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(en) Ireland, Working Class Resistance #10 - Ireland, Industrial Reports - Working Class Resistance

Date Thu, 22 Dec 2005 00:09:02 +0200


> Solidarity with Tesco Temps Defence Committee
On Thursday 4th of August solidarity actions with the Tesco Temp
Defence Committee took place across Britain and Ireland.
After the scandals with GAMA and Irish Ferries, Tesco are the latest
employers to be reported to be exploiting foreign workers in Ireland.
Two Polish workers who literally refused to break their backs for the
boss in Tesco distribution were fired.
"Usually we pick 750 (boxes), but after three months of the normal
rate our manager wants more, more, more… it's not possible picking
900. You must look after your back, and health and safety processes. If
you pick 1,000 you'll break your back, you can not work like that."
Along with the demand that productivity targets be reduced to a
manageable level the workers are demanding that their sacked
co-workers are reinstated and that agency temps who work for longer
than 3 three months get a permanent contract from Tesco with all the
associated benefits.
Pickets took place in Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Glasgow,
Nottingham, Leeds, Oxford and London.
Despite the rain half a dozen supporters turned out for the Belfast
solidarity action with Tesco temp workers called by the Belfast Local
of Organise!
All the staff on duty where informed of the dispute in Greenhill. There
was genuine concern from the workers and support for the Tesco
Temp Defence Committee's three demands. One member of staff took
leaflets from us and left his till to help distribute them to his fellow
workers.
Polish workers and members of the WSM also picketed Tesco in
Dublin handing out leaflets to the staff and customers.
Five Polish former agency workers organised a picket of Tesco in
Liverpool town centre in solidarity with the demands of the TESCO
Temps Defence Committee while approximately 20 people picketed
the Argyle Street Tesco in Glasgow. Organisers of the Glasgow picket
– acting under the banner of the Industrial Workers of the World
– said the protest was a great success and great fun.
In Nottingham, in the true spirit of Robin Hood, half a dozen trade
unionists and community activists lobbied for a bit of wealth
re-distribution on behalf of the migrant workers being exploited by
Grafton and Tesco.
In Leeds pickets found Tesco customers to be very supportive while
some Tesco staff waved their support from the store and Tesco
delivery drivers took information on their way out. In Oxford Tesco
workers defied their boss to come and talk to pickets. In London
around 20 people turned out to leaflet shoppers and staff at the Tesco
store on Morning Lane in Hackney.
In Poland solidarity protests of Tesco took place on Friday 12th of
August in Poznan, Warsaw and Gdynia.

Walka Trwa! (The Struggle Continues!)

To contact the Tesco Temps Defence Committee please Email or call:
Tesco Temps Defence Committee 00353 857 308 598 (Polish
Language)
For English language information call 00353 845 142 5053

> Gama Workers Victory

The GAMA workers dispute reported in the last issue of
WCR has ended in victory for the workers.
While 200 workers returned to Turkey in May having won
back E40 million in stolen wages 80 stayed on to carry
on the strike and fight to get their overtime pay.
They secured E8,000 for each year worked and severance
pay of E2,500.
A worker with three years service went home with over
65,000 Euro – a lot of money in Ireland and a huge
amount in Turkey.
The action taken by these workers provides an example
of what we can do with a bit of determination, mutual
support, solidarity and direct action And another
dispute found the union bureaucrats lacking.

> BA Wildcat

As we go to press wildcat action has hit British
Airways. Following the summary dismissal of 800
workers by Gate Gourmet, the provider of 80,000
in-flight meals a day for BA at Heathrow, members of
the Transport and General Workers Union began
unofficial secondary action in support of their
colleagues at Gate Gourmet
The wildcat action grounded British Airways. While the
stoppage has forced Gate Gourmet to conciliation
through ACAS management are adamant that they will not
reinstate any of the sacked workers. For Gate Gourmet
staff, those sacked and those facing being drove
further into poverty by a company that’s looking to
make a quick profit and get out, the future just got a
lot bleaker.


Water Charges and Privatisation delayed until April
2007

Government plans to implement Water Charges and
privatise the Water Service has been put back again,
this time to April 2007. Ineptitude, opposition and a
desire to dissipate growing resistance may all play
their part in the further delay. The most damaging
aspect of this announcement is that it becomes harder
to focus attention on the issue and build effective
resistance.
We have however been handed the time to build the
infrastructure needed for an effective non-payment
campaign when the legislation is finalised, the
billing systems put in place and the first bills
printed. Significantly members of the north’s largest
union NIPSA, voted to endorse non-payment at their
recent annual conference in Newcastle County Down.
While the trades union led coalition are collecting
signatures for a petition against water reform and
charges we believe that a more pro-active and
imaginative approach is also needed in order to help
build opposition.
Many are placing faith in persuading our local
politicians to oppose the charge, something that is
pretty easy for them to do while they aren’t actually
sitting at Stormont but we can’t forget that all the
Assembly parties were involved in putting water reform
and charges on the political agenda the last time
round.


Solidarity Appeal from Tehran Transport Workers Sacked
for Union Organising

Organising efforts by the Syndicate of Workers Of
Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company in the Vahed Bus
Company have resulted in the dismissal of 17 union
activists.
The union is calling for solidarity in the face of
what it describes as the company’s extremely harsh
reaction to the workers organising efforts. As well as
the dismissals many have been harassed and have
undergone interrogations at the hands of the Company’s
security forces.
The Syndicate is under extreme pressure from the
Employer and the government-sponsored Workers House
and the Islamic Labour Council to back down on its
demand for recognition.
The sacked workers are also facing great financial
difficulties and as a result, the union has launched a
broad and public fundraising campaign.
The Syndicate is urging all concerned individuals and
labour and progressive organisations around the world
to pressure the Iranian government and the Tehran and
Suburbs Public Transportation Company, demanding the
immediate reinstatement of all fired labour activists.
The Syndicate has also called for financial donations
in order to support the sacked workers and their
families, many of whom are tenants without any other
source of income. In particular, the Company, which is
one of the largest employers in Iran with over 17,000
employees, must be pressured to:

1. Immediately reinstate all fired workers.
2. End the intimidation and harassment of workers and
labour activists in the company.
3. Recognise the newly elected independent union, and
remove the company-selected, government-sponsored
Islamic Labour Council.
4. Negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with
the workers’ union and recognise the right to strike.

PLEASE DONATE TO THE FIRED WORKERS FUND

Donations can be sent to:

International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran
P.O. Box 1164, Station Q
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 2P4
Canada

Please indicate that the money is intended for the
“Tehran Transportation Workers’ Fund”.

From the Pages of Working Class Resistance, magazine of
Organise!

http://www.organiseireland.org
organiseireland@yahoo.ie

From:
Organise Ireland <organiseireland@yahoo.ie>
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