July 5th 2012 What’s On

Saturday 7th July


This’ll need confirming, but if the H&B Facebook account is to be believed it looks like we’ve won our campaign to end workfare there! They posted this late last night:

“At Holland & Barrett, we take our responsibilities as a retailer and employer very seriously, and any possible compromise to the safety of our staff and customers from opponents of our work experience scheme is treated with great importance.

“This factor, together with the planned introduction of a new full time, salaried apprentice scheme, means that the 60 people currently undertaking the work experience scheme will be the last to complete the eight week placement. After this time Holland & Barrett will not participate further in that scheme.”

National day of action against H&B on Saturday July 7. As part of this, members of Manchester SF are meeting at 11:15am in St Anns Square, Manchester (see here).
You are welcome to come down and help out (we will be handing out the attached leaflet) and, depending on numbers, we may split off to picket at H&B branches elsewhere in the city centre.

Monday 9th July

Holland and Barrett’s tagline is ‘we’re good for you’ – but nothing about workfare is good for us. Complain about Holland & Barrett’s use of workfare, over the phone, via email, facebook and twitter.

Starting at 9am on Monday 9th July, let the company know that we won’t stop until they withdraw from the scheme but remember not to be rude to people whose job is to answer the phone or respond to communications!

Phone calls

01283 560056 or 01283 560011 – cust. serv. is option 4

Email (sample below)






Sample email:

Dear Holland & Barrett,

We demand that Holland & Barrett immediately withdraw from all of the government work programmes, known collectively as Workfare. That all unpaid workers at Holland & Barrett are offered jobs on the same terms and conditions as other workers. Until these demands are met we will continue campaigning against unpaid work at Holland & Barrett.


Tuesday 10th July


Saturday 14 July


Meeting point : Black Lion public house, 63 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ.

This walk will explore Salford’s rich radical history include the Flat Iron Market, the General Strike of 1842, vegetarian Christians, Salford’s first birth control clinic, Salford’s Socialists, Votes for Women and the disturbances in Bexley Square in 1932.

This will be a circular walk which will return to the Black Lion. It has been organised in association with the Black Lion.

The Sanity Clause
Marigolds, Darwen
FREE (I think. It”s Bob birthday bash so bring vegfan cake!)

Wednesday 18th July


Saturday 28 July 

11am Meeting point: Robert Owen’s statue, Coop Bank, Corporation Street

This walk is an  introduction to Manchester’s radical history and will include the Co-operative movement, the Clarion newspaper,  Marx and Engels, the Siege of Manchester, the Manchester Guardian, the Jacobite risings, the radicals of the 1790s, the American Civil War and the Cotton Famine, the International Brigade, riots in Albert Square and Peterloo.

Fees £6/5

The walks will last 2 hours. Advance booking is strongly recommended as places are limited. Please email: redflagwalks@gmail.com.

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July

Hebden Bridge Punx Picnic


Sunday 12th August

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August

From Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th August, Fat Out Fest, the Salford based, DIY festival, returns to Islington Mill for its second year, with an electrifying line-up set to blast away the other summer festivals.

Weekend tickets cost £25 and give full access to two days of more than thirty ear-bending and diverse bands, a market space filled with stalls of artists and independent record labels, local artwork, face-painting, fancy dress, delicious grub and, ultimately, a teeth-shattering two-day party in the enchanting setting of the old mill building in Salford.

Highlights for the Saturday include Norwegian pulverisers Arabrot, the avant-metal usurpers Talons, the hotly tipped Queer’d Science and newly reformed Manchester D-beat legends Hammers.

Sunday offers an exclusive solo performance from the Queen of Siam Lydia Lunch, autumnal-folk hero Alexander Tucker, ex-This Heat/Camberwell Now innovator Charles Hayward and the inaugural live performance from occultist electronic group Young Hunting.

Emma Thompson, who founded Fat Out in 2007, said: “We are really excited to be back for a second year with an even more varied and experimental programme. As we grow with our regular gig nights and festivals we hope to provide increasing opportunities for people to make a living from their art, to be able to employ stronger environmental policies and to continue to put on unforgettable parties!”

Fat Out Fest is set to be the fattest and loudest little festival this summer – Don’t miss out!

For up to date information and full line up, please visit: http://www.fatout.co.uk



Great list of gigs in Manchester at:

Any what’s ons?

Email radio@underthepavement.org

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