Chesterfield/Sheffield Delegation Report

Two of us arrived at the CSC offices in Chesterfield at about 7:30am. We met an Amicus Rep from CSC there, and someone from the local SWP. We took signatures and donations from the staff arriving on site till around 9:30am. We covered both pedestrians and cars.
From here we took a tour round Sheffield. It had been organised at short notice, so most of the day was ad-hoc with us turning up impromptu, unannounced at various places.
After a bit of a drive and getting lost we eventually arrived at Wortley Hall. Here various Union related conferences were going on. We visited various rooms, spoke and explained our issues and we had a whip round and took cheques. We received cash/cheques from the Fire Brigade Union and another group.
It was my first outing with the union and I wasn’t very comfortable with this asking for money lark. I was surprised how ready to listen the people at Wortley Hall were and how ready they were to offer a donation in support.
From here we met up with a representative from another union in a Café before failing to find a government office we were looking for.
It was now starting to get late, we were all tired and deciding whether we were going to go home or carry on. We decided on a break then headed down to Sheffield University where a teachers’ conference was due to start.
They gave us 5 minutes before the conference to explain the issues and to pass the bucket round. The teachers had recently been involved in a dispute of their own were ok with this – we raised around £100 here.
In total we raised over £600, mainly from the meetings we visited.
Targeting groups for donations/collections was much more successful than asking individuals rushing into work. Groups seem willing to donate due to the mutual support think, it all goes round as it were. I also found it quite interesting how the different union groups and organisations seemed to cooperate, the representative from the SWP having various contacts within the other union groups and therefore being able to liaise and introduce. Additionally, the welcoming support from the other groups and readiness to donate/support.

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