Category: Working Class

A rapper-turned-activist is flipping the music scene on its head, “Estate of War” by Potent Whisper

13 JAN THE CANARY: With 2017 looking set to be a year of more political upheaval, music is perhaps the one thing that can cross into all walks of life. And a rapper from south-west London is doing just that. With some of the rawest and sharpest politically-motivated hip-hop around. The Canary caught up with the man, ‘Potent Whisper’, for a chat. About class, council estates, and Harrods…

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Leaked Harrods email: “Dear all, As you may have seen, there have been news reports…”

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Leaked Harrods email: “Dear all, As you may have seen, throughout this week there have been news reports referencing the system through which Harrods distributes service charge across our in-store restaurants. In relation to these reports, there is a potential protest planned by a third party organisation outside the store between 2pm and 6pm this Saturday 7th January…” (more…)

7 January, Protest at Harrods: stop stealing your waiter’s tips!

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from United Voices of the World, Come and demand that Harrods stops stealing their waiter’s tips! Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2 PM – 6 PM @ Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL London.

Harrods steals up to 75% of the 12.5% service charge it adds to the bills of diners in its luxury restaurants, in which a steak can cost up to £300.

That 75% means that every year the Qatari royal family, which owns Harrods, is taking up to £5,000 worth of tips from every chef, waiter and porter. Taking any percentage of the service charge, which customers think is going to the waiters, is unacceptable. Taking up to 75% is an utter disgrace. (more…)

Victory to the Weetabix workers!

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from Evening Standard: Weetabix workers have voted to go on strike in the new year in a dispute over a new 24/7 shift pattern. Members of trade union USDAW backed industrial action by 9-1 on a turnout of almost 70 per cent.

The union said action will affect workplaces in Corby and Kettering, with the first strike taking place in the new year.

Each strike will run for 24 hours, with no more than one stoppage in a single week.

Ed Leach of Usdaw said: “Despite long and detailed discussions, the company has so far refused to offer a suitable financial incentives for employees who have moved shift or will be expected to move onto the new 24/7 shift pattern.

Full article here

Anarchy in the UK: A changed political landscape

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“In 2016 the political landscape has changed around us. A resurgence of conservatism resulting from changes within the Conservative Party leadership following the EU referendum has been followed by Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election and the possibility of populist parties and personalities winning elections in Europe next year…” (more…)

Brixton Arches: Traders vs Goliath, a Christmas update

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BY MIKE URBAN – DECEMBER 12, 2016: “Twenty-two months into our campaign to save Brixton Arches, we find ourselves again at the doorstep of Christmas. A time for giving thanks, a time for giving gifts and a time for telling stories of legends. But this year, our Brixton has it’s very own legend to tell. The legend of the Brixton Arches. The story of four traders who continue to risk everything to stand against Network Rail – a modern day Goliath – to protect their businesses and defend their community….”

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Deliveroo Workers! Rebel Roo bulletin #2

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This December issue of the Deliveroo Workers’ bulletin contains updates from London, Brighton, Berlin and Italy as well as information on how to get in touch with union-building projects currently being led by the Industrial Workers of the World and the Independent Workers of Great Britain.

Deliveroo workers, a new initiative: Rebel Roo bulletin #2

If you want to get in touch with other workers or distribute paper copies of the Rebel Roo you can get in touch by emailing rebelroouk [at] gmail.com.

You can download the full PDF below.
PDF Rebel Roo #2


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Harrods Breaking News: Victory! Victory! Victory!

from @UVWunion, 20 JAN 2017: "We have beaten Harrods, the richest and most prestigious department store in the world! 100% of the service charge will now go to staff! Thank you to everyone for your ...
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The Qatari royal family NEEDS those low-paid workers’ tips, sacking staff for eating on duty

Hidden cameras, mass sackings and a climate of fear: Life as a Harrods restaurant worker... That poor old Al-Thani family, possibly one of the richest in the world as the royal family of Qatar, are ...
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Anarchy in the UK: A changed political landscape

"In 2016 the political landscape has changed around us. A resurgence of conservatism resulting from changes within the Conservative Party leadership following the EU referendum has been followed by Donald Trump’s victory in the US ...
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The great Class Debate @ the Oxford Union: Lisa McKenzie vs Norman Tebbit, 24 November

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This House Believes The Class System is Static Irrespective of Wealth Acquisition

Speakers in Proposition:
Dr Lisa McKenzie – Author and research fellow at LSE specialising in class inequality
Kate Fox – Co-Director of Social Issues Research Centre and social anthropologist

Speakers in Opposition:
Lord Norman Tebbit – Former Chairman of Conservative Party and Employment Secretary
Tim Lott – Author, journalist, broadcaster and weekly columnist for The Guardian’s ‘Family’ section

Start date: 24/11/2016 20:30
Location: The Oxford Union

[Not sure if we can get tickets or if its membership-only. Will keep you informed!]

Foodora strikes in Italy: the dark side of the sharing economy

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from libcom: Foodora in Italy …It’s been sold for a figure of several tens of million of euros yet Foodora has the typical appeal of a startup: young and friendly international people working in an open space office in Berlin and young students delivering food by bike as an easy side-job.

It landed in Turin as a mirror image of the Berlin base. The managers, all under 30, meet every so often in a co-working space in the city center, are informal and speak using English words. The fleet of couriers are also young, educated, and are paid €5 per hour.

This image started to crack when in August Deliveroo couriers in London went on strike and a month later their counterparts in Paris also protested. The reason was, oversimplifying, that once the company had attracted enough “workers”, pay shifted from a fixed scheme to per-delivery compensation only. (more…)

Tribunal to decide couriers demands for union recognition and rights in UK

Deliveroo cycle courier with his large back box interacts with a stencilled cyclist while out delivering in London, England, United Kingdom. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Deliveroo cycle courier with his large back box interacts with a stencilled cyclist while out delivering in London, England, United Kingdom. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

UPDATE 20 NOV: from IWGB Couriers And Logistics Branch – “On Tuesday 22nd November the biggest tribunal hearing of the year will be under way. We have all been waiting for this moment for the last 3 decades. This is our future and our past, this is where justice will take place. Couriers are going for worker status to gain employment rights. We really want to see many faces in the court room to show how important this really is. Join us at 12:30pm at Victory House, 34 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EX

The case will also be ongoing through the whole week from 10 am-4pm so if you can’t make it on the Tuesday do feel free to pop in at any point for as long as you want… your support will be SO appreciated!”

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