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The View from the Picket Line: Reports from the food platform strike on October 4th

Reports from UberEats couriers on strike in London, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle. This report was first published by Notes from Below as part of their issue on "a month of revolt in the service sector".

IWW Couriers Network: Why We're Striking on October 4th

The IWW Courier Network has called for a UK-wide strike of food delivery couriers on October 4th. Cities confirmed to be taking part so far include London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle and Plymouth. Couriers in other cities are currently in discussion about joining the action.

Two jobs with one stone - Reports about working at London Linen and Skinny Bakery

A friend of ours summarised his experiences about working at two west London workplaces as a temporary worker…

Chillers, bullies and Fatsolve - Night-shift drift of a Bakkavor food factory cleaner

Over the last four years we spoke to many night-shift cleaners from local food processing plants. Young guys having a spliff after shift, telling us that using the chemicals for cleaning in confined spaces make you think of Syria or other gas attacks. Women workers have less time, as they hurry to get the kids ready for school. From workers at Adelie sandwich plant to LSG Sky Chef airline caterer to Bakkavor ready-meal factory – they all tell us that the time given for cleaning the shop-floor is not enough and that despite their knowledge and responsibility they are paid the lowest possible wage. Read a longer report below…

Bakkavor Factory Newsletter Issue no.4

The Bakkavor food factories in west London are a prime example of the tension between structural oppression of each individual worker - most of them migrant women workers - and a collective potential of working class power. It ain't always easy, but we continue to work within that tension.

Hog farms, toxic water, and more toxic prisons in Texas and beyond

Keith "Malik" Washington writes on the environmental impact of prison-run hog farms.

Bakkavor Factory Newsletter - Issue 3

Bakkavor runs four factories and one warehouse in our area, employing around 3,500 permanent and agency workers. This issue deals with the union election, sex pests and dodgy temp agencies.

Bakkavor Factory Newsletter - Issue 2

Factory newsletter for Bakkavor workers. Bakkavor produces ready-meals for all major UK supermarkets. The company runs four factories and one warehouse in west London, employing in total around 3,000 workers.
PDF-version on: www.workerswildwest.wordpress.com

Do solidarity unions need to ‘go public’?

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Marianne Garneau and MK Lees reexamine the value of the "Going Public" step in solidarity union organizing drives.

Bakkavor Factory Newsletter Issue #1

Bakkavor runs four factories and one warehouse in our area, employing around 3,500 permanent and agency workers. We have been in and around the factories for a while, this is our first newsletter specifically dedicated to Bakkavor workers, in Gujarati and Tamil translation. Main issue is the recent pay deal.