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Picturehouse strikes at Sundance festival

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 11:57 Author: Gemma Short

Picturehouse workers will be on strike again for the Sundance film festival happening at Picturehouse Central from 31 May to 3 June.

They will be striking during the opening night on Thursday 31 May, and again on Saturday 2 May. The strikes will hit several premières taking place at the festival. 

Workers will hold picket lines from 17:30-20:30 each night, and welcome supporters to join them.

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Picturehouse workers strike again

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:52 Author: a Picturehouse worker
Picturehouse strike

Picturehouse workers will be on strike again for the Sundance film festival happening at Picturehouse Central from 31 May to 3 June.

They will be striking during the opening night on Thursday 31 May, and again on Saturday 2 May. The strikes will hit several premières taking place at the festival. 

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All eyes on TGIs

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:48 Author: Gemma Short
TGI Friday's

Workers at TGI Fridays restaurants in Covent Garden, London, and Milton Keynes struck on Friday 18 May in the first of a series of Friday strikes over a new tips policy which would see workers losing up to £250 a month.

Workers at TGI Fridays in the Trafford Centre, Manchester and Haymarket Piccadilly, London, have also now voted 100% in favour of strikes and are expected to join the strikes on Friday 25 May. Results of ballots at other restaurants in Enfield, and Gateshead Metro, Newcastle, are expected soon. All six sites may be on strike by Friday 1 June.

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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 brief

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 1:29 Author: Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Michael Elms, Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

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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