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Battle to defend sacked Rolls Royce union rep

30 July 2005
The fight to reinstate Jerry Hicks is on. He is the deputy plant convenor sacked from Rolls Royce’s Bristol site.

Rolls Royce strike over sacking of Jerry Hicks

16 July 2005
The entire manual workforce at Rolls Royce’s Patchway site in Bristol walked out this morning (Thursday, 21 July) following the sacking of their deputy plant convenor, Jerry Hicks.


16 July 2005

Walkout at Rolls Royce over victimisation of union convenor

16 July 2005
A major trial of strength which will affect the position of trade union reps across industry is underway at Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant where the convenor of one of the best organised sections, Jerry Hicks, faces disciplinary charges that could see him sacked.

Rolls Royce bosses in test of strength with workers

18 June 2005
Two fitters in the test areas at the Rolls Royce Bristol plant were escorted off the site on Monday night last week for allegedly sleeping while on the job.

Guerrilla art

05 May 2005
Two billboard posters appeared in Bristol last week which highlight how the three main political parties support the continuing illegal occupation of Iraq. They were put up by Guerrilla Art.

Defend Asylum Seekers

26 March 2005
Some 30 supporters of Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign, Student Action for Refugees, Respect, Bristol NUT teachers’ union branch and other organisations protested outside Downing Street on Monday.

Just imagine if every day was like this one

05 February 2005
You got a glimpse of an alternative approach to education at Filton High School, an 11 to 18 mixed comprehensive on the outskirts of Bristol, last week. Every day a different year group from years 7 to 11 focused on the question: "Is another world possible?"

Socialist Worker forums

28 August 2004

In brief

21 August 2004
Follow Sheffield’s route to victory DRIVERS ON First Group buses in Bristol have narrowly voted to accept an improved pay deal.


04 October 2003
SOME 50 teachers and parents attended an rally to oppose SATs tests in Bristol last week. Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset NUT teachers' union divisions organised the meeting. Jon Illingworth, prospective left candidate for general secretary of the NUT, spoke alongside primary school teacher Suzie Coggles, children's author Pat Thompson and school student Sophie North.

Permanent protests

29 March 2003
THOUSANDS OF people who could not get to London last Saturday demonstrated in their own cities. Up to 2,500 protesters blocked roads in the centre of Bristol for the third day running while around 4,000 marched through Manchester. Some 1,000 protesters in Newcastle were physically blocked from marching by the police, and 1,000 demonstrated in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Race, class and education

15 March 2003
IF YOU believed the Daily Mail you would think there is a witch-hunt against middle class students being rejected by top universities simply because they are middle class. "Felicity had ten A grade GCSEs and three A grade A-levels. So why was she rejected by Bristol University?" screamed the front page of one edition.

Socialist Alliance

25 January 2003
THERE WILL be local council elections in many parts of England outside London on Thursday 1 May. A number of Socialist Alliances, including Birmingham, Bristol and Colchester, have already selected some candidates. Many more Socialist Alliances will be selecting candidates over the next few weeks.


11 January 2003
OVER 60 people held a soup kitchen protest last Saturday outside the flats Blair has bought his son Euan in Bristol. It was organised by the Bristol Defend Asylum Seekers Campaign to highlight government policies which will leave refugees on the streets

Rolls workers walk out over redundancies

21 December 2002
A THREAT to jobs provoked an unofficial walkout by some 390 Rolls-Royce workers in Bristol on Thursday of last week. Workers in the combustion section, who are not known for their militancy, downed tools after their management announced 10 percent would lose their jobs in the next four months.

Victory for Mehmetis

21 December 2002
THE MEHMETI family have won the right to stay in Britain after a ten-month campaign to stop them being sent back to Kosovo. Thousands of people in Bristol backed the campaign - trade unionists, community groups, political groups and even the local Evening Post newspaper. The adjudicator in the case said that given "the level of community ties and huge local support for them remaining, and given their particular difficulties, the balance is in favour of the family remaining in the UK". Jo Benefield

Recycling fight against the bosses

16 November 2002
WORKERS AT Resourcesaver in Bristol took strike action for 48 hours last week in protest at management reneging on an agreement for a 40-hour week. They were also protesting against the continuing practice of compulsory overtime.

Refuse workers

02 November 2002
WORKERS AT Resourcesaver in Bristol took strike action last Wednesday over management reneging on a deal to cut working hours. Resourcesaver is responsible for collecting black boxes for recycling. Doug Varney from the workers' of the Unison union branch explained, "Management had agreed to cut the working week to 40 hours - that's five eight-hour days. Now management have imposed a standard nine-hour day.

Defend refugees

12 October 2002
OVER 50 people took to the streets of Fishponds, Bristol, last Saturday to show their disgust at the recent attack on a refugee hostel.

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