STRIKE WAVE:

Actions by workers started recently, in 2016 and developed in quantity in 2017.

Summer wave of strike action.

 This summer has seen a real wave of strike action, the last two weeks in particular by Birmingham and Doncaster binworkers and Glasgow janitors. But if the first few days of the autumn are anything to go by, workers are determined to take action against attacks on their pensions and to defend their jobs and increasingly to fight for a pay rise to protect their living standards.

Birmingham and Doncaster bin workers and Glasgow janitors.

Workers determined to take action against attacks on their pensions and to defend their jobs and increasingly to fight for a pay rise to protect their living standards.

Barts NHS Trust strike are on their 25th day of action.

McDonald’s workers in Cambridge and Crayford, walking out for the first time in the Britain.

RMT members fighting Driver Only Operation on Southern Rail, Merseyrail and Arrive Trains North.

And it will be the penultimate day of a 3 week strike by Argos warehouse workers.

Some details:

McDonald’s workers balloted at Crayford (south east London) and Cambridge stores have voted by 95.7 percent for strikes, and their BFAWU bakers’ union has now named Monday 4 September as the first strike day.

A strike committee of workers met and decided to go for the date for their historic action–the first ever strike at McDonald’s in Britain.

This Saturday 2 September, two days before the strike, BFAWU is holding a protest at McDonald’s HQ in East Finchley, north London. Various solidarity actions are to take place for example in Newport on the Isle of Wight and Oxford. Solidarity from the wider movement on this day, with banners, collections etc. On the day of the strike, Monday 4 September, workers at the Cambridge site will picket from 6 – 7am, while workers at the Crayford site will picket from 6 – 7.30am. The strikers and their supporters will then come together outside Parliament at 10.30/11am for a rally including confirmed special guests to be announced, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

Argos warehouse workers – Unite members started a 3 week strike on August 15 in Basildon in Essex, Bridgwater in Somerset, Castleford (West Yorkshire) and Heywood (Greater Manchester) and joined by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent. There is an Argos Castleford picket,

Barts NHS Trust strike:

Support meetings organised. Barts strikers at Whipps Cross hospital – 7pm Thursday September 7th Star of India 875 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HR London. Guest speakers (to date) include John Cryer, MP and Matt Wrack (FBU General Secretary).

Unite strike rally at Royal London July 4th

RMT strikes against DOO this Friday and Monday on both Arriva Rail North and Southern Railand Friday, Sunday and Monday on Merseyrail in guards’ safety dispute RMT calls on Transport Secretary for full disclosure of reported deal with Aslef on Southern Rail

After meeting with Metro Mayor over Merseyrail dispute fails to make progress RMT asks “which side are you on?” (Sept 30) – RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three day phase of strike action in the guards’ dispute which kicks off on Friday. RMT officials, led by General Secretary Mick Cash, met with Steve Rotheram along with Merseytravel officials Liam Robinson and Frank Rogers yesterday. The union has said that it is bitterly disappointed that the talks failed to make any progress as it was confirmed in stark terms that the axing of guards on Merseyrail is entirely finance led at a time when the private rail operator is awash with cash read more

Merseyrail Kirkdale picket

Demonstrate on September 2nd to save Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital. Local campaigners aiming to save Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital have organised a march and rally on Saturday, 2nd September. Assemble at the hospital on Stockwell Gate at 11am. The rally will be at noon in Butter Cross Square. #weareallchatsworth

TUC

Conference is in Brighton.

Britain still needs a pay rise – TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally

Date: Tuesday 17 October

Time: 4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby)

Venue: Parliament Square   https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants

Unions

TSSA

TSSA PublicScotRail petition smashes 10,000 target in less than a week (30 Aug) – A TSSA petition demanding that the Scottish government bring ScotRail back into public ownership has gained over twelve thousand less than a week two days of going on-line.

Unite announces crane strike at HTC Wolffkran (29 Aug) – Widespread disruption of construction sites across the UK is anticipated after Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, announced the first strike date at tower crane company HTC Wolffkran, in a dispute over pay. The initial 24 hour strike on Friday 8 September has been called as Unite was ‘left with no option’ when the company refused to return to the negotiating table. HTC Wolffkran is the largest tower crane company in the UK and the strike will cause widespread disruption on many major projects including the new stadium being built by Tottenham Hotspur. Members voted for strike action after the company refused to continue negotiations and imposed a two year deal on the workers of a three per cent pay increase in both years and increasing annual leave to the standard industry level. The imposed pay increase is a cut in real terms as the retail price index (RPI) is currently 3.6 per cent.

Ireland: support crane drivers, CIF accused of transparent attempt to divide workers

Fawley oil refinery caterers in first ever strike over below inflation pay offer (24 Aug) – Catering staff working for Baxterstorey at the Fawley oil refinery canteen in Hampshire are set to strike for the first time tomorrow (Friday 25 August) in a dispute over a below inflation 1.5 per cent pay offer, Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 24 August). The 18 strong female workforce who cater for up to 1,000 workers in a safety critical environment at the refinery will be walking out for 24 hours from 00:01 hours Friday 25 August and for a further 24 hours on Tuesday 29 August. With more 24 hour walkouts planned for Friday 1 September and Tuesday 5 September, Unite called on Baxterstorey bosses to get back around the negotiating table, warning that they risked escalating the dispute if they sought to bus in staff to cover the striking workers.

British airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew strike:

Unite chief calls on British Airways to use ‘pause for peace’ to resolve cabin crew disputeafter 85 days of strike action- Unite have called on British Airways to use a ‘pause for peace’ to enter talks and find a resolution to the long running mixed fleet cabin crew dispute over pay and the sanctioning of striking workers. Writing to Alex Cruz, the boss of British Airways, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “You will be aware that we have not issued any further notice for strike action which will currently end on 30 August. “This is in order to create a ‘pause for peace’ so that our respective teams can get around the table with a view to securing a mutually accepted resolution to the current dispute. “Given the nature and length of the dispute I am more than willing to involve myself in any future talks with you and would ask that the company looks at a number of dates from 31 August onwards.” read more. Hardship fund created.

All London Bus Driver Demo (Driven to Distraction) – 9.30am Thursday 14th September City Hall The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2. London Assembly report tells us that bus drivers are working under enormous stress, having short breaks, lacking in toilet facilities, suffering enforced overtime causing major fatigue to drivers. Unite says that this is not acceptable and that TfL must implement the recommendations made in the Driven to Distraction report. Unite London Bus Drivers will present the Mayor with our own Bill of Rights to demand that he intervenes to ensure Bus Drivers are treated with respect. TfL have until October 2017 to implement those recommendations.

Unite planned for bank holiday strikes (25 Aug). 48 hours strike action from 00:01hrs on Sunday 27 August, will create safety and welfare issues for drivers and passengers   alike warned Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 25 August). Over 400 Unite members employed by TfL in the CentreComm control centre, as bus station controllers, network traffic controllers, infrastructure controllers, revenue protection inspectors and road transport enforcement officers are taking strike action in a dispute over pay.

PCS

Hoylake jobcentre strike underlines human cost of office closure (25 Aug) – The human cost of closing Hoylake Jobcentre was highlighted toby a well-supported strike by PCS members taking action against the closure of their office. The removal of this vital service from the community is part of the DWP strategy to close more than 100 offices over the next 5 years, with many jobcentres and other offices closing by March next year. Today’s closure in Hoylake will leave the community without a jobcentre that has been based in its current location since 2000, and will force the public to travel over 4 miles if they need to visit the office. The strike has been supported by 100% of the members in Hoylake and has sent a strong message to the department, with excellent support from other union branches, local activists and members of the PCS DWP group executive committee.

Whitley Bay strike: outrage as management start clearing office – PCS members striking against the closure of Whitley Bay jobcentre were outraged as DWP managers decided to start clearing the office of furniture while they picketed outside. No staff crossed the picket line on the second day of the strike and more than 25 pickets and supporters outside the jobcentre were shocked that management had decided to start clearing the office ahead of its closure.

Rock solid support for Sheffield jobcentre strike (25 Aug) – There has been rock solid support by PCS members for the latest 2-week strike against the closure of Eastern Avenue jobcentre in Sheffield. Our members at Eastern Avenue jobcentre began the action, the latest round of which ended today (25), on 14 August as part of the PCS campaign to protect services for unemployed, sick and disabled people.

31 August: PCS Home Office, MOJ and HMRC payday protests – PCS holding protests across the UK on 31 August calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped on the day that the Home Office and Ministry of Justice plan to impose the cap for another 12 months. On 31 July, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) imposed the cap on employees for another 12 months. Just four weeks later on 31 August, the Home Office and MOJ plan to keep the 1% cap on their own pay award. This means that by 31 August, 3 of the largest departments in Whitehall will have delivered yet another real-terms cut in pay to their staff. Seven years of pay restraint, including the ongoing cap, have been highly damaging for many public sector workers.

