NSSN 351: Support McDonalds’ workers as they ballot for strikes

August 9, 2017 in Bulletins

 

NSSN TUC Congress Rally in Brighton: ‘Fight together to scrap the 1% pay cap and get the Tories out!’ – 1pm Sunday September 10th in the Arundel Suite in the Holiday Inn, 137 King’s Rd BN1 2JF.

Confirmed speakers: Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President, Amy Murphy USDAW Southern Division NEC member and Len Hockey Secretary Unite Barts NHS Trust branch – currently on strike. Chaired by Janice Godrich PCS National President – all welcome!  We will also be giving a platform to speakers from other current disputes to build solidarity Facebook event    From NSSN website

 

NSSN 351: Support McDonalds’ workers as they ballot for strikes

John McDonnell on May 2014 global fast food rights day of action

John McDonnell on May 2014 global fast food rights day of action

Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) press release from July 31st:-

UK McDonald’s workers are set to strike over the company’s failure to deal with grievances related to drastic cuts to employee hours and bullying in the workplace – viewed by some as a punishment for joining a union.

Alongside this, workers are dissatisfied with McDonald’s for failing to deliver on the contracts they have been promised which were set to end the use of zero-hour terms. Attempting to live on low wages, with no guaranteed hours, has meant that some employees have found themselves unable to meet their rent payments and out of their homes as a result.

Many workers have said they feel they have no alternative but to take action due to this unfair treatment, and in line with their basic workplace rights and company procedures.

The BFAWU have notified McDonald’s that 40 workers at 2 stores will be balloted, with a view to authorising a strike later this year.

The UK McDonald’s strike is part of a growing global movement advocating for the fair and decent treatment of workers.

On July 28th, the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), notified McDonald’s of the BFAWU’s decision to ballot 40 McDonald’s employees at two stores near London. The ballot – if successful – will authorise a strike amongst the workers.

Workers will also be calling for a fair wage of £10 per hour, and the recognition of their right to form a trade union as employees of the company. Although McDonald’s are one of the UK’s largest employers, and most recognizable global corporations, employees are subjected to insecure, deliberately difficult, conditions – working full-time for low-wage salaries.

The strike forms part of a growing global workers movement fighting for fairness. In the USA, McDonald’s have come under significant pressure as part of the “Fight for $15” campaign – supported by the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU). More than 10 million workers in the USA find themselves currently on the path to $15 an hour as a result of the efforts of the campaign.

McDonald’s workers in the UK are now fighting to achieve the same impressive results as their transatlantic colleagues, starting with a fair, £10 an hour, wage and the right to form a trade union.

Tom Holliday, a McDonald’s worker at the Cambridge store said: “McDonald’s is a multinational corporation with unacceptable working conditions. We are asking to be treated with dignity and to be paid a decent wage, and for our right to form a union to be recognized by our employer. McDonald’s must consider reinvesting its huge amount of net profits back into its work force. We believe it is our right to ask for a fair treatment for the hard work we perform.”

Shen Batmaz, a McDonald’s worker at the Crayford store said: “In spite of being a global giant and a household name, the conditions McDonald’s workers are subjected to across the world are simply not up to scratch. This strike in the UK is part of a global movement advocating for fair salaries and decent working conditions. McDonald’s should listen to all its employees around the world, and take immediate action.”   Donate to the strike fund

Fast Food Rights national day of action for £10 an hour and union rights: 4 September: Get behind fast food workers on global day of action! Read more from the website of the Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice campaign that has been launched by the BFAWU, which the NSSN is affiliated to

Follow the websites of BFAWU www.bfawu.org and Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice www.fastfoodrights.wordpress.com

 

 

Fight NHS Cuts in Mansfield! Round 1 to #We Are All Chatsworth

The campaign to save Chatsworth Rehabilitation Unit at Mansfield Community Hospital has got off to a flying start!

Ward staff, patients, former patients and their families, supported by many throughout the area, formed a campaign committee at last weeks’ meeting. The first committee meeting was held today, attended by 20 people.

Already the campaign has had TV, radio and press coverage. Over 1000 have signed an online petition and hundreds more have queued to sign petitions at campaign stalls on Westgate. More than 1000 have shared posts on Facebook, with messages of solidarity coming from local people, campaigners and trade unionists around the country and even three socialist members of the Irish Parliament.

