In October, our members at the Clarks distribution centre in Street, Somerset began industrial action over fire-and-rehire.
The company pushed for their employees to accept far-reaching reduced conditions, with everything from a reduction in hourly wage, sick pay and annual holidays, to a removal of 10-minute coffee breaks and complimentary hot drinks.
As we announced last week, this strike is now over. Our members pay has been protected, and the threat of fire and rehire has been withdrawn.
This is a fantastic result, and one that we could not have achieved without the countless people who gave us their support.
Over the past couple of months, thousands of people from across the country have come out in solidarity with those on the picket line. They sent messages, signed petitions, held protests, donated food and lobbied Members of Parliament to name just a few.
The support we received has been extraordinary, and it would be impossible to thank everyone. We did want to send a special thank you to The TUC, the Somerset TUC, the South-West TUC, Dave Chapelle and the whole of the Mendip Trades Council, Billy Bragg, Rainbow End Café, Peggy’s Café in Street, the teachers at Stroud College and Iceland Food Warehouse in Street.
To everyone who over the last few months supported the workers of Clarks, shared our messages, sent us solidarity or donations, from everyone at Community we want to say from the bottom of our hearts – thank you.
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