Solidarity march and rally for PCS Interserve Strikers: Wed 26 Feb from 12:15-1:30 pm Westminster

Interserve Strikers Solidarity March and Rally

Event Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020

Location: Assemble at 12:15, outside the FCO, King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH

Who is this event for: Everyone who believes in equality and public services

During the last week of a 4-week strike by Interserve workers at the Foreign and Commonwealth, show them how much you support them by joining their solidarity march and rally on the 26 February. The striking members have received incredible support for trade unions and members of the public.

·       1,600 people using the PCS e-action calling on Foreign Secretary, Domini Raab, to facilitate talks to resolve the dispute,

·       38 cross party MPs have signed EDM#125

·       PCS president Fran Heathcote, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Chris Stephens MP, chair of the PCS parliamentary group, 20 MPs,  as well as PCS, RMT and Unite reps attending a solidarity picket on the 11 February as part of the Heart Unions Week.

·       The TUC released a video about the dispute on the 18 February.

·       30 supporters attended a protest  outside Interserve HQ last Wednesday (16 February).

·       Trade unions (TUC, UNISON and Unite) and individual supporters refused to cross the picket line and attend Department for Trade and Industry events at the FCO last Monday and Thursday.

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We encourage all trade unionists and supporters to bring their flags, banners, musical instruments, babies, dogs to march from King Charles Street to Old Palace Yard for a rally at 1 pm.

Speakers include:

·       Interserve striker

·       Shadow chancellor, John McDonnell

·       United Voices of the World striker

·       Representative of We Own It

·       Others speakers to be confirmed.

Solidarity rally for striking UCU members: Tuesday 25th Feb, 6pm Imperial Hotel

55,OOO UCU members across the UK have started 14 days of strike action this week. Our fight is to defend our pensions, pay, working conditions and to secure equal pay and end the scourge of caualisation.

The employers and the government have been taken by surprise of the scale of our resistance and our determination to win. By striking to end casualisation we are also ensuring that we our students have the education they deserve.

We know we are not alone in this fight. We all face the same insecure contracts, cuts in our wages and pensions. We0 recognise a victory for us will also be a victory for the whole of the working class movement.

We invite you to attend the London Region UCU solidarity rally. Bring donations and banners. 

Speakers include:

  • John McDonnell, shadow chancellor
  • Mark Serwotka, PCS Gen Sec
  • Jane Loftus, President CWU
  • Howard Becket, UNITE Assistant General Sec 
  • Colleen Johnson, NEU Exec
  • Lesley Kane, UCU chair of OU branch
  • Ian Hodson, President Bakers Union
  • Lowkey, rapper

Venue details: Tudor Room, Imperial Hotel, Russel Square

For more details: https://uculondonregion.wordpress.com/

Strong support for Interserve workers as month-long strike continues

The facilities management (FM) workers have been in dispute with their employer since March 2019, which has already involved 18 days of strike action over six periods in 2019. Whilst strike action has won some concessions, Interserve will not move on key issues such as union recognition and a buy-out on contractual pay date changes.  This has led to this latest period of strike action which is due to continue for the whole of February.

Despite the cold weather the striking workers were out in force on the picket line this morning where they welcomed many visitors who came to show their support.

PCS president Fran Heathcote, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn and at least 18 other MPs representing constituencies from across England and Scotland attended.  Many London based PCS reps also came along to show their solidarity.

Inspiring

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka accused Interserve of “gerrymandering,” the recognition process which means no agreement can be reached.

He said: “Our members are taking on an aggressive employer that has done everything it can to thwart a just settlement to this dispute.

“Instead of negotiating properly, they have been accused of threatening our reps who have a mandate and are lawfully encouraging people to go on strike.”

He added that the staff were leading an “inspiring campaign” alongside other contracted out workers and urged the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to settle the dispute between the union and Interserve.

“We call upon the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to intervene in this dispute and for the government to put an end to contracting out of services within departments by bringing them back in house,” he said.

How you can help

Solidarity with our Tube Cleaners: RMT Parliamentary demonstration & rally

Tues 29th Jan 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 London 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.
Please show solidarity with our cleaning members on 29th January

Unite the Union: London facing standstill as exhausted bus drivers prepare for strike action

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is warning that London could face gridlock if exhausted bus drivers take industrial action later this year.

Unite will begin a consultative ballot of over 20,000 members employed as London bus drivers later this month and, provided a yes vote is secured, a full industrial action ballot will then follow.

Decisive action

Unite is demanding that London bus operators and Transport for London (TfL) take decisive action to tackle chronic levels of fatigue being experienced by bus drivers.

Unite is sharply critical of individual bus operators who have suggested that the solution is simply about ensuring drivers get more sleep.

Driving revolution

Unite is instead demanding a revolution in how bus driving is scheduled to ensure that drivers can finish on time, are able to utilise all of their breaks, work to proper schedules, have enough running time to complete their journey, are treated with respect and receive proper training.

