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RMT Parliamentary demonstration & rally Tuesday 29th January 2019

Solidarity with our Tube Cleaners

RMT Parliamentary demonstration & rally

Tuesday 29th January 2019

5.00pm: (sharp) Demonstration opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard, SW1P 3JY)

6.30pm: Rally in the Houses of Parliament

 

London Underground’s 3000 cleaners have been outsourced to global contractor ABM.

Despite working unsocial hours, in dirty and hazardous conditions, our cleaners are being treated less favourably compared to other workers directly employed by Underground.

That means inferior sick pay, holidays, pensions and travel facilities.

On top of this the cleaning workforce is set to be cut by a third from 3000 to 2000, piling the pressure on these hard-pressed workers.

RMT is holding a demo and rally at Parliament to demand:

  • No Cleaning Job Cuts
  • Equal Conditions with London Underground workers
  • Bring all cleaning work in-house.

 

Primark: Pay the Living Wage!

We the employees of Primark, believe that the living wage should be paid for the labour we provide. Sign the petiton.

The current London Living Wage is £10.55 and £9.00 for the rest of the country. But the wage store assistants receive, at the Primark Marble Arch store, is £8.09 per hour. That’s £2.46 less every hour, than than the suggested amount. The London Living Wage is a fair wage that enables people to not just survive but to live. Primark has a responsibility to its over 70,000 employees, to provide a living wage.

Primark currently holds the second largest market share of clothing retail in the UK. Within the last year profits rose 15% from £735 million to £843 million.

We believe Primark should be a leader in wages just as it is a leader in retail market. Employees wages should reflect the success of the company. If companies such as IKEA and LUSH can provide a living wage there is no reason for Primark not to.

Primark does increase wages every April: in 2018 they increased the pay by 18 pence per hour. Meaning Primark’s hourly wage increased by 2.2% compared to Primark profits which increased by 15%. This does not reflect the value of labour we provide.

A year ago a petition was handed in internally at the Marble Arch store. There has been no official response to this so we feel it is time to make a public petition.

We know there are workers at Primark working full-time, struggling to make ends meet for their families, even with support from the Government. Primark rely on the Government to subsidise their workforce in effect. A pay rise to the living wage would show that Primark can lead the way in being a responsible employer, recognising the true value of its workforce.

When one brand changes its business, others see and follow suit. A company as big and influential as Primark switching to paying the Living Wage would have an effect on other companies around it. If you care about working rights then please sign this petition.

It is time workers got the pay they deserve for the labour that they do.

Thailand: Railway workers fight for justice – support the online campaign

The leaders of Thailand’s State Railway Workers Union (SRUT) have faced dismissals and enormous fines because of their efforts to point out unsafe working conditions on the country’s railways.

In a story dating back to a fatal derailment back in 2009, the international trade union movement, including the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have stood by the trade union leaders — as has the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Last year, Thailand’s Supreme Labour Court ordered seven union leaders to pay damages amounting to nearly three-quarters of a million US dollars.

At the request of the SRUT and the ITF, LabourStart has launched a campaign calling on the Thai government and the employer to drop the claims against the union, and to return their back pay and benefits.  Please show your support here:

http://www.labourstart.org/go/srut

And please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.

Prosperity and justice: A plan for the new economy

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice is a landmark initiative to
rethink economic policy for post-Brexit Britain

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice was established in autumn 2016 in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The purpose of the Commission was broadly conceived: to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and to make recommendations for its reform.

The members of the Commission come from all walks of life and different political viewpoints. They voted on different sides of the EU referendum, and the Commission is independent of all political parties.

The Commission’s Interim Report was published in September 2017, setting out our analysis of the condition of the economy and the causes of its weak performance. The Commission has also published 17 discussion and policy papers to inform its work and to stimulate public debate. These papers provide more detail on the analysis and proposals made in this report. The Interim Report and full set of papers are available at here.

Given the breadth of Commissioners, we have reached a remarkable degree of agreement, which we hope can be reflected in a wider national consensus about a new direction for the UK economy. Our proposals are deliberately ambitious. Taken together, we believe they offer the potential for the most significant change in economic policy in a generation. We hope that this report can spark a national conversation on why we need a change of direction, and what that direction should be.

ARTIFICIAL, INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTS, NEW TECHNOLOGY, AUTOMATION: WHERE NOW FOR TRANSPORT WORKERS?

A serious detailed exploration of what is happening in transport and what we need to do. This also affects all users of transport.

Key speakers:

SHARON GRAHAM,  UNITE

LEONARDO IMPETT

VICTOR FIGUEROA, ITF

Saturday February 16th, 2019

10.00-16.00 at Unite the Union Head Office, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN

If you want to attend please contact – roger@hsm1.org.uk

TSSA responds to the new TfL Business Plan: enough is enough!

