Leeds ISR held its first ‘Low Pay, No Way’ day of action on 22 July. For most members this was their first public campaigning and despite some nervousness, was a success.
We set up an excellent stall, much to the irritation of managers standing in a nearby O2 shop with no customers, with ISR material and GMB and Amicus leaflets on low pay and working conditions.
Unfortunately the heavens opened for the first time in weeks, but the rain didn’t dampen our enthusiasm and we decided to carry on, with some members handing out leaflets and others with clipboards asking the public their opinion on the minimum wage, whether they would sign a petition and giving them information on their rights at work and about the relevant trade unions for their work sector.
As a result there were hundreds of ISR leaflets handed out and a number of youth joined or gave their email details for us to follow up later, and around a dozen people joined Amicus.