Trade Union Events 2022

Head Office Circular No. NP/87/22


To all Branches and Regional Councils


1st April 2022


Trade Union Events 2022


Dear Colleague, 


I am writing to let you know about a number of important trade union events taking place this year, many of which were not able to take place in-person for the last two years due to the pandemic. 


With Banners Held High – Saturday 14th May 2022, Wakefield: This year’s theme is ‘The past we inherit. A green future we build’. Bring Union banners and placards. Assembling at Smyth Street, Wakefield at 10.45, setting off at 11.30 and arriving at Wood Street at around 12 noon.


24th Jim Connell commemoration weekend – Kells and Crossakiel, Ireland, Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd May: Note that this year this event has changed from the first weekend of May. Follow the event page for more details -


Merthyr Rising, Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales: This music, arts and ideas festival celebrates working class culture and resistance. More details available here -


Durham Miners’ Gala – Saturday 9th July: This year’s gala will be dedicated to key workers. More information and to register for updates -


Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival, Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July, Dorset: Trade union festival including music, fringe meetings, discussions. For more information and to purchase tickets visit


Burston Strike School Rally, Sunday 4th September, Near Diss, Norfolk: Marking what has become known as ‘the longest strike in history’. Follow the event page for updates -


Please do all you can to attend these important trade union events. 


Yours sincerely


Michael Lynch

General Secretary