Pay, hours, conditions

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
Precarious workers May Day
SJWWed, 05/09/2018 - 12:50

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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End outsourcing at UoL!SJWTue, 05/01/2018 - 22:21

Cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners, post room and audio-visual staff at the University of London struck on 25-26 April.

The workers, members of the IWGB union, held day-long pickets at the University of London’s Senate House, and organised demonstrations through the universities area of Bloomsbury on both days.

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Glasgow arena workers’ lifting strike

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:17 Author: Ann Field

Members of Unite the Union working in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena were on strike again last Saturday and Sunday (28-29 April) as part of a long-running dispute over additional payments for “heavy lifting duties”.

The Unite members are employed by Glasgow Life, one of multiple “arms-length companies” set up by Glasgow City Council when it was controlled by Labour. The extra payments are for setting up and de-rigging equipment before major sporting events at the Emirates.

Unite imposed an overtime ban last November, followed by a four-day strike in December.

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McDonald’s workers strike again

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:13 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Workers at five McDonald′s restaurants (Crayford, Cambridge, Manchester, and two restaurants in Watford) struck on Tuesday 1 May as Solidarity went to press.

Workers are on strike for £10 an hour, an end to the youth rates, an end to zero hour contracts, for a choice of fixed hour contracts, for union recognition, and an end to bullying in the workplace.

Workers at the McDonald′s in Manchester walked out at midnight and were greeted by a crowd of supporters. They also picketed for an hour between 7-8am to make before work customers aware of the strike.

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Shoddy and divisive pay offer

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:49 Author: a delegate

The main discussion at the Unison Health conference (16-18 April) was the current pay offer.

24 hours before delegates debated the issue, the ballot was sent out to members with a recommendation from the leadership for acceptance. After this undemocratic move the debate was fairly meaningless, but anyway, a 65:35 majority stuck with the position of the executive.

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Wildcat strike for safety

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:26 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at the Orion recycling plant in east London took part in a wildcat strike on Wednesday 28 March to protest dangerous and inhumane working conditions.

The workers, all migrants from Peru, joined the United Voices of the World (UVW) union just the day before after contacting the union with videos of their working conditions which showed thick clouds of dust and workers without adequate protection.

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Recycling workers strike for sick pay

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:24 Author: Simon Nelson

Workers at FCC Environment in Hull are striking for 14-days (starting 29 March) for decent sick-pay.

This follows a previous week-long strike in March. FCC is a subsidiary of a Spanish company that describes itself as “a worldwide leader in citizen services, specialised in environment, water and infrastructure”. It reported a 12.7% increase in earnings in the first quarter of 2017, totalling $188 million globally.

The Unison Hull City branch has been campaigning for a better sick-pay scheme, with the company refusing to include this in the latest pay negotiations.

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Indefinite library strike over pay

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:22 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Workers at libraries in Bromley started an indefinite strike on Wednesday 28 March over pay.

Bromley′s libraries have been run by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) since a battle to keep them under public control was lost in November 2017. In this year′s pay negotiations GLL has refused to meet the pay offer other local government workers will be getting.

Workers earning £19,000 would have seen a 2.9% pay rise if still directly employed by the council, and some lower earners would have had a 4% pay rise.

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