RMT Protest @Freedom_Paper
Jon Bigger writes on direct and effective alternatives to the opportunism and whining of the liberal left
Since the Brexit and Trump results one thing that’s been glaringly obvious about any mainstream response is that it amounts to nothing but liberal bedwetting.
Article after article in the UK liberal press, day upon day has focused on what the terrible conservative forces will be getting up to and how we’re all under threat from the menace. Actually they’ve focused mainly on free movement which I’ll come to shortly. I want to talk this month about how we can focus on our radical response and how we need to have solidarity at our core.
Why you should support #IWGB:
“UPDATE: Deliveroo is victimizing one of our key activists: Ben Geraghty. Ben has been working for Deliveroo for over a year and has been at the forefront of the IWGB’s attempts to gain union recognition through the courts in order to achieve “worker” status for Deliveroo drivers as well as win the first collective bargaining agreement in the so-called “gig economy”. As part of this Ben has led a number of recruitment stalls in Camden where we have been signing up Deliveroo workers to the union and getting drivers to sign a petition stating they support union recognition of the IWGB…” (more…)
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!]
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!”
UPDATE 13 SEPT 2016 from IWGB: “The awful situation with UberEats pertains to one of their drivers Imran Siddiqui whose account was deactivated, we believe, as a result of protest. He noticed his account was deactivated around lunchtime Friday 26th August (strike day), and has not yet been able to log back in. We call for his immediate reactivation and reinstatement. We believe this is a suspension or sacking without due process, notice or procedure. It is appalling that UberEats can block someone’s means of income at a flick of a switch!” from IWGB (more…)
Negotiations were attempted today between couriers and management, resulting in one of the negotiators being “deactivated” from the Uber network. The delivery workers then decided to visit many of their restaurant customers to explain their actions. The restaurant flash mobs will go on until @UberEATS pays a minimum of the #londonlivingwage to its couriers and stops victimising riders! #uberstrike (more…)
PROTEST CANCELLED! STRIKE AT 100 WOOD STREET IS OVER!
After 58 days of strike action by the cleaners at 100 Wood Street, UVW is pleased to be able to issue the following statement:
“The dispute at 100 Wood Street between the cleaners, members of United Voices of the World the union, and their employer, Thames Cleaning and Support Services Limited, has now been resolved. As a result we are pleased to announce that all advertised protests have now been cancelled and the picket line at 100 Wood Street has now been lifted.”
This was the longest strike in the history of the City of London and the longest strike by an entirely migrant workforce in the UK.
Thank you everyone for all your amazing support and solidarity! This wouldn’t have been possible without you!
from UVW facebook here
More info on Living Wage struggles here
@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…)
@UVWunion Juan Cantos
4 JULY: Striking cleaner and UVW members have made the commitment to make a hunger strike for the #LivingWage – joined here in solidarity by construction workers blacklisted for being union members, and many other supporters.
This is part of the first all-out strike ever held in the City of London, where cleaners working in bankers’ offices are asking for an extra 90p an hour. (more…)
London, UK. 14th June 2016. Class War had brought their new guillotine to the protest against social cleansing in London in Berkeley Square outside the London Real Estate Forum. They were protesting at the scandal of London councils, mainly Labour controlled, speaking at the event and increasingly conspiring with estate agents and property developers to sell public land and transform estates which now house those on low incomes into homes for the wealthy… (more…)