Course details for May to July 2015 have been published on the TU ED Page.
1st May 6pm
Baffitos Preston Dock
Stalls from 5pm, Frack Free Lancashire, Green Peace Hope not hate, Save our NHS, Friends of the earth Solidarity federation UNISON and UNITE.
Bands from 9pm confirmed. emmet and the folkestra, sweet deals in surgery, jackpot golden boys, cacophony awkestra and shaun keffe is hosting going to be an excellent night and all free
This years event to mark International Workers Memorial Day will take place in Preston on Saturday 25th April 2015. A memorial service, march & rally to acknowledge those killed, injured and made ill through work each year.
Starts on Preston Flag Market from 11:45. See attached poster for further details.
For detail of wreaths and donations please see the attached letter for further info.
Bring your friends and family for this short but important event. Remember the dead. Fight for the living.
Preston Older Peoples Forum Hustings Meeting Council Chamber Preston Town Hall – 2pm Friday 10th April 2015
Preston Older Peoples Forum are holding a hustings meeting with the main political candidates for the general Election in Preston on issues relating to today’s and tomorrow’s pensioners. The Council Chamber hold up to 60 people so places are limited, individuals or group. (Maximum of 10) can reserve a place by contacting Derek Barton firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 769845 (answer phone available)
Anyone wishing to submit a question please send it to Derek Barton, details above before Sunday 5th April
We want questions on;
The State pension (including the new single tier pension)
Changes to the benefit system
How the NHS affects older people
The Free Travel Pass
The National Insurance Fund
Jo Barton Liberal Democrat Confirmed
James Barker UKIP Invited
Richard Holden Conservative Confirmed
Mark Hendrick Labour Confirmed
Dave Brown Chair North West Regional Pensioners Association
If other candidates make themselves know they may be invited. Registration will be from 1pm. Refreshments available from 1.30 in the Council Annex
10th March 2015 : AGM of the Trades Council : 18th March 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.
20th February 2015 : We are planning to hold a May Day event in Preston this year – with music, food and drink as well as an opportunity for campaigning and networking. We are looking for support from trade union branches in Preston and South Ribble and the wider Lancashire Area. Most important, of course, are numbers on the day (Friday, May 1st). So, trade unionists and their friends and family will be most welcome on the night. In terms of money, our chief expense is the £250 for the venue. We are hoping that several small donations from branches will see us right (see attached letter for details). The organising committee will be meeting again soon and you are most welcome to join us. If you have any queries, or you know an organisation that would like to set-up a stall on the day, feel free to e-mail anytime or text in office hours.
Dave Savage | Organiser
17th February 2015 : Next Preston Social Forum meeting will be held at Preston Town Hall at 10 a.m. on Friday 20 February 2015.
12th February 2015 : AGM of the Trades Council : 17th February 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.
19th January 2015 : AGM of the Trades Council : 20th January 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.
5th January 2015 : If you would like to get involved with the coming years Worker’s Memorial Day event please get in touch.
|13th November 2014: Next Meeting Trades Council meeting: 18th November 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|20th December 2014: The new LATUC website is now online. Members need to join and gain approval before they can interact on the site. Members can post items to the Discussion page, receive Noticeboard emails, read and download documents from the Our Files page, etc.|
|12th December 2014: Trade Union Courses offered in Preston in January and April from Machester College.|
|12th October 2014: Next Meeting Trades Council meeting: 21st October 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|12th September 2014: Next Meeting Trades Council meeting: 16th September 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|11th July 2014: Next Preston & South Ribble Trades Council meeting takes place from the earlier time of 6pm at the Black Horse in Preston on 15th July 2014.|
|10th July 2014: Photos from the joint public sector action can be seen on Flickr.|
|7th July 2014: WE ALL NEED A PAYRISE. Joint unions strike on July 10th over pay in the public sector. Thursday will see millions of teachers, civil servants, local government workers, firefighters and others walking out of work.
