The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival is run by the TUC South West on behalf of the trade union movement.
It relies on the generous support from unions and allies. We thank them for their kind generosity.


Accord is dedicated to representing members from HBOS who are now part of the Lloyds Banking Group. Accord

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

Railway drivers, operational supervisors and staff. ASLEF


Communication Workers Union

Posts and telecommunications in Post Office, British Telecom, Cable and Wireless, Cable TV, National Girobank and related industries. CWU


Performance workers in theatre, film, television, radio and variety.

Fire Brigades Union

The union for fire fighters


Performers engaged in the music profession including music writers and instrumental music teachers. MU


National Association of Head Teachers

a trade union and professional association representing more than 45,000 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. NAHT


National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

National Education Union

 Formed after the merger between the NUT and the ATL NEU


Public and Commercial Services Union

Government departments and agencies, public bodies, private sector information technology and other service companies.

Prison Officers’ Association

Persons employed in any penal or secure establishment or special hospital as a prison officer, a nursing grade, a non-industrial stores grade and NHS secure forensic staff.

Prospect members are engineers, scientists, managers and specialists in areas as diverse as agriculture, defence, energy, environment, heritage, shipbuilding, telecoms and transport. It is the largest union in the UK representing professional engineers. Prospect

Dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. Workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. RCM 

National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

Railways and shipping, underground, road transport, buses. RMT

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association

Administrative, clerical, supervisory, managerial, professional and technical employees of railways, London Underground, buses, road haulage, port authorities and waterways in Great Britain and Ireland. Also employees in the travel trade, hotel and catering industries.

University and College Union

Academic and academic related staff in higher, further, adult, land-based and prison education. UCU

Local government, health care, the water, gas and electricity industries, further and higher education, schools, transport, voluntary sector, housing associations, police support staff.

General union representing workers across the country and all industrial sectors.

Retail, distributive, food processing and manufacturing, laundries, catering, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, home shopping, warehouses, insurance agents, clerical, milkround and dairy process, call centres. USDAW

Other sponsors and partners


Morrish Solicitors

First and foremost, a trade union and personal injury law firm. Our aim is to be the principal provider of legal services to trade unions and membership associations.


Thompsons solicitors: proud to work with trade unions

At Thompsons Solicitors, we strongly believe, based on over 85 years of experience that it is in employees’ best interests to become a member of a trade union.  As a member of a Union you will then have access to a wide range of legal services, support and advice. Our Employments Rights Unit has expert staff to assist trade union members exclusively. Thompsons Solicitors have helped thousands of trade union members to protect their rights at work. was established in 2011 to report news from the UK’s trade union movement, providing an outlet for workers and their campaigns which is missing from the mainstream media. Politically and financially independent, the newspaper is the voice for trade unionists.