…well, since the last blue-on-blue:
Staff are striking in Amnesty offices across the globe, and a vote of no-confidence has been passed in its leadership.
The increasingly bitter crisis comes as cuts of £2.5m are being implemented at AIUK, despite a steady annual growth in income, and despite staff agreeing to a pay freeze. The cuts are being implemented so senior managers can switch large amounts of money to Amnesty’s International Secretariat in a plan to run down the London operation and build new “regional hubs” in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Ah. So, reading between the lines, the cosy life in London on the international charity party circuit is coming to an end, and staff might be expected to – *shudder* – mingle with those horrid people in the slums!
One union official, Alan Scott of Unite, described Amnesty as “one of the most mendacious employers” he has known.
“Amnesty International cannot be an effective or credible human rights organisation if it does not respect the rights of its workers,” he said.
*chuckles* Yes, Amnesty are clearly worse than the worst sweatshop boss in the East End…
It points to an ideological rift. One side insists that Amnesty must physically position itself in solidarity with those whose causes it champions, who are mostly in the poor world. The other alleges diligent and effective human-rights research is being sacrificed by marketing managers who want to “build the Amnesty brand” to recruit more members and raise more funds.
*orders more popcorn*