A march and rally is planned in Preston gathering at 11am by the Corn Exchange
|27th May 2014: Next Trades Council meeting – 17th June 2014, 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|1st May 2014: Photos from Preston Workers Memorial Day can be found on Flickr. Thanks to all for attending.|
|26th April 2014: Preston Workers Memorial Day takes place today, Saturday 26th April from 11:50 on Preston Flag Market.
|16th March 2014 : STAR Music & Word Festival – Standing Together Against Racism – featuring Musical Youth, Silk Road, Jackpot Golden Boys and more. Sunday 23rd March 2014 – from 1pm at the Guild Hall Preston – Free Admission.
|4th March 2014 : People’s Assembly at the Guild Hall Foyer tonight with speaker including Owen Jones from 7-9pm. Come along and lets organise.|
|25th January 2014 : Preston Workers Memorial Day will take place on Saturday 26th April 2014. If you are interested in supporting this event and getting involved please come along to the next WMD meeting on Wednesday 29th January at Preston Minster on Church Street starting at 6pm.|
|6th January 2014: The next meeting for Members of Preston & South Ribble Trades Council will be the AGM taking place on 21st January 2014 from 7pm – Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
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|1st December 2013: Preston & South Ribble Trades Council Social Event. 7:30 Friday 13th December. Upstairs @ The Black Horse. See poster for more details.|
|21st October 2013: Details of the next Preston Social Forum meetings:
Thursday 24th October 2013 2pm- 4pm at the Function Room, Floor 1, Town Hall, Preston.
Thursday 5th December 2013 6pm – 8pm at Preston Domestic Violence Services – 10 Oakham Court, Avenham, Preston, PR1 3XP
|13th October 2013: Next Trades Council Meeting – Tuesday 7pm, 15th October, Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|4th October 2013: Photos from Manchester NHS Demo & Preston NHS Rally.|
|17th September 2013: Defend the NHS.
A rally will be held on Preston flag market, 21st September in support of the NHS 11:30 to 2:30 to petition and campaign around the town.
At 12-15pm the coffin of the NHS will be paraded around the flag market, please come dressed as doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters or ambulance driver.
3pm refreshments in the Blackhorse.
|16th September 2013: Next Trades Council Meeting – Tuesday 7pm, 17th September, Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|2nd September 2013: Defend the NHS in Manchester on 29th September. Join us and public sector unions at the rally planned to coincide with the Tory party conference. A march will take place leaving Liverpool Road (M3 4FP) at 11am marching to Whitworth Park. P&SR Trades Council has arranged a coach leaving Preston at 10am and returning from Manchester at 5pm. Pick up from the Adelphi Roundabout by Foster Building Car Park. Book your seats now (PDF document).|
|15th August 2013: Next Trades Council Meeting – Tuesday 7pm, 20th August, Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|14th July 2013: Next Trades Council Meeting – Tuesday 7pm, 16th July, Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|17th June 2013: Preston Social Forum and Uclan in association with the London Labour Film Festival present a screening on 27th June of:
BURN: One year on the front lines of the battle to save Detroit. A feature length documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.
This film will show in the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. There will be short introductions from Steve Harman of Lancashire FBU and Bill Adams, Preston Social Forum Chair.
The event will begin with refreshments at 6:30pm. Screening and introductions 7:30pm-9:00pm **all timings are approximate
A suggested donation of £5 (£3 NUS / Unwaged) with proceeds going to The Fire Fighters Charity and the Detroit Fire Fighters.
|10th June 2013: Next Trades Council Meeting – Tuesday 7pm, 18th June, Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|16th May 2013: Next Trades Council Meeting – Tuesday 7pm, 21st May, Upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ.|
|5th May 2013. Thanks to all those who supported and attended Preston Workers’ Memorial Day. Photos from the event can be found on Flickr.|
|20th April 2013. The Preston Workers’ Memorial Day event takes place next Saturday from 11:45 on Preston Flag Market. Please view the booklet for furtehr details. Booklet for Preston Workers’ Memorial Day 27th April 2013|
|15th April 2013. A reminder that both the day and the venue of future Trades Council Meetings has changed. Future meetings will take place on the third TUESDAY of every month. The venue has also changed to the Function Room upstairs at the Black Horse, 166 Friarsgate, Preston, PR1 2EJ. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 16th April.|
|14th April 2013. Please distribute the poster for this years Workers’ Memorial Day Event in all workplaces and encourage members, friends and family to come along and support the event.|
|7th April 2013. Reminder that this years Preston Workers Memorial Day commemoration takes place on Saturday 27th April from 11:45 on Preston Plag Market.
