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Spotlight on Education – Public meeting

September 4, 2014

Please find below the press release for an upcoming joint Trades Council, Stoke NUT and North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention meeting on education, taking place on the 5th September.

Hope to see you there!


A lively debate is promised at the joint North Staffs Trades Council,
Stoke-on-Trent National Union of Teachers, and North Staffs Pensioners
Convention “Spotlight on Education” meeting, taking place from
6.30pm-8.30 on Friday 5th September at Hanley’s Mitchell Arts Centre.
The two hour meeting will feature local MP and Shadow Secretary of
State for Education, Tristram Hunt, and National Union of Teachers
General Secretary, Christine Blower, with plenty of time for
contributions and questions from the audience.

Jason Hill, President of the North Staffs Trades Council and Chair of
the meeting said: “Following widespread condemnation of Michael Gove’s
education reforms from parents and teachers, the meeting will give
Tristram Hunt an opportunity to outline his plans for education should
Labour come to power after the General Election in May, as well as
allowing Christine Blower to set out the teachers’ perspective on the
ongoing reforms.”

“This is the third joint public meeting that the North Staffs
Pensioners’ Convention have organised with the trades council under
the banner ‘Fairer North Staffs’, with the first on cuts and
privatisation and the second on health and social care.”

North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention organiser, Andy Day, explains.
“The previous meetings have generated much lively debate on key local
and national issues and this latest one on education looks set to
continue this.”

Doors and cafe will open at 6pm with stalls from the North Staffs
Trades Council, including fairtrade Zaytoun produce; Stoke-on-Trent
National Union of Teachers; the North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention;
and the North Staffs People’s Assembly.

Any questions, please contact



Workers’ Memorial Day

April 19, 2014


Reposted from

To mark Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April, North Staffs TUC invite you to a ceremony in remembrance of those who have lost their lives at work.

We usually hold an event at the Workers’ Memorial tree outside the Potteries Museum in Hanley but with this year being the anniversary of the Miners’ strike, we decided that it would be fitting to hold the ceremony at a memorial to miners. We have chosen the Sneyd Colliery Memorial  in Burslem.

Please meet at the Peace Centre, Burslem School of Art, Queen Street, ST6 3EJ from 6.30pm for refreshments and then we will march with banners to the Sneyd Colliery memorial at 7pm for speakers, song and a minute silence.  The memorial is on the Market Place in Burslem, ST6 4AT – opposite the Queen’s Theatre. There is car parking at the rear of the Peace Centre.

Confirmed speakers:

Brenda Procter – National Chair of Women Against Pit Closures and the North Staffs Miners’ Wives Action Group.

Steve Pearce – former miner and health and safety officer at Trentham Colliery

Jason Hill  –  Musicians’ Union and President of NSTUC

Dave Lyddon – Keele University and Colleges Union and NSTUC executive

“End the Bedroom Tax” Protest

March 20, 2014

A national day of action has been called on the 5th April to mark the anniversary of the implementation of the Bedroom Tax.
Protests have been called up and down the country to call on the government to follow Scotland’s lead and scrap the bedroom tax.
Join us in Hanley Town Centre (Upper Market Street) from 11am.
Bring banners, posters, friends and family!

Protest against Stoke Council Cuts

February 28, 2014

Members of North Staffs Against Cuts,  alongside activists from the Trade Unions and local community groups, protested outside Stoke Council yesterday. We were protesting against the next raft of cuts that Stoke Council were voting through at their budget meeting last night. Despite the opposition, councillors approved over £20 million cuts for the coming year ahead.

Here are some photos from last night

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Upcoming Anti Cuts Activities

February 18, 2014

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 10am
ATOS Demonstration
Venue – Stoke Assessment Centre, Ridgehouse Drive, Festival Park, ST1 5SJ

Thursday 27th February 2014, 4.30pm
Protest against Stoke Council cuts
Venue – Civic Centre, Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH

Saturday 5th April 2014, (time tbc)
Bedroom Tax Demonstration
Venue – tbc Part of national day of action

Anti-Cuts meeting – Wednesday 20th November

November 18, 2013

The next meeting of North Staffs Against Cuts is to be held on Wednesday 20th November, at 7.30 pm.
The venue for the meeting is The Peace Centre, Burslem School of Art, Queen Street, Burslem, ST6 3EJ
We will be discussing anti cuts activities in the North Staffs area, with focus on the local Anti-Bedroom Tax campaign and the plans to fight the next round of cuts, which are due to be announced shortlly.

All welcome.

City Council to discuss bedroom tax petition

October 22, 2013
The Bedroom Tax petition, calling on Stoke-on-Trent City Council to condemn the bedroom and promise no evictions, will be discussed by members of the Council this Thursday, after it was referred to the overview & scrutiny committee in response to the presentation of the petition by North Staffs Against Cuts at the last full council meeting.
The meeting is open to the public, and members of North Staffs Against Cuts will be attending and have requested the opportunity to speak. The details of the meeting are as follows:

Venue: Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent

Date: Thursday 24th October

Time: 10am

If you are thinking of attending please get in touch via


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