Dear Wobblies in Bristol and beyond,
we are thrilled to present to you the first Bristol IWW Newsletter (Summer Edition)!
– Casework updates (or “Meet Wobbly Superheroes who fought back against Bad Bosses”)
– Report from the May 2015 National Conference aka #Wobference
– Call out for the 2015 Organiser Summit in Sheffield on 11th July
– Call out to Spanish- and Italian-speaking workers
– Info on our Summer Social in Bristol
You can view the newsletter as an image below, or you can download it here as a PDF file: Bristol IWW 2015 Summer Newsletter.
Enjoy the read!
The June 2015 issue of the Industrial Worker is here!
You can download a PDF from the international IWW website here.
- #ResistenciaMovistar: A Strike Of This Century In Spain
- IWW Statement On Baltimore Uprising And Police Repression
- Amtrak Wreck Could Have Been Prevented
- May Day Celebrated Around The World
- Staughton Lynd Reviews New Saul Alinsky Biography
- Call To Support Migrant Workers In Europe
Got workplace issues and not sure what to do? Live in Bristol but speak Italian or Spanish as your first language? Want to join a union and learn more about your rights as a worker and how to organise in your workplace? Give us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know any Italian- and/or Spanish-speaking workers in Bristol please pass this on!
Note: this report has been anonymised for legal reasons.
A fellow worker had worked for the same boss for over 5 years. After a holiday of 6 weeks, granted to him by the boss, he returned to find his hours reduced. A few weeks later he was told that he was ‘surplus to business requirements’ and that they did not have enough hours for him.
This dismissal came completely out of the blue with no disciplinary procedure at all. Then, in his last week of work (having only been given one week’s notice) his job was advertised in the window of the shop.
Not only was he owed a significant amount in unpaid holiday pay and wages; his former employer offered no redundancy pay to help him while he looked for another job.
He then decided to take the issue to his union, the Industrial Workers of the World, who wrote to the company and asked for a meeting to ensure that he received his wages and the holiday pay. After a terse, incoherent and rude written response from the boss, (in which the company expressed that they felt there was ‘no need’ for any further discussion), the union decided to visit in person to deliver their demands and ensure that this boss knows what to expect when he treats his workforce unfairly with little respect. Read more
Amnesty International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Digitale Gesellschaft and Privacy International have just released DETEKT, a really effective anti-surveillance program built to detect state spyware on PCs.
You can download it here.
All IWW organisers, delegates and officers especially should run this on a regular basis. We can never be too careful.
For more information, check out this page: