Sunday, 16 July 2017

Tolpuddle Festival 2017

North Somerset UNISON took a coach of members to the Tolpuddle Festival. Here are a few photos from the day - a good day was had by all.

NUS President Shakira Martin with Terry Hutt sat on the stage




Red Notes Choir

Back of Jeremy Corbyn's head with our banner!

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying
Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn on stage - you can just about see him!

The Mekons


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Save our A&E - Demonstration at Weston Hospital

Members of North Somerset UNISON, along with members of Protect our NHS, Weston and North Somerset Constituency Labour parties, North Somerset Green party, Weston and Bridgwater Trades Councils, other unions, and members of the public demonstrated at Weston General Hospital today as the Hospital Board met to approve the temporary overnight closure of the hospital's A&E department today. The Hospital Board cannot or are unwilling to say when A&E will open overnight again.

Here's a few pictures:






Friday, 30 June 2017

Jean Long Rep of the Year Award 2017

Today Eve Wilson and Jakob Wollmer were the first recipients of the Jean Long Rep of the Year award, given to North Somerset UNISON Reps who have made a significant contribution to the branch. The award is in memory of long standing UNISON Home Care Rep Jean Long who died in 2016.

Eve and Jakob were given their awards by UNISON Head of Local Government Heather Wakefield and UNISON South West Regional Secretary Joanne Kaye.

Heather Wakefield also spoke about the Local Government pay claim to the assembled audience of North Somerset UNISON Reps and members.

Here are some photos from the day:












Monday, 26 June 2017

Demonstration at Weston General Hospital on 4th July at 9 am





















SAVE OUR ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

4TH JULY AT 9 AM

SHOW THE WESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL BOARD WHAT YOU THINK AS THEY ARRIVE FOR A MEETING THAT MORNING

ON GRASS OPPOSITE HOSPITAL ENTRANCE
GRANGE ROAD, 
WESTON SUPER MARE, 
BS23 4TQ

Weston Labour party have started an online petition - please sign
https://www.change.org/p/weston-area-health-trust-save-weston-super-mare-general-hospital-accident-and-emergency-department

Monday, 5 June 2017

Captain Ska - Liar Liar GE2017

Watch this great video and make sure you use your vote wisely on 8th June.



NHS crisis, education crisis, u turns ... you can't trust Theresa May. Let's get this into the top 40. Download now and force the BBC to play it on our airwaves. All proceeds from downloads of the track between 26th May and 8th June 2017 will be split between food banks around the UK and The People's Assembly Against Austerity. Download from the following links: (Please note we previously released a version of Liar Liar in 2010 so don't download the wrong one! Correct track is called 'Liar Liar GE2017')

ITunes: https://tinyurl.com/y86lhwwb

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071HTSVQH

Bandcamp: https://captainska.bandcamp.com/track...

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/23DVzn...

More links will be added as they become live.

press enquiries to captska@gmail.com

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Time to Choose at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon on 3rd May



3rd May at 7.30 pm at the Curzon Cinema Clevedon

Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE.

Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat.


Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.

The film will be followed by a Q&A panel:

Chair - Richard Lancaster - East Bristol Greenpeace

Malcolm Fairbrother PhD
Originally from Canada, Malcolm has lived in Bristol since 2007. He is a Reader in Global Policy and Politics at the University of Bristol, and an expert on globalisation; public attitudes about the degradation and protection of the natural environment; and people's willingness to trust others with respect to this issue.

Jo House  PhD
Jo is also from Bristol University and was a Lead Author on the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports and last year she served as Head of Climate Advice to the UK Government Office for Science. Her specialisation is the interaction between land use and the climate eg. increased Co2 emissions as a result of deforestation and the potential for mitigation from tree planting.

Nikki Jones MSc
Nikki is a freelance researcher, writer and journalist on oil, gas and energy, who gives regular Climate and Energy lectures in Bristol.  See http://www.exploringoilandgas.co.uk/index.html Nikki is particularly keen to stress the need for personal action, and the need to change policy by changing the economics.

Stalls from 6.45 pm

East Bristol Greenpeace
City to Sea
Grandparents for a Safe Earth
North Somerset Green Party
North Somerset Labour Party
Transition Clevedon

Tickets: https://www.curzon.org.uk/event/31060

More info on film at http://www.timetochoose.com/

Workers Memorial Day Bake Sale

Had a great Bake Sale today for Workers Memorial Day. Thanks to all the UNISON Reps, UNISON staff and retired members who baked and gave up their time, and also thanks to everyone who bought cakes. We raised about £150 for Labour behind the Label. Here's some photos,

Retired members Pat Barrett and Martin Toleman

Pat Barrett made this amazing Workers Memorial Day cake


UNISON Regional Organiser Christina Cook (right) presents Susannah Weeks (Branch Education Coordinator) with a prize winning cake!


Friday, 3 March 2017

FIRE AT SEA (FUOCOAMMARE) at Curzon Cinema, Clevedon on 22nd March




















Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2016, Gianfranco Rosi's incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa - and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it - is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action.

Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them.

The result is a lyrical, poetic and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgement nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer - to utterly devastating effect.

The film will be followed by a Q&A:

· Chair - Paul Dunn, North Somerset Labour Party
· Baraa Ehssab Kouja, From Syria with Love
· Richard Annandale, Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol
· Becky Condron,  Refugees Welcome North Somerset

Stalls from 6.45 pm: Refugees Welcome North Somerset, From Syria with Love, Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol, North Somerset Labour Party, North Somerset Green Party, Weston Labour Party

Tickets: http://www.curzon.org.uk/

More info on film at http://www.fireatsea.com/

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Stop the Cuts to Health and Social Care Demonstration

UNISON members were joined by members of Weston Labour party to demonstrate at tonight's North Somerset Council meeting. On the agenda were £10 million of cuts to council services including £2.5 million of cuts to Adult Social Care and almost £2 million to Children's Services.

The council also debated a motion expressing their concerns about the STP for the area - the motion was passed with the following amendments:

Item 3 of "This Council is concerned" was removed

Item 4 of "North Somerset Council asks the leader of the Council to" was removed

The full motion can be found at item 6 of http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/docs/doc27922.htm

Here are some photos from tonight's demonstration.








Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Stop the cuts to Health & Social Care - Demonstration at the Town Hall on 21st February 2017 at 5.30 pm

North Somerset Council will meet on 21st February at the Town Hall in Weston super Mare to approve their budget for the forthcoming year, including cuts to Social Care and other essential services. At the same meeting opposition councillors are proposing a motion which asks the council to oppose the local NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan – a  5 year plan to cut millions of pounds from local NHS services, including potential cuts to Weston Hospital’s A&E department. A similar motion has been voted on recently by Bristol City Council.

Both Weston and North Somerset Labour parties will be demonstrating at the meeting, as will members of Protect our NHS North Somerset. We need as many UNISON members there as possible – we all have an interest in protecting our local Health & Social Care services.

Please come to the Town hall in Weston super Mare at 5.30 pm on 21st February to greet councillors as they arrive for the meeting. UNISON will have plenty of placards available, or feel free to bring your own.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

It's Our NHS National Demonstration 4th March in London

















Details of transport from Weston super Mare to be confirmed - watch this space.

Public Meeting to build support for the Demo on 7th February at 7.30 pm at the Working Men's Club in Weston super Mare.

Speakers include: Dr Richard Lawson, Dr Gabriel Scally and Joanne Kaye - UNISON SW Regional Secretary