Solidarity wildcat on Merseyrail, Deliveroo update, and upcoming events

In case you missed it, the huge railway strike yesterday saw a great bit of solidarity on Merseyrail, as drivers affiliated to ASLEF – who weren’t officially striking – refused to cross the picket lines of their coworkers who were.

There’s a great video of the head of Merseyrail apologising for his workforce’s refusal to scab:

The Plan C website has an update on the Leeds Deliveroo struggle, including this latest statement from the riders involved:

“Friday was a great display of solidarity, with riders from Deliveroo and fellow members of the labour movement out in equally impressive numbers.

Several of the Leeds 7 received significant increases in hours after the protest on Friday night – we are hopeful the second of the terminated riders will have their contract reinstated by Monday.

This has proved to us that with continued pressure on the company, and solidarity from all those opposed to exploitative and precarious working conditions, we can win this fight.

This is a feeling spreading amongst the Deliveroo fleet in Leeds – a great number of Deliveroo workers asked for membership forms on Friday night, and even more spoke of their surprise and pleasure at the events success.

We are growing and we are winning.”

They (Plan C, not Leeds IWW Deliveroo workers) also have a collection of a few reports from the women’s strike on the 8th.

Looking ahead, the 15th and 16th will see outsourced cleaners organised through the UVW striking for equal conditions at the London School of Economics, and it looks like they’ve got two days of very busy picketlines planned:

You can also donate to their strike funds here.

And as a reminder of a few more upcoming events:

Monday 20th is the next planned date when Equality Commission staff will be striking for the reinstatement of their sacked colleagues, with offices in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow expected to take part. On Saturday 25th, Leeds Hands Off Our Homes will be hosting a regional housing summit, County Durham Teaching Assistants are calling on people to join them for a day of solidarity with their dispute, and the evening will also see an Orgreave justice fundraiser at the South Kirkby Miners’ Welfare Club.

Further ahead, the 30th will be a day of action against benefit sanctions, with events now planned for central London, Kilburn, Barnet, Luton, Cambridge, Sheffield, Leeds, Middlesborough, Truro, Bridgwater, Bristol, Rhyl, Dumferline and Portadown.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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2 Responses to Solidarity wildcat on Merseyrail, Deliveroo update, and upcoming events

  1. Reblogged this on Wessex Solidarity and commented:
    Imagine! Bosses actually base their contingency plan on unionised workers crossing a picket line, so now they think you’re all scabs. Whether you’re in a union or not, there’s no excuse. Thank you for not scabbing.

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