NSSN 339: Support Jeremy Corbyn’s “Workers’ Charter”

May 3, 2017 in Bulletins

Workers will welcome Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s 20-point “workers’ charter” to fix the “rigged economy” in work. If it is enthusiastically campaigned for by taking it into workplaces, alongside policies such as re-nationalisation of the railways and Royal Mail, it could really inspire workers to vote to put Jeremy into government and ditch the Tories. Restoring, defending and strengthening trade union rights as the most effective way to fight for more secure employment and better wages is a major theme of the programme. The commitment to repeal the Trade Union Act would be a major step forward although it […]

Mass Protest at Hovis this morning & Strike Fund Needed

September 18, 2013 in Appeals, News, Reports, Strikes

 Mass protest at the Hovis bakery in Wigan on 18 September blocked the delivery trucks from leaving the plant for hours, for the second time in three days. Bakers are on strike against Hovis bosses’ attempts to casualise the workforce and drive down pay, conditions and job security. Hovis tried to enforce zero-hour contracts through directly-employed staff. The first 7-day strike led to that being withdrawn and those affected given full-time permanent jobs. The current 7-day strike is because now Hovis wants to use agency staff, which the bakers’ Bfawu union suspects are simply zero-hour contracts by the back door. Despite […]

Hovis workers anger rises over Zero hours contracts

August 28, 2013 in News, Strikes

Hundreds of bakers at the Hovis bakery in Wigan are on strike for seven days against zero-hour contracts and casualisation. They are demanding the company negotiate seriously, instead of ignoring existing agreements and imposing huge attacks on pay and conditions. Members of the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union walked out today at 6pm and are mounting strong pickets on all three site entrances. Further 7-day strikes will run from the 11th-18th September, and 25th September until 2nd October. Hovis is reducing hours, meaning pay cuts. They are using agency staff after making permanent staff redundant, meaning pay cuts. Agency staff are paid […]