Support the precarious workers rally on Wednesday September 27th

London Region UCU is supporting the precarious labour protest on Wednesday 27th September, the day of the Uber employment status appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

9-11am Employment Tribunal, EC4Y 0DS London

The case against Uber brought by two trade unionists could have wide ranging consequences for all workers in the so-called gig economy.

As the media spotlight will focus heavily on this trial, this protest is a way of turning some of that media interest to other precarious workers’ struggles happening now in the UK.

We already expect cleaners, receptionists, security officers, couriers, Deliveroo riders, cinema workers and many more to be marching on the day.

The UCU London Retired members banner will be there, please join us if you can.

As much as this is a protest, it is also a carnival and a celebration of our unity as workers, so expect music, banners and dancing.

The march will go from the Employment tribunal up to the University of London, where it will join outsourced workers striking for better pay and improved conditions

Arrest and detention of Three Relatives of Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei

Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a document expressing “grave concern” to the Bahraini government at the allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention of three relatives of Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, as well as death threats and treatment amounting to torture.

Security officers arrested AlWadaei’s brother-in-law Sayed Nazar AlWadaei, mother-in-law Hajar Mansoor Hasan, and maternal cousin Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor in March 2017. They were reportedly targeted in relation to Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei’s human rights work. After days of detention without official charge, the three individuals were presented with terrorism charges, based largely on coerced confessions and “confidential sources”.

Security officials interrogated Hajar Mansoor, 49, for three periods each lasting around 11 hours between 5 and 7 March. Officers allegedly forced her to stand for extended periods and humiliated her with abusive language. They also allegedly threatened to cancel the family’s commercial licenses, suspend her husband’s pension payments and arrest her daughter, son-in-law and youngest son.

Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei is Director of Advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD). He is a noted human rights advocate and the UN communication expresses “concern” that the arrests may have occurred “at least in part, in reprisal for [Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei’s] cooperation with the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, in particular his attendance to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council”, which coincided with the arrests

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