Key Workers’ Summit – Thursday 22 July

ARE YOU IN INSECURE WORK?

  • Are you a Key Worker who was heralded last year with claps and praised in speeches?
  • Are you now facing low pay, few rights, insecure hours – or even redundancy?
  • Come and join the Key Workers’ Summit in the South West!

This is the fourth online meeting organised by trades union councils across the South West. It’s a chance for Key Workers to share the issues they face at work and ways to tackle them.
All Key Workers welcome – from health, care, retail, education, hospitality and food production.

Join us to start organising across workplaces and fight back!

Key Workers’ Summit
Thursday 22 July at 7.00 on Zoom


Register in advance for this meeting: Key Workers’ Summit


For further information contact
bristoltradesunioncouncil@gmail.com or glosstrikes@gmail.com

Download the leaflet for the Key Workers’ summit

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Tolpuddle 2021

In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

After massive pressure, the Government agreed on 14th March 1836 that all the men should have a full and free pardon.

Trade unions had won and survived their first big challenge. The six farm workers from Tolpuddle were on their way home as free men.

Tolpuddle has become a place of celebration for trade unionists and socialists ever since the Martyrs’ came home in triumph.

Every July thousands of trade unionists and their supporters gather to celebrate trade unionism and to remember the sacrifice made by the six farm workers of the village.

Trade unionists also use the weekend to catch up on the activities of current Labour Movement campaigns and battles.

Keep the weekend of 16th to 18th July 2021 free and float over to the Tolpuddle 2021 web pages and see what’s going on. This year’s festival will as always have a fabulous atmosphere, a vibrant mix of political debate, speeches, music to suit all tastes, poetry, comedy, stalls and lots of entertainment for children. It will be different. It will be virtual.

Sunday 18th July is when the rally and the grand procession of banners through Tolpuddle village would have happened and it would have been a tremendous sight. The experience of thousands of marchers with colourful banners, bands and protest songs is a highlight of the Festival. Everyone has some reason to join the procession and everyone has a place.

2021 is different, as was 2020, the festival will be almost entirely online.

You can still join in. There will be a small procession representing local Dorset workers which others can join online. There will be online music. There will be online campaign stalls. There will be online debates and set speeches. There will be Labour Movement education with films and a history school.

So wear your campaign teeshirts, union badges and caps and get involved!

Much of the event will be filmed and streamed to www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk and the Tolpuddle Facebook and YouTube channels.

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NHS Workers Say NO

 

Protest for NHS Patient Safety, Pay Justice and an End to Privatisation

Bristol NHS Workers Say No!

Saturday 3rd July  2021
11am meet at College Green
march to Castle Park

Join Bristol NHS Workers Say No and Protect Our NHS on the 73rd Birthday of the NHS to fight for the future of our National Health Service. We demand an end to privatisation and proper investment in the future of the service and the essential staff that keep it running.

Show the government that after 10 years of austerity and a global pandemic we need a restorative 15% payrise and to protect the NHS from privatisation.

More details can be found here Protest for NHS Patient Safety, Pay Justice and an End to Privatisation

This event will observe social distancing guidelines, and ask that all those that can wear a face covering.

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Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support.

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Save Sheikh Jarrah! – Free Palestine!

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This Saturday 15th May 2021 Bristol will be showing it’s solidarity with the people of Palestine as they face the latest attack from the Israeli state and its backers.

A demonstration will start at 2pm from Castle Park, Bristol. Marching to College Green for a gathering of speeches.

For more details follow this link Palestine Solidarity Demo – Save Sheikh Jarrah

Please bring PPE, water, and remember to social distance as much as possible.

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15% PAY RISE FOR ALL NHS WORKERS

15% pay rise for all NHS Workers
Protect the NHS from the next reforms
Day of action organised by

Bristol NHS Workers Say No!

at Millenium Square, Bristol
on Sat. 15th May 2021, 13:00 to 16:00

Show the government that after 10 years of austerity and a global pandemic we need a restorative 15% payrise and to protect the NHS from privatisation.

A day of music and speakers to stand up for the future of our NHS.

This event will be socially distanced, with mandatory face coverings.

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Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support.

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Bristol International Workers Memorial Day April 28th 2021 – Report

IWMD 2021

Health and Safety is a fundamental workers’ right


IN MEMORY OF
BRIAN, RAY, MIKE + LUKE
FROM YOUR COLLEAGUES AT
GMB WESSEX BRANCH
FOREVER IN OUR THOUGHTS

Click on the first photo for the timeline

South West TUC Facebook page recording the event – SWTUC at Bristol IWMD 2021 includes a Zoom video of the Bristol and Plymouth events.

South West GMB Facebook page recording the event – GMB at Bristol IWMD 2021

South West Unite Facebook page recording the event – Unite at Bristol IWMD 2021

 

 

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Bristol International Workers Memorial Day April 28th 2021

IWMD 2021
Health and Safety is a fundamental workers’ right
Assemble at Tony Benn House
Victoria Street, Bristol
Wed. 28th April 2021, 11:15
March to Castle Park for
wreath laying ceremony

Speaking

Chris Marsh (GMB Rep Wessex Water)
Suzy Cheeke (Vice-President Bristol TUC)
Stuart Davies (Legal Officer UNITE)
Shona Jemphrey
(UNISON member, Labour Candidate for Lawrence Hill and member of NCG of Momentum)

A leaflet advertising the march & wreath laying can be found here – Workers Memorial Day 2021

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) commemorates those workers.

