Bristol Nina Franklin Fund sponsored Walk 2021

Walk for Palestine

in aid of the Nina Franklin Fund
Sunday 2nd May 2021

Following the successful and enjoyable Walk for Palestine in October 2020,  the Nina Franklin Fund are holding a second fundraising walk.  A beautiful 5 or 10 mile walk across Purdown and through the Frome Valley, with good company, food and drink at the end.
You are welcome to join them – to register your interest at eventbrite Nina Franklin Fund where you can find links to the their blog and the how all funds raised are used to support schooling in Palestine.

If you can’t walk yourself or sponsor anybody who is, you or your branch can make a donation at Nina Franklin Fund

Nina Franklin, who died last summer, was a National Union of Teachers (NUT) national president (2010/2011) and was a committed campaigner against injustice. Nina was a member of the NUT and the NEU for more than 40 years. Nina was a leading member of Bristol NUT/NEU, and of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Strike action at University of Bristol

Support UCU members on strike

The University of Bristol will be hit with eight days of strike action from Monday 25 November 2019 to Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Monday 25 November, 10:00am
Rally outside the Victoria Rooms
Speaker – Paul Bridge – UCU head of HE
Followed by a march to College Green (Bristol, BS1 5TJ)

University and College Union (UCU) members at Bristol backed strike action in two separate legal disputes, one on pensions and one on pay and working conditions. Overall, 79% of UCU members who voted backed strike action in the ballot over changes to pensions. In the ballot on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads, 74% of members polled backed strike action.

DO ALL YOU CAN TO SUPPORT. Turn up on picket lines, send messages of support and contribute to the fighting fund.

At Bristol University there will be pickets from 7.30 am to 10.00 am on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November.

Bristol Picket locations

  • Victoria Rooms – main picket/rally location
  • Wills Building
  • Richmond Building
  • Biomedical Sciences (Medical School)
  • Woodland Road
  • Priory Road
  • Geography
  • ASSL
  • Canynge Hall

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University academics strike to defend their pensions

Support our strike to defend USS

In defence of their pension scheme (USS) members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Bristol University and 61 other affected universities will be holding fourteen days of escalating action during February and March.

The dates are Thursday 22 February, Friday 23 February, Monday 26 February, Tuesday 27 February,  Wednesday 28 February,  Monday 5 March, Tuesday 6 March, Wednesday 7 March, Thursday 8 March, Monday 12 March, Tuesday 13 March, Wednesday 14 March, Thursday 15 March, Friday 16 March.

Thus far the following has been arranged :-
Tuesday 20th February
18:00:- The Bristol Branch of the UCU are holding an evening event, co-hosted by Bristol Student Labour Party called ‘Why is my lecturer on strike?’ Lecture Theatre 3, Woodland Road Complex, BS8 1TB.
Thursday, 22nd February
08:00: Picket lines staffed Senate House (Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TH).
10:30: Rally, Rally, Senate House (Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TH). We suggest anyone who would like to join us and show support should head to this location either for rally/march or picket.
11:00-11:30: March to Wills Memorial Building (Queens Road, BS8 1RJ)
11:30-12:00: Rally, Wills Memorial Building
12:00-: Teach-Outs will be held at Woodlands Church, Belgrave Road, Bristol, BS8 2AA. Topics include the history of the trade union movement, and the anniversary of 1968 protests.
Monday, 26th February
08:00: Picket lines staffed (Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TH)
10:30: Rally, Senate House (Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TH)
13:30: Wills Memorial Building (Queens Road, BS8 1RJ)
14:00: Senate begins
14:00-14:30: Rally, Wills Memorial Building (Queens Road, BS8 1RJ)

Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support the members of the UCU in this industrial dispute.

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University academics fighting for higher pay

University academics in the University & College Union (UCU) will be taking strike action on

Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May

in support of a demand for a pay rise of 5% and a commitment to tackle the gender pay gap and casualisation in higher education. The pay of lecturers has fallen in real terms by 14.5% since 2009 whereas surpluses made by universities have grown by 43% and reserves have risen by 57%. The pay of Vice-Chancellors has sky-rocketed with the average salary now standing at £272,000. University employers are offering an increase of 1.1% (up from an initial offer of 1%). Action short of a strike will also commence on Wednesday 25 May if an acceptable offer is not made at the next negotiating meeting on May 18.

Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support the pickets.

More details can be found here UCU confirms two-day strike at UK universities over pay

Meeting: LGBT Issues in Education

Stuart Milk
from the Harvey Milk Foundation

Speaking on LGBT issues for
Pupils, Teachers and the Curriculum

Monday 15th February, 7.00pm-8.30pm

Tony Benn House (Unite Building),
Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY

Meeting is open to all TU members in Education and is organised by Bristol NUT NUT LGBT Logo

Please register, free, at Eventbrite.co.uk by clicking this link LGBT Issues in Education