Dorset IWW supports striking bus drivers in Weymouth.

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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

strike-111 AUG 2016 — BREAKING NEWS: STRIKE AT 100 WOOD STREET IS OVER!

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.

http://www.uvwunion.org.uk/emergency-appeal/

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

Unemployed People Will Not Scab! From IWW Cymru-Wales

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FW Karen:

‘Our Wobbly presence at RF Brookes did not go unnoticed. We stopped and engaged many claimants attending interview in conversation and informed them of their rights – that they shouldn’t be sanctioned for refusing to take a job vacancy thats arisen due to industrial action and also let them know to get in touch for support if that happened.

Workers came to chat with us as well as Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union organisers, we received support from visiting vehicles and a few other people stopped by and joined us in conversation during our stay.

RF Brookes were obviously not happy about the gathering outside their gates and after their miserable security guard grassed and revealed my identity (after he let me through their barrier and as I waited at reception) I was refused an interview.

Following their demands to explain what organisation I was from, what the picket was about and telling them in no uncertain terms that I was not happy about betraying workers involved in an industrial dispute, or about their union busting and scabbing which was met with ignorance… an attempt to pass the buck to the Job Centre was made. The DWP is to be informed that I presented for interview but that my views do not meet their requirements. The feeling is mutual!

I attended a meeting of the BFAWU this evening. They thank us for our picket and solidarity, we’ll be seeing them again soon 😉

wobbly love!”

Day of action in support of Topshop two.

A spur of the moment protest in support of United Voices of the World union’s day of action against topshop, for their poverty wages and anti-union practices.

Dorset wobs assembled outside the shop at criterion arcade, in Bournemouth town centre with a couple of sheets of cardboard and proceeded to make placards; this attracted attention straight away. We hadn’t managed to get any leaflets printed in time so departed from the usual tactic of haranguing passers-by and pressing paper into their hands. Standing and walking around with our placards and banner we found people actually slowed down to read and engage with us rather than marching past with their heads down as usual. We had some interesting conversations and made some good contacts. We were later joined by comrades from Dorset Radical assembly.

The management was alerted to our presence when a punter returned the goods they had just bought, in protest, cops came and went. By the end of the day we had two new members. Our Hampshire group with Southampton Direct Action Initiative picketed the branch in Above Bar street simultaneously – and they had fliers!

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Call for Action against The Verne IRC – 7th May 2016!

Saturday 7th May marks the National Day of Action Against Detention Centres across the UK. Come and demonstrate at one of the UK’s most isolated detention centres, The Verne, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Previously a prison, The Verne was reclassified as an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in September 2014, however it remains under the jurisdiction of Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Aside from the its isolated location, which prevents many detainees from receiving visits, an HM Inspectorate of Prisons report in March 2015 reported high levels of violence within The Verne as well as considerable difficulty for detainees in obtaining legal representation. The inspectors found that just 30 minutes of free legal advice was available and many detainees “struggled to obtain representation to fight their cases”. The report also highlighted “excessive stays”, finding that 40 of The Verne’s 580 inmates had been in detention for over a year and one had been held for over five years.

This barbaric treatment of people seeking to remain in the UK must stop.Join us in support of those detained, and to call for an end to detention: SHUT DOWN THE VERNE! SHUT DOWN DETENTION CENTRES!

DEMONSTRATION 7th May 2016- 12.45 pm- 1.45 pm outside the Verne (bring things to make noise) 2.15 pm in the town.

TRANSPORT TO THE VERNE on the day or contact bristolclosetheverne@riseup.net.

For more information about the Close the Verne Campaign see https://www.facebook.com/closetheverne/?fref=ts

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DORSET IWW JOINS BMA PICKET

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It seems that our beloved Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Rhymes-with-naughty-word Hunt doesn’t really have to expend much effort to totally piss off the working class.

This was proven beyond doubt by the picket that assembled from a number of unions (Dorset IWW, Unite and that Bakers one that gave Hovis a tough time over 0 hours contracts) in solidarity with the BMA outside Bournemouth Hospital at 8.30 on a freezing cold 10th february morning.

The depth to which this toff twat can piss off the working class couldn’t have been made clearer by a solidly determined member of Dorset IWW who was in hospital at the time with an extremely painful back injury that’s going to take a long time to heal.

Our brave and stalwart comrade left her sick bed in only light hospital clothing and somehow made her way to the picket line outside where she stood for 15 minutes in solidarity with the junior doctors. Frozen solid and in excrutiating agony the antics of tory tof cunt Hunt it seems can dull the physical discomfort with the anger it creates. Fellow worker we salute you.

Well Hunt here’s a message for you. If you can piss us off so that we’ll leave our sick beds and let you know what we think of you when we’re fit be very very afraid. One day we’re going to catch up with you and you have a problem pal.

Solidarity with the Junior Doctors. Whereve the Junior Doctors stand Dorset IWW stands with them. An injury to one is an injury to all; literally in this case.