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November, 2012:

ICM Cleaners at John Lewis balloted for Strike Action for London Living Wage

IWW unionised cleaners at John Lewis are continuing their campaign towards a wage increase above Minimum Wage and to the London Living Wage.

Following extensive attempts by the workers to improve their situation, their union IWW entered a new pay claim with ICM on 26th October. Clear, realistic and reasonable, not to mention necessary, the pay claim aims at an immediate and backdated increase to £6.72 p/h for cleaners, £8 p/h for supervisors, plus a timetable of discussions aimed at securing full London Living Wage of £8.55 and full sick pay.

Cleaners are currently paid at minimum wage, £6.19/hr.

IWW Link

EU Workers Strike and Protest against Austerity

Massive anti-austerity strikes and protests swept across Europe as millions took to the streets to express their frustration over rising unemployment and dire economic prospects. Many rallies ended with violent clashes with police.

Workers marched in 23 countries across Europe to mark the European Day of Action and Solidarity.

General strikes had been called in Spain and Portugal, paralyzing public services and international flights, in Belgium and France transport links were partially disrupted by strikes and demonstrations, in Italy and Greece thousands of workers and students marched through the streets.

Other EU countries, such as Germany, Austria and Poland, saw well attended union-led rallies.

The Europe-wide strike action, the largest in a series of protests against the austerity policies, was coordinated by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and promoted on Twitter under the “#14N” hashtag

(Quote from Russia Today online)
http://rt.com/news/austerity-protests-eu-solidarity-727/

Further details about the UK’s TUC action in support:
http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-21663-f0.cfm

Please encourage your MP to sign Early Day Motion 609 – BLACKLISTED WORKERS

Please support UCATT’s Postcard Campaign against the recent Blacklisting scandal and email or write to your MP, asking them to sign EDM 609 asking for justice for the Blacklisted workers in the recent Consulting Association.

UCATT’s campaign page is here, with more details and a template email to send to your MP:
https://www.ucatt.org.uk/blacklisting

Parliament.uk’s page on the EDM (showing those MPs who have already signed) is here;
http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/609