Celebrating International Women’s Day March 8th 2021

Women's Day

Bristol Trades Union Council celebrates International Women’s Day and sends greetings to sisters everywhere. We continue to place equality at the heart of our work.

In 2020 Women’s Pay Day – the day when the average woman starts getting paid compared to the average man – was Wednesday 4 March.

In parts of the UK where the gender pay gap is wider, women work for free for longer.

And in some industries women have to wait until April or even May for their Women’s Pay Day.

The average woman effectively works for free for two months of the year compared to the average man.

The gender pay gap for all employees is 17.3%. Gender pay gap reporting was introduced in 2017 and aimed to ensure that larger employers took responsibility for tackling the gender pay gap in their organisation.

It made public the pay inequalities that are ultimately responsible for the persistent gender pay gap in this country.When the legal requirement for employers with over 250 employees to report their gender pay gap was suspended in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the trade union movement raised concerns about how this would set back equality and disadvantage women at work.

It is therefore of significant concern to all who are committed to achieving gender equality that the UK Government is considering removing the visibility of employers’ performance on pay equality for another year.

At a time when the UK’s economy is under threat, suspending gender pay gap reporting is not the right decision.Bristol Trades Union Council calls on the UK Government to urgently reinstate enforcement of gender pay gap reporting, and to require all larger employers to report their gender pay gap in 2021.

Though important gender pay gap reporting is not enough. The trade union movement has won notable victories for equal pay and at this year’s Women’s TUC conference has mapped a way forward in the fight for equal pay.

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Celebrate May Day – Make a video

Key Workers

This May Day our usual planned events can no longer take place, but it’s more important than ever to mark the contribution that workers make every day.

The TUC are leading an online action to show our support for all frontline workers in this difficult time.

Visit the TUC website at May Day 2020 for full details.

Unless explicitly stated otherwise any commercial advertisements appearing on this page aren’t endorsed or supported by Bristol Trades Union Council.

We demand a new deal for working people!

Leaflet: We demand a new deal for working people!

Why? Because real wages are still lower than before the crash in 2008. Because three million workers are stuck on zero hour contracts, in agency work and in low paid self-employment. Because hardworking public servants haven’t had a proper payrise for eight years. Because our NHS is at breaking point. And because years of cuts have led to poverty, homelessness and despair for too many.

We’re marching for the alternative. For a growing economy with great jobs in every nation and region of the UK. For a £10ph minimum wage and the right to a voice at work. For public services that are brilliant, funded and free at the point of use. And for a society that roots out racism, sexism and discrimination.

 

We’re the trade union movement. We stand up for millions of working people all over the UK. And together, we demand a new deal for working people. Join us in London on

Saturday 12th May 2018, 11.00am
Victoria Embankment, London


This event is organised by the TUC.

Coaches are being arranged from Bristol. Contact your local union office for details.

Leaflets advertising the march can be downloaded from Posters, leaflets and logos

 

Changing the world of work for good

The theme for Trades Union Councils in 2018 is “Changing the world of work for good“. It sets out a positive vision of trade unions as we know them to be: a democratic force for fairness in the modern workplace. It highlights the role that trades union councils play in developing and promoting trades unions and in campaigning on the core values of the TUC and the union movement.
The Trades Union Councils Programme of Work for 2018 tasks the Trades Union Council movement with –
  1. opposing the Tories’ attacks on the NHS and building the resistance alongside our NHS staff and their unions;
  2. supporting campaigns for new council and social house building programmes;
  3. supporting industrial action taken in opposing employer or government initiatives that lead to a reduction in staffing or safety;
  4. supporting all trades’ union opposition to the cuts;
  5. supporting the TUC’s “Great Jobs Campaign” and union campaigns for decent pay and conditions at work and increasing collective bargaining coverage;
  6. campaigning for fair treatment of migrant workers;
  7. speaking out for equality, and against discrimination and harassment on the basis of ethnicity or religion;
  8. lobbying the Labour Party to establish, before the next general election, a ‘shadow’ Defence Diversification Agency;
  9. working to raise awareness of the Welfare Charter and campaign for the abolition of the Universal Credit benefits system

Public meeting: Young Workers and Trade Unions

Get ahead at work > Join a Union

Hannah David PCS
Jo Galazka Unite

7.30pm on Wednesday 30th November 2016

Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY

All welcome.

A leaflet about our meeting is here

Young Workers and Trade Unions

What is Young Workers Month?

Held in November every year, TUC Young Workers Month aims to promote trade unions to young workers and highlight the issues faced by young workers.
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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

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

In November we asked trade unionists  to lobby their MPs asking them to vote against the government’s controversial trade union bill, we said that it was a big opportunity to make sure our MPs hear directly from workers worried by the government’s plans to undermine the right to strike in restricting pickets, protests and other measures.

We know this was done as delegates to Bristol Trades Union Council gave verbal report backs on the responses they got from their MPs. At that meeting Bristol Trades Council agreed that we should post the responses to our web site.
So we’re urging all trade unionists who got a response from their MP, whether that be verbal or written, to send the details or a copy of the letter to bristoltradesunioncouncil@gmail.com alternatively use the comment box below.

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

Bristol Bristol People’s Assembly are supporting the TUC’s campaign and have organised a rally

2nd November at 17:15
Cascade Steps, Bristol, BS1

for those trade unionists and supporters who can’t make the protect the right to strike lobby in London.

The event is promising to be a vibrant Protest, with music, giant banners, spectacle & speeches, to say ‘Yes to Workers’ Rights’ and ‘No to the Trade Union Bill’…

Bristol Trades Union Council is urging all to support this event.

For more information about the trade unions campaign against the Trade Union Bill see Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

Protect the right to strike

The TUC campaign against the trade union bill

In November MPs will vote on the government’s controversial trade union bill, which threatens the basic right to strike. Bristol Trades Union Council urgently needs YOU in London, on the afternoon of Monday 2nd November, to talk to your MP face to face. This is a big opportunity to make sure our MPs hear directly from workers worried by the government’s plans to undermine the right to strike in restricting pickets, protests and other measures.

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