Protest against Dixons Carphone job losses
Protesters gathered outside a Dixons Carphone distribution centre in Wednesbury in the West Midlands last Friday.
Boss and Bullingdon Club member Sebastian James wants to get rid of 500 workers after Dixons’ merger with Carphone Warehouse. They have been offered relocation 90 miles away.
CWU union member Pesh said, “I’m disgusted. Where is their care for the workers who made Dixons’ profits?”
Anger at Sports Direct warehouse
Around 250 people gathered in Shirebrook Town Square, North Derbyshire, last Saturday to to express their anger at a Sports Direct warehouse.
It employs 4,000 people but 85 percent are agency workers on zero hours contracts. The majority are eastern European.
Although some people made racist comments, and the racist EDL had threatened to come, the rally went off peacefully.
Socialist James Eaden addressed the crowd, stressing that it was vital to blame the bosses and not Polish workers.
Meeting to prevent Tory Islamophobia
Around 200 people took part in an important conference last Saturday examining and campaigning against the government’s Prevent strategy.
It was organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission and supported by the UCU union, Cage and others.
Prevent means Muslims are monitored for “extremist” ideas—defined as hostility to “British values”. All who oppose British foreign policy are automatically “suspicious”.
Freedom rides again in Sheffield
South Yorkshire Freedom Riders were set to stage a protest in Sheffield on Tuesday of next week.
The action marks one year since transport police arrested Freedom Riders George Arthur and Tony Nuttall during a demonstration at Sheffield train station.
Protesters will meet at the station at 12 noon.
School workers win living wage fight in Camden
Some 280 school kitchen assistants won a 39 percent pay rise following a battle for the London Living Wage (LLW) at Camden council.
The Unison union members employed by contractors Caterlink have secured a rise from £6.60 to £9.15 an hour.
Camden Unison has held meetings and protests. Nearly 100 Caterlink workers joined the union—up from just 23.
Cleaners working for contractors OCS at law firm Withers also won the LLW last week, after calling a protest.
Trades councils meet up in Crewe
About 80 trade unionists from trades councils and county associations met last weekend in Crewe for the annual trade union councils conference.
There was a screening of Still the Enemy Within and a discussion with ex-miner Steve Hammill on the opening night. They passed motions supporting National Gallery and Tata Steel workers. Others called for regional marches against austerity and an inquiry into Orgreave.
Nina Hammill, secretary Crewe trades union council
Anti-fascists out in Dudley
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists opposed a march by racist football fans in Dudley last Saturday.
Trade unionists, mosque representatives and church leaders rallied behind a UAF LGBT against Islamophobia banner.