Living wage

Robbing the poor to pay the even-poorer

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 2:31 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at TGI Fridays restaurants in Milton Keynes and Covent Garden, London, will strike on Friday 18 May, and then every Friday over the summer, over tips and minimum wage abuses which lose workers £250 a month.

The strike will be the first time TGI Fridays workers have ever struck in the UK, after the Unite members voted by 100% in favour of strikes.

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Precarious workers May Day

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 12:50 Author: Kelly Rogers
Precarious workers May Day

On May Day, a coalition of unions and campaigns, each organising precarious workers, came together to celebrate and take action.

Bringing together workers from BECTU, United Voices of the World (UVW), Independent Workers union of Great Britain (IWGB), the Bakers’ Union and Unite, as well as campaigners and activists from Women’s Strike, Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Workers’ Liberty, Another Europe is Possible, and Plan C, among others, the bloc coalesced around four demands:

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Victory for Daily Mail cleaners

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 8:02 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Cleaners who clean the offices of the Daily Mail newspaper have won the London Living Wage.

The cleaners, who are employed by contractor Mitie, were being balloted for strikes by the United Voices of the World union and had been threatened by Mitie′s management that they would be sacked if they struck. Over 100,000 people signed an online petition written by the cleaners supporting their demand for the Living Wage.

Cleaners have won a 25% pay rise from the national living (minimum) wage of £7.50 an hour.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 1:47 Author: Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

As previously reported in Solidarity (461, 7 February), the Communication Workers′ Union Postal Executive has endorsed the agreement reached between CWU negotiators and Royal Mail, which will now be put to a vote of the membership.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 02/07/2018 - 15:25

On 22-23 February, campuses across the country will see the first of 14 days of strikes announced by the University and College Union (UCU).

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 01/31/2018 - 13:29

Lecturers strike over pensions

Staff at 61 universities have voted to strike in a dispute over pensions, beginning on 22 February.

University bosses want to remove guaranteed pension provision, in favour of a “defined contribution” scheme where the eventual pay-out is dependent on performance of investments. Staff face losing up to £200,000 over the course of retirement.

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Picturehouse locks out workers!

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 8:10 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at five Picturehouse cinemas in London will strike for 13 days starting on 20 January.

The strike will include two 48 hour strikes on 20-21 and 26-27 January. Despite other strikes in the period being for partial days, the management one of the cinemas, the Ritzy in Brixton, has decided to shut the cinema completely for the whole 13 day period. Workers at the cinema have described this as a ″lock out″, and an attempt by management to ″starve them back to work″.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 1:22 Author: Gemma Short, Peggy Carter and Charlotte Zalens

On 2 January a notice appeared on the staff noticeboards of some McDonald’s stores announcing a significant pay rise for workers.

Pay for under 18s will now go up to a minimum of £5.75, under 21s to a minimum of £6.75, under 25s to a minimum of £7.95, and over 25s to a minimum of £8 in London. All workers will get an above inflation pay rise of between 5.4 and 6.3%. It is the biggest pay rise McDonald’s workers have had in 10 years.

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Support Picturehouse workers — students and workers unite!

Submitted by cathy n on 18 December, 2017 - 1:30 Author: Joe Booth
Staff wars

On Thursday, 14 December, 2017 I attended a picket of Hackney Picturehouse against the mistreatment of the workers at the cinema and every other Picturehouse and Cineworld cinema in the United Kingdom. The Picturehouse workers have been on strike now for over a year: they’re paid £9.30 per hour, no access to sick, maternity or paternity pay, and the managers are refusing to negotiate with them.

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