Two bits of inspiring workplace news: the organising drive among cinema workers in London has led to the Rio cinema in Dalston being successfully unionised, and the Sheffield IWW campaign against transphobic discrimination at Aviva has now ended with the fired worker being rehired on a better wage than they were before, an impressive win for a temp worker in today’s precarious economy:
In other bits of workplace news, construction workers in Teesside are continuing to raise concerns at the Wilton construction site in Redcar, with the latest news being that a worker has apparently been sacked for posting photographs of unsafe working conditions on site. Keep an eye on Teesside Construction Activists for further news on this case. Meanwhile, down in the South-West, Steve Barley, another construction worker active in the fight against blacklisting, has been sacked for refusing “optional” weekend work and other construction workers have been picketing the site he was employed on. Recycling workers in Sheffield are also fighting against the victimisation of two GMB shop stewards, and will be holding a rally next Sunday as part of their campaign.
On the housing front, down in London Lisa McKenzie’s been charged with a public order offence for carrying this poster at a Class War Poor Doors demo:
An urgent call-out has also gone out for support for Jennifer, an ex-Sweets Way resident threatened with homelessness by Barnet Council and Barnet Homes, and Guinness Trust tenants will be meeting on Tuesday morning to blockade the construction work that threatens their homes.
Finally, another reminder that the Welfare Action Gathering called by Boycott Workfare is coming up next Saturday. And if you’ve not seen it, the video of immigration cops being chased out of Peckham is very heartening. Whether it’s standing with our fellow workers to help get them their jobs back, blocking evictions or disrupting UKBA raids, our actions can still make a real difference, even when the overall situation is looking grim. I look forward to hearing and sharing more good news soon.