UPDATE 5 NOV: Oxford Street blockaded, UVW takes the streets demanding very simple and fair demands for the cleaners to receive parity of pay and terms and conditions of employment with in-house staff.
from @UVWunion: Demand justice for the John Lewis cleaners, Saturday 5th November – John Lewis makes well over £100 million in profit a year despite a recent slump, and pays its Chairman over 114 times what the cleaners earn.
Nonetheless, John Lewis insists on denigrating and treating their cleaners like second class citizens, who they despicably outsource for no other reason than to deprive them of the same benefits that in-house staff receive.
Not only are the cleaners paid poverty wages of £7.29 per hour – which will be insultingly increased by only 6p an hour to £7.35 an hour on 18th October 2016 – but they are excluded from the famous partnership model lauded by all. (more…)
@UVWunion food not bosses
From 8am 21 July Food not Bosses Solidarity breakfast with striking cleaners demanding the #livingwage at 100 Wood Street, London EC2V 7AN. “The cleaners at 100 Wood Street have been on all out strike since 8th June 2016, so Food not Bosses will fall on their 44th day of their all out strike…” (more…)
UPDATED 30 JULY 2016: Brilliant solidarity from the Blacklist Support Group, and the Bakers Union and others with UVW members on strike at 100 Wood Street. Since then we won the living wage (after 43 days on strike!) but the strike, which is the longest strike in the history of the City of London, continues until all the unlawfully sacked cleaners are reinstated.
We’ll be back on the picket line on Monday, 1st August 2016 for day 55! (more…)
Can’t really reproduce every image from today, but we’ll try to update as often as possible. Check also on facebook #topshopstyle and #boycotttopshop, or on twitter @UVWunion. (more…)
The UVW – a new kind of guerrilla fighting union… While the trade union behemoths spend their time passing motions – ahem – and flogging porcelain figurines to their members, another kind of union altogether has been emerging on the streets of London. While Len McCluskey has been promising an autumn /winter/ spring/ summer of discontent – without delivering even a week – for the past decade the UVW has been delivering discontent by the bucketload on the streets and inside the bosses businesses…