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Issue No. 2517

Deliveroo riders protest in London

Deliveroo riders protest in London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Riders for the Deliveroo delivery company protested outside the company’s offices in central London last week. Strikes and protests by riders over attacks on pay forced bosses to make concessions this week.

The dispute shows that workers in “precarious” jobs can not just organise but resist the bosses. Their fight was continuing as Socialist Worker went to press.

Lights, camera, action over wages

Low paid workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, are balloting for strikes to demand the London Living Wage.

The cinema workers are currently paid a minimum of £8.80 an hour—less than the living wage of £9.40.

Their Bectu union says bosses have refused to negotiate and is recommending a yes vote.

A fight for the living wage at the Ritzy in 2014 ended after 13 strikes. Workers won a pay increase, but they did not secure their full demands.

Nazis humiliated on Sunderland protest

Anti-fascists outnumbered a small group of Nazis in Sunderland last Saturday.

Around 30 fascists turned out for a protest called by the Sunderland Defence League. They included Nazis from other groups, including the National Front.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) held a 60-strong counter-protest and marched through the city.

Labour Party and Green Party members joined it along with trade unionists and people from faith groups.

Welsh anti-fascists plan counter demo

A group of Nazis called Welsh Resistance plan to demonstrate in Ebbw Vale town centre this Saturday.

The fascists are trying to whip up hate over the building of a mosque and plans to house a small number of Syrian refugees in the South Wales Valleys town. Anti-fascists plan to hold a counter-protest.

The protest near Hebden Bridge

The protest near Hebden Bridge (Pic: Neil Terry)

Yorkshire protest says ban the burn

Protesters walked up to the Walshaw Moor near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire on Friday of last week.

They called for an end to the burning of moorland by rich, subsidised landowners for grouse shooting.

Campaigners say this leads to worse floods.

The day was the “Glorious 12th” start of the shooting season.

Strike vote at London Met

UCU union members at London Metropolitan University have backed strikes in an indicative ballot. They voted by 76 percent to have a legal strike ballot next month.

They also voted by 86 percent to ask the UCU to begin greylisting, or boycotting, of London Met from October.

The indicative ballot was in response to plans to slash nearly 400 jobs, including the compulsory redundancy of two leading UCU reps. Mark Campbell and David Hardman lost appeals against the redundancies.

UCU members want their reinstatement and no victimisations of reps.

Sports Direct forced to give back pay

Workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire will receive back pay totalling some £1 million.

The payments, backdated to May 2012, cover unpaid and humiliating searches at the end of shifts.

Tenant leader taken to court for eviction

Nicole Holgate, the secretary of the Tenants and Residents Association at Butterields estate in Walthamstow, north east London, is being dragged through court and evicted.

The tenants have been fighting against plans to evict them since January. A private firm bought up the houses.

Serving up a protest to Sainsbury’s

On the protest in Holborn in central London

On the protest in Holborn in central London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Food workers held a lively project outside Sainsbury’s supermarket headquarters in central London on Friday of last week. The GMB union members work for food supplier Bakkavor Meals in north west London. The company supplies food to supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Bosses plan to extend working hours to 3am in the houmous-making section and to slash hours in other sections, resulting in a loss of £14.40 a week.

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