Inspirational victory

BREAKING, BREAKING NEWS: “Following productive and positive consultations between United Voices of the World and Templewood today, 2nd November 2017, we have reached an agreement which will settle this current industrial dispute to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.

It has been agreed that the Living Wage will be paid effective immediately to our members, and annual increases will also be made in the month following the Living Wage announcement in the first week of November of each year. Due to the terms of this agreement no further comments will be made in public about this matter.”

Thank you for all your support! Onwards and upwards!

Cleaners banned from Ferrari showroom after refusing to stop striking for a living wage

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Freddy and Angelica – two Ecuadorian cleaners who have spent the last 12 years between them scrubbing and polishing the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington run by the world’s largest luxury car dealership, HR Owen, have been unlawfully suspended for the last month after voting to strike for the living wage.

The ground of their suspension have since been shown to be baseless. However, HR Owen have just banned them from returning to work at their showrooms.

The reason is because they were given a choice: promise not to strike at Ferrari and accept your poverty wage, or you can find work elsewhere.

Freddy and Angelica stood firm in the face of such vile and unlawful threats and rightly refused to relinquish their right to strike.

Consequently, Templewood, the cleaning company, told HR Owen who promptly banned them from working at their showrooms.

This is a gross attack on the fight of low paid migrant workers for dignity and a living wage, and an attack on the right of all workers to organise and strike.

Freddy and Angelica recently gave notice of their intention to strike on 11th November. There will be a mass protest in solidarity with them.
https://www.facebook.com/events/301705433660248/

Their trade union United Voices of the World (www.facebook.com/uvwunion) has already started legal proceedings against Templewood and HR Owen.

Fascist Britain First not wanted in Bromley!

Unite Against Fascism has called a demonstration against the fascist group, Britain First, marching in Bromley, London, next Saturday, November 4th. A number of other organisations are backing the call and mobilising. They include Disabled People Against Cuts, Stand Up To Racism – South East London, Lewisham Islamic Centre, Greenwich & Bexley TUC, Bromley Momentum, and Bromley TUC. Details of the counter protest are here, https://www.facebook.com/events/109217616475111/?active_tab=about

Britain First, this weekend, joined a fascist split from the EDL, the ‘Stoke Infidels’, as they demonstrated their Islamophobia, in the Potteries. (Earlier in the day, the anti fascist group, NORSCARF, held a successful, Root out all Racism, event. Anti fascists went from that to oppose the fascist, lash up The leader of the local council joined anti fascists, who managed, at short notice to outnumber the extreme right).

Britain First have called their hate march in Bromley due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at the local police station, weekly. Golding and Fransen, the two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.

Ludicrously, they claim they are ‘being persecuted’ for a cause; in reality, they are racist bigots.
Britain First split from the Nazi BNP. However, their fascist politics are clear. Only recently did they try, but fail to have a noxious, anti Semitic priest speak at one of their hate rallies.
Members interchange membership with other fascist groups and their thuggery is known. They are banned from going near mosques due to their threatening behaviour at a number of such places of worship.
Bromley people do not wish such fascists to come.

We ask that you support UAF’s and others call to come out and oppose such far right thugs.
Please invite friends to the event and spread the word. The far right internationally, are growing, and in Britain, they look to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn, for instance. We have thus far knocked back the BNP and EDL to a mere shadow of themselves, but scattered, far right forces are looking to regroup. We must remain on guard!

New People’s Assembly pamphlet: “In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people”

As you will know the TUCJCC encourages all Trades Union Councils to work closely with the People’s Assembly.

This new People’s Assembly pamphlet is very useful in winning yet more people to an anti-austerity position, and convincing them that there is a real, practical and achievable alternative.

Download here: In Place of Austerity pamphlet

A Report from Stand Up to Racism Conference

Although I only managed to get to the second half of Saturday’s Stand Up to Racism conference due to attending SERTUC in the morning, I did manage to attend a particularly poignant session in the afternoon that was not only important in itself, but that has been demonstrated as exceptional vital by events today. It was held in the afternoon on the Grenfell Fire and social cleansing, with an extremely strong range of speakers.

Activist rapper Lowkey, himself from from Kensington, spoke eloquently on the very long history of working class residents of the area having to campaign for their rights to live there. This, in fact, goes back before it would have been considered part of London, or even particularly urbanised.

Lucy Masoud, of the Chelsea Fire Brigades Union spoke next. She described her colleagues’ experiences of facing the terrible blaze itself (easily the worst actual fire most of them had ever seen, even in long careers). She finished with the fire fighters’ resolve to demonstrate through thorough proof that whatever the proximate cause of the initial blaze, the fundamental cause has been austerity.

We heard from two young survivors, Tomassina Hessel and Bellal El Guenuni, who talked about how young people had come together in the emergency to try to save lives, something that the media has largely ignored about this very ethnically diverse, solidly working class, community. They also told us that most of the survivors of the tower are still not in permanent homes.

The last speaker was Glyn Harris, a campaigning housing worker and author on the subject. He related how racism has always affecting housing policy, with members of ethnic minorities often end up in housing that the least desirable and safe. It is also the least economically secure, as witnessed in the way the sub-prime mortgage scandal that triggered the great economic crash 10 years ago.

The speakers all had there own take, but they were all pointing to the intersection between racism and austerity and the way that the basic, and totally avoidable, failure of authorities in their duties toward the public are represented by the Grenfell tragedy. It is fitting, then, they are all proved completely right by the Conservatives being forced to day to confirm that despite promises, they have no intention of providing fire prevention systems for high-density housing that could prevent future Grenfells. Ultimately, people the Tories do not care about live in that kind of housing, and it for reasons like that they we must do everything we can to get them out of office.

You can get a more full report on the conference here.

Barnet TUC meets with Labour Councillors: A Progressive Future for Barnet

On the 3rd of May 2018, crucial local government elections will be taking place that could finally see the Barnet Conservatives removed from power after fifteen years in which they have been subjected our borough to a decade and a half of extreme anti-public sector and highly experimental policies.

Barnet Trades Council wants trades unionists to engage with our Labour group councillors about what are vision will be for a better Barnet, and how we can wrok together to accomplish it.

Come to the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, 2 Britania Road, N12 9RU, at 7pm on Thursday the 2nd of November and take part.

Barnet council discusses ARK Academy

After a consultation that showed 500 objections and just 35 returns in support of Ark academy, the Tories have included ARK as a surprise agenda item before the council. Labour councilors have criticised this descision following such a large response to a consultation.

Activists are being urged to attended Hendon Town Hall for 7pm on Wednesday the 25th.

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