Monday, 21 August 2017

BECTU Members at Picturehouse cinemas took further strike action 4 and 5 August 2017

BECTU Members at Picturehouse cinemas took further strike action 4 and 5 August 2017
Save the Date – 17 October 2017
‘Britain Still Needs a Pay Rise’ and ‘End the Public Sector Pay Cap’
TUC Lobby of Parliament (14.00-16.00) and Rally in Parliament Square (16.30-18.00)
BECTU members working at Picturehouse cinemas in Brixton, Hackney, Crouch End, Piccadilly, East Dulwich, and Duke of York’s Cinema in Brighton have taken strike action in recent months as part of a growing campaign for the (London) Living Wage, sick pay, maternity pay and union recognition. More than 50 strikes have been held since September 2016
BECTU members took further strike action taken on 4 and 5 August 2017 at the Ritzy, Picturehouse Central, Hackney, East Dulwich and Crouch End.
It is expected that BECTU will re-ballot members at all five sites during August to renew the mandate for further industrial action.
Management had agreed to pay the London Living Wage to staff at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton as part of a settlement to a previous dispute, but revoked that agreement.
Three union activists were recently dismissed by Picturehouse and BECTU has announced that it will challenge those dismissals at Employment Tribunals.
BECTU has succeeded in recruiting new members at other cinemas in the Picturehouse chain, and the campaign for the London Living Wage in London, and the Living Wage outside of London has broadened and intensified.
BECTU reports that Picturehouse has repeatedly challenged the orderly behaviour of union pickets and members of the public, who are supporting striking workers, seemingly in an attempt to discourage picketing.
SERTUC has visited these BECTU picket lines on strike days many times to offer our solidarity, and it is important that trade union members and communities continue to support these trade union members in their struggle for fair pay through organised trade unionism.
·         stay alert for further information about the dispute: see
·         Urge your MP to sign the Early Day Motion
·         The campaign by union members at Picturehouse has secured substantial support, both local and national.  Please help them in their fight by donating to their strike fund
·         Tweet @RitzyLivingWage

Save the Date – 1 October 2017
People’s Assembly National Demonstration, Manchester: “No More Austerity – Scrap the Pay Cap
Save the Date – 12 October 2017
Britain Deserves a Pay Rise and End the Cap Now, London Demonstration
Save the Date – 17 October 2017
Britain Still Needs a Pay Rise and End the public Sector Cap, Lobby of Parliament and Rally

Laurie Heselden
Regional Policy and Campaigns Officer
TUC – London, South East and East of England

T: 0207 467 1292 (DL) and 0207 467 1220 (Darren Lewis/Joanne Williams - Office Administrators)
m: 0781 800 2877        e:        @TUCLaurieHeseld

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Exploitative conditions in Chinese electronics factories

Exploitative conditions in Chinese electronics factories.

Dear Friends,
You're probably aware of the very harsh and exploitative conditions in Chinese electronics factories. This came to world attention in 2010 when there was a wave of workers' suicides at the Foxcon factory, which produces Apple's iPads and iPhones. Although the company has made some slight improvements in conditions, its main response was to introduce large numbers of robots.
Jack Linchuan Qiu, whose book 'Goodbye iSlave' documents working conditions and workers' attempts to organise in Chinese electronics factories will be in London on Septemeber 6th 2017, and Breaking the Frame is organising a meeting with trade unionists to inform and build solidarity with Chinese workers. You are invited to attend/send a delegate to the meeting, which will be at 3PM on September 6th at the Feminist Library meeting room, 5A Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XW.
If you are able to attend, please let us know by emailing Please help us publicise this event by forwarding this email to your colleagues.
Again, please forward this information to colleagues and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you on September 6.
In solidarity,
Dave King

Monday, 14 August 2017


Newsletter No.10 from the Greener Jobs Alliance.

Here's the link to Newsletter No.10 from the Greener Jobs Alliance.
August, 2017
Another world is possible

Words are powerful and can shape our understanding. Dull words like ‘environment’ don’t sparkle. Scientist George Monbiot argues that , “If we called protected areas ‘places of natural wonder’, we would not only speak to people’s love of nature but also establish an aspiration that conveys what they ought to be. Let’s stop using the word environment, and use terms such as ‘living planet’ and ‘natural world’ instead, as they allow us to form a picture of what we are describing. Let’s abandon the term climate change and start saying ‘climate breakdown’. Instead of extinction, let’s adopt the word promoted by the lawyer Polly Higgins: ecocide.”

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

"Moving the trade unions past fossil fuels"

"Moving the trade unions past fossil fuels". Interview with Sam Mason of PCS, the civil service union, on People & Nature.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

'Venezuela is a different place to the one you read about in international press'

aknowledgements to Jay Ginn
Dear friends:

Please find below the link to an article by the Irish Examiner, in which Irish union official Adrian Kane informs about Venezuela´s current situation, including the National Constituent Assembly elections. 

With regards,

Press Unit
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in London.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep - 4 Oct 2017

Planned to coincide directly with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester we will be holding 5 full days of protest, music, comedy, direct actions, meetings, events and a whole lot more...  
This is will probably be the most ambitious event the People's Assembly Against Austerity have ever undertaken. We will make sure the Tories, can't move through Manchester without feeling the full force of opposition to their austerity policies. 

The week of action will include:
National Demonstration - Sunday 1 October 2017
Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap
For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education
Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester - March to the Conference Centre
This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference. Coaches and transport is being arranged from across the country for the day.
If you can organise a group of people to travel from your organisation, workplace or community then please get in touch - we can put you in touch with people in your area and advise on best transport options.

Get Ready | Get Involved | Get Organised
The week will be packed full & we’re encouraging as many people as possible to stay for the whole week. Book time off work now - we will be arranging accommodation for people in a community centre. This will be basic but will be very cheap. Full details and booking available soon.
Other events in the week will be announced every few days so keep an eye on our website and the event on Facebook.
Please check out the Facebook page here, like it and share widely. 

Also check out our transport page here. These are the few coaches already booked and don't forget to keep checking back as more come in... Also please send us your coach details as soon as you have them to so we can add them to the site. 
To take on this task we need to raise a huge amount of money. The more money we raise, the more venues we can book, protests and demonstrations we can organise, events can take place.
We need to raise a minimum of £70,000 but once we hit that target we won’t stop fundraising - we’ll just go bigger and bolder with the events we can plan.
Please make a donation and help make this huge!


The People's Assembly Against Austerity