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GREATER MANCHESTER PROTEST AGAINST AUSTERITY

Star date: 22nd May 2015

END AUSTERITY NOW!

Protest Against Austerity
Saturday 23rd May 12noon
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

A massive protest against austerity is set to take place, tomorrow, Saturday 23rd May in Piccadilly Gardens and those who would not normally go to a demo are being urged to attend. There's going to be live music, speakers and fun.

The demonstration and rally is being called by two blokes, Mike Atkinson and Liam Callacher, with the full backing of The People's Assembly... "No longer can we get on our hands and knees and beg the establishment for pittance" state the organisers "We as communities, we as people, must act together to combat these measures..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL

Star date: 21st May 2015

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PEEL PARK FESTIVAL EXCLUDES SALFORD PEOPLE

The Atmosfield music festival, to be held in Peel Park on May 30th by Salford University Students Union, is excluding Salford residents from attending. The student-only event, in the world's first public park, has been slated by Salford Music Festival organiser, Ed Blaney, who says: "It is typical to exclude the residents of Salford; music is for all, not just students visiting the city..."

Full details here...

 
 
STRESSED OUT SALFORD COUNCIL STAFF COULD FACE SACK UNDER NEW DRACONIAN RULES

Star date: 20th May 2015

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL STAFF CRACKING UP UNDER STRESS OF CUTS

A new Salford Council report shows that staff are cracking up with stress due to cuts related changes. Two thirds of staff are worried about job insecurity, a quarter found their job stressful and almost a third are experiencing `difficulties with their mental wellbeing' caused, in part, by increased workload and heavy handed managers.

Salford Council's solution?  A Workforce Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which includes draconian absence rules involving stricken staff having meetings with their managers, and the issuing of `notices to improve' that could lead to the sack.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL BACKTRACKS ON TRADE UNION ATTACK

Star date: 19th May 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL HOLDS TALKS TO TRY AND RESOLVE UNISON ATTACK

Salford Council yesterday began to backtrack on its attack on Salford City UNISON's elected Branch Treasurer, Ameen Hadi, as action was about to escalate against the Labour Council.

A lobby of the Salford Labour Group of councillors, due to be held at 5pm, was postponed after the Council backed down for `a period of meaningful discussions'. The Council originally withdrew the right for the UNISON rep to represent his members but today he is back at the UNISON office doing just that.

Full details here...

 
 
HAZEL BLEARS BECOMES CONTROVERSIAL 60,000 CO-OP DIRECTOR

Star date: 18th May 2015

EX SALFORD MP RUNS INTO MORE CONTROVERSY

At a turbulent Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Group, held in Manchester over the weekend, Hazel Blears became a Member-Nominated Director (MND) on a basic fee of 60,000 a year which will take up `a minimum of approximately one to two days a month'.

Originally there were six candidates standing for the MND but three were stopped from standing, leaving Blears and two others unopposed for the three positions. Furious members of the Co-op said the voting process was "neither transparent, nor objective" and threatened legal action, until it was averted at the last minute.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TO BECOME SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CITY

Star date: 18th May 2015

SALFORD THE NORTH WEST'S FIRST SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CITY

Social Enterprise City Launch
Wednesday 20th May 4pm-7pm free
University of Salford's MediaCity Campus

Salford is to be designated a Social Enterprise City at an open event at the University of Salford's Media City Campus on Wednesday. To celebrate, there'll be a kind of social business marketplace where social companies from the area will be selling their products and promoting their wares. It's free and open to everyone.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON LIONS FLY THE FLAG FOR SALFORD IN CUP FINAL

Star date: 17th May 2015

LIONS AIM TO DANCE ON THE GOLDEN MILE...

Next Saturday, Swinton Lions are playing in the first cup final of the rugby season, taking on North Wales Crusaders to win the iPro Sport League 1 Cup. The match is being played at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road as part of a whole `Summer Bash' weekend of rugby at the ground, a bit like Super League's Magic Weekend.

Tickets for the whole day, or weekend, are well affordable, and the Lions are laying on transport to get as many fans to the final as possible, as Gareth Lyons reports...

Full details here...

