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Clacton Labour Party will be supporting local Fast Food Workers during the McStrike action on Monday 4th September.

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On Monday 4th September there is a strike at McDonald’s restaurants in Crayford (SE London and Cambridge) supported by BFAWU bakers’ union.  These are the first ever UK McDonald’s workers to go on strike.

Outside London BFAWU are calling for solidarity protests and leafletings at McDonald’s stores around the country.

At the last all members meeting of Clacton Labour Party on Wednesday we agreed to support the strike with a Motion which is reproduced at the bottom of this article.

Members will be campaigning and leafletting McDonalds workers in Clacton Town Centre and in Weeley on Monday.

 

Please join us:

More information about the Clacton meeting and to RSVP:
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More information about the Weeley meeting and to RSVP:
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Find out more about the National Campaign on the FastFoodRights website

Watch a video ‘£10 per hour isn’t pie in the sky’:

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday

 

Rick Grogan

Clacton CLP

 

 

MOTION: Solidarity with BFAWU McDonald’s #McStrike


Clacton CLP Notes
1) The Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have notified McDonald’s that 40 workers at 2 stores have voted by 95.7 percent to strike, with the first strike date set for 4 September 2017. UK McDonald’s workers in BFAWU are set to strike over the company’s failure to deal with grievances related to drastic cuts to employee hours and bullying in the workplace – viewed by some as a punishment for joining a union.

2) Alongside this, workers are dissatisfied with McDonald’s for failing to deliver on the contracts they have been promised which were set to end the use of zero-hour terms. Attempting to live on low wages, with no guaranteed hours, has meant that some employees have found themselves unable to meet their rent payments and out of their homes as a result.

3) The UK McDonald’s strike is part of a growing global movement advocating for the fair and decent treatment of workers, spearheaded by the “Fight for $15” strike movement in the US, which the BFAWU Fast Food Rights campaign works alongside.

4) Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady are among those who have publicised their support for the BFAWU action at McDonald’s.

5) Workers will also be calling for a fair wage of £10 per hour, and the recognition of their right to form a trade union as employees of the company.

Clacton CLP believes:
1) The BFAWU strike at McDonald’s is seeing low waged, previously un-unionised workers organising into a union and standing up to take on a notorious employer in a notorious industry for undermining workers’ basic rights and conditions. The workers need the full, concrete and urgent solidarity of the wider trade union and social movement.

This is a fight for us all, and one that has already seen gains, such as McDonald’s UK’s announcement that they would deliver on their previous promise of guaranteed hours’ contracts for every worker by the end of 2017. A victory at McDonald’s for BFAWU members would be a victory for the whole trade union movement.

Clacton CLP Resolves
1) To fully support the #McStrike campaign by BFAWU, and send a solidarity message from this body.

2) To publicise all activities and events in the strike campaign, and encourage our members to attend, with banners where possible, and to send support to the BFAWU members taking action. Messages of support can be sent to fastfoodrights@mail.com

3) To give a solidarity donation of £20 to the strike fund. Payments can be made via this website: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/fast-food-rights-uk

 

McStrike: Clacton Labour Party Supporting Fast Food Workers in Clacton and Weeley

Clacton Labour Party will be supporting local Fast Food Workers during the McStrike action on Monday 4th September.

At the first meeting of the Clacton Labour Party since the General Election, members heard that the campaign had attracted something over 70 new members, bringing the total membership up to a record 400. Our Parliamentary Candidate, Tasha Osben, thanked everyone for their “monumental effort” in supporting her and in forging a real grass roots movement made up of older more experienced members and younger enthusiastic members. She said it had put the Party on a solid footing for going forward and that this was just the start of campaigning across the constituency which will lead on to much greater success in the future. 

Clacton Labour Party at a recent Social event

 

The Chair, George Taylor, thanked Tasha for all her hard work and said that Clacton Labour Party had been recognised by the Eastern Regional Office, who had sent him an email congratulating the members on a “magnificent campaign.”

The meeting was also told that it had been agreed that Clacton MIU would be kept open. Campaigns organiser, Chris Bee, said this was an excellent result and that it was largely down to the Clacton Labour Party’s campaign. He warned though that this wasn’t the end of the matter and pressure needed to be kept up to ensure the NHS was properly funded in this area.

Labour Party Membership in Clacton over 400

At the first meeting of the Clacton Labour Party since the General Election, members heard that the campaign had attracted something over 70 new members, bringing the total membership up...


