Socialist Worker

Trade unionists blockade Amazon depot

by Lici Kopiej
Issue No. 2524

Protesting against Amazon’s working conditions

Protesting against Amazon’s working conditions

Trade unionists blocked the road outside the Amazon depot in Dunfermline, Fife, last Saturday in a protest over working conditions.

The event was called by the People’s Assembly and the Unite union. Workers going in to work cheered.

The 100-strong crowd heard allegations of workplace harassment and bullying.

Amazon pays an insignificant proportion of its profits in tax—yet still gets support from the Scottish and British governments.

Workers and their supporters at LSE

Workers and their supporters at LSE

LSE cleaners insist they are not second class

Cleaners at the London School of Economics (LSE) are demanding the same pay and terms and conditions as directly employed workers at the university.

They receive the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour while other workers are paid over £11 an hour.

Their sick pay, holiday entitlement and other conditions are the minimum legal requirements.

The cleaners are employed by Noonan Services Ltd while the rest of the workers at the university are employed directly by the LSE.

Workers at the meeting spoke out against the intensity of work.

Mildred said, “I’m doing three people’s jobs.”

As with many similar workplaces, the cleaners are migrant workers, mainly from Latin America and Africa.

The initial protest was organised by United Voices of the World. A spokesperson for the LSE told Socialist Worker that negotiations have now begun between the Unison union, the LSE and Noonan.

It is only now that cleaners have organised that management have begun to take notice.

Protest this Friday, 7 Oct, 1pm, Garrick Cafe, Houghton St, London WC2B 4RR

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