Defend Our Unions: Resist the Anti Trade Union Laws

Meeting organised by Bristol Unite the Resistance and supported by North Somerset National Union of Teachers.

7pm, Friday October 9th
Youth Hostel Association (top floor), 14 Narrow Quay,BS1 4QA


Speakers: Karin Smyth

Labour MP Bristol South


Anne Lemon

NUT National Executive and UTR


Dr. Alexander Carpenter

Bristol Royal Infirmary (representative of junior doctors campaign, personal capacity)


Chair Salena Williams

UNISON (personal capacity)

The Trade Union Reform Bill is the biggest attack on trade union rights in 30 years, it includes plans to criminalise picketing and permit employers to hire strike-breaking agency staff in an attempt to crush the ability of trade unions to protect the interests of workers. Come along to hear from a local MP as to what the Labour Party is doing to stop the progress of the bill and to active trade unionists who will be explaining how the trade union movement intends to resist the bill as it travels through Parliament and even if it becomes law.

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  1. Follow up meeting – defending our trade unions

    Tuesday 20th October, 7pm: The Halo Bar, 141 Gloucester Rd, Bristol, Avon BS7 8BA

    There was a very successful meeting regarding the Trade Union Bill in Bristol on Friday 9th October. There was a desire for a united campaign against this legislation which if enacted will pose a very serious threat to all working people in the UK. Karin Smyth MP spoke about how the Bill is an affront to everyone’s civil liberties and there needed to be campaign which included highlighting the role of the Trade Union movement in the wider community. We heard from a Jnr doctor who was part of the organising team which produced such a fantastic demonstration in Bristol last Saturday against the proposed contracts this Government is trying to introduce. We also heard from the success of the campaign against privatisation of children health services as well as the victory by teachers in their strike at Winterbourne academy in South Glos.

    There were many ideas coming out of the meeting including:

    Lobbying Tory MP’s such as Bristol NW MP Charlotte Leslie and Kingwood MP Chris Skidmore
    Building support for the TUC lobby of parliament on November 2nd in London
    Looking to call a protest on the same day in Bristol after work for those who cannot get to London.
    Looking to hold a major rally against the Bill and inviting major figures from the movement to come to Bristol to speak.

    Having a network of trade unionists who can build solidarity with workers when they are taking action either locally or nationally such as at Winterbourne recently or the 111 day strike at the National Gallery in London which saw the PCS win major concessions and the stopping of the victimisation of leading trade unionist Candy Udwin who was sacked but is now re instated.


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