Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/605/8582

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2009

Stoke Axiom workers escalate the action

The strike action being taken by Axiom Rail workers in Stoke for a pay increase has rocked the management. They thought workers would just accept being treated like second class citizens for ever - being paid 4 an hour less than workers doing the same jobs at other Axiom sites.

Andy Bentley, Stoke Socialist Party

Bosses are bringing in scabs in an attempt to break the strike but the first 'casualty' has been a top manager who is now taking voluntary redundancy. The fact that this comes just days after a visit to the Stoke site by top bosses of parent company DB Shenker has got workers asking if he jumped or was he pushed. Striking every Monday and Friday, the action is already into its fifth week with the mood on the picket line becoming even more determined.

The fact that Axiom are paying different wage rates to workers who do the same work at different sites is an attack not just on workers at Stoke but on all Axiom workers.

How long before they try to drive down the wages of higher paid workers to the level of lower paid workers in a 'race to the bottom'? Therefore, it's in the interest of all Axiom workers that pay parity is achieved, taking all workers up to the highest levels.

Axiom bosses have already demonstrated their intention to attack all Axiom Rail workers by imposing a pay freeze this year (in effect a pay cut). Like many other bosses across Britain in both public and private sectors they are trying to use the economic crisis and the fear created by growing mass unemployment as an opportunity to drive down pay and conditions and attack the rights of union reps to represent their members. Management bullying is also on the increase over things like sick pay.

It's for these reasons that the strike at Stoke should not be left isolated and should be fought nationally by their union Unite. This struggle represents a fight for equal pay rates for all Axiom Rail workers doing the same jobs.

In an important step forward, Stoke Axiom workers are now escalating their action by visiting other Axiom sites to build support for their strike.

Axiom is part of DB Schenker Rail (UK) which in turn is part of the state owned German company Deutsche Bahn which operates at over 2,000 sites in about 130 countries, including now running the Tyne and Wear Metro (see above).

In the six months to June 2009 Deutsche Bahn had earnings (before income tax) of $946 million and $1.99 billion over the year-earlier period. Despite these staggering profits, Axiom management claim they can't afford a pay increase!

We say that they should open their books so that union reps and workers can examine where all the profits have gone in recent years and where they are still going. This would show if they can 'afford' a pay increase or not!

New Labour's failure to renationalise our railway network has allowed private firms and even foreign state owned companies like DB Shenker to buy up parts of it to make massive profits for their shareholders and the bosses. This is despite a Mori poll in 2001 which revealed 72% of people in Britain supported the re-nationalisation of the railway system.

We think renationalisation should include all the allied companies like Axiom Rail in a fully integrated rail network that should be run under accountable, democratic committees that include representatives of rail service workers and users.

Please send messages of support to andybentley3@hotmail.com
There are Axiom plants all over the country including in Stafford, Doncaster, Immingham, Cambridge and Nottingham

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 December 2009:

Corus steel closure: 'Bail out our jobs, not greedy bankers'


Corus closure

Nationalise Corus Steel

Youth Fight for Jobs campaigners speak out on Corus closure


Socialist Party editorial

Socialist nationalisation - the only way to save manufacturing jobs and end the bank bonus scandal

Teesside steel: No trust in big business 'solutions'


War and occupation

End the war in Afghanistan


Global Warming

Climate change summit: Coming up short in Copenhagen


Socialist Party news and analysis

Free the Tamil boat people

Fight the political witch-hunt in Unison

Fast news


Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs organises demo in Barking


Socialist Party workplace news

New Labour gift wraps Tyne and Wear Metro

Stoke Axiom workers escalate the action

Save jobs at Borders

Twinings workers fight job losses

Management bullying? Surely not...


Socialist Students

Uniting to stop cuts at Sussex

Starting Socialist Students at a Coventry sixth form

No to student civic service

Northampton protest against student loan delays


Socialist Party feature

The legacy of Charles Darwin


International socialist news and analysis

Solidarity with striking South African miners

Scotland: The national question and the general election


Anti-racism

English Defence League show themselves up


Socialist Party appeal

Christmas 2009 donation appeal

A present that can last all year - a subscription to The Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 December 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Stoke:

triangleNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

triangleVictory against 'the biggest single NHS privatisation'

triangleStoke Socialist Party: Kick the Tories out in the General Election!

triangleByelections: Break with Labour Blairism wasn't on offer

triangleObituary: John Pickett - 1954-2017

Axiom:

triangleStoke: Axiom workers in overtime ban

triangleAxiom railworkers' strike remains solid

Pay:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

Rail:

triangleRMT strikes against removal of train guards spreads

triangleHow the Single Market blocks socialist policies

Strike:

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2