For the first time in 20 years, workers at Amnesty will be taking strike action against job cuts and redundancies tomorrow.
A statement from Amnesty International UK members of Unite said:
“Amnesty UK is a great organisation that does vital and important work. We strike with a heavy heart and after long negotiations because we have serious concerns that the financial cuts proposed by senior management are threatening the organisation’s future.
“We fully support Amnesty’s growth in the global south and the need to invest in that growth, but it makes no financial sense to make wide ranging cuts to a thriving branch of the organisation.
“Failure to invest in a successful Amnesty section doesn’t just let down Amnesty UK’s hard working staff, it lets down the dedicated members who invest through their annual subscriptions, donations and activism.
“Our senior management is undermining our members’ hard work by acting in a way that will affect Amnesty’s ability to grow in the long term and campaign for human rights change.”
Unite regional officer Alan Scott said:
“Our members will be striking on Wednesday because they have serious concerns that the cuts proposed by the senior management of Amnesty International UK are threatening its future. They have signed up to an unsustainable process which is, frankly, untenable and shoots Amnesty’s growth in the foot.”
Amnesty workers will be picketing tomorrow (Wednesday 12 September) from 8am – 6pm at Amnesty office, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.