Saturday, July 5, 2008

London Day of Action

Today london syndicalists met the call for an international day of action, and London Solidarity Federation joined with London Industrial Workers of the World to picket a flagship 2 story starbucks in New Oxford St. The picket lasted an hour and turned roughly half of the shops' potential customers away by telling people what Starbucks were up to abroad and at home [in 2005 they were forced to reinstate a sacked IWW member after union action in Leicester]. A reassuringly large number of people from all backgrounds responded by saying they supported the right to organise and believed in unions, and the vast majority who went in were foreign tourists who didn't understand the picketers. Two potential customers were so convinced they dropped their plans for overpriced coffee and actually joined the picket itself!