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The Manchester Martyrs

The Manchester Martyrs

The Manchester Martyrs were three innocent Irishmen hanged in public outside the New Bailey prison in Salford on 23 November 1867. They had been convicted of murdering a police sergeant, killed in the course of a successful raid on Hyde Road, Manchester to free two leading Fenians.

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Building Stronger Unions in the North West

Date and time of event:
Sat 22 Oct 2016 – 10:30 to 15:30
Venue and town/city:
Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ
Free to attend
About this event:

Come along to the first Organising Conference hosted by the North West TUC, to hear from academics, experts and policy officers about the challenges we face as a union movement and more importantly, how we make our trade unions stronger and more vibrant.

There will be discussion, workshops and skill sessions to talk, listen, think and do on a range of topics including:

  • Union Membership
  • Union Reps and Resources
  • Young Workers
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Digital Campaigning
  • One – To – One conversations
  • Campaign Planning
Contact for further information:

Visit to register

If the event is oversubscribed, places will be limited according to union size. Attendance is open to all organisers and workplace reps. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

We will confirm attendance with those who register. Please complete all parts, including your Union name and position.


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31st July was the 40th anniversary of one of the most important and successful pieces of workplace legislation. On that day in 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act received royal assent.

Since then the number of fatalities in the workplace has fallen by 85% while the number of injuries at work has fallen by 77%. That is a massive achievement. Of course not all of it can be put down to the success of the Act. Much is because of structural changes in the workplace. After all if you are going to close down many of the most dangerous workplaces such as mining, shipbuilding and heavy engineering then it is not surprising that the figures fell dramatically, but, even taking that into account, it is estimated that about half the fall is a result of the changes that the Act brought about.

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To celebrate the achievements of the Trade Union movement in securing this vital peice of legislation we will be inspecting workplaces through out October.

To get involved contact

MayMonitor: A new campaign to track progress of Theresa May’s government

Theresa May became Prime Minister promising ‘a country that works for everyone’. She committed to fight the ‘burning injustice of inequality’, to support those who are ‘just managing’ but find life hard and to prioritise ‘ordinary working class families’ over the wealthy few.

As Parliament returns from the summer recess the Women’s Budget Group launches the #MayMonitor – an on-going project to track the actions of May’s Government and highlight whether they will help meet these promises.

The Women’s Budget Group will be monitoring Government progress on four of Theresa May’s promises using the following scorecard:

  • A country that works for everyone
  • Getting tough on corporate irresponsibility
  • An economy that works for everyone
  • The Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours

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Leave and Pay for Mothers – Know Your Rights booklet

Pregnant women are protected from harm in the workplace and have the right not to be dismissed or unfavourably treated because of their pregnancy. Most employed mothers are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave and 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance. Mothers with children born on or after 5 April 2015 may also be able to convert some of their maternity leave and pay into Shared Parental Leave and Pay which they or their partner can take on a more flexible basis in the first year of their child’s life.

This booklet describes how these rights work. It also provides information on the right to unpaid parental leave, the right to request flexible working and the right to emergency time off for dependants, which may help mothers balance paid work with bringing up their children.
If you are adopting a child or having a child through surrogacy arrangements you may wish to refer to separate Know Your Rights booklets that cover these situations

Derby City school support staff – together we are stronger

Please support Derby City school support workers in their strike and at the demo on Wednesday outside Parliament.… Our school support staff are a vital part of our children’s education. Yet far from being valued, these low-paid workers are now facing a massive pay cut. They have supported our children, now we must support them. Strike fund:…

18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the Nelson Mandela International Day.

Take Action! Inspire Change

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Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

How the Day came about

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Nelson Mandela Rules

In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/175 not only adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they should be known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules” in order to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle referred to above.


It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.

– Nelson Mandela

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The POA National Executive Committee have instructed its membership in England and Wales to hold meetings outside their respective Prisons to discuss Prison Reform after NOMS management failed to consult on how prisoners are supervised during their sentence.

The meetings have been described by Senior Management as “unlawful Industrial Action”, which the POA have refuted.

Miami Five Freedom Tour is Coming to Manchester


Thursday 14 July, 6.30pm at Manchester Town Hall.  Hear first hand from René and Gerardo who spent 16 years in US jails for trying to stop terrorist attacks against Cuba.

Gerardo Hernández and René Gonzalez are visiting the UK to thank campaigners for their solidarity and support through 16 years in American prisons.  Gerardo and René are two of the Miami Five who received very harsh and unjust jail sentences after infiltrating Florida-based groups responsible for violent actions and bombing campaigns against Cuba.

They will be speaking at a public meeting about their time in jail, how international solidarity helped them, the current situation with US-Cuba relations, and why solidarity with Cuba is just as important as ever while the US blockade remains in place.

They will be joined at the meeting by speakers including Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd, Angela Rayner MP, Bob Oram from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and UNISON North West Regional Convenor Paula Barker.

