Strike action at University of Bristol

The University of Bristol will be hit with three days of strike action from Wednesday 1st December 2021 to Friday 3rd December 2021 organised by the University and College Union (UCU). Full details of the strike and background to the Pension and pay dispute can be found here.

The UCU members are demanding that their employers take decisive, meaningful, national action to close gender, close gender, ethnicity, and disability pay gaps and reduce workloads and casual employment of lecturers, researchers, librarians, and student support staff and revoking the retirement-altering deep cuts to their pension scheme the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

The UCU members will also be taking action short of a strike, starting with working to contract, from 1st December 2021.

DO ALL YOU CAN TO SUPPORT. Turn up on picket lines, send messages of support and contribute to the fighting fund. We’ve heard that the Bristol Unite GPM&IT branch has donated £200, can other branches in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area match that?

The UCU will be picketing from 08:30 on Wednesday 1st December 2021. School and Department picket locations and details as regards the Thursday and Friday strike days are available from the UCU.

Supported by Bristol
Trades Union Council

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NHS Workers Say NO

 

Protest for NHS Patient Safety, Pay Justice and an End to Privatisation

Bristol NHS Workers Say No!

Saturday 3rd July  2021
11am meet at College Green
march to Castle Park

Join Bristol NHS Workers Say No and Protect Our NHS on the 73rd Birthday of the NHS to fight for the future of our National Health Service. We demand an end to privatisation and proper investment in the future of the service and the essential staff that keep it running.

Show the government that after 10 years of austerity and a global pandemic we need a restorative 15% payrise and to protect the NHS from privatisation.

More details can be found here Protest for NHS Patient Safety, Pay Justice and an End to Privatisation

This event will observe social distancing guidelines, and ask that all those that can wear a face covering.

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Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support.

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15% PAY RISE FOR ALL NHS WORKERS

15% pay rise for all NHS Workers
Protect the NHS from the next reforms
Day of action organised by

Bristol NHS Workers Say No!

at Millenium Square, Bristol
on Sat. 15th May 2021, 13:00 to 16:00

Show the government that after 10 years of austerity and a global pandemic we need a restorative 15% payrise and to protect the NHS from privatisation.

A day of music and speakers to stand up for the future of our NHS.

This event will be socially distanced, with mandatory face coverings.

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Bristol Trades Union Council urges all trade unionists to support.

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Support GMB Bristol Water strike

75% of GMB members have voted to strike and will be striking next Tuesday 6th April as Bristol Water has imposed a pay freeze for 2020/21 and no increase to their pension contributions, despite essential workers working throughout the pandemic putting their health and that of their families at risk.

The GMB members’ pay has been eroded over several years and has not kept pace with the cost of inflation. Last week, Bristol Water presented an underwhelming offer for 21/22 which has been rejected by members. Despite GMB attempting to reopen talks to avoid strike action, there has been no counteroffer from the company.

Bristol Water awarded the second worst pay out for England and Wales’ Water authorities in 2019 (which we had to fight to get) and the 2020 pay deal means they remain bottom of the league for company pension contributions. Meanwhile, Mel Karam, CEO, has received a 2020/2021 bonus of £300,000 on top of his £240,000 annual salary. We have challenged him on this as well as his conduct at meetings, and his only response has been to remove himself from talks with GMB.

The GMB sees this offer as an insult to their hard-working members who deserve much, much better. The GMB members are skilled and dedicated workers who take great pride in delivering safe, clean water to 1.2 million people. In return, they ask to be paid fairly and valued by the company.

The GMB members would be grateful for messages of support.

If anyone wishes to come and support the (Covid-safe) picket line on the day, then pickets will be there Tuesday 6th April 7.30-11am (Head Office, Bridgwater Road, Bristol, BS13 7AT).

For further information: Bristol Water workers set to strike over pay freeze

One per cent pay rise “is the worst kind of insult”

Pay us what we deserve

Commenting on the publication of the recommendation, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“No wonder the chancellor had nothing to say about the NHS yesterday [in the budget speech]. A one per cent pay rise is the worst kind of insult the government could give health workers who’ve given their absolute everything over the past year.”

Sara went on to say that “The public will be horrified. Staff will think it’s some kind of joke.”

Unite accused the government of being callous when Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The government’s evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body, due to report in May, saying that it wants the pay of NHS staff pegged at one per cent is callous and takes no account of the public mood.”

