GMB are protesting about the poverty wages paid to their staff by Medirest, an outsourcing contractor at Watford General Hospital. The staff get only 10 pence more than the legal minimum wage, despite the parent company making over £1.4 billion operating profit in 2016 and are paid this same low rate for nights, weekends and even Christmas day
BA cabin crew have voted to strike against poverty pay. While British Airways CEO Willie Walsh earns £8.8 MILLION a year and BA have record profits of £1.4 BILLION, mixed fleet crew (who work both long and short haul flights) are expected to live on just £1,000 a month. 79.5% of the crew voted yes to strike action.
The Durham lions become the Durham lumiere to say Happy Xmas! The fight goes on though – although they forced the council into a massive climbdown with offers of talks and the suspension of the sacking and reengagement on new contracts, the council are still not offering anything concrete. If the negotiations don’t guarantee the preservation of current pay and conditions, the lions will roar again – at a moment’s notice.
The biggest Veterans for Peace contingent ever marches to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, wearing hoodies bearing the Harry Patch quote, “War is organised murder”, and carrying a banner saying “Never Again”.
Lisa Jones was an environmental and social justice activist. In 2010 she discovered that her partner of six years, Mark Stone, was actually undercover police officer Mark Kennedy.
She gathered evidence, confronted and exposed him. This began a slew of revelations that dragged the murky world of the political secret police into the light.
Eschewing media exposure, Jones was one of eight women who took legal action against the police and, after a gruelling four years in the courts, received an unprecedented apology late last year. Now she is coming forward to tell the story for herself.
Disabled People Against Cuts protest in Birmingham over the thousands of people killed by the Government through cuts, using direct action along the way to highlight the many accessibility problems disabled people face every day, and finishing the protest with an inspiring call to arms.
This film is an account of the system of blacklisting operated by the UK construction industry. It describes how the industry operated a secret blacklist to prevent workers who would make an issue of safety or poor employment practices getting employment. It also describes the evidence of state involvement in this practice and the struggle by construction workers for a degree of justice.
Around 4,000 crown post office workers, admin staff and supply chain staff in the CWU take strike action with UNITE managerial staff for the first time ever to fight the threat of privatisation, and to put forward the idea of a “people’s bank” as a positive future for Britain’s post offices. This will be a major battle – and CWU general secretary Dave Ward says he “will not discourage” members of the public from occupying post offices to save them from closure. More strikes and actions to follow.
40 years ago, Tom Robinson performed “Glad to be Gay” for the first time. Released on the “Rising Free” EP in Feb 1978, it was banned by the BBC at the time. Now, Tom goes to Downing Street with lots of friends to sing it to the homophobic Theresa May – installed as UK prime minister without a vote…