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.

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Trades Union Council

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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

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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Keynsham postal strike

I support my postal worker

Postal workers in Keynsham are to go on strike on the two days before Christmas – in support of a Communications Workers Union (CWU) member who was sacked by the Royal Mail.

The sacking has caused outrage and the CWU has issued the Royal Mail with a strike notice, There will be no mail collected or delivered in BS31 from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27.

The CWU said the member was sacked under the sickness process which was wrongly applied.

Messages of solidarity can be left on the Bristol CWU facebook page

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Bristol Strike 4 Climate 29th November

Green Unions at work


Rally
Fri. 29th November, 11am,
College Green,
Bristol

Bristol TUC is supporting this rally, more details can be found by following this facebook link Global Strike

At it’s July meeting Bristol TUC agreed to reinforce it’s campaigning against Climate Change. Trade unionists know the importance of standing up and taking action when change is necessary, we are supporting the fight against climate change to help protect the planet for our children and grandchildren.

Bristol TUC supports the November statement made by the TUC Trade unions are rising to the challenge of tackling the climate emergency   and will be working with the TUC  in the trade union campaign  Climate crisis and a just transition as agreed by the September 2019 TUC Conference.

What you can do –
Restrictive trade union laws make it very difficult for workers to go on strike but union members can still be out and campaigning in their workplaces. Some employers will allow or encourage their workers to take part. Talk to your employer about allowing staff time to attend local rallies.

Support your local protest

  1. Ask your employer to declare a climate emergency.
  2. Ask your union to declare a climate emergency.
  3. Follow this with a programme of action.
  4. Arrange lunch-time events and activities such as open discussions over the climate emergency and what more can be done at your workplace.
  5. Survey your workplace about what they think can be done to cut carbon use.
  6. Volunteer to be a green rep or encourage others to do so.
  7. Sign up to the TUC training for being a green rep
  8. To show our government that workers everywhere want action now, take a photo on the day and share it with others
  9. Get involved in your union’s climate actions

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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An attack on democracy

I'm standing with my union

Bristol TUC takes the view that the recent decision (13th November 2019) at the Royal Court of Justice to stop Communication Workers Union members from striking is an attack on the entire trade union movement and must be resisted.

The Communication Workers Union balloted over 110,000 members who voted by over 97% in favour of strike action in a massive 76% turnout. The strike was to oppose the casualisation of the Royal Mail

Bristol TUC extends its support and solidarity to postal workers and their union the Communication Workers Union in what is now a battle for democracy itself.

A full statement by the CWU can be found by following this link CWU’s voice of defiance rings out around the country

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Keep Striking for higher pay

Friday, 1st February 2019
Assemble 6pm at
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ

Deliveroo couriers in Bristol will be taking strike action over low pay, unpaid work and a change in their booking system.

The Bristol Couriers Network will be striking for a range of demands. In particular they’ll be striking for:

  • £5 per drop
  • Paid waiting times of £10/hr, 17p/minute
  • Extra distance payment £1/mile
  • Recruitment freeze

So far strikes in Bristol have won:

  • 5 weeks of higher boosts
  • A meeting with the head of Rider Operations
  • Support from Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees
  • An agreement from the Bristol Mayor that moped couriers would not be fined for the use of loading bays when picking up and delivering
  • No victimisation
  • Agreement from Deliveroo that they will: work on allowing customers to tip after delivery, allow couriers to immediately see the second order address, work with the council to stop moped couriers paying fines for use of loading bays.

Please join them. Bring noise, TU banners and plenty of solidarity!

More information about the dispute can be found at Bristol Couriers’ demands

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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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