NSTUC linking up with Sumud Palestine

1 04 2016

For a number of years North Staffs Trades Union Council has been a volunteer distributor for Zaytoun – a Fairtrade community-interest company supporting the distribution of Palestinian artisan produce in the UK.

At our AGM earlier this year, we decided to link up with a local organisation Sumud Palestine to become joint distributors.

Sumud Palestine exists to further three main initiatives:

  • Supporting mental health professionals in Palestine
  • Supporting Palestinian farmers by replanting olive trees
  • Raising awareness of the plight of Palestinians

Below are the products that we currently have in stock. These items are good value, the quality is amazing, and you are supporting a good cause!

Email northstaffstuc@gmail.com to order anything and arrange collection. We may even be able to drop them off for you depending on where you live.


Products available:

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – Organic & Fairtrade
Extra virgin olive oil, pressed from hand picked olives
250ml – £4.50, 500ml – £7.25, 1ltr – £12.60

Zesty za’atar, a traditional Palestinian herb mix
80g – £2.00

MAFTOUL – Organic
A nutty Palestinian grain made from bulgur and whole wheat flour
250g – £1.70

A smoky grain created from spring wheat
250g – £1.80

Rich juicy Palestinian Medjoul dates from the Jordan Valley
250g – £3.00, 500g – £5.75

A collection of recipes celebrating Palestinian women’s resistance
Paperback – £7.00

Beautifully illustrated cookbook of Gazan cuisine and culture
Paperback – £15.00

Plain and pomegranate bars made in Nablus
Plain 100g bar – £1.50, Pomegranate 100g bar – £1.75

Fairtrade cotton bag – £3.90
Fairtrade cotton apron – £9.90
Fairtrade jute bag – £4.90

More information on the produce can be found on the Zaytoun website

Please email northstaffstuc@gmail.com to order any of the above goods and arrange collection. In some cases, free delivery may be available depending on your location.

Stop the Civil Service cuts in Stoke

30 03 2016

Support our comrades from North Staffs Public & Commercial Service Union in their fight to save Civil Service jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Chancellor George Osborne is committed to cutting a further 100,000 Civil Service jobs by 2020 and shrinking the entire Government Estate by 75% before 2023.
Government services that the public rely on are being decimated as a result of job cuts. Examples from the Passport Office, HMCTS, Land Registry, HMRC, DWP and elsewhere show that cuts in the Civil Service are having a negative impact on service users. Communities are being cut-off from local services. The Civil Service is near to breaking point, the digital technology replacing local services untested and unstable making the planned cuts unsustainable.
In Stoke-on-Trent the HMRC have announced that Blackburn House tax office will close by or before 2020 with the loss of between 250-300 jobs to the local economy. Locally DWP has lost around a third of its workforce in the area since 2010 to the detriment of service delivery and the welfare of its remaining workforce.
The impact of the loss of this significant number of jobs to the local economy and labour market cannot be underestimated. There is no clear evidence that growth in private sector jobs within the area will replace these jobs.
We call on the Government to halt the cuts to Civil Service jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire and invest in Central Government services within the region.

Please sign the petition here and follow the campaign on twitter @keepCSjobsStoke


Workers’ Memorial Day 2016

30 03 2016

Please join North Staffs Trades Council for Workers’ Memorial Day on Thursday 28th April 2016. You can view our 2013 and 2014 commemorations to read previous speeches and see photos from the day. Visit the TUC webpages to find out more about workplace fatalities.

Join us at Hanley Fire Station at 6.30pm.

There will be speeches from:

  • John McGhee (Fire Brigades Union)
  • Jen Summerfield (North Staffs Combined Healthcare Trust)
  • Dave Lyddon (University & College Union)
  • Ruth Smeeth (Labour MP Stoke North)

More details to follow. Please join the Facebook event and share the poster!

  • WMD Stoke poster 2016

Support the junior doctors’ strike!

30 03 2016

Junior doctors are set to take industrial action between the hours of 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th April.

Join us at the Harplands Hospital from 8am, on the 26th, to show solidarity to those striking, followed by a march to the picket line at UHNM.


Flyer asking for support for junior doctors' picket line/

Workers’ Memorial Day, 28th April

25 03 2015

Please join North Staffs Trades Council for Workers’ Memorial Day on Tuesday 28th April 2015. As always, the purpose behind the international day is to mourn for the dead and fight for the living. You can view our 2013 and 2014 commemorations to read previous speeches and see photos from the day. Visit the TUC webpages to find out more about workplace fatalities.

There will be leafleting outside Stoke-on-Trent train station between 4- 6pm.

At 6.30pm we will march, with banners, from Stoke station to the Timothy Trow Memorial on London Road, Stoke.

Refreshments will be available afterwards at Stoke Methodist Church.

