A few recent wins in the class struggle:
Up North, Newcastle SolFed are reporting that they’ve won a substantial wage theft campaign against a call centre in Newcastle, and promise a fuller report coming soon. Down in London, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain’s organising campaign against couriers is paying off, as Gophr has just become the first courier company to sign their charter promising to pay the London Living Wage (the real one, not George Osborne’s made-up one), plus reasonable costs like bike maintenance. The IWGB are also going to start running free weekly legal advice clinics on Thursday afternoons. London Industrial Workers of the World and the Angry Language Brigade are also reporting a limited victory over dodgy wage-stealing boss Craig Tallents – in the end, they had to go down the legal route and so only got the legal minimum and not everything they were hoping for, but it’s still a win of some kind.
Meanwhile, the long-running battle for justice against blacklisting firms has also made an important win in the courts this week, as the companies involved admitting to defaming the blacklisted workers. The Blacklist Support Group aren’t just leaving things to the courts though, as they’ve also been keeping up the pressure on the building sites with another protest against Carillion at Royal Liverpool Hospital. Blacklisted workers have also been granted core participant status in the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover coppers, which looks like a fascinating case to keep an eye on – who knows what murky state secrets might end up getting dragged into the light?
Finally, another reminder that Tony Cox is in court this week, so if you can make it to Forfar Sheriff’s court on the 13th, that’d be welcome, or if not there’s things happening at jobcentres in Edinburgh, Doncaster, Liverpool, London and Nottingham on the 12th.