International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 – Report

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Friday 28th April 2017, Castle Park, Bristol

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017 - Montage

A number of events were held in Bristol to commemorate those killed or injured during the course of their work.

The first event was organised by the local Bristol Hazards group who held an open meeting to highlight how the bosses, in collusion with the state, are continuing to blacklist union Health and Safety reps and other union activists who expose the bad practices implemented by the bosses especially those in construction. The example was given of CrossRail where workers work in an atmosphere of fear. One of the contributors argued that can only be solved by trade unionists taking on the bosses and exposing their sharp practises.

The main event was a march through the city to a wreath laying ceremony at Bristol’s commemorative plaque which remembers those killed whilst at work. The rally was addressed by Alex Kempshall (Bristol TUC), Steve Gibbs (Bristol Hazards Group), Lesley Mansell (Labour candidate for West of England Mayor) and Pete Hughes (Unite South West Regional Secretary).

Bristol TUC’s Alex Kempshall said: “In the hour it’s taken us to hold this march and rally, somewhere in the world 240 workers will have died from a work-related accident or disease, and over 34,000 will have had a work-related accident.”

He pointed out that in many cases it was profiteering that was the direct cause of workplace deaths and cited the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh as an example.

He also pointed out that 440,000 people in Britain had reported work-related stress at a level that has made them ill. Which was 40% of all work-related illnesses with each new case of stress leading to an average 31 days off work, which cost the economy a total of £105 billion a year.

He said that we as trade unionists understand that if workers have to work harder and faster that this increases stress and that this stress interferes with the creativity and problem solving skills required for a modern economy.

He argued that “Capitalism kills and the bosses are the culprits. But there’s a cure — organised resistance in our workplaces and communities, and at the political level. Stronger trade unions and united political struggles are needed.

In conclusion he called for all to ensure that Labour win the contest for the West of England Metro-Mayor and pointed out that we have a duty to ensure that the Tories are kicked out on June 8th.

The third event was organised by Bristol NUT to expose the stress suffered by teachers and students in Bristol’s schools. Local teachers handed out leaflets explaining that for those teachers that stress doesn’t kill it can turn them into exhausted and dispirited robots.

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017 - Teaching Robots!
This has come about because even though teachers are having to work 60 to 70 hours a week pupils are getting less teacher time because of larger classes with schools becoming nothing more than exam factories which stress pupils.

To demonstrate teachers as exhausted and dispirited robots the “Lick & Twiddle Theatre Co.” performed street theatre to shoppers and workers in Bristol’s main shopping area.

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Stress the killer in our schools

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Stress The Killer In Our Schools

Friday 28th April 2017, 5.00pm
outside Primark, Broadmead.

To highlight how stress affects teachers, and pupils a
10 minute theatre piece will be performed, twice,
and the leaflet Stress The Killer In Our Schools will be
handed out to passers by.

 Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!

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This event is organised by
Bristol National Union of Teachers

 

Saving the NHS from Trump and May

Saving the NHS from Trump and May

Why did an estimated 250,000 people march through London on 4th March 2017 to defend the NHS? What needs to be defended?
Speakers
Paul Roderick, co-author of the NHS Bill
Caroline Molloy, editor of OurNHS
More to be confirmed

Thursday 18th May 2017
7.30pm – 10.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm)
The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW

See Saving the NHS from Trump and May for more details and to book tickets.

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International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Friday 28th April 2017, 1.00pm
Castle Park, Bristol

Assemble at
Tony Benn House, Victoria Street at 12.30 pm


Speakers
Peter Hughes, Unite
Lesley Mansell, Labour candidate for Metro Mayor
Steve Gibbs, Bristol Hazards Group
Andy Robertson, Bristol Trades Union Council

A leaflet advertising the event can be found here International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 and more information about the campaign can be obtained from the Hazards Campaign.

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!

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The Bristol march and rally is organised by Bristol Trades Union Council

PCS payday protest

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Bristol Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members will taking part in a nationwide day of pay protests on

Friday 31 March 2017, 1:00pm
In Bristol the protest will focused on the government offices at
2 The Square, Temple Quay, BS1 6HA

Bristol Trades Union Council will be supporting the protest and is asking all affiliated unions to join with us in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in PCS  who will be sending a powerful message to government that they need and deserve a decent pay rise.

More information about the protest can be found here 31 March: join the PCS payday protest

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Bristol & District Hazards Group to mark International Workers Memorial Day

Behave Yourself!

6.30-8.30pm, Thursday 27th April 2017

CWU Offices, 20 Church Rd, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 9JA

(Free event)

Join Bristol & District Hazards Group to mark International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers’ Memorial Day is an annual trade union commemoration of those that have lost their lives at or as a result of work. It is marked on 28th April each year and special events to remember the fallen take place around the world, including in Bristol. This year we are hosting a public meeting to reflect on the relationship between business, the state and the labour movement. We have guest speakers talking about the blacklisting of trade union safety reps and the threat to the labour movement from state surveillance and infiltration.

More information can be obtained from: bristolhazards@gmail.com

A flyer for the meeting can be downloaded from here Behave Yourselfs!

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!