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Fast food workers are hungry for justice and a living wage!

fast-food-rights-logo-square-ii-2This is a guest post from the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU). They are organising actions around the UK on Wednesday against low wages and zero hour contracts in the fast food industry.  BFAWU was one of the first unions to sign up to the Boycott Workfare pledge, after workers at a 2 Sisters Food Group factory in Nottingham were sacked and replaced with people on workfare back in 2012.  Unlike some others, BFAWU has consistently campaigned against workfare as well as the precarious work, poor conditions, and low pay that workfare supports.   See here for more details of BFAWU actions on Wednesday.    

On 15 April 2015, thousands of fast food workers will lead a mass movement of around 60,000 low waged workers striking across the United States to raise the issue of poor wages and the lack of trade union rights within their industry. At the same time, fast food workers and activists in 33 other countries around the world will also be taking action against low pay. Here in the UK, the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union’s Fast Food Rights campaign, which works in conjunction with the US workers’ movement, is calling for an end to the use of zero hours contracts and demanding an increase in the minimum wage to £10 per hour.

Protests have been organised across the country against employers who are wilfully exploiting their workforce in order to boost their already significant profits. Fast Food Rights actions will take place in London, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Darlington, Leeds, Birmingham, Leicester, Cardiff and Southampton (For details: fastfoodrights.wordpress.com)

One fast food worker on a zero hours contract said,

“I’m joining the 15 April global day of action because zero hours contracts and low pay are no way to live. What the American fast food workers have done shows we can fight for better. It is great that the bakers’ union has taken up the fight for £10 an hour and union rights for fast food workers here, and that’s why me and my workmates have joined the union.”


Research recently carried out says that most employers have used the economic crisis to reduce pay and workers’ benefits, with profitable companies decimating the terms and conditions of their employees as a means to further boost profits.

In the UK, we are witnessing a huge rise of in work poverty, with vast swathes of the country’s labour force having to rely on benefits to top up paltry wages. The knock-on effect of this is that an increasingly high number of working people have no disposable income which in turn, has a negative effect on the economy. Indeed, research also suggests that people are often having to use more than 50 percent of their wages just to pay rent, leaving very little for food or other items.

Ian Hodson, national president of the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union said, “It is a scandal that a number of people who are working full-time are having to suffer the indignity of visiting a food bank in order to feed their families. What a savage, damning indictment of austerity Britain and its government, which has clearly turned a blind eye to this shameful inequality and brazen exploitation.

“15 April will prove to be a massive day of action which, in addition to raising the plight of workers in the fast food industry, will also expose the government’s failure to properly deal with tax dodging companies. If that’s not enough, we will be joining together with other workers to stop the privatisation of the National Art Gallery and fight to secure affordable housing. This entire event will unite a number of issues to bring about a collective demand to end the total injustice caused by greedy employers, poverty wages and vulnerable employment contracts.”

@fastfoodrights; fastfoodrights.wordpress.comfastfoodrights@mail.com

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Pension60

Hope today had nice sunshine for your
15 April action and had all the success you wished.

Part time workers face permanent sanctions from Universal Credit from 2016, by Hardship Payments become recoverable loans by direct deductions from wages or benefits by court action, by them not being able to move from part time hours to full time working.

THE ACTUAL PARTIES THAT WILL END SANCTIONS, WORKFARE, BENEFIT CUTS, AUSTERITY

A few very old people will vote out of habit and give us:

277 Labour
264 Tories
28 Lib Dems
(Yougov polling prediction)

326 MPs minimum threshold to form a
UK parliament.

MEANS TORIES HAVE WON

The Tories have to remain in power in a caretaker government in the event of a severe hung parliament, as the numbers say above.

LABOUR HAS LOST FOREVER

Without a multi party coalition of a group of parties, Labour will never again be in government.

HOW VOTING DIFFERENT STOPS DICTATORSHIP OF 5 YEARS OF UNELECTED TORIES?

Only way to lock the Tories and Lib Dems into a minority opposition,
is for the non-voter to come out and
vote different on
Thursday 7 May.

You, the non-voter, won the last election by a landslide victory, as mostly people did not vote.

HOW?

113 TUSC candidates in England

59 SNP all of Scotland

40 Plaid Cymru all of Wales

6 Mebyon Kernow all of Cornwall

10 SOCIALIST GB

1 Green MP already - Brighton Pavilions

But 2 more voting areas in Brighton:

Brighton Kemptown - SOCIALIST GB

Brighton and Hove - TUSC candidate

THE LEFT UNITY PARTY
(ban workfare, abolish sanctions like the above TUSC / Socialist GB

12 about candidates CLASS WAR
DOUBLE DOLE AND PENSION
(Example Liza McKenzie -
Chingford and Wood Green (London) - votes out
Iain Duncan Smith)

13 NATIONAL HEALTH ACTION party
(votes out Stafford Tory,
Health Minister Jeremy Hunt and
Prime Minister Cameron)

400 MPs plus majority anti austerity government, by including the very old bringing about 190 Labour, as a fill in to reach the threshold of 326 MPs to form a government.

HOW POOR NON VOTER NOW OUTNUMBERS ALL OTHER VOTERS /
MORE LINKS TO ABOVE PARTIES GATHERED ONTO ONE WEBSITE FOR YOU / HOW ENSURE REGISTERED TO VOTE (only have til next Monday April 20).

See:
www.anastasia-england.me.uk

Chris

Sorry just got an email.

WIGAN COUNCIL
Councillor candidate
THE LEFT UNITY PARTY

Stuart Bolton
Aspull, New Springs & Whelley ward

Stuart is a retired Bakers’ Union member and former Hovis worker who, amongst other things, is involved in the fight against low pay and zero hours contracts via BFAWU and the Fast Food Rights campaign

THE LEFT UNITY PARTY
Janet Phillips
Ince ward

Janet is a Hovis canteen worker and Bakers’ Union member, opposed to zero hours contracts and cuts in public services. She is a strong opponent of racism and fascism, and thinks our councillors should be fighting the cuts, not implementing them.

WIGAN MP CANDIDATE
THE LEFT UNITY PARTY

Wigan - LEIGH VOTING AREA
Stephen Hall
Leigh MP constituency*
and Atherleigh council ward*

Stephen is a graphic designer and printer.
He is a long-standing community activist,
green socialist, NHS, local school and environmental campaigner,
chair of Leigh Unite union branch and president of
Greater Manchester TUC
(Trades Union Congress).

IT IS FINE TO VOTE DIFFERENT THIS ELECTION AS WE WILL GET THE TORIES FROM A SEVERE HUNG PARLIAMENT, SO THEY WILL STAY IN POWER

NEED A LOT OF DIFFERENT PARTIES TO GET MPs SO CAN GET A STRONG OPPOSITION

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