Hungry for Justice - Protest against Macdonalds
There are more than 1.4 million workers in Britain on zero-hour contracts, the vast majority of which are in the tourism, hotel, catering and food industries.
One in ten employers in the UK profit from their staff not knowing whether they'll be able to required from one day to the next. And of course it means that these workers can't be sure that they'll be able to pay their rent/mortgage or feed themselves or their kids from one day to the next.
Disgracefully, Tory Employment Minister Esther McVey has confirmed that any jobseeker turning down a zero hour contract will be sanctioned - ie - lose their benefits for a minimum of 13 weeks.
But there is resistance to this.
Last year, strikes by Hovis workers halted the introduction of zero hour contracts.
On the back of that their union, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) as part of the The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)have launched an international campaign for workers rights in the fast food industry and protests are being organised in many cities across the world on May 15.
As part of the International Day of Action, we are calling for trade unionists, activists and anyone that wants to fight these rotten, insecure conditions to join us in a protest outside McDonalds on May 15th.
Join the international day of protest against Macdonalds treatment of its global workforce
- No To Zero Hours Contracts
- Yes To Workers Rights
Part of the International Day of Action called by BFAWU, IFU, Fast Food Rights, Unite The Resistance
Assemble 18:00 15th May
McDonalds, Cornmarket St, Oxford, OX1 3HB Download leaflet here
Stand up to UKIP - stand up to racist scapegoating
UKIP are a racist, homophobic, misogynistic and ableist party who pretend to stand up for Britain whilst promising tax breaks for millionaires and private schools, and whatever your views are on the EU, UKIP MEPs fail to represent you by simply voting 'no' to everything!
Leafleting: 12pm on Saturday the 17th May outside Blackwell's flagship store on Broad Street.
Julian Blackwell was UKIP's 2nd largest individual donor in 2010.
There will be mass leafleting and petitioning of public against UKIP using racism in its election campaign. In addition to a series of vile racist statements made by a number of UKIP candidates, includin saying Lenny Henry should "go back to black country". UKIP has launched billboards stirring up xenophobia and scapegoating migrants for problems of crumbling public services, low wages and unemployment.
Neil Hamilton, disgraced Tory MP, and now UKIP deputy chairman claims UKIP is a political home for ex-BNP voters.
A stand up to UKIP sample leaflet can be download from here. Printed materials for bulk distribution available on request. Please mail back if you can help on Sat May 17 and we will pass your details on to the organisers.
No More Austerity - national demonstration and free festival
Living standards continue to drop, forcing millions into poverty, yet the politicians remain addicted to austerity.
The People’s Assembly, trade unions and campaign groups are organising a national demonstration and free festival in London on 21 June.
The alternative is unheard of in the media or in Parliament. So the demonstration is assembling right on the BBC’s doorstep then marching to Parliament. Join us!
- Reverse the cuts, re-nationalise our utilities and public services.
- Private profit is not for health, education and social services
- A statutory living wage, abolish zero hour contracts, end the wage freeze
- Invest in building social housing, abolish the bedroom tax and place a cap on private rents
- A higher tax on the rich and a clamp down on tax avoidance
- Invest in creating green jobs
- Increases to welfare and pensions should be tied to average earnings or inflation, whichever is highest
- Stop scapegoating immigrants and those relying on social security
- A publicly owned democratic banking system
- End the cost of war in blood and money: No military interventions, no Trident replacement
- Hands off our unions: support the right to strike, remove the anti-union laws and promote strong, effective collective bargaining
Assemble 1pm, BBC HQ, Portland Place, London