Keynsham postal strike

I support my postal worker

Postal workers in Keynsham are to go on strike on the two days before Christmas – in support of a Communications Workers Union (CWU) member who was sacked by the Royal Mail.

The sacking has caused outrage and the CWU has issued the Royal Mail with a strike notice, There will be no mail collected or delivered in BS31 from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27.

The CWU said the member was sacked under the sickness process which was wrongly applied.

Messages of solidarity can be left on the Bristol CWU facebook page

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Strike action at University of Bristol

Support UCU members on strike

The University of Bristol will be hit with eight days of strike action from Monday 25 November 2019 to Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Monday 25 November, 10:00am
Rally outside the Victoria Rooms
Speaker – Paul Bridge – UCU head of HE
Followed by a march to College Green (Bristol, BS1 5TJ)

University and College Union (UCU) members at Bristol backed strike action in two separate legal disputes, one on pensions and one on pay and working conditions. Overall, 79% of UCU members who voted backed strike action in the ballot over changes to pensions. In the ballot on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads, 74% of members polled backed strike action.

DO ALL YOU CAN TO SUPPORT. Turn up on picket lines, send messages of support and contribute to the fighting fund.

At Bristol University there will be pickets from 7.30 am to 10.00 am on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November.

Bristol Picket locations

  • Victoria Rooms – main picket/rally location
  • Wills Building
  • Richmond Building
  • Biomedical Sciences (Medical School)
  • Woodland Road
  • Priory Road
  • Geography
  • ASSL
  • Canynge Hall

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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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Keep Striking for higher pay

Friday, 1st February 2019
Assemble 6pm at
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ

Deliveroo couriers in Bristol will be taking strike action over low pay, unpaid work and a change in their booking system.

The Bristol Couriers Network will be striking for a range of demands. In particular they’ll be striking for:

  • £5 per drop
  • Paid waiting times of £10/hr, 17p/minute
  • Extra distance payment £1/mile
  • Recruitment freeze

So far strikes in Bristol have won:

  • 5 weeks of higher boosts
  • A meeting with the head of Rider Operations
  • Support from Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees
  • An agreement from the Bristol Mayor that moped couriers would not be fined for the use of loading bays when picking up and delivering
  • No victimisation
  • Agreement from Deliveroo that they will: work on allowing customers to tip after delivery, allow couriers to immediately see the second order address, work with the council to stop moped couriers paying fines for use of loading bays.

Please join them. Bring noise, TU banners and plenty of solidarity!

More information about the dispute can be found at Bristol Couriers’ demands

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Usdaw takes on Lidl at Avonmouth

Usdaw campaigning at Lidl

Bristol Trades Union Council sends solidarity greetings to Usdaw members campaigning at Lidl’s Avonmouth Distribution Centre to win union recognition.

Mike Walker – Usdaw’s Deputy Divisional Officer for South West England says: “We are taking our successful campaigning to the new Lidl Regional Distribution Centre in Avonmouth, engaging with staff about the problems they face at work and their concerns about not being able to get them resolved without trade union representation. Some staff at Avonmouth are transferring from the site at Weston-super-Mare, so Usdaw is providing advice and support to our members through that transition.

Details of the action can be found by following this link Usdaw campaigning at Lidl

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Congratulations to GMB in victory over Uber

GMB versus Uber
Bristol Trades Union Council (BTUC) congratulates GMB on achieving a landmark Court of Appeal ruling that established that Uber drivers are “workers” and not self-employed drivers.

In congratulating the GMB TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the ruling should serve as a warning to other gig economy employers.

“If you play fast and loose with workers’ rights, unions will expose you and hold you to account,” she added.

BTUC says if you’re using an Uber taxi in Bristol this Christmas, New Year and beyond make sure the driver knows about the ruling and ask them to join the GMB if they’re not already a member.

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