Tackling the far right

Tackling the far right

Far-right extremism is on the rise in Britain. Hate speech spreads unchecked online, and acts of far-right terrorism have rocketed. In our communities, in our elections and in everyday conversation, far-right mouthpieces are doing their best to spread their hateful message.

Tackling the far-right seems like too difficult a task for one person.

Where do you start? Can you alone make a difference? What can you actually do?

But unions have stronger weapons than the far-right — solidarity, trust, and of course, our union reps and activists. Together we can keep our workplaces hate-free.

There is a TUC Education e-note to help you do just that.

This short online course introduces the big issues and challenges. It identifies who the far-right are, how they get their messages out and how we can stop them.

Let’s not pretend this is easy – it might mean having difficult conversations with colleagues or having to campaign.

You can access the e-note here. Tackling the far right – e-note

Once you’ve completed it, please consider what you can do next to help tackle the far-right. This might include:

  • Encouraging fellow reps, or colleagues to take part
  • Discussing the issues raised at your labour movement meetings and agree an action plan
  • Sharing the e-note with fellow progressive networks
  • If you aren’t already, become a union member. If you are, consider becoming a rep.

The far-right love to exploit issues to divide our communities. As trade unionists, we cannot allow them a free pass on this.

Our history has shown us that when we stand together, we can defeat this hate.

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Heartunions Week 10-16 February 2020

Heart Unions logo

Heartunions week is a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren’t yet in a union to join. Every year it’s a chance for reps and activists to publicise what they’ve been doing and make the case for union membership.

Heartunions week is all about recruiting people. In 2020 the TUC will roll out new training on how to have organising conversations, as well as materials and advice to support you in getting new members into your union.

In 2020, the campaigning theme for heartunions is stamping out sexual harassment at work. Look out for more details about how you and your workmates can take action on sexual harassment, and use the campaign to encourage non-members to get involved.

And as always – heartunions belongs to union members and union branches all over the UK. So use the week to raise the profile of your union branch and your workplace priorities in the way that works for your members and activists.

Send an email to Bristol Trades Union Council and tell us about your Heartunions activities, it will also cc South West TUC.

Above all please get involved. As and when more events get organised Bristol Trades Union Council will post details here.

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50 Cities 50 Traces Bristol Exhibition

50 Cities 50 Traces Bristol Exhibition


Tue 4th until Fri 28th Feb.
(closed on Sats and Suns)
12:00 until 18:00 every weekday
At “The Vestibules” City Hall (Park St end)
College Green
Bristol BS1 5TR
Entry is free.

The Bristol Hannover Council cordially invites you to the Mayors for Peace 50 Cities – 50 Traces exhibition an international touring art & peace project.

This international art and peace project commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons signed by the nuclear-weapon states USA, the Soviet Union and Great Britain in 1968 and its formal ratification in 1970.

The artistic concept behind 50 Cities – 50 Traces, a touring exhibition of works by German artist Klaudia Dietewich, is to juxtapose individual traces from 50 Mayors for Peace cities and the daily life taking place therein. The exhibition is conceived as an invitation to respect and preserve the world’s visible remainders, which are bearers of memory. It is an appeal against the destruction of our cities and the deployment of nuclear weapons – thus supporting the core idea behind the Mayors for Peace movement: ‘Cities are not targets’.

Supported by W F Southall Trust, CB and HH Taylor 1984 Trust and the Bristol Quaker Peace and Justice Committee.


“Peace in Action” 30 minute Lunchtime Talks to accompany the exhibition 12:30 to 13:00
details here Event List
Free entry and bring your sandwiches.

A flyer for the exhibition can be downloaded from Peace 50 Cities – 50 Traces exhibition best printed from Adobe Reader remembering to set page scaling to printable area.

More information about the 50 Cities – 50 Traces exhibition can be found on the following social media platforms –

facebook
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twitter
Instagram

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Message on General Election

Trades Union Councils logo

At it’s meeting on 18th December 2019 Bristol Trades Union Council agreed the following resolution –

We are truly devastated by the general election result, and devastated that we didn’t win the Labour Government that Bristol so desperately needs. We know that a Tory government will mean more pain for working people – with jobs, rights and public services under threat.

Whilst we are heartbroken about the result, we are also incredibly proud of the role that trade unionists played in the election, as Labour campaigners in our workplaces and communities.

This is a moment that requires us to draw on all of our reserves of strength and stand in solidarity with one another. We now need to step up and be ready to defend our communities, defend our jobs, workplaces and public services, and defend our unions and rights at work.

We will continue the fight to ban zero-hours contracts and take on the big corporations that pay poverty wages.

We will continue the fight for council housing for all who want it, a transport system that allows us to get to work and play at reasonable cost and for an environment that doesn’t poison us.

As ever, trade unions will be a vital line of defence against the impact of a Tory Government. At this moment we cannot say it loudly enough – if you’re not a member of a trade union join one and do everything you can to get colleagues and friends to join one too. Above all and whatever you do participate in the activities of your trade union.

History can also provide some solace in moments like this. The labour movement has suffered big defeats in the past and we have always come back, rebuilt our strength and fought another day.

In solidarity,
Bristol Trades Union Council

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Bristol Says: Not My Prime Minister

Not my Prime Minister


Sat. 14th December 2019
13:30-15:30
‘Under the Sails’ outside Primark
Horsefair, Broadmead
Bristol

Show your defiance to racism, misogyny, homophobia,, austerity, climate chaos and war.

Sponsored by Bristol Stand Up to Racism, Bristol Stop the War Coalition and Bristol CND.

For more information follow this link to the facebook event page Protest & defy

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Privatisation of the NHS

NHS not for sale

Mike Levine, a local historian and NHS activist, has written a pamphlet that gives details of this process, which has been going on since 1990. He says that we will eventually have a two-tier health service with less and less care for those who cannot afford to pay.

Mike argues that IT CAN BE STOPPED IF PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.

A copy of the pamphlet can be downloaded by following this link Privatisation of the NHS – NHS not for sale

If you want to support the NHS get your trade union campaigning for the NHS and get involved in Protect our NHS.

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Keynsham postal strike

I support my postal worker

Postal workers in Keynsham are to go on strike on the two days before Christmas – in support of a Communications Workers Union (CWU) member who was sacked by the Royal Mail.

The sacking has caused outrage and the CWU has issued the Royal Mail with a strike notice, There will be no mail collected or delivered in BS31 from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27.

The CWU said the member was sacked under the sickness process which was wrongly applied.

Messages of solidarity can be left on the Bristol CWU facebook page

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