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The Socialist 4 October 2007

Support postal workers: decisive action can win

Support postal workers: decisive action can win

"We've had the battle - now this is war!"

Protests make bosses ditch closure plan


Iraq: end the occupation nightmare

Stop the War Coalition (STWC) national demonstration


Tory party fears an autumn election

Banking turmoil continues

Corporate Labour


Come to the NHS demo!

Swansea meeting


Classroom assistants on strike

Supermarket price-fixing scandal

Success! Double whammy for nursery campaign


EU's anti-working class 'reforms'

Fighting nuclear power


Students want to fight back


Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter


Socialism 2007: Ideas for our future

Socialism 2007.net


Burma: Dictatorship under threat


QPR buy-out - Reclaim the game!

It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach

Anno 1701 - Dawn of Discovery


Local government pay offer: It's time for action

Remploy workers win partial victory

Care workers on strike

National Shop Stewards Network makes plans

 
 

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Bolton

Care workers on strike

Bolton Council is attempting to cut holiday and sick pay for carers by removing the right to claim for 'sleep-ins', an essential part of many carers' duties and wages. Workers went on strike on 1-2 October against these attacks.

Robert Mitchell, Bolton Socialist Party

This is an attack on the pay and conditions of an already underpaid group of workers. It is also part of an attempt by government and councils to undermine terms and conditions of work for carers on a national scale.

On the first day of industrial action over 100 care workers and supporters packed out the strike rally. It was addressed by Unison regional officer Paul Rhodes, Unison Bolton branch chairperson Florence Hill, Karen Reissman (a Manchester nurse suspended for speaking out against NHS cuts and privatisation) and Paul Holmes, (Unison national executive member).

All four speakers emphasised that the dispute is not just about the issue of 'sleep-ins' or premiums, but a defence of working terms and conditions which had been agreed and guaranteed on a national level.

John Rutherford, head of Bolton Council adult services department, has been off sick since the 75%-for-action result of the strike ballot, whilst care workers are having to struggle for the basic right to retain their normal rate of pay when off sick or on annual leave.

Speaking to the socialist, Florence told me: "The turn out today was absolutely brilliant, it just shows the strength of feeling amongst the people. It's been really impressive. So many people have stepped forward and helped to organise and rally support.

"This dispute is about national terms and conditions. Unison members have not taken the decision to strike lightly… This is part of the ongoing saga of employers attacking the most vulnerable group of staff. You can bet that senior management's perks will be the last to come under threat."

  • As we go to press, workers are discussing the next steps in the dispute. Send messages of support to Bolton Metro Unison, 27 Mawdsley Street, Bolton, BL1 1LN or ring 01204 338 901 for more info.

  • In this issue

    Support postal workers: decisive action can win

    "We've had the battle - now this is war!"

    Protests make bosses ditch closure plan


    War and terrorism

    Iraq: end the occupation nightmare

    Stop the War Coalition (STWC) national demonstration


    Editorial and comment

    Tory party fears an autumn election

    Banking turmoil continues

    Corporate Labour


    Socialist Party NHS campaign

    Come to the NHS demo!

    Swansea meeting


    Socialist Party news and analysis

    Classroom assistants on strike

    Supermarket price-fixing scandal

    Success! Double whammy for nursery campaign


    Socialist Party features

    EU's anti-working class 'reforms'

    Fighting nuclear power


    Socialist Students

    Students want to fight back


    Socialist Party feature

    Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter


    Socialist Party events

    Socialism 2007: Ideas for our future

    Socialism 2007.net


    International socialist news and analysis

    Burma: Dictatorship under threat


    Socialist Party reviews and comment

    QPR buy-out - Reclaim the game!

    It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach

    Anno 1701 - Dawn of Discovery


    Socialist Party workplace news

    Local government pay offer: It's time for action

    Remploy workers win partial victory

    Care workers on strike

    National Shop Stewards Network makes plans


     

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