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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 June 2014

Why I'm a socialist

When I joined the civil service some years ago, staff from a higher education background such as I were respected professionals with career prospects. We took pride in our work. However, all has now changed.

We now work under the dark clouds of cuts, job insecurity, inadequate resources, performance targets, excessive workloads and an unjust, rigged performance management system (which now includes forced rankings). In summary, a race to the bottom.

I thought I was alone, but realised many workers faced similar circumstances. Increasingly frustrated, I felt I had to take a stand. I'd also become aware that none of the mainstream parties represented ordinary working people; it was under the Blair-Brown Government that my workplace starting getting like this. Only a new workers' movement could change things.

Earlier this year I was pushed to the edge, so took action and joined the Socialist Party and the PCS union. Now I'm happier to be campaigning alongside others against this injustice. I've found an island of sense in an ocean of madness!

Unfortunately union membership isn't strong on the site where I work, and the PCS branch rep is at a site eight miles away. Management has disallowed union activities in official time (we used to be permitted to do so). As a result, organising branch meetings is difficult. However, I'll do all I can to support the local branch.

Andrew Wilkins

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In The Socialist 11 June 2014:


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Anniversaries

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The battle of Orgreave


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: European elections redefine political map

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10 July: United action can beat austerity

Bakers' union calls for general strike

Unison: No waiting for Labour - fight the job cuts

Housing workers strike against rep suspension

Firefighters to walk out for 24-hours

Care UK workers continue dispute

Workplace news in brief


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Why I'm a socialist

Stevenage: EDL not welcome here

Cuts consensus: Labour joins with Ukip to back Tory council


Readers' comments and reviews

Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Obituary: George Duff


 

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