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:


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


Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Operating within the food industry and representing working people since 1847. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved over the years and we continue to lead the way in terms of fighting for a better deal for our members. BFAWU


The union for workers in industries in and around steel and metal communities, knitwear, lace, textiles, hosiery, dyeing and finishing, footwear, leather, gloving, made-up leather goods and other apparel. Community

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



Public services-primarily NHS, local government, care education; also engineering, construction, shipbuilding, energy, catering, security, civil air transport, aerospace, defence, clothing, textiles, retail, hotel, chemicals, utilities, offshore, food production and distribution. GMB


Musicians' Union

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


National Association of Probation Officers

The trade union and professional association for family court and probation staff.

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

Royal College of Midwives

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.

Unite the Union

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

 The Battersea and Wandsworth Trade Union Council is the campaigning voice of trade unionists in our part of South West London. The BWTUC is an organising Trades Council with the clear goal of building trade union membership and union strength in every workplace.


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.

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.

Workers Beer Company

The UK's leading supplier of bars to festivals and outdoor events exists to raise money for the Labour movement and trade unions.

Since the Workers Beer Company started out over two decades ago it now works with some of the biggest music festivals in the UK. It runs high volume bars to small specialist bars. It is delighted to have supported the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival for many years.