May Day 2018

May 7th 2018 saw our biggest May Day parade for some years! Our speakers included Rebecca Long Bailey and Kevin Lucas from Unison. The weekend was the 200th birthday of Marx and this year is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Trades Union Congress by Manchester and Salford Trades Union Council.

Salford Trades Union Council donates to the Hurricane Irma Appeal

Salford Trades Union Council has long been a supporter of the Cuban Revolution and people and the recent reports from Hurricane Irma have been terrible. Cuba has an incredible history of international solidarity and in this spirit Salford Trades Union Council unanimously voted to send a solidarity payment to the Cuba Solidarity Campaigns fund for relief.

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign write:

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Special Cuba Update – 14 September 2017

Hurricane Irma Appeal Update

Hurricane Irma Appeal

Thank you to everyone who has donated to CSC’s Hurricane Irma Appeal. An amazing £15,000 has been raised in less than 24 hours, all of which will be sent to Cuba to help with relief and recovery projects.



The category 5 storm was the worst to hit Cuba in recent history. Unlike previous storms where damage has been limited to specific provinces, Hurricane Irma tore along 800 kilometres of the northern coast, making its impact felt across the entire island.

Coastal communities have been devastated by winds and flooding. Many are still without water and electricity as central power stations sustained major damage. Authorities and communities are working around the clock to restore electricity, water supplies and reopen the 400 schools which were also affected.

On Wednesday 13 September, power had been restored to 70 per cent of the country, however in the worst affected areas of Matanzas, Villa Clara and Ciego de Avila, up to 70 per cent of buildings were still without power three days after the storm.

The storm surge pushed seawater half a kilometre inland in some places, taking rubbish and sewage with it.

On Monday Cuban authorities announced that ten people had died as a result of the storm, mainly from collapsing buildings in Havana.

Nearly 300,000 hectares of sugar cane plantations have been affected, with nearly 40 per cent of the plants ruined or damaged. Communities have set to work harvesting and collecting what can be salvaged and distributed.

The Cuban ambassador to Britain, Teresita Vicente said that solidarity would be important over the coming months, since recovery efforts would be hindered by the impact of the US blockade: “The blockade makes it more difficult to recover but the spirit of the Cuban people is the same as it has been when we face many adversities.”

The ambassador reminded people that Cuba was also suffering from “Hurricane Trump” as the US increases its “aggressive policy” toward the country.

Just as Irma was about to hit, President Trump quietly extended the blockade for another year by signing the Trading with the Enemy Act.

“Political solidarity is very important but also this appeal is vital and will help to alleviate the difficulties faced by the Cuban people.”

CSC reiterates its solidarity with the Cuban people in the mammoth task they have ahead to rebuild their communities. We call once again for the US government to end its inhumane blockade of the country so that the Cuban people can access the building materials and equipment they will need to reconstruct their country following this tragedy.

You can make donations to the CSC Hurricane Appeal below. 100% of all donations will be passed on to relief work in Cuba.



Other donations

Cheques should be clearly marked on the back: ‘Cuba Hurricane Relief’. Please make cheques out to CSC and send to: Cuba Solidarity Campaign c/o UNITE, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, UK

For credit card or bank transfers call +44 (0)20 7490 5715 or email

Further reading

Further updates on hurricane relief and donations will be posted on, our Facebook and Twitter pages and in the October issue of CubaSí magazine.

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Clifton Hall Colliery Diaster

Clifton Hall Colliery (known locally as Lumn’s Colliery), was situated on Lumns Lane Clifton, a short distance from Clifton Junction Station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The proprietors were Messrs Andrew Knowles and Sons Ltd and it had been open for more than 50 years. The depth of the shaft was 540 yards and it had three main seams: Doe mine, Quarters mine and Trencherbone mine. Jonathan Hall, a certified Colliery Manager, was in charge. The “Patent Safety Lamp” was used by miners, although naked lights were still permitted when the ventilation was “remarkably good” i.e. when there was no danger of gas accumulation.


