A call to our friends - Distribution day and after-action drinks in Gr**nford, 21st December

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AngryWorkersWorld
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Dec 13 2014 10:29
A call to our friends - Distribution day and after-action drinks in Gr**nford, 21st December

Dear all,

We need your help for a leaflet distribution day at our warehouse in west London. We want to hand out a leaflet to all shifts and to the drivers in particular. It would be good to show a bit of force, e.g. bigger groups of comrades distributing, with banners, whistles and a lively atmosphere! 

What is the situation?

We had smaller meetings with around ten temp workmates to discuss the situation. We came up with the idea of handing over a letter to the temp-agency, asking for at least four guaranteed shifts per week (instead of zero-hours) and £9.15 p/h (instead of £6.70). We agreed that we would give the letter to management, once 50 out of 90 people signed. So far 25 people have signed. We could still collect more signatures with a more co-ordinated effort, but we are re-evaluating the situation, in particular after the temp agency keeps on hiring an over-supply of workers. Even if all temps would sign or engage in action, under the current conditions they could easily sack 20 of us and ask the permanents to work over-time until they find people to replace the trouble-makers. The relationship with the permanents on our shift is good, but we don't have contacts to many of the others. At the same time we are getting to know much more about the situation and discontent of the 150 truck-drivers. Therefore we thought of distributing a leaflet along the following lines, mainly addressing the permanents:

- the temps are pissed off, but need your support in case of repression;
- you are also under pressure, and working next to low-waged guys on zero-hour contracts undermines your position - mentioning some specific problems of the drivers.

It is also meant as a sign to the company, that they should think twice before kicking people out e.g. by showing that workers have some potential external support. We recently distributed a newspaper article about temp workers' protests at the company's warehouse in Swindon, which was well received e.g. people put it up in the locker-rooms. The dynamic between leaflets and internal atmosphere and debate somehow works.

What is the plan?

It would be great to distribute the leaflet on Sunday, 21st of December, from 6:30am to 9:30am, 11.30-2pm and 7.30pm-10pm. We can use our flat as a base, meaning that people could sleep over on the 20th of December, return for an extra nap and we plan on having drinks and music from 10pm, as a post-distribution chill out.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you could help us out, at what times you could distribute and your preferred breakfast fodder and alcoholic beverages! We will send out the draft of the leaflet for discussion soon.

Stay tuned!

Some angryworkers

angryworkersworld@gmail.com

wojtek
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Dec 20 2014 09:58

Sorry in advance if this is a dumb post. Are you working within a seasonal industry with peaks and troughs? Where you work, isn't the number of hours you work directly tied to the demands of clients and therefore production levels? I'm just trying to get my head around your demand for presumably a greater number of hours. Would there be anything for you to do?

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wojtek
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Dec 29 2014 14:45

How did this go?

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Dec 29 2014 20:23

Yeah, I'd also really like to hear about how this went as it sounds like a really interesting project!

AngryWorkersWorld
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Dec 30 2014 10:46

heya,

thanks for the interest. to answer the first question: work volume is not really seasonal, although it drops during holidays (people buy less ready-meals and sandwiches). the agency gets the order volume from the supermarkets a day before, so they roughly plan how many workers they will need the next day and either you get your shift or they cancel you...

the leafletting went fine, we were between five to ten people (less early in the morning, more during the midday). unfortunately only few temps worked during the day. we mainly targetted the drivers - there are around 150 guys employed driving trucks. atmosphere was good, two truckers replied by email, gave us some advice or messages of solidarity. aim of the leaflet was to address the permanents and drivers and tell them about the situation if the temps - also as a sign to management. we will see how things continue when work picks up again after New Year.

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Jan 1 2015 15:13

Sounds like it went quite well.. have you approached any organisations about help getting numbers out for this? I know there are SF members out west and I'm pretty sure I've met some West London Wobs as well..