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Music Night – Saturday 29th April, Mechanics Institute

A night of comedy, poetry and fun – Sunday 30th April, Mechanics Institute









Here’s the plan for the two days. Keep checking here for updates. Download the May Day flyers: Flyer1 Flyer 2

Saturday 29th April

11.00 All Saints Park
Come and march with us to celebrate our Trade Union City and tell the government that the NHS is not for sale. Bring union banners, balloons and flags. Bring your campaign banners. Bring your family and friends.

12.00 Sackville Gardens
We’ll have a short rally and run through the events for the day. Food and refreshments will be provided by the Real Junkfood Company and Coffee Cranks

13.00 Sackville Gardens
Fun events for the family. We’re pleased to welcome the Woodcraft Folk for the first time, who will be organising children’s activities. Make sure you bring the family along. There will also be stalls and refreshments available throughout the day.

13.00-17.30 Mechanics Institute
We’ll have lots of trade union and campaigning stalls. The bar will be open all day. If you’re having a drink make sure you try the Taybeh beer. Tea and coffee will also be on sale all day this year.

Unison are back with the hugely popular International Zone in the John Tocher Room. Get there early to nab a seat! This year’s events include sessions on Venezuela, Latin America and Ireland.

In the Mary Qualie Room you can:

  • Watch and discuss the NUJ’s film about Reporting Poverty.
  • Join the Mary Qualie Club, who will be talking about their project to bring our history to life.
  • Hear the BFAWU talk about life in the Labour Party for trade unionists.
  • Join the People’s Assembly for one of their great Question Time events.

In the Peterloo Room we’ll be discussing alternative and better ways to run our society.

CND will host a discussion about alternative production – Jobs not bombs! The NUT will talk about fairer assessment and better accountability in our schools.

Unite Community will lead a debate about whether the time has come for a Basic Income for everyone.

The Manchester May Day Rally, Mechanics Institute

If you were there last year, you know you mustn’t miss it! We’ve got more speakers to confirm and we’ll be having a mix of local activists, general secretaries and special guests.

We’ll definitely be welcoming back Lynn Collins, secretary of the North West TUC and a good friend of Manchester Trades Council.

We’ve got Dave Ward general secretary of the CWU, Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the BFAWU and Ethel Buckley from SIPTU in Ireland.

19.30 till late – Mechanics Institute
We’ll confirm the line up later but this will be night of music in the main hall and chats in the bar.

Sunday 30th April

Peace Trail walk around central Manchester. Meet outside Victoria Station and explore the radical political history of Manchester.

18.30-22.30 Mechanics Institute
An evening of comedy, poetry and fun. We’ll announce our acts later but we’ve got some well-known local performers and some special guests.

Debate. Demonstrate. Performance. Solidarity.

Keep up to date with the latest May Day news at MTUC’s May Day Facebook page.

MTUC executive statement on the expulsion of the Manchester Trades Union Council Secretary from the Labour Party


Chris Marks, the secretary of Manchester Trades Union Council has been expelled from the Labour Party for allegedly holding particular political views.  Chris is not being accused of being a member of another political party, being offensive to anyone, or any of the other range of accusations levelled at many others who have recently been suspended or expelled. He has been presented with no evidence of his alleged misdemeanours.

Chris has been a member of the Labour Party for 11 years and was an active party member in London.  Since coming to Manchester in 2013, he has been active in Manchester Withington Labour Party, regularly canvassing and carrying out Labour Party activities. He was the secretary of Withington Ward branch and attended the Withington CLP Executive committee. Throughout this time he had constructive working relationships with people from all shades of opinion within the party.

Chris is a high profile Labour Party member and trade unionist in Manchester. His public profile is particularly high following his speech on behalf of MTUC to 3,000 people just after the parliamentary coup against Jeremy Corbyn. This rally in Piccadilly Gardens was representative of a long held tradition in Manchester that people who wish to express their views come together in large numbers to do so.

Chris recently moved to the Manchester Central constituency, whose MP Lucy Powell was one of only two people who publicly opposed the rally.  Party activity has been suspended so he has not had the opportunity to be actively involved there.  However, he has continued to put forward Labour Party policy and is recognised in the trade union movement as an active member of the Labour Party.

MTUC considers this to be an unreasonable decision by the Labour Party and one which appears to be counterproductive to the Party’s own aims. Having young Labour Party members in prominent positions in the trade union movement only does the party’s reputation good among workers in the city and helps to encourage other young trade unionists to become actively involved.

We ask the Labour Party NEC to reverse this decision and reinstate Chris’s Labour Party membership.

In solidarity

Annette Wright
Manchester Trades Union Council
MTUC Office
Mechanics Institute
103 Princess Street
M1 6DD

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