Bristol March for Jobs


Sat. 30 October 2021


College Green, Bristol

Support Unemployed Workers
Defend Jobs and Services

The number of claimants for work-related Universal Credit has more than doubled since March. The Office for National Statistics estimates that there are 3.4 million people actively seeking work. A large proportion of furloughed workers will not return to work. This will affect those who keep their jobs as well, as bosses attack our pay, hours, workloads and contractual rights. Unemployment is a product of the capitalist system which can only produce for profit, leaving millions idle while we need hospitals, schools, houses and a green new deal.

Join us at College Green as we rally to defend our jobs and services and deliver a petition of demands to Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, and Bristol City Council, as follows:

1) Not to cut any local authority jobs, lower local authority workers’ terms and conditions, or cut any services.

2) To provide resources, including premises, for the support and organisation of unemployed workers.

3) To launch a campaign with local trade unions calling on the government to provide jobs for all.

Organised by the Bristol Unemployed Workers’ Centre follow them on facebook

More details of the march and rally
can be found at Bristol March for Jobs

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Global Day for Climate Justice

March For The Climate
Sat. 6th November ’21
Assemble at 12 noon
College Green, Bristol

join the trade union block by the Queen Victoria statue

  1. The climate emergency is here and now, exacerbating extreme weather events across the globe including heat waves, wildfires, floods and hurricanes. People are already suffering and dying as a result.
  2. In the face of this challenge we call for a “just transition” that seeks to ensure that the substantial benefits of a green economy transition are shared widely, while also supporting those who stand to lose economically – be they countries, regions, industries, communities, workers or consumers.
  3. The 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP26), taking place in Glasgow during early November 2021, is crucial for the global response to climate change. The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis.
  4. Trade unions need to exert maximum pressure on the conference so that COP26 shows leadership and agrees a fast, fair and a just transition.
  5. Add your voice and feet to the march by joining the trade union bloc.

Download these flyers/posters for your work colleagues –

A3 global justice day poster
A4 global justice day poster
A5 global justice day flyer

For more information
Read the COP26 briefing paper
Host Contact Info:
Facebook: Bristol COP26 Demonstration 6th November
Resources to get your union branch onboard: We make tomorrow

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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 and the Tolpuddle Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Organise 2020

Organise 2020 is the TUC’s free festival of ideas in union organising. Join activists and staff from across the TUC’s unions this July for 3 days of online events.

From 9 to 11 July, we’ll showcase union organising stories from around the UK and around the world, host debates on major trends in organising, and offer online training sessions in key organising topics and new digital technologies.

We aim to link reps and organisers around the country, build their skills and inspiration, and support unions in working together to recruit and organise new members and their workplaces.

Details of the whole programme and how to register can be found at TUC Organise 2020

There are four headline sessions see below for details

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Asbestos In Schools

Thursday 26th April 2018, 16.30am
The Fountains, Bristol

A few days before Workers Memorial Day the National Education Union (NUT Section) will be leafleting parents warning of the dangers of Asbestos in Bristol’s Schools. Come and join them to spread the message.

  • Asbestos remains a killer in schools and there is simply no evidence to support the Government’s case that it is safer to manage asbestos than to remove it.  Removal must take place under strictly controlled conditions and is highly regulated.  It is misleading and scaremongering to suggest that removal might be unsafe.
  • At least 319 teachers have died from mesothelioma since 1980, and 205 of these deaths have occurred since 2001. The real numbers are likely to be much higher because these figures do not include anyone over the age of 75.
  • Teachers are now dying from mesothelioma at an average of 17 per year, up from three per year during 1980-85.

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This event is organised by Bristol National Education Union (NUT Section)

EDF Energy workers to strike over ‘pay loss of up to £6,000’

The roll-out of a Smart meter installation programme across Bristol will be hit when EDF Energy staff stage two days of strike action this month in a dispute over pay cuts, job losses and working extended hours to install the meters.

Unite said that if the proposals were allowed to go through some of its members would lose up to £6,000-a-year in income which was ‘totally unacceptable’.

Meter readers and fixers, office staff and managers, at Clarence Road, Speedwell, Bristol, BS15 1NT, will be striking for 24 hours from 00.01 on Wednesday 12 August and at the same time on Thursday 20 August.

The full press release can be found here EDF Energy workers to strike over ‘pay loss of up to £6,000’

Fair Pay Fortnight

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East Street, Bedminster
21st February 2014
10:00 – 12:30

Bristol Trades Union Council will be in Bedminster to raise awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis. Working people are seeing their living standards squeezed harder and harder. The cost of energy, food and housing is soaring but wages aren’t keeping up. People have lost over £4,000 since 2009 and while jobs may be returning to the economy they’re increasingly low paid, low hours and low security. As a result, more and more people struggle to pay their rent, mortgage and heat their homes. Women and young workers are particularly affected.

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Sharpak – Industrial Action

Following months of extensive efforts, ignored counter proposals and procedural challenges, Unite members at Sharpak in Yate were finally pushed into a ballot on Strike Action.

This has resulted in an overwhelming vote in favour and Unite members will be taking strike action on Tuesday 2nd December from 0600 to 0600 on Wednesday 3rd December and on Thursday 4th December from 0600 to 0600 on Friday 5th December.

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