It promises to be an informative and inspiring event and there’s no need to book.

There is a coach running from Liverpool to the event – call 0207 490 5715 for details.

There is a flyer for the event available here.

Labour leader calls for unity at Durham Miners’ Gala

Your New Look Local Government Pension

Members Guide to GMPF

members guide to GMPF

Panel Discussion: Transforming Rehabilitation: Reflections Two Years On

Thursday, 7 July 2016 from 17:15 to 19:30
Liverpool John Moores University – The Law School, Redmonds Building Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG

A collaboration between Probation Journal and Liverpool John Moores University

In 2014, a radically new delivery landscape for the delivery of probation services in England and Wales emerged as a result of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. This has led to the break-up of what was formerly a unified public body with high risk public protection work retained within the public sector (in a new National Probation Service) and the majority of probation work undertaken in 21 newly contracted and privately managed Community Rehabilitation Companies. The past two years have been marked by a period of unprecedented organisational change as the new structures have been implemented. To coincide with the launch of a special edition of Probation Journal (published by Sage in June 2016 ) this event brings together speakers from the main stakeholders to each discuss, and reflect on, the challenges, contradictions and potential opportunities in the reforms followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to all practitioners, academics and interested stakeholders and will be preceded by a wine reception at Liverpool John Moores University.


  • Roz Hamilton, Deputy Director of NPS North West
  • Ian Lawrence, General Secretary of Napo
  • Prof Paul Senior, Chair of the Probation Institute
  • Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation
  • Yvonne Thomas, Interserve (Justice Division) Manager Director

The event will be chaired by Lol Burke, Editor, Probation Journal.

The event will take place in The Law School, Liverpool John Moores University, Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5UG

Refreshments available from: 17:15

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund

The Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which can trace its origins back to 1891, is one of the earliest schemes among local authorities providing retirement benefits for employees. In addition to this long
history, it has introduced a number of features over the years that have been ‘firsts’ in local government service.

Angie’s story: The NHS will be poorer if we leave the EU

A million transferred workers each year could have pay and conditions cut outside of EU, says TUC


The TUC is warning today (Monday) that Brexit would make it easier for employers to impose pay cuts and worse conditions on workers in firms that are sold to a new owner, or services that are contracted out.

Government figures suggest that close to a million (910,000) workers each year are affected by such transfers, and protected by the EU-derived Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – known as TUPE.

Two of the largest employment sectors in which TUPE transfers of employees are common are cleaning and domestic services.

TUC analysis of labour market data finds that of 612,000 low-paid people in cleaning and domestic work, nearly three-quarters (74%) are women. And of 480,000 people working in the kitchen and catering assistants sector, nearly two-thirds (63%) are women. The majority of women working in each sector are also part-time workers.

The TUC says that this is further evidence that it is low-paid female workers who tend to be at particular risk of losing employment rights from Brexit.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“If you’ve ever worked for a company that’s been taken over, or a service that’s been contracted out, you will know how worrying it can be to get transferred to a new boss. But thankfully there are EU rules that stop the new boss cutting your pay and conditions overnight.

“But if we leave the EU, those guarantees are gone. Lots of employers are itching to persuade politicians to scrap these protections – and if we leave the EU they’d have the chance they’ve been waiting for.

“Low-paid women workers are especially at risk. This is because jobs like cleaners and caterers are amongst those most likely to be contracted out. The best way to protect working people from losing these rights is to vote Remain so we keep the current EU rules.”

Members Representation Guide

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Representation Guide

Calais Convoy Saturday 18 June

UNISON branches and regions are asked to provide practical support and donations for the convoy  to demonstrate UNISONs solidarity with refugees from the people of this country.  

Regions can help to organise donations or volunteer for the Calais convoy locally/regionally with the Peoples Assembly. Full details are here.

 Regions and branches are welcome to also join the convoy and individuals can volunteer for loading and unloading etc. 


  • 08:30: Vehicles Assemble on Whitehall
  • 09:30: Convoy to Calais and Supporters Rally, Parliament Square
  • 10:00: Convoy departs
  • 13:30: Convoy arrives at Dover
  • 13:55: Ferry departs / Rally at Dover for those who can\’t make it to Calais
  • 16:00: Convoy arrives at Camp. Unloading operation begins
  • 19:00: Closing Rally at Calais
  • 21:00: Convoy Depart

Whitehall, London Get directions

Organised by People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Stop the War Coalition, Stand up to Racism, Unite the Union, Communications Workers Union, TSSA, War on Want, Momentum & Muslim Association of Britain

UNISON branches and regions are asked to provide practical support and donations for the convoy  to demonstrate UNISONs solidarity with refugees from the people of this country.  

Regions can help to organise donations or volunteer for the Calais convoy locally/regionally with the Peoples Assembly. Full details are here.

 Regions and branches are welcome to also join the convoy and individuals can volunteer for loading and unloading etc. 



World Day Against Child Labour 12 June

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.