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Upcoming Events

Educators Underground meeting – Saturday 27th August 1pm

Educators Underground is a local network for supporting education workers and creating spaces for co-operation, solidarity and positivity in education. We are members, supporters and fellow travellers of the Industrial Workers of the World union in addition to our own trade unions.

Our meetings allow teachers and support staff some space to blow off steam, network with workers outside their schools/nurseries and seek support for issues in the workplace.

We also devote time to discussing alternative education models and how we can integrate these into our practice.

This meeting will be held at Mr Bubbles Coffee Bar & Launderettes

Unit 1 St Mary’s House, 3 Hermitage Street, S2 4LA

Gender Equity Committee – Tuesday 30th August 5:30pm

A meeting of the Gender Equity Committee to discuss future events and other gender discrimination issues.

This meeting will be held at Union St, 18-22 Union Street, S1 2JPL.

General Branch Meeting – Monday 5th September 5:30pm

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

Please not that this meeting will NOT be held in the Sheffiled IWW office, this and all future week night meetings will be held at Union St, 18-22 Union Street, S1 2JPL.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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Upcoming Events

Sheffield Pride 2016 – Saturday 30th July 5pm

Sheffield IWW are proud to announce they will be attending this year’s Sheffield Pride event. We plan to hold a workshop on the day starting at 5 and will be discussing queer organising in the IWW. We are very exited to be getting involved in an event which we hope will be a more accurate reflection of what Pride events should be, a protest against the mistreatment and continued discrimination of LBGTQ+ people all over the world. We hope to see some of our Fellow Workers on the day.

General Branch Meeting – Saturday 6th August 11am

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This will be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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July Events

Sheffield Pride 2016 – Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July

Sheffield IWW are proud to announce they will be attending this year’s Sheffield Pride event. We plan to hold a workshop on the Saturday, the full details on the time of this will be announced nearer to the event. We are very exited to be getting involved in an event which we hope will be a more accurate reflection of what Pride events should be, a protest against the mistreatment and continued discrimination of LBGTQ+ people all over the world. We hope to see some of our Fellow Workers on the day.

General Branch Meeting – Monday 4th July 5:30pm

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This will be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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June events

AGM -4th June 11am

The next Branch Meeting of the Sheffield IWW General Members’ Branch will take place on Saturday the 4th of June, at 11:00am, at our office in the SYAC building on the Wicker.

This meeting is also our Branch AGM (Annual General Meeting), at which our Branch must elect the officers who will serve the branch until June 2016.  Any member-in-good-standing of the Sheffield IWW, including the incumbent officers, may stand for election in one or more of these posts.

In order to stand, simply notify the branch at large of your candidacy at any time before the ballot.  Ideally, candidates should make statements or comments in support of their candidacy on the e-mail list or by other means before the AGM, although this is not a requirement for standing.  Incumbent officers in particular should try well in advance to announce their intention to either defend their position by election or to stand down, to encourage other candidates to come forward.

This will be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

See you wobblies there!

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May Events

Can Education Change the World? – Saturday 7th May 1pm

Erdelan Baran, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Foreign Affairs Committee, will present on ongoing efforts to build feminist and libertarian schools in the self-governing cantons of Northern Syria. Education in Rojava is not about getting a career or getting rich, instead students are challenged to ask themselves “How can I better society?”. Lessons encourage independence, critical thinking and active participation in the democratic organisation of communities.

The meeting is hosted by Sheffield Educators Underground. Educators Underground is a project initiated by teachers and support staff who are members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union. Educators Undergound aims to create spaces for co-operation, solidarity and positivity in education and to support teachers and support staff across the city to take action for social change.

Free entry, food and refreshments will be provided.

This will be held at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, S1 2JB.

 

General Branch Meeting – Saturday 7th May 11:30am

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This will be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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April events

General Branch Meeting – Monday 4th April 17:30

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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One Big Day School

On the 19th of March, Sheffield IWW will be holding our annual One Big Day School. This year, the Day School will be focusing on gender. This government’s austerity programme has disproportionately impacted women and gender-oppressed people. Cuts to the public sector have a greater impact on women than on men. Benefits make up, on average, one fifth of women’s income, compared to one tenth of men’s. This, coupled with cuts to children and young people’s services and the increasing number of women on precarious employment contracts, amounts to an attack on women and gender oppressed people.

To challenge this, we will be hearing from what different groups from around the UK have been doing and we will be working to build our own community and workplace campaigns and actions.

The Day School’s primary objective is to reach out to new members, targeting individuals and families from the most marginalised communities in Sheffield. We will be hearing from Focus E15 Mums who have run successful campaigns against forced evictions for single mothers in inner city London. We will also be hosting Maternity Action who advocate for the Maternity rights of women on zero hours contracts and health care access for women in the asylum system. In addition to this, we have a talk from the English Collective of Prostitutes who support sex workers and campaign for the abolition of laws that criminalise them. Our events also include a workshop by Sisters Uncut who use direct action to challenge this government’s cuts to already underfunded domestic violence services and local group Queer Agenda Sheffield who will be discussing the rights of queer workers.

Our very own members will also be running workshops and discussions. One such workshop will be the “Organiser 101 Taster”. This taster, from one of our most popular training programmes, aims to equip workers with the ability to challenge their bosses and to organise against exploitation. Our Organiser 101 Taster will focus on gendered issues in the workplace; be they about the right to use toilets of your own choice, sexual harassment or the right to breastfeed at work. We will also have the opportunity to hear about the rich history of the IWW’s commitment to end gender based oppression.

Our day will end with a plenary session that will seek to create new campaigns and initiatives in our own communities as well as to give us the opportunity to discuss how austerity and capitalist exploitation have impacted on ourselves and other fellow workers.

For those who are new to the IWW, this will be an ideal chance to see what we’re all about and to get involved. As a revolutionary union, the IWW is committed to challenging the systems and structures that lead to patriarchy and gender based oppression. This day-long event will enable us to forge new links with members of our communities and with other activist groups in order to build a new world.

The venue is fully accessible, childcare will be available and food will be vegan.

See below for a full timetable of the day’s events.

Time

Talk/Workshop

11.00-11.15

INTRO

11.15-11.45

Gender and the IWW

11.45-1200

BREAK

12.00-12.30

Maternity Action – Migrant women’s maternity rights

12.30-13.00

English Collective of Prostitutes

13.00

LUNCH

14.00-14.45

Sisters Uncut Workshop

14.45-15.00

BREAK

15.00-15.30

QASH (Queer Agenda Sheffield) and Action for Trans* Health

15.30-16.00

Focus E15 Mums

16.00-16.15

BREAK

16.15-17.00

Organiser 101 Taster

1700- 1800

Plenary: Austerity – Panel Discussion