Usdaw steps up the campaign for M&S staff

Usdaw is campaigning to get trade union rights for M&S staff. Thousands of M&S employees have already joined the Union but M&S is refusing to talk to the union let alone enter a recognition agreement with them. In stepping up the campaign USDAW have organised a petitioning picket for

1.00 to 3.00 pm on Friday 16 December
Marks and Spencer
Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XX

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Post Office workers to strike

Saturday, 3rd December 2016

The Post Office managers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be joining with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in targeting the 300 Crown Offices on what is believed to be the busiest day of the year when people send cards and parcels to relatives and friends outside the UK.

Thousands of Post Office staff to strike

10am, Monday, 31st October 2016
Galleries Post Office,
Castle Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XX

Thousands of Post Office staff will walk out on strike on 31 October 2016 in a dispute over jobs, pensions and closures. This will be the second day of strike action by Communication Workers Union members in a dispute over job losses, the closure of the DB pension scheme, and the closure and privatisation of Crown post offices. The union is not ruling out further action in the run-up to Christmas.

The Bristol Trades Union Council banner and delegates will be visiting the Galleries Post Office picket line at 10am on Monday, 31st October 2016 and are urging all trade unionists to support the picket line.

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Lobby of Bristol City Council Full Council Meeting – Stop the Cuts

A protest organised by Unite the Union and the Bristol People’s Assembly will be taking place this

Tuesday 13th September 2016,
College Green, Bristol at 5pm

Cuts are being forced upon the Council by the ideologically driven, free market agenda of the current Conservative Government, but notwithstanding this that the Council’s leadership and the leadership of Bristol must push back to Whitehall and oppose these cuts. Background information about the cuts can be found at Bristol City Council Redundancies

Bristol Trades Union Council (Bristol TUC)  opposes all cuts to jobs & services – we will campaign to defend all threatened jobs & services and believe that our local politicians should be fighting the cuts. Bristol Trades Union Council (Bristol TUC) urges all trade unionists to attend and show solidarity at the event for our fellow trade unionists who work tirelessly in the Council.   


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

New action on First Great Western dispute

Defend safety and service on inter-city trains
RAIL UNION RMT have confirmed further strike dates and action short of a strike in the dispute with First Great Western as the company continues to fail to meet the core issues impacting on staff and passengers from the introduction of the new fleet of Hitachi inter-city trains.

The action will include strikes on Sunday 23rd August and Saturday 29th August through to Monday 31st August. Maintenance staff will work to rule.

The action follows a rock solid 48-hour strike in July which led to widespread disruption to services.

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