Dear all,

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Firstly, I would like to thank everybody who has supported me in standing as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Clacton: from friends both within and outside of the Labour Party who urged me to put myself forward, who had confidence in my principles and the strength of my conviction; to fellow members who gave me their backing throughout the selection process and believed that I was strong enough to stand up for what we all believe in, and who felt that I was a good enough candidate to represent our wonderful constituency in Parliament; to all of those who have been loyal and dedicated volunteers during this campaign - both those who are members of the party, and those who are not but who believe in what we are trying to do here - your commitment, dedication and hard work has been inspirational and I could not have done this without you.

I would also like to thank the thousands of residents in Clacton who trusted me enough to put their cross against my name on their ballot sheet. It has been an honour and a privilege to stand in this election and I am beyond grateful that so many people came out on polling day to show their support for the campaign that we have run and the policies that we have put forward.

I know many will be disappointed that Labour did not win a majority in Clacton or across the country, and I know that many will be looking ahead to the future under a Conservative-DUP ‘coalition of chaos’ with fear and anxiety in your hearts, but I want to take this moment to try to put forward a little bit of hope.

Hope is really what this campaign has been about. Against onslaughts of media smears and against the Tory narrative that ‘there is no alternative’ to austerity, and even against doubts from within our own party about the electability of a Labour Party that would be bold enough to put forward our manifesto for the many, we have done just that and our policies of hope and our call for change has been accepted with open arms. Political history was made on June 8th and we have moved the benchmarks for what can be defined as left or left-of-centre politics.

We must not be glum as we move forward. We, as a party and as a country, have laid the foundations for a future, which is truly fair for all, in which politics is there to serve the people, rather than the powerful. Theresa May called this election hoping to increase her majority, to receive the mandate that she wanted for her diabolical social care reforms, for scrapping free school meals, for continuing to cut our public services, for bringing back fox hunting, and for her reckless approach to Brexit. The people have refused to give her that mandate, and the Conservatives have lost their majority.

Meanwhile, against all the odds, in a general election that started with a seemingly impossible-to-bridge gap in polls between Corbyn’s Labour and May’s ‘strong and stable’ Conservative Party, Labour have gained 34 seats across the UK. The people have spoken, and they do not reject Corbyn’s Labour as ‘unelectable’; they do not reject Corbyn’s policies for the people as ‘impossible’; they have had enough of austerity politics, enough of a country run only for the few, and not for the many.

Jeremy Corbyn has been an inspiration to me throughout the course of this campaign. I have tried to be as approachable and accessible as possible. When people have tried to turn things personal, I have responded with dignity and civility; this campaign has been about policies, not personalities. I have followed Corbyn’s example and refused to engage in smears and personal insults. The Tories’ campaign relied too much on the latter, and fortunately for us all, I believe that has played a large part in their undoing.

This was always going to be a challenging election, but one thing is clear to us as we move forward: Labour has changed the debate in British politics, and Corbyn has solidified his rightful place as the leader of our party. We have put forward a detailed, costed manifesto with popular policies, reflecting the views of the majority in society and setting the Labour Party well apart from other political parties, giving comfort and inspiration to those previously-disillusioned members of the electorate who would usually have abstained from voting on the basis that all parties were the same. Throughout the course of this election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn has toured the country, and made countless appearances across all forms of media, and the more people have been exposed to the real Jeremy Corbyn - and not the twisted media misrepresentation of him - the more people have liked what they have seen.

I am heartened by the many MPs coming out and pledging their support for Corbyn; it takes a great quality of character to stand in the spotlight and admit, “I was wrong”. What Labour has achieved over the short 6 weeks of this snap-election is unbelievably exciting. Imagine what could have been achieved if the whole party had been united behind Corbyn from the day he was first elected, and now imagine what WILL be achieved, as we move forward in solidarity, as a reformed and unified party. I sincerely look forward to moving into this new era of British politics with you, as part of a Labour Party who is unashamedly standing up #ForTheMany, putting forward policies of hope, and opposing the Tories’ failed austerity politics, which benefit only the few.

Thank you again to everybody who voted for me, and to all who supported and volunteered in our campaign in Clacton. An 11% swing to the Labour Party was an unimaginable success at the start of this campaign, and it is due to the commitment and dedication of our volunteers and the brilliant, honest policies that we have been able to put forward under Corbyn’s leadership. I am excited to be moving forward as part of a Labour Party that has cemented its position as the party for the many, and I look forward to working with our members to continue to oppose austerity politics where they impact us at home in Clacton.

With warmest regards,

 

Tasha Osben

 

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