This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
A TRADE union launched a crowdfunding appeal today after being hit with thousands of pounds in legal fees for an aborted court challenge against Boris Johnson over the October 31 Brexit deadline.
The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) brought legal action with the aim of forcing Mr Johnson to seek an extension to the deadline for Britain’s departure from the EU.
The union, which largely represents “gig economy” workers, and three of its members filed a High Court claim in early October, asking for an injunction to prevent Mr Johnson from undermining legislation aimed at avoiding a no-deal Brexit.
After Mr Johnson agreed to extend the Brexit deadline until January 31, the IWGB withdrew its claim.
But the union says government lawyers are pursuing it for legal costs of at least £8,000, a figure it is trying to cover with donations from the public.
The crowdfunding appeal is supported by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said the appeal “goes to the heart of why Boris is unfit to be prime minister.”
One of the IWGB members who brought the case, Maritza Castillo Calle, said: “Precarious migrant workers like myself have been terrified by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the impact it could have on our most basic rights.
“We decided to take action to protect our communities, but now because Boris Johnson lied about his intention to not seek an extension, we are being asked to pay thousands of pounds.
“By handing us this bill, it’s clear that this government for the rich is trying to intimidate ourselves and other working-class people from ever daring to hold it to account.”
Mr McDonnell said: “The PM lied, low-paid workers and their union bravely took action to hold him to account, the PM backtracked, and is now vindictively pursuing them for legal costs.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.