Black Friday protests at Amazon

100s of Amazon ambulance callouts

On Black Friday (29th November 2019), the GMB will be staging a protest at the Amazon Fulfilment centre – Bristol Avonmouth to highlight the anger at the ‘inhuman conditions’ people work under at the company’s warehouses.

Bristol TUC urges all affiliates to support the protest of which details can be obtained from the local GMB office in Old Market, Bristol

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An attack on democracy

I'm standing with my union

Bristol TUC takes the view that the recent decision (13th November 2019) at the Royal Court of Justice to stop Communication Workers Union members from striking is an attack on the entire trade union movement and must be resisted.

The Communication Workers Union balloted over 110,000 members who voted by over 97% in favour of strike action in a massive 76% turnout. The strike was to oppose the casualisation of the Royal Mail

Bristol TUC extends its support and solidarity to postal workers and their union the Communication Workers Union in what is now a battle for democracy itself.

A full statement by the CWU can be found by following this link CWU’s voice of defiance rings out around the country

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Climate Action

Green Unions at work

Friday 20th September

Bristol TUC is supporting the lead being taken by school Students in Bristol to demand climate action in the Global Climate Strike.

At it’s July meeting Bristol TUC agreed to reinforce it’s campaigning against Climate Change. Trade unionists know the importance of standing up and taking action when change is necessary, we are supporting the fight against climate change to help protect the planet for our children and grandchildren.

Bristol TUC supports the July statement made by the TUC A just transition to a greener, fairer economy  and will be working with the TUC  in the trade union campaign  Climate crisis and a just transition as agreed by the September 2019 TUC Conference.

The Global Climate Strike will take place shortly before the UN emergency climate summit and is intended to build support for the ambitious agenda needed to tackle the climate crisis.

What you can do –
Restrictive trade union laws make it very difficult for workers to go on strike but union members can still be out and campaigning in their workplaces. Some employers will allow or encourage their workers to take part. Talk to your employer about allowing staff time to attend local rallies.

Support your local protest

  1. Ask your employer to declare a climate emergency.
  2. Ask your union to declare a climate emergency.
  3. Follow this with a programme of action.
  4. Arrange lunch-time events and activities such as open discussions over the climate emergency and what more can be done at your workplace.
  5. Survey your workplace about what they think can be done to cut carbon use.
  6. Volunteer to be a green rep or encourage others to do so.
  7. Sign up to the TUC training for being a green rep
  8. To show our government that workers everywhere want action now, take a photo on the day and share it with TUC Campaigns
  9. Get involved in your union’s climate actions

Cut fares, not staff

Cut fares, not staff

Wednesday 14th August 2019
08.00 – 09.00

Meet at Bristol Temple Meads Station – Temple Quay area to protest at over-priced train tickets.

Rail workers will be protesting at stations around the country on August 14th including Bristol Temple Meads. They will be warning that passengers are paying “more for less” because even as fares rise rail engineering work is being delayed or cancelled, skilled railway jobs are being lost and staff are being cut on trains, stations and ticket offices.

Get involved with RMT’s campaign here – Cut fares, not staff

Protest to Save the Over 75 TV Licence

Don't switch us off!
Friday 21st June 2019
12 Noon
In 2015, the Government passed responsibility for the free TV licence for the over-75s to the BBC, and said they would cease to fund it from 2020. The BBC launched a consultation process, but making it very clear that they did not wish to continue the current arrangement. The consultation ended on 12th February 2019. Subsequently the BBC has decided to introduce a means-test whereby those who claim pensions’ credit will be exempt from the TV licence charges — but 3.7 million pensioners will have to pay the annual licence fee of £154.50 from next year.

The National Pensioners Convention are fighting this proposal to end the current arrangement, and are asking for responsibility for this vital welfare benefit for over-75s to be taken back under government control. The National Pensioners Convention is absolutely clear – if we fail to protect this concession, the government will begin looking at the winter fuel allowance and the bus pass.

The National Pensioners Convention is calling on local pensioner groups, trade unions, community groups, students, members of the public, MPs and councillors to make a stand on Friday 21 June against:

1. The BBC’s decision to means-test the TV licence for older people
2. The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession

Download the National Pensioners Convention poster for this protest from here DON’T SWITCH US OFF! Use this simple black and white A4 poster: print it at home and stick it on a piece of cardboard – and bring it along to the demo. Local banners and placards are of course welcome, along with whistles, drums and other instruments.

Read the National Pensioners Convention briefing on the campaign NPC Campaign

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Trump and the Left in Latin America

Bristol Link with Nicaragua in partnership with UNITE the Union and the Bristol and Bath Cuba Solidarity Campaign present
Trump and the Left in Latin America
Friday 5 July 2019

6.30pm for 7pm start. Ends at 9pm

Tony Benn House (Unite the union)
Victoria Street, BRISTOL BS1 6AY

Panel discussion – 3 short presentations and then Q+A


HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry – Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK.

HE Teresita Vicente Sotolongo – Cuban Ambassador to the UK

HE Rocío Del Valle Maneiro González – Venezuelan Ambassador to the UK

This event will be a chance to see how we can support these countries, as well as a chance to speak and network with Trade Unionists, Activists and members of the local community in Bristol.

This event is free and open to all, but spaces are limited so please get your free ticket through Eventbrite

Sponsored by:

Unite the Union; Bristol Link with Nicaragua; Bristol Cuba Solidarity Campaign

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PROTECT OUR NHS Demonstration – Adult Community Services

A ten year contract amounting to over £1 billion is about to awarded to provide these essential health services, including those which focus on diabetes, learning disabilities and Parkinson’s disease among others.We do not know who is bidding for this, it could be NHS services, community ventures or private companies like Virgin Care seeking to profit from your ill health and support needs.


12:30 – 2:00pm FRIDAY 31st May 2019

outside the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group
17 Marlborough St, Bristol BS1 3NX
(just on the Stokes Croft side of the Bear Pit)

This is to draw attention to the secretive tendering of our Adult Community Services which is under way at present. Short listing was done in April this year, we still do not know who the bidders are and we should.
Please come along, with your own banner if you can pointing out the secrecy involved, making it clear that is Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group that is making these decisions, asking who the bidders are, pointing up the danger of a privatisation of the service. There will be leaflets to hand out and our general PROTECT OUR NHS banners and information. Copies of the leaflet can be downloaded from here in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire are up for grabs!

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