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:
“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.”
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:
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.