Now, say the campaign committee, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust Chief Executive has blinked first. An email from Mansfield MP Ben Bradley to a nurse reports that the Chief Executive told him the ward would not close until January, when the original date had been November. He was also told by the Chief Executive that there is a consultation on the ward closure, when it had previously been presented to the staff as inevitable.

“We know these are only small concessions,” said campaign spokesperson Jon Dale. “But the Trust have retreated from their initial position of closure in November without consultation. We are now going to build much wider support for the campaign throughout Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark to get the closure stopped.

“The Trust’s claims that only 2-4 patients a month need the service are false. Their claim that they can’t recruit specialist staff is because of their own actions in only offering six-month contracts. Their claim that the need for this service is falling is ludicrous – don’t local people get MS, Parkinsons, brain injuries and similar long-term conditions anymore? We challenge the Chief Executive to debate these claims with us in public.”

Further info:  Jon Dale  0777 920 5101

 

 

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Union News

 

Britain still needs a pay rise – TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally

Date:  Tuesday 17 October

Time:  4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby)

Venue: Parliament Square   https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants

 

RMT

August 15th “Cut Fares, Not Staff” campaigning day of action – the RMT will be using the day to highlight that while train companies make big profits on the back of fare rises, members working in the sector are facing unprecedented attacks from employers – ranging from cuts to infrastructure work, the spread of driver only operation, ticket office closures and de-staffing of stations. We will also press our case for public ownership and to contrast our vision for a network run in the interest of everyone, with the current system under which privateers profit from big fares rises and by threatening members’ jobs. Read more and see full list of stations here

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RMT fights to save Newport Babcock Rail Depot (8 Aug) – RAIL UNION RMT welcomes news that following pressure from the union Babcock has now agreed to meet Welsh Government ministers to look at “all sensible and appropriate alternatives” in the wake of their recent announcement of the proposed closure of their Newport Rail depot, which is currently putting 31 jobs at risk in Wales. The news comes after a recent tri-partite meeting with RMT and Network Rail and pressure from Welsh Assembly Members read more

RMT negotiations with Southern Rail stall as union proposes round table talks with all parties to break deadlock (7 Aug) – Talks between officials from rail union RMT and the parent company of Southern Rail have stalled this afternoon, leading to a call from RMT General Secretary Mick Cash for round table discussions involving all parties with a direct interest in a solution to the long-running guards’ and drivers’ disputes read more

RMT demands that First Minister call immediate halt to £5 billion Welsh rail privatisation plan (4 Aug) – Rail union RMT confirmed today that it has written to Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones demanding that he call an immediate halt to plans that would unleash a ‎£5 billion privatisation of Welsh railways read more

RMT to ballot Stagecoach South West bus staff for action over pay (1 Aug) – BUS UNION RMT said today that it is to ballot Stagecoach bus staff across a large area of their South West operations for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay. RMT members are angry that the company has tabled a pay and conditions package that doesn’t even keep pace with the Retail Price Index and which would condemn a key group of transport staff who are already on low pay levels to a de facto pay cut. As a result, RMT has confirmed to the company that we are now in dispute and that preparations for a ballot are now under way. The ballot will cover over 750 bus drivers, cleaners and engineering grades at the Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple garages read more

RMT members to take further strike action at Arriva Traincare over pay – RMT members are instructed to take 24 hours of strike action by NOT booking on for any turns of duty between 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Friday 18th August 2017. Furthermore, members are also instructed to take industrial action in form of refusing to work on a rest day and refusing to work any overtime between the following times/dates 00:01 hours on Wednesday 9th August 2017 until 23:59 hours on Thursday 17th August 2017 read more

 

