This week saw an impressive victory for organised workers, as the “LSE 3” – three cleaners who were sacked at the London School of Economics – have been reinstated following a campaign by the United Voices of the World union. It’s apparently the first time that their employer, Noonan, has ever overturned this kind of a decision.
The UVW have certainly been keeping themselves busy lately, with a very impressive list of activities in the first few months of this year, including holding a vigil for a worker who passed away from a heart attack that seems to have been caused by workplace bullying and stress.
Not content to rest on their laurels, they’re now launching an ambitious attempt to organise Topshop, and are asking people to turn up at the Oxford Street Topshop on March 12th to support their demand for the London Living Wage.
Other events coming up in the next few weeks include court solidarity for the 13 climate activists facing prison for occupying Heathrow on Wednesday the 24th at Willesden Magistrates Court, a demo called by tenants’ groups in Hackney against the way landlords discriminate against claimants on Saturday 27th, and an anti-fascist callout in Manchester against the North-West Infidels that same day. Further ahead, early March will see the protest against Islington Council’s plans to bring the jobcentre into the NHS on the 4th, and Unite are claiming they’ll be having a national day of action against benefits sanctions on the 9th, although they’re still being very vague about what that will actually involve.
Finally, I can’t think of anything interesting to say about it right now, but this article from Vice was a really good summary of what’s been happening with the ongoing blacklisting court case recently.