Tuesday 11 September 2012

Amnesty Workers Strike Tomorrow For Jobs

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.



1 comment

  1. Theresa Diamond said:

    What a disgrace!!!! I have been for many years a supporter of Amnesty here in the UK and am appalled that they are looking at cutting staff in the UK to support the management decision to send more money to the international…… I wonder whether one of the management is looking for a job on the international sector – or is this just me being a bit sceptical (watch this space – I bet one of them does after they have culled the UK staff)… The management of Amnesty UK need to take a long look at themselves – I definitely won’t be supporting them in the future and will tell all that I know who support them not to bother!

    11 September 2012 at 11:49pm

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