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Bristol activists call meetings to build the fight

Issue No. 2287

Union activists in Bristol are busy building a public meeting on the pensions dispute. Mark Serwotka and other speakers will address the event on Monday 6 February.

It is jointly organised by Unite the Resistance and the Bristol And District Anti-Cuts Alliance (Badaca).

Huw Williams is a Bristol trade unionist who is helping organise the meeting.

“We’ve covered the £1,000 costs of the meeting with sponsorship from local trade union branches,” he told Socialist Worker.

These include a PCS branch, two NUT branches and four Unite branches, including workers at Bristol’s Rolls-Royce plant.

Unions have also been closely involved with promoting the event, says Huw.

Activists are promoting the meeting by leafleting outside key workplaces.

South Gloucestershire NUT has sent letters to each of its members.

The activists have also leafleted private sector workplaces such as CWU members at TV Licensing.

Huw notes that a younger generation of activists have got involved in trade unions in the run-up to and wake of the 30 November strike.

“It’s clear that a new layer has come through,” he says, citing young stewards in his own union, Unison, that have become involved in the past six months.

Bristol is just one of several Unite the Resistance meetings taking place around Britain.

Others include Glasgow on 9 February, London on 18 February and Manchester on 29 February.

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