Unite the Resistance bulletin 26 August 2016

26 August 2016

Strikes spreading at Southern Rail: 7 & 8 September

RMT has announced new strike dates in the ongoing dispute on Southern Rail – Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 September. This follows a suspension after three days of a five day strike by guards in the RMT earlier this month.

This time, the strike will see RMT stations staff join the train guards for a 48 hour strike. TSSA stations staff are balloting to join strikes too. As are drivers in ASLEF.

This is a very politicised dispute about safety on our railways Vs the profit. At a time when Jeremy Corbyn is making a very popular call for our rail network to be renationalised, and commuters face chaos at the hands of private rail companies, rail workers striking to defend safety and the service deserve the solidarity of the whole trade union movement and wider travelling public.

Join the picket lines and show support!

Use the ‘Solidarity Selfie’ poster to garner support in your workplace/ union branch, and tweet/ share pictures with @RMT_union and #SouthernStrike


Bus workers at Tower Transit in London strike back against imposition

Over 1,000 bus workers hit the picket lines at Tower Transit in London this Friday (26 August) over the imposition of roster changes. Drivers, engineers and controllers at bus depots Westbourne Park, Atlas Road in Park Royal and Lea Interchange after 89.8 percent in favour of strikes. A further 24 hour strike is planned for bank holiday Monday (29 August)

Weymouth bus strikes continue over pay

Bus drivers in Weymouth are continuing their strikes over low pay. The Unite members plan to strike today (26 August) and 27-31 Aug and then on 2-4 September. The drivers are paid £8.80 an hour—70p less than First employees in Yeovil and nearly £2 less than drivers at rival firms in Bournemouth.

Send messages of support to Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland TUC, via timtucouncil@talktalk.net

Send cheques payable to Unite branch SW/8161 to Unite the union, 238 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8EG


CWU unofficial strike in Swindon wins reinstatement of rep

CWU members at Dorcan sorting office in Swindon walked out on an unofficial strike this week, and on Wednesday had won reinstatement of suspended rep Chris Rye.

This is an example we need to share across the trade union movement. With as many as 1,000 postal workers from other offices across the area walking out in solidarity, their action shows how solidarity in strikes can drive back bullying bosses who seek to target our union reps.


Victory of Deliveroo strike inspires workers to follow suit at Uber Eats

Deliveroo riders set a brilliant example that is now being followed by Uber Eats drivers, who have started a wildcat strike today. Deliveroo staved off a major assault on their pay through a new contract with a week’s wildcat strike, including mass picketing, rider protests, and standing strong against management’s attempts to scupper the action. Watch the moment that their boss comes out to tell them that if they want to discuss it they’re welcome to ‘individually’.You can see the video here via United Voices of the World’s (@uvwunion) Facebook page.

Join their picket lines at: Uber Office Black Swan Yard, Bermondsey Street, SE1


Solidarity with Ronnie Draper – stop Labour’s purge!

Outrageously Ronnie Draper, the general secretary of the bakers’ union, BFAWU, has been suspended from the Labour Party after decades of membership over an “unidentified tweet”. Ronnie will not be allowed to vote in the Labour leadership election. Ronnie is an outspoken supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. As John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor, rightly said this “appears to be a rigged purge of Jeremy Corbyn supporters.” A statement by Ronnie can be found here

Send solidarity to Ronnie via twitter @Ronniebfawu 

or by email to Ronnie.draper@bfawu.org


UCU London Met set to ballot for strikes against huge cuts and to defend reps

UCU union members at London Metropolitan University are expected to begin balloting for strikes against mass redundancies. The workers are also fighting for the reinstatement of union reps Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

They voted by 76 percent for strikes in an indicative ballot.

Send messages of support to uculondonmet@mail.com


Fast Food Rights BFAWU Glasgow social: Thursday 1 September

7 PM to 12 AM @ Queen’s Park Bowling ClubQueens Drive, Glasgow, G42 8DA 


“The BFAWU Glasgow Fast Food Rights (FFR) branch is hosting an official national launch of the campaign to build this global movement and celebrate our success. Show solidarity with the young workers leading this fight in the UK, enjoy an evening of music. Hear from comedian and FFR activist Mark Thomas, Labour MPs John McDonnell and Neil Findley, National BFAWU President Ian Hodson and inspiring stories from young workers from across the UK and the US leading this fight.

Join us on 1 September to celebrate the growing success and victories won by ordinary working people. We say £10 and hour, end zero hours, respect and dignity and union rights for workers everywhere. We believe that we will win!”


Homerton hospital ISS workers protest imposition of shift pattern

Unison members working for ISS at Homerton hospital in Hackney, London, are fighting an attack in the form of an imposition of a changed shift pattern. Through organising and protesting they have pushed ISS bosses back from an initial plan that would have seen a cut in the care provided for patients. They are keeping up their fight—with 50 or so joining a protest at the hospital gates this week—to defend the conditions for workers playing a vital role in keeping our hospitals running. ISS has pocketed £250 million profits out of our NHS. The workers are calling on Unison leaders to ballot them for strikes.


Protest at the Tory Party Conference: Birmingham 2 October

Tories Out – austerity has failed demonstration.

Called Midlands TUC and the People’s Assembly

Assemble: 11:30am, Victoria Square, Birmingham


Saturday 1 October, 10:30am – 5pm, Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, B3 3DQ

For more information, including transport and flyers, go to: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/tory_conference_16

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/906366306124903/


Book now for Stand up to Racism conference, 8 October

Join Jeremy Corbyn MP at this major national conference bringing together speakers, organisations and activists from anti-racist campaigns across Europe. The conference will examine the current struggle against racism in Britain and beyond such as the fight against Islamophobia and antisemitism, defending civil liberties and migrants rights and building solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Other speakers include: Diane Abbott MPKate Osamor MP, Journalist Owen JonesKevin Courtney NUT Acting General Secretary, Claude Moraes MEPMaurice Wren, Refugee Council Chief Exec,Colette Levy hidden child of Vichy France, Talha Almad Muslim Council of Britain, Mark Serwotka PCS Gen Sec, Sally Hunt UCU Gen Sec, Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu Stand up to Racism on 8 October in London. 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 8th October, Friends Meeting House, Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ

Register here for the conference


Organising to Win: 12 November Unite the Resistance conference

On Saturday 12 NovemberUnite the Resistance is holding a national conference, which will bring together those who have been at the forefront of striking back, and organising in unorganised areas, as well as leading campaigners from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), housing campaigns, and with a particular theme around migrant workers organising and fighting back. There will be international speakers bringing experiences from the struggle. As well as building networks of solidarity around the disputes taking place, it will also provide a space for union activists to discuss what the surge in the movement around Corbyn’s policies means for our unions, and how we can use this politicised movement to rebuild strong, fighting unions. So far speakers include Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary amongst others.

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