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The Socialist 26 November 2008

Spend, spend, spend on the banks but cuts, cuts, cuts for the NHS


Darling's prescription... It's spend, spend, spend on the banks... but cuts, cuts, cuts for the NHS

Top-up payments for private health care another step towards two-tier National Health


Socialist 'deal' for environment needed

Campaign Against Climate Change march


Alistair Darling's pre Budget Report: Pain now, pay later


Activists discuss how to reclaim Unison

Meeting pledges to fight witch-hunt

Unison leadership takeover Newham branch


Manchester: No redundancies at IMI!

Strike saves jobs at Fiddlers Ferry

Organise to save jobs


BNP membership list: A weak divided party exposed

New Labour hypocrisy on racism

Youth Against Racism gig


Campaigning to save post offices

Rover's ex-workers wage cut scandal


China's food contamination crisis deepens


Defend abortion rights


Art and revolution


Somalia piracy - a consequence of western powers' intervention

France: Education strikes on the agenda

 
 

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Strike saves jobs at Fiddlers Ferry

Two days of solid 'unofficial' strike action won back 65 jobs for electricians on the Fiddlers' Ferry power station site, Merseyside. The site was shut down as workers of all other trades refused to cross the electricians' picket line.

Hugh Caffrey

Plunging profits for the big construction companies means sub-contractors and agencies are going unpaid. These smaller organisations supply workers on most construction sites, and if they go unpaid then workers lose their jobs.

The BMS agency supplying electricians to the strongly unionised Fiddlers' Ferry site laid off 65 electricians on 14 November after not being paid by the big companies.

From Monday 17 November, the sacked workers picketed the power station. Workers of all other construction trades refused to cross the picket line.

A striking worker told me: "There must be only 10 or 15 working on a site that should have 600-700 working on it". By Tuesday night the strike had forced the workers' reinstatement.

Fiddlers' Ferry is one example of what is happening across the country. As profits fall in the recession, workers are hit with job losses, pay cuts, short-time working, and so on.

This victory should be held up by the trade union movement as an example of decisive strike action, with the active support of an organised workforce, cutting across the rising tide of unemployment.


In this issue


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Darling's prescription... It's spend, spend, spend on the banks... but cuts, cuts, cuts for the NHS

Top-up payments for private health care another step towards two-tier National Health


Environment and socialism

Socialist 'deal' for environment needed

Campaign Against Climate Change march


Socialist Party editorial

Alistair Darling's pre Budget Report: Pain now, pay later


Unison witchhunt

Activists discuss how to reclaim Unison

Meeting pledges to fight witch-hunt

Unison leadership takeover Newham branch


Socialist Party workplace news

Manchester: No redundancies at IMI!

Strike saves jobs at Fiddlers Ferry

Organise to save jobs


Anti-racism

BNP membership list: A weak divided party exposed

New Labour hypocrisy on racism

Youth Against Racism gig


Socialist Party campaigns

Campaigning to save post offices

Rover's ex-workers wage cut scandal


Socialist Party feature

China's food contamination crisis deepens


Socialist Party women

Defend abortion rights


Comment

Art and revolution


International socialist news and analysis

Somalia piracy - a consequence of western powers' intervention

France: Education strikes on the agenda


 

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