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Sheffield to appoint union organiser to recruit exploited workers

MS - 15 February 2019

McStrike organiser Gareth Lane signs a pledge to fight zero-hours contracts as BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper (in checked shirt) looks on BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper left) shakes hands with Sheffield TUC secretary Martin Mayer as they sign an agreement to hire a city organiser

A HISTORIC partnership was signed in Sheffield yesterday marking a pioneering step in the fightback against the so-called gig economy.

Sheffield Trade Union Council and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) signed an agreement jointly appointing a union organiser to recruit workers exploited through zero-hours contracts, pitiful wages, insecure employment and other practices.

The appointment is the first of its kind for a city region and comes against a background that has seen the former steel city lose thousands of jobs in unionised and well-organised workplaces... See more