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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Bristol – Trump not welcome

Donald Trump is coming to London on a state visit from June 3-5. An open sexist and racist, he supports far right organisations around the world including the fascist Britain First, denies climate change and is pursuing a more and more confrontational and dangerous foreign policy.

For all these reasons, Bristol TUC is supporting various protests and is calling for the biggest possible participation against Trump’s visit.

Trump not welcome
Bristol protest
from 5pm
Monday 3rd June

Join others at the Fountains on the Centre to show your opposition to Trump’s visit. Bring banners, placards, friends, neighbours. Tell others. Please share/like the Facebook event at Bristol – Trump not welcome

No To Trump

London demonstration – Tuesday 4th June

Coaches from Bristol. Join others. Take a day off if you can. Tell others. Please share/like the Facebook event at London – No to Trump

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Bristol Workers Memorial Day 2019

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. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers.

‘Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace’ will be this year’s focus for what has become the world’s largest annual health and safety event. The union-led campaign will emphasise a ‘Zero Cancer’ approach, urging union members to seek to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.

Workers memorial day logo

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their trade unions conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!
Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces

Bristol March and Rally
Sunday 28th April 2019, 12.00
Assemble at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street
March to Castle Park for Rally
12:00 March from Tony Benn House
12:30 Rally in Castle Park
Brendan Kelly (RMT Regional Organiser)
Jim Whelan (Unite – Road Transport Branch)
Kay Timbrell (Usdaw – H&S Representative)

A leaflet advertising the march & Rally can be found here – Leaflet Workers Memorial Day 2019

More information about International Workers Memorial Day and Health and Safety issues can be here Hazards Campaign.

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!
Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces

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The Bristol march and rally is organised by Bristol Trades Union Council

HONDA March & Rally – 30th March 2019

I stand with Honda workers
Saturday 30th March 2019
11:00 am
Swindon Town Football Club, County Ground, SN1 2ED
Marching to
GWR Park, Faringdon Road
Swindon, SN1 5DJ
for a rally at 12:30 pm
  • Speakers include – Len McCluskey General Secretary; Paddy Brennan Honda Convenor; Steve Turner AGS Unite; Swindon Lord Mayor Junab Ali; Josh Kurma – singer and others
  • Enjoy Unite brass band Bangra dance group and other entertainment on the day ~ We are coming together to defend the Plant, Jobs & Community

The UK is in the grip of a manufacturing emergency that will accelerate, leaving tens of thousands of jobs hanging in the balance, unless the Honda plant in Swindon is saved.

Bristol trade unionists will be marching in Swindon – Please come and join us in supporting thousands of Honda car industry workers, their families and community – We are demanding Honda reverse this disgraceful proposal

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