The National Shop Stewards Network is proud to support the co-ordinated strike this Thursday October 4th by restaurant and hospitality workers. Two of our affiliated unions the BFAWU and Unite are prominent in the action, alongside the GMB, IWW and IWGB.
We believe that these struggles are giving workers in these sectors confidence to fight back. Workers in the BFAWU in the ‘Ivy House’ pub in South London walked out in solidarity with their sacked workmates last Sunday and are still out. Join the protests outside the pub – 40 Stuart Rd, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE. For up to date info and to send messages of support, follow @ivyhouseunion on twitter. STOP PRESS!! We are delighted to report that the Ivy House workers have won a victory and we send them our congratulations and solidarity. This is their victory tweet – “We are pleased to announce that the committee have written to us with an offer agreeing in full to all of our terms and we have voted to accept!”
We also have been a longstanding part of the solidarity campaign ‘Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice’ that was initiated by the BFAWU. Their website is here.
This is from the War on Want website – also a prominent supporter of the campaign:-
On Thursday 04 October 2018, workers at McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons are going on strike. They are demanding better working conditions across the hospitality sector: £10 an hour, an end to precarious contracts and for their right to a union to be respected.
The IWW Couriers Network, supported by IWGB and GMB London Region have called for a UK wide strike of food delivery couriers on the same day. Uber Eats and Deliveroo couriers will strike in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton. They are demanding £5 per drop and £1 per mile as a minimum rate. Uber drivers and other gig-economy workers are also planning solidarity actions.
Fast food workers in the US are also going on strike between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4. They are striking in tandem with strikes and rallies by airport, hospital, child-care and higher education workers, and other low paid workers. International demonstrations for fast food workers’ rights will take place in Chile, Colombia, USA, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Philippines and Japan as part of #FastFoodGlobal. Fast food workers from four continents will be in the UK to show solidarity with striking UK workers.
Precarious workers face the constant threat of losing the hours they need to survive. Showing solidarity and mobilising community support is important as it puts pressure on their employers to respect their rights at work, including the rights to strike and join a trade union.
Rally In Leicester Square – London (11am) – McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, and Wetherspoons workers are getting together for a rally in Leicester Square to demand change across the hospitality industry. If you can attend, please do bring flags, banners and spoons. Facebook event
Support Striking Workers Near You.
Some of the striking workers have called demonstrations and rallies near where they are striking. If you live nearby please do go along to show your support.
Brighton Midnight Picket 00:01-01:00 04 October Facebook Event
Brixton – London 0800-0900 Morning Picket Facebook Event:
Leicester Square – London 11:00 – Facebook event:
Brighton Evening Rally 18:30 – Facebook event
Show your Solidarity on Social Media –
You can show your solidarity with Wetherspoons strikers by ‘crossing spoons’. Take a picture of yourself, or a group holding crossed spoons and share it on social media with the hashtag #SpoonStrike – You can also use the hashtag #FFS0410
Get Updates on Social Media:
You can follow the events on social media:
#FFS410 – the hashtag for the day in the UK
#FastFoodGlobal – to follow actions taking place around the world.
Join An Action:
Uber Eats Strikes:
- Brighton– Uber Eats Strike
- Bristol– UberEats strike 18:00-20:00 McDonald’s Broadmead Link
- Cardiff– UberEats Strike – Picket: 17:00-20:00 McDonald’s, 14 Queen St, Cardiff (16:00 – Banner Making) Facebook Event
- GlasgowUberEats strike Facebook Link:
- 12:00 midday rally @ George square
- 18:00 evening rally @ George square
- Uber Eats Strike – 17:00 – 21:
- Rally at Uber HQ – 17:30 Uber 1 Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman St, London E1 8FA (By Aldgate East Station) Facebook Event
- Solidarity Pickets (Come down and make some noise)
- Holborn: 12 High Holborn, London WC1V 6JS
- Clapham: 130 – 134 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UH
- Bethnal Green: 436 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0DJ
- North Finchley: 772/774 High Rd, North Finchley, London N12 9QH
- Newcastle: Uber Eats Strike Picket:17:00 McDonal’ds Grainger St and Northumberland St
- Plymouth– UberEats Strike
- Southampton – Uber Eats Strike
- Aberystwyth – Solidarity Action (Details tbc)
- Birmingham – IWW Solidarity Action (leafleting public and couriers) 17:00 Onwards 4 Cherry Street Birmingham B2 5AL
- Bradford– IWW Solidarity Action 18:00, McDonaldsForster Square Bradford
- Leeds:“Solidarity with the #FastFoodStrike” 16:30-17:30, McDonald’s Leeds Briggate LS1 6 (Organised by Leeds Socialist Students & Young Socialists Yorkshire) , Facebook event:
- Manchester – IWW Solidarity Action & “Solidarity with McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons Strikes”17:00 McDonald’s, Picadilly Gardens Manchester, Facebook Event
- Sheffield – IWW Solidarity Action (Details tbc)
- Sheffield – “Strike Solidarity: Call to Action!” 11:30-13:30, Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield (Organised by Sheffield Momentum) Facebook Event.
