Defend Our Unions: Resist the Anti Trade Union Laws
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Date(s) - Fri 9 October
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Youth Hostel Association



The Tories know that if they are to force through five more years of austerity, they have to take out their biggest potential source of opposition—the trade union movement.

That’s why they want new and brutal anti-union laws. But we can fight and win. We’ve already seen hundreds of thousands on the streets against austerity since the election. The success of coordinated strikes on London Underground and the solidarity for local strikes show why the Tories fear that the anti-austerity mood could spill into the workplaces.

The trade union movement needs to go all out to oppose anti-union laws. We need a big turnout on the TUC protest at parliament on 2 November. But there also needs to be a debate now about our response if these new laws are passed.

Will our unions be prepared to break them before they are used to break our ability to resist?

There are questions we urgently need to answer:
How do we stop the assault on wages and conditions at work? What is the strategy to build the unions, rebuild organisation where it has been in retreat and grow into new sectors? Can we fight attempts to divide our side such as the scapegoating of migrant workers, claimants and disabled people? How do we win a new generation of young workers to the trade unions? And with Jeremy Corbyn dominating the Labour leadership contest, and the rise of anti-austerity parties in Europe, we need a debate about the political representation working class people need.

Speakers so far include:

Karin Smyth, Labour MP Bristol South

Anne Lemon NUT National Executive and UTR

Dr. Alexander Carpenter, Bristol Royal Infirmary (representative of junior doctors campaign, personal capacity)

Chair Salena Williams UNISON (personal capacity).

Meeting organised by Bristol Unite the Resistance and supported by North Somerset National Union of Teachers.