A statement has been agreed by the main trade unions representing some 100,000 workers across the Bristol area.
The Statement says:
We strongly oppose the ill-conceived and dangerous Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill being proposed by the Home Secretary. To push through repressive legislation under the cover of the pandemic is awful politics and will make dreadful law.
As it stands, the Bill seeks to:
We condemn the violence in Bristol on Sunday evening. The separate actions of a minority were in stark contrast to the peaceful demonstration against the Bill earlier in the day. And it played directly into the hands of Conservative ministers and those who wish to deny our collective right to protest.
Their actions deserve no place in the radical history of Bristol and in the genuine protest movements that have secured progressive change. We will not allow the violence to dilute the real campaign against this Bill.
Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary
Hannah David, South West TUC Chair
Joanne Kaye, South West UNISON Regional Secretary
Steve Preddy, South West Unite Regional Secretary
Rowena Hayward, Senior Organiser GMB Wales and South West Region
Hannah Packham, South West NEU Regional Secretary
Nick Ireland, South West and Wales USDAW Divisional Secretary
James Davies, South West PCS Regional Secretary
Kev Beazer, South West CWU Regional Secretary
Trevor French, Executive Council member South West Region, Fire Brigades Union
Simon Crew, Secretary Bristol Trades Union Council
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