Dear Labour Party Comrades,
The purpose of this email is to encourage you to mobilise the Barnsley Labour Party membership to support our demonstration and rally on Saturday April 29th which is called to back the Labour Party policy of a £10 an hour living wage. The march assembles from 11am on Eastgate (by the college) and will march round town before finishing up in the Civic for a rally.
Councillor Malcolm Clements will be one of the speakers (in a personal capacity) and our main trade union speaker, Ian Hodson, the National President of the Bakers Union is a prominent Labour Party trade unionist. We would be happy to welcome another local Labour Party speaker on to our platform (none of the 4 Barnsley MPs were available unfortunately and nor was Steve Houghton), perhaps from one of the CLPs or ward parties. That is up to you. Please let us know what you decide.
MAKE MAY DAY PAY DAY!
SATURDAY 29TH APRIL
Demonstration and Rally
Assemble 11am on Eastgate, Barnsley
Organised by Barnsley Trades Council
BARNSLEY NEEDS A PAY RISE:
£10 an hour NOW!
Natalie Bennett (Green Party)
Ian Hodson (National President BFAWU)
Florin Luca (BFAWU)
Neil Derrick (GMB Yorks Regional Sec)
Deanne Ferguson (GMB)
Kirsty Lenham (CWU)
Colin Hampton (UNITE)
Roger Hutt (UNISON Care UK)
Megan Charlton (UNISON Durham TAs)
Zak Cochrane (Stand Up To Racism)
Malcolm Clements (Barnsley Labour Councillor – pc)
Kirsty Lenham (CWU)
Unite Brass Band will lead the march
We are also supporting the May Day Festival of Solidarity in the Old Schoolhouse, Blackburn Lane that weekend and hope you will too.
What You Can Do:
1. It would be great to have a Labour Party delegation on the march behind CLP/ward party banners. Please try and organise this.
2. Please circulate the attached email friendly flyer to your contact lists.
3. We are having 10,000 flyers produced – if you would like some for your CLP/ward meetings please get in touch and we will deliver!
4. The total cost for the Trades Council so far for the weekend is: £1,400, made up of £600 for the UNITE Brass Band, £500 donation to the May Day Festival of Solidarity, £200 publicity and £100 hire of the Civic. We think it is worth it to revive a May Day tradition in Barnsley and we hope you do too. If any Labour party organisation or individual would like to make a donation towards the cost you can get the details from [me]. (And if you are in a union branch not affiliated you might wish to consider affiliation too. We have just had ASLEF affiliate which is a big boost for us.)
Dave Gibson (Barnsley Trades Council secretary)