Unite

Threat of dirty Donny rises as Suez crisis deepens (9 Aug) – Unite has warned that Doncaster residents are facing sustained periods without rubbish collections, as a dispute with private contractor Suez over pay and job losses deepens. The dispute involves the recycling and recovery contract that Suez manages on behalf of Doncaster council. Workers have recorded a 89 per cent vote in favour of strike action after Suez made a 2 pay cent pay offer, conditional on the removal of guaranteed overtime, which would result in most workers not receiving an increase in pay. Unite has announced an initial strike beginning on Wednesday 23 August until Sunday 27 August. A further action will then begin on Saturday 2 September finishing on Wednesday 6 September. The Suez dispute has further deepened as the company has also announced that it is looking to effectively halve the 250 strong workforce by October and is intent on making over hundred workers redundant. Unite is currently preparing to launch a separate industrial action ballot over the job cuts read more

Three London strikes coordinate demonstrations against low pay (3 Aug) – Unite members at Barts NHS Trust, the Bank of England and British Airways cabin crew go on the march read more

Support the Mixed Fleet cabin crew: Unite calls on British Airways to hammer out a deal to avoid more August strikes (3 Aug) – A strike by British Airways’ mixed fleet cabin crew will stretch to the end of August unless the airline hammers out an agreement in the long running dispute over pay and the sanctioning of striking workers, Unite warned today (Thursday 3 August). The warning came as Unite members working for British Airways mixed fleet announced a further two weeks of strike action from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 30 August, including the August bank holiday. Today sees the 58th strike day by mixed fleet cabin crew. Unless a deal can be hammered out, it will mean the cabin crew will have been on strike for the whole of July and August forcing British Airways to spend millions on ‘wet leasing’ aircraft to cover the striking cabin crew. The news of further strikes follows what Unite described as a half-hearted offer by British Airways to reinstate travel concessions for workers who took strike action. Unite is pursuing legal action on behalf of mixed fleet cabin crew who have been sanctioned for taking strike action in the long-running dispute. Sanctions have included the removal of bonuses worth hundreds of pounds in addition to travel concessions read more. Donate to hardship fund – account name: Mixed Fleet Branch, sort code: 60-83-01 account number: 20376387 ref: MFU or make cheques out to Mixed Fleet Branch and post along with messages of support to: Unite the Union, 99 New Road, Harlington UB3 5BQ. Send messages of protest to BA CEO Alex Cruz alex.cruz@ba.com. Follow @MFUnite on twitter

Support Barts NHS Trust strike – workers finished the latest 14-day strike on Tuesday before talks with Serco. Should there be no resolution, strikes will resume on Friday August 18thsend messages of support and request strikers to speak at your meeting to the Unite branch secretary Len Hockey – Len.hockey@unitetheunion.org. Sign the online petition – www.change.org/p/pay-up-serco. Send messages of protest to Serco – generalenquiries@serco.com Donate to ‘Branch LE/7384L’   sort code 60-83-01   account number 20344885 – make cheques out to ‘Branch LE/7384L’ and post to Barts NHS Strike Fund, Unite the Union, 33-37 Moreland St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8BB

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Support the Birmingham binworkers – Bin workers employed by Birmingham City Council have been taking industrial action since 30 June in protest at 113 job loss, the deletion of an entire (and safety critical) member of the bin wagon crew and inviting some existing workers to reapply for their jobs with a pay cut of up to £4,000 a year. The council have been organising scabbing by bringing in private contractors and have failed to investigate a community group for organising refuse collections without a license or the appropriate health and safety clearance. They have also lied to the public by saying that all displaced workers will have the option of alternative employment. There are not 113 alternative jobs available and for those jobs that are available bin workers will be in competition with other displaced council workers! Many of these jobs have different skill sets and workers may well either leave because they can’t get on with their new job or be sacked on performance grounds. That way the council won’t have to pay redundancy pay. The council have refused to discuss any suggestions for saving money and improving efficiency suggested by the union and apparently have a blank cheque for strike breaking but not for salaries points to a policy of smashing term and conditions possibly in preparation for privatisation.  The council will save £322,000 a year by axing these jobs yet at the end of the 2015-16 financial year had £895.7 million of usable reserves! This could be a lengthy dispute and these workers need your support. Please move a motion of support in your union branch. Please send messages of support to Howard.Beckett@unitetheunion.org Donations can be sent to Unite the Union 9-17 Victoria Street West Bromwich West Midlands B70 8HX