The new TfL Business Plan, published on Wednesday, throws into question the very future and safety of transport services in London, with proposals for even greater cuts to jobs, services and investment over the next 3-4 years.

As you have probably seen, Mike Brown’s email to staff said:

How Mike Brown Stole Christmas“This is one example of how we will further reduce our back and middle office costs across the entire organisation. Over the next three years, we will cut the cost of these areas by 30 per cent. This will only be possible by looking at all the ways we can deliver a better service at reduced cost, including reducing the number of roles in our back and middle office functions, building on what we have already achieved in these areas. As always, where any headcount reduction is necessary, we will engage in full and meaningful consultation with our people and trade unions.”

Merry Christmas to you too, Mike!

TfL’s financial difficulties are a result of the massive cuts in central Government funding, which has decreased by 46% since 2011, with the DfT cutting the operating grant from £1 billion in 2013 to £0 in 2018/19. London is now the only capital city in the world whose transport system receives no public funding. This starving of our transport system has been made far worse by the Elizabeth Line fiasco which is costing TfL and the public billions.

Cost over-runs by private contractors at Crossrail and central Government austerity cuts should not – and must not – undermine London’s transport services or affect our members jobs or terms and conditions. Our members have suffered the brunt of the pain so far, with job cuts of over 20% and vacancies running at around 10%. Workloads have increased and the pressures on staff are immense. Meanwhile, Directors get pay rises and huge bonuses, and we learn that the number of TfL staff earning over £100,000 has increased by 25%. This is OBSCENE.

TSSA has called for urgent talks with TfL about the Business Plan, and these will take place next week, at a Company Council meeting on Tuesday, 18 December. We will be clear with TfL – and City Hall – that enough is enough, and the gloves are now off. TSSA is here to support you and your colleagues, and we promise to work with other trades unions and all allies to protect your jobs, terms and conditions, to put an end to the “fat cat” gravy-train in TfL, and to restore Government funding to TfL and so ensure the safety and sustainability of London’s transport services.

ASLEF’s strong stand delivers on Cab Security

The determined campaign by ASLEF Health & Safety Council reps, supported by EC member Terry Wilkinson, has delivered real progress on making driving cabs secure.
Management and your reps have now agreed on a prototype lock that will be developed over the next six months. Once the procurement process is complete, the lock will be installed on trains across the Underground network.

The lock will meet our twin objectives of securing the cab from intruders while allowing access in an emergency by using a combination of a key and an override mechanism. We believe this will make the job safer for every driver and provide a better working environment for those who feel most vulnerable.

Based on this progress, the ASLEF Executive Committee has decided to suspend the combine wide strike planned for December 7th.

There is no doubt that this has only been achieved by the determination and persistence of ASLEF Health and Safety reps. They refused to take No for an answer and visited branches and depots across the Underground to explain the importance of the issue and ensure we got the Yes vote needed to

Solidarity with our Tube Cleaners

Solidarity with our Tube Cleaners

RMT Parliamentary demonstration & rally

Tuesday 29th January 2019

5.00pm: (sharp) Demonstration opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard, SW1P 3JY)

6.30pm: Rally in the Houses of Parliament

 

London Underground’s 3000 cleaners have been outsourced to global contractor ABM.

Despite working unsocial hours, in dirty and hazardous conditions, our cleaners are being treated less favourably compared to other workers directly employed by Underground.

That means inferior sick pay, holidays, pensions and travel facilities.

On top of this the cleaning workforce is set to be cut by a third from 3000 to 2000, piling the pressure on these hard-pressed workers.

RMT is holding a demo and rally at Parliament to demand, No Cleaning Job CutsEqual Conditions with London Underground workers Bring all cleaning work in-house.

All RMT Branches are asked to send a delegation to the demo and rally. Please also ensure your Branch cleaning member’s coordinator is included in the delegation.

We are an all grades union. Please show solidarity with our cleaning members on 29th January.

Workers from TGI Fridays, McDonald’s and Wetherspoons will be going on strike together on Thursday 4 October 2018

Workers from TGI Fridays, McDonald’s and Wetherspoons will be going on strike together on 4th October. It is planned to be a real show of force and inter-union collaboration across the hospitality industry. There are a number of actions taking place across the region and we will publicise once we have details. Members from all three businesses will be in Leicester Square, Central London,  from 11am-12 making some noise and taking their  message to other hospitality workers in the area. They will also be joined by colleagues from the IUF Global Union Federation and fast food workers from a number of other countries coming to show global solidarity.

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