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

Find out more at

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 (

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

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

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

“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

Public Meeting on Education, Tristram Hunt and Christine Blower: 5 September

1 08 2014

A Fairer North Staffs:  Spotlight on Education  Friday 5th September – Mitchell Arts Centre  6.30pm-8.30pm


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