Ubereats wildcat continues and spreads to Plymouth: workplace round-up for mid-September

An attempt at a slightly fuller round-up of recent and ongoing struggles, mainly workplace-focused:

Notes from Below have published a more indepth write-up of the Ubereats wildcat, and the latest news is that the strike seems to have spread to Plymouth. They also have a report from the recent Ubereats strike in Glasgow.

In more mainstream union news, the RMT’s “keep the guard on the train” dispute will see further strikes on Northern Rail every Saturday until at least October 20th, and a 48-hour strike on South-Western on the 5th and 6th. They’re also calling for a day of action in London on October 3rd against ticket office closures, along with a strike on Eurostar over dangerous working conditions on September 30th/October 1st, and strike action over various issues on the Piccadilly line at the end of September.

NHS staff in York will be striking against an outsourcing plan on the 27th-29th September, while Kent NHS workers will be doing much the same through the week of the 24th-28th. Meanwhile, in Bolton, outsourced NHS staff have voted for strike action after being told that they won’t be included in the new NHS pay deal.

Up in Scotland, over 5000 workers employed by Glasgow council are set to strike over pay, although a date doesn’t seem to have been announced yet. Staff at Ladywater primary school in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, are in the middle of strike action over threats to make nine dinner ladies redundant, and have made a video about the dispute:

As previously mentioned, Kirklees bin workers have threatened all-out strike action in October in response to management bullying, but the council are insisting the strike would be illegal, so that situation remains up in the air for now.

Co-ordinated strike action between the organising efforts at McDonald’s, Wetherspoons and TGI Fridays remains set for October 4th, along with a joint rally in London on the day, and Wetherspoons have already responded by bringing a pay rise forward by six months. As one Wetherspoons worker put it, “If this is how they respond to two pubs just threatening to take action, imagine what we can achieve when we all come together in a union across the country. By taking action together, JD Wetherspoons could no longer ignore the issues of low pay and night rates.”

In more grassroots/radical union news, Manchester SolFed have officially concluded their dispute with a lettings company after four tenants were paid compensation for their poorly maintained accommodation. The United Voices of the World have been busy as ever, with court/tribunal victories for two cleaners who were sacked for their organising at Topshop and workers who were victimised for their role in the wildcat at the Orion recycling plant this summer. Coming up, they’re inviting everyone to a housewarming party at their new Kentish Town offices on Saturday October 6th, as well as running a discussion of antifascism and trade unionism on October 2nd.

In Northern anti-fascist news, Leeds AFN seem to be taking the bold step of running two fundraisers in one night, a 90s dance party at the 1 in 12 in Bradford and another in Leeds on Saturday 6th. The Saturday after will see a mass demo against the DFLA in London, and then the weekend after that is the Not the Anarchist Bookfair festival. And then there’s the IWGB-organised “rise of the precarious workers” demo on October 30th to close out the month.

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