- Swansea– Solidarity Action: (Details tbc)
- Wrexham – IWW / Unite Community Solidarity Action, 14:00, McDonald’s / Wetherspoons
- York (Details tbc)
If you want an action to be listed here, email: [email protected]
Organise Your Own Action:
If you want to organise your own action, please do. Think creatively and share what you do on social media using the hashtag #FFS410.
If you have footage or photos that you’re willing to share freely, you can upload it for redistribution to the media here. [bit.ly/ffs410media]
Any action you take should always be supportive of the workers taking action. If you engage with workers at any workplace, respect the fact that they may be very busy so be courteous and reassuring. Do not make their job any harder (E.g. do not make a mess that someone has to clean up) and respect the fact they may not have the time or desire to speak to you.
Liverpool Time for 10 organised this action that may inspire you: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1043539972291203072
Donate to the Strike Fund:
You can donate to the McDonald’s Workers’ Strike fund here:
You can donate to the Wetherspoons Workers’ Strike Fund here.
Fast Food Rights Website: Updates: You can see updates at the Fast Food Rights Websitehere.
Spoon Worker: A group called Notes from Below have written a bulletin for distribution to Wetherspoons workers. You can download it here:
Read Why Workers are striking:
TGI Fridays strike logo:
Rise of the Precarious Workers: National Demo October 30th 8am Transport for London, 197 Blackfriars Road SE1 8NJ Facebook event – They have killed our rights, but together, we are going to bring them back from the dead. On the eve of Halloween, The IWGB and other precarious workers will take to the streets of London to demand an end to the assault on their employment rights by bloodsucking bosses and a zombie government. On the day, the IWGB will be facing Uber at the Court of Appeal as part of the ongoing battle over workers’ rights. A victory would put us one step closer to ending the attack on our rights that so-called “gig economy” bosses are conducting with near impunity. This is not just about Uber drivers, but about all of us that are being forced into increasingly more precarious forms of work
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Get involved with Black History Month – During Black History Month this October, get involved and support PCS by standing up to racism, challenging stereotypes and promoting equality. Black History Month (BHM) is an opportunity to focus on the achievements of black* people past and present and reflect on our path to race equality. In the UK it takes place in October each year read more
Make sure your PCS branch attends regional pay briefings (25 Sept) – PCS is holding regional pay briefings for reps across the country aimed at updating branches about our national pay campaign. A speaker from our national executive committee will be attending each of the briefings to give an update on the pay campaign following decisions made at the September NEC member read more
RMT day of action this week in campaign to save 51 London Overground ticket offices (1 Oct) – RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a day of action on Wednesday as part of the campaign to save 51 London Overground ticket offices. Arriva Rail London (ARL) and Transport for London (TfL) have launched a formal consultation on the proposed closures which ends on 11th October. The union will be leafleting stations with campaign postcards this Wednesday – 3rd October – as part of the day of action. A campaign page on the RMT website at http://bit.ly/2QNLYkE allows supporters to send an e-mail direct to London TravelWatch opposing the station closures read more
RMT members rock solid again this morning in continuing fight for safety on Northern Rail as union exposes surge in violent crime on our de-staffed railways (29 Sept) – General Secretary Mick Cash said; ” RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on Northern Rail in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains and are angry and frustrated that the company continue to refuse genuine talks that could work out a deal that underpins the guard guarantee. This is the 29th day of strike action in the Northern Rail dispute and our members remain absolutely resolute in the campaign for a safe, secure and accessible railway for all while the German owners of the company are quite happy to take a reckless gamble with passenger safety read more