Birmingham bins NSSN

Unite Scotland joins forces with campaign groups and Fringe workers to launch #FairFringe campaign (7 Aug) – On the week that has seen the start of the Edinburgh International Festival, an alliance of fringe workers, Edinburgh-based campaign groups, Unite Hospitality and Better than Zero have launched Fair Fringe. The aim of the campaign is to improve the wages and working conditions of staff working at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fair Fringe will use an open letter signed by performers and politicians as well as a public petition to put pressure on the Fringe’s biggest employers to sign-up to the ‘Fair Hospitality charter’ which demands the real living wage and an end to zero hours contracts and unpaid trial shifts read more read more

Widespread disruption predicted at Eggborough power station as scaffolders announce strikes (3 Aug) – Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is warning that widespread disruption is anticipated at Eggborough power station in Goole, if strikes by scaffolders go ahead. The scaffolders who are employed by Cape Industrial Services have recorded a 100 per cent yes vote in favour of industrial action. The first 48 hour strike will begin at 00:01 on Thursday 17 August, there will then be a further 48 hour strike starting on Monday 21 August. The workers will then begin continuous strike action from Tuesday 29 August. An overtime ban will also begin from Wednesday 16 August. The dispute concerns payments under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry the (NAECI agreement). The scaffolders are striking as they are only receiving category 4 payments of £15.12 an hour read more

Argos customers face disruption, as workers gear up to strike in redundancy payments row (2 Aug) – UK catalogue retailer Argos faces three weeks of strikes across its distribution network in a dispute over the failure of the company to negotiate a national agreement covering redundancy and severance packages. Unite which represents the 1,100 workers affected, warned that deliveries to customers will be severely hit, once the strikes by the warehouse staff begin early in the morning of Tuesday 15 August and ending early in the morning of Tuesday 5 September. The four sites at Basildon in Essex, Bridgwater in Somerset, Castleford (West Yorkshire) and Heywood (Greater Manchester), covered by the employer/union national forum, will be joined by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent who wish to be covered by the forum read more

Sheffield: Steel workers at Rom Ltd strike for a pay rise (1 Aug) – No pay rise for ten years! That’s why 18 steel fabricators in Sheffield are on strike for a rise. They are members of Community union and work for Rom Ltd, one of many companies owned by Spanish steel multinational Celsa. They started a two week strike on Tuesday 25 July, and have a picket rota covering two gates from 6am to 6pm. There’s only agency staff working and they don’t know what they are doing without the contracted workers read more

All London Bus Driver Demo (Driven to Distraction) – 9.30am Thursday 14th September City Hall The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2 Facebook event  The London Assembly report tells us that bus drivers are working under enormous stress, having short breaks, lacking in toilet facilities, suffering enforced overtime causing major fatigue to drivers. Unite says that this is not acceptable and that TfL must implement the recommendations made in the Driven to Distraction report. Unite London Bus Drivers will present the Mayor with our own Bill of Rights to demand that he intervenes to ensure Bus Drivers are treated with respect. TfL have until October 2017 to implement those recommendations and we will be watching very closely to ensure they do

Bridgend Ford workers ballot over sourcing announcement read more

Support Mears Manchester housing workers on all out strike action read more

 

PCS

Save Whitley Bay Job Centre! PCS members at Whitley Bay have voted for strike action as part of the campaign to save this vital service – (100% Yes vote on 100% turnout). Join PCS for a rally on Saturday 12 August. Meet 11.00 am outside Greggs on Whitley Road. Rally outside the Jobcentre at 12.00 mid-day before the strike on August 16-17 read more    Sign the online petition

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Court quashes redundancy scheme cuts (4 Aug) – The full extent of our victory in the High Court over the government’s cuts to civil service redundancy pay (civil service compensation scheme) is now clear; the Court has quashed the cuts to the scheme, refused the government a right to appeal and made a full costs award against the government. On 18 July we won a judicial review at the High Court, ruling that the government failed to consult our union with a view to reaching agreement as required by law. This stunning and comprehensive victory means that the more generous 2010 civil service compensation scheme (CSCS) has been reinstated, and will apply to those who have left on redundancy since the new terms were imposed read more

 

