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Article published: Wednesday, June 29th 2011

Union members and protestors across the city are preparing for a day of strikes this Thursday, as across the nation 750,000 teachers, lecturers and civil servants walk out in protest over proposed pension reforms and the government’s austerity agenda. Want to know what’s going on in Manchester? Then read on…

University lecturers at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Manchester college will join 10,000 teachers from 500 schools and 8,500 civil servants at the pickets from 8:00am. Even if you can’t make the whole day, they will welcome verbal and material support.

At 10:30am Chris Grayling, the Minister for Employment, will begin speaking at the Welfare to Work conference at the Manchester Central Convention Centre (G-Mex), where opponents of welfare reform proposals will protest.

At 11:00am an NUT demo will begin assembling at All Saints Park, Oxford Road, before heading in to Castlefields at 11:30am.


Locations of Pickets

The following are the pickets set up around the city. Visit them if you want to show support:



John Dalton building, Oxford Road, opposite BBC, M1 5GD

Geoffrey Manton, Rosamund Street West, Oxford Road, opposite Aquatic Centre M15 6LL

All Saints buildings, All Saints, Oxford Road, M15 6HB

Business School, Aytoun Street near Piccadilly Station M1 3GH

Didsbury Campus, Wilmslow Road, M20 2RR


UCU The Manchester College

Northenden campus, Sale Road M23 0DD

Shena Simon Campus, Whitworth St, M1 3HB

Openshaw Campus, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw M11 2WH

Moston Campus, Ashley Lane, Moston M9 4WU

St Johns Centre, Quay St M3 3BE


PCS Ministry of Justice

Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street West

Manchester Crown Court, across road from Civil Justice Centre

Manchester City Magistrates Court, Crown Square, Wood St, back from Deansgate

Crown Court, Minshull Street, off Aytoun Street, M1 3FS

Salford County Court, Prince William House, Eccles New Road, M5 4RR


PCS Equality & Human Rights Commission, PCS Young People’s Learning Agency

Arndale Centre, Corporation Street, opposite Big Wheel, M2 1NP


PCS Highways Agency, PCS Ofsted, PCS TDA

City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, M1 4BT


PCS British Council

Bridgewater House, 58 Whitworth Street, M1 6BB



Trinity Bridge House, 2 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5BG



Chorlton Benefit Delivery Centre, Graeme House, Chorlton Square, Chorlton, M21 9BU

Job Centres including Dickenson Road, M14 5HZ, Rusholme, Wilmslow Road, M14 5BJ



Alexandra Park Jobcentre, Moss Lane East M15 5JB

Altrincham Jobcentre, Roberts Rd,  Altrincham WA14 4PU

Cheetham Hill Jobcentre, Crescent Rd M8 9DQ

Didsbury Jobcentre, Palatine Rd M20 3JQ

Longsight Jobcentre, Clarence Rd M13 0ZL

Newton Heath Jobcentre, Oldham Rd M40 2EP

Salford Jobcentre, Baskerville House, Browncross St M3

Stretford Jobcentre, Arndale House, Chester Road M32 9ED

Wythenshawe Jobcentre, Wavell Rd M22 5RA



Manchester Academy, Whitworth St, Rusholme

Stretford High School, Great Stone Road, Stretford, M32 0XA



UCU Manchester Adult Education Service

Abraham Moss Centre, Crescent Road, Crumpsall M8 5UF

Hulme Centre, Stretford Road M15 5FQ

Longsight Library,  Stockport M12 4NE

Chorlton Park Centre, Mauldeth Road West M21 7HH


UCU Trafford College

Talbot Road Stretford M32 0XH

Manchester Road, West Timperley, Altrincham WA14 5PQ


Know of a picket or protest we missed, or have more up to date information? Then email editor@themule.info and let us know!



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  1. Don’t forget the protest outside the Welfare to Work Convention, 8:30 at the Mcr Central Convention Centre

    Comment by Pauline Hammerton on June 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm
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    Comment by Pauline Hammerton on June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm
  3. I hope this display of naked greed is small.

    If public sector workers want fantastic pensions they should buy them from contributions from their wages, not expect everyone to chip in to bump them up to a generous level.

    That’s what most people have to do.

    Comment by simon on June 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm
  4. If your pension was sacrificed to pay for Bailouts for people with better pensions than you wouldn’t you protest?

    Comment by Alexander Panda on June 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm
  5. I think you’ll find that there are millions of UK people, far more than the 6.1 million who work in the public sector, who have had their private employers pension scheme downgraded over the last 15 years.

    There wasn’t much protest because private sector workers realise that their pension scheme can only pay out from the investement returns on the contributions.

    Public sector workers live in dreamland. They expect guaranteed returns from their pension schemes whatever happens, and in the real world of money nothing is guaranteed.

    The taxpayer cannot be expected to act as fairy godmother to public pensions, boosting them to superb levels that the public as a whole will never enjoy.

    Comment by simon on June 30, 2011 at 11:57 am
  6. […] Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) took part in strikes and pickets outside schools with the BBC reporting 550 schools closed in Greater Manchester. The University and College Union (UCU) also staged walkouts, while civil servants from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)  took part in strikes across the city. […]

    Pingback by Voices of the Manchester Strike  —   MULE on June 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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