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Trade union directories

The latest South West TUC Directory is available to download.
All union officers and contact details along with local trades union councils.
Download the Directory here

Airbus workers wins better offer

Over 3,000 workers employed by Airbus at its factories in Broughton in North Wales and Filton in Bristol have accepted an improved pay offer bringing a long-running dispute to a close.

See full details here
 

Wiltshire traffic wardens vote to strike

Nearly 30 traffic wardens facing a 10 per cent pay cut by Wiltshire Council have voted for strike action by their union the GMB. The ballot resulted in a 100% yes vote on a 92% turnout. "Not a penny off our pay".

More here

 

RMT members to vote for biggest rail strike in modern history 

The RMT has launched a strike ballot over a pay freeze and thousands of job losses on railway network. More than 40,000 railway workers on Network Rail and 15 train operating companies (TOCs) will be balloted for strike action in what RMT has called “potentially the biggest rail strike in modern history.”

Network Rail intends to cut at least 2,500 safety critical maintenance jobs as part of a £2bn reduction in spending on the network. 

The ballot opens April 26 and closes May 24.

 
 
 
 

Health and Safety

 
 
 

When the union movement globally remembers those who lost their lives to dangerous work and renews our call to remember the dead, fight for the living.

There are TUC resources unions can use on the day including:

Bridgwater
Unite is organising an International Workers Memorial Day in Blake gardens in Bridgwater starting at 11.55am.

Bristol
Join Bristol Trades Council in commemorating those workers and celebrating the ongoing fights for safe work at the memorial plaque in Castle Park on Thursday 28th April at 12 noon with guest speakers from across the trade union movement. 

Plymouth
Stall and vigil from 10am to 12 noon at the Sundial, Amarda Way, Plymouth.
More details here

Poole
Poole Park Memorial at 6.30pm on the day.
 
Yeovil
Yeovil and District Trades Union Council will hold a brief ceremony at the brass plaque outside Unity Hall in Central Road, Yeovil at 6pm. 

For more information contact southwest@tuc.org.uk

Union News

 

Union jobs

Project Officer, Building BAME Reps Networks

Full-time, fixed-term for 12 months (happy to talk flexible working)

This exciting new role will be responsible for supporting and developing networks of BME reps in regions and Wales. This is a national role that can be undertaken from any of the TUC regional offices.
£43,068 per annum

Closing date 27 April 2022 - 12:00
More details here
 

South West TUC Regional Secretary

Full-time, permanent
£59,200
To be advertised here,

 
 

Andy Hamblin

Sad news of the passing of Andy Hamblin, a life-long trade unionist and Labour Party activist. His work as a convenor in Bristol City Council and for local government regionally and nationally earned him a reputation as a highly competent and passionate representative. He was appointed as a South West Regional Officer for Unite working in both Gloucester and Bristol offices.  

 

Learning and Education

 

Women into Leadership Course

3 days virtual classroom 11, 18 and 25 May
The course will help you understand what leadership is, leadership skills and styles, public speaking, and organising and media skills.

Apply here or email tuenquiries@cityofbristol.ac.uk
 

TUC Mental Health - from Resilience to Resistance

3 days virtual classroom on 8, 15 and 22 June
This course is designed to look at what unions in the workplace can do to organise around work-related stress and mental health issues. It is not purely a mental health awareness course. The focus is on ensuring policies, processes and procedures are in place to prevent or negate escalation of mental ill health in the workplace. 

Apply here or email tuenquiries@cityofbristol.ac.uk

Events

 

May Day events

Plymouth
Saturday 30 AprilBath
Sunday 1 May 1pm
The Bell Walcot Street, Bath 

Music by Seize the Day; Syrian food.

Bristol
Sunday 1 May 12 noon

Castle Park, Bristol
March through Broadmead followed by a Rally in Castle Park, Bristol.

Mobilise your members, families and friends to join this important day for workers. Bring your trade union and labour movement banners.

Cornwall
Sunday 1 May


Dorset
Sunday 1 May


Stroud
Saturday 7 May
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and coming up . . .

The Radical History School has a programme of online sessions for 2022 as well as plans for the festival school in person (14-16 July).

Tuesday 7 June 7-8pm
Sylvia Townsend-Walker and Valentine Ackland

The left-wing poets from Dorset before and during the Second World War have a fascinating story. Hear  Frances Bingham the author of Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life.

Other sessions to follow include:
Tuesday 6 September 7-8pm
Ascott Martyrs 150th Celebration with Carol Anderson 

Tuesday 4 October 7-8pm
George Loveless in Tasmania with Simon Cocker if we can connect with Tasmanian times!

Register for these events
 

 

 

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