Monthly Archives: January 2015

Liverpool IWW’s Email to Paul Parker of the Quakers Over Zero Hours Sackings

This email was sent in response to a call out for emails ONLY to paulp@quaker.org.uk over the matter discussed in the text below.

Dear Paul,

I am writing to you about the three workers formerly employed on zero-hour contracts in the Friends’ House Hospitality Company.

Liverpool Industrial Workers of the World are shocked that any organisation – let alone a Quaker one, with all its espoused beliefs of social and economic equality – would treat its workers this way.

Friends’ House’s ‘solution’ to the problem of zero-hour contracts is nothing of the kind. The problem with zero-hour contracts is that they offer no job security – employees can lose their jobs suddenly and with little defence – and if those workers try to do something about it they are even more vulnerable than someone on a fixed-hour contract. This is exactly what has happened here.

Your standard response that the union was consulted and the workers given a chance to apply for a job is extremely disingenuous given that you in fact broke negotiations, terminating contracts without proper notice, to advertise a single job pitting all three workers against each other, and the workers chose to protest in solidarity rather than compete.

Our solidarity and support is with the sacked workers. We urge you to reinstate them, and would like to remind you how much Friends’ House’s business depends on an ethical public image.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary, Liverpool IWW

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Solidarity with Leicester Square School of English Teachers and Students!

Liverpool Industrial Workers of the World would like to send out fullest solidarity to the workers at the Leicester Square School of English. The owner, Craig Tallents, closed down the school without notice, owing staff thousands of pounds in unpaid wages.

On top of this, LSSE management literally left students out in the cold. Having not been told of the school’s decision to close, newly arrived international students came to the school on Monday morning, having already paid for and been promised accommodation that LSSE management knew they would no longer be in a position to provide. Luckily, occupying teachers were their to help them out, but LSSE management were perfectly happy to leave these vulnerable students stranded in central London.

In response to these injustices, staff occupied the school and have organised a campaign to secure their rightful wages. So far, they caused the owner, Craig Tallents, to resign from the posh Bancroft’s School and have caused him to take down the website of his company, Asparagus Management Consulting.

For the next stage of the campaign, a picket is planned for this Saturday, the 17th of January. Further information about the dispute can be found here:

http://libcom.org/blog/struggle-leicester-square-school-english-story-so-far-15012015 

https://iww.org.uk/node/925