Blackburn Workers Memorial Day Commemoration will take place at the WM Tree, 12:30pm on Friday 26th April. Also the big (indoor) Mayday Rally takes place on Wednesday 1st May in Blackburn library.
|5th April 2013. PCS continues its campaign with industrial action this afternoon and Monday 8th over pay, pensions, job cuts & cuts to terms & conditions.|
|20th March 2013. Photographs from todays protests in PCS, with UCU at Trade Council rally now on Flickr.|
|19th March 2013. UCU Protest against privatisation. Read about the campaign here.Demonstration Thurs 21st March. 12pm. Fylde Road Outside Student Union. Stop the marketisation of education.|
|13th March 2013. The next Trades Council meeting takes place at 7pm, Stanley Arms on Wednesday 20th March.|
|12th March 2013. PCS workers to strike on budget day 20th March 2013. Over the four years of the pay freeze and cap, and higher pension contributions, PCS members stand to lose almost 20% of income. Ministers are also now trying to rip up basic working conditions, with hours, holidays, flexible working and sick pay all up for grabs. Thousands are threatened by redundancy and privatisation.
A rally will take place on Preston Flag Market from 11:00. More details to follow.
|15th Jan 2013. UCU has arranged a public meeting at the University of Central Lancashire entitled: The Future of UCLan – University for the community or private profit. UCU report that the board of UCLan are pushing for privatisation of the learning provider.
The meeting will take place on 22nd January 2013 at 5pm in Greenbank Lecture Theatre. See the attached flyer for more details.
|14th Jan 2013. The Trades Council AGM takes place 7pm, Stanley Arms on Wednesday 16th January.|
17th Dec 2012. The TUC has produced a response to Government & Right wing welfare commentators. It provides a rundown of the most pedalled myths along with links to online resources to support union and local action. TUC Welfare Myth Busting.
|18th Nov 2012. Next Trades Council meeting takes place 7pm, Stanley Arms on Wednesday 21st November.|
|15th Oct 2012. Information for the LCC Living Wage campaign. See the attached document and sign the petition.
|14th Oct 2012. Next meeting of the Trades Council will take place on Wednesday 7pm, 17th October, Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road, Preston.|
|30th Sept 2012. A gig, Rock Against the Cuts, has been arranged for Friday 12th October at the Revolution Bar in Preston from 8pm. Please check the flyer for this event and come along to support it.|
|29th Sept 2012. The Trades Council has organised a coach for delegates and affiliated Union members to attend the TUC March on Saturday 20th October in London. After 10th October any remaining seats on the coach will be offered to non-PSRTC members.The coach will pickup at 6:30am on 20th October from the Adelphi roundabout and return at around 5pm. Seats tickets cost £10 and £5 (unwaged).
Please see attached leaflet, booking form and branch letter for further information. Cheques should be made payable to Preston and South Ribble Trades Council and are sent to the address on the booking form. You will then be sent out either an e mail receipt or a paper receipt. Please use the email: email@example.com as a point of contact or contact on 07542767345 for further info. Please follow the booking instructions on the booking form attached.
|20th Sept 2012. Thanks to all delegates, trade unionists and family who attended The Guild 2012 Trades Procession. Photos from the event can be viewed on Flickr. Selected images will be uploaded to this site soon.|
|1st Sept 2012. Next meeting of the Trades Council will take place on Wednesday 7pm, 19th September, Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road, Preston.|
|29th August 2012. The muster point for Union members walking with the Trades Council float will be at 48 Harrington Road of Adelphi Street between 9.45 & 10.15. Adelphi Street will close to traffic from 9.00am. Muster Point Map.|
|26th August 2012. The North West TUC has launched a Charter for Young People. It makes five simple demands to help build a Future That Works for Young People in the North West. They are asking for support for peope to sign up for the Charter. They have also started an online petition to Employment Secretary Chris Grayling on the 38 Degrees web site.|
|20th August 2012. The Preston Guild 2012 Trades Procession takes place on Saturday 1st September from 11am. Details of the event and the route can be found on thePreston2012Guild website. All union members who are walking with the Trade Councils Float should arrive at Adelphi roundabout before 11am.|
|9th August 2012. Next meeting of the Trades Council will take place on Wednesday 7pm, 15th August, Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road, Preston.|
|17th July 2012. 27 Remploy factories to close including Preston. Send a message in support of workers via http://uniteforoursociety.org/solidarity-with-remploy.Message follows from Les Woodward, National Convenor Remploy Trade Union Consortium
As you will be aware, there will be a strike in Remploy Factories on
We need your support and solidarity on our picket lines.
Attached is a list of factories with contact details. Please send
Please bring banners, flags, and most importantly yourselves, Remploy
Come and stand shoulder to shoulder with us. Also attached is our
Many thanks for your help and support.
