WHERE: Touring England's towns (see notes to editors)
WHEN: Saturday 22 June - Friday 5 July 2013
A coalition of unions - Unite, Unison, GMB, PCS and CWU along with the TUC - will criss-cross England this summer to help ordinary people give voice to their ideas about how to change their country for the better.
Two chartered People United buses will set off around the country on a two week tour, starting in London from the People's Assembly at Central Hall Westminster on 22 June and ending on 5 July at Trafford hospital - the birthplace of the NHS - with a party to celebrate the 65th birthday of the now at risk National Health Service.
Three years into the government's flawed austerity experiment with the economy, and with further cuts threatened for the rest of the decade, the unions will be capturing the effect of this on the real communities of the country (the unions are also working with the TUCs of Scotland and Wales to capture the experiences of these nations as well).
The unions will be listening to people's ideas for improving life in the country, building a People's Manifesto of positive ideas for creating jobs, protecting our NHS, investing in our young people, bringing our high streets back to life and delivering a living wage.
It will not all be hard work, with fun promised too, as members of the public can post their messages onto the prime minister, spin the NHS wheel of (mis)fortune and tweet their ideas for their street.
The unions are promising a massive effort to get out and speak directly to people and bring them together to promote positive ideas for improving national life.
On board the buses will be trade union experts and community specialists to offer advice and information on problems in and out-of-work.
Along the way, a number of evening 'Question Time' events, providing an opportunity for deeper debate and discussion of local and national issues, such as the NHS, or the state of the high street will be held (see notes to editors for details of where the Question Time events will take place).
The TUC will also be hitting the road a few days earlier with their Austerity Uncovered bus from Monday 17 June, with the first stop in Dudley in the West Midlands.
Over two weeks it will be finding out more about how government spending cuts, falling living standards and changes to benefits are affecting ordinary people in towns and cities across England. The TUC bus’ last stop is in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset on Saturday 29 June.
At the same time, the Wales and Scottish TUCs will be collecting stories from hard-pressed communities across the two nations as they also hit the road with their own Austerity Uncovered buses.
The People United buses will head to the following towns in England:
- Bus 1: Will head east then north from London, taking in towns across East Anglia, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and the North West before concluding at Manchester.
- Bus 2: Will head south from London, through the Medway towns and Thanet, along the south coast into the West Country before heading to the Midlands and on to Manchester.
Web and social media
Check out the People United webiste, the People United on Facebook and the People United on twitter
For more information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Notes to editors:
The people of Scotland and Wales will be served by the joint union buses run by the TUC with details to follow.
Please find the following arrival dates for your forward planning diaries. Further information will be provided nearer the times.
Bus route 1
London and Eastern
Saturday 22 June: Depart People’s Assembly, Westminster Central Hall in London to Basildon for an afternoon bus stop
Sunday 23 June: Southend on Sea bus stop, all day on the seafront
Monday 24 June: Cambridge city centre day long bus stop
Monday 24 June (pm): Norwich evening community Question Time
Tuesday 25 June: Norwich town centre bus stop
Tuesday 25 June (pm): Peterborough evening community Question Time
Wednesday 26 June: Leicester for an afternoon bus stop
Thursday 27 June: Lincoln afternoon bus stop
Friday 28 June: Grimsby afternoon bus stop
North East Yorkshire and Humberside
Friday 28 June (pm): Hull evening community Question Time
Saturday 29 June: Hull all day bus stop
Saturday 29 June (pm): Barnsley
Sunday 30 June: Leeds all day bus stop
Monday 1 July: Middlesborough all day bus stop/evening community Question Time
Tuesday 2 July: Hartlepool all day bus stop
Wednesday 3 July: Blackpool afternoon bus stop/evening community Question Time
Thursday 4 July: Salford all day bus stop/evening community Question Time
Friday 5 July: Photo opportunity event outside Trafford General Hospital to mark the NHS' 65th birthday. Followed by a party to celebrate the NHS
Bus route 2
Saturday 22 June: Depart People’s Assembly London to Chatham for an afternoon bus stop
Sunday 23 June: Margate all day stop on the seafront
Monday 24 June: Hastings all day bus stop
Monday 24 June (pm): Portsmouth evening community Question Time
Tuesday 25 June: Portsmouth morning bus stop/Bournemouth late afternoon bus stop
Wednesday 26 June: Plymouth afternoon bus stop/evening community Question Time
Thursday 27 June: Taunton bus stop/Bristol evening community Question Time
Friday/Saturday 28-29 June: Bristol two full days of activities
Sunday 30 June: Bristol to Coventry via David Cameron’s constituency in Witney then Coventry evening community Question Time
Monday 1 July: Coventry all day bus stop
Tuesday 2 July: Derby afternoon bus stop
Tuesday 2 July: Derby to Stoke-on-Trent
Wednesday 3 July: Stoke-on-Trent morning stop off - drive to Stockport via Knutsford, George Osborne's constituency/Stockport afternoon bus stop off
Thursday 4 July: Salford all day bus stop/evening community Question Time.
Friday 5 July: 14:00 photo opportunity event outside Trafford General Hospital to mark the NHS' 65th birthday followed by a party to celebrate the NHS.