Friday, 18 May 2018

Workers at TGI Fridays at the Covent Garden branch, Bedford Street are on strike today.


May 2018
Workers at TGI Fridays at the Covent Garden branch, Bedford Street are on strike today.

This is their first ever strike and they need your support. 

Why are they striking? 
Back in January waiting staff at TGI Fridays were given just two days’ notice before they were stripped of 40 per cent of their card tips – a move that is costing these minimum waged workers £250 a month in lost wages. 

The company is redirecting the tips to boost the low wages of the kitchen teams, instead of giving them a well-deserved pay rise. 

Our members are deeply offended by the company’s attempts to make out that they don’t want to share when the reality is that TGI Fridays don’t want to give kitchen staff a properly funded pay rise.

Our members are facing real hardship, but the company has refused to listen to their concerns or meet with Unite to find a better way forward.

It’s even ignored a collective grievance submitted by workers from over 40 stores. It’s no way to treat loyal staff.

If TGI’s wants to look at how it can reward kitchen staff, then it must work with us on a fair solution – not implement an overnight wage grab where Peter has been robbed to pay Paul.

Support our TGI Fridays members, please sign our letter to the CEO

This is the first in a series of weekly 24 hour strike actions to hit the American dining chain over consecutive Fridays, please go to the website for updates., and follow us Twitter @unitetheunion or Facebook

And remember to tip in cash! 

Thanks for your support.
In solidarity
Dave Turnbull
Unite regional officer

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A new deal for working people - TUC march and rally

A new deal for working people - TUC march and rally
On 12 May 2018, thousands of people will march through London to demand a new deal for working people. Come and join us.

The march will assemble at Victoria Embankment between Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge from 11am.
It will move off at 12pm and march to Hyde Park. 
The rally will take place in Hyde Park, finishing at 4pm. 
We want to make sure the event is accessible to everyone. We are making special arrangements for people who:
  • wish to join the march at the main assembly point
  • wish to join the last part of the march for a shorter route to the rally
  • wish to go straight to the rally
Take a look at our accessibility guide.
The main march is about 2.5 miles and the short march is about 1.25 miles.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Levellers Day 2018

Levellers Day 2018
Join us in Burford, Oxfordshire, to remember the achievements, sacrifice and legacy of the radical thinkers and political activists known as ‘The Levellers’ 

2pm Saturday 19 May
In the Churchyard, St John the Baptist Church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
There will be a short commemoration to Levellers Cornet James Thompson, Corporal Perkins, and John Church, who were executed in the churchyard, 17 May 1649. The commemoration will be led by the Reverend Giles Fraser. Flowers will be laid. The ‘Sea Green Singers’ will perform. Trade union banners are welcome.

3pm Saturday 19 May
In the ‘Old Hall’, in Warwick Hall, adjacent to the church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
There will a conversation between the Reverend Giles Fraser and John Rees about ‘religion and the English revolution’, followed by and discussion with the audience. Reverend Giles Fraser was formerly the Team Rector at St Mary the Virgin, Putney, which was the location of the ‘Putney Debates’, in 1647. He is currently the priest-in-charge at St Mary's, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, south London, and he writes a weekly Friday column for The Guardian. John Rees wrote ‘The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650’, which was published in 2016 and received excellent reviews.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

McStrike: McDonald’s Workers call for McSolidarity on International Workers’ Day

Bakers Union campaign to get secure jobs and hours as well as a Living Wage for their members.
McStrike: McDonald’s Workers call for McSolidarity on International Workers’ Day
Striking McDonald’s workers are calling for McSolidarity on International Workers Day – May Day.
McDonald’s workers from five striking stores have called for the public to show McSolidarity in person and online to support the McStrike.

Timetable (times/locations pickets):
·        00:01 Midnight Picket       Manchester
·        0700 - 08:00                       Manchester Morning Picket.
·        0800 - 09:00                       Cambridge
·        0800 - 09:00                       Crayford
·        Midday - 13:30                   Watford Demonstration

Please send solidarity messages to the BFAWU
Donations sent to BFAWU strike fund: BFAWU Stanborough House, Great North Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 7TA.  

Monday, 23 April 2018

“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike

“There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike
Booklet launch event with Terry Conway, Hilary Wainwright, Terry Harrison and Liz French
Wednesday 2nd May, 7pm, Free Entry

In March 1984 over 150,000 miners walked out on strike against plans for widespread pit closures in action supported by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Alongside the dispute developed a large and diverse support movement within Britain and internationally, which provided invaluable practical solidarity. Thousands of people collected food and money, joined picket lines and demonstrations, organised meetings, travelled to mining areas and hosted activists from the coalfields in their homes. This event will mark the publication of a booklet edited by David Featherstone and Diarmaid Kelliher which brings together some of their stories, experiences and reflections on the strike. The event will offer reflections on the solidarities shaped during the strike and their contemporary political relevance.

Liz French (Betteshanger Women’s Support Group)
Terry Harrison (Betteshanger National Union of Mineworkers)
Hilary Wainwright (author of A New Politics from the Left, editor of Red Pepper)
Terry Conway (trade union activist, Islington North Labour Party LGBT officer, personal capacity)

Organised in association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre:
A digital version of the booklet can be viewed here: