Press Releases and Campaign News

The Biggest and Noisiest Union Protests so far!

Despite all the Coronavirus restrictions and people’s well-founded fears of the virus, plus another outburst of monsoon weather early Saturday morning, the protests outside IKEA stores on 24th October, demanding the reinstatement of Richie Venton, were a roaring success.

Six Shows of Solidarity at IKEA Stores Defy the Rainstorms

Torrential rain storms did nothing to dampen the fighting spirits of the trade unionists who turned out to protest at six separate IKEA stores across the UK today, 3rd October, demanding reinstatement of sacked shop steward Richie Venton and full average wages for all sick workers.


Join the Online Public Rally: 8 October 2020, 7pm

Join this Public Rally (via Zoom) to hear those on the front line of struggle speak out. Show your solidarity with Richie, the first shop steward sacked in Scotland over a battle for workers’ safety from Covid-19. Join the campaign to put workers’ lives before profit.

Richie Goes to Holyrood!: IKEA Sacking Raised at First Minister’s Questions

The campaign to reinstate Richie Venton and safeguard sick IKEA workers wages has reached the Scottish Parliament with a question to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Responding to a question from Richie’s MSP Sandra White – herself a former USDAW union rep – the First Minister acknowledged that she knew Richie and his formidable campaigning record overContinue reading “Richie Goes to Holyrood!: IKEA Sacking Raised at First Minister’s Questions”

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 theirContinue reading “Trade Unionists stage Fermanagh solidarity protest”


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