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.

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 over…

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…


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