RMT calls 48 hours of strike action on South Western Railway as company continues to refuse serious talks – RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a further 48 hours of strike action will take place on South Western Railway (SWR) on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks process that could reach an agreement in the long running guards’ safety dispute. The action comes in the wake of a new ballot which took place under the terms of the latest wave of Tory anti-union laws where an overwhelming 88% of members voted to continue with the current action in defence of safety, security and access on SWR. RMT members on South Western Railway working as Commercial Guards, Guards and Train Drivers are instructed to not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
- 0001 Hours on Friday 5th October 2018 and 2359 Hours on Saturday 6th October 2018 read more
National dispute fund (DOO disputes) – If you would like to donate to the RMT National Dispute Fund which makes payments to support their striking members taking part in National DOO disputes then you can donate via PayPal using the donate button below or make a cheque payable to RMT National Dispute Fund and send it to the address below. Alternatively, you can ring their Freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706 who will be happy to process a credit card payment for you, or, if you would like to pay via internet banking, please email [email protected] for further details. Vicky Thompson, Finance Manager RMT, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD. Tel: 020-7529-8843 read more
RMT Arriva Rail North Dispute Fund – As you know, our guard members employed by Arriva Rail North have been taking strike action for nearly two years now in defence of the safety critical role of the guard. This strike action has been brilliantly supported but obviously has caused financial hardship for many of our members. The National Executive Committee has made some payments to our members via our National Dispute Fund, but has now asked me to write to all members inviting them if at all possible to contribute to the Arriva Rail North Dispute Fund. This Fund has been specifically set up for these members. Donations can be made as follows:
Account number: 20398721 Sort Code: 60-83-01
Please use your name/organisation name as payment reference or make a cheque payable to RMT National Dispute Fund and send it to the address below or payments can be made by phone via our RMT Helpline 0800 376 3706.
Vicky Thompson, Finance Manager, RMT, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD 020-7529-8843 read more
RMT confirms industrial action on Scotrail in fight for workplace equality and justice (27 Sept) – Rail union RMT has confirmed that an indefinite ban on overtime and rest day working will come into force on Abellio Scotrail from the 10th October after members voted overwhelmingly for action in a dispute over equality and justice for all grades over rest day working payments. Following the ballot result RMT’s lead officer attended an Avoidance of Disputes meeting with the company but regrettably Scotrail have refused to change their position. As a result the union has had no choice but to call action in this dispute. Members are instructed not to volunteer to undertake any overtime and rest day working with effect from 00.01 hours Wednesday 10th October 2018 until further notice read more
Piccadilly Line strike action gets under way after LU bosses wreck talks process (26 Sept) – TUBE UNION RMT said that strike action by drivers on the Piccadilly Line is now underway and receiving the expected rock solid support from members after LU bosses wrecked ACAS talks yesterday by refusing to bring any new proposals or make any serious progress on the core issues at the heart of the dispute. The dispute is over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations, abuse of procedures and the reneging on key safety and operational improvements promised by management after previous rounds of industrial action read more
Strike action planned in ‘extra Saturday working’ row at Suffolk firm (1st Oct) – Strike action is on the cards over increased Saturday working for 18 transport drivers at AB Agriculture in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Unite the union said that its members at the animal feed firm were angry at the unilateral imposition of increased weekend working from one Saturday every four weeks to two Saturdays in four – with no pay rise. A meeting will be held later this month to plan for industrial action, after the drivers voted by 62 per cent for strike action and by 87 per cent for industrial action short of a strike read more
Luton Airport faces a fourth strike ballot over pay (1st Oct) – Low paid cleaners at Luton Airport have rejected a pay offer from their employer Sasse because the offer does not meet their fair demand to be paid a real living wage of £8.75 per hour from this year. 100 per cent of workers who took part in a ballot on the pay offer rejected the deal. Union representatives for the Sasse workforce are now making preparations to hold a ballot for strike action. The cleaners will be the fourth group of workers to hold a ballot for strike action at the airport in disputes over pay and conditions, while the owners of the airport have posted profits of £39.6 million read more
