19 year old Natalia Szymanska Please eat somewhere was a 5 months pregnant migrant worker at a Belfast else today! branch of Subway. She was working until 10pm, and so arranged for her boyfriend - an employee of the very same Today is the national day of action against Subway, for their treatment company - to pick her up and walk her home. He had done of 19 year old worker Natalia Szymanska. We are asking people this many times previously, to stand up for workers’ rights, and eat somewhere else today, to with the full knowledge and show solidarity with the victimised worker, and to send a message agreement of her managers to Subway that this injustice won’t be allowed to stand. and never before had it been a problem. However, unknown to Natalia her managers had a different plan on this occasion, because a month Natalia was fired from her job at Subway whilst 5 months pregnant, previously she had informed them she was pregnant - a fact which would in a clear attempt to get out of paying the maternity pay she would require them to provide her paid maternity leave. soon be owed. Thinking that no one would care, her boss threw Natalia onto the scrapheap when she could least afford it. We are Management seized upon the presence of her here today to show that people do care about this behaviour, and boyfriend, and Natalia was dismissed in a farce won’t tolerate it wherever it occurs! of a disciplinary. Her managers believed she would have no recourse, and be forced to accept People all over the UK and Ireland are protesting against Subway’s their decision. Their excuse was violation of contempt for basic workers rights. Bosses all over the country will health and safety - allowing an “unauthorised treat workers like this if they are allowed to get away with it - it’s member of staff” onto the premises. Quite only by standing up against this kind of behaviour that we can put why the presence of another employee of the a stop to it. same company represented such a dire threat to health and safety was never explained. We are not here to harass Subway workers, and are here Natalia turned to the Belfast and in solidarity with all victimised District Trade Union Council, who for Pregnant women are frequently Subway staff. We wish we didn’t the past several months have been treated in similar ways, as if have to cause this disruption! holding a regular series of pickets of they were somehow being selfish the premises in question, supported in having a child it is not just a However, unless people take a by a wide array of organisations from problem for Natalia, but a pattern stand when attacks on workers the labour movement and beyond. across thousands of workplaces take place, they will go on. Thus far, G.G. Cuisine, the franchise across the country. Such attacks Therefore, we are making four holder has been unwilling to budge, on workers must be resisted simple demands on Subway: and so the decision was made to wherever they appear – an turn up the pressure, and spread the injury to one is an injury to all! • Immediately reinstate the pregnant worker pickets across the whole of Britain For further information, if you’ve and Ireland. The aim is to force been treated similarly, or if you • Reimburse her for loss of earnings Subway to pressure G.G. Cuisine just want to know your rights • Compensate her for injury to feeling into settling with Natalia and to show at work better, get in touch at that we will not allow bosses to treat email@example.com • Treat all workers fairly any worker with such contempt.