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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 November 2014

Fast Food Rights campaign

BFAWU executive member Sarah Woolley speaks at a Fast Food Rights lobby of parliament, 21.11.14, photo by Helen Pattison

BFAWU executive member Sarah Woolley speaks at a Fast Food Rights lobby of parliament, 21.11.14, photo by Helen Pattison   (Click to enlarge)

50 supporters of the Fast Food Rights campaign lobbied outside Parliament as those inside were discussing a private members bill to limit the use of zero-hour contracts. Ed Miliband likes to criticise zero-hour contracts, but why was it left to a handful of MPs to oppose them in Parliament?

Sarah Woolley (pictured), member of the national executive of the bakers' union BFAWU, was unequivocal when she said: "zero-hour contracts are driving people into poverty - we need to get rid of them."

Helen Pattison from Youth Fight for Jobs and Rob Williams, chair of the National Shop Stewards Network, spoke at our rally as well as giving solidarity greetings to NHS protesters condemning privatisation who had turned up to support another private members bill heard that day.

Rob Williams raised the now TUC-backed demand for a 10 an hour minimum wage which MP John McDonnell is putting to Parliament

Ian Pattison

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In The Socialist 26 November 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

14 day deadline to breadline

Hands off our NHS

Rochester: 'Business as usual' politics falling apart

World economy - heading for the junkyard

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Anger erupts in Ferguson over acquittal of killer cop

Ireland: establishment attacks water tax protests

Anger grows over missing Mexican students


Socialist Party features

Housing crisis! What do socialists say?

Education: "a hurricane of ill thought initiatives"


Socialist Party youth and students

Students march for free education

Victories against sexism in Leeds

Fast Food Rights campaign


Socialist Party workplace news

Health workers walkout in second NHS pay strike

UCU pensions: reinstate the action!

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Are you a socialist?

Council beaten on austerity tax

TUSC says no to cuts in Notts

Way to go, Watford!


Socialist Party reviews and readers' comments

Assassin's Creed Unity

The People Speak: Democracy is not a spectator sport

NHS campaigners must fight all cuts


 

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triangleNSSN conference - 4th July

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