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Last 'Bristol 3' postal worker wins reinstatement

30 September 2008
Kay Gibbs, the last of the "Bristol 3" – three CWU union members who were sacked after last year’s national postal workers’ strike – has been reinstated.

Bristol paramedics must dial 999 for support

12 August 2008
Paramedics on emergency callouts in the Bristol area have had to phone 999 to demand back-up.

Postal workers march to support the Bristol 3

05 August 2008
Over 300 postal workers and their supporters marched in Bristol on Monday in support of the "Bristol 3" – CWU union members who were sacked after last year’s national strike.

Campaign steps up to defend CWU union activists

16 July 2008
The postal workers’ CWU union has signalled its intention to fight against attacks on its activists by calling a demonstration in Bristol, where three workers have been unfairly sacked for alleged incidents during last year’s national dispute.

Bristol post workers threaten strike over sackings

01 July 2008
The possibility of a post strike across the Bristol area took a step forward as the CWU union stepped up its campaign for the reinstatement of three workers who were sacked for alleged incidents relating to last year’s national dispute.

Anger as four Bristol postal workers sacked

18 December 2007
Four postal workers have been sacked in Bristol as a result of events during the recent national strike. Two have been sacked at the South East delivery office (SEDO) after alleged clashes on the picket line.

Return to Palestine DVD

17 December 2007
Ed Hill is a Bristol based activist who visited Palestine in 2005 and 2006 for the olive harvest as part of the Zaytoun collective, which imports and sells fair trade Palestinian olive oil.

Cadbury Keynsham fight grows

11 December 2007
Over 400 people marched through the streets of Keynsham near Bristol on Saturday of last week to protest against the planned closure of the Cadbury’s factory with the loss of 500 jobs.

Winning solidarity across the trade union movement

17 July 2007
Bristol: Activists brought eight banners to the CWU picket line at the Patchway office in Bristol at 5am during last weeks strike.

Strike ballot at First Bus in Bristol over sackings

15 May 2007
A successful fightback at First Bus in Bristol has begun. The T&G union agreed to start balloting to strike over the recent sackings of 14 drivers and a further 140 being put on final written warnings.

First Bus drivers sacked for being early

01 May 2007
First Group, which has a near monopoly on the inner city buses in Bristol, has recently increased its attacks on bus drivers.

Reports round-up

24 April 2007
Bristol care workers anti-privatisation protest Some 200 people protested on Friday of last week against the threat by Bristol council to privatise care workers’ jobs. Speakers at the rally included Respect local election candidate Paulette North.

Reports round-up

07 April 2007
Bristol home care workers protest against privatisation Home care workers in Bristol protested on Tuesday of last week against the council’s plans to privatise their service

Organising for Fighting Unions is a focus for resistance

24 March 2007
Over 250 people came to the Bristol Organising For Fighting Unions (OFFU) meeting last week. It showed how OFFU can attract a broad range of trade union activists and also act as a forum for other campaigners.

Victory for Capita workers

17 February 2007
After a two day strike at Capita TV Licensing in Bristol, an "in principle" agreement has been reached with management that places a limit on the number of jobs going to India.

Capita boss loses sleep over strike

10 February 2007
Some 130 CWU union members working on the Television Licensing contract for Capita in Bristol took strike action on 29 and 30 January in response to a business decision to move work to Mumbai in India.

Mail centre workers’ strike vote

09 December 2006
Approximately 1,000 Royal Mail workers at the Bristol mail centre are set to vote on strike action over the introduction of a new packet sorting machine at this centre.

£95,368 raised so far for Socialist Worker appeal

11 November 2006
Rolls Royce test areas shop stewards’ committee donated £50 to the Socialist Worker appeal. They said, "Socialist Worker was a key supporter of our 2005 fight to reinstate Jerry Hicks, the victimised and sacked convenor at the Bristol Rolls Royce test areas site.

UWE students to stay with NUS

28 October 2006
Students at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol have voted by 89 percent to continue being part of the National Union of Students (NUS).

Bristol Respect finds a voice in Labour’s heartlands

22 April 2006
Labour minister Margaret Hodge said last Sunday that all the political parties have abandoned the white working class.

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