At 7pm there will be a minute of silence to remember all those killed through work. This will be followed by speeches from:

  • Helen Harrison (North Staffs TUC President)
  • Dave Lyddon (University & College Union)
  • Ruth Smeeth (Labour PPC Stoke North)
  • Ravi Subramanian (Unison Regional Secretary)

Please download a poster or circulate a link to this blog post to friends and colleagues.

Workers memorial day flyer

More local 30th anniversary events!

17 02 2015

As part of the 30th anniversary there are two events on the 28th February at the Mitchell Arts Centre:

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm –  film screening of We Are Not Defeated and a Q&A with Jim Dowling (President of NUM Power Group), Bridget Bell (North Staffs Miners Wives Action Group) and Paul Mackney (Former UCU President).
  • 6:45pm – 8:15pm  – Burning Issues, in which Banner Theatre re-visit the striking communities they visited in 1984 to celebrate in song, music and video their historic struggle to examine its enduring significance today.

Tickets are free but must be booked –  please call 01782 409307, call in at box office or email boxoffice@mitchellartscentre.co.uk

Find out more at http://www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/417-burning-issues-banner-theatre/

Keele UCU evening to commemorate the Miners’ Strike

17 02 2015

Keele University and College Union have organised an  evening to commemorate the Miners’ Strike on Thursday 26th February, 6pm start – Room CBA0.060 Chancellor’s, Building, Keele University.

The speakers will be:

  • Professor Roger Seifert – author ‘Struggle without end’Picture of women during the miners' strike
  • Brenda Proctor – North Staffs Miners’ Wives and National Chair of Women Against Pit Closures
  • Paul Winter – Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Plus there will be a viewing of the inspirational Anne Marie Sweeney film for the National Women Against Pit Closures – GOING THROUGH THE CHANGE.

“The women, whose voices we will hear in this film, are amongst some of the most frontline and experienced campaigners in the last thirty years: for women’s equality; for the survival of their communities; for trade union rights; for peace and for an end to military occupation and invasion. This is no piece of nostalgia but a vibrant important film, from filmmaker Anne-Marie Sweeney, which will have relevance to all those fighting injustice in years to come.”  Brenda Procter, National Chair of NWAPC

ALL WELCOME – Refreshments available

For further details contact please Steve French (steve.french44@gmail.com)

New course brochure from the Trade Union Studies unit

17 10 2014

Here is the new course brochure from the Trade Union Studies Unit at Stoke on Trent College, which delivers courses and trade union education for union representatives and members in North Staffordshire – TUC Education Brochure Spring 2015

Picture of the brochure from the Trades Union Studies Unit

Education meeting , this Friday

1 09 2014

As discussed in the previous post, there is a public meeting on education on Friday 5th September 2014 featuring:

  • Tristram Hunt (MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education) and
  • Christine Blower (National Union of Teachers, General Secretary). 

The meeting will be chaired by Jason Hill, President of the North Staffs Trades Council. This has been jointly organised by the North Staffs Trades Council (NSTUC) and North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention.

We originally planned three speakers but will be keeping to two to ensure that there is loads of time for the speakers to answer questions from members of the audience, so please bring yours.

Download the poster at Education_meeting_poster

The venue is the Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad Street, Hanley, ST1 4HG. A map is available at http://www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk/contact/

Doors and cafe open at 6.00pm and the meeting will take place from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

There will be stalls from the North Staffs Trades Council, including fairtrade Zaytoun produce, the North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention and the North Staffs People’s Assembly

Any questions,  please contact northstaffstuc@gmail.com

This is the third joint NSTUC and North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention.public meeting organised under the banner ‘Fairer North Staffs.’ The first was against cuts and privatisation and the second was on health and social care. These meetings have provided an important opportunity to debate key local and national issues, with a line-up of national figures, such as Mark Serwotka and Christina McAnea, alongside local campaigners.

Action for Rail: Stoke & Stafford,19th August

15 08 2014

On 19th August campaigners will be protesting at stations across the UK, including Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, calling for fair fares  and a publicly owned railway.

As explained on the Action for Rail website at http://actionforrail.org/fair-fares-day-of-action-for-public-ownership-august-19/:

“In Europe, publicly owned railways have lower fares, are more efficient, and profits are reinvested back into the service. Publicly owned East Coast Main Line is a success story, and in 2013/14 returned £216m to the UK Treasury; since 2009, East Coast has returned over £1bn to the UK Treasury.

For privatised rail services, it’s a different picture. We have the highest fares in Europe with profits extracted to pay shareholder dividends. In 2012/13 Northern Rail, Transpennine Express and Virgin alone paid almost £100m in dividends to shareholders after receiving over £1bn in public subsidy. Evidence shows that about £1.2bn per year is wasted due to privatisation, and if saved, this could fund an 18% cut in fares.

Join us at stations around the country on 19 August to call for fair fares and public ownership of our railways.”

Picture of blurry view from train

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