IWW Organising Summit 2018

Three delegates from Dorset attended the summit in Sheffield on 20th October. We found it very rewarding Thanks to all who attended and to the local branch for organising the events. We hope to see more Felow Workers bringing their kids in future, the more, the merrier!

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Weymouth and Portland – Action on Wages (WeyPAW)

WeyPAW is a community action group who want to give the people of Weymouth and Portland a pay rise. We take action on the streets, in the media and online to help people understand the various problems they have in getting paid properly, as well as the various legally required payments they are entitled to as employees of businesses in and around Weymouth and Portland. These include Statutory Sick Pay and Holiday Pay, but at the very simple, to ascertain whether they are receiving the UK legally mandated Minimum Wage.

Policy Proposals – Discussion

We need:

  • an integrated strategy to tackle poverty wages and failing services in W&P, using public resources in key areas;
  • a commitment by local councils to pay the real Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation;
  • a commitment by local councils to equal pay for women, full in-work benefits, and rights at work – and an undertaking to allocate contracts on this basis;
  • a commitment by local councils to end to zero-hours contracts;
  • a commitment by local councils to publish and pursue active strategies to tackle food, fuel and funeral poverty;
  • a commitment by local councils to ban payday loan companies from council advertising spaces;
  • an audit of jobs in W&P, with the participation of local councils, to identify delinquent (“rogue”) employers who evade full payment of wages and in-work benefits, and/or who impose unnecessary charges on employees;
  • trade union organisation to protect rights at work, especially in low-paid sectors including catering, retail and leisure (holiday camps, hotels, tourism);
  • a new agenda for housing that focuses on unoccupied units, a programme of refurbishment and co-operative ownership and/or rental;
  • an urgent review of health provision with direct involvement of the public;
  • an active, high-profile public campaign for improved public transport by road and rail;
  • a collaborative strategy for public “anchor” institutions that provide full-time jobs, rights at work and a continuing contribution to local communities;
  • a working group to advance plans for a University of Dorset based on campuses at Weymouth and Dorchester.
  • Revised policy proposals will be put to MPs, councillors, and all candidates for office in the Unitary Authority and in the next general election. WeyPAW will ask all candidates for their views and intentions.

See WeyPAW policies at www.weypaw.org and on Facebook. Contact WeyPAW at weypaw@gmail.com

Solidarity with German Couriers fighting Deliveroo

From iww.org.uk

On the 13th April, workers, trade unionists and activists in cities all over Germany will be holding a day of action – dubbed ‘Black Friday’ – in protest against the union-busting activities of Deliveroo in Germany, along with seeking to highlight the general shoddiness of the companies approach to their workers.

Union Busting at Deliveroo

In November 2017 Deliveroo drivers expressed their wish for a works council to the management in Cologne. They organised themselves via the Facebook page ‘Liefern am Limit’ (Delivery at the limit) and in the Trade Union NGG.

The management in Berlin reacted by deliberately melting down its permanent staff, stating that in future it would only use self-employed couriers.

Until then, riders were employees – albeit only with 6 month contracts, and amongst the couriers that Deliveroo dismissed either by direct dismissal or the non-renewal of contracts was also the Chairman of the Works Council election board.

Further to this, and to prevent attempts by workers to organise in the future, Deliveroo is changing the way that it, and its couriers, communicate with each other. Previously, using the company ‘HipChat’ App, couriers were able to communicate freely with each other, but following changes made to the app they are only able to contact their dispatcher.

This lock down of communication for workers is not only a gross attempt to limit their ability to organise, but also limits their ability to manage their work effectively. Before, they were able to chat with each other all over Germany and enabled them to exchange shifts and collectively help each other on their own.

According to the ‘aktion ./. arbeitsunrecht e.V.‘ who are leading this action in Germany, this ban on communication is an attempt by Deliveroo to “prevent the works council and union organizing ‘virus’ from spreading throughout Germany.”

Poor practices and precarious employment

Alongside highlighting the direct attack by the company on worker’s attempts to organise, the day of action seeks to highlight the poor practices of Deliveroo more generally as well as the precarious position workers in the industry face including:

  • Bogus self-employment
  • Fixed-term contracts as a threat against unionizing
  • Low wages that are not enough to live on
  • Antisocial experiments with zero euro per hour contracts and one-hour shifts

These issues are familiar to us in these islands, with couriers organising within the IWW’s RooRiders and Couriers Networks echoing these sentiments time and again – these issue are not just local, or national, these are international problems which are a direct result of Deliveroo’s (and other similar companies) business model which seeks to get rich off the exploitation of its workers.

What are we doing?

The IWW is calling on couriers up and down the UK to come out on the 13th April to show their support an solidarity for their fellow workers in Germany.

Whether by small scale demo’s expressing solidarity or large scale mass-walkouts, the IWW will provide their full support to workers on the day looking to show their support – let’s show them that despicable union-busting activity and poor conditions are not acceptable and that there is a growing world-wide movement fighting back against their brazen exploitation!

I’m not a courier, what can I do?

