Our local open letter, calling for united opposition to cuts, is about to be submitted to the local press. You can read it HERE (or attached to Grey's Monument - see picture).
It's now confirmed there will be a public rally, initiated by Tyne and Wear Left Unity, at Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle, 7pm on Wednesday 21 July. Former NATFHE union leader Paul Mackney is one of the main speakers (I'll post full details when I have them).
Current signatories of open letter: Dipu Ahad (Labour councillor, Newcastle), Kevin Alderson (Green Party member), Dave Anderson MP (Labour), Paul Baker (retired Unison member), Trevor Bark (IWW, Mayday), Steve Brown (Labour Representation, Committee Regional Coordinator), Michael Cudlip (North Tyneside UNISON), Tony Dabb (NUT rep), Alan Docherty (Unison member), Tony Dowling (membership secretary, Gateshead NUT), Gavin Dudley (GMB rep), Shirley Ford (Coordinator of NE Green Party, and Unison), Vicki Gilbert (NASUWT), Diane Green, (retired UCU member), Pauline Hammerton (Unison), Anna Heyman (Green Party and UCU member), Paula Holland (curriculum manager, Adult Learning Alliance), Fazia Hussain (Regional Officer, Unite the Union), Jim Hutchinson (retired NUT member), Martin Levy (Chair, Northern Region UCU), Norman Maines (Unite the Union), Tom May (Lecturer, Newcastle College UCU), Peter T Murray (South Tyneside Local Government UNISON Branch Officer), Neil O'Brien (Secretary, Sunderland Welfare Action Group), Ian Pattison (Unite the Union), Tony Pierre (Unison rep), Gwen Potter, Barry Purdy (Unite the Union), Les Rich (IWW and CWU), Yvonne Ridley, (European President, International Muslim Women's Union), Rizwan Sheikh (Newcastle Unison), Alex Snowdon (NUT member), David Stead (Asst Secretary, Tyneview Park PCS), Nigel Todd (Labour councillor, Newcastle), Mark Tyers (Unison member), Alison Whalley (Green Party member), John Whalley (Green Party member), Steve Whitley (retired union member), Katherine M Yarrow (Unison rep) (All in personal capacity).