End the Pay Cap leaflets distributed

Keith Turner and Miriam Scharf ( Life Members) distributed several hundred End the Pay Cap leaflets to travellers at Stratford tube station on 13/10/2017 to publicise Tuesday’s Pay demo.

The aim was to brief the public on the TUC / NEU “End the Pay Cap” demonstration & rally on 17/10/2017

Thanks to Miriam and Keith for all their work.

Please support the End the Pay Cap event on 17/10/2017.

Assemble 17h30 opposite Downing Street
March, via Department of Health, Treasury & Department of Education, to TUC rally outside Parliament.

Leave school together for Downing St. – or join later outside Parliament.

Slide from NEU Powerpoint presentation with the words "Pile on the pressure to scrap the cap".

Petition To Save Sarah’s Grave

Photo of Sarah Chapman, leading member of Matchwomen’s 1888 Strike Committee and TUC Representative
Sarah Chapman

Petition To Save Sarah’s Grave

Sarah Dearman, née Chapman – Matchwomen’s 1888 Strike Committee and TUC Representative

Born: 31st October 1862 – Died: 27th November 1945 – Buried: 3rd December 1945

Sarah Chapman was a leading member of the 1888 Strike Committee and later went on to represent the Union at the TUC. Sadly, despite the great contribution Sarah made to the beginnings of the modern trade union movement and to working women’s rights, Sarah ended up in a pauper’s grave at Manor Park Cemetery. The grave, nothing more than a grassy footpath with no marking, let alone a headstone, was rediscovered by her Great Granddaughter in January 2017.

Photo of Sarah Chapman's grave, Manor Park.
Sarah Chapman’s grave, Manor Park.

With burial space running out in London, cemeteries are looking at ways to reclaim land and at Manor Park they intend to do this by ‘mounding over’ the area where Sarah is buried so that they can re-use the space. They have offered a plaque elsewhere in the cemetery grounds but Sarah’s descendants feel she deserves to be remembered at the exact location of her grave. The cemetery is resisting this.

With your support we hope to place a permanent memorial to Sarah on the site of her grave. We already have parliamentary support via Lyn Brown MP and Louise Raw (see her Facebook page – Matchwomen Memorial @MatchwomenRemembered).

An online petition is coming shortly, meanwhile please contact

Sam Johnson

For details of how to support the campaign

See also:




Newham Teachers’ Association has supported the Matchwomen’s Festival for several years.

NTA Newsletter February 2017

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  • NUT & ATL amalgamation:
    Please vote YES
  • New Funding Formula will impact on your school
  • #ourNHS Demonstration 04/03/2017
  • NTA Refugee Poetry Competition
  • NTA Election Results
  • AGM President’s Address
  • Calendar of NTA Meetings

Newham Teachers’ Association Newsletter February 2017
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Friday 13/05/2016 Seminar: Civil Liberties and Religious Freedoms

Levellers' Day Poster.
Levellers’ Day Poster.

Levellers’ Day Commemoration Seminar –

Civil liberties and religious freedoms: from the Levellers to today

Alvescot Lodge
OX18 2PY

The meeting will be hosted by communications union CWU at its training centre in Alvescot and will start at 8pm. Attendance is free, but is limited to around 60 people so registration will be necessary – please register at sertuc@tuc.org.uk

There are a few rooms available for Bed & Breakfast on Friday 13 May at the Alvescot training centre at £38 per person. Book at traceybushrod@btconnect.com

Levellers' Symbolic Image.
Levellers’ Symbolic Image.

Welcome Trish Lavelle
Speaker Revd Professor Mark Chapman
Speaker Dr Ariel Hessayon
Chair Megan Dobney





Information via my colleague, Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary, Southern & Eastern Region TUC. SERTUC is the TUC in London, the South East, and East of England.

Newham Anti-Austerity Campaign

Joint unions anti-austerity meeting 30/01/2016
Joint unions anti-austerity meeting 30/01/2016

A campaign meeting took place on 30/01/2016 at the Stratford Campus of UEL to discuss the threat to local services under government funding plans.  The meeting was a joint venture supported by the main unions in Newham.  Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, West Ham MP Lyn Brown and Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT were amongst speakers who addressed the meeting.

Joint unions anti-austerity meeting 30/01/2016
Joint unions anti-austerity meeting 30/01/2016