We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. We renew our efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work.

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government. We remember those we have lost. We fight in their memory.

In the South West during 2019/2020 13 workers lost their life’s due to industrial accidents.  It’s still fresh in our thoughts of those 4 workers killed in an explosion at the Avonmouth water treatment plant (December 2020).


The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed an occupational health crisis in workplaces worldwide. Workers are routinely denied even basic health and safety protections, including consultation with safety reps and safety committees on ‘Covid-safe’ policies and practices, free access to personal protective equipment and protection from victimisation for raising health and safety concerns. These same problems existed before the pandemic and resulted in millions of deaths each year from work-related injuries and diseases.

The pandemic demonstrates why health and safety must be a right for everyone who works. Illness anywhere threatens illness everywhere. Unions secured agreement at the International Labour Conference in 2019 that occupational health and safety should be recognised as an International Labour Organisation (ILO) fundamental right at work – the decent, universally accepted and binding rights protecting all workers, everywhere. The ILO Centenary Declaration accepts “safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental to decent work”.

On 28 April 2021, unions can send a message that health and safety protection at work must be recognised as a right for all. Whether it is Covid or occupational cancers, or workplace injuries and industrial diseases, every worker should have a right to a voice and a right to protection. No-one should have to die to make a living.

It’s still too early to know whether we will lawfully be able to attend the memorial events which usually take place on IWMD. Whatever happens trade union members will be taking part, respecting legal requirements, in this collective day of remembrance and solidarity.

Wherever you are at 12:00 on Wenesday 28th April 2021, take part in the minute’s silence. It will be a moment to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by so many workers during the pandemic, to remember those who’ve sadly lost their lives, and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great risk. The initiative is supported by the government, and reps may wish to request employers to mark it, by asking the workforce to cease work for one minute at 12:00. Help spread the word about the minute’s silence, by encouraging as many friends and colleagues as possible to take part, whether in their workplace or at home.

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Bristol Nina Franklin Fund sponsored Walk 2021

Walk for Palestine

in aid of the Nina Franklin Fund
Sunday 2nd May 2021

Following the successful and enjoyable Walk for Palestine in October 2020,  the Nina Franklin Fund are holding a second fundraising walk.  A beautiful 5 or 10 mile walk across Purdown and through the Frome Valley, with good company, food and drink at the end.
You are welcome to join them – to register your interest at eventbrite Nina Franklin Fund where you can find links to the their blog and the how all funds raised are used to support schooling in Palestine.

If you can’t walk yourself or sponsor anybody who is, you or your branch can make a donation at Nina Franklin Fund

Nina Franklin, who died last summer, was a National Union of Teachers (NUT) national president (2010/2011) and was a committed campaigner against injustice. Nina was a member of the NUT and the NEU for more than 40 years. Nina was a leading member of Bristol NUT/NEU, and of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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May Day March & Rally 2021

Workers marching

A long with millions upon millions of working people Bristol workers will be raising the Red Flag, on Saturday 1st May 2021, in honour of the international working class day that is the spirit of determination, solidarity and resistance.

Mobilise your members, families and friends to join this major day for workers. Bring your Trade Union and labour movement banners.

Assemble at 12:00
on Saturday 1st May 2021
at Castle Park
March through Broadmead
followed by a Rally in Castle Park, Bristol

Sheila Caffrey (President Bristol Trades Union Council)
Mike Wollacott (Labour Candidate for Frome Vale)
Brendan Kelly (RMT Regional Organiser)
Hannah David (SWTUC)

  • JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ANTI-UNION LAWS
  • CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE POLICE, CRIME, SENTENCING AND COURTS BILL
  • FIGHT THE SLEAZE
  • 15% PAY RISE FOR NHS EMPLOYEES
  • CELEBRATE THOSE WORKERS WHO KEEP BRITAIN WORKING
  • END UNEMPLOYMENT
  • OUTLAW FIRE & REHIRE
  • CELEBRATE AND DEFEND THE EQUAL PAY VICTORY AT ASDA
  • CELEBRATE THE VICTORY OF THE SHREWSBURY 24
  • VICTORY TO GMB AT BRISTOL WATER
  • MAKE 1ST MAY A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

A leaflet advertising the march & Rally can be found here – May Day 2021

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Opposes the Police Billl

At it’s meeting on 31st March 2021 Bristol Trades Union Council resolved

This Council strongly oppose the ill-conceived and dangerous Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill being proposed by the Home Secretary. To push through repressive legislation under the cover of the pandemic is awful politics and will make dreadful law.

As it stands, the Bill seeks to:

  • Erode fundamental rights of protest including vital trade union actions and activities that support working people
  • Draw false links between violence and the Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion protests
  • Attack those marginalised from society, such as traveller communities and other minority groups
  • Create a fake ‘culture war’ where moves to establish a more tolerant and diverse society is somehow destroying our history.

 We are saddened by the violent scenes in our city. As a trade union movement, we believe in the right for workers to be able to protest without police harassment or violence. We condemn the police violence towards peaceful demonstrators and members of the press.  Furthermore, we note with concern the reports of police intimidation towards journalists as they are trying to carry out their job, as well as preventing independent media coverage.

These incidents need to be fully independently investigated and those responsible held to account.

 

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