PCS payday protest

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Bristol Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members will taking part in a nationwide day of pay protests on

Friday 31 March 2017, 1:00pm
In Bristol the protest will focused on the government offices at
2 The Square, Temple Quay, BS1 6HA

Bristol Trades Union Council will be supporting the protest and is asking all affiliated unions to join with us in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in PCS  who will be sending a powerful message to government that they need and deserve a decent pay rise.

More information about the protest can be found here 31 March: join the PCS payday protest

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Baggage handlers’ strike set to hit Bristol airport

23 and 24 December 2016
 Travellers at Bristol airport will be hit by two days of strikes as workers at Swissport go on strike for two days on 23 and 24 December.

Check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew, members of Unite will walk out for 48 hours at 00.01 Friday 23 December in a long-running pay dispute, and plans to seriously erode terms and conditions.

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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Bristol Unite Branches support Weymouth bus drivers in strike against ‘poverty pay’

Bristol Unite Branches have responded positively to a financial appeal to support striking Weymouth bus drivers.

Unite points out that First Group is a very profitable UK company that can afford to reward its Bristol drivers with a 13 per cent increase, but for its employees in Weymouth and Bridport  the deal on the table is only 2.3 per cent over two years from August 2015.

The Weymouth and Bridport drivers earn about £18,300-a-year – or £8.80 an hour, while First Group drivers in Yeovil are on £9.50 per hour. Drivers working for rival firms in Bournemouth and Poole earn nearly £2 an hour more.

Nearly 90 per cent of the drivers voted in favour of strike action.

More information about the dispute can be found here  A fourth week of strikes by Weymouth bus drivers

Capita workers in overtime ban to defeat ‘poverty pay’

Over 920 life and pensions Unite members at Capita will be starting an indefinite overtime ban on Friday 3 June after voting by 90 per cent in support of industrial action in a dispute over a below inflation pay deal.

Capita workers including those based in Bristol voted by 90 per cent for industrial action short of a strike, and 75 per cent in favour of strike action after roundly rejecting the firm’s pay offer.

More information about the dispute can be found here Capita workers overwhelmingly reject ‘derisory’

Messages of support can be directed to Peter Hughes Unite South West Regional Secretary

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