Category Archives: Workers Rights

Solidarity with McDonald’s Workers fighting for Rights at Work – Fundraising Music Night

Barnet Trades Union Council presents for Trades Union Congress Young Workers Month 2017

7pm Friday, Novembefastfoodr 17th at the Elephant Inn, Finchley, 283 Ballards Ln, London N12 8NR

A night of music and solidarity. All proceeds to the official support fund!

McDonald’s UK workers are striking for the first time in UK history, over the company’s failure to offer them acceptable working conditions, job security or even an affordable living wage. Workers have found themselves living on low wages – with no guarantee of hours. Now, workers feel as if they have no alternative but to take action – all in line with their basic workplace rights and company procedures. This McDonald’s UK strike forms part of a growing global movement calling for the fair and decent treatment of workers.young_workersMcStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Despite McDonald’s being one of the UK’s largest, most profitable, and globally recognised employers, its employees are subjected to difficult, yet avoidable working conditions – working on insecure zero-hour contracts for low-wages. This historic strike forms part of a growing global workers movement for fairness. In the USA, more than 10 million workers in the U.S. are on a path to $15 an hour, and 20 million workers total have won wage increases since 2012.

Now, McDonald’s workers in the UK will fight to achieve the same impressive results seen by their transatlantic colleauges. Barnet Trades Council invites anyone who wants to support this struggle, and thanks  the Elephant Inn and our excellent band, Wutip. See you all there!

Download the leaflet here: McStrike_Leaflet_WuTip_2

Facebook event here.

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See more on the band, Wutip.

Nurses: UK Scrap the cap rally

20157307_10155482680182200_5956917821875290184_oWe’re hosting our biggest ever UK rally in Parliament Square, Central London, on Wednesday 6 September.

Join us to show the UK Government it’s time to scrap the cap on nursing pay.

RCN members – register for this event and get your travel funded too:

www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts/scrap-the-cap/uk-scrap-the-cap-rally

Guest speaker: Sir Tony Robinson

Nursing staff, members of the public, friends and family are all welcome at this event.

Find out more about the campaign:

www.rcn.org.uk/scrapthecap

UNISON in ANOTHER Court of Appeal victory over employers who fail to consult unions

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Friday) that makes it much harder for employers to ignore staff when making major changes in the workplace.

The Court of Appeal ruling means that for the first time employers will be obliged to consult with unions around any workplace issues that affect their members.

Until now, unions only had the right to be consulted where the law required this, for example in TUPE regulations where employees transfer from one employer to another, and in redundancy cases.

The ruling means employers will also have to involve unions in issues such as those around working hours and holiday pay.

It will benefit thousands of employees whose rights at work are under threat and means that employers will face greater scrutiny over their treatment of staff, says UNISON.

The victory came about after the union took up a case involving parks police who were made redundant by the London Borough of Wandsworth.

The Court of Appeal ruled that UNISON had the right to be consulted by Wandsworth over the job losses.

More on UNISON website.

To Transport for London: Keep Uber’s drivers and passengers safe

Sign petition here.

Last year GMB won a landmark employment tribunal against Uber, which ruled that its drivers were not self-employed contractors but employed workers – and were therefore entitled to the national minimum wage, sickness and holiday pay.

This important case has major implications for more than 30,000 drivers across England and Wales. Many of our drivers are working long hours for less than national minimum wage in order to try and make ends meet. Drivers working excessive hours is bad for drivers, bad for passengers and bad for Londoners.

Uber refuses to accept they’re an employer and has appealed. That means they still refuse to pay their drivers a living wage, give paid rest breaks or abide by laws that limit the number of hours they work. It’s wrong for Uber not to live up to its responsibilities, and none of us wants worn-out drivers on our roads.

Transport for London (TfL) is in charge of renewing Uber’s 5 year license to operate in London, and they’re going to make a decision on it this summer. Today, GMB, the union for Uber drivers, has called on TfL not to renew the license unless Uber guarantee safe working practices and basic employment rights.

Together we can remind TfL of their obligations to all Londoners and not just to Uber’s powerful lobbyists. Sign the petition to tell TfL to keep Uber drivers and passengers safe.

Massive Court Victory: Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Illegal

The case was taken by the UNISON trade union, which successfully argued that the fees – which can be as high as £1,200 per case — prevented many workers from gaining justice at work.20258126_928598360611760_5349853763245492798_n

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This is a massive win for working people. Congratulations to UNISON for doggedly pursuing this case. Today’s result shows the value of working people standing together in trade unions.

“Too many low-paid workers couldn’t afford to uphold their rights at work, even when they’ve faced harassment or have been sacked unfairly.

“Tribunal fees have been a bonanza for bad bosses, giving them free rein to mistreat staff. Any fees paid so far should be refunded as soon as possible.”

More on Touchstone Blog: http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2017/07/employment-tribunal-fees-found-unlawful/

Unison website: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2017/07/massive-win-union-massive-win-workers/

 

 

 

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