16 October 2012
Members of the Unite trade union at Amnesty International’s global headquarters in London will strike on Wednesday 17 October.
Amnesty International staff around the world will be also join the strike, including those in Senegal, France, Uganda, Lebanon, New York, Hong Kong and South Africa.
The Unite members in London voted by a huge 96.5% in favour of strike action in a dispute that has seen management break a series of agreements.
The latest blow came when management unilateral ripped up the organisation’s redundancy policy – just a couple of hours before releasing details of a restructure that will potentially make dozens of employees redundant.
Unite regional officer, Alan Scott said:
Dozens of staff face uncertainty about their immediate future. Many know that their posts will disappear before the end of 2012, but because management have torn up the redundancy policy, they have no idea of what will happen to them.
Amnesty International cannot be an effective or credible human rights organisation if it does not respect the rights of its workers. The organisation’s senior management must adhere to the same standards it demands of governments and corporations globally.
Unite points out that while dozens of lower-paid workers face redundancy, the number of senior directors – earning between £88,000 and £107,000 a year – has increased from five to eight in the past two years. The secretary general’s salary is £192,800, bringing the total estimated cost of the senior leadership team’s salaries to almost £1 million per year.
How you can support the Amnesty International workers
Join picket lines and rally: picket lines will be up from 8.30am at 1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW. There will be a rally at 1pm at Church Hall, 24 Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QE – bring your banners!
Send messages of support to the strikers.
Send donations: send cheques payable to “Easton Street Strike Fund” to Unite, Amnesty International International Secretariat, Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street, London WC1X 0DW or make a bank payment to Easton Street Strike Fund, Sort Code: 40-03-33, Acc. No. 01190008