Unison

Bron Afon Workers Step Up Action – Bron Afon workers strike Support workers at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran have begun their second 5-day strike in as many weeks. Unison members escalate their action to send a message to management that £3000 pay cuts will not be accepted lying down. Strikers have been boosted by visitors from PCS, Cardiff Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Caerphilly Trades Council and other organisations, and by messages of support from service users. Wales Secretary of the FBU, and Jeremy Corbyn, urged management to “direct all their energy” to resolve the dispute.

Durham Teaching Assistants reject council’s offer to settle dispute –Durham County Council had voted to put a new proposal to Teaching Assistants. They say it was an improved offer and will see 78% of Teaching Assistants not losing money. However, the County Durham Teaching Assistants’ Activist Committee had serious concerns about the proposal for the following reasons: 22% of TAs are still facing a pay loss. They might have their pay protected for 2 years but they have already had 21 months of extreme stress not knowing if they can keep their homes or their jobs.

Kinsley School cleaners in Wakefield on indefinite strike since September 6th – Facebook Group.

RCN

RCN national, ScrapTheCap Pay Rally – 12.30pm Wednesday 6th September Central London.

BECTU

West End theatre workers seek 9% pay rise (22 Aug) – Theatre workers in London’s commercial West End are seeking a 9% pay rise in the pay review due in October. The ambitious pay claim is justified, says BECTU, by “the steady increase in the cost of living with RPI currently standing at 3.7%, with an anticipation that it will continue to rise throughout the year.” The pay claim for 2017/18, submitted in June, comes as the previous three-year deal draws to a close.

Picturehouse BECTU members from six cinemas dispute. Five of them in London were re-balloting up until August 29th. Picturehouse management refuse to meet with us to discuss our requests: recognition of our chosen union, BECTU; to pay no less than the London Living Wage; fair pay differentials for other pay grades; full company sick pay, maternity and paternity pay. The company have refused independent conciliation and have sacked four union reps at the Ritzy cinema in an attempt to undermine staff action. Picturehouse owners Cineworld made £93 million profit in 2016, while the CEO’s total pay package was worth over £2.5 million. They can afford to pay their staff properly.

BECTU Picturehouse reps who have been victimised. They have applied for interim relief and waiting for the result.

UCU

Indro Sen, a maths lecturer and trade union branch officer at the College of North West London (CNWL) has been dismissed for actions in assisting a former colleague at an employment tribunal case. He was voted by students as the most popular teacher, 2014-15. Demand is that that the College Governors and Senior Management Team reinstate Sen immediately.

NUT

SHAKE THE MAGIC MONEY TREE and SCRAP THE PAY CAP: Demonstration and rally – THURSDAY OCTOBER 12th. Assemble 5:30pm opposite Downing Street. March past Department for Health – Treasury – Department for Education – Home Office

NUT London school strikes against cuts at Forest Hill in Lewisham.

 Education unions have merged to form new organisation

In September Teachers have been strengthening and consolidating organisation in order to prepare for coming battles that are impending.

The creation of a new education union has become a reality following the amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the National Union of Teachers, creating the National Education Union.

IWGB

Demonstratton: September 27th Precarious Labour Strikes Back – The IWGB is planning a big precarious labour bonanza march through central London in September. On the 27th of September Uber will be appealing last year’s Employment Tribunal decision which awarded ‘worker’ status to Uber drivers. The lead claimants in this case are members of the IWGB. We are going to march through central London to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in support of our members and all Uber drivers, and to show ‘gig economy’ bosses, the courts and the British public that we will not lie down as our employment rights are taken away!

United Voices of the World Union

UVW members who clean and polish the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington are set to strike for a living wage. They are currently paid the minimum, poverty wage.

Refuse workers in Birmingham will be issued with redundancy notices after the council reneged on a deal that saw the lengthy bin strike suspended.

The seven-week strike action that saw mountains of waste pile up on streets was suspended on 16 August amid talks between Unite and the city council.

But the council said a planned meeting on Friday would not now go ahead.

Alex Flynn, of Unite, said there was a “very strong likelihood the strikes will resume”.

Unite officials are meeting to discuss a plan of action.

Unite said ahead of this council cabinet meeting that there would be industrial action if the deal was not given the go-ahead.

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Recent strikes and actions from the beginning of the year.

Rge Glasgow janitors 20-month strike ended in victory.

After a near two-year battle for a pay rise – led by Unison and dubbed locally as “Justice4Jannies” – janitors finally won a six per cent hike on the eve of the new school year. One of the longest-running recent labour disputes in Britain has come to an end with a victory for workers after a 20-month-long battle.They have earned a six per cent pay rise after the dispute between them and the council was finally settled on the eve of the new school year.

Sheffield Steelworkers’ Strike:

 In August there has been a warning of more industrial action at Sheffield factory as steelworkers’ strike ends.

Workers on strike at Rom Ltd, Brightside Lane.

Steelworkers who walked out on strike amid claims their Sheffield management had denied them a pay rise for 10 years have returned to work– but more industrial action is on the cards. Nearly 20 employees went on strike at fabricators Rom Ltd, on Brightside Lane, which makes reinforcement steel for the construction industry. It is understood Sheffield workers are pushing for a review of the current bonus system and an increase in their hourly pay rate.

Bank of England staff voted for strike –

July, Bank of England staff voted to strike over pay in the first strike action for over 50 years, the Unite union said. “Unite has informed the Bank of England that its members working in the maintenance, parlours and security departments will be taking four days of strike action on July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 2017,” Unite said in a statement.

“If the bank fails to resolve the pay dispute, the union will be consulting its members across other departments of the bank as part of the escalation plan.”

The dispute was caused by the imposition of a one percent increase in the pay pot for the year beginning March 2017, Unite said.

Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell on BMA/NUT joint London demonstration April 2016

Unite strike rally at Royal London July 4th

RMT strikes against DOO this Friday and Monday on both Arriva Rail North and Southern Railand Friday, Sunday and Monday on Merseyrail in guards’ safety dispute RMT calls on Transport Secretary for full disclosure of reported deal with Aslef on Southern Rail

After meeting with Metro Mayor over Merseyrail dispute fails to make progress RMT asks “which side are you on?” (Sept 30) – RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three day phase of strike action in the guards’ dispute which kicks off on Friday. RMT officials, led by General Secretary Mick Cash, met with Steve Rotheram along with Merseytravel officials Liam Robinson and Frank Rogers yesterday. The union has said that it is bitterly disappointed that the talks failed to make any progress as it was confirmed in stark terms that the axing of guards on Merseyrail is entirely finance led at a time when the private rail operator is awash with cash read more

St Barts’ Trust Strike:

Cleaners, Porters and Security

Industrial action took place from 4-6 July against private multinational Serco who are implementing job cuts, increased workload and are refusing to pay a 30p per hour increase in line with inflation. Rally to support cleaners at Royal London on 4th July.

More Postal Strikes Over Pay.

Postal deliveries in the Scarborough area were disrupted on 16th June following a wildcat strike by Royal Mail workers. Now a New round of postal strikes hit deliveries.

SCARBOROUGH postal deliveries disrupted by the latest round of Royal Mail strikes. A two-week campaign of strike action by postal workers started at 7pm.

The dispute is over over pay and job losses.

Each division within the Royal Mail has been allocated a different day to strike,

Increased productivity has been accompanied by poor pay, as the claim by the company in the form of profit, has held back the claim on new value added by workers in the form of wages.

In a tactical move, designed to cause continuous disruption throughout the period, the strike was today expected to affect all mail centres, with delivery and collection services being affected on Saturday.

Intransigence has been the attitude of the company since privatisation but things have come to a head as people lose patience.

Managers have been forced to “volunteer” to strike-break by the company.

On Saturday, services limited to a single collection from post boxes outside post offices and these collections could be earlier than the normal advertised times.

Staff at London school strike

Teachers and parents strike and form a picket line outside the Department for Education’s (DfE) London offices this morning in protest at more than a million pounds of “draconian” funding cuts to their school.

Staff belonging to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Forest Hill School in Lewisham, south-east London, joined by parents on Great Smith Street at 10.30am to demand ministers release “emergency funds” for the school.

WORKERS are increasingly fighting back against attacks by bosses and the government as new figures revealed yesterday that the number of days lost to strike action almost doubled last year.

The government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 322,000 working days were lost in 2016 compared with 170,000 the previous year.

Argos loses High Court bid as warehouse strikes continue

A High Court judgement thwarting a further attempt by the retail giant Argos to stop a two week strike was hailed as a ‘significant’ victory by Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 26 May), as it urged the company to stop trying to use the law to ride roughshod over workers’ legitimate concerns.

Today’s ruling is the second to go against Argos and comes just over midway through a two week continuous strike in a dispute over jobs and terms and conditions which started on 17 May.

