaiming Schools stall at the Manchester Mechanics Institute during the afternoon, and also hosting a More Than A Score open meeting at 2.45pm – come and hear the genuine alternative to the current disastrous primary school testing regime.

In addition, there are great music and comedy nights over the weekend to help celebrate May Day.

 

 

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!