Singer-songwriter, Rob Johnson is hoping to get sponsorship from unions and Left organisations to help manufacture and promote Ordinary Giants, a song suite based on his father's biography. The story deals with the 1930s, the fight against fascism, the creation of the Welfare State, and subsequent attempts by the Right to destroy the social gains made by that generation.
The songs and spoken word pieces are performed by a variety of contributors, including Boff Whalley, Tom Robinson, jazz diva Claire Martin, as well as from Dennis Skinner and Frances O'Grady. Last year's Tolpuddle was key in assembling contributions from Steve White, Maddy Carty, and teenager Louise Michelle Martin on tuba.
City College Plymouth has added its name to a voluntary charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill whilst in work. The College is the latest employer to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, which part of a campaign to win greater protections for terminally ill workers currently at risk of being dismissed due to loop-holes in legislation.
See more about the Dying to Work campaign at www.dyingtowork.co.uk
There is a new gallery of trade union banners from the South West here. Arranged in the family tree of unions, the photos show the range of baners at various events. If you have a photo of a banner not list please send copies to [email protected]
24 May 10-4.30pm
University of Bristol, Lady Hale Moot Court Room, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HH
The symposium will bring together researchers, activists, voluntary organisations and unions, public sector specialists and policy makers from different nations and regions seeking to influence policy around gender equality, anti-discrimination and women’s rights.
Attendance free. Places limited. Booking essential Contact: [email protected]
Saturday 26 May
Merlin Theatre, Frome BA11 2HT
The show charts the remarkable story of Tunji Sowande, who left Nigeria to study law in Britain to become, in 1968, the UK’s first black head of a major barrister’s chambers and later this country’s first black judge. As the leading man starts to carve out his career in 1968 it was also the year of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy as well as the famous iconic ‘black power’ salutes by the US winners at the Mexico City Olympics. Meanwhile Tunji Sowande was at the Oval watching Basil D’Oliveira score 158 against the Australians! Described as: “Every socialist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist will love this”.
Tickets 01373 465949 or merlintheatre.co.uk
Saturday 2 June 12-4pm
Yeovil Baptist Church, 8 South Street, Yeovil BA20 1ND
Stalls, speakers and lots more, hosted by Yeovil Labour Party
Saturday 29 June 2.30pm
City Hall the procession to We the Curious
Kamil Ahmad was a disabled asylum seeker who was brutally murdered in Bristol in July 2016. The event will honour his memory and contribute to a positive change for those seeking asylum who are disabled. It will bring refugees and disabled communities closer together.
A memorial to Kamil and others who have been failed will be unveiled at City Hall. A March with banners to We the Curious with banners and music will be followed by discussions.
Saturday 2 June from 12 noon
Triangle opposite WH Smiths, Teignmouth
Bring your banners, family and friends to save the first NHS Hospital from closure.
Monday 11 June at 6.30pm
Palestine Museum and Cultural Centre, 27 Broad St, Bristol BS1 2HG
Dr Aqel Taqaz, the Vice Chair of the World Peace Council and Secretary of the Palestinian Committee for Peace and Solidarity will be speaking at the Palestinian Museum and Cultural Centre on. Dr Taqaz is a member of the Palestinian People's Party, a component of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and a party within the Palestinian Authority government coalition. All welcome.
Saturday 16 June 10am-4pm
FaithSpace, Prewett Street, Bristol BS1 6PB
The South West Trade Union Liaison Organisation is running a policy development day for trade unionists in the Labour Party.
Kate Bell TUC Head of Economic and Social Policy will be one of the speakers.
Sunday 17th June registration 10am walk starts at 10.30
Pound Cottage, Priddy, Somerset
A 10k circular fundraising walk organised by Bristol ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa) to raise funds for projects including those: working with women; on HIV; on democracy and human rights.
For more information, sponsor form, transport etc. contact Sheila [email protected]
Thursday 5 July 11am-1pm
Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton TA1 2UA
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority is holding a conference open to stakeholders. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet key GLAA colleagues, share information, network and find out more about the issues facing the UK labour market when it comes to labour exploitation.
For more: [email protected] or call 0115 959 7075
From 21 to 31 May the letters written by Thomas Warren in 1834 to his nephew will be on display in Congress House, London. Warren was the vicar of Tolpuddle who betrayed the local farm workers and in one of the letters he describes how he tried to mitigate the punishment of the Tolpuddle unionists for “the sake of their miserable wives and children”. But he stresses that: “These unions must be put a stop to or the country will be together by the ears”. The display will include the exhnibition from the Marx Memorial Library who hold the original newspapers that carried news of the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
Wednesday 30 May 7pm
General Council Chamber, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs will be brought to life in words, pictures and song when Nigel Costley joins singer-song writer Graham Moore, cellist Gill Redmond present an evening at the TUC’s HQ.
The programme for this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival is out and weekend tickets are on sale. Billy Bragg, Misty in Roots, Captain Ska and Steve Knightley are amongst the confirmed acts. The Radical History School has a full list of sessions around the TUC’s 150th anniversary and the menu of debates is filling up well.