Ritzy strikers march for a Living Wage

July 18, 2014 in Protest

Strikers at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema were joined by fellow BECTU members and supporters in a march around central London yesterday. The march was part of their long running fight for the London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour. The route took in several well known London cinema’s owned by Cine World, the parent company of the Ritzy. The march concluded with a rally at the London Assembly. There were speeches from BECTU General Secretary Gerry Morrissey, film maker Ken Loach, Labour London Assembly member Fiona Twycross and Ritzy shop steward Rob Lugg. A message of solidarity was read out from […]

Firefighters rally to defend Ashley Brown

July 15, 2014 in News, Protest

Over 100 fire-fighters and supporters held a rally outside Hertfordshire County Council offices this morning to demand the reinstatement of Ashley Brown. The FBU member was dismissed by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in December following comments he made on social media regarding the unions industrial action in defence of pensions. Speaking to the rally FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack condemned employers for their increasing attempts to control the opinions of fire-fighters. Citing previous campaigns against victimisation, such as an eight year campaign for a fire-fighter sacked during the 2003 pay strike, Matt Wrack pledged the union would fight as […]

VIDEO: #J10 Public sector strike

July 14, 2014 in News, Protest, Video

Public sector workers in nine different unions were out on strike in force on 10 July 2014 in a magnificent show of strength to demand an end to the pay freeze. Local government workers in Unison, Unite and GMB; civil servants in the PCS and Nipsa, teachers in the NUT, fire-fighters in the FBU, and sections of London transport workers in RMT and TSSA all went on strike on the same day, uniting in action to tell the government that they can’t tolerate any further driving down of living standards. Speaking at the London rally PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka […]

RMT confront ISS agency over lockout

July 9, 2014 in News, Protest, Video

RMT members supported by the National Shop Stewards Network go to ISS corporate headquarters in Canary Wharf. ISS has imposed fingerprinting and biometric scanning on their workforce of cleaners on the London Underground. After a lawful ballot for industrial action RMT ISS members have refused to comply with the scanners when clocking on to work. In response ISS have sacked one cleaner and sent others home. The RMT went to ISS HQ to demand answers for this behaviour.

RMT protests sacking of ISS Agency Tube cleaners

July 8, 2014 in News, Protest

The RMT held a protest outside Parliament today in response to cleaning contractor ISS sacking at least one tube cleaner – and sending home many more workers without pay today – for following a union instruction not to book on for shifts using Biometric Fingerprinting Machines. The agency cleaner was sacked after refusing to use the biometric system to sign on for work at Heathrow Terminal 4 this morning. Other workers have been sent home across the network – without pay – as they clocked on for work at other tube stations. This is in spite of a prior agreement with […]

IN PICTURES: London Fast Food Rights Day of Action

May 16, 2014 in News, Protest

May 15th saw protests and strike action around the world as fast food workers went on the offensive for higher wages and trade union rights. Here in Britain the Bakers union the BFAWU organised actions around the country as part of their fast food rights campaign. The London leg of the day of action took place outside McDonald’s on Whitehall Road, a stone’s throw from Parliamnet

Protest at hearing of Unite Convenor Bryan Kennedy

April 17, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes

Unite Housing Workers Fighting for decent pay & dignity at work. Protest at hearing of Unite Convenor Bryan Kennedy  Wed 23rd April 12.30-1.30pm Dear Members Thank you for your ongoing support and solidarity to our branch campaigns. We are inviting you to join our protest outside of the hearing of suspended Unite convenor Bryan Kennedy on Wednesday 23rd April 12.30-1.30pm at One Housing Group Head Office, 100 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1. (Nearest Tube Chalk Farm) On 12th February 2014 Bryan Kennedy, Project Manager and Unite Workplace Convener at One Housing Group was suspended from his job pending an investigation. It is the […]

VIDEO: The War of the Ports

April 10, 2014 in International, Protest, Strikes, Video

“The War of Ports” is the result of a set of European dockworkers testimonials about the solidarity international movement with the port of Lisbon. Taken from the Estivadores Solidariedade YouTube channel.

POA Budget Day march against austerity

March 19, 2014 in News, Protest

Prison officers from around the country gathered in Westminster this morning for a march and rally against austerity. The prison service has taken massive cuts since the austerity offensive against the public sector began in 2008. This has led to a worsening of conditions in prisons for prison officers and prisoners alike. Like much of the rest of the public sector the prison service is menaced by privatisation with a number of prisons, such as HMP Northumberland, now run by private companies. On this question the President of the POA was absolutely clear; “To make money off the misery of others […]

Solidarity Appeal – Justice for Berkin Elvan

March 13, 2014 in Appeals, International, News, Protest

The AKP government in Turkey has continued its violence against trade unions political parties and social groups. This was graphically demonstrated in the attacks against mourners at the funeral of Berkin Elvan. Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT), an organisation supported by the NSSN has issued an appeal for solidarity with those facing state violence and intimidation. Please take the time to read the covering letter and leaflet below. Messages of protest can be sent to the email addresses listed on the leaflet. The NSSN sends its full solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters in Turkey. To […]