Unite calls for assurances as plans for central London bus shake-up unveiled (28th Sept) – Proposals for the biggest shake-up in over 16 years of London’s central bus network will leave bus drivers worried for their future their union Unite warned today (Friday 28 September), as it called on Transport for London (TfL) to give assurances on jobs. Unite, which represents over 26,000 London bus workers, said it would be scrutinising the plans announced by TfL today, to ensure they delivered on the promise of more outer London buses and were not being used as cover to cut drivers read more
Camden wardens start five-day strike (1 Oct) – Pay dispute with contractor NSL escalates in north London borough. Some 120 traffic wardens in Camden, north London, started five days of strike action today in a bid for improved pay. The UNISON members – technically known as civil enforcement officers – are employed by a private company, NSL, on a contract from Camden council. They are currently paid £10 an hour, below the London living wage of £10.20 an hour. They are taking action – for the third time since 2011 – in pursuit of a claim for a wage of £11.15 an hour. Last year, Camden council received a £26m “surplus” from parking tickets, which helps fund transport projects read more
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Goldsmiths, University of London cleaners celebrate winning a return in house (28 Sept) – Workers were set to lose hours and pay, but campaigning has seen the employer move to bring the team back in house read more
NHS cleaners win pay parity battle at Basildon Hospital (25 Sept) – Outsourced staff were transferred back in house two years ago, but kept on minimum wage. Hospital cleaners in Basildon are celebrating after winning their battle for a pay rise with the help of UNISON. The low-paid domestic staff at Basildon University Hospital had been on the minimum wage after being transferred back into the NHS from private contractor OCS two years ago. But following pressure from UNISON, the cleaners have won a 3% pay rise, backdated to April, and they will all be put back on full NHS contracts in December. This will give the 300 staff the same pay as other directly employed hospital cleaners, as well as the same holiday, sick pay and unsocial hours payments as their co-workers at the hospital read more
Thousands of Glasgow council workers vote to strike over equal pay – A UNISON ballot of nearly 3,000 school learning support workers, school administration workers, early years nursery workers and other education staff has returned a 90% vote to take strike action over the council’s failure to reach agreement on a long standing equal pay dispute. In a second UNISON ballot of over 2,000 home carers, school cleaners, catering workers and other staff employed by Cordia 99% voted to strike. An incredible result. This follows a ballot last week by the GMB trade union of their members in Cordia which also returned a massive strike vote. Any strike action would hit schools, nurseries, home care, cleaning and catering services in the city read more
Strike fund donations to:
Sort code 60 83 01 A/c Number 20275789
Treasurer UNISON Glasgow City Branch
84 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQTel: 0141-552-7069
Bolton members vote to strike over pay equality – Industrial action vote follows offer of 2% – well below Agenda for Change agreement – for workers transferred to NHS subco. UNISON members at Royal Bolton Hospital have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action over pay. 94% voted to take strike action, with a turnout of 65, well above the legal threshold for industrial action. The staff, who work in roles including cleaning, catering and portering are employed by Bolton iFM – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the trust. Staff have voted for strike action because they are not being paid the nationally-agreed wage increase for NHS staff that is worth nearly £2,000 this year for the lowest-paid workers – an increase of more than 10%. Bolton iFM has offered only 2% read more
Love Our Colleges: march, rally and lobby for FE funding October 17th – Come and join us for national action in London on Wednesday 17 October. The day will include:
March for further education
March will depart 12.30pm from Waterloo Place, finishing at Parliament Square.
Join us from 1.30 – 2.30pm in Parliament Square to hear from a range of speakers about why we #loveourcolleges and want the government to invest more in further education.
