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Issue No. 2415

All aboard for the next Freedom Rides

The Barnsley freedom riders are set to escalate their protest by beginning ten Freedom Rides in three weeks starting from Monday of next week. Freedom riders have been protesting since March after South Yorkshire councils cut travel concessions for elderly and disabled people. They have boarded trains and travelled for free in protest.

Every little helped Eddie Stobart

Former lorry drivers at Tesco’s Doncaster distribution centre protested in Doncaster, Widnes and Goole on Friday of last week. The Unite union members were outsourced to Eddie Stobart Limited then promptly laid off in 2012. Their case is currently being heard at an employment tribunal.

Strike ballot in pipeline at UPS

Unite union members and supporters protested and gave out leaflets outside Europe’s biggest UPS delivery depot in Camden, central London, on Thursday of last week. It was the first in a series of actions planned in preparation for a national strike ballot. UPS workers are in dispute over excessive workloads and an alleged culture of bullying that push workers into hours of unpaid overtime. Strikes in Camden last year were key to getting a sacked union rep reinstated.

TUC young workers network established

Around 30 young trade unionists attended the TUC Young Workers Forum on Jobs and Employment in Birmingham last Saturday. Young workers shared their disgust at Tory-led cuts, discussed tackling zero hour contracts and how to win a decent minimum wage for young people. A fast food workers’ rights demonstration was held outside McDonalds in the city centre afterwards and a Midlands TUC young workers’ network was established.

Simon Strange

Students’ union backs Israel boycott

The National executive committee of the National Union of Students (NUS) has voted in favour of a motion supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid. NUS also called on the British government to cease aid and funding to Israel, impose an arms embargo against Israel, and to demand a ceasefire.


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