TGIF Steals Tips of Workers in UK


IUF worker solidarity appeal





Workers at two UK restaurants of the US-based franchise chain TGI Friday’s struck for 24 hours on May 18 after being given two days’ notice that they would be stripped of 40% of their income from tips – a loss of up to GBP 250 per month. Workers at two other TGI Friday’s locations have voted 100% in favor of possible strike action on June 25, with other locations set to follow.

As the strikes commenced on May 18, the IUF-affiliated Unite held lunchtime rallies at the restaurants to support the strikers before moving on to a mass low-pay rally in Central London including McDonald’s workers.

You can support the fight back against exploitation and low pay – CLICK HERE to send a message to CEO Karen Forrester, telling the company you support the workers’ demands and urging talks with Unite.


10 July – UK public sector workers strike

PSI (Public Service International)

Striking UK workers demonstrate in London, 2011

On 10 July, up to two million public sector workers in the UK will hold a 24-hour strike. PSI affiliated unions GMB, FBU, PCS, Unison and Unite the Union, together with NIPSA and the teachers’ union NUT, will be striking against the government’s decision to offer a 1% salary increase and against government policy.

As a result of a government pay freeze and pension policy, real-term earnings have decreased by 20% since the government came into power in 2010.

PSI has sent a letter of solidarity and support to its affiliate unions whose members will be on strike.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These workers care for our elderly, clean our streets, feed and educate our school children and keep our libraries running, but they receive no recognition in their pay packets.

“They are mainly low-paid women workers, stressed and demoralised, and they deserve better from their employers and from this government.

“This is the group that has borne the brunt of the government’s austerity agenda.”
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The British Wildcat Strikes

by Eric Lee

Eric Lee

Eric Lee

The recent wave of wildcat strikes by British construction workers at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Lincolnshire is taking place against the background of the most severe economic crisis the country has faced since 1945.

Economists are predicting that the British economy will fare worse than those in other major industrialized countries, with soaring unemployment. The European Commission predicts that the U.K. economy will shrink by 2.8% this year.

Thousands of workers across the country’s industrial heartland have a genuine fear of losing their jobs.

They are convinced that government is not on their side — and the refusal of any of the major political parties to support them in the current crisis has not helped.

A week of protests now seems to be drawing to a close as a union-brokered agreement guarantees the hiring of local workers.

One cannot understand what happened here without understanding the role of the unions.

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