Manchester May Day Festival 2016

Saturday 30th April 

11:45 – 12:15 Starting rally: Whitworth Park (off Oxford Road/Moss Lane East, Manchester)
12:15 – 13:00 May Day march from Whitworth Park to Sackville Gardens/Mechanics Institute with union banners and bands
13:00 – 17:00 Events at Sackville Gardens, Sackville Street, M1 3HB and The Mechanics Institute, Major Street, off Princess Street, M1 6DD.

Sackville Gardens

THE IRISH TENT
13:00 – 14:00 Manchester TUC and Dublin TUC joint meeting
14:00 – 14:15 Musical interlude
14:15 – 15:15 Phoenix Rising: James Connolly & The Re-conquest of Ireland
15:15 – 15:30 Musical interlude
15:30 – 16:30 A Terrible Beauty Born? A discussion on the legacy of the Easter Rising 100 years on.

THE SECOND TENT
13:15 – 15:15 Unite the Union and the International Brigades Memorial Trust
15:30 – 17:00 Keep Your Mitts Off Our NHS

THE FOOD TENT
Hot and cold vegan food will be available all day on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

THE STALLS
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Greater Manchester Association of Trade Union Councils
Keep Our National Health Public
Manchester College
Manchester People’s Assembly
Manchester Trades Union Council
Manchester Unemployed Workers Centre
National Union of Journalists
Public and Commercial Services Union
Salford Community Theatre
Stop G4S
Thompson’s Solicitors
Unite Community

The Mechanics Institute

THE HALL
13:00 – 13:30 WAST Nightingales
13.45 – 14.45 How to Jump Start Your Union: The National Union of Teachers welcomes the Chicago Teachers Union
15:00 – 15:30 Music from Jumping Johnny
15:45 – 16:45 On Strike for Better Schools
17:00 – 17:30 Music from Claire Mooney

THE BAR
Open all day selling a range of alcoholic and soft drinks. Free tea and coffee available at 17:00.

THE CONGRESS ROOM
The Working Class Movement Library Exhibition

THE WOODS ROOM
13:00 – 14:00 MTUC’s Rally for the NHS
14:15 – 15:00 PCS: Unions Responding in a Hostile Environment
15:15 – 16:15 CWU: Frontline Online – Leading the Online Fight back Against Austerity
16:30 – 17:30 Help Kobane Campaign

THE PURCELL ROOM
13:30, 14:45 and 16:00 A Very British Coup

PETERLOO ROOM
Unison’s International Zone
13:30 – 14:30 Latin America: Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba
14:30 – 15:30 Stop TTIP!
15:30 – 16:30 Palestine Solidarity Campaign
16:30 – 17:15 Supporting Migrant Workers in Manchester

MARY QUAILE ROOM
13:00 – 15:00 Dare to be Free: A play about Manchester Irish Trade Unionist Mary Quaile
15:15 – 16:15 Climate Change After Paris
16:30 – 17:30 Reporting Poverty: Manchester & Salford NUJ

THE EXHIBITION ROOM
The People’s History Museum will be offering tours of their collections store at 13:15, 14:15, 15:15 and 16:15.

THE JOHN TOCHER ROOM
This year our stalls are outdoors at Sackville Park and upstairs in the John Tocher Room. Indoor stalls this year will be:
Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union
Communication Workers Union
Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Fire Brigades Union
GMB
Help Kobane Campaign
International Brigade Memorial Committee
Manchester Palestine Solidarity Committee
Mary Quaile Club
Migrants Supporting Migrants
Morning Star Supporters
Musicians Union
National Union of Teachers
Pathfinder Books
Past Pixels
Public and Commercial Services Union
Spring
Stop TTIP
Stress Network
UIA Insurance
Unison
University and College Union
Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers
Working Class Movement Library

THE MAIN HALL
17:30 – 19:00 The Manchester May Day Rally
Chaired by MTUC President Annette Wright
Confirmed Speakers:
Christine Blower, General Secretary NUT
Lynn Collins North West TUC Secretary
Speaker from the British Medical Association
Matt Wrack, General Secretary FBU
Hannah McCarthy, Campaigns Officer University of Manchester Students Union
Arthur Scargill, NUM President 1982-2002
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary PCS
Dave Ward, General Secretary CWU

20:30 Banner Theatre presents ‘Chicago: The Great Teachers’ Strike’
Tickets available at Eventbrite

20:30 The MTUC Irish Night at the Irish World Heritage Centre
Live Irish music, free buffet, good beer and great craic. Tickets available on Eventbrite
Some free tickets are available for students and people who aren’t working by email at secmtuc@gmail.com

Sunday 1st May 

MTUC and University of Manchester Music Night
Academy 2, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR
20:00 Claire Mooney
20:45 Our Morals
21:30 Kingdom of the Blind
22:15 The Wakes

 

2 thoughts on “Manchester May Day Festival 2016

  1. Eddie Garner

    Fantastic work as always from MTUC and friends. People first. We need to keep up the fight of demanding Fairness, Justice Equality, a decent standard of living for all.

    Reply
  2. Pingback: NW UNISON International Zone at Manchester May Day Festival - Unison Blackburn with Darwen Branch

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