Extreme Debt Rise and Universal Credit Delays,

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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I have just been talking about debt to some friends.

One, unemployed, is a very bad situation because his debts.

Apparently this is becoming a widespread problem.

I say “becoming” but since the opening of credit lines to nearly everybody, not to mention the legalisation of loan sharks (watch half the digital channels with all the loan ads..), not to mention the fact that everything seems to designed you to debt (Council Tax, and think of all the student loans), it’s been swelling and growing no end.

Or Brighthouse (they have  big shop in Carr Street Ipswich) the “Rent-to-own retail chain” for houshold goods.

Or, well everybody knows they pay day lenders, the pawn shops, and the rest of the crew.

So this story comes as no surprise.

1.2 million low-income households are in ‘extreme problem debt’, says TUC.

James Richards on Public Finance reported a few days…

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The Line

Calais Migrant Solidarity

Rule number one for the portable toilets: Always knock before opening the door. Pray that what you find behind the door is not too overwhelming. Hold the door to be protected from wind and other people. Touch as little as possible. Hold your breath. Cover your face with whatever you can.

Rule number 1 for the tents: Take care that no one follows you. Hands, hands all over. You’d better not walk alone at night. You’d better not be a woman, actually, you probably shouldn’t be there at all. But there you are. People calling you. People whistling. People laughing. Some of them are nice. Some are not.

Trash spread all over the ground, muddy clothes, thefts, long lines to get a ridiculous amount of food, different ages and different languages, new friends, weirdos, alcohol, drugs. You don’t want to bring your 4-month-old daughter there.

It could easily be the…

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DPAC Week of Action – September 4th-10th. #RightsNotGames

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WOA-Logo-5Apologies for the lack of posts recently.  Back very soon, in the meantime this is from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and gives details of the upcoming week of action to coincide with the Paralympic Games.  Please spread the word and get involved if you can.

DPAC Week of Action- September 4th-10th

Sunday September 4th pop-up art action – if anyone wants to take part in this please email us at mail@dpac.uk.net as further information will not be made public. This will go live on-line at 2pm

Monday September 5th Independent Living Day. Lobby and report in parliament following the horrendous cuts to care and support funding for personal assistance following the closure of the Independent Living Fund in 2015. Committee Room 21 from 2-4pm. Please allow about 20- 30 minutes to get through security

Afterwards 5pm at College Green opposite parliament for fun and festivities DPAC-style.

Tuesday September 6th

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Call for a 3rd telephone blockade of Laibaz restaurant, Bolton – this Saturday 20th August 2016, 6pm-10pm

Wessex Solidarity

solfedSupport the Campaign against Laibaz Wage Theft

Manchester Solidarity Federation is continuing its dispute with Laibaz restaurant in Bolton. A number of former employees at Laibaz are owed wages for hours worked and holiday entitlement. The owner, Sunar Alom, has paid workers at an hourly rate below the minimum wage and has failed to provide pay slips. Sunar Alom has also failed to provide P45s when workers have left their jobs at Laibaz.

To date we have organised two phone blockades aimed at preventing “take away” orders. The blockades were a tremendous success and we are confident that the restaurant was unable to take orders between the hours of 6pm and 10pm on both days. The workers involved would like to thank supporters for their fantastic effort in making the blockades a success.

Manchester Solidarity Federation’s campaign is aimed at recovering all the monies owed to the workers and ensuring…

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Deliveroo contracts: getting a national picture

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The concessions won by the London Deliveroo strike are an important win. But they’re still only concessions: management haven’t backed down on the new payment model altogether, and it’s certainly far short of the workers’ demand for the full London Living Wage and costs.

Importantly, someone commenting on the IWGB facebook page claims that the new contracts have been imposed in Birmingham today. This means that the company will probably be trying to quietly introduce them across the country, bit by bit, until they can portray anyone still on the old system as being an unfair exception. The London strike has shown how powerful collective action can be, now that strength needs to go nationwide.

To restate: Deliveroo have a list of the restaurants they have contracts with and the areas they cover here. They operate in Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Guildford, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Southampton…

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Delivering the sweet taste of victory: Deliveroo drivers win!

Cautiously pessimistic

Deliveroo drivers celebrating their win

From the IWGB Couriers and Logistics Branch:

**Breaking News**

The delegation of drivers have just exited the Deliveroo head office, having finished negotiations with Management. They agreed to the following:

– No victimisation
– No new contract
– Even if drivers have signed the new contract already, it no longer has effect and you are not bound to it
– This will be a trial until 14th September when Deliveroo will meet again with workers to assess the month’s pay
– If you don’t want to be on the trial, you WILL have to move zone, but you will be able to move to any zone of YOUR choice and be guaranteed the same hours you are currently on.

Of course, there’ll be more struggle in the days and weeks to come, and there’s a lot more to be said about the…

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Dorset IWW supports striking bus drivers in Weymouth.


Report from a Bridport Wobbly.

On Saturday 13th August, members of Bridport UNITE Community Group, Labour Party and four striking local bus workers gave out about 400 leaflets (below) to the interested public in Bucky Doo Square. Bridport’s Cartoon Action Theatre performed a ‘Political Tug of War’ represented by a bus driver engaged in struggle with a First Bus capitalist. A collection was taken raising £253 in solidarity for the striking bus drivers and their families.14021601_1687611728230336_5952340225767159805_n

UVW Cleaners end City of London’s longest ever strike after 61 days


After 61 days of strike action by the cleaners at 100 Wood Street, the cleaners union UVW (www.facebook.co/uvwunion) is pleased to be able to issue the following statement:

“The dispute at 100 Wood Street between the cleaners, members of United Voices of the World the union, and their employer, Thames Cleaning and Support Services Limited, has now been resolved. As a result we are pleased to announce that all advertised protests have now been cancelled and the picket line at 100 Wood Street has now been lifted.”

“This was the longest strike in the history of the City of London and the longest strike by an entirely migrant workforce in the UK.

Thank you everyone for all your amazing support and solidarity! This wouldn’t have been possible without you!

Also, UVW are still trying to recover the costs we incurred in defending an injunction application in the High Court which sought to interfere with our human rights to strike and protest.

Consequently, our ability to carry on the vital work we undertake in supporting some of the most oppressed and unrepresented groups of workers in the UK who work for some of the most unscrupulous employers, has been undermined.

Please don’t let the cleaning contractors silence our union! Please follow the link below to donate via Paypal whatever you can afford to allow us to continue to give these workers the representation they need and deserve.


Alternatively you can transfer directly to our account but please contact us if you do so that we may personally thank you.

The Co-operative Bank
Account title: United Voices of the World
Sort code: 08-92-99
Account: 65755617

Many thanks again and all the best.”

Evening Standard article

United Voices of the World Union website