Workers at BMW’s Cowley struck work

May

Workers at BMW’s Cowley Mini Plant strike for fourth time.BMW workers again take to the picket line to protest over proposals to scrap their final salary pension scheme.

Royal Mail: Pension closure plan, yet another attack on working class pensions.

Woolwich Ferry staff strike over sexual harassment

April

Woolwich Ferry staff set to strike over secretary’s ‘sexual harassment ordeal’

The ferry transports two million passengers across the river every year.

BMW Plant Swindon sees Workers Fighting for their Pensions.

Posted on April

PRODUCTION at Plant Swindon fell silent today when around 750 BMW employees walk out in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the union Unite walked out in the first day of strike action at the panel production plant in a generation.

This marked the first in a series of 24 hour strikes as part of a programme of industrial action stretching over five weeks over the closure of the pension scheme.

Picket lines have not appeared at Plant Swindon since 1986 when the production line was under the ownership of British Leyland, but today Swindon workers joined by colleagues striking at BMW’s other production plants in Cowley and Hams Hall in the West Midlands, marking the first ever strike by BMW’s British workforce.

Teachers Strike over Cuts:

April

Teachers’ union threatens strike over school budget cuts.

Strike action over funding cuts in England’s schools has been backed by the National Union of Teachers. Strike in challenge over budget shortages.

WASPI Workers Lobby Parliament on International Women’s Day

March.

WASPI, the Women Against State Pension Inequality, held a national demonstration at Westminster opposite the Houses of Parliament on March 8, International Women’s Day, which was also Budget Day. Groups and individual supporters from all over the country attended. Many wore black with a sash and a WASPI T-shirt.

The changes to the state pension affect some women born in the 1950s as part of the move to equalise pension ages for men and women, not to 60 but to 65. However, many were not warned that it would effect them, so were left worse off and with little time to prepare for it. The changes are a violation of the right to a decent pension in retirement for all women, as well as being a component part of the attack on the pension rights of all working people.

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and drivers on Southern Rail strike again on the 13th March in the on-going disputes over the safety impact of the extension of Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services. Members strike in the two separate guards and drivers disputes from between 0001 hrs and 2359 hrs on Monday 13th March.

May 1,

Workers vote on taking industrial action over Royal Mail’s plan to end the current pension scheme.

The Future of the NHS!

On Saturday March 4, thousands of people from community health campaigns, health workers and their trade unions and people from all over England and Wales took part in a demonstration in London, marching from Tavistock Square to Parliament Square for a mass rally to affirm It’s Our NHS. This demonstration and rally, which was called by Health Campaigns Together last Autumn, has now become a major focus of what is a growing movement to safeguard the future of the NHS and for society to take the alternative direction to the government-led cuts, closures and privatisation of our health services.

Reinstate Kumaran, Recognise the union!

February

Leicestershire-based food giant Samworth Brothers are the owners of Cornish pasty maker Ginsters, as well as being the largest maker of certified Melton Mowbray pork pies. Last year alone they boasted of pre-tax profits of £41.7 million.

With the introduction of the new living wage last April, Samworth’s have cut paid breaks, and have ditched premium rates for working unsocial hours and overtime. Workers responded in their hundreds by joining the Bakers Food and Allied workers Union, packing a series of huge public meetings when the ‘restructuring’ was first announced in February.

But in a vicious turn of events, Kumaran Bose, one of the leading union organisers who has done much to speak out against the undemocratic nature of the pay restructuring, was sacked. Kumaran has worked for the company for twelve years with not a blemish to his name, but since the dispute has begun has been subjected to severe bullying from his managers.

Kumaran’s only “crime” has been his outstanding success in convincing more than 50% of the workers in his factory to join the Bakers Food and Allied workers Union. And what his Managers particularly disliked was his brave decision to stand up for his rights and refuse to accept that he and his fellow workers should be treated so appallingly and that their families should be denied a decent standard of living.

Bizarrely when Kumaran lodged a formal grievance against his Samworth Management at Kettleby Foods, the company management team responded by embarking upon a retaliatory disciplinary procedure against him, accusing Kumaran of bullying his employers.

Worse still, despite the fact that the majority of people at Kumaran’s factory are members of the Bakers Union, the company refused to give the union a voluntary recognition at the site.

A formal appeal against this decision has now been lodged with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

Gatwick Airport Workers Balloted:

February.

Gatwick Airport workers balloted for strike action over “poverty pay”

Gatwick workers who help passengers with reduced mobility vote..

The ballot, of 200 members, the majority of the workers are paid £7.65 an hour and three separate pay offers by managementm all have been rejected.

Low Paid Staff at Picturehouse on Strike

February

Staff at Picturehouse walk out on strike for a living wage.

Atomic weapons workers strike

UK’s atomic weapons workers vote to stage two 48hr strikes in January

Two 48-hour strikes from over what they claim are “broken promises” over pension cuts, Unite the Union announced.

Six hundred staff at the Atomic Weapons Establishment’s two sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield – both in Berkshire –strike for 48 hours from January 18 and then for another 48-hour period from January 30.

Cabin Crew Strike:

January

BA cabin crew strike takes off.

Cabin crew working for British Airways’s ‘mixed fleet’ began a 48-hour strike over pay.

More than 800 people joined Unite to take part in the action, expected to affect both short and long haul flights from Heathrow.

Southern Rail Drivers and Conductors step up their actions, which has increased the demand for control over their destiny.

January

Train drivers are once again taking strike action. Support is growing, particularly since the massive increase in fares and further deterioration of the Southern Rail franchise’s service.

Tube staff out in force across the network

January

Tube staff out in force across the network in fight for jobs and safety.

The strike action is ‎being solidly supported on every line, at every station and on picket lines right across the Tube network.

Teaching Assistants’ Strikes Broaden

December, 2016

Teaching Assistants rally at the Durham miners’ hall, Redhills

Durham and Derby teaching assistants (TAs) have been taking strike action in defence of their rights and terms and conditions of work. These actions began with a 48-hour strike by TAs in Durham on November 8-9 in response to an attack on their pay amounting to cuts of as much as 23%.

Similar cuts to TA pay in Derby have also led these education workers to take strike action. New contracts imposed in previous June mean some 2,700 staff losing a significant portion of pay averaging £300-£400 per month, and in some cases as much as 25%, or about £6,000 per year.

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Socialism, the New Beginning

Socialism has been called the first phase of Communism; “From each according to their ability, to each according to their work” and the second phase, or higher stage of Communism it changes “… to each according to their need”. Each occupies a different space in time. Socialism is what we need to address.

The real Alternative for Britain is the Necessity for Socialism. The existential crisis for capitalism is challenged and concluded through the revolutionary transformation of society whereby the current society, pregnant with the new society awaits its destiny.

Socialism is where the socialisation of the means of production is achieved after the proletariat seizes control of state power.

The existential crisis in Britain contains within it the contradiction fundamentally caused by the competition it created. The very existence that capitalism attained, through revolution over the feudal system of medieval serfdom, followed by the industrial revolution that brought manufacture to its predominance, this existence is threatened. The death knell of capitalism in Britain is to be sounded in time and place.

Britain and other countries cannot sustain themselves through competition anymore.

For the working class and people there is no “new deal” the only real deal is Socialism. There has to be a disappearance of competition in favour of co-operation. Socialism and Communism are the only spaces where time can properly work for us.

For a country like Britain it cannot compete. The revolution that enabled it do so is long over. Other bigger countries have not only caught up but also overtaken Britain.

Today the new period of Socialism is impending quickly. It needs to establish at the utmost speed for society to survive. The Necessity for the new Socialism has to be appreciated.

The experience of the Soviet Union was where the organisation of modern techniques allowed its speed to be exponential. It removed the capitalist fetter on production and expanded at rapid rates achieving greater than the giants of capitalism themselves. Between 1917 and the Second World War rapid development in agriculture and industry created even better conditions in the Socialist space. Modern manufacture was adopted and technical attainments were unprecedented up to the 1930’s. In only eight years after the war the Soviet Union re-built and further developed in what was perceived as no time at all.

The new Socialism, in the present context, represents a new beginning.

With the experience of Socialism and modern technical and scientific developments in the capitalist world today, already the potential and even actual exists to rapidly affect time and space. Put this together with consciousness and the working class effect has the capacity to move into the future at a phenomenal rate.
Monopoly Capitalism has destroyed much of the manufacturing economic base of the economy through global policies, which have exported capital or folded it completely. Apart from this multinational and transnational corporations have disregarded national boundaries for their own profit driven aims. The economy must be aligned on a Socialist basis and set a new direction for nation building.
In Britain, nationalisation of industry as a form of state capitalism, already a tendency at various times, has been undertaken as a means to keep capitalism operating. Initially in the Soviet Union at the onset, it was necessary as a tactical solution with socialism as a strategic goal to allow a system of mixed economy permitting private individuals to own small enterprises, while the state controlled banks, foreign trade, and large industries. In today’s world it would require legislation to curb monopoly right to export capital and disrupt the economy for its own profit motives.

