The NUT are renewing their strike action with another one day strike on Wednesday March 26th. The last such national strike was with other workers in the public sector on 30 November 2011. Since then a series of regional school strikes have happened jointly with the other main school union NASUWT. The NUT is calling on all concerned to support striking teachers, before and after the marches and rallies that will happen on 26 March.
Rank-and-File Construction Network
Please see link here to the ‘Site Worker’ network.
Save Our City
Next meeting of the anti-cuts group is at 7pm – Wednesday 5th March – Kings Centre (former Deaf Centre), 16-18 King Square, Bristol BS2 8JL.
March 22nd ‘Stand up to Racism and Fascism’ Demonstration
There are two coaches from Bristol open to the public. The coach provided by Bristol Unite Health branch will now leave Anchor Road (outside @Bristol) at 8am. The coach is primarily for Unite health members, but there are likely to be spaces for non-members as well. So register your interest early. Light refreshments will be provided on the coach.The contact for this coach is Chrissie at 07983 233908. Free to Unite members, £5 for others, £3 for unwaged.
The Unite Against Fascism and students supported coach is due to leave Frenchay Campus at 730am and will pick up in central Bristol and Bath. Contact details for this coach are 07855 139940. Price is £6 or £4 student/concessions.
Unite South West region are also planning a coach, but this is for Unite members only. Contact Karen at Unite (Tony Benn House) for details of this.
There will be a union activists meeting on Tuesday 11th March at Hamilton House, supported by local union branches and UAF to help build for the demonstration and to follow up with local activity. Full details will be sent out shortly.
Bristol and South West Unite the Resistance
The council have begun a series of ‘consultation’ meetings with staff over the planned £90m. budget cut and loss of 800 jobs (equivalent to 10 per cent of the workforce). It’s clear the council will begin first with a voluntary redundancy scheme and then move towards compulsory redundancies to achieve their target of job cuts. Unison, Unite and GMB have been working with the ‘Save Our City’ public campaign to oppose the cuts, building up to the city wide demonstration on Saturday February 8th.
Local Government Action
Unison are calling for a Day of Protest on February 4th against cuts in pay, jobs and services in local government. Local branches are deciding on the precise nature of the protests, many of which are likely to include lunchtime rallies and demonstrations.
Bristol East delivery office are moving towards strike action over management breaking flextime agreements. At the national level 115,000 Royal Mail and Parcelforce workers in the CWU are set to ballot on whether to accept or reject the deal that led to strikes being called off at the end of last year. The ballot will run from 15 to 29 January.
Gaymer Cider Workers Strike in Shepton Mallet.
City of Bristol College, University of Bristol and UWE will take strike action tomorrow (Tuesday December 3rd). A joint rally will be held in Bristol, from 1-2pm at College Green. City of Bristol College, University of Bristol and UWE (UCU, Unison and Unite) will rally here after their pickets at the respective three institutions. Speakers are Dominique Lauterberg (UCU NEC), Harriet Bradley (UCU NEC) and Nigel Costley, secretary South West TUC.
and for students
Save Our City
The second planning meeting of the Stop Ferguson’s Cuts and Save Our City Campaign is Wednesday 4th December, 7pm, at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, BS1 6AY.
All the local government unions, Trades Council, Bristol Anti-Cuts Alliance, the People’s Assembly, Unite the Resistance and Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts were all represented at the first meeting and we hope to maintain a strong and united campaign leading up to our planned demonstration in January and the council vote.Main items for discussion are union reports, the petition, leaflets/ posters, report from the ‘consultation meetings’, the demonstration, writing to councillors, stunts & direct action, press & media, Facebook & website, finance, future meetings.
The mayor will also be personally attending these four public consultation meetings on the budget:Tuesday 26th November – demo outside from 5.45pm – meeting (booking required) 6.30pm to 7.30pm – Henbury School, Station Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QH To book: https://budgetnorth.eventbrite.com/
Wednesday 27th November – demo outside from 5.45pm – meeting (booking required) 6.30pm to 7.30pm – The Park Centre, Daventry Road, Filwood, Bristol BS4 1DQ To book: https://budgetsouth.eventbrite.com/
Thursday 28th November – demo outside from 6.15pm – meeting (booking required) 7pm to 8pm – City Hall (Council House), College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR To book:https://budgetcentral.eventbrite.com/
Friday 29th November – demo outside from 6.15pm – meeting (booking required) 7pm to 8pm – Bristol Brunel Academy, Speedwell Road, Speedwell, Bristol BS15 1NU To book: https://budgeteast.eventbrite.com/
Then on Tuesday 3rd December is another of Ferguson’s “aimed at residents rather than political or pressure groups” Question Times this time at Great Hall of Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ – demo outside from 6.15pm – meeting (booking required) 7pm To book: https://mayorqtdec.eventbrite.co.uk/
And finally there is Cabinet Meeting on Thursday 5th December at 6.30pm (venue TBC)
Still the Enemy Within
Please support this new film venture to record and celebrate the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85. We hope to arrange a public showing of the film in Bristol in the New Year. Attached is a model motion for trade union branches.
