Bristol Trades Union Council is horrified at the announcement by Bristol City Council that it plans to sack 1000 of it’s workforce by the end of September 2016. The announcement has come without regard on how this will impact the lives of those losing their jobs or to the services that these trade union members provide.
Andy Roberston, Secretary of Bristol Trades Union Council, in responding to this bombshell from Bristol City Council said
The Government is to blame for this. The Conservative Government only appears to be interested in rich high-profile people who avoid paying their taxes, dip their hands into our pension funds or speculate with our savings, and when it all goes wrong the Government bails them out to the tune of billions of pounds with the taxes paid by workers and to the detriment of the services that working people are entitled to have provided by the Government and local councils.
Bristol Trades Union Council will stand shoulder to shoulder with the trade union members at Bristol City Council to ensure the City Mayor and Council members implement the four-point plan proposed by the trade unions at Bristol City Council.
Bristol Unite Branches have responded positively to a financial appeal to support striking Weymouth bus drivers.
Unite points out that First Group is a very profitable UK company that can afford to reward its Bristol drivers with a 13 per cent increase, but for its employees in Weymouth and Bridport the deal on the table is only 2.3 per cent over two years from August 2015.
The Weymouth and Bridport drivers earn about £18,300-a-year – or £8.80 an hour, while First Group drivers in Yeovil are on £9.50 per hour. Drivers working for rival firms in Bournemouth and Poole earn nearly £2 an hour more.
Nearly 90 per cent of the drivers voted in favour of strike action.
Over 920 life and pensions Unite members at Capita will be starting an indefinite overtime ban on Friday 3 June after voting by 90 per cent in support of industrial action in a dispute over a below inflation pay deal.
Capita workers including those based in Bristol voted by 90 per cent for industrial action short of a strike, and 75 per cent in favour of strike action after roundly rejecting the firm’s pay offer.
Big Pit Museum alongside all national Museum’s in Wales are on all out strike against attacks on their pay connected to their weekend rates. Big Pit was set up following the destruction of the mining industry after the Miners Strike in 1984. Miners who were on strike for over a year have not lost the spirit and are back on all out strike with their colleagues from all over Wales. Please come and meet these strikers who need our support and solidarity.
University academics in the University & College Union (UCU) will be taking strike action on
Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May
in support of a demand for a pay rise of 5% and a commitment to tackle the gender pay gap and casualisation in higher education. The pay of lecturers has fallen in real terms by 14.5% since 2009 whereas surpluses made by universities have grown by 43% and reserves have risen by 57%. The pay of Vice-Chancellors has sky-rocketed with the average salary now standing at £272,000. University employers are offering an increase of 1.1% (up from an initial offer of 1%). Action short of a strike will also commence on Wednesday 25 May if an acceptable offer is not made at the next negotiating meeting on May 18.
Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support the pickets.