Mass lobby of Parliament
Visit your MP in Parliament on the day and ask them to #loveourcolleges and support fair funding and better pay in further education. Please contact your MP as soon as possible in advance of the day to arrange a meeting – you may wish to talk to colleagues and students about arranging a group meeting on the day. You can contact your MP via https://www.writetothem.com/. Read more
Support the striking Birmingham home care workers – Please send messages of support and donations to Unison Birmingham branch, 46 The Priory Queensway Birmingham B4 7LR. Email [email protected] Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/birminghamunison/
Support the striking Birmingham home care workers – Please send messages of support and donations to Unison Birmingham branch, 46 The Priory Queensway Birmingham B4 7LR. Email [email protected] Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/birminghamunison/
Cladding announcement does not go far enough, says firefighters’ union (1 Oct) – The government’s announcement of a partial ban on the future use of some flammable cladding does not go far enough, according to the Fire Brigades Union read more
Manx postal workers pledge fightback against ‘horrific’ cutbacks (Oct 1) – “The day that we did right was the day we decided to fight,” was Terry Pullinger’s proud response to the decision by Manx postal workers to call an industrial action ballot in protest against management’s plans to slash pay, terms, conditions and service to the public. Isle of Man Post Office chiefs have shocked employees and residents across the island with their controversial plan to cut deliveries. Speaking after our Isle of Man Branch took the strike vote decision, our deputy general secretary (postal) accused the employer of “knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. “We are confronted with the greatest attack ever brought upon our IOM PO members,” Terry continued, explaining that the business was on the offensive on pensions, wage rates, allowances, sick pay, job security, and service delivery read more
Strikes on at Lewisham Southwark College as last-minute talks fail to resolve pay dispute (26 Sept) – UCU members at Lewisham Southwark College will took strike action on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September in a row over pay read more
Strike ballots over pay open in colleges and universities – UCU members in 147 colleges in England and 147 UK universities are being balloted for strike action in a row over pay. The ballots open on Thursday 30 August and close on Friday 19 October. The dispute in universities has arisen after the universities’ representatives, the Universities and Colleges’ Employers Association (UCEA, made a final offer of 2% at the final pay talks in May. UCU said the offer does nothing to address the falling value of higher education pay, which has declined in real terms by 21% since 2009 read more
UCU & UCAC
Strike ballots over pay to open in Welsh colleges (21 Sept) – Staff in Welsh further education colleges are being balloted for strike action as part of a row over pay. The dispute has arisen after Collegau Cymru rejected the joint trade unions’ pay claim for a rise of 7.5% or £1,500, instead making a final offer of 1%. The unions said that the employers’ offer would do nothing to address the falling value of staff pay in further education, and that above-inflation pay rises are needed to ensure colleges can continue to recruit and retain staff. UCU and UCAC will begin balloting members at 12 colleges this week. The ballot dates are as follows:
UCU: Monday 24 September – Friday 19 October
UCAC: Thursday 28 September – Friday 26 October read more
UCAC website: http://www.athrawon.com/index.php?lang=cy
‘A complete crisis’: 2,000 school leaders rally against cuts (28 Sept) – Headteachers gather in central London to protest against shrinking education budgets. The organisers of Friday’s march said the turnout was double what they were expecting. An estimated 2,000 headteachers and senior school leaders converged on Downing Street to deliver what organisers called an unprecedented protest at the damaging effects of shrinking budgets on their schools and colleges. After a rally at Parliament Square, the headteachers marched down Whitehall to hand in a letter to Philip Hammond, the chancellor, explaining that their school budgets were in danger after seven years of austerity read more on Guardian website
A national EIS demonstration in support of our pay claim will take place in Glasgow on Saturday October 27th – As a union, we need a maximum display of our strength on the day. All members are urged to attend this event to send a clear message to Scottish Government and COSLA: Value Education Value Teachers! Read more
Donate to the Picturehouse Cinema strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike
New film by Mike Leigh: ‘Peterloo’ opens nationwide Thursday November 8th https://www.peterloo.movie/
Blacklisting & Victimisation
Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)
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Sign the petition: Solidarity with striking Flormar Workers in Turkey!
SPOT, Solidarity with the People of Turkey is writing to ask for your support for the striking Flormar workers who have been unfairly dismissed from their posts for being members of the union Petrol-Is.
The struggle of Flormar workers from Gebze, who were unfairly dismissed from their posts for being members of the union Petrol-Is, has been on going since May 15. Workers within the resistance, which was launched on the steps of the factory, have said they will continue with the struggle to return to their roles as members of the union.
The workers have had their resistance heard all over the country, and yet the government still remains ignorant. Mainstream media platforms, all of which are under the control of Erdogan and the AKP, have turned their backs to the workers struggle.
The 127 workers, most of which are women, who have been sacked for organising within the cosmetics company, are struggling economically as they fight for their rights. SPOT has joined this campaign for this very reason, calling for international solidarity with the workers.
We are writing to all of our friends here in UK to ask for their support by signing our online petition and making a donation.
Please click here to sign the petition and indicate if you or your organisation/trade union can make a small donation.
SPOT, Solidarity with the People of Turkey
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Tel: 020 8885 0899
E-mail: [email protected]
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NUJ calls on Honduran authorities to protect journalist covering murder trial from online smears and threats read more on NUJ website
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