13 July 2012
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka is addressing the 128th miners' gala which takes place in the city of Durham on Saturday, 14 July, he will be joined on the platform by Ed Miliband, the first Labour leader to speak at the gala for 23 years.
Despite extensive pit closures under the Tory government of the 1980s and 90s, the event has been embraced by the trade union movement and the people of the north east and is a key date in PCS members’ calendar.
Communities across the region begin the traditional procession into Durham early in the morning, proudly marching behind brass bands and colliery banners. The whole city is taken over by the ‘big meeting’ with thousands of trade union members, families and friends converging on the cricket ground for the day-long event.
The theme of the gala will be the alternative to austerity and the impact of government cuts on our communities.
PCS members are assembling at 9.30am at the New Inn, 29 Church Street, Durham DH1 3DN, before joining the march into the city. Volunteers will be staffing the PCS stall, which will have ‘alternative’ material, and encouraging everyone to join the TUC march in London on 20 October.
For further information contact the PCS northern regional office on 0191 222 0330.