Bristol IWW Workshop for Workers of Migrant & Refugee background 25TH FEBRUARY 2017

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Bristol IWW will be holding a

WORKSHOP FOR MIGRANT & REFUGEE WORKERS ON SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY AT 10.30-12.30 AT THE STATION, SILVER STREET, BS1 2AG (Triangle Room, 1st floor)

The workshop will consist of a short introduction to basic work rights in the UK with some practical tips on how to deal with issues in the workplace, either individually or with your colleagues. We will be talking about things like types of contracts, pay and national minimum wage, discrimination, how to submit a grievance. You will also have a chance to ask questions.

This workshop is open to anyone from a migrant/refugee background and will be in collaboration with the migrant initiative “One Day Without Us”, which will be taking place on Monday 20th February across the UK. For information on the Bristol event, check their Facebook event.

P.S.

We have been asked on social media to clarify whether this workshop will be safe for “undocumented” migrants working without permission. The answer is that it will be as safe as it can be for people in that situation to attend a public event open to anyone. We are not going to ask anyone to provide that kind of information.

As difficult as it would be to provide formal workplace support to someone in that situation, we certainly wouldn’t turn people away. So, if you are in that situation it may be best to contact us via email at bristol at iww.org.uk AND/OR you can also fill our online questionnaire “Rate Your Boss“. You can do this anonymously if you wish.

Whatever you decide, please know that you are not alone and forgotten. The IWW IS FOR ALL WORKERS, AND FIGHTS FOR ALL WORKERS. Stay strong.

Sacramento Wobbly killed by Turkish state.

Michael Israel.

Michael Israel.

With great sadness we learn that on 29th of November 2016, Fellow Worker Michael Israel, a founder member of Sacramento IWW, and six other people, were killed in a bombing raid by Turkish air force north of Raqqa, Syria. Michael was serving his second tour as a volunteer with the YPG.

In his own words:

“I am back in Rojava again and will be here for the next several months to do my part in defending the revolution.

The Rojava struggle is the most dynamic and ground breaking revolutionary movement of our time. I am determined that it is the job of leftist allies and internationalists to rally behind this movement, to help build it up and learn from it. Things that we may have only dreamed of in theoretical writing are acted upon in Rojava, modified and adapted to their struggle and made real. Rojava is doing this all and reorganizing society despite the chaos and destruction of 5 years of civil war. The gains of the revolution under such austere and harsh conditions is truly remarkable.

Now that I am back in Rojava, I know all my needs will be met. Here I will never be in want of basic necessities for lack of money. I, like all others in Rojava, will never go without food and water, clothing or a place to rest my head at night. The movement takes care of people here.

That is not to say though that Rojava and the rest of Syria do not need help though.

I’m calling on all of my friends and comrades to learn about the Rojava revolution and how they have been leading the charge in the war against ISIS fascists. I’m calling on all of you who are able, to do your part in helping or sending donations so that this revolution may become stronger with the aid of the international community.”

– Michael Israel: via facebook 11th August 2016

We send our respect and condolences to his family, friends and Fellow Workers.

PRISONER STRIKES AND SUPPORTER PROTESTS SWEEP THE NATION – from IWOC

iwwredPRESS RELEASE Monday Sept 12th, 2016

Contact: Azzurra Crispino Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) Media Co-Chair 512-300-5559, iwoc@riseup.net

PRISONER STRIKES AND SUPPORTER PROTESTS SWEEP THE NATION

ATMORE, AL – Over the weekend more than 50 protests erupted across the country and around the world in solidarity with the September 9th nation-wide prisoner work stoppage and protest. Mothers and Families, the outside support organization for the Free Alabama Movement (FAM) rallied with drums and noisemakers outside of Holman Prison while workers kicked off their strike inside. “Officers are performing all tasks” a prisoner texted outside supporters indicating the prisoner work stoppage was successful.

Although the full extent of facilities participating in the strike will not be known for another two weeks, we have received early reports of work stoppage and resistance from Holmes, Gulf and Mayo units in FL, Fluvanna prison in Troy VA, and unnamed units in North Carolina and South Carolina. Central California Women’s Facility, Oregon State Penitentiary and St Cloud Correctional Facility in Minnesota were on lockdown in response to organizing on Friday. Hundreds of prisoners started fires, attacked surveillance cameras and damaged the facilities at Kinross Correctional in Northern Michigan and Holmes Correctional in Florida. No one was seriously injured and prisoners are refusing to
work.

There are confirmed hunger strikes underway in Wisconsin, Ohio, California and Guantanamo Bay. At Merced County Jail in Central California family of inmates have reported that the hunger strikers were threatened with shotguns and dogs. In Ohio there are at least two prisons, Lucasville and Ohio State Penitentiary, where prisoners went on hunger strike beginning September 9th. Prisoners at both Ohio prisons have reported being threatened with being stripped of their contact visits in retaliation for going on strike. We stand in solidarity with prominent US Army whistle blower Chelsea Manning, who initiated a hunger strike on September 9th to protest lack of adequate medical care for trans prisoners.

In Greece and across the US, protests occurred outside of jail, prison and immigrant detention centers. Three large banners were held up facing the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville Ohio, the site of a massive and deadly prisoner uprising in 1993. The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons rallied outside Buckeye State Prison in Arizona, one of many prisons where pollution and contaminated water harm prisoners.

US Embassy protests occurred in England, Australia, Sweden and Germany. From Oregon to Florida and in between, companies profiting off prison were targeted by outside protesters, including Bank of America, McDonalds, Aramark, AT&T and Starbucks. In Lansing Michigan protesters blocked a downtown intersection for hours with a large UHaul truck. In New York City and Durham North Carolina they blocked freeways. In Portland OR protesters disrupted an AT&T and McDonalds, both corporations which use prison labor, as well as held a noise demonstration outside a local jail, then they shut down traffic. There were arrests in: Oakland, CA; Milwaukee Wisconsin; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia. Most were quickly released, but at least three protesters in GA are facing multiple felonies.

Additional Information:

Up-to-date list of institutions striking and solidarity actions here [1]
Organizations Endorsing the Strike here [2]

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: PRISONERS, FORMERLY INCARCERATED WORKERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND LOCAL ACTIVISTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA.

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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

Swindon Unites Protest. Sunday 10th of July 2016.

swindon unites posterOn Sunday 10th of July, there will be a protest in Swindon to stand in solidarity with migrant workers and refugees. The protest is being held with a backdrop of rapidly escalating violence and abuse towards migrant and refugee communities.

The march will be starting at 2pm from Wharf Green in town centre (see below) and will be ending with a picnic in the GWR park, 2 minutes from the train station. Any support you could give in publicising the event, attending of encouraging friends and members to attend would be appreciated. Spanish, Portuguese and Polish versions of the poster are also available on request (from Swindon TUC). Hope to see you next Saturday!

In Solidarity,
Swindon TUC swindontuc@gmail.com

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From Dorset to the world!

We’ve so far avoided comment on the EU referendum.

We have no faith in political structures, legal protections, alliances between ruling elites or corporate lobbyists. Politicians, domestic or foreign can do nothing for us. The power of the Working Class is expressed at the point of production, by withdrawing our labour, which we stand ready to do at any time.

We will support Fellow Workers in struggle, regardless of location, origin or legal status, if you feel threatened or uncertain in these times you can do no better than join the One Big Union for All Workers.