Bakers Union campaign to get secure jobs and hours as well as a Living Wage for their members.
McStrike: McDonald’s Workers call for McSolidarity on International Workers’ Day
Striking McDonald’s workers are calling for McSolidarity on International Workers Day – May Day.
McDonald’s workers from five striking stores have called for the public to show McSolidarity in person and online to support the McStrike.
Timetable (times/locations pickets):
· 00:01 Midnight Picket Manchester
· 0700 – 08:00 Manchester Morning Picket.
· 0800 – 09:00 Cambridge
· 0800 – 09:00 Crayford
· Midday – 13:30 Watford Demonstration
Please send solidarity messages to the BFAWU
Donations sent to BFAWU strike fund: BFAWU Stanborough House, Great North Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 7TA.
The TUC are trying to identify people who are coming to the TUC’s national demonstration in London, 12 May, who have a good story to tell of why they are coming, and are willing to be used in local, or even national media work. The most effective use of these case-studies will be in press work with local papers and BBC county radio.
Examples would include:
- Public sector workers, such as NHS workers, teachers, fire fighters, local government workers, civil servants, who have suffered under the 1 per cent pay cut year after year.
- Families whose standard of living has constantly eroded.
- Private sector workers who have not had a decent pay rise in years.
- Workers who have suffered redundancy.
- Workers whose employment is precarious, working in the gig economy, with no secure hours of employment – especially young workers.
So if there is a local trades council’s activist, or activists, that have a good story to tell and is willing to do this, please let me know their name, union, sector in which they work, phone number and email address.
And it is our experience that the local media where you are will be most responsive to local voices such as the trades council, especially if you have local case-studies to illustrate the story. So any volunteers for case-studies will give your trades council ‘traction’ with local media, as well as being useful for social media.
By the way, all you need to know about the arrangements for the national demonstration can be found at: https://www.tuc.org.uk/new-deal-working-people-tuc-march-and-rally
And if you are organising a coach please let me know, emailing email@example.com and NewDeal@tuc.org.uk
Hope to see you, your comrades and your banner if you have one 12 May in London. If you cannot come to London, you can still join in by organising something locally, such as a photo opportunity or a stunt of some kind.
This Saturday 21 April | 1-3pm
NUT, Hamilton House
London WC1H 9BD
Help get involved in the movement in London. This is a chance to analyse the situation and plan where we go from here. The mobilisation over the attack on Syria has opened up major new possibilities for the growth of the movement. Find out how you can be a part of organising in London.
Speakers will include:
- Tariq Ali, writer and broadcaster
- Lindsey German, Stop the War convenor
- Kiri Tunks, President of the National Education Union (NUT Section)
- Andrew Murray, chief-of-staff at Unite the Union
Other speakers tbc.
Trade unionists have always taken a position on the major moral and political questions of the day. We should oppose fracking because:
- Fracking worsens Climate Change: ‘Fracking’ is the extraction of natural gas (or oil) by injecting fluid at high pressure to fracture rock. Like all fossil fuels, this gas produces carbon dioxide (CO2) when burnt. CO2 is the single biggest contributing gas to global warming, which is threatening catastrophic climate change. Fracking has been suggested as a ‘cleaner’ alternative to coal, but recent studies on methane gas leaking from wells contradict this. Methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.
- Fracking won’t create large numbers of permanent jobs: The jobs are likely to be short‑term specialised jobs, filled by existing staff already employed by the company rather than local jobs.Numbers are also over‑hyped.
- A report from Friends of the Earth, supported by the PCS trade union and North West trades councils, argued that a claim by gas company Cuadrilla that fracking would bring 1,700 jobs to the area was misleading as most would last for just one year. Fracking could lead to job losses in agriculture and tourism.
- Alternative energy strategies create more and longer lasting jobs: The Friends of the Earth report concluded “Renewable energy and energy efficiency… create over six times as many jobs as gas per unit of power generated or saved and around three times as many jobs for the same amount invested.”.
- Fracking will have a major impact on communities: A planning application for one well in North Yorkshire said drilling would create over 1,400 vehicle trips. This is disruptive, polluting and dangerous. Other impacts include an increase in earthquake risk, the disfiguring of local landscapes and reduced value of houses. The rich might be able to move, but it is much harder for workers and the poor to escape.
- Fracking can damage health: Fracking has been accompanied by claims of extensive local pollution to air, land and water sources. New York’s government banned fracking because it concluded fracking posed too great a risk to health. Over 500 academic papers warn of the risk to health from fracking.
Climate jobs—the alternative
Climate change is recognised by trade unions globally as an issue of social justice affecting poor
communities around the world.The One Million Climate Jobs report proposes a ‘National Climate Service’ to create public‑sector jobs in industries that reduce carbon emissions. Seven national trade unions and many union branches have signed up to this as an alternative that can create decent, well paid, safe jobs that tackle environmental destruction. Fracking is opposed by the NUT, PCS, BFAWU, EIS, TSSA and UCU unions. Fracking has been banned in Scotland, Ireland, Bulgaria and France and there are moratoriums in many other places including Wales, Netherlands and Germany.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Trade unionists have joined environmental activists and residents to oppose fracking because working class people should not be forced to work in the dirty, dangerous and unsustainable fossil fuel industry or suffer its effects in their communities. The alternative to unemployment, low pay and climate change is not fracking, but government investment in clean energy jobs. We encourage all workers to join an appropriate trade union www.tuc.org.uk/join-union If you are in a union, take our model motion to your union branch and local trades council. Join your local anti-fracking campaign. Join the Campaign Against Climate Change.
The Campaign against Climate Change brings people together to push for the urgent and resolute
action we need to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of global climate.
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Thursday 26 April 2018
Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7467 1220
Guest Speakers Include:
* Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
* Professor Mary Davis
* Margaret Greer, UNISON National Officer for Race Equality
* Taranjit Chana, GMB London Region
* Betty Joseph, Chair – LESE Race Relations Committee
* Peggy Ann-Fraser, Vice Chair – LESE Women’s Rights Committee
Join Unison Gen Sec Dave Prentis and other trade union colleagues to campaign in the run up to vital council elections on May 3rd.
Your campaigning could make all the difference in May in turning Barnet Council red and delivering for working people.
You don’t need any experience of campaigning – just come along. There’s a way for everyone to get involved.
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The new report goes further than ever before in explaining how democratic public ownership can work in practice, and how the model can bring water, energy and rail back into public control.
The Co-operative Party’s approach is shaped by our co-operative values, with the emphasis on accountability and on ensuring that the voice of customers, staff and the taxpayer are at the heart of how these industries are run.
The report calls for:
- Not-for-profit, regional water companies which are owned and run by trusts accountable to employees and consumers.
- Rail services run by not-for-profit train service providers replacng train operating companies, and a new democratic ‘Guiding Mind’ for the railways to take over from Network Rail.
- A new Energy Security Board, accountable to energy customers, employees and other stakeholders, and charged with securing the nation’s energy future; democratic regional distribution grids owned and run by consumer and employee trusts; a new generation of community-owned and co-operative renewable generation and energy supply; and a publicly-owned power generation company for large-scale generation.
Download here: ownership-matters-final-3mm