Category Archives: Trade Unionism

LEAKED DOCUMENT: city council leadership – we've done over the vulnerable, now for the wage slaves

You have to laugh … Or you’d probably cry. The city council’s ridiculous “strategic leadership team“, having spent the last 18 months feather-bedding themselves with pay rises of 20% plus; spending £120k on their own offices and “break-out spaces” and … Continue reading

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Dinosaur watch

That wacky bunch of no-hoper Stalinists, conspiracy nuts and embittered ex-Northcliffe hacks who make up the membership of the local branch of the NUJ (National Union of Journalists) have come up with a recruitment plan. “BRISTOL NUJ can be at … Continue reading

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Wobblies news

Some heavyweight anti-authoritarian politics comes to Bristol and the south west as a trade union dedicated to the overthrow and destruction of the boss class opens up shop. The Bristol and South west branch of the Wobblies – or the … Continue reading

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Senior officer moment

UNISON have been asking some useful questions about senior officers’ fat cat six-figure salaries down at the Counts Louse. Possibly overlooked in the frenzy over Tesco at Ashton Gate and Steve Lansdown’s admission that his £60m stadium, as predicted, is … Continue reading

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Phew!

What a relief for us all. Isn’t it lucky that Bristol City Council employed a new Chief Executive and gave them an inflation busting 30% pay rise just last year? It’s even luckier that this Chief Exec then spent the … Continue reading

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Bin men speak!

See also: Striking binmen take protest to council

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Counting the cost of Brown's Britain (reprise)

40% – pay rise awarded to Bristol City Council’s new Chief Exec, Jan Ormondroyd, for the year 2008-09 – before she had even done any work for Bristol. Ormondroyd’s pay packet is in the region of £180k a year or … Continue reading

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City Council budget balls: go figure

The ruling Labour group has unveiled what it calls a prudent budget for hard times … but Council leader Helen Holland says there will be no cuts in frontline services Bristol Evening Post, 9 December 2009 That makes things pretty … Continue reading

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Spot the difference

I see Bristol City Council’s middle management union, UNISON is on strike for the next two days. If anyone notices any change whatsoever because this little lot aren’t at work do let me know …

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Global day of action for Mansour Osanloo and Mahmoud Salehi

Today is a global day of action for Mansour Osanloo and Mahmoud Salehi, two Iranian trade unionists being held in prison by the Iranian theocracy on charges of “endangering national security”. This pair are unlikely to get the publicity afforded … Continue reading

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