Bristol Trades Union Council celebrates International Workers Day – May Day 2022

Bristol Trades Council was pleased to celebrate with their traditional May Day March and rally today.

Messages in solidarity were brought to workers across Britain and internationally from the Trades Council, Unite Bristol Area Community Branch 001500, Bristol NEU, NEU Bristol and South Glos Young Educator Network, Unite Retired branch, Bristol UNISON, South Glos Unison, University of Bristol Unison, Unite Housing branch, NUJ, USDAW, socialist groups and activists.

The speeches were ended with a rallying cry from Bristol Trades Council President, Sheila Caffrey, “We need active, fighting, democratic unions that will take on the bosses, companies, councils and the government to make the changes we need. So, all workers should be in a union, therefore, if you’re not in one- make the decision to fight today and join one. If you are in one, make the decision today, to step up and campaign harder and louder. If you already fight hard and loud, then join Bristol Trades Council and help us link these campaigns to ensure we win!”

Solidarity! Workers of the world unite!

Bristol Trades Union Council observes Workers Memorial Day

Bristol Trades Council stood shoulder to shoulder with workers and colleagues in GMB Wales & South West, PCS South West regional group, RMT Bristol Branch, Unite Bristol Area Community Branch 001500 , Thompsons Solicitors, TUC South West, the NUJ, USDAW, Unite Retired Branch, the £15 now campaign and other activists for Workers Memorial Day on Thursday 28 April, mourning our colleagues who have died in work or due to a workplace injury,

Moving speeches about those who have lost their lives due to workplace negligence were shared, along with the wreath-laying.

But why should we, the workers, be made to pay for lack of safety and protection at work?

We must mourn those who have died, but to really honour their legacy, we must agitate, organise and build the trade union movement so it protects all future generations of workers from harm.

The NHS Bill and “Integrated Care Systems”: Why we should be worried

Tuesday 21st September 2021

Bristol Protect Our NHS are hosting a Zoom meeting
for a briefing and discussion on the Health and Care Bill (aka the NHS Bill). Guest speaker

Caroline Bedale

Who is a retired NHS worker and UNISON activist, and active in
Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) and in the Socialist Health Association.

Unless we act, next April the NHS as we know it will be abolished. It will be replaced by more than 40 local boards which will eventually be controlled by the private sector – including US health corporations – with little democratic accountability or local authority influence.

For NHS staff the new Bill promotes more flexible working, professional deregulation, and more localised pay, terms and conditions…. But the Bill once enacted will mean more patients being forced to go private as public health services face further decline and increasing pressures.

This is an online event via Zoom. The meeting room will be open from 7:00pm.
Click below to register

NHS Bill and “Integrated Care Systems”: Why we should be worried meeting

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Support GMB Bristol Water strike

75% of GMB members have voted to strike and will be striking next Tuesday 6th April as Bristol Water has imposed a pay freeze for 2020/21 and no increase to their pension contributions, despite essential workers working throughout the pandemic putting their health and that of their families at risk.

The GMB members’ pay has been eroded over several years and has not kept pace with the cost of inflation. Last week, Bristol Water presented an underwhelming offer for 21/22 which has been rejected by members. Despite GMB attempting to reopen talks to avoid strike action, there has been no counteroffer from the company.

Bristol Water awarded the second worst pay out for England and Wales’ Water authorities in 2019 (which we had to fight to get) and the 2020 pay deal means they remain bottom of the league for company pension contributions. Meanwhile, Mel Karam, CEO, has received a 2020/2021 bonus of £300,000 on top of his £240,000 annual salary. We have challenged him on this as well as his conduct at meetings, and his only response has been to remove himself from talks with GMB.

The GMB sees this offer as an insult to their hard-working members who deserve much, much better. The GMB members are skilled and dedicated workers who take great pride in delivering safe, clean water to 1.2 million people. In return, they ask to be paid fairly and valued by the company.

The GMB members would be grateful for messages of support.

If anyone wishes to come and support the (Covid-safe) picket line on the day, then pickets will be there Tuesday 6th April 7.30-11am (Head Office, Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 7AT).

For further information: Bristol Water workers set to strike over pay freeze