The jumped up little scrotes who have used the referendum result as an excuse to racially abuse and attack people need to be exposed and dealt with like the stain on our class that they are. Whether you are Remain or Leave, don’t know or don’t fucking care, it has rarely been more important to unite behind migrant communities, to confront racism and ensure that the (barely) organised far right are not able to profit from recent events.
Another future is still possible in the wake of the chaos the referendum has brought. But it will not be achieved by a working class at each other’s throat. As the parliamentary Labour Party embarks on the longest suicide note in history then it is down to all those who want a better UK, for everybody who lives here, to act.
That means solidarity and class before whatever country someone happens to have been born in. It means claimants, disabled people, migrants, tenants, low paid workers, students and all those fucked over by five years of austerity escalating the fight against the pampered rich to the point where that is the fucking story that is dominating the front pages.
The campaign by cleaners, currently on permanent strike after facing redundancies and poverty pay at offices managed by one of the world’s richest companies, is a good place to start.
The cleaners work at 100 Wood Street in the City of London, a plush office block housing corporate giants like JP Morgan and Schroders. The building is managed by global real estate firm CBRE who recently contracted Thames Cleaning and Support Services Limited (Thames) to take over cleaning the offices. According to grassroots union United Voices this led to several staff being illegally sacked. To make up for the lack of workers the existing cleaners will be expected to put up with an ever more punishing workload. The company also refuses to pay the London Living Wage.
In response the cleaners have gone on permanent strike which is now entering its fourth week. Several lively demonstrations have also been held. Thames, who have blamed building managers CBRE for the shit wages being paid, took out a £20,000 injunction to try and prevent cleaners from protesting or picketing outside the building they work in. Funny how there is always enough money to attack the poor when they protest but never enough to stop them being poor.
Another demonstration is being held tomorrow, Wednesday 29th June, at 5pm to defend the strike. Meet at 100 Wood Street EC2V, just round the corner from St Paul’s tube. Many of the cleaners are migrants and along with their union are fighting for better wages and conditions for all those in low paying sectors. This is what united working class resistance looks like. They urgently need support. If you can’t make the protest please share the facebook event and you can tell CBRE what you think at: @CBRE
United Voices have also put out an emergency appeals for funds to help support the strike – donate at: http://www.uvwunion.org.uk/emergency-appeal/
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