Industry

The premature downscaling of traditional raw material supplies and eradication of heavy engineering has to be reversed. Iron and steel production should be reinvigorated; these are the necessities of our time and for the moment. Coal production needs to be re-instated on a large scale and old mines restarted and modernised. This should not be done privately but on a nationalised basis. It is false to suggest that coal and its by-products are of no use, there is much still to be gained from this valuable resource and we should therefore re-instate coal gas to supplement supplies of North Sea Gas. It has become apparent that private capitalist economy will not do this and only socialised industry and Socialism as system will.

The privatisation of utilities should be reversed. It has not guaranteed supply to meet demand at low cost. We should re-nationalise electricity, gas and water.
Nationalise North Sea Oil explore new oilfields and increase production and the same for North Sea Gas.
Prices should be reduced for fuel and energy to support industry and domestic use.

Energy

It is important to generate electricity through all means. Restart Coal fired power stations, use clean coal technology, use the safest nuclear technology available and use some oil and gas for generation. The effects of the environment need to be addressed as there are limited resources and pollution will disrupt the effect on time and space, it will bring production to a grinding halt if it is tied to unsustainable and finite resources on the planet. We must produce modern insulation to save energy and increase wind and wave technology and solar. It is necessary to upgrade and extend the national grid and substations.

House building

Human beings are dependent on their living quarters for maintaining themselves in a healthy fashion. Decent, modern housing affects the efficiency of the producers and affects the growth of consciousness. The house is a space and the occupiers must have a developed space. If the working class and people can improve their environment and their space, it will enhance their conscious approach and reciprocate as a result.

The mansion is a poor space as it cannot be fully occupied or is occupied by useless flunkies. The workers and their families dwelling, in reasonable space, can develop their culture and their culture affects time and space. The science of ergonomics and social science ascertains the correct and most effective dimensions for a home as a living space. It stipulates scientifically the individual and private spaces for human beings to grow and flourish over specific periods of time. It calculates the number of rooms required, the functions and equipment necessary.

There is a materiality in culture that has cause effect and reciprocation within the materiality of time and space. The rhythm of life is like the human pulse and its routines are dialectical. The human family and working class collectivity is vibrant and the human space for a child to grow into and occupy affects the collective consciousness and its effectiveness.

There must be an immediate initiation of a decent Council House or local authority-building programme. Recruitment of builders, building labourers, bricklayers, plumbers, plasterers and electricians and apprenticeships tied to these trades is essential. There must be the setting up of brick building enterprises, building material production in regions supported and owned by the State. There must be procurement of steel and other equipment for scaffold etc from state sponsored steel works. There must be sufficient concrete and cement supplies from state sponsored enterprises in the public sector. Other production facility must include other essential materials such as copper conductor supplies from state sponsored and owned suppliers and also electrical and plumbing equipment as well as gas supplies ensured from similar procured sources.

There must be a Labour Standards Act to set maximum hours and minimum wages and a real living wage for all workers including youth. Also it is imperative that there is an agreed State Pension and pensionable age. There must be an end to fuel poverty and there must be equal pay for equal work for all women.

The aim must be for zero unemployment. Under employment is not an option. Effective employment is essential if the time and motion is to be optimised. Jobs in manufacturing must increase; capitalist manufacturing output has decreased and is at its lowest level of GDP at currently around 10% and decreasing in Britain. The majority of work should be in manufacture and socialised production in terms of commodities and the means of production indicating that GDP and GVA (Gross value added) should be at a maximum. Jobs in finance and services should be a much smaller portion of GDP. Work in health and education should increase. Research in Health, prevention and cure investment should be appropriate.

Crossing the goal of material abundance is an essential condition in time and space so that human effects on time and space can proceed even faster.

Infrastructure should be seen as effective conduits, as spaces in themselves that can have enormous consequences for speed and time.

It is necessary to include a broad category of infrastructure projects, financed and constructed by the Government, for recreational, employment, and health and safety uses in the greater community. They include public buildings (municipal buildings, schools, hospitals), transport infrastructure (roads, railroads, bridges, pipelines, canals, ports, airports), public spaces (public squares, parks, beaches), public services (water supply, sewage, electrical grid) and other, usually long-term, physical assets and facilities. Though often interchangeable with public infrastructure and public capital, public works do not necessarily carry an economic component, thereby being a broader term.

Public works is a multi-dimensional concept in economics and politics, touching on multiple arenas including: recreation (parks, beaches), aesthetics (trees, green space), economy (goods and people movement, energy), law (police and courts) and neighbourhood (community centres, social services buildings). Essentially, it represents any constructed object that augments a nation’s physical infrastructure.
Municipal infrastructure, urban infrastructure, and rural development usually represent the same concept but imply either large cities or developing nations’ concerns respectively. The terms public infrastructure or ‘critical infrastructure’ are at times used interchangeably. However, ‘critical infrastructure’ includes public works (waste water systems, bridges, etc.) as well as facilities like hospitals, banks, and telecommunications systems and views them from a national security viewpoint and the impact on the community that the loss of such facilities would entail. However what is not ‘critical’ cannot be seen as inessential.
Reflecting increased concern with sustainability, urban ecology and quality of life, efforts to move towards sustainable municipal infrastructure are appreciated in developed nations.

Public works programmes

A public works programme has been conceived of as provision of employment by the creation of predominantly public goods at a prescribed wage for those unable to find alternative employment. These are makeshift or makeover programmes sometimes as alleviation rather than a necessary infrastructure programme. More often than not they are artificial. They at best mark time or are a hold on progress.

Investing in public works projects in order to stimulate the general economy has been a popular policy measure since the economic crisis of the 1930s. More recent examples are the 2008-2009 Chinese economic stimulus programme, the 2008 European Union stimulus plan, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Creating a social product

Social production is the type of production that produces commodity or means of production, such as machinery useful to society and its progress. This type of production produces added value. The fact that it is social is an attribute of its effectiveness in time and space.

Added value is claimed in the form of wages by workers, in the form of tax by Government and can be used to invest in social programmes. The third claim in the current system is made by Monopoly Capitalists for profit. By restricting the claim of the capitalists then general social well-being can be improved and investment made in the economy. If these are the proportions and production increases then it can only be the case in time and space that they are actual and real and there is nowhere else for these values to go or the Government stores them.

Both industry and agriculture can be restored in a comparatively short space of time. This can be done, and must be done. It becomes the cardinal task to re-industrialise the country.

In the restoration period the task will be to revive agriculture to guarantee a secure food programme to feed the entire nation and prevent hunger. Before all else, so as to obtain raw materials and foodstuffs this has to be carried through.

Next priority is to restore and to set going the mothballed industries or the existing factories that are slowing production.

But in the restoration period there are three major shortcomings: First, some factories are old, equipped with worn-out and antiquated machinery, and might soon go out of commission. The task now is to re-equip them on up-to-date lines.

Secondly, industry in the restoration period rests on too narrow a foundation: it lacks modern machine-building plants absolutely indispensable to the country. Hundreds of these plants have to be built. The task will be to build these plants and to equip them on up-to-date lines.

Thirdly, the industries have been reduced to light industries. These can quickly be put on their feet. But, beyond a certain point, the further development even of the light industries meet an obstacle in the weakness of heavy industry, not to mention the fact that the country has other requirements which can only be satisfied only by a well-developed heavy industry. This is what Britain had in the past.

It is necessary to build up a large number of new industries once more such as shipbuilding, which should be re-established fully on the Clyde and North East.
These are industries, which have existed before. New machinery is required using high tech robot techniques, machine tool, automobile, chemical, and iron and steel plants re-establishing the centres of steel production in Wales, Sheffield, Corby and the Black Country. Electronic and computer hardware and software investing in manufacture and design expertise has to be increased.

Organising the production of power equipment is essential, and increasing the mining of ore and coal. These materials are still in abundance as a national resource and are essential in any production.

It is necessary to re-build tractor works and plants for the production of modern agricultural machinery, as well as securing the existing ones for the nation and to furnish agriculture with these machines.
To count on foreign loans is out of the question, for the IMF refuses to grant loans without massive interest and strings attached. We have to build with our own resources without foreign assistance.

Imperialist and colonialist countries as a rule built up their heavy industries in the past with funds obtained through colonial plunder, or by merchant bank loans. This can no longer be the case. The funds have to be found inside the country.

The state should take over the big monopolies and banks and all the means of transportation like the railways, all utility companies and communications. The profits from the state-owned factories, oil and energy etc should further the expansion of industry, and not go into the pockets of a parasitic financial oligarchy or casino banking system.

The Government should annul the debts, on which the people annually pay billions of pounds in interest alone. All workers on low wages, small businesses, small farmers, savers should not be paying taxes, Released from this burden, people have more spending power to assist the necessary production of necessary commodities.

All that is needed is a business-like approach, the strictly economical expenditure of funds, rationalisation of industry, reduction of costs of production, elimination of unproductive expenditure, etc.

Thanks to a regime of strict economy, the funds available for capital development will increase from year to year.

We must once more build our own trains and rail track from our own hands and our own machinery. New state of the art collieries and blast furnaces must come into being. Machine-Building Works, Chemical Works, fertiliser plants, iron and steel mills, the appropriate amount of big automobile plants giant tractor plants, agricultural machinery plants (like Massey Ferguson in Coventry), manufactures that have to be supported or re-built for a fully branched economy.

New collieries must emerge in Wales where there are known coal seams and mines as there are in Yorkshire and the Black Country, which must be re-opened to tap the resources we know exist.

Pharmaceuticals must be taken over by the state and joined onto the Health Service so that appropriate drugs can be developed and distributed at a proper price without profit attached. Investment should come from the state funds.

When heavy industry and especially the machine-building industry has been built up and placed securely on their feet, and it is moreover clear that they were developing at a fairly rapid pace, the next task would be to reconstruct all branches of the national economy on modern, up-to-date lines. Modern technique, modern machinery has to be supplied to the fuel industry, the metallurgical industry, new materials technologies, the light industries, the food industry, the transport system, and to agriculture.

Unless the major branches of the national economy are reconstructed, it will be impossible to satisfy the new and ever growing demands of the country and its economic system.
The question of technique had thus become of decisive importance. The main impediment is not so much an insufficiency of modern machinery and machine-tools—for our machine-building industry is currently in a position to produce modern equipment—as the wrong attitude of capitalist business executives to technique, their tendency still is to underrate the importance of up to date technique and still stingily invest in it.

They still consider the workers cannot interfere in business even though most are from working class backgrounds. They have to be “experts in the field”, have business or economics degrees. Technical and scientific qualifications do not matter or engineering or shop floor experience. This attitude must change.

Boards must be made up of Trades Unions, shop stewards and not just office bureaucrats pushing paper around. Workers can acquire knowledge and expertise in business matters and do in fact trump the “experts” on most occasions, given the opportunity and they are capable in directing industries.

The age-old problem of unemployment can be eradicated forever. The Trade Cycle can come to an end. The three-day weekend, the seven-hour day in the vast majority of enterprises can become a possibility and not just a dream once more.
Once started the New Economic Policy for Britain and a new Nation Building project can see a third industrial revolution on the island of Britain and beyond.

An immense scope of new capital construction work could ensure the complete technical re-equipment of all branches of the national economy. It could lead to:

• A new plan for the technical reconstruction of the means of transport and communication.
• A new plan for the extensive employment of scientific agricultural methods.
• A new School and education programme.
• A new University programme with re-invigorated science and technology, research and development.

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National Shop Stewards’ Network:

NSSN 354: Support #Sept4 strike day! John McDonnell to speak at Sept10 NSSN TUC Rally!

NSSN TUC Congress Rally in Brighton: ‘Fight together to scrap the 1% pay cap and get the Tories out!’ – 1pm Sunday September 10th in the Arundel Suite in the Holiday Inn, 137 King’s Rd BN1 2JF. Confirmed speakers: Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary, Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President, Amy Murphy USDAW Southern Division NEC member and Len Hockey Secretary Unite Barts NHS Trust branch – currently on strike. Chaired by Janice Godrich PCS National President – all welcome!

NSSN TUC Congress Rally in Brighton: ‘Fight together to scrap the 1% pay cap and get the Tories out!’ – 1pm Sunday September 10th in the Arundel Suite in the Holiday Inn, 137 King’s Rd BN1 2JF.

August leaflet NSSN rally_McDonnell

Confirmed speakers: Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary, Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President, Amy Murphy USDAW Southern Division NEC member and Len Hockey Secretary Unite Barts NHS Trust branch – currently on strike. Chaired by Janice Godrich PCS National President – all welcome!  We will also be giving a platform to speakers from other current disputes to build solidarity Facebook event    From NSSN website

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NSSN 354: Support #Sept4 strike day! John McDonnell to speak at Sept10 NSSN TUC Rally!

This summer has seen a real wave of strike action and in the last two weeks some welcome victories – by Birmingham and Doncaster binworkers and Glasgow janitors. But if the first few days of the autumn are anything to go by, workers are determined to take action against attacks on their pensions and to defend their jobs and increasingly to fight for a pay rise to protect their living standards.

The NSSN is again organising a rally at the TUC Congress in Brighton on Sunday September 10th. Over 5 million public sector workers have seen their income plummet because of the Tory pay cap. Our rally will bring together the leaders of some of the most militant unions with union reps and activists from the many disputes that have broken out this summer. We are delighted to announce that Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is confirmed to speak as well!

Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell on BMA/NUT joint London demonstration April 2016

Amongst these will be the Barts NHS Trust strike on their 25th day of action next Monday. They will be joined in our rally and on September 4th by BFAWU McDonald’s workers in Cambridge and Crayford, walking out for the first time in the UK. But also out on that day will be RMT members fighting Driver Only Operation (DOO) on Southern Rail, Merseyrail and Arrive Trains North. And it will be the penultimate day of a 3 week strike by Argos warehouse workers.

This action shows the support that pay strikes across the public sector would get from workers everywhere who are suffering at the moment. It’s time to fight together!

 

It’s on! Get behind the 4 September #McStrike – McDonald’s workers balloted at Crayford (south east London) and Cambridge stores have voted by an incredible 95.7 percent for strikes, and their BFAWU bakers’ union has now named Monday 4 September as the first strike day. A strike committee of workers met and decided to go for the date for their historic action–the first ever strike at McDonald’s in the UK. The workers taking this bold step need the URGENT solidarity of the wider trade union movement. Please give generously now to their strike fund HERE. Please also rush messages of support, encouragement and solidarity for the workers to fastfoodrights@mail.com

McStrike logo

This Saturday 2 September, two days before the strike, BFAWU is holding a protest at McDonald’s HQ in East Finchley, north London. We are calling on solidarity from the wider movement on this day, with banners, collections etc, brought along in support. On the day of the strike, Monday 4 September, workers at the Cambridge site will picket from 6 – 7am, while workers at the Crayford site will picket from 6 – 7.30am. The strikers and their supporters will then come together outside Parliament at 10.30/11am for a rally including confirmed special guests to be announced, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Stay posted for details of what will be happening after the rally. We are asking for maximum support possible with banners and supporters gathering at the rally, and for local activists and anyone who can to show their support at picket lines where possible too. Outside London, we are calling for solidarity protests/leafleting at McDonald’s stores in localities. For guidance for solidarity actions on the day, a model motion etc read more on BFAWU Fast Food Rights website which the NSSN is part of

 

Support Argos warehouse workers – Unite members started a 3 week strike on August 15 in Basildon in Essex, Bridgwater in Somerset, Castleford (West Yorkshire) and Heywood (Greater Manchester) and joined by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent read more   Please send messages of support to paulaur.good@blueyonder.co.uk. Strike fund donations should be made payable to Unite the Union and sent to Paula Hutchinson, 37 Camden Road, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3LY

Argos Castleford picket

Support Barts NHS Trust strikeread more – send messages of support and request strikers to speak at your meeting to the Unite branch secretary Len Hockey – Len.hockey@unitetheunion.org. Sign the online petition – www.change.org/p/pay-up-serco. Send messages of protest to Serco – generalenquiries@serco.com Donate to ‘Branch LE/7384L’   sort code 60-83-01   account number 20344885 – make cheques out to ‘Branch LE/7384L’ and post to Barts NHS Strike Fund, Unite the Union, 33-37 Moreland St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8BB

Fund-Raiser in Support of UNITE Barts strikers at Whipps Cross hospital – 7pm Thursday September 7th Star of India 875 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HR London. Facebook event. Tickets are £10.00 each for a buffet meal. Guest speakers (to date) include John Cryer, MP and Matt Wrack (FBU General Secretary). There will also be a raffle. (Donations of raffle prizes from union branches gratefully received). It’s important to highlight that reservations need to be made in advance- as the events at the Star are often fully booked. Those want to go should email restaurant@starofindiauk.com – using “UNITE Dispute” in the subject line. All monies raised will be donated to the UNITE strike fund. For more information email Tom Taylor at: tomtaylorpcs@ntlworld.com

Unite strike rally at Royal London July 4th

Support RMT strikes against DOO this Friday and Monday on both Arriva Rail North and Southern Railand Friday, Sunday and Monday on Merseyrail in guards’ safety dispute RMT calls on Transport Secretary for full disclosure of reported deal with Aslef on Southern Rail

After meeting with Metro Mayor over Merseyrail dispute fails to make progress RMT asks “which side are you on?” (Sept 30) – RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three day phase of strike action in the guards’ dispute which kicks off on Friday. RMT officials, led by General Secretary Mick Cash, met with Steve Rotheram along with Merseytravel officials Liam Robinson and Frank Rogers yesterday.  The union has said that it is bitterly disappointed that the talks failed to make any progress as it was confirmed in stark terms that the axing of guards on Merseyrail is entirely finance led at a time when the private rail operator is awash with cash read more

Merseyrail Kirkdale picket

 

Demonstrate on September 2nd to save Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital

Local campaigners aiming to save Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital have organised a march and rally on Saturday, 2nd September. Assemble at the hospital on Stockwell Gate at 11am and bring your banners! The rally will be at noon in Butter Cross Square. #weareallchatsworth

 

 

NSSN news

Get your trade union branch or trades council to affiliate to the NSSN – it only costs £50. Already affiliated? Please think about renewing it. Also, many of our supporters pay a few pounds a month. You can set up a similar standing order to ‘National Shop Stewards Network’, HSBC – sort code 40-06-41, account number 90143790. Our address is NSSN, PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE. Affiliation letter is below

Download the ‘Join the NSSN’ leaflet here

And if you can, come to one of our regional Conferences. If there is not one in your area, get in touch to either assist in organising or have a speaker at one of your meetings or events. Contact Rob or Linda on info@shopstewards.net

 

 

 

Union News

 

Britain still needs a pay rise – TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally

Date:  Tuesday 17 October

Time:  4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby)

Venue: Parliament Square   https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants

 

TSSA

TSSA PublicScotRail petition smashes 10,000 target in less than a week (30 Aug) – A TSSA petition demanding that the Scottish government bring ScotRail back into public ownership has gained over twelve thousand less than a week two days of going on-line. See the campaign video here   read more

 

More Unite

Unite announces crane strike at HTC Wolffkran (29 Aug) – Widespread disruption of construction sites across the UK is anticipated after Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, announced the first strike date at tower crane company HTC Wolffkran, in a dispute over pay. The initial 24 hour strike on Friday 8 September has been called as Unite was ‘left with no option’ when the company refused to return to the negotiating table. HTC Wolffkran is the largest tower crane company in the UK and the strike will cause widespread disruption on many major projects including the new stadium being built by Tottenham Hotspur. Members voted for strike action after the company refused to continue negotiations and imposed a two year deal on the workers of a three per cent pay increase in both years and increasing annual leave to the standard industry level. The imposed pay increase is a cut in real terms as the retail price index (RPI) is currently 3.6 per cent read more

Ireland: support crane drivers hear interview on FM104 website    Unite: CIF accused of transparent attempt to divide workers

Fawley oil refinery caterers in first ever strike over below inflation pay offer (24 Aug) – Catering staff working for Baxterstorey at the Fawley oil refinery canteen in Hampshire are set to strike for the first time tomorrow (Friday 25 August) in a dispute over a below inflation 1.5 per cent pay offer, Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 24 August). The 18 strong female workforce who cater for up to 1,000 workers in a safety critical environment at the refinery will be walking out for 24 hours from 00:01 hours Friday 25 August and for a further 24 hours on Tuesday 29 August. With more 24 hour walkouts planned for Friday 1 September and Tuesday 5 September, Unite called on Baxterstorey bosses to get back around the negotiating table, warning that they risked escalating the dispute if they sought to bus in staff to cover the striking workers read more

Support striking British airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew: Unite chief calls on British Airways to use ‘pause for peace’ to resolve cabin crew dispute after 85 days of strike action- Unite have called on British Airways to use a ‘pause for peace’ to enter talks and find a resolution to the long running mixed fleet cabin crew dispute over pay and the sanctioning of striking workers. Writing to Alex Cruz, the boss of British Airways, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “You will be aware that we have not issued any further notice for strike action which will currently end on 30 August. “This is in order to create a ‘pause for peace’ so that our respective teams can get around the table with a view to securing a mutually accepted resolution to the current dispute. “Given the nature and length of the dispute I am more than willing to involve myself in any future talks with you and would ask that the company looks at a number of dates from 31 August onwards.” read more. Donate to hardship fund – account name: Mixed Fleet Branch, sort code: 60-83-01 account number: 20376387 ref: MFU or make cheques out to Mixed Fleet Branch and post along with messages of support to: Unite the Union, 99 New Road, Harlington UB3 5BQ. Send messages of protest to BA CEO Alex Cruz alex.cruz@ba.com. Follow @MFUnite on twitter

All London Bus Driver Demo (Driven to Distraction) – 9.30am Thursday 14th September City Hall The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2 Facebook event  The London Assembly report tells us that bus drivers are working under enormous stress, having short breaks, lacking in toilet facilities, suffering enforced overtime causing major fatigue to drivers. Unite says that this is not acceptable and that TfL must implement the recommendations made in the Driven to Distraction report. Unite London Bus Drivers will present the Mayor with our own Bill of Rights to demand that he intervenes to ensure Bus Drivers are treated with respect. TfL have until October 2017 to implement those recommendations and we will be watching very closely to ensure they do

Unite warns London’s travelling public face safety and welfare challenges as TfL fails to plan for bank holiday strikes (25 Aug) – A failure by Transport for London (TfL) to put an effective contingency plan in place, when support staff take 48 hours strike action from 00:01hrs on Sunday 27 August, will create safety and welfare issues for drivers and passengers  alike warned Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 25 August). Over 400 Unite members employed by TfL in the CentreComm control centre, as bus station controllers, network traffic controllers, infrastructure controllers, revenue protection inspectors and road transport enforcement officers are taking strike action in a dispute over pay read more

 

PCS

Stop DWP office closures:-

Hoylake jobcentre strike underlines human cost of office closure (25 Aug) – The human cost of closing Hoylake Jobcentre was highlighted today (25) by a well-supported strike by PCS members taking action against the closure of their office. The removal of this vital service from the community is part of the DWP strategy to close more than 100 offices over the next 5 years, with many jobcentres and other offices closing by March next year. Today’s closure in Hoylake will leave the community without a jobcentre that has been based in its current location since 2000, and will force the public to travel over 4 miles if they need to visit the office. The strike has been supported by 100% of the members in Hoylake and has sent a strong message to the department, with excellent support from other union branches, local activists and members of the PCS DWP group executive committee. Send messages of support to Martin Cavanagh at martincav@pcs.org.uk read more

Whitley Bay strike: outrage as management start clearing office – PCS members striking against the closure of Whitley Bay jobcentre were outraged as DWP managers decided to start clearing the office of furniture while they picketed outside. No staff crossed the picket line on the second day of the strike and more than 25 pickets and supporters outside the jobcentre were shocked that management had decided to start clearing the office ahead of its closure read more   Sign the online petition

Rock solid support for Sheffield jobcentre strike (25 Aug) – There has been rock solid support by PCS members for the latest 2-week strike against the closure of Eastern Avenue jobcentre in Sheffield. Our members at Eastern Avenue jobcentre began the action, the latest round of which ended today (25), on 14 August as part of the PCS campaign to protect services for unemployed, sick and disabled people read more. Send messages of support to Leeds@pcs.org.uk   Sign the online petition

For all strikes to defend jobcentres and DWP offices: Make a donation to the PCS fighting fund onlineor by cheque to PCS DWP Group, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY 

31 August: join PCS Home Office, MOJ and HMRC payday protests – PCS is holding protests across the UK on 31 August calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped on the day that the Home Office and Ministry of Justice plan to impose the cap for another 12 months. On 31 July, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) imposed the cap on employees for another 12 months. Just four weeks later on 31 August, the Home Office and MOJ plan to keep the 1% cap on their own pay award. This means that by 31 August, 3 of the largest departments in Whitehall will have delivered yet another real-terms cut in pay to their staff. Seven years of pay restraint, including the ongoing cap, have been highly damaging for many public sector workers read more

 

Unison

Bron Afon Workers Step Up Action – Bron Afon workers strike Support workers at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran have begun their second 5-day strike in as many weeks, as the Unison members escalate their action to send a message to management that £3000 pay cuts will not be accepted lying down. Strikers have been boosted by visitors from PCS, Cardiff Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Caerphilly Trades Council and other organisations, and by messages of support from service users – one of whom said she “owed her life” to the workers, Cerith Griffiths, Wales Secretary of the FBU, and a certain Jeremy Corbyn, who urged management to “direct all their energy” to resolve the dispute. Many of the strikers were visibly moved read more

Durham Teaching assistants reject council’s offer to settle dispute –Durham County Council had voted to put a new proposal to Teaching Assistants. They say it was an improved offer and will see 78% of Teaching Assistants not losing money. However, the County Durham Teaching Assistants’ Activist Committee had serious concerns about the proposal for the following reasons: 22% of TAs are still facing a pay loss. They might have their pay protected for 2 years but they have already had 21 months of extreme stress not knowing if they can keep their homes or their jobs read more  https://www.facebook.com/TAsDurhamValueUs/

