Learning and Skills Conference

Unionlearn will be holding a Learning and Skills Conference in Bristol to focus on apprenticeships, English and maths.

Tuesday 27th September
At-Bristol, Anchor Road,
Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB

The conference is part of a series of informative regional learning and skills events aimed at union representatives, employers and those interested in the latest learning and skills developments.

More details and to book go to

Bristol Learning and Skills event this September

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NO to the Council Cuts! PROTEST

Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support the Bristol People’s Assembly protest against the large scale redundancies and consequential cuts in services at Bristol City Council.

Saturday 27th August, midday

Fountains on Bristol City Centre

Background information about the cuts can be found at Bristol City Council Redundancies

Bristol City Council Redundancies

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.

UNISON, UNITE the UNION, GMB have issued a joint press statement which can be found here Swingeing government cuts will decimate council services in Bristol, say unions

Bristol Unite Branches support Weymouth bus drivers in strike against ‘poverty pay’

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.

More information about the dispute can be found here  A fourth week of strikes by Weymouth bus drivers

Capita workers in overtime ban to defeat ‘poverty pay’

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.

More information about the dispute can be found here Capita workers overwhelmingly reject ‘derisory’

Messages of support can be directed to Peter Hughes Unite South West Regional Secretary

Big Pit Museum Strikers Coming to Bristol

Wednesday 18th May – 18:30
Shakespeare Tavern, 68 Princes Street, Bristol BS1 4QD

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.

More details of the meeting can be found at Big Pit Museum Strikers Coming to Bristol

A briefing about the PCS strike action across all Museums in Wales can be found at PCS steps up strike action in response to Museum bosses intransigence

University academics fighting for higher pay

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.

More details can be found here UCU confirms two-day strike at UK universities over pay