Gail went on to say that “During the pandemic, NHS staff were on the frontline 24/7 saving patients’ lives and caring for the dying. More than 620 NHS and social care staff lost their lives to Covid-19.”

Continuing Gail said that “Unite will continue to make the case strongly that NHS staff, deserve an immediate pay rise of £3,000-a-year or 15 per cent, whichever is greater.”

Though she pointed out that “Even this figure won’t start to make up for the 19 per cent decrease in pay in real terms that many NHS workers have lost since the Tories came to power in 2010.”

Bristol Trades Union Council says that Department of Health and Social Care recommendation was one of shame for a morally bankrupt government.

Bristol Trades Union Council and the entire NHS workforce demands that the pay review body, reporting in May, comes up with a much more sensible and realistic recommendation than this laughable suggestion by the government.

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No choice but to strike

Emergency first responders at Airbus to strike
The first strike will be between

6am December 1 to 6pm December 4

A second round of strike action will be between

6am December 14 to 6pm December 17

Emergency first responders working at Airbus’ Filton site will go on strike over an ultimatum by their employer, Securitas, to either be made redundant or accept new contracts that will see their pay reduced by up to £6,000.

The 10 Unite members, who voted unanimously in favour of December strike action, have been told that if they do not accept the changes, which also include reductions to holidays and sick pay, they will lose their jobs.

More info and messages of support Facebook – No choice but to strike

Full story can be read here UniteLive – No choice but to strike

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NHS workers say “NO!” to Public Sector pay inequality

NHS workers say 'NO!' to Public Sector pay inequality

Saturday 8th August
11am, College Green, Bristol

Facebook event: Bristol Protest for Pay Justice

Bristol health and social care workers will be protesting along with colleagues across the country demanding a 15% pay increase paid from 1 December 2020, in order to start recovering a decade of lost wages.

From the organisers: “We are calling on NHS staff and supporters to join us to send a clear message to the government. We do not accept your plans to exclude us from the public sector pay increase, and we will make ourselves heard until you listen.”

All attendees are asked to respect social distancing as much as possible and the planned route gives as much space as possible. Mask wearing will be mandatory, and masks will be available on the day for those that don’t have them. Attendees are asked to wear blue, or a blue ribbon in solidarity.

There will be several speakers including Sheila Caffrey President of Bristol Trades Union Council.

At 11.58 there will be 2 minutes of still silence for all our brave colleagues that lost their lives.

The march will then proceed to Castle Park, making as much noise as possible!

An online rally will also be taking place from 11:30am to 1pm for anyone who cannot join outdoor protests. Details can be found here Online DEMO for NHS PAY Justice

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Our NHS Deserves Better

Sunday 5th July is the
72nd anniversary of the NHS

During the weekend Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July Bristol Trades Union Council will be supporting local events and the national online rally Sunday 5th July at 3:30 PM to say, ‘Our NHS deserves better’

Our NHS Deserves Better

Speakers will include: 
Cat Hobbs (We Own It), Dr Sonia Adesara (Keep Our NHS Public), Helen O’Conner (GMB), John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Dr Kambiz Boomla (Doctors in Unite), Kevin Courtney (National Education Union), Laura Ho (Build Back Better), Laura Pidcock (People’s Assembly), Rachel Ambrose (mental health nurse) and Roger McKenzie (Unison)

You can watch live on the Keep Our NHS Public Facebook page Our NHS Deserves Better

Or on the Keep Our NHS Public YouTube page Our NHS Deserves Better

Bristol: Activists with Protect Our NHS will be displaying banners at a number of prominent locations around the city details can be found on their FaceBook page Protect our NHS or contact them at protectournhs@gmail.com.

Bristol Trades Union Council is also supporting the Keep Our NHS Public ‘2020 vision’ for the NHS:

See here for more details about the Keep Our NHS campaign Our NHS Deserves Better

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Solidarity with the UCU

UCU pickets

University and College Union members at Bristol have organised so that Jo Grady, UCU General Secretary, will be speaking at a Regional Strike Rally and March in Bristol

Assemble at the Victoria Rooms
Wednesday 26th February at 11 am


Followed by a march to College Green.

Please bring your banners.

UCU members at Bristol University will be on strike during February and March.

The disputes centre on the sustainability of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and rising costs for members, and on universities’ failure to make significant improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads. The full strike dates are:

Week one – Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February
Week two – Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 February
Week three – Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March
Week four – Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March

Further details about the disputes can be found by following this link
UCU announces 14 strike days at 74 UK universities in February and March

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