 
 
ATTACKS ON TRADE UNIONISTS IN SALFORD AND BOLTON INTENSIFY

Star date: 15th May 2015

UCU AND UNISON MEMBERS ATTACKED BY SALFORD UNIVERSITY, SALFORD COUNCIL AND BOLTON UNIVERSITY

"Attacks on trade unionists are part of a growing trend towards shutting down dissent" Maxine Peake

The last few months have seen attacks on trade union members by Salford Council and the Universities of Salford and Bolton, and over the next three days there's going to be reprisals.

First up is a demonstration in Bolton tomorrow, Saturday 16th May, calling for the reinstatement of UCU and UNISON members Damien and Jenny Markey at Bolton University. Saturday afternoon sees TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady moving her Frow Lecture from the University of Salford in protest at UCU members being sacked. And on Monday there's a lobby of Salford Labour Group in protest at Salford Council's attack on the elected UNISON rep. And the Tories haven't even got their feet under the Government table yet...

Full details here... 

 
 
SALFORD ITV PAY STRIKE AS COMPANY PROFITS SOAR

Star date: 14th May 2015

2% PAY RISE IMPOSED ON WORKERS AS ITV PROFITS RISE 23%

MediaCityUK staff at ITV joined colleagues in a national strike today in protest at the company imposing a 2% pay rise, while its own profits soared by 23%. Members of the NUJ, BECTU and Unite were on picket lines this morning outside the ITV HQ in Salford.

"Executives at the top are trousering huge amounts of cash while refusing to pay staff fairly" explained Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LABOUR COUNCIL ATTACK ON TRADE UNION DEMOCRACY CONDEMNED

Star date: 13th May 2015

UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK ON UNISON TRADE UNION REP BY LABOUR COUNCIL

Stop The Attack On Our Union Lobby
Monday 18th May 5pm-6pm
Salford Civic Centre

Salford City UNISON has called a lobby of the Labour Group of councillors next Monday in response to Salford Labour Council's attack on its representative. The Council, under Mayor Ian Stewart, has withdrawn the right for democratically elected UNISON Branch Treasurer, Ameen Hadi, to represent his members, and intends to remove him from his role.

Like, who needs David Cameron when you've got a vicious anti-union Labour Council on your own doorstep?

Full details here...

 
 
PETER KAY FLY TIPPING HORROR IN SALFORD

Star date: 12th May 2015

PETER KAY FILM COMPANY LEAVES RUBBISH AND NO RESPECT IN WHIT LANE

Bricks, pallets, wood and rubble have been left dumped in the street for almost two weeks following the filming of Peter Kay's new drama, Cradle to Grave. The film crew opened a tinned up house in Condor Place, off Whit Lane, while shooting scenes for the new BBC series and local youth worker Graham Cooper says their `fly tipping' shows a lack of respect for the community and the area.

"If I'd dumped that outside my house I'd be getting nicked for it" he explains "It's typical of the attitude towards this estate from everyone who comes in from outside the area..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING LUNACY GETS WORSE AS SECTION 106 CLAWBACK GETS WAIVED

Star date: 11th May 2015

ADELPHI STREET DEVELOPERS FORTIS SET TO AVOID ALL PLANNING FEES

If Salford Council planning policy was bad, it's about to get worse as Fortis Developments is set to avoid over 650,000 in planning fees and the provision of forty affordable houses due to the now standard `viability' issues despite selling 75% of its 206 apartments on the Adelphi Street waterfront in advance!

Usually the Council insists on some kind of `clawback' arrangement of profits but this too is set to be waived.

Full details here...

 
 
KERSAL MOOR FESTIVAL 2015 SALFORD

Star date: 10th May 2015

FRUITS OF THE EARTH AT KERSAL MOOR

This afternoon's Kersal Moor festival had a `fruits of the earth' theme, as people took part in apple peeling games, bought honey made from local bees and saw a woodcrafts expert give displays. There were also live rescue birds of prey on display, a Gaia's Garden Tea Room and sounds from Frets and Besses Brass Band.

Full details and photos here...

 
 
SALFORD POLITICAL LANDSCAPE UNCHANGED IN 2015 LOCAL ELECTION

Star date: 9th May 2015

NO CHANGE IN SALFORD AS LABOUR WINS 17 OF 20 SEATS

There was no change in this year's local elections in Salford, with no seats changing hands as the Labour Party won the 17 seats it was defending and the Conservative Party won the three seats it was defending. 

UKIP came second in 10 seats, although well behind Labour, with the Green Party establishing itself with over 6,000 votes, while TUSC pulled over 2,500 votes. In Little Hulton and Broughton, over half the residents didn't vote at all.