Trades Council Coordinator
|16th July 2012. Next meeting of the Trades Council will take place on Wednesday 7pm, 18th July, Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road, Preston.|
|17th June 2012. The Trades Council has registered its presence for the Preston Guild 2012 trades procession which takes place on Saturday 1st September. Affiliated Unions who wish to invite members to join the procession with banners are asked to make a donation of £100 to the Trades Council towards the costs of registration, hire of lorry, driver & insurance. Numbers will be limited – please contact the Secretary for further information.|
|16th June 2012. Next meeting of the Trades Council will take place on Wednesday 7pm, 20th June, Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road, Preston.|
|31st May 2012. Film makers are asking for help in making a film documentary of The Spirit Level, the book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, which evidences how many problems in society are linked to inequality and what solutions are available to reduce the gap between the haves and have nots.|
|28th May 2012. Preston and South Ribble TUC has joined the campaign for a Living Wage for All. We are calling on Lancashire County Council (as a Preston employer) to ensure all their staff are paid at least £7.20 per hour. Please support the campaign and ask your Reps and Members to sign the Petition. The petition runs from 1st May to 1st November 2012.|
|15th May 2012. Reminder Next Trades Council Meeting takes place tomorrow. More detailshere.|
|14th May 2012. Photographs now available from Workers Memorial Day 2012.|
|10th May 2012. Unions taking action over Pension auterity cuts. 12pm Flag Market.|
23rd April 2012. This years Workers Memorial Day event will take place on Preston Flag Market on Saturday 28th April from 11:15am until 1pm.
Thanks to all those who have made donations which are vital to keeping this event going. This year will be the 7th consecutive event held in Preston and will include speakers on the flag market & laying of wreaths at the corn exchange memorial. The event will also include songs and a puppet theatre so there is something for the whole family.
Please come along and support the event, in the memory of those who are killed, injured or made ill at work.
|13th February 2012 . Planning is underway for this years Workers Memorial Day. The event will take place on Preston Flag Market on Saturday 28th April from 11:30am. Please read the attached letter for donations for this years events.|
|10th February 2012. The next meeting of the P&SRTC takes place on 15th February at 7pm upstairs at the Stanley Arms in Preston. The Stanley Arms is the first public house to the left of the Guild Hall on Lancaster Road.An Organising Committee Meeting has been arranged for the 29th February 2012 also at the same venue from 6pm.|
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|30th November 2011. The Pensions March in Preston was a huge success with over 1500 people taking part from all trades within the public sector. Photographs from the Preston event can be seen on this Flickr page.|
|22nd November 2011. The March for Pensions will take place on 30th November 2011 as unions across the region take industrial action to fight to protect workers contractual rights. The march will begin on Avenham Park at 11am and will end at the Flag Market where speakers can be heard from 12:00. We encourage everyone to join in whether you are affected by the pensions hike personally or whether you just value the services which public servants provide. Please use this flyer to raise awareness of the event.|
|28th October 2011. A North West TUC Disability Forum Event takes place on Saturday 3rd December 2011 at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester from 1-5pm. The forum aims to promote action on issues of concern for disabled trade union members. This event aims to address the effect of reducing public expenditure and public service reform for disabled people. To book a place email Kara Stevens or call 0151 236 5432 to discuss.|
|17th October 2011. Support BAe workers by signing the e-petition. Over 15,000 have signed the signature to keep these manufacturing jobs in the Uk.|
|9th July 2011. Workers at Risk from Governments Attack on Health & Safety. Meeting arranged for Tuesday 12th July, 6:30 pm at Friends Meetign House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. Speakers from Trade Unions and Families Against Corporate Killers. Full details available on this leaflet.|
|3rd July 2011. Over 400 people attended the public rally held to voice opposition to government plans to slash pensions for public sector workers. Members from ATL, NUT, PCS & UCU turned out in their hundreds after hundreds of schools and government offices were brought to a standstill through support of striking members.Photos of the event and picket lines can be seen on Flickr.|
|3rd June 2011. A public rally has been arranged to coincide with Unions taking Industrial Action against the cuts. The action is planned to take place on 30th June 2011 and a rally will be held between 12 & 1pm in Preston Town Centre on the Flag Market. Please come along and show your support.A poster is available to ask all workers to support this action against the cuts.|
|16th May. Preston & South Ribble Trades Union Council Meeting:
Wednesday 18th May 2011 at Preston CVS Offices, Guild Arcade, 7:00pm.
|7th May . Preston Against Cuts Fund raising event planned for Saturday 21st May 13:00 to 17:00 Meadow Street Labour Club, 193-195 North Road PR1 1YQ. Music & Live Bands. Free Entry. All welcome.