Support the Kinsley School cleaners in Wakefield on indefinite strike since September 6th – Facebook Group. Donate to strike fund – send to Wakefield Unison, 18 Gills Yard, Wakefield WF1 3BZ

 

CWU

CWU launch Four Pillars Royal Mail ‘Pick Sides’ campaign

Video update from DGSP Terry Pullinger on the Four Pillars of Security Campaign! Watch here   Unite calls on Royal Mail to explain ‘complex’ pension proposals

 

RCN

RCN national #ScrapTheCap Pay Rally – 12.30pm Wednesday 6th September Central London read more    Facebook event

Join the ‘Scrap the cap’ pay protests https://www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts/scrap-the-cap

 

BECTU

West End theatre workers seek 9% pay rise (22 Aug) – Theatre workers in London’s commercial West End are seeking a 9% pay rise in the pay review due in October. The ambitious pay claim is justified, says BECTU, by “the steady increase in the cost of living with RPI currently standing at 3.7%, with an anticipation that it will continue to rise throughout the year.” The pay claim for 2017/18, submitted in June, comes as the previous three-year deal draws to a close read more

Support Picturehouse workers: Picturehouse BECTU members from six cinemas are in dispute. Five of them in London were re-balloting up until August 29th. Picturehouse management refuse to meet with us to discuss our requests: recognition of our chosen union, BECTU; to pay no less than the London Living Wage; fair pay differentials for other pay grades; full company sick pay, maternity and paternity pay. The company have refused independent conciliation and have sacked four union reps at the Ritzy cinema in an attempt to undermine staff action. Picturehouse owners Cineworld made £93 million profit in 2016, while the CEO’s total pay package was worth over £2.5 million. They can afford to pay their staff properly. Please drop by and show your support for staff!

Support the BECTU Picturehouse reps who have been victimised. They have applied for interim relief and waiting for the result

Irish Times: Staff at Cineworld to ballot for industrial action as job losses loom

What is the Living Wage? https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-is-the-living-wage

Picturehouse cinemas on strike: http://www.picturehouselivingwage.com/

Donate to our strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

Watch ReelNews video of previous Brixton strike with speech by John McDonnell MP Labour Shadow Chancellor

Keep supporting the Picturehouse workers: read the latest on Brixton Ritzy Facebook Page and those of HackneyCrouch EndCentralDuke of York Brighton and Dulwich East.

 

UCU

Sign petition: reinstate Indro Sen immediately – Indro Sen, a maths lecturer and trade union branch officer at the College of North West London (CNWL) has been dismissed for actions in assisting a former colleague at an employment tribunal case. He was voted by students as the most popular teacher, 2014-15. We demand that the College Governors and Senior Management Team reinstate Sen immediately sign here

Support the reinstatement of London Met union reps: Mark Campbell and David Hardmanhttps://uculondonmet.wordpress.com/

 

NUT

SHAKE THE MAGIC MONEY TREE and SCRAP THE PAY CAP: Demonstration and rally – THURSDAY OCTOBER 12thAssemble 5:30pm opposite Downing Street. March past Department for Health – Treasury – Department for Education – Home Office

Support the NUT London school strikes against cuts at Forest Hill in Lewisham read more

 

NIPSA

Read on page 5 of ‘NIPSA News’ how NIPSA is fighting to defend the facility time of leading elected lay reps, including President Carmel Gates and Maria Morgan

 

IWGB

Demonstrate: September 27th Precarious Labour Strikes Back – The IWGB is planning a big precarious labour bonanza march through central London in September! On the 27th of September Uber will be appealing last year’s Employment Tribunal decision which awarded ‘worker’ status to Uber drivers. The lead claimants in this case are members of the IWGB. We are going to march through central London to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in support of our members and all Uber drivers, and to show ‘gig economy’ bosses, the courts and the British public that we will not lie down as our employment rights are taken away! Facebook event

 

United Voices of the World union

UVW members who clean and polish the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington are set to strike for a living wage. They are currently paid the minimum, poverty wage UVW Facebook page

 

 

Other News

Sunday September 3rd – Burston Strike School Rally 2017 – Guest speakers already confirmed include John McDonnell MP, Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary http://burstonstrikeschool.co.uk/rally2017/

 

 

Blacklisting & Victimisation

Buy the book ‘Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists’ Author: Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain. Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies used to keep union activists away from work.

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

Blacklist Support Group update – 30th August 2017

  1. Blacklisting debate in parliament 5th September 2017 – 1:30pm Westminster Hall Houses of Parliament

Blacklisting will be debated again by MPs in parliament in September after Chuka Umunna secured a Westminster Hall debate. This parliamentary procedure will last around 90 minutes and allows Chuka and other MPs who attend to ask questions of the government minister. This is an excellent opportunity to contact your own MP to ask them to attend the debate and raise issues such as ongoing contemporary blacklisting, a public inquiry or why public sector contracts are still being awarded to blacklist firms.

Roy Bentham, BSG joint secretary and blacklisted carpenter from Merseyside commented:

“Despite the human rights conspiracy being exposed in the High Court, blacklisting has never gone away. Many union members continue to be barred from major construction projects right now in 2017. As someone who fell foul of contemporary blacklisting recently by Carillion on the Liverpool Royal Hospital, this parliamentary debate is most welcome. But the time for talking is over, what we need is action”.

Blacklist Support Group will be attending – assemble 12:30pm outside the public entrance to parliament for any press photos etc..

Please Note: Westminster Hall debates take place in the Grand Committee Room off of Westminster Hall, NOT the chamber of the House of Commons.

  1. Unite instruct a barrister to review documentary evidence of possible union collusion in blacklisting

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/29/unite-asks-barrister-to-examine-worker-blacklisting-collusion-claims

BSG believe that this is a vital first step in the right direction. Well done to everyone who has fought for this over the years, including all those signed the original Open Letter and the UNITE EC members who raised it at the highest level of the union.

Our original Open Letter calling for an independent investigation:

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-85ef-Light-must-be-shed-on-trade-unions-blacklist-collusion#.WaaabK2ZPeQ

Len McCluskey’s response in The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/04/unite-officials-face-allegations-of-collusion-with-firms-that-are-blacklisting-activists

  1. Spycops

Have the Met Police got no shame?

Helen Steel tells Met “I’m not paying £7,000 for your spycops cover up”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/28/woman-deceived-by-police-spy-refuses-to-pay-met-legal-bill?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-da07-Metropolitan-Police-sink-to-new-low-in-spycop-scandal#.WaaTLK2ZPeS

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/29/met-police-spied-lied-money-victims-helen-steel?CMP=twt_gu

http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/2017/08/29/police-demand-money-back-from-compensated-spycops-victim/

‘Andrea’ on spycops attempts to avoid giving evidence in public to public inquiry:

http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6a16-Dont-let-the-spycops-off-the-hook#.WZ70oK2ZPeR

Ricky Tomlinson on spycops targeting unions & Shrewsbury Pickets:

https://www.thecanary.co/2016/08/12/ricky-tomlinson-produces-economic-league-blacklist-channel-4-news-listed-asks/

Spycops fringe meeting at Labour Party conference co-hosted by Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers & Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance.

Monday 25th September 7pm

Speakers include: Richard Burgon MP – Helen Steel – Dave Smith

labour-party-conference-fringe-meeting-brighton

  1. The only trade unionist on the Equalities & Human Rights Commission has been sacked by the Tory minister – solidarity with Sarah Veale

http://www.union-news.co.uk/outrage-as-trade-unionist-sacked-from-ehrc-board/

  1. Heather Heyer R.I.P.

A heroic trade union comrade murdered by Nazis in Charlottesville. Blacklist Support Group send solidarity to all those standing up to white supremacist ideology and will support anti-fascists against the BNP, NF and EDL in the UK.

