PCS held a successful Solidarity Social on 8 July to raise money for our striking members working for Aramark and ISS in the Department for Business, Interserve at the FCO and Ealing tax office.
The London and south east region organised the event to help members in the region who are, or have been recently, taking strike action.
A packed room of members and activists showed their competitive side during a quiz, the highlight of which was when one of our Interserve members unexpectedly treating us to a foot-stomping rendition of Joe Hill, a song about an American union organiser and song writer.
Ticket sales, raffle ticket sales for the prizes donated by PCS activists, staff, and the regional TUC, plus the voluntary donations made for the food all helped to raise a total of £1296.97 which will be shared amongst the three disputes.
Our trade union movement is built on the solidarity we give to others in struggle, particularly by supporting trade union members in dispute.
Taking strike action is never easy but it is an essential part of winning any industrial campaign. Our members involved in these disputes are an inspiration. Many are extremely low paid but share a belief that collectively they can win. All of us have a responsibility to support them financially so they can win.
We are asking every branch to organise activities to raise money to support our members involved in these important disputes. Some fundraising ideas include:
- Organising a collection at your workplace, your next Branch or Group committee meeting.
- Organising a branch social or raffle.
- Organise a cake or book sale.
Help with workplace collections 15 July
Activists across Whitehall have organised workplace collections for the morning of Monday 15 July to take along to the BEIS picket line at 1 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5ND when outsourced workers employed by Aramark and ISS walk out on indefinite strike action at 12 noon.
Meetings points and time:
- Monday 15 July at 8:30 am, outside Caxton House, London SW1H 9NA
- Monday 15 July at 8:30 am, outside Marsham Street (main entrance) London SW1P 4DF.