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled to be rescheduled for a later date.
|4th May. Preston Workers’ Memorial Day 2011. Thanks to all those who travelled both near and far to attend this year’s Preston Workers Memorial Day. Photos from this year can be found here on this site and are available to view on Flickr.|
|3rd May. Next Preston & South Ribble Trades Union Council Meeting:
Wednesday 18th May 2011 at Preston CVS Offices, Guild Arcade, 7:00pm. NB. Future meetings are planned to take place regularly from 7pm.
|Preston Workers’ Memorial Day 2011.
The event takes place on Saturday 30th April on Preston Flag Market starting with a torch led procession at 11:45. Full details available on the Preston WMD Page.
|Next Preston & South Ribble Trades Union Council Meeting:
Wednesday 20th April 2011 at Preston CVS Offices, Guild Arcade, 7:30pm.
|1st April 2011. Thanks to all those who travelled to London to take part in the March For The Alternative. A fantastic show of strenth – 500,000 protesters – lets keep building on the local action to make the change we need to see. Photos on Flickr.|
|13th March 2011. New Cuts Watch Figures published.|
|9th March 2011. Lancashire Coalition Against Cuts meeting planned. Saturday 2nd April. 1:30 – 3:30 @ 53 Degrees. Brook Street, Preston PR1 7BQ. Speakers already agreed include John McDonnell (Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington) and Alice Mahon (Former MP for Halifax & Trade Union Activist) and local Labour Councillors. Other invited speakers yet to be confirmed include: Ian Hodson (BFAWU), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Jeremy Dear (NUJ), Billy Hayes (CWU). Definitive list to be published shortly. All members of the public and other Lancashire Anti-Cuts Groups & activists are invited to attend.|
|6th March 2011. Please visit the Worker Memorial Day Pages for more information about this years event on Saturday 30th April 2011.|
|6th March 2011. Next Preston Against Cuts Organising Meeting: 9th March – 7pm at Preston CVS, Guidl Hall Arcade, Preston.|
|5th March 2011. P&SR Trades Council has arranged transport for the TUC March on 26th March. Details follows:
Date 26 March –TUC Demo London
6.00am departs from outside the University Foster Building, Fylde Road (Roundabout) Preston
5.00pm pickup from Hyde Park London – returning to Preston approx 10.00pm
If you want to book seats please let me know ASAP. Information required Name, Contact number, email address, number of additional seats required, amount to be paid.
Any union branch/organisation donations towards costs are very welcome. Cheques should be made payable to Preston and South Ribble Trades Council.
Seat price suggested (subsidised rates)
|4th March 2011. New Preston TU Education courses announced from May to July 2011. Please visit the TU Ed pages for more information.|
|17th February 2011. Activists converge on Lancashire County Council Hall to protest at budgetry cuts of £179 million. Photos on Flickr.|
|13th February 2011. Future PAC organising meetings will take place at Preston CVS (Guild Hall Arcade) from 7-9pm on the following dates:23rd Feb, 9th March, 23rd March, 2nd April.
If you think you can help or have ideas about where the campaign should go next come to the next meeting and get active.
|12th February 2011. Thanks to those who turned out for the March. Keeping spreading the word of this grass roots movement. Apathy is not the answer. There are alternatives. Preston Against Cuts March Photos.|
8th February 2011 . The Preston Against Cuts March has been agreed with Lancashire Constabulary and will take place on Saturday 12th February.
Meet Preston Flag Market 12:00. Bring all of your family and tell all of your friends. This is your chance to tell Preston City Council and local media how you feel about the cuts which will have a devastating impact on local services.
|26th January. Paul Finegan, Regional Secretary, for Unite has posted information for union members wishing to travel to TUC Demo in London on 26th March. Please read the attached documents for arrangements:|
|21st January 2011. The next Preston Against Cuts organising meeting will take place on February 2nd. If you think you can help please come along to Preston CVS Offices, Guild Arcade at 7:00pm. A rally & march is being organised for Saturday February 12th from 12:00 in Preston town centre.|
|16th January 2011. Next Trades Council Meeting: AGM. Wednesday 19th January 2010. See PSRTC pages for details.|
|14th Janaury 2011. Preston Against Cuts Public Meeting in Preston Town Centre. Saturday 15th January 2010. 12pm.|
|14th December 2010. Next Trades Council Meeting: Wednesday 15th December 2010. See PSRTC pages for details.|
17th November 2010. Preston & South Ribble Trades Council motion to protest at the EDLs visit to Preston on Saturday 27th November and asks all trade unionists and anti-fascists to join us on Preston covered market at 12 noon.
|14th November 2010. Site redesign begins.|