International Women’s Day 2022

Bristol Trades Union Council celebrates International Women’s Day and sends greetings to sisters everywhere. We continue to place equality at the heart of our work.

Bristol Trades Union Council is supporting the Bristol Women’s Voice International Women’s Day event

Saturday 5th March 2022,

10.30am – 4.00pm

Bristol City Hall, College Green,

Bristol, BS1 5TR

For more information visit the Bristol Women’s Voice website.

In 2022 Women’s Pay Day – the day when the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man – was Friday 25th February 2022.

Even in jobs that tend to be dominated by female workers like education and social care the gender pay gap persists.

In these sectors women get paid much less per hour on average than men, both because they are more likely to be in part-time jobs or are in lower-paid roles.

The longest wait for Women’s Pay Day comes in finance and insurance. The gender pay gap is the equivalent of 118 days, meaning it’s nearly a third of the year before Women’s Pay Day finally kicks in on 27th April 2022.

In some parts of the country gender pay gaps are even bigger, so their Women’s Pay Day is later in the year. Women in the south west Women’s Pay Day is 1st March 2022.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s shocking that working women still don’t have pay parity. At current rates of progress, it will take nearly 30 more years to close the gender pay gap.

“It’s clear that just publishing gender pay gaps isn’t enough. Companies must be required to explain what steps they’ll take to close their gender pay gaps – and bosses who don’t comply with the law should be fined.

“The last two years have shown us that employers can do more to help women balance caring responsibilities and work. Flexible working is vital to mums keeping their jobs and progressing at work and is our best chance of closing the gender pay gap.

“All jobs must be advertised with the possible flexible options clearly stated, and all workers must have the legal right to work flexibly from their first day in a job.”

Frances added: “The gender pay gap widens dramatically once women become mums. We need more funding for affordable, good quality childcare to support working parents – along with better wages and recognition for childcare workers.

“And both parents need to be able to share childcare more easily. Without better rights to well-paid leave, mums will continue to take on the lion-share of caring responsibilities – and continue to take a financial hit.

“We need a complete overhaul of the shared parental leave system. It’s not an affordable option for most working families. Dads need leave they can take in their own right. It shouldn’t rely on mums giving up some of their maternity leave.”

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Bristol March for Jobs

RALLY

Sat. 30 October 2021

12:00

College Green, Bristol

Support Unemployed Workers
Defend Jobs and Services

The number of claimants for work-related Universal Credit has more than doubled since March. The Office for National Statistics estimates that there are 3.4 million people actively seeking work. A large proportion of furloughed workers will not return to work. This will affect those who keep their jobs as well, as bosses attack our pay, hours, workloads and contractual rights. Unemployment is a product of the capitalist system which can only produce for profit, leaving millions idle while we need hospitals, schools, houses and a green new deal.

Join us at College Green as we rally to defend our jobs and services and deliver a petition of demands to Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, and Bristol City Council, as follows:

1) Not to cut any local authority jobs, lower local authority workers’ terms and conditions, or cut any services.

2) To provide resources, including premises, for the support and organisation of unemployed workers.

3) To launch a campaign with local trade unions calling on the government to provide jobs for all.

Organised by the Bristol Unemployed Workers’ Centre follow them on facebook

More details of the march and rally
can be found at Bristol March for Jobs

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Global Day for Climate Justice

March For The Climate
Sat. 6th November ’21
Assemble at 12 noon
College Green, Bristol

join the trade union block by the Queen Victoria statue

  1. The climate emergency is here and now, exacerbating extreme weather events across the globe including heat waves, wildfires, floods and hurricanes. People are already suffering and dying as a result.
  2. In the face of this challenge we call for a “just transition” that seeks to ensure that the substantial benefits of a green economy transition are shared widely, while also supporting those who stand to lose economically – be they countries, regions, industries, communities, workers or consumers.
  3. The 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP26), taking place in Glasgow during early November 2021, is crucial for the global response to climate change. The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis.
  4. Trade unions need to exert maximum pressure on the conference so that COP26 shows leadership and agrees a fast, fair and a just transition.
  5. Add your voice and feet to the march by joining the trade union bloc.

Download these flyers/posters for your work colleagues –

A3 global justice day poster
A4 global justice day poster
A5 global justice day flyer

For more information
Read the COP26 briefing paper
Host Contact Info: bristol@cop26coalition.org
Facebook: Bristol COP26 Demonstration 6th November
Resources to get your union branch onboard: We make tomorrow

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Tolpuddle 2021

In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

After massive pressure, the Government agreed on 14th March 1836 that all the men should have a full and free pardon.

