PAMSU activists were today joined by members of the North and South London locals of the Solidarity Federation and some 25 other supporters in a vocal and mobile picket of Pret a Manger shops in central London. Our message to Pret was no doubt loud and clear: end victimization of all union members and full reinstatement for PAMSU founder Andrej.
Beginning our protest at the Pret shop inside St. Pancras station, we arrived with banners, megaphone, and ever growing number of protesters. We stayed there for about 25 minutes, making lots of noise and handing out leaflets to interested passersby.
Kindly provided with a strong contingent of British Transport Police to protect against any management reprisals, we left on our own accord and spent the next half-hour protesting outside St. Pancras, continually growing stronger in numbers.
From there we proceeded to another local Pret shop where we attracted a number of media types keen to know more about the campaign and the particulars of today's protest.
If today's numbers and energy are any indication, the Pret a Manger Staff Union is on the march. Keep watch on this space to find out about upcoming actions and how you, as a Pret worker or union supporter, can get involved in the campaign.
Pret a Manger Staff Union: pret.staff.union (at) gmail.com
North London Solidarity Federation: northlondonsf (at) solfed.org.uk