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Blow against right to protest

Issue No. 1923

A LEGAL injunction has been served on three TGWU union organisers, the national union itself, and myself as a member of the Globalise Resistance steering committee, to prevent a demonstration by low paid workers.

The protest was due to take place on Friday this week at Canary Wharf, London, the jewel in the crown of big business.

The management there applied to the courts to halt the protest and were successful.

Cleaners at Canary Wharf are among some of the city’s lowest paid workers.

Mainly migrant workers who came to this country for a better life, they end up working night shifts of 9pm to 5am for little more than the minimum wage.

The demonstration was set up in solidarity with the cleaners who work in the offices of some of the biggest business in Britain.

A similar event, Canary Wharf Cleaners’ Carnival for Justice, Dignity and Respect took place on 8 July this year.

London mayor Ken Livingstone said at the time, “London is the finance capital of Europe—it can certainly afford to pay fair wages to those who keep the city functioning.”

Before the injunction was served Emmanuel, who cleans the Morgan Stanley offices, said, “Workers are entitled to a living wage, to sick pay and a pension, because they are human too.

“You have to respect my rights. We are in the 21st century, not in the 19th century. This should be civilisation.”

The TGWU has called off the demonstration. But Globalise Resistance plans to make sure that a protest for union rights takes place this Friday at Canary Wharf.
Chris Nineham, Globalise Resistance steering committee

Clampdown on independence

OFFICIALS SEIZED two of UK Indymedia’s web servers last week, closing 20 sites around the world and several internet radio streams.

The action came in the run-up to the European Social Forum.

The two web servers were seized from the UK offices of Rackspace, one of the web hosting providers used by Indymedia.

The servers were seized on the request of the US.

The Independent Media Centre (Indymedia) is made up of a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations.

It offers grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues.

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Wed 13 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1923
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