GMB

GMB To Ballot 3,000 Sellafield Members For Strike Action (Aug 8) – With Sellafield refusing to meet us, GMB has little alternative than to ask our members if they wish to take strike action to achieve a fair pay offer says GMB. GMB, the union for nuclear workers, is balloting 3,000 members at the Sellafield site in Cumbria for strike action after the company ignored repeated requests for further talks and said instead it would impose a below-inflation pay offer. The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14th August 2017 and will close on Monday, 4th September 2017. The Unite union is also balloting its 2,000 members at Sellafield read more

Unions warn further Teesside protests expected in ‘pay the rate’ dispute (3 Aug) – Construction unions (GMB and Unite) have warned that further protests are likely in a dispute over companies failing to pay industry rates and employ local workers on the £175 million energy from waste project in Port Clarence, Teesside. Disgruntled, skilled local workers held a protest outside the site on Monday (31 July). All the companies on the site have failed to adhere to the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (the NAECI agreement) and some of the sub-contractors have explicitly failed to recruit local labour read more read more

 

FBU

Video: Pay offer is ‘inadequate in its current form’ (1 Aug) – After a consultation with members, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said a pay offer from the national employers is ‘inadequate in its current form.’ The national employers offered a 2% increase if the discussions around the work trials continued. A 3% increase would follow (and increases for 2018, 2019 and 2020) but only on the basis that an agreement was concluded on the work trials. There was no guarantee where the funding for the pay increase would come from – particularly problematic given central funding to the service has been cut hugely. In a new video update Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, says a wide range of views were expressed from members but the unknown aspects of the offer were a big concern watch video here

 

Unison

Higher education: UNISON wins SOAS commitment to end outsourcing (7 Aug) – UNISON has won a major victory at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, with an agreement to end the outsourcing of core support services by September 2018 and bring more than 120 staff back in house. The announcement by the university follows and expands on an agreement reached with UNISON last year after talks at Acas, where the employer had agreed to bring all cleaning services back in house by September 2019. But more talks between the university and UNISON earlier this year have seen employer has widened the plan to include all core support services. This covers staff employed in a range of roles, including cleaning, catering, conferences and events, security, the post room and the help desk and reception teams read more

Strike continues over Bron Afon housing association pay dispute (Aug 3) – Housing association workers were on strike again today after rejecting what they called an “unacceptable” one-off payment from their employer…Cheryl Morgan, the branch secretary of Torfaen Unison, said workers needed a salary rise, not a one-off payment. “We’ve decided to take industrial action to support our members,” she added. “We’re finding it very frustrating. We are looking to enter further talks and I hope it gets resolved. If it doesn’t we’ll be back out next Thursday (August 10) read more from South Wales Argus

How UNISON won the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment law read more

Durham Teaching assistants reject council’s offer to settle dispute –Durham County Council had voted to put a new proposal to Teaching Assistants. They say it was an improved offer and will see 78% of Teaching Assistants not losing money. However, the County Durham Teaching Assistants’ Activist Committee had serious concerns about the proposal for the following reasons: 22% of TAs are still facing a pay loss. They might have their pay protected for 2 years but they have already had 21 months of extreme stress not knowing if they can keep their homes or their jobs read more  https://www.facebook.com/TAsDurhamValueUs/

Support the Kinsley School cleaners in Wakefield on indefinite strike since September 6th – Facebook Group. Donate to strike fund – send to Wakefield Unison, 18 Gills Yard, Wakefield WF1 3BZ

 

CWU

Video update from DGSP Terry Pullinger on the Four Pillars of Security Campaign! Watch here   Unite calls on Royal Mail to explain ‘complex’ pension proposals

 

RCN

RCN national #ScrapTheCap Pay Rally – 12.30pm Wednesday 6th September Central London read more    Facebook event

Join the ‘Scrap the cap’ pay protests https://www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts/scrap-the-cap

 

BECTU

Support Picturehouse workers: Picturehouse BECTU members from five cinemas were on strike last Friday and Saturday. Picturehouse management refuse to meet with us to discuss our requests: recognition of our chosen union, BECTU; to pay no less than the London Living Wage; fair pay differentials for other pay grades; full company sick pay, maternity and paternity pay. The company have refused independent conciliation and have sacked four union reps at the Ritzy cinema in an attempt to undermine staff action. Picturehouse owners Cineworld made £93 million profit in 2016, while the CEO’s total pay package was worth over £2.5 million. They can afford to pay their staff properly. Please drop by and show your support for staff!

What is the Living Wage? https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-is-the-living-wage

Picturehouse cinemas on strike: http://www.picturehouselivingwage.com/

Donate to our strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

Watch ReelNews video of previous Brixton strike with speech by John McDonnell MP Labour Shadow Chancellor

Keep supporting the Picturehouse workers: read the latest on Brixton Ritzy Facebook Page and those of Hackney, Crouch End, Central, Duke of York Brighton and Dulwich East.

 

NUJ

FT statement on #equal pay (3 Aug) – The following statement was passed unanimously at a well-attended meeting at the FT. Journalists at the FT Group are increasingly concerned that the gender pay gap at the Financial Times is worsening and that senior managers are not taking this seriously read more   Guardian: FT journalists threaten to strike over gender pay gap

 

UCU

Sign petition: reinstate Indro Sen immediately – Indro Sen, a maths lecturer and trade union branch officer at the College of North West London (CNWL) has been dismissed for actions in assisting a former colleague at an employment tribunal case. He was voted by students as the most popular teacher, 2014-15. We demand that the College Governors and Senior Management Team reinstate Sen immediately sign here

Support the reinstatement of London Met union reps: Mark Campbell and David Hardman https://uculondonmet.wordpress.com/

 

NUT

SHAKE THE MAGIC MONEY TREE and SCRAP THE PAY CAP: Demonstration and rally – THURSDAY OCTOBER 12th. Assemble 5:30pm opposite Downing Street. March past Department for Health – Treasury – Department for Education – Home Office

Rally in Parliament SquareSupport the NUT London school strikes against cuts at Forest Hill in Lewisham read more

 

IWGB

IWGB wins employment status case against Addison Lee read more

 

 

Other News

Community Memorial for the ship Ciudad de Barcelona 1937 – The International Brigadistas came from across the globe in the late 1930s to stand alongside Republican Spain in the civil war, united to stop the rise of the fascist far right. On 30th May 1937, the Ciudad de Barcelona, a ship bringing around 300 brigadistas from France, was sunk by a fascist torpedo just off the coast of Malgrat de Mar, Catalonia. We want to create a memorial to honour both those brigadistas and the local people of Malgrat de Mar and we believe the best way is by bringing the local and international communities together once again. That is what the project Solidarity Park is about! Details on how to donate here

 

 

Blacklisting & Victimisation

Buy the book ‘Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists’ Author: Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain. Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies used to keep union activists away from work.

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

Book http://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlCa8yQmZ70

Blog: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/blacklistSG/

Donate to ReelNews – http://reelnews.co.uk/donationssubscriptions/

 

 

International

Cambodia: Support abandoned workers in their struggle for lost wages and benefits read more

IFJ condemns Israel’s announcement to shut down Al Jazeera read more from NUJ website

Turkey: Please find below a link to the Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) statement calling for the release of Evrensel Journalist, Yusuf Karatas, who has been arrested and is in prison after being charged with terrorism offences over his role in the Democratic Society Congress (DTK). You will also find a link, below, about the “Academic Boycott of Turkey” campaign which aims to put pressure on the Turkish government so that all dismissals are revoked and the persecution of academics, exacerbated under the state of emergency regime, is ended.

SPOT: Freedom for Yusuf Karatas. Journalism is not a crime. http://spotturkey.co.uk/2017/08/02/spot-freedom-for-yusuf-karatas/

Academic Boycott of Turkey http://spotturkey.co.uk/2017/08/02/academic-boycott-of-turkey/

 

 

Diary

 

2017

September

3 Burston Strike School Rally 2017 – Guest speakers already confirmed include John McDonnell MP, Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary http://burstonstrikeschool.co.uk/rally2017/

10 NSSN rally at TUC Congress

30 Construction Safety Campaign (CSC) AGM is the 30th September – Ricky Tomlinson invited speaker

 

October

1 Protest the Tory Conference. Let’s get this party started Facebook event

18 Britain still needs a pay rise: TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally, 4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby), Parliament Square   https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants

 

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