Keep up the fight, stop the “Tower Robbery” • Strike Update #1

Today has been a huge success. Our first day of action has shown our strength and determination to fight Tower Rewards.

Solidarity has flooded in from across the country. We have had messages of support from teachers, rail workers, council workers, civil servants, local councillors and members of parliament and more.

Dave Prentis, Unison General Secretary, addressed our 450 strong online rally. Unite members at Silvocea Way refused to cross our picket line for four hours. GMB and Unite transport workers from the same depot refused to cross at all.

We are working through a pandemic for our community. John Biggs should be rewarding us. Instead, we get faint praise and disrespect.

We have won the argument. Tower Rewards will make us more insecure and will increase inequality in our borough. Essential workers shouldn’t be made to pay for Covid-19 with worse terms and conditions.

Now, Biggs is under huge pressure. Ten councillors have written an open letter calling for John Biggs to withdraw Tower Rewards. Unison members on the Labour Party NEC have raised our dispute with Kier Starmer.

We have to keep building the strike.

Go back to all of your colleagues who felt unsure about action and tell them to join the strike. Ask your friends in GMB and Unite to support the action.

Members of all the unions have overwhelmingly rejected Tower Rewards. No one will face dismissal for taking part in strike action. New joiners for Unison will have access to our hardship fund.

Stay strong, stay safe, stay united – Tower Rewards must go!

Join our socially distanced picket lines (from 8am):
We will be having socially distant picket protests at a number of locations across the borough. Come and support us at:

  • Albert Jacobs House (62 Roman Rd, E2 0PG)
  • John Onslow House (1 Ewart Place, E3 5EQ)
  • Mile End Hospital (Beaumont House, E1 4DG)
  • Mulberry Place (5 Clove Crescent, E14 1SA)
  • Poplar Idea Store (Chrisp St Market, E14 0EA)
  • Tower Hamlets Car Pound (Commercial Rd)
  • Whitechapel Idea Store (E1 1BU)

Fighting Tower Rewards, fighting inequality, fighting Covid-19 • Monday 6 July, 11.30am via Zoom • Virtual Strike Rally

Meeting ID: 861-7181-9812
Password: Strike1

Roger McKenzie Unison, Assistant General Secretary
Cllr Ehtesham Haque Blackwall and Cubitt Town
Louise Raw Author and historian of Match Women’s Strike
Liz Wheatley Unison NEC member
Marc Lancaster BG & Bow Labour, Trade Union Liaison Officer

Read our strikers FAQs here: Tower Rewards: why we’re striking FAQs


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