retail and food

Scots truckers strike against Tesco

Tesco distribution director Laurie McIlwee: not a happy chappy

Eddie Stobart drivers have refused to scab on their Tesco counterparts and deliver supplies to Scottish supermarkets this bank holiday weekend.

The 150 Tesco drivers - who supply nearly 100 stores in Scotland - are on strike against the company's seeking to derecognise the drivers' union (UNITE), a move the union says would have cost many drivers £3,000 or more per year. The drivers voted 126 to 6 for strike action from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th May.

Asda: part of the Wal-Mart spy ring

Following an admission from US supermarket giant Wal-Mart that the company has employed some of its estimated 400 investigators to spy on groups who stand against them, enquiries by Freedom have uncovered a similar story at UK subsidiary Asda.

During the most recent major conflict between Asda and an outside body, a dispute between the company and the GMB led to bug detectors being deployed by unionists during negotiations to avoid surveillance by managers.

Vietnam: Farm-workers' union members remain in jail

Five organisers from the independent United Workers-Farmers Organization, were arrested and remain in prison.

In Vietnam independent unions are illegal, Nguyen Tan Hoanh, Tran Thi Le Hang, Doan Huy Chuong and his father Doan Van Dien were arrested in November last year, a month after the organisation was launched. Tran Quoc Hien was arrested in January this year after his election as a spokesman for the UWFO.

Strikes in Egypt spread from centre of gravity

Ghazl el-Mahalla workers on strike last December. Photo by Nasser Nouri

The longest and strongest wave of worker protest since the end of World War II is rolling through Egypt. In March, the liberal daily al-Masri al-Yawm estimated that no fewer than 222 sit-in strikes, work stoppages, hunger strikes and demonstrations had occurred during 2006.

Take from Middle East Report Online

In the first five months of 2007, the paper has reported a new labour action nearly every day. The citizen group Egyptian Workers and Trade Union Watch documented 56 incidents during the month of April, and another 15 during the first week of May alone.[1]

Anarchy, precarity, and the revenge of the IWW: An interview with Starbucks union organiser Daniel Gross

Interview with IWW organizer Daniel Gross where he discusses 'solidarity unionism,' the innovative organizing model that has made gains for Starbucks workers where bureaucratic unions have failed.

In this wide-ranging interview with IWW organizer Daniel Gross conducted by the UK-based Now or Never!, Gross discusses the innovative worker-controlled organizing model, known as solidarity unionism, that has made gains for Starbucks workers where the bureaucratic union model has failed.

Dublin: Wildcat strike in Musgrave warehouse

On 27th of April a spontaneous wildcat strike broke out in Musgrave warehouses in Dublin.

The whole crew, around 80 people, both immigrant and natives - in solidarity stopped their work after successive acts of discrimination by the management.

Mauritius: Yamachiche abattoir workers win strike

Workers at the abattoir have returned to work after winning salary increases and recognition of their union.

The workers had been on strike for over six months when victory was finally declared. At a meeting held on Saturday 87% of the 180 workers agreed to a settlement concluded earlier in the week. Before the strike the abattoir was dealing with over 15000 animals per week

Grampian foods workers on strike tomorrow

Grampian logo

The T&G union has confirmed that around 1,000 workers at Grampian foods will be on strike tomorrow around the country.

The strike will be about half the number of workers who originally voted to strike and a week late, as reported by libcom two weeks ago, this is due to the T&G entering negotiations at several sites across the UK.

Brazilian farmers' occupation kicks off 'Red April' protests

Landless peasants attend MST meeting

Landless Brazilian farmers have begun a series of coordinated protest actions, occupying properties belonging to a large paper firm.

News reports said on Tuesday that around 200 members of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) on Monday evening peacefully occupied a property belonging to the Suzano company in Itanpenitinga in Sao Paulo state. A second property was also occupied in Bonito, in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco.

Grampian foods workers to strike

Workers at several Grampian foods processing plants will go on strike on Tuesday in a row over pay.

Around 2,000 workers will be involved in the strike at plants across the UK including Perthshire, Edinburgh, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Somerset and Wales. 24-hour strikes were also held at sites in Sandycroft, Flintshire (site of the recent airbus wildcats), and Llangefni in October over the same issue.