From the Pret A Manger Staff Union (PAMSU):
The Bob Carnegie Defence Campaign continues to gather trade union support in Britain.
Workers at Wal-Mart stores across America are planning to strike on Friday 23 November – “Black Friday”, the biggest holiday-season shopping day, falling in the week preceding Thanksgiving and a month from Christmas.
Construction electricians blocked traffic on Oxford Street as they picketed the Crossrail site to demand reinstatement for victimised workers.
The Labour Representation Committee, the largest socialist grouping inside the Labour Party, unanimously voted to support the Bob Carnegie Defence Campaign at its 2012 AGM on Saturday 10 November.
Entrance to St. Pancras Station, London
Since being formed earlier this year, activists from the independent Pret a Manger Staff Union have been facing harassment and victimisation. In an all too familiar scenario, two founding members of the union have had to fight a series of trumped-up disciplinary charges.
Join the North London Solidarity Federation in standing up to union-busting and bullying by helping us picket the Pret store where the was union formed. We're there to demand full reinstatement for Andrej and that the charges against Rodrigo be dropped.
Solidarity from other restaurant workers, trade unionists, students, and activists is going to be key to fighting fast food exploitation. We need a loud and rowdy picket to send a strong message to Pret, so bring banners, chants, co-workers and friends. And spread the word.
Facebook event here.
Oxford Street Crossrail site (opposite 100 Club)
14th November will see the first coordinated European general strike in history, with general strikes in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus - and significant strikes in France and Italy. YOU CAN BE PART OF IT BY JOINING THE MASS PICKET OF CROSSRAIL IN LONDON THAT DAY.
2 months ago, BFK (Bam, Ferrovial and Kier) sacked all 28 UNITE union members working for the electrical firm E.I.S., including the steward and health and safety rep, for highlighting serious health and safety concerns. Two weeks later a serious accident occurred - it was a miracle no-one was killed.
The head of human resources on the Crossrail project is Ron Barron, who was also a key figure in the Consultants Association - the organisation responsible for running a blacklist on trade unionists.
This dispute is now costing £30,000,000 A DAY in missed targets and delays to tunnellng - in other words, BFK are spending millions of taxpayers money to keep trade unions off the site and run an illegal blacklist.
This has gone far enough. Three more workers died on building sites this week. Pickets on the Crossrail dispute are facing violence and intimidation merely for trying to secure a safe working environment.
You can really help them - and show solidarity with our sisters and brothers on strike in Europe at the same time - by coming to Oxford Street and helping us SHUT THE JOB DOWN.
For info on the dispute, and to see the now legendary "green paint" response to violence, watch this.
The Maritime Union of Australia Sydney branch, the Victorian public sector rank and file unionists' network, and the NTEU University of New South Wales branch are supporting Bob Carnegie, the Brisbane activist being sued on multiple charges by construction giant Abigroup.
Pret A Manger re-dismissed worker and union activist Andrej Stopa on Monday 5 November, after he briefly won reinstatement following an initial dismissal in September.
Electrical construction workers and other trade unionists staged an occupation of the lobby of the Office of Rail Regulation in Holborn, central London, on the morning of Friday 2 November, as sparks