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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 December 2014
Sharpak Yate packaging strike
Unite members in Sharpak entered their second week of discontinuous strike action with the third day of action taking place on 9 December. Workers at the packaging firm in Yate near Bristol are striking against management attempts to impose a longer working week.
The union has been growing in the workplace. People are fed up of bullying management forcing changes and are determined that they won't get away with it this time.
The well organised pickets and strong public support are beginning to have an effect. Management had previously refused to negotiate and insisted workers who did not sign up to the new terms would lose their jobs. The strike action is forcing them to rethink and they have now opened discussions with the union.
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In The Socialist 10 December 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Osborne's savage cuts: No return to the 1930s!
Reject the lie that is austerity
Europe: a new wave of workers' struggle has begun
Save our NHS
Tenants can resist Scrooge landlords
Climate change: Sacrificing the future
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Uprising against police violence in the US
Socialist Party workplace news
London bus drivers: Same job - we want the same pay!
1,000 firefighters march to defend Ricky Matthews
Students join Lambeth walkout
Sharpak Yate packaging strike
Rail franchise jobs: TUPE or not TUPE?
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
We have a world to win!
Socialist Students: fight for free education
Election appeal: finding cash to fight the cuts
Campaign news in brief
Socialist Party comments and reviews
The 1914 Christmas truce
Mockingjay: Part One
Broadband giants' expensive battle
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