The last few months have seen enormous political shifts, a trend that looks set to continue. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation.
TIMETABLE for 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to protest, the Conservative Party Conference
National demonstration on Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens which tens of thousands are expected to attend.
In less than three weeks time the Conservative Party Conference will take place in Manchester. We’re organising 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to coincide with it – every day they are in Manchester we will be there too putting across the alternative to austerity. The week will include a national demonstration on Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens which tens of thousands are expected to attend.
Below is the initial timetable of events for the week of action, every day new events are added and details updated – keep checking the website for details. It looks set to be a packed week. We’re asking everyone to do what they can to get to as much of the week as possible, we hope to be able to offer accommodation for those who wish to attend the week from outside of Manchester, if you’re interested please contact email@example.com. Derby Coach Booking
TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL 30 SEP – 4 OCT 2017
NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP
FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION
Sunday 1 October, 12pm Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester
This timetable will be updated daily with new events & details may change so please keep checking the website. If you are organising an event, or would like to, as part of the week please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
19:00 – 21:00 – Speak Out Against Austerity
Spoken word & poetry night
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
12:00 – 16:30: Working for a World Without Austerity
Day school hosted by Manchester Trades Council (more details to follow)
@ Partisan Collective
14:00 – 16:00: Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Public Meeting: hosted by the Mary Quaile Club
Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
@ Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
16:00 – 18:00: Trump: Taking The World To The Brink Of War?
Public Meeting: hosted by Stop the War Coalition
Speakers: Lindsey German, Alan Gibbons, Louise Regan
In a major (and very brave) escalation, Derby teaching assistants are now on ALL OUT STRIKE over a 25% pay cut imposed last June. Last week Ranjit Banwait, leader of the Labour council, walked out of a full council meeting rather than face angry parents and TAs. He then walked out early from an ACAS meeting with UNISON the following day – to do prearranged media interviews condemning the negotiations!
Derby TAs are now calling on teachers and heads to help them close schools to bring about a swift resolution to this dispute – you can help by spreading the word and donating to the strike fund.
Make cheques payable to Derby City UNISON Industrial Action Fund and send to: UNISON Derby City Branch, Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AR.
They write their own tax laws; they buy their own politicians. No wonder the wealth of the very richest people on the planet is ballooning
Davos: ‘This week, some of the richest people on Earth will gather high up a snowy mountain in the world’s biggest tax haven.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters
As metaphors go, this one takes some beating. This week, some of the richest people on Earth will gather high up a snowy mountain in the world’s biggest tax haven. Most will have paid big money to attend the three-day meeting in Davos: the most exclusive memberships cost somewhere in the region of £100,000 each. From there, they will relay thoughts on global risks and opportunities to the ski-jacketed press corps. They will talk about gender inequality and technological innovation. The message will go out: however turbulent the global economy, it is being capably stewarded.
These are our economic elites as they want the rest of us stuck on the flatlands below to see them: big-thinking, well-intentioned, hard-working – and thoroughly meritocratic. This is also how they justify the mammoth rewards they enjoy: we sweat for it; we’re worth it. The follow-up is usually only implied, but it is the one that underpins the entire system: put in enough hours and this could be you.