It’s been a long time since I’ve got around to doing a news round-up, so there’s a lot to catch up on. Here’s an update specifically about ongoing workplace disputes:
Cleaners organising through the United Voices of the World union are currently threatening to take strike action in order to win the London Living Wage at Kensington and Chelsea Council, the Ministry of Justice, and HCA Healthcare. They’ll be holding a fundraiser night in London on Saturday 30th of June.
The CAIWU, another grassroots cleaners’ union, is still in dispute at over the London Living Wage for cleaners at Thomas Cook, and so will be holding weekly protests at Thomas Cook headquarters every Thursday afternoon until the demand is met. They’re also currently fighting for the reinstatement of one of their members who was sacked at Bloomberg, and are asking people to email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that Edison be given his job back.
The IWGB are asking people to join them on July 10th to highlight the University of London’s hypocrisy in hosting a high-profile discussion on “Breaking the Silence: Women, Leadership, and #MeToo” while the low-paid migrant women workers who clean its buildings are treated as second-class citizens and not given terms and conditions equal to those who are directly employed. They’re also currently asking for people to help fund a legal challenge in their ongoing legal battle for Deliveroo workers’ rights.
Two of the workers involved in the McDonald’s strike at the start of May have now been sacked, although it’s frustratingly difficult to find reliable news about the situation anywhere other than a brief mention at around 6:10 in this news video.
Rank-and-file Unite members have also been raising the issue of union officials having colluded with the construction blacklist, saying that it’s “well past time that the inquiry into officer collusion got some more impetus, actively seeking evidence from the members involved, and explaining to members what the process will be.”
The RMT Keep the Guard on the Train dispute continues, with a number of strikes happening over the past week or so, and a protest scheduled for the morning of Monday 25th outside the Regional Transport Summit in Deansgate, Manchester, along with another one happening in Edinburgh to mark the East Coast Main Line changing hands.
Care workers in Bath are in dispute over management inserting an unpaid break into their shifts, essentially a pay cut in real terms. They took a day’s strike action at the start of June and have been staging two-hour actions every other day since then.
In Wigan, workers currently employed by the NHS are fighting against attempts to outsource their jobs. They’re asking for supporters to join them on Wednesday 27th, when the board of the local NHS trust will be discussing the privatisation plans, and will then be striking from the 28th through to Monday 3rd July.
Looking ahead into July, European Amazon workers are calling for a Europe-wide strike in the second week of the month, and Hackney traffic wardens at set to strike from Monday July 9th-Saturday 14th over a pay claim and unfair and discriminatory working practices.