International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 – Report

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Friday 28th April 2017, Castle Park, Bristol

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017 - Montage

A number of events were held in Bristol to commemorate those killed or injured during the course of their work.

The first event was organised by the local Bristol Hazards group who held an open meeting to highlight how the bosses, in collusion with the state, are continuing to blacklist union Health and Safety reps and other union activists who expose the bad practices implemented by the bosses especially those in construction. The example was given of CrossRail where workers work in an atmosphere of fear. One of the contributors argued that can only be solved by trade unionists taking on the bosses and exposing their sharp practises.

The main event was a march through the city to a wreath laying ceremony at Bristol’s commemorative plaque which remembers those killed whilst at work. The rally was addressed by Alex Kempshall (Bristol TUC), Steve Gibbs (Bristol Hazards Group), Lesley Mansell (Labour candidate for West of England Mayor) and Pete Hughes (Unite South West Regional Secretary).

Bristol TUC’s Alex Kempshall said: “In the hour it’s taken us to hold this march and rally, somewhere in the world 240 workers will have died from a work-related accident or disease, and over 34,000 will have had a work-related accident.”

He pointed out that in many cases it was profiteering that was the direct cause of workplace deaths and cited the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh as an example.

He also pointed out that 440,000 people in Britain had reported work-related stress at a level that has made them ill. Which was 40% of all work-related illnesses with each new case of stress leading to an average 31 days off work, which cost the economy a total of £105 billion a year.

He said that we as trade unionists understand that if workers have to work harder and faster that this increases stress and that this stress interferes with the creativity and problem solving skills required for a modern economy.

He argued that “Capitalism kills and the bosses are the culprits. But there’s a cure — organised resistance in our workplaces and communities, and at the political level. Stronger trade unions and united political struggles are needed.

In conclusion he called for all to ensure that Labour win the contest for the West of England Metro-Mayor and pointed out that we have a duty to ensure that the Tories are kicked out on June 8th.

The third event was organised by Bristol NUT to expose the stress suffered by teachers and students in Bristol’s schools. Local teachers handed out leaflets explaining that for those teachers that stress doesn’t kill it can turn them into exhausted and dispirited robots.

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017 - Teaching Robots!
This has come about because even though teachers are having to work 60 to 70 hours a week pupils are getting less teacher time because of larger classes with schools becoming nothing more than exam factories which stress pupils.

To demonstrate teachers as exhausted and dispirited robots the “Lick & Twiddle Theatre Co.” performed street theatre to shoppers and workers in Bristol’s main shopping area.

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International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Friday 28th April 2017, 1.00pm
Castle Park, Bristol

Assemble at
Tony Benn House, Victoria Street at 12.30 pm


Speakers
Peter Hughes, Unite
Lesley Mansell, Labour candidate for Metro Mayor
Steve Gibbs, Bristol Hazards Group
Andy Robertson, Bristol Trades Union Council

A leaflet advertising the event can be found here International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 and more information about the campaign can be obtained from the Hazards Campaign.

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!

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The Bristol march and rally is organised by Bristol Trades Union Council

May Day 2016

March & Rally

Along with millions upon millions of working people Bristol workers will be raising the Red Flag, on Sunday 1st May 2016, in honour of the international working class day that is the spirit of determination, solidarity and resistance.

With May Day falling on Sunday this year Bristol Trades Union Council urges maximum turn out by unions. Mobilise your members to join a major day for workers. Make sure your Trade Union and labour movement banners are at this major event.

Assemble 11:30am on Sunday 1st May
Castle Park

to be addressed by Marvin Rees (Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Bristol 2016), Andy Robertson from Bristol Trades Union Council and a speaker from the Co-operative Party.

March, with the Ambling Band, through
Broadmead and Old Market to a
Rally at the Trinity Centre

 

  • JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE TU BILL/ANTI-UNION LAWS
  • FIGHT AUSTERITY AND THE CUTS
  • CELEBRATE THOSE WHO KEEP BRITAIN WORKING
  • MAKE MAY 1ST A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

 

Music Speakers
Thee Faction Kevin Courtney (NUT DGS)
Lady Nade Kerry McCarthy (MP)
Clayton Blizzard Nigel Costley (SWTUC)
Terry Renshaw (UCATT – one of the Shrewsbury 24)
Eileen Turnbull (Researcher – Shrewsbury 24 Campaign)
Louise Raw (Labour Historian)

More information can be found here

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May Day 2016 TU/Campaign Stall Application details

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Workers’ Memorial Day 2016

International Workers' Memorial Day

Thursday 28th April 2016, 1.00pm
Castle Park, Bristol

Assemble at
Tony Benn House, Victoria Street at 12.30 pm


Speakers
Peter Hughes, Unite
Joanne Kaye, Unison
Roger Thomas, PCS
Steve Gibbs, UNISON and Secretary of the Bristol Hazards Group

A leaflet advertising the event can be found here Workers Memorial Day and more information about the campaign can be obtained from the Hazards Campaign.

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!

Trades Union Councils logo

The Bristol march and rally is organised by Bristol Trades Union Council

Take to the streets for the NHS

 Saturday March 5th 2016
Meet the NHS
Action in Broadmead from 11am

MARCH AND RALLY
Assemble 1pm at the Fountains, Bristol, BS1

All welcome, Bring banners, placards, friends, family and other trade unionists.
Support the Junior Doctors, the Nurses and the NHS. Fight privitisation.
For more information about this event see Bristol People’s Assembly
Copy of flyer for the day can be found here Take to the streets for the NHS

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

Bristol and Bath Against the Trade Union Bill are supporting the TUC’s campaign and have organised a rally for

 5:30pm on Thursday February 11th
Cascade Steps, Bristol, BS1

All welcome, Bring banners and placards.

For more information about this event see Bristol and Bath Against the Trade Union Bill

For more information about the current stage of trade unions campaign against the Trade Union Bill see The heartunions week of action