In 1984, Margaret Thatcher labelled 160,000 striking miners, their families and supporters, ‘The Enemy Within’. It was to be the longest national industrial dispute in British history. As the strike began, a group of miners emerged who were prepared to fight on the front line of every major battle.
Dubbed ‘Arthur’s Army’, they were to lead a fight-back that would not just rock the government but would change British society forever… Still the Enemy Within uncovers the hidden story of these remarkable people and their role in The Great Miners’ Strike of 1984 – 85.
Thirty years on, we catch up those who fought on the front line. Many of them have never spoken on camera before. Their stories are often funny, occasionally tragic but ultimately inspiring. Through their eyes we look back at a country at war, and the ordinary men and women who were forced to step on to the stage of history to fight for their communities.
Stop Ferguson’s Cuts
A 50 strong meeting on Wednesday night took the first steps in the campaign to defeat George Ferguson in his attempt to destroy old peoples’ and childrens’ services in Bristol, to cut back on library and leisure facilities, and to ‘shed’ 800 jobs. The meeting, called jointly by BADACA, Bristol Peoples Assembly and Bristol Unite the Resistance, heard first from Steve Mills, branch secretary of Bristol City Unison and also representatives from GMB and Unite in the council. Details of the cuts are here
A series of consultation meetings is taking place around the city (see earlier posting) at which campaigners will be present. Activists from the floor argued the need for cross-union workplace meetings (open to union members and non-members alike) as a first step in preparing a response within the council workforce. This can be combined with a petition against the cuts aimed at service users and members of the public (such as the Libraries petition in the South Glouc. dispute which received thousands of supporting signatures of collected by the striking librarians).
Campaigners also suggested that a demonstration against the cuts should be held in the city early sometime in the New Year. A further open meeting of the campaign grouping will be held in two weeks time (details to be confirmed).
South West Firefighters
The FBU in the South West has produced a strike newsletter. A new ballot is taking place to extend strike action.
Mayor Ferguson is about to announce a 25% cut of £90m in Bristol City Council’s budget. Translated into jobs this will mean cuts of up to 1000. Services across the city will be devastated as a result. He is due to announce these cuts tomorrow (Monday 18th) at the Wills Memorial Building(top of Park Street). A lobby has been called of the meeting beginning at 530pm. Trade Union banners and delegations are welcome.
Joint Campaign Meeting
To begin a co-ordinated campaign across the city a joint planning meeting has been called for this Wednesday November 20th at 7pm in Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft (in the community arts space). This meeting has been called jointly by Bristol Anti Cuts Alliance (BADACA), Bristol Peoples Assembly, and Bristol Unite the Resistance. Trade union representatives from the council workforce will lead off the meeting.
A series of consultation meetings across the city have been called by Ferguson to try and smooth the cuts through by winning public opinion. Please try and attend with union delegations.
- Lobby of Public Budget Consultation Meeting – Let Ferguson Know How You Feel About Another £90 million of Cuts for Bris on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 18:30 @ Henbury School, Station Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QH
- Lobby of Public Budget Consultation Meeting – Let Ferguson Know How You Feel About Another £90 million of Cuts for Bris on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 18:30 @ The Park Centre, Daventry Road, Filwood, Bristol BS4 1DQ
- Lobby of Public Budget Consultation Meeting – Let Ferguson Know How You Feel About Another £90 million of Cuts for Bris on Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:00 @ City Hall (Council House), College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
- Lobby of Public Budget Consultation Meeting – Let Ferguson Know How You Feel About Another £90 million of Cuts for Bris on Friday, 29 November 2013 19:00 @ Bristol Brunel Academy, Speedwell Road, Speedwell, Bristol BS15 1NU
- Lobby of Mayor’s Question Time – Let Ferguson Know How You Feel About Another £90 million of Cuts for Bristol! on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 19:00 @ Great Hall of Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ
- Lobby of Council Cabinet – Let Ferguson Know How You Feel About Another £90 million of Cuts for Bristol! on Thursday, 05 December 2013 18:30 @ Venue TBA
- Lobby of Full Council – Axe the Bedroom Tax – No Evictions – Stop Ferguson’s Cuts! on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 13:00 @ Council House (City Hall), College Green, Bristol BS1 5UY
Please remember the Bristol Unite the Resistance Solidarity Meeting, tomorrow night (Wednesday 13th) starting at 745pm in St. Marys Church Hall, St. Pauls Road, Clifton (not far from the Triangle).
The purpose of the meeting is to provide solidarity for current and upcoming strikes in the city.
The main speaker will be Janine Cockayne (Unite branch secretary) from Hovis who will tell us how they beat zero hours contracts and agency work. Other speakers include Rick, a striking Librarian from South Glos. Unison, Chris Taylor (Avon FBU Secretary) who will update us on the Fire Service dispute, and John Reddiford from North Somerset NUT.
FBU Strikes Wednesday 13th, visit picket lines from 10am to 2pm!!!