John McDonnell pledged full support from the Labour party to striking mixed fleet cabin crew, as a number of Labour MPs joined them in front of Parliament to demand a decent living wage from British Airways. Dennis Skinner in particular was given a big cheer by the striking crew when he called airports “the mines of the future” in terms of militancy and solidarity in the trade union movement. Please donate to the hardship fund (details at the end of the video) to help this epic strike land a significant blow against corporate greed.
Management at Ritzy cinema have SACKED three BECTU reps, and suspended another, in the long-running battle for a living wage at Picturehouse cinemas. Shadow chancellor John Mc Donnell was among the supporters on the picket line on July 1st, as he urged the entire labour movement to get behind the cinema workers. Picturehouse workers are calling on everyone to boycott ALL Picturehouse cinemas until their demands are met and all Ritzy reps are reinstated – which means don’t go and see films there, and don’t eat and drink in their cafes. The Human Rights film festival have already promised to move their festival to other cinemas if the dispute isn’t resolved – you can follow their example by going to watch films in cinemas that do pay their staff a living wage.
Cleaners at the LSE are striking for equality. The outsourced workers, members of the UVW,: have now taken seven days of strike action in support of their demand for the same sick pay, maternity and paternity pay and pensions as workers directy employed by LSE, making this the longest running cleaners dispute in the UK ever. Next protest: Monday June 19, Midday – 5pm.
Is this the beginnings of a rank and file movement that can take on the Tories? Activists and workers in struggle from all over the country respond to the call from the Durham teaching assistants to march with them as they continue to fight against 23% pay cuts imposed on them by a Labour Council – and then pack out the Durham miners hall to hear inspiring speeches from the TAs, calling for a united fight against education cuts and to kick out the rotten Labour councillors who voted for this shambles once and for all.
Don’t believe Deliveroo adverts – riders in Brighton are earning as little as £1.89 an hour, and working up to 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. A wildcat strike has already won a freeze on recruitment, as too many riders was part of the problem – now they want a living wage of £8.45 an hour after costs. Join them for a ride around Brighton’s most popular restaurants on Tuesday March 14, 3pm -4pm; meet at Jubilee Square. #RideWithUs for a living wage!
Teaching assistants in Derby have taken the very brave step of going on all out strike to try and get the Labour council to talk to them and come up with a sensible offer to end this dispute. Last Wednesday, leader of the council Ranjit Banwait walked out of a full council meeting rather than face angry parents and TAs – and the following day walked out early from an ACAS meeting with UNISON, to do prearranged media interviews condemning the negotiations! TAs are calling on teachers and heads to help them close the schools to sort out the mess Derby City Council have made as quickly as possible.
The Durham Lions were out in force again during half term, impatient at the lack of movement in negotiations over plans to cut their pay by 23%. Now they have called a solidarity march and rally for Saturday March 25 and are asking for your support – not only to step up their own fight, but to link up workers from all over the country who are facing attacks. They send their solidarity to you and ask you to stand in solidarity with them – together, we can all make a difference.
Fed up with the lack of coverage of their strike by the mainstream media, striking BA Mixed Fleet cabin crew protest at the BBC and ITV studios – finishing off at ACAS, where BA managment have been notcieably absent.
Mixed fleet cabin crew at British Airways are having to use money donated to their hardship fund to open a food bank, as their battle against poverty pay escalates to 8 days strike in 9 days. BA are offering a paltry 2% pay rise on their basic salary of £12,000 a year – and are so incompetent they can’t even agree amongst themselves whether they’re willing to negotiate or not. The crew’s determination to win a living wage can win them a famous victory, but they need your help to carry on. Please donate to their hardship fund: account name – Mixed Fleet Branch, account no 20376387, sort code 608301, ref MFU.
Around 200 British Airways cabin crew descended on Parliament for a meeting with MPs during their third strike over poverty pay. Shocked MPs called their £12K basic salary and horrendous conditions “a national scandal”, and branded CEO Willie Walsh’s salary of £8.8 million a year “obscene” and “immoral”. The entire shadow cabinet are now backing the crew, with promises to push for a select committee hearing to bring British Airways to account.