Trade unions had won and survived their first big challenge. The six farm workers from Tolpuddle were on their way home as free men.

Tolpuddle has become a place of celebration for trade unionists and socialists ever since the Martyrs’ came home in triumph.

Every July thousands of trade unionists and their supporters gather to celebrate trade unionism and to remember the sacrifice made by the six farm workers of the village.

Trade unionists also use the weekend to catch up on the activities of current Labour Movement campaigns and battles.

Keep the weekend of 16th to 18th July 2021 free and float over to the Tolpuddle 2021 web pages and see what’s going on. This year’s festival will as always have a fabulous atmosphere, a vibrant mix of political debate, speeches, music to suit all tastes, poetry, comedy, stalls and lots of entertainment for children. It will be different. It will be virtual.

Sunday 18th July is when the rally and the grand procession of banners through Tolpuddle village would have happened and it would have been a tremendous sight. The experience of thousands of marchers with colourful banners, bands and protest songs is a highlight of the Festival. Everyone has some reason to join the procession and everyone has a place.

2021 is different, as was 2020, the festival will be almost entirely online.

You can still join in. There will be a small procession representing local Dorset workers which others can join online. There will be online music. There will be online campaign stalls. There will be online debates and set speeches. There will be Labour Movement education with films and a history school.

So wear your campaign teeshirts, union badges and caps and get involved!

Much of the event will be filmed and streamed to www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk and the Tolpuddle Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Key Workers’ Summit – Thursday 22 July

ARE YOU IN INSECURE WORK?

  • Are you a Key Worker who was heralded last year with claps and praised in speeches?
  • Are you now facing low pay, few rights, insecure hours – or even redundancy?
  • Come and join the Key Workers’ Summit in the South West!

This is the fourth online meeting organised by trades union councils across the South West. It’s a chance for Key Workers to share the issues they face at work and ways to tackle them.
All Key Workers welcome – from health, care, retail, education, hospitality and food production.

Join us to start organising across workplaces and fight back!

Key Workers’ Summit
Thursday 22 July at 7.00 on Zoom


Register in advance for this meeting: Key Workers’ Summit


For further information contact
bristoltradesunioncouncil@gmail.com or glosstrikes@gmail.com

Download the leaflet for the Key Workers’ summit

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NHS Workers Say NO

 

Protest for NHS Patient Safety, Pay Justice and an End to Privatisation

Bristol NHS Workers Say No!

Saturday 3rd July  2021
11am meet at College Green
march to Castle Park

Join Bristol NHS Workers Say No and Protect Our NHS on the 73rd Birthday of the NHS to fight for the future of our National Health Service. We demand an end to privatisation and proper investment in the future of the service and the essential staff that keep it running.

Show the government that after 10 years of austerity and a global pandemic we need a restorative 15% payrise and to protect the NHS from privatisation.

More details can be found here Protest for NHS Patient Safety, Pay Justice and an End to Privatisation

This event will observe social distancing guidelines, and ask that all those that can wear a face covering.

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Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support.

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Save Sheikh Jarrah! – Free Palestine!

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This Saturday 15th May 2021 Bristol will be showing it’s solidarity with the people of Palestine as they face the latest attack from the Israeli state and its backers.

A demonstration will start at 2pm from Castle Park, Bristol. Marching to College Green for a gathering of speeches.

For more details follow this link Palestine Solidarity Demo – Save Sheikh Jarrah

Please bring PPE, water, and remember to social distance as much as possible.

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15% PAY RISE FOR ALL NHS WORKERS

15% pay rise for all NHS Workers
Protect the NHS from the next reforms
Day of action organised by

Bristol NHS Workers Say No!

at Millenium Square, Bristol
on Sat. 15th May 2021, 13:00 to 16:00

Show the government that after 10 years of austerity and a global pandemic we need a restorative 15% payrise and to protect the NHS from privatisation.

A day of music and speakers to stand up for the future of our NHS.

This event will be socially distanced, with mandatory face coverings.

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Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support.

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Bristol International Workers Memorial Day April 28th 2021 – Report

IWMD 2021

Health and Safety is a fundamental workers’ right


IN MEMORY OF
BRIAN, RAY, MIKE + LUKE
FROM YOUR COLLEAGUES AT
GMB WESSEX BRANCH
FOREVER IN OUR THOUGHTS

Click on the first photo for the timeline

South West TUC Facebook page recording the event – SWTUC at Bristol IWMD 2021 includes a Zoom video of the Bristol and Plymouth events.

South West GMB Facebook page recording the event – GMB at Bristol IWMD 2021

South West Unite Facebook page recording the event – Unite at Bristol IWMD 2021

 

 

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