- the gossip - when industrial action initially seemed likely, Spotless begins its lockout, and Finsec lends its support
- Capitalism Bad - Maia has written heaps of good stuff, including embedding footage of the pickets. Earliest to latest, her posts are here, here, here, here, this fantabulous post on why the lockout matters, and her most recent update here.
- No Right Turn - analysis of the situation as an example of the shortcomings of contracting out, commentary on Mark Gosche turning up to a picket, and details on the Pledgebank I/S has set up
- Anarchia - the feature Asher has written for Indymedia
- And binary heart has produced the fab badge on the sidebar, also adopted by Tony Milne, Terence, Idiot/Savant, Maia
I've written before about the stupid undervaluing of cleaners, and their consequent low pay. In this case these factors are exacerbated by a particularly nasty employer who has a history of testing the law to its limit, trying to find a way around legislative improvements made in recent years (e.g. the introduction of relevant daily pay plus time off in lieu for working a public holiday). Cleaning companies are not known for their generosity to their workers - but all the rest have agreed to a national collective agreement and national pay standards. Spotless had to derail that deal, and now they are making it even worse by locking out their own workers - leaving them with no pay at all until the company decides otherwise.
What can you do to show you care?
- Join up with Idiot/Savant's Pledgebank here
- Put binary heart's badge up on your blog, code here
- Make a donation to the locked out workers by calling 0900 LOCKOUT ($10 per call), or making an electronic transfer directly to 02-0264-0294110-000 (BNZ Newmarket, use the reference LOCK OUT).
- Keep up to date with progress on the SFWU's website and post your message of support there.
These workers are staunch and it is great to see their strength. Long may it last.