The Socialist

The Socialist 16 May 2018

Middle East in crisis - no to war!

The Socialist issue 995

Middle East in crisis

Exclusive interview with Gazan activist: "The more they kill us, the more the anger increases"


May 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike


PCS conference 2018: building on the union's militant record

PCS elections - Left sweeps the board


Tories' continuing EU quagmire is Corbyn's opportunity

Royal wedding opulence... during longest pay squeeze in 200 years

Richest worth 724bn... as 100,000 kids fall into poverty


Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Belgium Lidl strike victory

Lively Hull demo against college cuts

Harrogate College strike against cuts

Leeds Acas conciliators walkout

Workplace news in brief


Thousands march on TUC demo

'When we fight, we can win' - campaign halts hospital closure

Chesterfield May Day: march turnout great

Save Our Square takes fight to developers

Save Southall Town Hall legal hearing success


Ronan Point disaster 50 years on


Spain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

Sweden: Socialist elected leader of 77,000-strong tenants' union


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Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Usdaw members on the TUC march, 12.5.18

Usdaw members on the TUC march, 12.5.18   (Click to enlarge)

Scott Jones, Usdaw East London retail C026 chair (personal capacity)

Workers at Tesco Dagenham distribution site are striking over pay from 10pm on Thursday 17 May. Following over a year of negotiations between Tesco and the retail and distribution workers' union Usdaw, bosses have refused to improve their initial offer which was worth less than 3%.

Simon Vincent, an Usdaw rep at the site, says: "Our members work in temperatures one degree above freezing with difficult performance targets. Many are agency workers and 53 of them left in April alone as they simply cannot live on the wages offered. They feel exploited, underpaid and overworked."

Tesco announced in April that pre-tax profits for the year ending 24 February were a huge 1.3 billion - up from 145 million the previous year. As Simon points out this is "not about Tesco's ability to pay, it's about their refusal to pay. Another Tesco depot just five miles up the road pays its staff 1.30 an hour more than in Dagenham."

The money is clearly there. Yet Tesco has slashed terms and conditions, premiums and jobs in stores and call centres in recent years. Striking back against these attacks and for better pay is absolutely correct and necessary and the new Usdaw president, Socialist Party member Amy Murphy, was elected with support for industrial action one of her main policies.

Picket lines are 10pm on 17 May and then 6am and 2pm on 18 May. Simon says: "We would love to see retail, distribution and the wider trade union movement come to our picket line and support our members and show solidarity." The Socialist Party sends solidarity and urges everyone who can to attend picket lines and show support on social media.

Turnout in the ballot was over 70% with 63% voting in favour of industrial action and further strikes could follow.

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In this issue


Middle East

Middle East in crisis

Exclusive interview with Gazan activist: "The more they kill us, the more the anger increases"


France '68

May 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike


PCS

PCS conference 2018: building on the union's militant record

PCS elections - Left sweeps the board


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories' continuing EU quagmire is Corbyn's opportunity

Royal wedding opulence... during longest pay squeeze in 200 years

Richest worth 724bn... as 100,000 kids fall into poverty


Socialist Party workplace news

Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Belgium Lidl strike victory

Lively Hull demo against college cuts

Harrogate College strike against cuts

Leeds Acas conciliators walkout

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Thousands march on TUC demo

'When we fight, we can win' - campaign halts hospital closure

Chesterfield May Day: march turnout great

Save Our Square takes fight to developers

Save Southall Town Hall legal hearing success


Ronan Point

Ronan Point disaster 50 years on


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

Sweden: Socialist elected leader of 77,000-strong tenants' union


Opinion

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