15 September 2013
**Solidarity picket 2.45 am Monday 16th September-Cale Lane, Wigan, WN2 1HD**
Over 300 strikers and supporters marched from Wigan Town Centre to Welly Labour Club. The lively march rang out to chants of ” The workers united will never be defeated”. The protesters than crammed into the Club to hear speeches from Terry Abbot, Wigan Trades Council, Lisa Nandy MP, Sean Vernell & Jane Aitchison, Unite the Resistance, Ronnie Draper, BFAWU General Secretary plus many more.
The mood was angry and vibrant and the strikers showed their determination to stay out until they win. They have already stopped Hovis directly employing people on Zero Hour Contracts, but they are staying out until all staff are given contracts and paid the same rate of pay. It is not acceptable for the company, Premier foods to hire an agency which uses Zero Hour Contracts. Their fight they said was not just for them, but for their families and children’s future.
Campaigners and trade unionists pledged their support and their solidarity. Unite the Resistance announced a National Day of Action on Saturday 28th September to loud cheers. A 3rd Week of strike action is due to take place to coincide with the TUC demonstration against Tory Austerity on 29th September. Strikers and their families will be in Manchester in force and deserve the full solidarity of the trade union movement.
BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper said, “My family will not be buying any Hovis products during this dispute…This is a national issue – we have to win it.”
This is why the solidarity pickets are so important, so please make the effort to join us Monday morning. If you need a lift to get there please contact us and we will do our best to arrange lifts.
We also urge you to invite delegations to your workplace and to your areas. Let us know or contact the union direct.