British Airways (BA) announced that it is to make 12,000 UK workers
at the airline redundant. This is without any consultation with the UK’s
aviation unions. This is within the backdrop of BA parent owner IAG
having secured over a billion euros in funding to save its sister
airlines Aer Lingus, Iberia, Level, Vueling, and IAGcargo. None of which
so far has seen anywhere near the number of redundancies announced by
Alex Cruz CEO of BA. What is also interesting is that Wille Walsh, Chief
Executive of IAG, has not stopped the billion euro purchase or Air
BA through its action so far has shown that it had no intentions whatsoever to stick to the principles laid out by Rishi Sunak when the chancellor launched the UK job retention scheme in April. A scheme that BA has taken full advantage of, and let’s not forget, is funded exclusively by the UK taxpayer.
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It is happening. The UK
is starting formal US trade deal negotiations today. The deal will be
built on an agenda of deregulation, privatisation and ‘corporate
courts’, all with the same aim – big business profits, whatever the cost
to people and planet.
Under the ‘pro-corporate power’ agendas of both US President Trump and
UK Prime Minister Johnson, this deal will pull the UK into the
regulatory orbit of the US, lowering our social, health and
environmental standards – unless we stop it.
Will you take action to stop it, by writing to your MP today?
NO ONE SHOULD BE LEFT COLD OR IN THE DARK BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD THEIR BILLS, IN THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS OR ITS AFTERMATH.
It is very good news that the government and energy companies have agreed to support people “most in need” in these difficult times. However, as things stand there is a real risk that many people will never get the help they are entitled to — and desperately need.
For people normally out at work who are now home all the time, energy
costs will go up. Meanwhile, they may lose their main income. Already
many people ration their gas and electricity tightly. How can we afford
to pay more? Older and disabled people, worst hit by the virus, are
even more at risk in cold, damp homes. Already over 9,000 people a year,
mostly elderly, die from fuel poverty.
The agreement made by the government and suppliers promises that disconnections will be suspended and that customers struggling to pay can contact their supplier for help.
It is encouraging that this agreement has been reached. Gas, power, and
heat are essential services, and should no more be cut off than our
But the agreement doesn’t make clear if unaffordable payments will be
waived, or just postponed. In these exceptionally uncertain times, who
can take on more debt? It is essential to have clarity over what
exactly customers can expect. People need to know that they can use the
energy they need, without racking up debt for the future.
Moreover, the government’s agreement with suppliers makes customers
responsible for negotiating with their supplier for the help they need.
How will people be able to get the support when they need it
at a time when Customer Services could easily be overwhelmed? Will we
be able to cope with this process if we or our family are ill? Or if we
have problems with English or computers? Can we count on a response
from suppliers that actually meets our needs? Will we be asked for
evidence of “financial distress” that we cannot provide? And will people
even know that this support is available?
We urge the government and suppliers to:
Provide free credit to all prepayment meter users,
promptly, so that they are not left in the cold while trying to
negotiate with suppliers. It’s great that the agreement mentions
sending pre-loaded keys and cards — but payment for these should be
reduced to what people can afford.
Guarantee that customers in financial distress,
including those self-isolating and/or being laid off or losing customers
at the present time, will also have bills reduced to what they can afford — and not just deferred.
Stop forced imposition of prepayment meters, including
imposition remotely when people on smart meters fall behind on bills.
Imposing prepayment will lead to more “self-disconnections” as people
- Announce a moratorium on debt repayments while so many people are in crisis.
Prominently publicise the support on offer, in
government bulletins and TV advertisements, making clear that people do
not need to go without the heating and electricity they need.
- Ensure people can access this help quickly, without showing entitlement to benefits.
- Ensure that suppliers allocate sufficient staff, that there are clear, published guidelines, an advertised free helpline and online interaction, and a positive approach to offering support without obstacles, so that promises are borne out in practice.
- Offer cash grants for off-grid customers who need them.
Restore services to anyone who has been disconnected.
At present, self employed
or zero hour contracts, can not claim statutory sick pay should they
become ill. This is fine, on a genuine sickness bug etc. But the
outbreak of the coronavirus is spreading vastly.
I believe during this outbreak, should people need time off work
(such as Italy have done in closing schools etc) that the self employed
and zero hour contract workers should be entitled to the statutory sick
pay. The government should protect ALL workers as we all have bills to
I am self employed, sub contracting to a company for over 4 years
now, but should a 2 week break elapse due to the coronavirus then I’m
pretty much stuck in the mud. We all have bills to pay but how, should
this happen, I don’t know how I’d manage.
