workers' rights

3 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Steve Bullock

Do not give our Ladywell Playtower to the union-busting Picturehouse / Cineworld chain!

The Mayor of Lewisham is currently deciding if the council should give the publically-owned Ladywell Playtower to the union-busting Picturehouse chain. Picturehouse is owned by Cineworld, who made £82million profit last year. Despite these massive profits, Picturehouse refuse to pay staff a living wage They sacked workers who were involved in union activities. They routinely use zero-hours contracts that force employees to live in fear of overnight destitution. They recently threatened to sack staff who went on strike for better conditions. The Playtower was built in 1884 as a public bath- it is a public asset owned by us and any future use of the building needs to benefit the community.  It is hard to imagine how something could be less beneficial for people in Lewisham than an employer that treats us like dirt.  There are 3 other bids on the table, two of which include cinema facilities (see here).  Steve Bullock will decide the winning bidder, who will be gifted the building so that it can be brought back to life. There is already a 5-screen picturehouse only 1.6 miles away, and there are 3 picturehouses within 5 miles of the Playtower. Lewisham council is a living wage employer, so they acknowledge the importance of paying staff enough to survive in the local area.  Lewisham is a Labour-run council, so it should support unions like BECTU- who support a Picturehouse boycott and whose members are on strike in Picturehouses.   A successful bid for Picturehouse/Cineworld would only encourage its shareholders to believe nobody cares about the living wage or decent working conditions.  It would strengthen Cineworld’s desire to withhold their massive profits from the hard-working staff who make them, since objectors would be seen as powerless.  It would be irresponsible of our council to hand Picturehouse a public victory over those of us who support fair pay and decent working conditions.   Lewisham deserves better.  Any other bid is better than the Picturehouse bid.  We call on the mayor to reject the Picturehouse bid, make it clear the bid was rejected because of Picturehouse's employment practices and call for the reinstatement of sacked union activists at the Brixton Ritzy. If you agree with us, it's important to share this petition and tell all your friends to keep an eye on Twitter / Facebook, where we will post information about how to get involved in actions to save our Playtower from Picturehouse / Cineworld if the mayor approves their bid. References: picturehouse-cinema-strikes- are-becoming-emblematic- battle-workers-rights showing-ritzy-low-pay- exploitation-picturehouse- chain-poverty-wages-cinema- staff picturehouse-threatens-to- sack-striking-workers-in- dispute-over-pay

Iain Wilson
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Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, RODRIGO DUTERTE

Save Jennifer Dalquez - Migrant Worker Sentenced to Death by U.A.E Court

  Jennifer Dalquez aged 30, a single mother of two children aged 8 and 5 is a Filipino national who travelled to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E to work as a domestic worker to support her children and her parents. On the 14th of December, 2014, Jennifer Dalquez was confronted by her Emirati employer who attempted to rape her at knife point. Jennifer desperately fought back to save her life. She managed to turn the knife back on to her assailant during the struggle . As a consequence of Jennifer's actions, her assailant was fatally wounded. Jennifer adamantly maintains her actions were in self defence. Her priority during the course of this incident was to save her life first and foremost. Medical evidence obtained at the time of Jennifer's arrest confirms that during the run up to the incident, Jennifer suffered a history of gross physical abuse at the hands of her employer; she had bruises and cigarette burns on her arms which she alleged were perpetrated by her employer. Further, prior to this incident and in the early days of her employment as a domestic worker at the victim's home, Jennifer claims that she had been subjected to daily unwelcomed attention from him including mental intimidation, assaults, physical violence and molestation. Jennifer lived in constant fear and was frightened to be left alone with him. Jennifer was due to return home in January 2015 and she had been looking forward to returning to the Philliphines to be with her children and the rest of her extended family. In May 2015, Jennifer was convicted of murderIng her Emirati employer by the Al Ain Criminal Court and subsequently sentenced to death for killing her abusive employer despite her plea of self-defence. Jennifer's family and supporters of the 'Save Jennifer Dalquez Campaign' lodged an appeal against Jennifer's conviction and her sentence. This appeal is scheduled to be heard in court on the 27th of March, 2017. The appeal processs entails the Judge asking the deceased Emirati's children to swear fifty times, before the Court and in the name of Allah that Jennifer Dalquez is the only person they know who killed their father and not any other person. Jennifer is not allowed to plead her defence and/or allowed to mitigate. If the children of the deceased proceed to swear in the terms requested of them, then the Court will sentence Jennifer Dalquez to death. However, if the children refuse to swear the same in Court, then Jennifer Dalquez will be ordered to pay blood money in the sum of Dh200,000 (£44,300) to the victim’s family in addition to serving a prison sentence, which will be decided and determined by the Court. Jennifer's distraught parents Mr Abdulhamid Dalquez and Mrs Rajima Dalquez who live in the poor area of General Santos City in the Philliphines where Jennifer was born, are desperately appealing for support and release of their daughter. In May 2015 the Al Ain Criminal Court of the first instance, sentenced Jennifer to death sine then Jennifer’s family, friends and supporters have all worked hard to appeal against the guilty charge and sentence. Jennifer Dalquez is not a murderer - Jennifer is a young woman, a mother, a citizen of the Philippines, a work migrant who travelled thousands of miles to the U.A.E. with the sole motive to do her level best and provide for her family. Jennifer is a victim of sexual abuse who was forced to fight for her life when she was attacked by her employer who was on the verge of raping her at knifepoint. His actions were premeditated and determined. He was aware that Jennifer was going to return to the Philliphines in January 2015. Jennifer is a victim of injustice. We the undersigned, plead to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to pardon Jennifer Dalquez and repatriate her to her family in the Philliphines: Mrs Rajima Dalquez and Mr Abdulhamid Dalquez, Jennifer Dalquez's parents. Marissa Begonia, Justice for Domestic Workers, Freedom Without Fear Platform Krishnan, Secretary of AIPWA (All India Progressive Women’s Association)Uday Bhat, General Secretary, Maharashtra, Rajya Sarva Shramik Mahasangh, Domestic Workers Division, IndiaAnjum Mouj Chair of London Black Women's ProjectJas Uppal at Justice Upheld, Further reading:  

Justice Upheld
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