A quick update on a few ongoing workplace disputes:
On Friday 1st June, the IWGB will be hosting a “DeliveRAVE” party to raise funds to cover the legal costs of an ongoing tribunal appeal for Deliveroo workers. IWGB members at the University of London are still set to strike on the 6th demanding an end to outsourcing and equal terms and conditions with other UoL employees. The University has begun to promise concessions, but workers are sensibly refusing to call off their action until they’ve seen actual improvements.
The Kirklees bin workers who were set to strike against bullying management in early June have now called their action off after the council promised an inquiry to investigate the issue, and claimed that “a specific issue” will be resolved.
The Notes From Below project have an audio report up from the TGI Fridays picket lines. It’s not currently clear what action is planned for Friday June 1st, but an article from mid-May claimed that as many as six stores across London, Milton Keynes, Manchester/Trafford and Gateshead could be striking then.
Cleaners’ union CAIWU are currently pledging to hold weekly protests every Friday afternoon demanding a wage rise at Thomas Cook and an end to racism and bullying at the Museum of London, saying “Join us from 4.30 outside Thomas Cook, 200 Aldersgate, and then outside the Museum of London from 5.” Fellow grassroots cleaners’ union the United Voices of the World are celebrating a quick victory at the Bank of New York Mellon, writing that:
“Well, the threat worked. Last night the bank’s cleaning manager announced to all the cleaners that as of next month they will all receive £10.20 per hour equating to an extra £4,000 per year per worker!
This victory was achieved within just 30 hours. To be precise it was the 23rd May at 5.17pm that we submitted our formal claim for the living wage putting the company on notice that if they did not commit to paying it within 7 days, and implementing it within the month, that we would ballot the cleaners for an all-out strike. The cleaners, who work the night shift at the bank, were told at 11.30pm on 24th May that as of next month they will all receive £10.20 per hour.
This victory was achieved is record time for UVW, breaking our previous record which was achieved at Withers Law firm in Fleet Street where within 96 hours the company capitulated to our demand to pay their cleaners the London Living Wage who were formerly on the minimum wage, and backdate it too.
This is yet another example of the so-called ‘unorganisable’ and ‘invisible’ workers getting organised, fighting for dignity and respect and winning!
If they can do it, then so can you!”
The UVW will also be making a presentation as part of a Plan C-organised discussion on “Migration and Capitalism” at the Antiuniversity on June 12th. The Antiuniversity as a whole will be running from June 9-15th.