The government should be helping out alot more before its a country in chaos.
I am calling on you to immediately take action to secure the well-being of our NHS workers.
It is unacceptable that the very workers we need to save lives are worried about whether they will be able to buy food and supplies to live.
I want you to instruct supermarkets to set up a system whereby all NHS workers can place orders at their workplace and that it will be delivered to them each week.
Dear John Biggs,
We are extremely concerned to hear that Tower
Hamlets Council is taking legal action against the NEU in respect of
their strike ballot to defend their members’ terms and conditions.
are particularly disappointed, as the NEU has played a leading role in
the School Cuts campaign, working with MPs and councillors all over the
country to highlight the effects of government cuts on our schools.
right to strike is fundamental in a democratic society and we are truly
shocked that a Labour Council is using anti-trade union laws brought in
by David Cameron’s government to try and stop this.
that part of your submission to the High Court is the suggestion that
strike action by school staff will cause financial hardship to parents
and lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.
nothing to do with the legality of the NEU ballot but is a clear signal
to any judge who is sympathetic to Boris Johnson’s idea that public
sector workers should be banned from taking strike action.
We fully support the right of NEU members to take strike action.
We urge you to withdraw the threat of legal action and to talk to the NEU and other unions so that the dispute can be resolved.
Thanks for your support – if you want to be kept informed of future developments please leave your email address.
5,159 people (82%) opposing the Council’s plan to charge £70 a year for
collecting garden waste, the Tories forced this through at Environment
Committee last night (quelle surprise). But please do keep supporting
local residents by getting friends and
family to sign our petition. In 72 hours it reached over 2,000
signatures, so we could quite easily get to 7,000 and force a Full
Council debate on this to try and stop it.
You can sign or share our petition here: http://chng.it/MXTwnWxfGg
Coca-Cola continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the USA.
The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) has launched a global online campaign to protest this — which we encourage you to support.
In Haiti, Coca-Cola’s bottler continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union.
In Indonesia, Coca-Cola’s bottler pursues its long running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.
In Ireland, Coca-Cola closed two of its directly
owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionised, and
shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses
to engage in collective bargaining with the union.
And finally, in the USA the company’s bottler spent
more than $330,000 hiring a union-busting consultant firm to persuade
workers at its Greenfield bottling plant to not join the union.
Please show your support for the IUF campaign
by sending a clear message to Coca-Cola CEO and Chairman James Quincey,
expressing your outrage over these ongoing human rights violations and
demanding that the company act to remedy them.
Please share this message with your friends, family and fellow union members.
Coca-Cola continues to violate the fundamental rights of workers in Haiti, Indonesia, Ireland and the USA.
In Haiti Coke’s bottler La Brasserie de la Couronne continues to systematically deny workers their right to form and be represented by a union, SYTBRACOUR.
Haiti is a dangerous place to live and to work. Companies should, at a minimum, be alert to this situation and exercise maximum due diligence. In July 2019, a Coca-Cola truck driver was shot in his vehicle while at work. The Coca-Cola Company has made no meaningful independent investigation of this killing, choosing instead to rely on a version of events provided by their local bottler, which sought to shift blame onto the driver. Subsequent IUF investigations into this case have exonerated the driver and exposed a callous disregard for the truth on the part of the Coca-Cola bottler and The Coca-Cola Company.
In Indonesia Coca-Cola bottler Amatil pursues its long running attack on the rights of independent, democratic trade unions.
In Ireland, The Coca-Cola Company closed two of its directly owned concentrate plants, both of which were strongly unionized, and shifted production to the remaining plant in Ballina, where it refuses to engage in collective bargaining with the IUF-affiliated SIPTU.
In the USA the Company’s bottler spent more than 330,000.00 US dollars hiring a union-busting consultant firm to persuade workers at its Greenfield bottling plant to not join the RWDSU/UFCW.
Please show your support for these workers and the fight for rights in the Coca-Cola system.
CLICK HERE to send a message to Coca-Cola’s CEO and Chairman James Quincey, expressing your outrage over these ongoing human rights violations and demanding the Company act to remedy them. Your name will also be added to a petition that will be delivered to The Coca-Cola Company.