BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 14th September 2012
BADACA Needs Your Help!
There are only 5 days to go until the lobby of Bristol City Council on Tuesday 18th September.
Please, please, please:
Come to Broadmead on Saturday 15th September. We will be leafletting and petitioning from 12 noon outside BHS in the centre of Broadmead. We want to get lots of people there. The more people there are, the more impact we can make. Bring friends, neighbours etc
Come to the lobby from 5pm at the Council House on Tuesday 18th September. If you can’t get there until later, please still come. We will be inside from 6pm. A large lobby will tell councillors and candidates for elected mayor that Bristol wants to maintain council-run care homes and day centres, not a privatised service on the cheap. Again, bring friends, neighbours etc.
Please play your part in making this campaign a success. More details of the lobby are below and on Facebook here.
You can sign the petition on-line via our website here. Please forward the link to anyone you know who might sign it. We need as many signatures as possible by 18th September. You can download a petition sheet from our website here. Print it out and get friends, neighbours, colleagues to sign. Return any sheets as soon as possible to BADACA, 4 Maycliffe Park, Bristol, BS6 5JH
The leaflet is available online here. If you can use printed leaflets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TUC conference this week has raised the question of a general strike against the government. Several unions have promised action in the autumn. Some TUC leaders are busy back-pedalling, but the mood is clearly changing. See video of the National Shop Stewards Committee lobby here and photos here. BBC report on general strike resolution here.
These debates and discussions at the TUC will be important in the build-up to the ‘A Future That Works’ demonstration on Saturday October 20th. There will be a discussion at the BADACA Open Meeting (details below) about preparations for this important event. We will have details of coaches from Bristol in the next week or so. A student film setting out the case for supporting the TUC demonstration and the National Union of Students demonstration on November 21st can be seen here. Facebook for 20th October here. Information on TUC website here. Facebook for 21st November here.
NHS employers in the south-west want to introduce ‘regional pay‘. This means cutting pay. Trades unions are campaigning against it. There will be a report on this at the BADACA Open Meeting (details below) and a meeting organised by NHS unions on 19th September (details below). Flyer here.
Watch out for WESTCOUNTRY MUTINEER – a new radical 8 page freesheet newspaper for
the South West with a class struggle/anti-cuts/anarchist communist focus. If you would like to be on the mailing list, please get in touch via mutineerpress[at]riseup.net’. Once their website is ready, we will publish a link.
Please help us to distribute the new edition of BADACA’s NHS pamphlet as widely as possible. It’s available online here. You can get printed copies by emailing email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
Twitter – http://twitter.com/BrisNoCuts.
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to email@example.com. Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
Come to the council meeting and tell councillors what the people of Bristol think of their plans to cut services for the elderly and vulnerable. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 24th September
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
This month we will be focussing on the campaign to save our care homes & day centres in Bristol. Following the lobby of the council on 18th September we will be discussing our next moves in the run up to the mayoral election. Also discussion of preparations for the TUC demonstration on October 20th and the fight to stop regional pay in the NHS. All welcome! Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
Regional Pay & Conditions – What does it mean for the NHS patients and workers? – Wednesday September 19th
Organised by NHS trades unions, this is a meeting for NHS union members to discuss the threats to introduce regional pay.
Venue: Colston/Frys Room – Future Inn, Cabot Circus, Temple Way, Bristol, BS1 3EN
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
The Coalition Isn’t Working –Public Meeting – Wednesday September 19th
Organised by Weston Trades Union Council. Speakers on NHS, Youth Services and Transport
Venue: Winter Gardens, Royal Parade, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1AJ
For a Future That Works – Festival organised By South Gloucestershire Unison – Saturday September 22nd
Kingswood Park, Bristol.Live Music, Family Fun, Food, Refreshments, Speakers