Trades Union Councils’ Programme of Work – 2016 – 2017

The theme for the Trades Union Councils Programme of Work for 2016 to 2017 is ‘Protect Jobs, Defend Living Standards’. It sets out a positive vision of trade unions as we know them to be: a democratic force for fairness in the modern workplace. It highlights the role that trades union councils play in developing and promoting trades unions and in campaigning on the core values of the TUC and the union movement.

The key areas of campaigning for the year are:

  1. protecting workers’ rights to strike, promoting trade unionism and building union organisation;
  2. setting out the case for a high investment, high productivity economy with great jobs and skills at its heart;
  3. making devolution and decentralisation work for people;
  4. reaching out to young workers;
  5. support and campaigning for the Welfare Charter
  6. fighting racism and fascism

This programme of work has developed by the Trades Union Councils’ Joint Consultative Committee (TUCJCC) to ensure that trades union councils can identify their part in TUC campaigns and help implement the resolutions passed at the 2016 trades union councils conference.

The Trades Union Councils’ Programme of Work – 2016 – 2017 can be found here

Tories Out – Austerity Has Failed

National Demonstration at the
Conservative Party Conference
Sunday 2nd October 2016, assemble 11:30am
Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BD

Bristol Trades Union Council supports this National Demonstration called by The People’s Assembly and Midlands Region TUC.

Transport has been arranged to the demonstration. Bring your members, banners and friends.

Departs Anchor Rd (by @Bristol Science Centre BS1 5DB) at 9.15am
Book your tickets at eventbrite

Local details about the demonstration can be found here at Bristol People’s Assembly

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Lobby of Bristol City Council Full Council Meeting – Stop the Cuts

A protest organised by Unite the Union and the Bristol People’s Assembly will be taking place this

Tuesday 13th September 2016,
College Green, Bristol at 5pm

Cuts are being forced upon the Council by the ideologically driven, free market agenda of the current Conservative Government, but notwithstanding this that the Council’s leadership and the leadership of Bristol must push back to Whitehall and oppose these cuts. Background information about the cuts can be found at Bristol City Council Redundancies

Bristol Trades Union Council (Bristol TUC)  opposes all cuts to jobs & services – we will campaign to defend all threatened jobs & services and believe that our local politicians should be fighting the cuts. Bristol Trades Union Council (Bristol TUC) urges all trade unionists to attend and show solidarity at the event for our fellow trade unionists who work tirelessly in the Council.   

 

Learning and Skills Conference

Unionlearn will be holding a Learning and Skills Conference in Bristol to focus on apprenticeships, English and maths.

Tuesday 27th September
At-Bristol, Anchor Road,
Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB

The conference is part of a series of informative regional learning and skills events aimed at union representatives, employers and those interested in the latest learning and skills developments.

More details and to book go to

Bristol Learning and Skills event this September

NO to the Council Cuts! PROTEST

Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support the Bristol People’s Assembly protest against the large scale redundancies and consequential cuts in services at Bristol City Council.

Saturday 27th August, midday

Fountains on Bristol City Centre

Background information about the cuts can be found at Bristol City Council Redundancies

Bristol City Council Redundancies

Bristol Trades Union Council is horrified at the announcement by Bristol City Council that it plans to sack 1000 of it’s workforce by the end of September 2016. The announcement has come without regard on how this will impact the lives of those losing their jobs or to the services that these trade union members provide.

Andy Roberston, Secretary of Bristol Trades Union Council, in responding to this bombshell from Bristol City Council said

The Government is to blame for this. The Conservative Government only appears to be interested in rich high-profile people who avoid paying their taxes, dip their hands into our pension funds or speculate with our savings, and when it all goes wrong the Government bails them out to the tune of billions of pounds with the taxes paid by workers and to the detriment of the services that working people are entitled to have provided by the Government and local councils.

Bristol Trades Union Council will stand shoulder to shoulder with the trade union members at Bristol City Council to ensure the City Mayor and Council members implement the four-point plan proposed by the trade unions at Bristol City Council.

UNISON, UNITE the UNION, GMB have issued a joint press statement which can be found here Swingeing government cuts will decimate council services in Bristol, say unions