Arcadia distribution workers in Solihull struck on Monday—one of the year’s busiest online shopping days.
The GMB union members want a rise from the national minimum wage of £7.20 to £8.45 an hour. “After our pension contributions go out there’s not much left,” one rep told Socialist Worker.
“We need this pay rise.”
Arcadia’s chair is disgraced former BHS boss Sir Philip Green. The rep added, “He can definitely afford this if he goes around on his million pound yachts.”
Workers plan further walkouts next Thursday and the following Monday.
Post Office workers and managers in the CWU and Unite unions were set to strike for a third time this Saturday.
They are fighting closures, job losses, privatisation and an attack on their pensions.
Bosses want to close 100 Crown Post Offices and outsource them to private companies such as WHSmith, leading to job losses.
They also want to close workers’ defined benefit pension scheme and replace it with a worse defined contribution scheme.
The CWU said it planned to focus picket lines on offices that had been earmarked for outsourcing, but had not yet been picked up by any retailer.
Striking janitors in Glasgow have forced their Cordia bosses to retreat over plans that could have cut a quarter of their jobs.
The Unison union members ended a two-week strike last week. Faeces and vomit were left for hours in classrooms as scabs struggled. Nursery staff and school bus drivers refused to cross picket lines.
More strikes are expected as janitors want extra payments for their dirty and physically demanding work. Other council workers get these—and Cordia is a council-run firm.
Strikers protested at the council’s offices and lobbied the Scottish parliament.
They have won support from politicians with eyes on May’s council elections. But janitors can’t wait that long.
Many people are already missing bill payments
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