Archive for July, 2019

Solidarity with retail workers affected by Walthamstow Mall fire

A huge fire tore through Walthamstow Mall this morning. The mall has 66 retail stores plus restaurants which will now be closed for the foreseeable future. We wish those hurt a speedy recovery and salute the 150 firefighters who tackled the blaze.

We stand in solidarity with the mall’s retail and service workers and call for no loss of pay for all those workers affected and for travel allowances to be paid to workers who will be transferred to other stores and be forced to travel.

We also call for the mall workers and their trade unions to be involved in the investigation and to lead any inquiry.

The Save Our Square campaign, which represents thousands in the community who oppose privatisation and redevelopment of the area around the mall, have called a meeting Thursday 25 July, 7.30pm at William Morris Community Centre on Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow. Workers are welcome to attend to discuss the response to the fire.

Scott Jones,
Usdaw shop workers’ union East London retail branch chair (personal capacity)

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