It’s not just Napo who are gearing up for a major campaign on pay across all the employers where we are represented, as the TUC steps up preparations for what it hopes will be the biggest public demonstration seen in recent years. Napo Branches are urged to publicise this event and encourage as many members as possible to ensure a large turnout alongside other workers and their families who are also seriously feeling the pinch as inflation rages, together with huge spikes in food and utility prices.
The March will be assembling from 10.30am Portland Place (BBC Broadcasting House) for a march to Parliament Square followed by a rally.
Unions will be organising transport to London and more details can be seen here, including who to contact to book places https://www.tuc.org.uk/travel-coach – please don’t leave this till the last minute in order to avoid missing places on coaches if you wish to travel on these. Please can branches keep Annoesjka Valent at Napo HQ informed of how many members are intending to come and especially if you have managed to get yourself booked on coaches. Once we have more information about the line-up for unions and where Napo’s contingent will be, we’ll be sending an update including a central meeting point for Napo members.
Town Hall Rallies
Ahead of the national demonstration on 18 June, the TUC will be holding a series of events in towns across England and Wales with the aim of:
- Mobilising for the 18 June demo
- Building local campaign and solidarity networks
- Supporting workers currently in (or who have recently won) local disputes
Each event will be headlined by union general secretaries and senior TUC representatives and will feature reps and members who are involved in local campaigns around jobs, pay and pensions. We will then finish each event with an organising and mobilising session, getting attendees to commit to action – both in relation to the 18 June demo but also further campaign work in the local area.
TUC regional offices are working on the details and will liaise closely with local and national Napo representatives. Below is a full list of the planned town halls so far. Please let Annoesjka or Tania at Napo HQ know if you will be able to commit to any of them.
Blackpool – w/b 16/5
Liverpool – w/b 16/5
Bury – 24/5
Ipswich – 23/5
Middlesbrough – 24/5
Llandudno – 25/5
Newcastle – 26/5
Hastings – 26/5
Burnley – w/b 30/5
Sheffield – end May
Copeland – 6/6
Stoke – 7/6
Worksop – 8 or 9/6
Merthyr – 12/6