A survey by Loughborough University which was commissioned by TfL, and published last August, discovered that 21 per cent of bus drivers had to ‘fight sleepiness’ at least two or three times a week and 17 per cent had actually fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in the past year.

Loughborough report 

Since the publication of the Loughborough report, TfL has attempted to deflect responsibility for the fatigue being suffered by bus drivers and has said that it is the responsibility of individual bus operators to resolve the situation. Unite believes this position is entirely unacceptable.

A survey of over 5,000 Unite bus driver members in September found 44 per cent of bus drivers work six days a week and long hours created severe physical, mental and relationship problems. A total of 79 per cent of drivers reported that in the past year they had made errors while driving due to tiredness.

Drivers had enough

Unite regional officer John Murphy said: “London bus drivers have had enough; they are permanently fatigued and at risk of being a danger to other road users, bus passengers and themselves.

“Unite will shortly be conducting a consultative ballot and provided our members endorse industrial action, strikes will follow later this year unless action is taken to ensure that the problems causing chronic fatigue for our members are resolved.

“TfL cannot simply sweep this problem under the carpet. It must act decisively and stop trying to pass the problem onto bus operators who have consistently failed to resolve the issue and have instead allowed it to worsen.

“For the last 25 years bus operators have been failing to deal with this problem. Unite members are saying enough is enough.”

AMAZON PROTEST- CYBER MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2019

Tis the season to hurt Amazon, falalaa laa la la la. They are mean there’s no comparison, falalaa laa la la la.

This 2nd of December at 10.45 am GMB would appreciate your assistance and attendance at Amazon office’s from 10.45 am for approximately 3 hours. Your welcome to attend during this period when you can, but the greater the number the louder the message. We hope to have frontbench speakers from the Labour Party as well as our famous rat.

Please get the message out far and wide so we can make the difference.

Details of the location is below.

Amazon HQ, 1 Principle Place, Worship Street, London, EC2A 2FA (Shoreditch/City of London) Farringdon and Barbican stations are around five minutes walk.

Please feel free to contact me should you have further questions in relation to this important event

The hashtags (#) we will be using for the day are: #AmazonWeAreNotRobots #AmazonPayYourTaxes #AmazonActOnClimate

CWU reacts to High Court Judgement

The CWU is extremely disappointed at the ruling and we have no doubt our members and representatives will feel the same way. Following 18 months of negotiations, including external mediation, the company’s actions are nothing more than a desperate delaying tactic from a board who are increasingly out of touch with the views of its workforce.

Legal proceedings and Royal Mail’s court room politics will not solve the company’s problems. The union has nothing to fear from mediation and unless there is significant movement from the company on a range of issues and a satisfactory agreement is concluded, the union will be calling further strike action once the mediation process has been completed. Furthermore, we will not allow Royal Mail to string out the process beyond the minimum required period.

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said “The company are deluded if they believe their court room politics will resolve this dispute. Instead the company’s actions will have the complete opposite effect. Postal Workers’ attitude towards the company will harden and it makes us more determined than ever to defend our members pensions, jobs, service and achieve our objectives.”

“Unless the company significantly shifts its position on a range of issues and we can quickly conclude a good agreement for our members then strike action is inevitable. “

“We walked into the court today with a massive 90% yes vote for strike action – we walked out of the court today with a massive 90% vote for strike action. We want an agreement and will comply with the injunction to undertake further external mediation. But sooner rather than later Royal Mail Group will have to confront the harsh reality that they are completely out of touch with the views of its workforce.“

CWU Deputy General Secretary Terry Pullinger said “We saw today that Royal Mail Group would rather spend time, money and resources playing politics than engaging with this union to reach an agreement. Our members are square behind the CWU and from this moment we are putting Royal Mail on notice of further action should the mediation fail. Let me be clear – we will not stand by and see this once great institution run into the ground. Our members will stand up and save it by whatever means are necessary.”

“We will use the mediation process to seek an agreement but also to galvanise support amongst our members and the public. Be in no doubt though, if Royal Mail Group are not serious about reaching an agreement we will not hesitate to call strike action immediately after the mediation period closes.”

#mcstrike: The start of something big

On Tuesday, McDonald’s workers took strike action to demand a fair wage and a union to represent them. Thousands of supporters backed their call and made sure McDonald’s know they’re up against a powerful movement. 

In more than 35 locations across the country, supporters organised McStrike solidarity actions, speaking to the public about the campaign. Their conversations are critical in building public support and putting pressure on McDonald’s.

And you couldn’t pick up a newspaper yesterday without reading about McStrike. There was coverage in The Mirror, The Guardian, The iThe Daily Mail and many more. 

And this is just the beginning. McDonald’s will not back down easily, which is why your support is so important. Our movement will grow and these workers will strike again.

We will fight until these workers, and workers everywhere, get what’s fair.

This campaign will be long, so anything you can chip in will help our movement win.

Chip in to support McDonald’s workers and the McStrike

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