My friend who’s a sens fan ran into Phil kessel at union station and she went up to him and asked him if he was Phil kessel and he’s like yeah but a lot of people around here don’t recognize me and I just ahhghg. He was in toronto in union station right beside the ACC and a sens fan recognized him but not other people
Workers’ Memorial Day, International Workers’ Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured workers takes place annually around the world on April 28, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
Striking fast food workers in New Orleans say ‘Make our wages supersize’
Fast food striker in New Orleans
Striking fast food workers shut down a McDonald’s outlet in New Orleans on Wednesday of last week.Some of the strikers had driven all the way from neighbouring Mississippi to join their fellow workers for a rally outside the city’s Xavier University.
by local residents and trade unionists the mostly women workers later
led an impromptu march up the main road and occupied the local
McDonald’s for a couple of hours.They chanted, “Hold dem burgers, hold dem fries – make our wages supersize!”
The demonstration was part of an
international day of action demanding that fast food workers are paid
Here in the US, the campaign is for $15 an hour.The anger of the protesters was
palpable, with many screaming into the megaphones, “If we don’t get 15,
we’ll shut shit down” and then asking “Who shuts shit down?”, with the
response by everyone else, “We shut shit down!”
Five workers from Walmart were also
there to show solidarity, having been involved in the same fight and
recently winning a pay rise.
45% of Americans say the long-term decline in labor union membership has been mostly a bad thing for the country, while 43% see it as mostly a good thing.
However, the effects of the decline in union membership on working people is seen in more negative terms: 52% say the reduction in union representation has been mostly bad for working people, compared with fewer (40%) who say it has been mostly good.
How workers are fighting back against low pay and zero hours
Low paid workers are unable to make ends meet as bosses cut their
hours and attack their conditions—but they are organising resistance in
Britain and beyond, reports Nick Clark
Fast Food Rights protest outside a McDonald’s in London last week
and more workers are struggling with low pay and poor working
conditions as bosses make them suffer to weather the financial crisis.Kieran, a restaurant worker at Heathrow Airport, knows this too well.
His bosses are trying to cut workers’ hours at the same time as taking
more money off them.
He told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been working at the restaurant for 15 years. They pay the minimum wage and take 30 percent of our credit card tips—now they want to take that up to 60 percent”.He added, “I’m on a 35-hour contract. But last week they only gave me
28 because there wasn’t enough work. It’s completely illegal, but
they’ll try and get away with anything”.
The attacks are linked to the issue of zero hours contracts, which are making life a misery for thousands of workers in Britain.The contracts don’t guarantee a set number of hours. Instead they give bosses power to alter hours on a daily or weekly basis. This means workers never know how much money they will have coming in from one week to the next.
Toni works in two different cafes on zero hours contracts in Glasgow.“You can’t really plan from one week to the next,” she told Socialist
Worker. “I’m lucky I don’t have a car or a family or a mortgage. But
there are a lot of people on zero hours contracts who do.“If I get my rota for my other job and the shifts don’t match up they just cut my hours. Money“The only reason I’m doing two shifts in the first place is that I don’t have enough money to live on.”
Kiya, a hotel worker in London, is not on a zero hours contract—but still has problems with hours.She said, “On reception we work eight and a half hour shifts, with half an hour taken off for a break.“That’s pretty much eight solid hours on your feet. When
we ask for a break our supervisor thinks it’s a strange thing. They
tell me I’m lucky because agency workers don’t get them at all. “They seem to think we don’t need any breaks”.
The attacks on workers’ conditions can be linked to the economic crisis. When
profits fall or stagnate, bosses will try to squeeze as much as they
can out of workers by forcing them to work longer for less.But there has been resistance. Low paid workers and workers on zero
hours contracts are joining unions and organising a fightback.
As Toni said, “Fighting back starts with us. Without us, the bosses would be fuck all.”
Some workers’ names have been changed
‘People have to organise fightback in their workplace’Low paid workers and other activists held protests across Britain on Wednesday of last week.
The demonstrations were organised by the Fast Food Rights campaign. They were part of an international day of action demanding an end to
zero hours contracts, to demand a living wage and building trade union
organisation.Cafe workers on zero hours contracts Toni and Lorna led the march in Glasgow. Lorna
told Socialist Worker, “Our boss actually said to me if he was to pay
his staff a living wage he would lose £1,200 a year. That’s nothing.
That’s £25 a week”. She added, “He’s going on a motorbike holiday to the states next week.“He’s got plenty of money for that and he won’t even pay his staff enough to live on. He keeps all the profits that we make.”
Lorna and Toni have both joined the food workers’ union Bfawu. And they’re getting others to do the same. Lorna
said, “People have got to join the union—they’ve got to organise to
fight back in their workplaces. They need to start taking action and
doing stuff.”The Fast Food Rights campaign was launched by the bakers’ union Bfawu
at a meeting hosted by Labour MP John McDonnell and Unite the
Resistance in January last year.
Bfawu national president Ian Hodson joined the protest in London. He
told Socialist Worker, “The fundamental part of the campaign is that we
remind people of their power—that it’s people who change things.”He also said that the union will consider strikes if bosses refuse to listen to workers’ demands.“If management aren’t prepared to talk, we’re going to have to take action,” he said. “If that means hitting them where it hurts by stopping them from being able to sell products, then that’s what we’ll do.”
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60,000 take to US streets
Tens of thousands of striking low paid workers in more than 200
cities across the US walked out of work to join protests on Wednesday of
last week.Some 60,000 joined demonstrations in cities including Boston, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
It was the biggest action yet in the fight to make $15 (£10) an hour the minimum wage and for union rights. The protests were also the largest by low paid workers in US history. Some 15,000 took demonstrated in New York City.The Fight for $15 campaign began with fast food workers in New York in 2012.
It has since widened to involve other low paid workers.Wednesday’s protesters included home-care assistants, Walmart
workers, child-care aides, airport workers and other low wage workers.
The global day of action also saw strikes in Italy, France and New Zealand. And low paid workers joined demonstrations in over 40 countries, including Brazil and Hong Kong.
Apart from giving the impression that those fleeing the continent are confirming the myth of the ‘dark continent’ where life is ‘nasty, brutish and short’, the current lack of coherent messages and action from the AU creates the impression that this particular challenge can only be solved by those that in any event prefer that Africans don’t burden their political economies.
It is not only tragic but dehumanizing for many an African to see and know that an increasing number of us are willing to die rather than live here. It is even more distressing to know that our elected or appointed representatives do not take this issue as seriously as they should.