Let’s celebrate International Women’s Day – 8th March 2017

Published March 7, 2017 at 11:09

Events taking place throughout the North West:

Strike a Light – a match girl’s story

When            Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 1.15pm-2pm (must arrive 10mins prior to start)

Where           People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER

What            Meet Maggie McCallow, a Victorian match girl involved in the match factory strike of 1888 and find out how she campaigned for better rights for workers.  Find out how this inspired the museum’s Fabric of Protest group project to create a banner commemorating their campaign.  You can find out more about the Match Girls Strike of 1888 in our Main Galleries.  This event is part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival running 2nd-12th March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-history-performance-strike-a-light-a-match-girls-story-tickets-30129697737?aff=es2.  Suggested Donation £3.00.


Merseyside Women

When            Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 1.15pm-2pm (must arrive 10mins prior to start)

Where           Merseytravel Learning Centre (Central Liverpool)

What            A networking event/meeting for Women’s Officers from the Merseyside area to plan activity and network with other women’s officers in the area.  For more information contact t.jenkins@unison.co.uk


UNISON WAPSI Campaign Demonstration

When            Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 12pm-3pm

Where           Opposite the Houses of Parliament on St Stephen’s Green

What            There will be speeches from the following supporters starting at approximately 1pm: Dave Prentis – General Secretary of UNISON,

Peter Stefanovic – Lawyer and Journalist, MPs Jason McCartney and Tim Loughton (Conservative), Caroline Lucas (Green Party), Mark Williams (Lib Dem), Mhairi Black and Ian Blackford (SNP), and Barbara Keeley and Carolyn Harris (Labour).  Drop in at Parliament (See Page 2)

UNISON WAPSI Parliament Drop In

When            Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 3pm-5pm

Where           Committee Room 16, Westminster, London

What            Following the lobby of Parliament by the Women against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, UNISON will be further supporting the campaign by holding a drop-in session.  This is an opportunity for to come and demonstrate your support for the campaign, as well as learn more about the impact of the state pension age changes on UNISON members. MPs and Peers will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with UNISON members, and we will be asking MPs and Peers to sign a pledge board that will read: “I call on the Government to implement fair transitional arrangements for WASPI women affected by the State Pension Age changes.”  We would encourage as many UNISON members to attend as possible, and if you would like to attend please RSVP to Gloria Orosungunleka at g.orodungunleka@unison.co.uk.


Please note to access Committee Room 16 after the WASPI lobby, please arrive at the Cromwell Green Visitors entrance and allow time to get through security. We advise you to bring along a copy of this to the security entrance.

A briefing with useful information about what will be happening on the day is available if you are attending it will help you plan what to say to MPs and Peers who attend the drop-in.


I, Daniel Blake & Speakers

When            Thursday 9th March Doors at 7pm / Starts at 7.30pm

Where           Plaza Community Cinema, 13 Crosby Road North. Waterloo, L22 0LD

What            Sponsored by North West UNISON a celebration for International Women’s Day.  The event will include special guest speakers + A FREE screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ (15) Dir. Ken Loach.  To reserve tickets please contact Christine Physick; christine@plazacinema.org.uk


Women’s Event with Andy Burnham


When            Sunday 12th March at 1.30pm-4pm

Where           TBC

What            Andy Burnham had been a Member of Parliament for Leigh since 2001 and is Labour’s nominee to be the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester in the May 2017 mayoral election.



Getting the Balance Right

What            A new tool kit, which sets out the rules, gives advice and guidance on how to meet the commitment, engage more women, set up a branch women’s group, and much more.  You can download an electronic copy using this link https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2017/02/24224.pdf , hard copies can also be ordered from online publications www.unison.org.uk/onlinecatalogue using stock number 3714.

Women & Pensions

What            In addition to the new proportionality toolkit, I will also be sending out to you for your region, 50 copies of the new Women and Pensions briefing which can also be downloaded from the website at https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2017/02/24231.pdf or ordered directly from the UNISON online publications, www.unison.org.uk/onlinecatalogue, stock number 3723.

Mary Quaile Club

The Mary Quaile Club was set up in Manchester in December 2013 by trade unionists and labour historians with the aim of holding regular events on working class history and the links with the political issues facing working people in Tory Britain.

There is a now project to transcribe the Minutes of the Manchester Women’s Trades Union Council, 1895 to 1919.  Mary worked as the Organising Secretary for the MWTUC from 1911 to 1919, and it seems that she took the Minutes with her when the office was shut down. The Minutes are hand-written, cover 760 pages in total, and are the complete record of the meetings of the Council, including both the decisions reached and also often what was said by those attending. Once the project is complete we will donate the Minutes to the Working Class Movement Library.  We are making an appeal to the trade union movement for funds to pay a professional researcher to transcribe the Minutes and a professional web designer to create the web site. The cost will be £7,000.  The request is for branches to consider a donation of between £50 and £100 towards this total.  For more information go to https://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com  or email maryquaileclub@gmail.com

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