Manchester – National TUC Demonstration Sunday 2nd October

Please see below latest info from NWTUC
Manchester for the Alternative
Sunday 2 October
Update on Arrangements

Assembly point:
We will assemble in Liverpool Road from Deansgate down towards Water Street. City Council staff with support from the Police will ensure that the assembly point is free of any traffic from early in the morning and surrounding roads will be closed as the morning progresses to ensure the safety of the assembly point.

Coaches will be advised to approach the assembly point via Trinity Way, Irwell Street and New Quay Street, turning right in to Water Street, which will be the coach drop off point. We will have stewards in place to direct marchers the short distance to Liverpool Road and the assembly area.

It had been suggested that we have staging and PA at the assembly point for an opening rally. However on investigation the shape of the assembly point means that either we would have a stage that could only be seen and heard by a very small percentage of the demonstration or we would need to install a complex series of loudspeakers along the length of Liverpool Road that would add considerably to the cost of the event for use for a comparatively short period. On balance therefore, it has been concluded that this will not be possible.

We have an agreed route that will take us alongside and around the Conference venue. From the assembly point the march will go left along Deansgate, right into John Dalton Street, ahead along Princess Street, right down Portland Street, right into Oxford Street, left into Hall Street, right on to Bale Street then left into Lower Mosley Street (this is necessary to avoid the security barriers that will be in place at the junction of Lower Mosley Street and Oxford Street), the march will then pass along Lower Mosley Street opposite the entrance and down the whole length of Manchester Central, the Conference Venue and the rally point will then be a short distance away – the details of which will be finalised with the next few days.

An e-mail flier is available to download from and printed copies will be available by the end of week, this slight delay is due to the bank holiday weekend. To order leaflets e-mail clearly stating the number of leaflets wanted and a postal address for delivery, allow 5 working days for delivery. We are drawing up a publicity strategy with our Campaigns department nationally and the NW TUC’s campaigns coordinator and will circulate more information and contact points shortly. All organisations are urged to use all the opportunities they have to publicise the event and to encourage their members and supporters to attend.

It is proposed that the rally will be opened and closed by Manchester speakers. The list of speakers is being coordinated by the TUC nationally and we need to strike a balance between difference unions, national and local speakers – and the length of the rally, if we succeed in getting the numbers we expect then large numbers of demonstrators will have travelled a distance and their return coaches will be booked to leave by around 5.00. The proposed speakers list is attached.

Relations with the Police:
We have had a number of detailed, positive and very helpful meetings with the police who have assured us that their aim is to help facilitate our event.

We have agreed that the policing style will be appropriate; the main focus is expected to be in support of traffic management and to ensure the safe flow of the march. Officers will be in normal uniform. We have said that we would not expect evidence gathering teams to be deployed except if there was an incident that would warrant the practice.

There will be provision for marchers with disabilities, including a short route, accessible toilets and a reserved viewing area at the rally site.

Health and Safety and Event Organisation:
We have got the help of the event organising company that we used for the TUC young members event in Manchester in January and for the great March 26th event in London. This will ensure that we have experienced and professional support for the technical and safety elements of the event. We will have in place a full safety plan and there will be paramedic and first aid support available at the assembly point, on the march and at the rally.

To ensure that we have an effective and safe event we need a number of stewards and we are asking all TUC affiliated unions to nominate members who are prepared to act as stewards, please e mail contact details of potential stewards to me. Pete Middleman from PCS has agreed to act as Chief Steward and Carl Roper who was Chief Steward in London on the 26 March will also be involved. All stewards will be fully briefed.

Arrangements will be made for coach drop off on Water Street, very close to the assembly point, there will be coach parking arrangements and the coach collection point for departure will be within easy walking distance of the final rally. A full advice note will be produced for coach organisers and we would hope that the False Economy Web site would be used to advertise transport availability.

Alan Manning
TUC Regional Secretary

Oct 2 Manchester fro the Alternative: Proposed list of speakers
Trades Council/Local campaign
Zita Holbourne BARAC
Paul Kenny GMB and TUC President
Len McCluskey, Unite
Christine Blower, NUT
Mark Sewotka, PCS
Chris Keats, NASUWT
Bob Crow, RMT
Mary Boustead, ATL
Rena Wood Unison
Matt Wrack FBU
Remploy local rep
Terry Hoad UCU President
Manchester Community Campaign/Trades Council

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