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Reports round-up: immigrant cleaners take on John Lewis

Issue No. 2529

Marching on John Lewis in central London

Marching on John Lewis in central London (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Migrant cleaners and supporters marched on the John Lewis branch on Oxford Street in central London on Saturday to demand equal pay and conditions.

Employed by a contractor, they don’t get the same pay or benefits as workers employed directly by John Lewis. Guillermo said, “This is a fight for the working class, a fight for migrants.

“We deserve the Living Wage, we deserve dignity and the same rights as other workers at John Lewis. We don’t accept discrimination, we don’t accept being second class.”


Nazis suffer a double humiliation

 

Nazis from the English Defence League (EDL) were outnumbered by anti-racist protesters in Telford last Saturday. The EDL held a national protest there—but fewer than 100 showed up.

The fascists chanted Islamophobic songs.

Over a thousand people joined the annual “million mask march” protest in central London last Saturday

Over a thousand people joined the annual “million mask march” protest in central London last Saturday (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Anti-fascists also outnumbered Nazis in Darlington on the same day.

Around 200 anti-fascists joined a protest against a march organised by Bishop Auckland Against Islam.

The Nazis mustered around 100.


UAF trip learns lessons from the Holocaust

Some 29 people joined a trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland last weekend.

It was organised by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism to help people better understand the Holocaust and fascism.


Aberdeen UCU members balloting

UCU union members at the University of Aberdeen are balloting for strikes to save jobs. Planned cuts have put 15 workers in the school of medicine, medical science and nutrition at risk of redundancy.


Aberdeen Seatruck ferries slammed over pay

The RMT union protested in Aberdeen last Friday over workers being paid less than the minimum wage on a Scottish government contract.

Seatruck cargo vessels paying as little as £4 an hour operate on the Northern Isles Ferry Service.

Seatruck said it was under no obligation to pay more as the workers are “not ordinarily working in the UK”.


Don’t close Crown Post Office in St Leonard’s

Post Office users and the CWU union protested in St Leonards, near Hastings, against plans to close their Crown Post Office.

The planned closure is part of a programme of cuts and piecemeal privatisation.


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