Saturday 2 May / 1 p.m. / John Lewis, 10 Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS
The union-supported consumer campaign to help John Lewis cleaners win the Living Wage is coming to Cambridge!
Alberto Durango, general secretary of the Independent Workers of Great Britain union which organizes agency cleaners chiefly in London, hopes to be able to join this peaceful lobby of John Lewis customers. Our intention is to talk to customers on the street outside the store, raise awareness of the campaign, and seek new signatures to a petition which has already gained almost 150,000 signatures online. As the petition explains:
John Lewis brands itself as a company that is committed to treating its suppliers, customers and partners with fairness. But it has contracted out its cleaning services. Its cleaners receive less than the Living Wage and are not entitled to the bonus payments paid to directly employed staff.
The three parliamentary candidates whose platforms include support for the Living Wage – Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party) – have also been asked for their support. Dr Huppert and Mr Zeichner have so far said they hope to be able to come.
We'll meet at the corner of Downing Street and St Andrew's Street.
Saturday 28 March / 10 a.m. / Outside the Central Library, Lion Yard, Cambridge CB2 3QD
Proposals put to the County Council's Highways and Infrastructure Committee for 17 March would mean a major loss of free public space for library users ... The proposal to lease a 'large proportion' of the third floor to a multinational corporation would see those who cannot afford to pay crowded on to the remaining two floors.
Make sure to attend a protest and petition-signing tomorrow against the privatization of part of Cambridge Central Library! The third floor presently houses the library's local studies collection, community meeting rooms, and cafe, but proposals passed by the County Council would have it leased to Kora, a subsidiary of the multinational office services corporation Regus Group. The protest has been called by Cambridge and District Trades Council and Unison Cambridgeshire County Branch (whose press release we quoted above). The independent petition against the proposals, opened last week, already has over 2,000 signatures.
At our popular #NoTTIP event with John Hilary on Thursday (hosted jointly by the Cambridge People's Assembly and the Cambridge World Development Movement) we launched a petition to Cambridge City Council, asking the council to endorse the signatories' conclusion that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership 'threatens the capacity of elected governments to act for the common good', and to communicate its opposition to the agreement. That petition, 'Cambridge Against TTIP', is now online!
Other local councils have already passed motions expressing concern about TTIP: Brighton and Hove in July, Oxford in September, and Southampton in November. It's time for Cambridge to stand up in solidarity.
Readers, please sign our petition!