A big, big day is looming for November 5th this year, with people determined to keep the Guy Fawkes spirit alive by protesting about the state of the UK 2013.
TUC DAY OF ACTION - UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to unavailability of the invited speakers...
As part of the TUC Day of Action, Salford City UNISON has organised a protest with the theme `No to Zero Hours, No to the mistreatment of Agency Staff, Yes to a Living Wage'.
There will be speakers from the successful Hovis workers' strike against Zero Hour contracts and the misuse of Agency Staff, and from the on-going Rochdale Future Directions dispute. A Unite the union report states that there may be up to 5.5million workers placed on zero hours contracts
"It is important that as a union we expose the scandal of these contracts which leave workers underpaid and unvalued with no sick or leave protection" states UNISON "Please come along and be part of starting a campaign to rid Salford of Zero Hour contracts and low pay."
DEFEND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Outside Meadowbrook (part of Salford Royal Hospital complex), Stott Lane, Salford
Salford Against the Cuts and United Service Users Committee (USUC) have called a No To Ward Closures protest during Meadowbrook hospital visiting times, against the potential closure of two psychiatric wards in Salford and Bolton.
Greater Manchester West NHS Trust is proposing closing an adult mental health ward in both Salford and Bolton. It also wants to move elderly care wards to Woodland in Little Hulton. Already these wards are over full.
"We will fight to stop all the proposed closures of mental health wards in Bolton, Salford and Trafford" said James Gold, branch secretary of UNISON which represents staff in those areas.
PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY BONFIRE OF AUSTERITY MARCH
Meet outside ATOS, Albert Bridge House, Bridge Street
This is a guided torch-lit tour of `tax dodgers, privatisers, loan sharks and the general foul smelling underbelly of Tory Manchester'.
"Prepare to be horrified and disgusted at what you see, whilst having the most fun you've ever had on November 5th" say the organisers "We want to make this Firework Night one Cameron will remember and remember for a long time!
"We would like you to bring your banners and flags, make placards and guys, and march with us as we pause at each location to place our very own anti-austerity blue plaque on each building" they add "On this day we will be joined by actions all over the country including the blocking of Westminster Bridge, occupations, sit-ins and banner drops."
The Bonfire of Austerity day begins with a mass leafleting of commuters at Piccadilly Station, where handouts will give `civil disobedience tips' such as putting anti austerity messages on Tory biographies in book shops and other more, er, direct things. But the main event starts at 5pm at Albert Bridge House. For full details see Facebook page - click here
MANCHESTER ANONYMOUS MILLION MASK MARCH
All over the world, Anonymous is calling its supporters onto the streets for a Million Mask March, starring the Guy Fawkes V for Vendetta mask. There's going to be one somewhere in Manchester city centre at 6pm but no-one seems to know the location - although there are suggestions that it links into the Bonfire of Austerity march.
For those who can't make it, Anonymous is asking everyone in the world to change their Facebook profile photo to the mask in a show of solidarity.
Meanwhile, for anyone who wants symbolic fireworks and bonfires the official Salford firework display is at Buile Hill Park.