Peterloo Bicentenary events, July and August 2019 at the Working Class Movement Library

‘Ballads and songs of Peterloo’: Alison Morgan plus musicians

Alison Morgan’s new book includes over 70 poems, published either as broadsides or in radical periodicals and newspapers of 1819. Alongside her talk we will hear musical examples of some of the Peterloo broadside ballads from Pete Coe and Brian Peters.

Date and Time:

Wed, 3 Jul 2019
14:00 – 16:00 BST


Working Class Movement Library
51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX
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Our Sam, the Middleton Man – film screening

A screening of ReelMCR’s new community film about Samuel Bamford, radical reformer, writer, handloom weaver and leader of the Middleton contingent who walked to Manchester on 16 August 1819 in a peaceful protest which turned into what we now know as Peterloo.

Admission free.

Date and Time:
Sat, 3 Aug 2019
14:00 – 15:00

Working Class Movement Library
51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX
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Joint Union Working Towards Green Jobs: 2 July from 1800 @Sackville Street Manchester

Joint Union Working towards Training for Green Jobs.
Hosted by UCU

Tuesday July 2nd – 18.00 – 20.00 Council Chamber, Floor B, Sackville Street Building. University of Manchester (5 minutes from Piccadilly Station)
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Key Trades Unionists committed to a just transition to Green Jobs and to effective training, re-skilling and apprenticeships are invited to attend this Working Group event.


  • To confirm the urgency of the Climate Emergency and the need for a skilled and well informed workforce
  • To put pressure on employers across the North West to invest in comprehensive, cross-sector training
  • To press for dedicated funding from regional bodies and central government to ensure a plan without gaps

The Committee on Climate Change demands a new industrial strategy for a Zero Carbon Britain by 2050 (2.05.2019) .

Extinction Rebellion show the United Nations Report warns of need for much more rapid responses. We will be seeing advice on the use of Union Learn and the support of other training providers to ensure the whole UK workforce can make huge changes to reduce the polluting gases that cause climate change. We will have to deal with floods and drought. We will transform the way we work. However, there are still people who don’t understand the science or how our current lifestyle effects the whole planet. There are workers who can be retrained, we need to have a coherent education and training strategy. The whole HR system needs an overhaul. Make the Green Industrial Revolution.

The North West can lead the way towards swift joined up training responses to the Climate Emergency.

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Defend our future: defend USS 2019


Defend our future: defend USS pensions

Earlier this month the union wrote to employers at USS participating institutions, calling on them to rule out pension benefit cuts or contribution increases with a deadline of 19 June 2019.  If the employers do not agree to our demands, the union’s higher education committee (HEC) will finalise plans for an industrial action ballot in September when it meets on 28 June. In the meantime please:

Nae pasaran film screening: 28 June, from 1830 @The Mechanics’ Institute, Manchester

Come and join UCU, Unison and Thompson’s Solicitors in watching Nae Pasaran and Chile’s 9/11 two fantastic political film screenings that examine Pinochet’s Chile and its impact on the trade union and labour movement. Listen to the story of Andrea Woods, Unison activist, and how her father survived Pinochet’s military coup.

Stay for a discussion after the screenings – refreshments provided.

Tickets are free but ensure to book via Eventbrite here.


Mechanics’ Institute
103 Princess Street
M1 6DD

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Date and Time

Fri, 28 June 2019
18:30 – 22:00 BST

Film details

Nae Pasaran (approx. 95 minutes)

Felipe Bustos Sierra’s 2018 documentary Nae Pasaran tells the poignant story of the power of unions and international solidarity.

A million Chileans were exiled and thousands were killed as a result of the violent military coup in Chile in 1973.

An act of solidarity in East Kilbride, Scotland from Rolls Royce workers had a huge impact on the effectiveness of Pinochet’s coup. They refused to work on the Chilean Hawker Hunter engines which grounded half of Chile’s Air Force. The boycott lasted for four years.

Chile’s 9/11 (approx. 30 minutes)

Javier Navarro is a survivor of the Pinochet military coup in Chile. Javier worked for the Allende government that was brutally overthrown and this film depicts his incredible socialist projects in Chile, his imprisonment and torture witnessing murder of his comrades including the musician Victor Jara as well as his escape and new life in Merseyside.

Javier’s story is an inspirational and educational insight into Chile’s own 9/11. The film also shines a light on international abuses that continue today throughout the globe.