BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE
BULLETIN – 13th January 2012
The fight for pension justice goes on
Despite the leadership of Unison & GMB having accepted a deal with the government, the fight for pension justice goes on. Most of the other unions involved in the November 30th strike are demanding more concessions from the government. Among others, PCS, NUT, NASUWT, and Unite have turned down the existing offer. Even within Unison & GMB, rank & file members are calling for a re-think from their leadership. More co-ordinated action from unions looks probable to build on the tremendous fighting spirit of November 30th. See the latest statement from PCS here. More information on our website here.
All is still to fight for. What better time could there be for Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, to speak in Bristol. Mark has been at the forefront of those union leaders calling for no deal and more industrial action. See his recent article in the Guardian here and BBC interview here. Come to hear him speak on ‘How We Can Win’ on Monday February 6th. Full details below. Please use every opportunity to help build this meeting into a really significant event. One way is to help on the stall in Broadmead on 21st January- details below. Also, a copy of the flyer is available here. Please forward it to friends, neighbours, work colleagues. Print it out and put it on notice boards.
At the same time the Bristol City Council budget consultation process moves on through fog & smokescreens laid down by the LibDems. They plan to cut £21m from April 2012. The council has released the bare minimum of information and is disguising as many of its plans as possible. BADACA members have attended all the scrutiny meetings. Many councillors seem unable to grasp exactly what the LibDems plan to do. The privatisation of Youth Services and the privatisation/closure of care homes & day centres are listed to save large amounts of money without any details provided about how (or even whether) this can be done. Council rents are set to go up by over 8%. A concerted campaign by council workers, community groups, service users and even some councillors could seriously disrupt and halt these LibDem plans. BADACA will do its best to make this happen. See below for events. More to follow in future weeks.
To muddy the waters further, the LibDems now propose to borrow £50million pounds from the government with no explanation of how this fits in with the decimation of services by budget cuts. You can already hear Janke, Rogers & co trumpeting the good news of more school places while trying to drown out complaints from those whose social care services and mobile libraries have disappeared. There’s only one name for this - political cynicism.
Of course, South Gloucestershire Council has its own programme of cuts including the privatisation of its Home Care services. Unite The Union have created a Facebook page on the issue. You can see it here. There will be a lobby of the South Gloucs budget setting meeting on 29th February. Details are below.
BADACA is keen to add more trades union branches to our list of afflilates. If you are a union member and aren’t sure whether your branch is affiliated please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We can let you know whether you branch is affiliated or not and, if not, send details to your branch secretary. We can offer a speaker to your branch on the fightback againt the cuts.
OccupyBristol are inviting people to join a process to develop a radically different vision of Bristol for the 21st century. This starts with a meeting on Saturday 21st January. You can see full details here – Evening Post article here. The Cathedral is trying to evict the camp from College Green. Send messages of support and visit them. In their 3 months on College Green they have raised important questons about the priorities of the government and severely embarrassed the City Council. See our website here for a review of their three months. Support them in any way you can. Check out their FaceBook pages here and their website here. Call the camp information line on 07415 139 464.
Please try to get involved in as many of the activities below as possible and pass the information on to others who may be interested.
If you want more information about anything below, email email@example.com
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org . Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
‘How We Can Win’ – BADACA Meeting with Unite the Resistance – Monday 6th February
Speakers: Mark Serwotka (PCS General Secretary), Jayne Taylor (Unite The Union), David Wilshire (CWU)
Venue: The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
A meeting to discuss the way forward for the campaign to defend jobs, pensions and public services. All welcome. A flyer can be downloaded from here. A poster can be downloaded from here. Facebook here.
Rally For Your Railway – Thursday 19th January
‘Rally for your Railway – Together for Transport’
Thursday 19th January 19:00 – 21:00
Council House – Committee room 15
How will Cuts and the McNulty report affect the greater Bristol area.
Bill Monteith – TSSA; Bernard Kennedy – ASLEF;
Ian Crawford – Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance;
Steve Tyler – First Great Western
John McInally – BADACA; Mark Bradshaw – Labour Group, Bristol City Council
Facebook here. A flyer can be downloaded from here. More information here.
BADACA Leafletting In Broadmead – Saturday 21st January
BADACA supporters will be meeting to leaflet and talk to shoppers about developments in the pensions
dispute and the Mark Serwotka meeting. Meet in the centre of Broadmead (outside BHS) at 2pm.
Please try to come along. More details and Facebook here.
Bristol City Council Cabinet Meeting – Thursday 26th January
This meeting is when the LibDems will finalise their budget proposals before they are put to the full
council meeting at the end of February. BADACA plans to have the largest possible presence at this
meeting. Please come along if you can. The meeting starts at 6pm. We will meet outside the Council
House from 5pm. More details and Facebook here
Lobby Bristol City Council – Tuesday February 28th
This is the meeting when the budget (ie cuts) is put to the vote. We need to let councillors know
that people across the city oppose their cuts. The meeting starts at 2pm but will go on into the
evening. BADACA will hold a lobby at the start of the meeting but encourage those who can’t get
there then to come in the evening. So meet outside the Council House from 1pm and again from
5.30pm. More details and Facebook here.
Lobby South Gloucestershire Council – Wednesday February 29th
And this is when South Gloucestershire will agree their cuts. Again there will be a lobby. The meeting
starts at 7pm. Meet outside Kingswood Civic Centre from 6pm. Map here. More details and Facebook