#heartunions – get involved

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Unions and their network of workplace reps help working people every day. In workplaces all over Britain there are unions making sure we are safe at work, protecting our jobs, pushing for higher pay, and helping us get learning and training.

But millions of our friends and colleagues who are not in a union may not appreciate this. They probably don’t know either that the Tory government is attacking the very trade unions that have done so much to protect workers.

With anti-trade union legislation rushing through parliament there has never been a more important time to speak up for your union. If the Tories get their way, UK workers will be among the easiest to underpay and sack in the western world.

Heartunions week is an opportunity to shout about the great things that you and trade unions achieve together so please get involved. You can find how to at Heartunions week

Bristol Trades Union Council is urging you to do all you can to make heartunions week a success.

There are lots of easy ways to take part –

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Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

Bristol and Bath Against the Trade Union Bill are supporting the TUC’s campaign and have organised a rally for

 5:30pm on Thursday February 11th
Cascade Steps, Bristol, BS1

All welcome, Bring banners and placards.

For more information about this event see Bristol and Bath Against the Trade Union Bill

For more information about the current stage of trade unions campaign against the Trade Union Bill see The heartunions week of action

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

In November we asked trade unionists  to lobby their MPs asking them to vote against the government’s controversial trade union bill, we said that it was a big opportunity to make sure our MPs hear directly from workers worried by the government’s plans to undermine the right to strike in restricting pickets, protests and other measures.

We know this was done as delegates to Bristol Trades Union Council gave verbal report backs on the responses they got from their MPs. At that meeting Bristol Trades Council agreed that we should post the responses to our web site.
So we’re urging all trade unionists who got a response from their MP, whether that be verbal or written, to send the details or a copy of the letter to bristoltradesunioncouncil@gmail.com alternatively use the comment box below.

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

Bristol Bristol People’s Assembly are supporting the TUC’s campaign and have organised a rally

2nd November at 17:15
Cascade Steps, Bristol, BS1

for those trade unionists and supporters who can’t make the protect the right to strike lobby in London.

The event is promising to be a vibrant Protest, with music, giant banners, spectacle & speeches, to say ‘Yes to Workers’ Rights’ and ‘No to the Trade Union Bill’…

Bristol Trades Union Council is urging all to support this event.

For more information about the trade unions campaign against the Trade Union Bill see Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

In November MPs will vote on the government’s controversial trade union bill, which threatens the basic right to strike. Bristol Trades Union Council urgently needs YOU in London, on the afternoon of Monday 2nd November, to talk to your MP face to face. This is a big opportunity to make sure our MPs hear directly from workers worried by the government’s plans to undermine the right to strike in restricting pickets, protests and other measures.

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Defend Our Unions: Resist the Anti Trade Union Laws

Meeting organised by Bristol Unite the Resistance and supported by North Somerset National Union of Teachers.

7pm, Friday October 9th
Youth Hostel Association (top floor), 14 Narrow Quay,BS1 4QA

 

Speakers: Karin Smyth

Labour MP Bristol South

 

Anne Lemon

NUT National Executive and UTR

 

Dr. Alexander Carpenter

Bristol Royal Infirmary (representative of junior doctors campaign, personal capacity)

 

Chair Salena Williams

UNISON (personal capacity)

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Trade Union Bill – Labour Party Conference 2015

As reported elsewhere Programme of Work the key area of campaigning for Trades Union Councils during 2015-2016 will be to oppose the Tory Trade Union Bill currently being debated in Parliament.

This post is one in a series of posts that is aimed at keeping trade unionists informed  of where we are with the campaign opposing this attack on workers.

Bristol Trades Union Council have recently reported on the debate at the 2015 TUC conference Kill the Trade Union Bill and are supporting the National Demonstration at the Tory Party Conference on Sunday 4th October 2015 End Austerity Now which is calling for the protection of trade union rights.

We urge readers to continue below in reading what’s been happening in and around the 2015 Labour Party Conference in opposition to the Tory Trade Union Bill.

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Kill the Trade Union Bill

Kill the Trade Union Bill

Trade unions play a vital role in representing millions of workers, making sure they are treated fairly at work. And that works because employers and employees both have some power. Employers have to negotiate with workers – because the workers can take strike action if their employers don’t.

If this bill passes, the right to strike will be under threat. That will upset the power balance at work. Ordinary workers won’t have any power to stand up to their bosses – even when they’re being unreasonable. And that will mean worse pay and conditions for everyone, and workers unable to raise concerns about service cuts and safety.

Join the campaign to oppose this attack on the rights of working people and their unions. Show your support by signing the online petition to stop employers using agency temps to break strikes.

Over the coming months, maybe even years, we’re be campaigning against this vicious anti-trade union legislation. It is suggested to readers that they comment here about developments in the campaign such as meetings, links to articles that support our position or just comments.

On Tuesday 15th September 2015 the Morning Star had a free 12 page supplement with articles by Keith Ewing, John Hendy, Mick Cash, Mick Whelan and Matt Wrack. Links to the articles can be found here –


Kill the Bill: We must go global to help win local
Kill the Bill: Vindictive plans part of a broader assault on unions
Kill the Bill: Co-ordinated, solid campaign is needed
Kill the Bill: Tories not shy with boot
Kill the Bill: ‘Important’ must not mean ending rights
Kill the Bill: We killed a trade union bill in the ’70s – here’s how

Union-busting at the heart of government

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) have launched a campaign to oppose government union-busting –

Conservative ministers have launched a campaign of union-busting at the very heart of government. Their actions show how the Tories will attack union rights across the whole public sector if they form a government after the election. But their actions also give the green light to employers to go on the offensive against unions across the UK.

Our movement represents millions of voters, their families and communities. We all need strong unions and need to put our rights at the centre of the 2015 general election.

Bristol Trades Union Council ( Bristol TUC ) is encouraging all Trade Unions across Bristol to support the PCS campaign – write to your MP and ask them to commit to support trade union rights under this and the next government. More information can be found here Union busting at the heart of government

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) have a number of other campaigns that they encourage their members to get involved with. Why not take a look PCS campaigns