Message on General Election

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At it’s meeting on 18th December 2019 Bristol Trades Union Council agreed the following resolution –

We are truly devastated by the general election result, and devastated that we didn’t win the Labour Government that Bristol so desperately needs. We know that a Tory government will mean more pain for working people – with jobs, rights and public services under threat.

Whilst we are heartbroken about the result, we are also incredibly proud of the role that trade unionists played in the election, as Labour campaigners in our workplaces and communities.

This is a moment that requires us to draw on all of our reserves of strength and stand in solidarity with one another. We now need to step up and be ready to defend our communities, defend our jobs, workplaces and public services, and defend our unions and rights at work.

We will continue the fight to ban zero-hours contracts and take on the big corporations that pay poverty wages.

We will continue the fight for council housing for all who want it, a transport system that allows us to get to work and play at reasonable cost and for an environment that doesn’t poison us.

As ever, trade unions will be a vital line of defence against the impact of a Tory Government. At this moment we cannot say it loudly enough – if you’re not a member of a trade union join one and do everything you can to get colleagues and friends to join one too. Above all and whatever you do participate in the activities of your trade union.

History can also provide some solace in moments like this. The labour movement has suffered big defeats in the past and we have always come back, rebuilt our strength and fought another day.

In solidarity,
Bristol Trades Union Council

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Bristol Strike 4 Climate 29th November

Green Unions at work


Rally
Fri. 29th November, 11am,
College Green,
Bristol

Bristol TUC is supporting this rally, more details can be found by following this facebook link Global Strike

At it’s July meeting Bristol TUC agreed to reinforce it’s campaigning against Climate Change. Trade unionists know the importance of standing up and taking action when change is necessary, we are supporting the fight against climate change to help protect the planet for our children and grandchildren.

Bristol TUC supports the November statement made by the TUC Trade unions are rising to the challenge of tackling the climate emergency   and will be working with the TUC  in the trade union campaign  Climate crisis and a just transition as agreed by the September 2019 TUC Conference.

What you can do –
Restrictive trade union laws make it very difficult for workers to go on strike but union members can still be out and campaigning in their workplaces. Some employers will allow or encourage their workers to take part. Talk to your employer about allowing staff time to attend local rallies.

Support your local protest

  1. Ask your employer to declare a climate emergency.
  2. Ask your union to declare a climate emergency.
  3. Follow this with a programme of action.
  4. Arrange lunch-time events and activities such as open discussions over the climate emergency and what more can be done at your workplace.
  5. Survey your workplace about what they think can be done to cut carbon use.
  6. Volunteer to be a green rep or encourage others to do so.
  7. Sign up to the TUC training for being a green rep
  8. To show our government that workers everywhere want action now, take a photo on the day and share it with others
  9. Get involved in your union’s climate actions

Climate Action

Green Unions at work


Friday 20th September

Bristol TUC is supporting the lead being taken by school Students in Bristol to demand climate action in the Global Climate Strike.

At it’s July meeting Bristol TUC agreed to reinforce it’s campaigning against Climate Change. Trade unionists know the importance of standing up and taking action when change is necessary, we are supporting the fight against climate change to help protect the planet for our children and grandchildren.

Bristol TUC supports the July statement made by the TUC A just transition to a greener, fairer economy  and will be working with the TUC  in the trade union campaign  Climate crisis and a just transition as agreed by the September 2019 TUC Conference.

The Global Climate Strike will take place shortly before the UN emergency climate summit and is intended to build support for the ambitious agenda needed to tackle the climate crisis.

What you can do –
Restrictive trade union laws make it very difficult for workers to go on strike but union members can still be out and campaigning in their workplaces. Some employers will allow or encourage their workers to take part. Talk to your employer about allowing staff time to attend local rallies.

Support your local protest

  1. Ask your employer to declare a climate emergency.
  2. Ask your union to declare a climate emergency.
  3. Follow this with a programme of action.
  4. Arrange lunch-time events and activities such as open discussions over the climate emergency and what more can be done at your workplace.
  5. Survey your workplace about what they think can be done to cut carbon use.
  6. Volunteer to be a green rep or encourage others to do so.
  7. Sign up to the TUC training for being a green rep
  8. To show our government that workers everywhere want action now, take a photo on the day and share it with TUC Campaigns
  9. Get involved in your union’s climate actions

Bristol March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

Notice for Bristol March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

The TUC Congress 2015 agreed to support the People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs. During late November and early December 2015 there will be a number of marches and rallies across the word to mark the opening of the UN’s climate change treaty negotiations in Paris.

For trade unionists the four key demands that will be presented to the negotiations will be

  • Raise ambition and realise the huge jobs potential of climate action.
  • Hold global warming to below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
  • Deliver on the $100 billion of climate finance a year by 2020 for developing countries to secure sufficient resources to adapt to climate change.
  • Commit to securing a just transition and decent work for workers and their communities in the shift to a low carbon future.

As part of programme of activities Bristol Trades Union Council is urging trade unionists to support the Bristol event.

More information on how the TUC is supporting the campaign can be found here – Peoples’ March for Climate, Justice and Jobs