Thursday, 24 November 2011

NEWSLETTER November 2011 (No. 5)

Here is the fifth issue of our newsletter.  If you would like copies to distribute to friends, at work, church or in the pub call 07817434240, email or print copies yourself (click on each page and select Print...). If you would like to contribute something for the next issue send before Monday 5th December, by email or to  Salford Against the Cuts, c/o Salford UNISON Offices, 445 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 9UQ

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Bexley Square Anniversary

1st October 1931: the date when 10 000 unemployed in Salford stood up for their rights, and were battered by police for having the temerity to do so.

At the time working class areas of Britain were in revolt against the cuts being made by the National Government of Ramsay McDonald.  A fortnight earlier the Atlantic fleet had mutinied at Invergordon, and huge working class demonstrations were taking place in Glasgow, London, Manchester and smaller towns in the run-up to the vote in Parliament.

Organised by the local branch National Unemployed Workers Movement the march left Liverpool Street with the intention of demonstrating outside the Salford City Council meeting in the Town Hall in Bexley Square, where a deputation would meet the mayor to put the demands of the movement.  Instead, they were ambushed by police on foot and on horseback swinging batons; twelve arrests were made and five NUWM leaders received prison sentences.

Eighty years on the parallels with 1931 are striking: then as now, the capitalists were trying to offload the cost of a crisis which was not of their making onto working people; the government cut the salaries of teachers and civil servants, the very groups whose pensions are under attack today; and it was all done in the name of a National – or Coalition – government, just to show how ‘we are all in the same boat’.  This should not surprise us – until we rid ourselves of their rule, the capitalists will resort time and again to these attacks.

We remember and salute the sacrifices of a previous generation.  Our May Day protest this year took place in the Square, and our feeder march on 2nd October paused to commemorate the Battle, eighty years and one day after it happened.  Pressure from SAC has ensured that a plaque will soon adorn the Town Hall to mark the day 10 000 marched in Salford.

If you want to know more, read Edmund and Ruth Frow’s account ‘The Battle of Bexley Square’, available from the Working Class Movement Library, price £2.  This is the definitive account by a participant.  Also available is the Salford Socialist Party’s pamphlet ‘The Battle of Bexley Square – fighting cuts and unemployment in the 1930s’, which attempts to relate those events to the present day struggle against the  cuts.  Priced at £2 or £3 solidarity price it is available from Paul Gerrard at

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Greater Manchester TUC Pre-Strike Rally and Fundraiser

Called and supported by GMATUC, Salford TUC, Salford City Unison,
Salford Against Cuts and a host of other union branches and campaign groups


3 Course Meal, music, entertainment and guest speakers from the striking unions.

In order to bring workers and service users together before the Day of Action on 30th November, Greater Manchester TUC is hosting an evening of food, music, entertainment and discussion on Thursday 17th November. We want to create as much support as possible for the action on the 30th as well as raiding funds for a cause that directly relates to what we are fighting for. The cause of pensioners and the cause of a decent retirement with dignity and enjoyment.
Please come down and show your support on what should be a fantastic evening.

Thursday 17th of November, 7.00pm.
Saffron Restaurant,
Cheetham Hill,
107 Cheetham Hill Road,
M8 8PY
0161 834 1222 ‎

£8 Unemployed/Low waged/Student
£15 Waged
£20 Solidarity