Unprofitable ships are disposable – so are the seafarers Let’s start with a confession. I don’t often dip into the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). When I do, it’s always after dodging their pay wall. Again, after glancing at the headline I often move on to other things – a cup of coffee or an Angrys…
IWW WISE-RA 18th October 2021
On Saturday 16th October IWW Cymru members held an informational picket outside a cafe in Dolgellau, Gwynedd.
Gallwch ddarllen yr erthygl hon mewn Cymraeg fan hyn.
The management had ignored multiple requests by an ex-worker for their P45. The worker urgently needed this P45 to be able to claim benefits in their home country. This was having a real, negative impact on their life.
The worker decided to get their union, the IWW, involved. The employer promised to help “after lockdown” before ignoring our subsequent correspondence and Subject Access Request. We decided to pay the cafe a visit. IWW members held an informational picket, informing potential customers of the situation and asking them not to go to the cafe until the dispute was settled. The employer soon did so and hastily issued a P45 for the worker.
Employers too often think they can get away with mistreating workers, especially migrant workers. The IWW, a DIY union, believes in solidarity and standing up to the bosses. Together we can win!
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!
Bristol Solidarity Federation have picketed electrical goods retailer CEX in solidarity with their workers in Barcelona who have suffered bullying, dismissal and unfair disciplinary measures.
Multinational CEX may be known to you a seller of video games but it also becoming known as terrible exploiter of worker’s rights. One serious concern is how a CNT-AIT member has been not allowed a reduction of hours even the care for a child, actions will continue until their demands are met.
Solidarity Federation is the British section of the International Workers’ Association (IWA-AIT)
An injury to one is an injury to all.
V has worked at Oxford Colleges International for over 17 years. She has trained most of her colleagues in teaching english as a second languge, and has written a number of revision resources and workbooks for students.
At the end of September, she was informed that at the beginning of next month she would be transferred to a new contract with reduced hours and pay. Her employer has repeatedly refused a consultation meeting with union representation present, and she has been forced to work under protest, on a contract she cannot afford to live on, being denied redundancy pay or proper payment for the 16 days of untaken holiday she had accurred.
We are now taking this case to employment tribunal on the following grounds:
- Illegally changing contract and employer without consultation, amounting to an unfair dismissal without redundancy pay.
- Illegally refusing a grievance complaint meeting with union representation present.
- Repeated failures to send pay over the past year, forcing V to accrue overdraft fees and causing significant financial distress.
While this case goes to employment tribunal, we are looking for funds to support V financially. Direct donations are welcome, or you can buy any one of the learning resources and colouring books on V’s etsy store , each of which will come with a signed thank you note from her.
Thank you for your support
V, and the TEFL Workers’ Union