  1. Dates for the diary

Sun Sept 10th 1pm

National Shop Stewards Network TUC Congress rally – speakers include John McDonnell Holiday Inn, Brighton

Sat 23rd September

Haringey Council are working in partnership with blacklist firm Lend Lease in a £2BILLION regeneration project

March against social cleansing

Monday 25th September 7pm

Spycops fringe meeting at Labour Party conference

Speakers include: Richard Burgon MP – Helen Steel – Dave Smith

27th September

Precarious workers fight back – London protest to coincide with the Uber appeal against ‘workers rights’ decision

Employment Appeal Tribunal,  EC4Y 0DS London, United Kingdom

https://www.facebook.com/events/1945480005693662/

20th October

Trade Union Pale Ale celebrates the centenary of the Russian Revolution – music from Joe Solo

Kings Arms, Salford

31st October

Orgreave Truth & Justice demo – speakers include: Roy Bentham

Sheffield

https://vimeo.com/231414492

Book http://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlCa8yQmZ70

Blog: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/blacklistSG/

Donate to ReelNews – http://reelnews.co.uk/donationssubscriptions/

 

 

International

Protest over Iranian journalists’ right read more on NUJ website

 

Diary

 

2017

September

3 Burston Strike School Rally 2017 – Guest speakers already confirmed include John McDonnell MP, Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary http://burstonstrikeschool.co.uk/rally2017/

10 NSSN rally at TUC Congress

30 Construction Safety Campaign (CSC) AGM is the 30th September – Ricky Tomlinson invited speaker

 

October

1 Protest the Tory Conference. Let’s get this party started Facebook event

18 Britain still needs a pay rise: TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally, 4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby), Parliament Square   https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants

 

CONTACT US

PHONE 07952 283 558

EMAIL mailto:info@shopstewards.net

 

TWITTER – https://twitter.com/NSSN_AntiCuts

FACEBOOK NSSN GROUP   or STOP The CUTS  Likes page

ADDRESS NSSN, PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE

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 Education unions merge to form new organisation

The creation of a new education union has become a reality in the UK following the amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the National Union of Teachers, creating the National Education Union.

With more than 450,000 members, the National Education Union represents teachers and other education professionals and provides broader support in maintained and independent schools and colleges and a stronger voice in the education debate.

Combining the expertise and experience of both the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), both affiliates of Education International (EI), the National Education Union is committed to making the education sector a great place to work. It will continue to campaign for sustainable workloads, fight for a fairly-funded education system and champion pay and working conditions. It will make education a great place to teach – which values and promotes professional expertise and learns from relevant data; and a great place to learn – with a broad curriculum to motivate learners, allowing them to develop their interests and skills for the future.

“The National Education Union is a game-changer combining ATL’s diversity of members, excellent training and policy expertise with the NUT’s campaigning and lobbying skills and well-established, effective local activity,” Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, pointed out.

She went on to highlight that the newly created educators’ union brings together teachers, lecturers, support staff, heads and managers in their workplaces to share their expertise and improve their working lives, and it is  “a union ready to meet the current challenges, particularly in funding and in workload”.

The other joint general secretary of the National Education Union Kevin Courtney also stressed that “this is a pivotal moment in education, and members need a united voice to speak loudly and authoritatively on the issues that matter”.

The school funding crisis, high workload, threats to pay and conditions, and the dire problems in recruitment and retention, all are burning issues within the profession, and the National Education Union will be “a formidable presence at the forefront of those debates”, he noted.

Members formally in ATL or NUT will continue to be supported by their union’s current staff and lay officials until the end of a transition period on 1 January 2019. Current general secretaries of both the ATL and NUT, Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, will continue in place as joint general secretaries of the National Education Union until 2023.

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Birmingham bin strike:

 Redundancy notices for refuse workers

Alum Rock rubbishRubbish piled up on the streets of Alum Rock in Birmingham during the dispute

Refuse workers in Birmingham will be issued with redundancy notices after the council reneged on a deal that saw the lengthy bin strike suspended.

The seven-week strike action that saw mountains of waste pile up on streets was suspended on 16 August amid talks between Unite and the city council.

But the council said a planned meeting on Friday would not now go ahead.

Alex Flynn, of Unite, said there was a “very strong likelihood the strikes will resume”.

Unite officials are meeting to discuss a plan of action.

Conciliatory service Acas said on 16 August the council had accepted the workers’ case and restored the jobs of grade three workers, who are responsible for safety at the back of refuse vehicles.

But a council report due to have been discussed on Friday said the deal struck by Unite and the council was unaffordable.

Unite said ahead of this council cabinet meeting that there would be industrial action if the deal was not given the go-ahead.

Now the authority has said “in order to protect its legal and financial position, the council is issuing redundancy notices to the Grade 3 Leading Hands in the refuse service”.

But it said alternative jobs at the same grade and salary elsewhere were available for the refuse workers.

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Union to visit classrooms to highlight employment rights to pupils: 

Union reps prepare to go back to school to teach pupils about workers rights

Union will train members to visit classrooms throughout Scotland to highlight employment rights to pupils

TRAINING for a project aimed at educating secondary schoolchildren on workers rights will take place this week.

Sessions for potential union representatives to be trained for the Unions into Schools project will be held at the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) building from 11.00am this Wednesday.

Hosted by Scottish Union Learning (SUL) and Better than Zero (BtZ,) the event will train reps to go into classrooms across Scotland as part of the Young Workers’ Learning Project, run by the SUL.

“The emphasis is on participative learning, involving classes in discussion, negotiation and developing opinions.” Sarah Collins

Project administrator Sarah Collins said: “The Unions into Schools project has been running for a number of years, with trained reps working with classes and teachers to ensure that young people have an improved knowledge of their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

“The reps visit over 70 secondary schools every year to provide flexible teaching suitable for a range of ages and abilities to highlight the importance of collectivism as part of the curriculum dealing with enterprise, careers and citizenship.

“The emphasis is on participative learning, involving classes in discussion, negotiation and developing opinions. We believe that by providing an enhanced understanding of the workplace we can play a part in equipping young people to be successful, not just in their working lives, but in wider society.”

Collins told CommonSpace that representatives visited over 100 classrooms across Scotland last year.

Speaking to S2-S4 pupils, the initiative focused on employment rights and campaigning.

The project visits schools all over the central belt and even reach a classroom in Orkney via Skype, where they always receive positive feedback.

In addition to visiting classrooms direct, the project plans to invite pupils to the STUC building on 8 December where the theme of the day will be “standing up for yourself, standing up for others”.

“We believe that by providing an enhanced understanding of the workplace we can play a part in equipping young people to be successful, not just in their working lives, but in wider society.” STUC

A letter from the STUC to schools states: “The emphasis of the resources is on participative learning, involving classes in discussion, negotiation and the forming of opinions.

“We believe that by providing an enhanced understanding of the workplace we can play a part in equipping young people to be successful, not just in their working lives, but in wider society.”

Better than Zero is an STUC-led workers rights group that has led many successful campaigns since its inception in 2015.

Mainly dealing with employees in the hospitality sector, BtZ organises flash mob demonstrations on premises where staff are having problems with employers, including unpaid wages, making sure staff receive the correct tips and helping staff exploited by working unpaid trial shifts.

It has succesfuly campaigned against millionaire Stefan King’s G1 group, coffee chain Tim Hortons and Mooboo.

SNP MP Stewart McDonald told CommonSpace earlier this year that he will consult with BtZ as he puts forward a Private Members Bill in parliament to ban unpaid trial shifts.

Picture courtesy of Scottish Union Learning

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McDonald’s workers to coordinate strike with allies around world

Workers at two McDonald’s restaurants in the UK will go on strike on 4 September, the US Labor Day holiday, in an attempt to coordinate action against the fast food giant with allies around the world.

The announcement of the symbolic date comes after staff at restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, in south-east London, voted overwhelmingly on Friday to go on strike. They are demanding wages of at least £10 an hour, secure contracts with guaranteed hours and formal trade union recognition from McDonald’s.

The choice of Labor Day is intended to signify the workers’ solidarity with fast food employees internationally, according to the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU). In previous years, thousands of US fast food employees have participated in Labor Day strikes and demonstrations as part of Fight for 15, a campaign for a $15 (£11.60) hourly wage, coordinated by the Service Employees International Union.

The UK action is taking place with the help of organisers from the Unite union in New Zealand, who are visiting the UK to advise the striking workers. Unite has won significant victories, including a $15 an hour minimum wage and legislation outlawing zero-hours contracts, in New Zealand.

A delegation of workers from Belgium will also be travelling to London to support the UK strike. The BFAWU is calling for international support, and it is hoped that allied unions in other countries will also take part in actions on 4 September. A BFAWU representative said: “In the past we have had action on every continent.”

In April, McDonald’s announced it would offer guaranteed-hours contracts to all employees who wanted them. However, the BFAWU claims that workers at most stores were told nothing about this until workers decided to strike. Organiser Gareth Lane said: “All of a sudden they’ve put it online where workers can see that all workers will have a contract with guaranteed hours by the end of the year. This is a huge victory for these workers who’ve stood up, decided to organise and take this strike action.”

He said the intention of the action on 4 September was to maintain pressure on the chain to deliver on its offer. “We don’t trust McDonald’s to deliver these guaranteed hours to workers,” he said. “We want them to sign, legally, that they’ll give these guaranteed contracts by the end of the year.”

Shen Batmaz, one of the McDonald’s workers going on strike in Crayford who is also a political campaigner, said international support had helped bolster workers’ determination to strike. “For a long time we were told as fast food workers we were really hard to organise because people leave all the time and a lot of us are young people,” she said. “For us to see there were people doing it, not just in the US but all over the world, we knew it was time for us to come together.”
A spokesman for McDonald’s said on Friday: “We can confirm that, following a ballot process, the BFAWU have indicated that a number of our employees are intending to strike.

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