Updates on blacklisting action and cleaners’ disputes

Almost certainly too late to be of any use to anyone, but Unite have finally got around to confirming full details of the blacklisting day of action:

09:00 – Skanska office, Goswell Road, Barbican, London, EC1A 4JY
12:00 – Westminster lobby of parliament and rally

9:30 – Meet at Unite Edinburgh Office
10:00 – Protest at St James Centre
12:00 – Lobby the Scottish Parliament

08:00 – 10:00 City Square, Leeds, LS1 2, United Kingdom

10am – Balfour Beatty, Sussex University, Brighton, BN1 9RH

12.00 – McAlpine site Exchange Square, Urban Village Site, Gate 4, Dale End, B4 7LN

17:00 – McAlpine site, Durham city centre (Milburngate shopping centre).

It’s hard to say what Unite’s playing at leaving it this late to confirm full details, and whether its reluctance on this matter might have anything to do with the history of blacklisted workers raising uncomfortable questions about union collusion… anyway, in case you live in one of those places and see this in time, please try to make it down.

Grassroots union the United Voices of the World also have a few updates.

First off, Ministry of Justice cleaners have just organised their workplace and declared their intention to take strike action:

On a slightly more legalistic, but still very important note, Daniel, a cleaner at the LSE who was subjected to homophobic bullying, is trying to raise enough money to get decent representation when he goes to an employment tribunal in January – the bosses have deep pockets, so a low-paid worker like Daniel could use some help trying to get a vaguely level playing field here.

On Thursday night, there’s a free/optional donation event of films and discussion about organising in precarious workplaces, with someone from the IWGB, two cleaners who’ve been involved in UVW organising campaigns, and that bloke who’s now an academic but worked in call centres for a while. In their words:

“We have a diverse panel including a union organiser, a striking worker, an academic and more. We will be showing two 40 minute films, Limpiadores, and Until Victory, that both take a unique look at worker struggles for fair rights, pay, and treatment. The night will resonate with the daily lived experiences of workers across London, in addition to the current labour movements fighting for better conditions at Deliveroo and Uber. We look forward to welcoming you to a night of film about success, positivity, and change in a working world that seems to have the odds perpetually stacked against us.”

You can reserve a place here.

On Friday, cleaners who’ve organised through the grassroots union CAIWU will be striking at 200 Aldersgate, in the heart of London’s financial district, so please help support their picket lines if you can make it down there.


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