The next couple of weeks will see a wave of strike activity in Bristol. There are many ways we can give our solidarity.
The Junior Doctors will be undertaking a further round of strike action, this time without emergency cover on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th April.the two days of action will will see picket lines, lunchtime silent protests (on Tuesday from 12 noon) outside hospitals and again on Tuesday a march beginning at 5:30pm from the Eye Hospital. Jeremy Hunt is being pilloried for his role in the strike, even looking to back down on his instruction to ‘impose’ the new contract. The junior doctors can win, and we must continue to show our solidarity. The local solidarity group has produced the attached leaflet.Please distribute widely and support the city wide march on the 26th.
Support your local libraries. Mayor George Ferguson recently closed the Eastville library in Muller Road. Now the council are attacking the pay and conditions of library staff. They are taking strike action with picketing from 9am on Thursday 27th at the Central, Fishponds, Bedminster, Henleaze and Redland libraries in response. The stoppage will be followed by a “solidarity picnic” with supporters on College Green from 12 noon.
Last Wednesday Bristol NUT demonstrated at the Centre against forced academisation of schools. They now plan to hold a rally with the 4 NUT branches in the Avon area in the Lantern Room of Colston Hall at 2pm on May 21st. Invites to doctors to speak have already met with replies in the affirmative. NUT Executive member Anne Lemon and organiser of the rally has also approached the BMA to jointly call the rally. The well known writer and campaigner Alan Gibbons is also speaking, alongside (hopefully) local library representatives of Unison. A creche will be available. As with the doctors, the government appears to be on the verge of backing down, with Secretary of State Nicky Morgan beginning to eat her words. Lets support the teachers and keep up the pressure.
Stand Up To Racism, the Stop the War Coalition, the Peoples Assembly and many trade unions are supporting the Convoy to Calais to deliver solidarity to the refugee camp on June 18th. The local SUTR meeting , 630pm, Hamilton House on Monday 25th April, will be co-ordinating convoy solidarity from Bristol. Following the tragedy of a further 500 plus deaths of refugees off the coast of Libya last weekend it is vital that solidarity work is undertaken in workplaces by trade unions.