Bristol March for Jobs

RALLY

Sat. 30 October 2021

12:00

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: bristol@cop26coalition.org
Facebook: Bristol COP26 Demonstration 6th November
Resources to get your union branch onboard: We make tomorrow

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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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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.

Other events will be organised by Bristol Trades Union Council, Bristol Unison, Bristol FBU and South West TUC. Add a comment here to tell us about your Bristol and South Glos. event.

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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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Support GMB Bristol Water strike

75% of GMB members have voted to strike and will be striking next Tuesday 6th April as Bristol Water has imposed a pay freeze for 2020/21 and no increase to their pension contributions, despite essential workers working throughout the pandemic putting their health and that of their families at risk.

The GMB members’ pay has been eroded over several years and has not kept pace with the cost of inflation. Last week, Bristol Water presented an underwhelming offer for 21/22 which has been rejected by members. Despite GMB attempting to reopen talks to avoid strike action, there has been no counteroffer from the company.

Bristol Water awarded the second worst pay out for England and Wales’ Water authorities in 2019 (which we had to fight to get) and the 2020 pay deal means they remain bottom of the league for company pension contributions. Meanwhile, Mel Karam, CEO, has received a 2020/2021 bonus of £300,000 on top of his £240,000 annual salary. We have challenged him on this as well as his conduct at meetings, and his only response has been to remove himself from talks with GMB.

The GMB sees this offer as an insult to their hard-working members who deserve much, much better. The GMB members are skilled and dedicated workers who take great pride in delivering safe, clean water to 1.2 million people. In return, they ask to be paid fairly and valued by the company.

The GMB members would be grateful for messages of support.

If anyone wishes to come and support the (Covid-safe) picket line on the day, then pickets will be there Tuesday 6th April 7.30-11am (Head Office, Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 7AT).

For further information: Bristol Water workers set to strike over pay freeze