Further details and full results here...

 
 
SALFORD VOTES AGAINST THE TORIES IN 2015 GENERAL ELECTION

Star date: 9th May 2015

LABOUR PARTY ROMPS HOME BUT CITY BRACED FOR MORE MASSIVE CUTS

"I'm very concerned about the anger that may pop out onto the streets..." Wendy Olsen, Green Party

At both the local and national elections Salford people voted against the Tories, returning three Labour MPs and no change in the political landscape of the local council. Over 40% of people in the constituencies didn't vote but of those who did, almost 6% voted for alternative parties opposing austerity the Green Party, TUSC, Reality Party and Pirate Party. Here we focus on the General Election.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LABOUR COUNCIL ATTACKS UNISON TRADE UNION DEMOCRACY

Star date: 7th May 2015

A Salford Star Exclusive

UNPRECENDENTED ATTACK ON TRADE UNION BY LABOUR COUNCIL

Salford's Labour Council has attacked trade union UNISON, which represents Council staff, by withdrawing facility time for elected branch treasurer Ameen Hadi because he has represented his members in challenging cuts to jobs and services!

This is the latest in a long line of attacks on UNISON representatives since Salford Mayor Ian Stewart has been in power. Unbelievably, Stewart, Labour MP candidate Rebecca Long Bailey and many other councillors are sponsored by, or are members of trade unions. UNISON is holding a meeting of members on Monday to discuss action against Salford Council and in defence of one of its elected members.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GREENS REPORT SURGE WHILE TUSC GO FOR HEARTS AND MINDS

Star date: 7th May 2015

A POEM FROM TUSC AND SURGE FROM GREENS

The Green Party in Salford states that it is looking for the 20% share of the vote that election website `vote for policies' predicts it should get if people were purely voting on, er, policies. The site puts the Greens second in all three of Salford's constituencies and just 1% behind Labour in Blackley and Broughton.

Meanwhile Worsley and Eccles South anti-cuts TUSC candidate Noreen Bailey aims to appeal to Salford's female voters with a poem she's written called Just A Woman...

Full details here...

 
 
BEZ SLAMS BBC UKIP PROPAGANDA FOR ENGINEERING SALFORD ELECTION MINDSET

Star date: 6th May 2015

RADIO 1, BBC AND MEDIA LOVE-IN WITH UKIP SLATED BY BEZ

"I don't blame the people of Salford because it's being engineered upon them; that's what they're told every day..." Bez

`Blame the bankers, not immigrants' was the message from Bez as the Reality Party battle bus toured Salford this evening on the night before the election. Bez slammed media and BBC propaganda which has `engineered' a UKIP mindset on the election, rather than focussing in on the real culprits in the banking industry.

The Reality Party Salford and Eccles MP candidate also had a message for Christopher Eccleston's mum, Elsie, who the Salford actor said Bez had to politically convince...

Full details here...

 
 
CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON ON BEZ AND THE SALFORD REALITY PARTY

Star date: 6th May 2015

"COULD MY MUM SEE BEZ AS THE NEW SALFORD MP?" ASKS CHRIS ECCLESTON

The question on everyone's lips is whether Chris Eccleston's mum, Elsie, will be voting for the We Are The Reality Party tomorrow. Bez has many celebrities backing his campaign, including Shaun Ryder, Kermit, Rowetta and Sean Lennon. But what about Chris Eccleston, famous for his radical views and roles?

Read this special Bez-themed preview of the full interview with Chris Eccleston that will appear in the new printed issue of the Salford Star next week.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AND ECCLES LABOUR MP CANDIDATE REBECCA LONG BAILEY MEETS THE SALFORD STAR

Star date: 5th May 2015

THE ONE PARTY SALFORD STATE AND MORE

`We've got a lunatic Mayor in charge that we can't get rid of, and you're seen as his candidate?...Is that a problem?'

Barring a miracle on Thursday, Rebecca Long Bailey will become the next Labour MP for Salford and Eccles. But is she worthy of representing the city? Here we grill the Cheshire-based candidate on attitudes, policies and Salford's toxic Labour Party.

What Labour policies stink? What does she think of Hazel's expenses? How does she feel about Labour Council cuts? And how is she going to cope with the pompous Mayor? Here we present Rebecca Long Bailey, un-edited...

Full interview here...

 
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