Cuba-US relations: Back to the future with Donald Trump?

Cuba-US relations: Back to the future with Donald Trump?

Tuesday 12 June, 7pm
Old Council Chamber,
Wills Memorial Building,
Public meeting with Canadian author Arnold August

Since his election US President Donald Trump has overseen a reversal of improved Cuba-US relations: tightening the 56-year-old US blockade against the island, approving funding for ‘regime change’ programmes and reducing staff at the US embassy. Expert on Cuba-US relations Arnold August will discuss what the future holds under the Trump administration.

A leaflet advertising the meeting can be downloaded from Cuba-US relations: Back to the future with Donald Trump?

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This event is organised by Bristol and Bath Cuba Solidarity Campaign

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Turning Swords Into Ploughshares

The Lucas Plan

Tue 22 May 2018
19:30 – 22:00 BST

BAWA Centre, 589 Southmead Rd,
Bristol, BS34 7RG

This screening of an edited version of the recent film “The Plan” in Filton should be seen as a contribution to the discussion on how to move forward con the Defence diversification Agency resolution passed overwhelmingly at the 2017 TUC Conference.

The Lucas Plan was a pioneering effort by workers at the arms company Lucas Aerospace to retain jobs by proposing alternative, socially-useful applications of the company’s technology and their own skills. It remains one of the most radical and forward thinking attempts ever made by workers to take the steering wheel and directly drive the direction of change.

Today, more than 40 years after the Lucas Plan — we’re facing a convergence of crises: militarism and nuclear weapons, climate chaos, and the destruction of jobs by automation.

Further details about the evening and information on booking tickets can be found at the eventbrite link Swords into Ploughshares” – The Lucas Plan, 40 Years On

This event is organised by Bristol Radical History Group (in conjunction with Bristol North West Labour Party)
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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)

Bristol Workers Memorial Day 2018

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.Workers memorial day logo

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

The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.

In 2018 the theme of Workers’ Memorial Day is Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces. We will also be celebrating 40 years of union health and safety representatives.

Bristol March and Rally
Saturday 28th April 2018, 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)
Sheila Caffrey (NEU-NUT)
Simon Crew (Bristol Trades Union Council)

A leaflet advertising the march & Rally can be found here – Leaflet Workers Memorial Day 2018

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

We demand a new deal for working people!

Leaflet: We demand a new deal for working people!

Why? Because real wages are still lower than before the crash in 2008. Because three million workers are stuck on zero hour contracts, in agency work and in low paid self-employment. Because hardworking public servants haven’t had a proper payrise for eight years. Because our NHS is at breaking point. And because years of cuts have led to poverty, homelessness and despair for too many.

We’re marching for the alternative. For a growing economy with great jobs in every nation and region of the UK. For a £10ph minimum wage and the right to a voice at work. For public services that are brilliant, funded and free at the point of use. And for a society that roots out racism, sexism and discrimination.


We’re the trade union movement. We stand up for millions of working people all over the UK. And together, we demand a new deal for working people. Join us in London on

Saturday 12th May 2018, 11.00am
Victoria Embankment, London

This event is organised by the TUC.

Coaches are being arranged from Bristol. Contact your local union office for details.

Leaflets advertising the march can be downloaded from Posters, leaflets and logos


Lobby of Council Budget Meeting – No More Cuts to Local Services

A protest organised by Bristol & District Anti-Cuts Alliance (BADACA)

Tuesday 20th February 2018
College Green, Bristol
Between 13:00 and 19:00

This protest is against the latest round of spending cuts proposed by Bristol City Council which threaten libraries, school crossing patrols, parks, arts funding and many other vital services.

Lobby outside council house from 1pm.

Two petitions will be presented to the council when it convenes at 2pm.

Protest outside council house from 5pm.


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Changing the world of work for good

The theme for Trades Union Councils in 2018 is “Changing the world of work for good“. It sets out a positive vision of trade unions as we know them to be: a democratic force for fairness in the modern workplace. It highlights the role that trades union councils play in developing and promoting trades unions and in campaigning on the core values of the TUC and the union movement.
The Trades Union Councils Programme of Work for 2018 tasks the Trades Union Council movement with –
  1. opposing the Tories’ attacks on the NHS and building the resistance alongside our NHS staff and their unions;
  2. supporting campaigns for new council and social house building programmes;
  3. supporting industrial action taken in opposing employer or government initiatives that lead to a reduction in staffing or safety;
  4. supporting all trades’ union opposition to the cuts;
  5. supporting the TUC’s “Great Jobs Campaign” and union campaigns for decent pay and conditions at work and increasing collective bargaining coverage;
  6. campaigning for fair treatment of migrant workers;
  7. speaking out for equality, and against discrimination and harassment on the basis of ethnicity or religion;
  8. lobbying the Labour Party to establish, before the next general election, a ‘shadow’ Defence Diversification Agency;
  9. working to raise awareness of the Welfare Charter and campaign for the abolition of the Universal Credit benefits system