At 9.20am on Thursday 18th June 1885, a massive explosion occurred. The ground shook for half a mile around, guardrails on two sides of the pit mouth were blown away and the cages were rendered useless. It was thought that around 200 men were underground at the time. As the cages were out of action, Jonathan Hall, William Hindley (Blacksmith), and Aaron Manley (pit man) were winched down the shaft in a kibble. They saw that the cages had blocked the shaft and could proceed no further. They returned to the surface for a smaller kibble in which Manley, Hindley and Peter Horsfield descended and managed to loosen one of the cages. Just then the surface bell rang to indicate that someone was alive down below. The kibble was wound to the bottom of the shaft. The scene at the bottom was horrendous with dead bodies, men badly burned and men suffering the effects of “afterdamp” (carbon monoxide poisoning).

Clifton Hall Colliery disaster memorial at St Augustines Church
Clifton Hall Colliery disaster memorial at St Augustines Church

When the cages were working, the rescuers brought up 75 men, including 13 bodies, one of whom was William Reynolds age 20, who would later be buried at Weaste Cemetery. The dead men were conveyed to a stable close by and laid out for identification, which in some instances was difficult. “There were no extravagant demonstrations of grief, but the subdued sobbing of children, the blank dismay depicted on the faces of the women and the settled melancholy visible in the men, that told how deeply they felt the losses they had sustained”.


Miners working the Doe seam were able to escape by walking along a connecting road to Agecroft Colliery about half a mile away. This was a torturous route, flooded in parts and air full of “afterdamp” sapping their strength. It was said that some men were overcome and fell into the water and drowned. Luckily 122 men and boys made it up the Agecroft shaft and 9 bodies were recovered including Thomas Worsley age 28. At 4 pm another rescue party descended the Clifton Hall shaft to search the Trencherbone seam. Suddenly the smoke coming up the shaft changed colour indicating something had happened. Communication with them ceased and they feared the worst. Another small rescue party descended, but could only go down 150 yards as a dense volume of gas prevented further progress. They noticed that a wall had collapsed before getting back to the surface. Fortunately the first group had reached the Doe Seam and were able to make their way to safety via the Agecroft shaft. Some of the injured men and boys (including William Lycett, aged 16), were taken to Salford Hospital or to their homes and some died of their injuries. In all, 178 men and boys died in this disaster.


The disaster victims were buried at many of the local churches and six were buried at Weaste Cemetery. On Monday 22nd June, William Lycett age 16, of Franchise Street, Pendleton and Thomas Worsley, aged 28, of 12, Kent Street, Pendleton, were buried in the C of E portion by Rev. H. Gore-Booth, Rector of Sacred Trinity Church. William Reynolds, aged 20, of 183, Jane Lane, Swinton and Thomas Slattery, aged 34, of 77, Jane Lane, Swinton, were buried in the Catholic portion by Rev Father McIntosh of the Salford Cathedral.


On Tuesday 23rd June, George Hall, aged 42, and his stepson Leonard Charles Barter, aged 13, both of 9, Oldham Street, off Church Street, Pendleton, were buried in the same grave in the C of E portion by Rev. W.H.Stevenson, Curate of Sacred Trinity Church. George Hall had previously “seen 21 years service in the army and enjoyed the pension appertaining to the rank of Farrier Sergeant of the 11th Hussars”.


The Inquest, held at Pendlebury Mechanics Institute, opened on 30th June and lasted 9 days. It concluded that an “explosion of a large amount of inflammable gas emitted from a goaf (old workings) in the Trencherbone mine to the east side of No.2 level, had ignited at a lighted candle placed against a chock in the working place of John Dyke”. Also that 159 found in the Trencherbone mine died from burns, suffocation or injuries; 9 died in the road to Agecroft shaft from carbon monoxide suffocation; 7 died in their homes due to shock from burns; 1 died at home from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning; and 2 died at Salford Hospital from shock caused by burns.