On Saturday Brighton Solidarity Federation held a ‘Stuff Your Boss Doesn’t Want You To Know’ stall and distribution in Brighton’s busy London Road shopping area. Pitching up at 10.30, we welcomed considerable interest from passing public as well as calling into businesses and workplaces, promoting the benefits of worker’s self-organisation and solidarity in response to issues such as low pay, poor conditions, lack of holiday and maternity entitlement and management harassment.
Of the 10 high street shops visited only one worker claimed to have no
workplace issues, while workers at a fast food chain and pharmacy were
enthusiastic and told us they will get in touch about organising around
specific grievances. It should come as no surprise that virtually all
workers we approached expressed dissatisfaction at their working
conditions and seemed glad to have the opportunity to air their
discontent. One worker complained about being sent on endless unpaid
training courses and given ever-greater responsibility without any
increase in pay, and we are hopeful of hearing more on this one. At
another business we started to withdraw when a worker called his
supervisor over, only for the supervisor to rant about his treatment by
management before asking for a leaflet!
Passers-by stopped to ask about Solidarity Federation and helped
themselves to the wide array of free leaflets, stickers and Catalyst, as
well as joining our email list. Contact was also made with public
sector workers and students planning to strike on N30.
This was the third stall and distribution held in this area and it’s
gratifying to hear that workers and the public are becoming more aware
of how SolFed organise. Monthly stalls are planned both in and outside
of Brighton and will in future promote dates for Workplace Organiser
training and drop-ins.