Photos, video clips and reports from Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Loughborough, Plymouth. We’re still waiting for late results! Well done to every one involved, the struggle continues…
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indyrikki: Nationwide TopShop protest: A month on from the previous London demo, matters have escalated. TopShop’s cleaning company, Brittania have now sacked one of the two suspended workers, Susana, a single mother with several years service to the company. She is determined to see justice, and the grassroots ‘United Voices of the World’ union have escalated the protest so that 17 shops around the UK were targeted by actions today. Also more groups have come forward to support the fight, moved not only by the issues of living wage, harassment and bullying, but also by the fact that Philip Green’s tax arrangements see TopShop paying very little in the way of UK tax. full article and images linked here
Independent: John McDonnell joins Topshop living wage protesters in demonstration against Sir Philip Green Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell joined hundreds of protesters in a demonstration against Topshop owner Sir Philip Green and his company’s treatment of employees. Activists from the group Class War and trade unionists descended on the company’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street, blocking the entrance and setting off red smoke bombs. full article link here
Daily Mail: Protesters stage Oxford Street protest against Topshop owner Sir Philip Green London’s busiest shopping street ground to a halt as activists demonstrated against billionaire Topshop owner Sir Philip Green and his company’s practices. Protesters stopped traffic, scuffled with police and blocked the entrances to several shops in the demonstration which was billed as part of the campaign for a real living wage. full article link here
Guardian: Topshop protesters stage demonstration in London against Sir Philip Green Protesters demonstrated outside Topshop in Oxford Circus as part of a campaign for a real living wage for cleaners at the fashion retailer. full article link here
Video on newsflare.com: Scuffles with police & scared shoppers as protesters run amok on Oxford St
Evening Standard: “Activists clashed with police and blocked traffic in central London as they staged a protest against Topshop. Protesters chanted “Topshop, shame on you” as they gathered outside the flagship store in Oxford Circus in a demonstration over workers’ wages. The organisers of the protest were calling for a “living wage” for cleaners who work at the fashion giant. They also claimed two cleaners had been sacked or suspended after joining a union and held banners saying “Reinstate the Topshop Two”. Aysan Dennis, from protest group Class War, said: “We want our voices heard. This is a class war.” full article link here
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In central London, Oxford Circus is blocked – A group has formed up at this location for a demonstration. pic.twitter.com/lLZBc1v8Fm
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“Topshop and Phillip Green Protest in Glasgow, we decided early on to storm the shop itself around 15 of us armed with placards and megaphone, we rushed in and started to raise the placards and Dave started to “inform” the shoppers and staff that Class War have occupied Topshop and the reason for this was the greed of Phillip Green and the sacking of two workers for asking for a living wage and union representation, we managed to stay in-store for around 15 minutes before the cops arrived, in this time comrade Dego managed to secrete some flyers I printed out into some pockets and handbags of the merchandise for sale, so some shoppers will get a wee surprise, we were asked politely to leave the store but we could continue our protest outside, which we duly did.
Dave continued with his speech outside as a medium crowd gathered to hear what we had to say, I took over with a pre-prepared statement of why Class war were in solidarity with the sacked/suspended workers and why the boycott should take place,This was quite a successful action taken and has hopefully highlighted the plight of the two workers sacked/suspended and also has shown Glasgow that Class War is back in town.
Big thanks top all who turned out and more pictures will follow.”