IWW Ritzy Solidarity Picket Sees Off ‘Red’ Len McCluskey


Liverpool IWW

ImageYesterday’s picket of the FACT in Liverpool saw a dozen local wobblies and other activists come out at very short notice, in support of London Ritzy workers striking against Picturehouse cinemas for the living wage. We did everything we could to amplify their call – issued through the BECTU union – for a national boycott of the chain until the massively profitable company allow their workers to live decently. This is far more than can be said for Unite the union and their general secretary Len McCluskey, who planned to cross their picket line to – irony of ironies – see a new documentary about socialist novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. This was only cancelled at the eleventh hour when Unite got wind of our action.

As we reported yesterday:

“McCluskey was scheduled to be joined by Labour MP Tom Watson, and the documentary’s producer, Daniel Draper at 17:00…

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