Fast food rights: organising the unorganised

Sherry, Julie

Publisher:  International Socialism
Date Written:  29/06/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21143

The experience from the examples of organising the unorganised both in the US and UK demonstrate that it is possible to develop union organisation; significant examples are discussed in this article, particularly in a British context.


Excerpt: The struggle in the US has also shown the capacity for workers, even in the most insecure and difficult conditions, to get past the hurdle of their precarity. To overcome the problem of victimisation activists learned to follow their walkouts with :walk backs", in which other trade unionists, organisers from the 1.5 million-strong Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and community figures ensure everyone gets back on shift without a problem.10 Where there was a problem, the store was occupied until it was resolved.

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