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

Morning Star Garden Party

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An afternoon of music, song with a buffet lunch and cream tea and all in support of the Morning Star. To make room for the cream tea there’s  an optional guided walk around the beautiful village of Priddy in the Mendip Hills.

Sunday September 11th
Priddy, Nr Wells, Somerset, BA5 3BE
(Mendip Hills)

The full programme can be downloaded here Morning Star Garden Party

Tickets, £10 waged £5 unwaged (includes Lunch and Tea), and precise location of the event can be obtained from 01749 870078.

Action for Rail in Bristol 2016

Action for Rail (AFR) will be leafleting at stations across the country on Tuesday 16th August to coincide with the announcement of the increases for regulated fares in 2017. In Bristol meet at

Temple Meads Station
Temple Quay area

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Morning 08.00 – 09.00
Evening 17.30 – 18.30

More information about the national campaign can be found by following these two links – Action For Rail: Protest fare rises and call for public ownership
No more fares rises, no more cuts to services and staffing

More information about issues effecting the Bristol Railway system can be found here Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways or email fosbr

No More Austerity – National Demonstration Saturday 16th July 2016

Bristol Trades Union Council supports the emergency National Demonstration called by The People’s Assembly and Stand Up to Racism.

Transport has been arranged to the demonstration in London. Bring your colleagues and friends.

Departs Anchor Rd (by @Bristol Science Centre BS1 5DB) at 8.15am
Book your tickets on eventbrite

A flyer for the demonstration can be downloaded from here No More Austerity – National Demonstration Saturday 16th July 2016

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Bristol Unite Branches support Weymouth bus drivers in strike against ‘poverty pay’

Bristol Unite Branches have responded positively to a financial appeal to support striking Weymouth bus drivers.

Unite points out that First Group is a very profitable UK company that can afford to reward its Bristol drivers with a 13 per cent increase, but for its employees in Weymouth and Bridport  the deal on the table is only 2.3 per cent over two years from August 2015.

The Weymouth and Bridport drivers earn about £18,300-a-year – or £8.80 an hour, while First Group drivers in Yeovil are on £9.50 per hour. Drivers working for rival firms in Bournemouth and Poole earn nearly £2 an hour more.

Nearly 90 per cent of the drivers voted in favour of strike action.

More information about the dispute can be found here  A fourth week of strikes by Weymouth bus drivers