Just in time for May Day, another pay packet win for SolFed - this time it's Newcastle Local's turn.
Newcastle Local have just won a substantial unpaid wages pay claim with a glazing and building company, based in Monkseaton, Tyne and Wear.
Acting with a worker who contacted us for support after unsuccessfully battling her former boss for wages due to her, and having agreed a demand and strategy, Newcastle SolFed initiated a public awareness campaign drawing attention to the behaviour and practices of the owner of the shop. The owner is notorious for his abuse of workers' rights: summarily sacking and not paying workers, as well as deducting money from wages for taxes that he never pays.
Despite empty threats, harassment and intimidation to both the former employee and to Newcastle Local, the company capitulated due to door-to-door leafleting of the neighbourhood, four days before his shop was planned to be picketed.
Newcastle Local would have preferred the company to have promptly paid the money owed - a four figured sum - without having to resort to direct action, thus keeping the name of the company out of the public domain. However due to the owner's slippery attempts at delay his public shaming was unavoidable.
The intimidation and harassment only served to increase our determination with the result of a quick and easy win for the Local that gained us an extra member.
Taken from the SolFed website