Monthly Archives: January 2016

Via South London SolFed: Kinder, Pay Up


Lydia worked 30 hours for Kinder Sports between the 6th and 22nd of October. Kinder Sports have repeatedly tried to weasel out of paying Lydia fairly and promptly for the work she undertook for them.


Lydia and South London Solidarity Federation are now calling for a communications blockade on Twitter against Kinder Sports for unpaid wages. Kinder Sports, run by Matt Longhurst, provide after-school sports activities and some school hours provision at locations around Dartford in Kent.

Lydia began working for Kinder Sports on October the 6th as a sports coach for children. The nature of the work meant that Lydia was often travelling for more than an hour each way in order to undertake a maximum of four hours work. Lydia was initially happy with this arrangement as she had been assured that she would be £12 per hour for her work. After working for a week and struggling with the travel costs Matt offered to pay £20 per week toward Lydia’s travel costs. Lydia continued working until the 22nd of October. After this date she was unable to get in contact with Matt Longhurst as he continually gave excuses as to why he was unable to respond to her questions about how much she would be paid and when for the work already undertaken. Lydia was offered no further work after this date. Lydia initially expected to be paid on the 30th of October for her work, when she did not receive her pay Matt Longhurst told her she would be paid on November 24th.
To date, with the exception of the money towards her travel costs, Lydia has not been paid for the 30 hours work she undertook for Kinder Sports.

Matt Longhurst ignored our initial communication regarding Lydia’s wages and when contacted by phone spun some more yarns about having agreed to pay Lydia £140 once she had returned a work uniform. We support Lydia in saying this by no means represents fair remuneration for her work. We ask Matt Longhurst to pay the full £360 for 30 hours worked at £12 per hour.

Join us and Lydia by tweeting at Matt Longhurst and his business associates demanding that Kinder Sports pay up the wages that are owed.

On Friday 29th January 2016 please tweet at
@SKFA2 Matt Longhurst, secetary of Kinder Sports
@Groomys Sam Groombridge director of Kinder Sports

Solidarity with Heathrow 13 activists.

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

Among thirteen defendants threatened with incarceration are two members of our One Big Union. Fellow Workers  Ella Gilbert from Norwich and Bec Sanderson from Machynlleth. We express our solidarity and admiration for their courage.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

More information atPlane Stupid .

#Heathrow13 Trial Verdict – Press Release

Runway Occupation on Trial – Verdicts

Monday, January 20th, 2016, London – Today in Willesden Magistrates Court, the thirteen Plane Stupid activists who occupied Heathrow’s north runway for six hours on the 13th of July last year were all convicted of aggravated trespass and being airside without lawful authority. The Judge has asked them all to return in 3 weeks on the 24th February for sentencing and has advised all defendants to prepare for immediate custodial sentences.

The thirteen defendants released the following statement, in response to their convictions:

“Today’s judgement demonstrates that the legal system…

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