Trade Unionists stage Fermanagh solidarity protest

A broad array of trade unionists staged a socially distanced protest at Enniskillen town centre, in Richie’s native County Fermanagh, on Saturday.

Shoppers stopped, listened to the speeches, shocked at such union busting. Organisers report that several other shop stewards who were working have sent apologies and reiterated their committed to build solidarity in their own workplaces.

Local socialist councillor Donal O’Cofaigh read out Richie Venton’s message to the Enniskillen solidarity picket.

The truth is spreading!

Your support has put IKEA bosses on the run – help us keep after them until they have reinstated Richie Venton, and reinstated sick workers’ wages: full average pay for sick or isolating workers.

Workers who cannot afford to be off sick are more likely to get sick, and more likely to make others sick. Full average pay for sick or isolating workers is vital to preserving workplace and public health, especially in the pandemic. Effective Trade Union representation, without victimisation or retribution from the bosses, is also essential.

You can build the campaign for IKEA to reinstate Richie Venton and reinstate sick workers’ wages by continuing to spread the message in your workplace and Trade Union.

Have you contacted your elected representatives yet? Get in touch with your local MP and call on them to support Early Day Motion 797.

Thousands of you have already signed the petition calling on IKEA to reinstate Richie Venton and reinstate sick workers’ wages. We’re asking you, now, to encourage 2 friends, relatives, colleagues, and comrades to do the same. You can find the petition here.

Published by ReinstateRichieVenton

A campaign page set up by Glasgow IKEA workers furious at the victimisation and sacking of our elected USDAW shop steward, Richie Venton, and the attacks on our rights and conditions, including removal of wages from workers off sick with Covid-19. Demand that IKEA immediately reinstates elected union shop steward and convener RICHIE VENTON to his job and elected union position. Support the campaign for every worker to be paid their full average wages if they are sick or self-isolating with COVID-19 - instead of the poverty of £95 Statutory Sick Pay forcing workers to take risks and infect others by going to work.

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