Solidarity should always spread beyond the boundaries of an industry to exert the greatest amount of pressure and publicity. If you don’t directly work for Deliveroo or a similar company, you can:

  • Organise your workplace to put on a show of solidarity – get in touch with organising@iww.org.uk if you need support
  • Share the story via social media.  aktion ./. arbeitsunrecht e.V. have created some great facebook and twitter banners for use on your social media profile
  • Petition Deliveroo to stop their union-busting activities in Germany and to listen to their riders demands!

Riseup Security Bulletin

As you have probably read, there are three related security problems in contemporary CPUs. These vulnerabilities open the potential for a nefarious program to steal passwords, secrets, and personal information from you computer, even if the program is just Javascript loaded from a web site you visit. These vulnerabilities are as serious as they sound, and you should take action to upgrade your software.

* The first flaw, called “Meltdown,” affects nearly all Intel CPUs and has been fixed with updates to most operating systems.

* The two other flaws, called “Spectre,” apply to nearly all CPUs built in the last 20 years, not just Intel, although they are more difficult to exploit. There are no permanent fixes for Spectre available at this time, although if you update your software you will make these attacks much less likely.

You should take *both* these steps now, for all your devices:

(1) Upgrade your web browser (see below). These fixes make the new attacks against CPUs more much difficult.

(2) Upgrade your operating system. There are updates available for Windows, macOS, and GNU/Linux that fix the Meltdown vulnerability for Intel CPUs and provide some mitigations for Spectre. Additionally, new releases of iOS and Android have mitigations for Spectre.

Better fixes will continue to arrive in the next weeks/months for your operating system and software. Please keep your system up to date!

Browsers
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By updating your browser, you can make it significantly harder for an attacker to steal secrets off your computer using Javascript loaded from a web site you visit.

Firefox version 57.0.4 and later includes mitigation measures against Spectre attack [1].

Edge has been updated to include Spectre migitations. When you apply the latest Windows update, you will get the new version of Edge.

Safari will be updated very soon, according to Apple. Check the App Store updates.

Chrome will include Spectre mitigations starting with version 64, to be released Jan 23. In the mean time, you can change your configuration to greatly mitigate against the Spectre vulnerability by enabling “site isolation” https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/7623121?hl=en

Additionally, please see https://riseup.net/en/better-web-browsing for instructions on best practices for securing your web experience (which will also help mitigate against these new attacks).

Windows


For Windows 10, you must first upgrade any anti-virus software before upgrading Windows. Failure to do so may make your computer stop working. [2]

To upgrade Windows 10:

> Select the Start button, and then go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and select Check for updates.

Now is a good time to enable automatic updates:

> Select the “Start” button, then select “Settings” > “Update & security” > “Windows Update” > “Advanced options” and then under “Choose how updates are installed”, select “Automatic (recommended)”.

If you are running Windows 7 or 8, an update is also available.

macOS


If you already have macOS version 10.13.2 then you are protected against Meltdown [3]. Otherwise, to upgrade macOS:

> Open the App Store app on your Mac. Click “Updates” in the App Store toolbar, then use the “Update” buttons to download and install any updates listed.

Now is a good time to check enable automatic updates:

> Select the Apple menu, then select “System Preferences” > “App Store” > “Automatically check for updates”.

Apple plans to soon release an update to Safari browser to provide some mitigation against Spectre.

iOS


Apple has said that iOS is affected by Spectre, and an update to mitigate against most of the new attacks has been released. If you have iOS version 11.2 or later, then you are good [3]. To check for new updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Android


The bad news is that Android is vulnerable to Spectre and unless you have a Google-branded phone or run a custom firmware you might not get an update for months, if ever. However, the consensus among security researchers at the moment is that the Spectre attack is difficult enough that there are probably easier ways to compromise an Android device. Yeah?

There is one thing you can do now to make your Android device more safe against these new CPU attacks:

* Turn on “site isolation” in Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/7623121?hl=en
* Upgrade Chrome Browser after Jan 23.
* Alternately, use Firefox for Android.

Debian/Ubuntu GNU/Linux


Run “Software Center” or “Software Updater.”

Alternately, open a terminal and type:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo reboot

Fedora GNU/Linux


Open a terminal and type:

sudo dnf –refresh update kernel
sudo reboot

Stay safe, keep strong,
The Riseup Birds

[1] https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2018-01/
[2] http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/04/microsoft_windows_patch_meltdown/
[3] https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394

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Riseup Newsletter

Riseup have been showering us with newsletters just lately so we haven’t had time to publish them all, maybe if you send them some money, they’ll ease up!

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Also, we have The Super Deluxe Bread and Roses Riseup Raffle [1]

Two lucky people who donate to Riseup will receive a big box of fair trade chocolate, amazing print art, mounted protest photography, top shelf radical science fiction, the blackest coffee, bleeding edge political nonfiction, a 2018 organizer, and more!

If you already have a recurring donation, you will be in the raffle! If you donate through paypal or flattr there will be an email associated with your donation and we will use that to enter you into the raffle. If you are sending a donation by mail, please include an email address with your donation. If you send a wire transfer, please email raffle@riseup.net and provide your donation details.

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