Week of Action 13 - 18 October
Excellent public support for striking #NHS staff in #Calderdale and #Huddersfield Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker article
on 26 March:
30 YEARS ON
Wednesday 12 March
Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EE
Speakers: Ken Capstick (Former Vice President, Yorkshire NUM); Jean Gittins (Women Against Pit Closures); John Dunn (Ex-Derbyshire miner and Clay Cross Councillor); Mark Metcalfe (Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign)
Around 100 people attended Calderdale Trades Council's Miners' Strike public meeting. Jean Gittins spoke warmly of how 84-85 were the best year of her life, Mark Metcalf detailed current developments in the struggle around Orgreave, John Dunn gave a barnstorming, and at times brilliant, account of the strike and received rapturous applause throughout and Ken Capstick passionately, and with great skill, outlined the political and social reasons for the strike and how even today it is probably too early to say what its real impact might be. Amongst the audience was a former police officer who spoke from the floor of how he refused to be sent to Orgreave by Greater Manchester Police. There was a collection for Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign which raised over £170.
Thanks to Mark Metcalf for this report.
Video of speeches by John Dunn (Ex-Derbyshire miner and Clay Cross Councillor) and Ken Capstick (Former Vice President, Yorkshire NUM)
Calderdale Trades Council is organising a coach to York on Saturday 8 March. (Due to engineering works in Halifax and the Calder Valley, train services are expected to be seriously disrupted on the day of the demonstration.)
There will be pick up points for the coach in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Halifax, leaving Todmorden at approximately 8am. Full details of pick up times and locations will be sent to everyone who books seats.
The cost of each coach seat will be £5 / £2 concessions (donations over and above this will be welcome). All seats on the coach must be booked and paid for in advance.
If Unions or other organisations wish to purchase multiple tickets for their members, please get in touch. We will again need payment in
advance and BACS transfers would be preferable - please contact us for bank account details.
If you wish to book seats on the coach, please download and fill in the Coach Booking form. Details of how you can return the form and pay are included on the form.
Demonstration against Tory and Lib Dem budget proposals before Calderdale Council Budget Meeting 24 February 2014.
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Day of Action against ATOS Demonstration at Halifax Job Centre 19 February 2014.