‘The BFAWU have worked hard for a long time now to expose, and end, the use of zero-hours contracts at McDonald’s in the UK and we’re glad to see the company has finally relented. These contracts are a shameful scourge on our society – there is simply no place for them at all’’.
‘’Once again, we have proved that worker mobilization works. And we won’t be stopping our efforts to hold McDonald’s accountable anytime soon. Together with other trade union movements around the world, we will continue to turn up the heat on McDonald’s to ensure they respect the rights of workers in the UK and worldwide’’.
‘’McDonald’s have – for too long – been a rule unto their own. Finally, they are being forced to change. This news is a step in the right direction’’.
On 26th April RMT members from across the country will be holding a protest and rally in Westminster, over nationwide plans to remove guards from trains and introduce driver only operation.
April 26th marks a year of our Southern Guards determined industrial action against driver Only operation (DOO) with over 30 strike days taken so far and more days planned until we can reach a joint settlement. The DOO dispute is about safety, security and accessibility on the railways , and is one which puts passengers before profit.
To mark that anniversary, and the threats we face elsewhere in the country by its threatened extension, we will be holding a protest at noon outside Parliament followed by a rally in Central Hall at 2.00pm.
RMT members will begin to assemble for the protest at 12 noon (opposite Old Palace Yard) and there will then be a rally at 2pm at the Methodist Central Hall (Aldersgate Suite). ALL SUPPORTERS WELCOME
As UK trade unions we are concerned by the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox Inc and Sky plc. Britain has one of the most concentrated media environments in the world, with three companies controlling 71 per cent of national newspaper circulation and five companies in command of 81 per cent of local newspaper titles. Sky and NewsCorp are already the biggest commercial news producers in the UK. Sky News Radio is the main news supplier to more than 280 commercial stations. Sky’s only real competitor in radio news production is the BBC. In television, there are now only two UK-based 24-hour TV news channels – Sky News and the BBC News Channel.
We oppose the merger because it will have a damaging impact on journalism, media plurality and democracy.
If the merger goes ahead it will mean the Murdoch family will effectively become the largest newspaper provider, the third-largest TV provider, the second-largest provider of radio news content and the fourth-largest online news provider.
The merger would make Rupert Murdoch the only person ever to control a substantial share of wholesale news provision on all the main news platforms and be a strong presence on leading third-party sites, such as YouTube and Yahoo, further extending the company’s reach. Sky News online is the most widely featured news source on Yahoo’s UK news page, accounting for more than 25 per cent of articles in February 2017 and more than 50 per cent of headlines.
Free, independent journalism and media diversity are crucial to our democracy. We believe the risks posed by further concentration of media ownership fundamentally undermines the public interest.
Seamus Dooley, NUJ acting general secretary
Mick Cash - RMT general secretary
Manuel Cortes - TSSA general secretary
Kevin Courtney - NUT general secretary
Ronnie Draper - BFAWU general secretary
Steve Gillan - POA general secretary
Ian Lawrence - NAPO general secretary
Len McCluskey - Unite general secretary
Bob Monks - URTU general secretary
Gerry Morrissey - Prospect head of BECTU
Tim Roache - GMB general secretary
Mark Serwotka - PCS general secretary
John Smith - MU general secretary