FREE TICKETS FOR MERTHYR RISING – Members of Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON only!


You should be aware by now that Cwm Taf Local Government Branch of UNISON, along with Cwm Taf Health Branch and Glamorgan University Branch, are sponsoring this year’s Merthyr Rising event.

The event marks the 1831 workers uprising. Throughout May 1831 the coal miners and others who worked for William Crawshay took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, calling for reform, protesting against the lowering of their wages and general unemployment. Gradually the protest spread to nearby industrial towns and villages and by the end of May the whole area was in rebellion, and it is believed that for the first time the red flag of revolution was flown as a symbol of workers’ revolt.

The event, now in its fourth year, is growing to become a major feature on the calendar of the labour movement, alongside Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and the Durham Miners Gala. It takes place between the 22nd and 28th May 2017, climaxing in a three day music event in the town centre over the bank holiday weekend.

The event will include political debates, film screenings, art, theater and music. Headliners for the event are The Alabama Three and The Stereo MCs. There will also be a wide range of local beers and food available.

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Tickets are a snip, at £20 for the whole weekend, but as part of the UNISON sponsorship deal, we have 100 free tickets for members of the branch. These will be made available on a first come first served basis, so make sure you get your name in quick.


If you are a member of the former RCT UNISON branch, e-mail

If you are a member of the former Merthyr Tydfil UNISON branch, please email:

There will be a limit of one ticket per member.

We will need the following information

  • NAME
  • MEMBERSHIP NUMBER (if you don’t know it – your NI Number)
  • E-MAIL ADDRESS (Tickets will be sent out electronically)

Good luck!