The all-out strike by 100 Clarks Warehouse workers at Street in Somerset against a vicious 'fire and rehire' attack, is now approaching its sixth week.
This is the first all-out local strike in Somerset since the epic six-month strike of 186 NGA print workers against the Robert Maxwell-owned Purnell plant at Paulton-that was in 1986!
Among many other reductions in pay and conditions, Lion Rock Capital is slashing basic pay from £11.16p an hour to £9.50p: despite Lion Rock boasting that £9.50p was a "significant compromise" from its original plan to impose the minimum wage of £8.92p, the minimum wage is now due to rise to, guess what, £9.50p an hour! Did Lion Rock have a hot-line to government?
Thanks to all who have supported this strike, be it at the picket lines, via a strike fund donation or messages of support.
We're calling on trades councils, trade unions and trade union branches all across the UK to take action urgently, and in two ways:
1. Send a donation and message of support to the Community Clarks strike
Sort code: 60-83-01. Account number: 34042733
Name: Community. Reference: Clarks Strike Pay
Significant recent strike fund donations have included
£500 from the Bristol Health Branch of Unite the Union
£500 from the Somerset General Branch of GMB
£1,000 from Bridgwater Trades Union Council (the largest donation in this council's history)
Send support/donation messages to:
Dan Francois: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Send a delegation to the Clarks Strike Solidarity March and Rally
Saturday, November 13th, assembling for 11am at the picket line, Westway Warehouse, Westway, Street, Somerset, BA16 0LN
Speakers include Roy Rickhuss, Community General Secretary; Paul Nowack, TUC Deputy General Secretary; Barry Gardiner, Labour MP. Bring your banners and flags and horns! A SW TUC flyer for this march and rally is attached.
Please pass this urgent request for solidarity onto all your contacts.
• Dave is secretary of Mendip Trades Union Council (to which the Community Union branch at Clarks is affiliated). You can contact him on 07707869144.