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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.

Health managers undermine ambulance agreement

11 March 2006
Ambulance workers in Bristol and the wider Avon region are to ballot for strike action over the agenda for change pay and conditions deal. The ballot involves 350 members of the Unison union.

Jerry Hicks was denied official support that could have won reinstatement

17 September 2005
Striking engineers in the test area of Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant returned to work on Tuesday after a mammoth battle which has seen them take six weeks of action to stop the victimisation of their convenor, Jerry Hicks.

Unions struggling together against a bosses’ Britain

10 September 2005
Workers at the centre of two disputes that go to the heart of Labour’s anti-union, pro-boss policies came together on a confident, militant protest through Bristol on Friday of last week.

Rolls Royce strike builds up support

03 September 2005
Ninety six workers in the test area of Bristol’s Rolls Royce plant have entered their second week of indefinite strike action in confident mood.

Rolls Royce dispute — first blood goes to Jerry Hicks

13 August 2005
The fight to reinstate sacked Bristol Rolls Royce union convenor Jerry Hicks has received a big boost with an interim employment tribunal hearing ruling in his favour.

Rolls workers ballot over Hicks

06 August 2005
Over 100 workers in the test area at Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant were to begin a snap ballot for official strike action this week after management turned down an appeal for the reinstatement of their union convenor, Jerry Hicks.

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