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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2015

Labour MP refuses to back strike, draws parallels with Enoch Powell

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Limehouse and Poplar in Tower Hamlets, east London, refused to back striking cleaners on 14 October.

Members of transport union RMT on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are fighting low pay.

Fitzpatrick's reason? In 1968, some dockers walked out against the sacking of racist Tory minister Enoch Powell.


Tower Hamlets TUSC @towerhamletTUSC

Looking forward to seeing @FitzMP on #DLR #picket 2moro after @johnmcdonnellMP called for MPs to support strikes


Jim Fitzpatrick @FitzMP

I don't give any issue "unconditional" support. I remember dockers striking/marching in support of Enoch, 'nuff said.


Tower Hamlets TUSC

How about supporting @RMTLondon DLR cleaners & security strike 4 pay justice & workplace agreements 2 be followed?


RMT London @RMTLondon

Interesting response. Is that a maybe? @FitzMP


Niall MacLaughlin @nmac94

Is Tower Hamlets Labour taking the piss? You can't support workers stuck on poverty pay because racists went on strike once?!

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In The Socialist 21 October 2015:


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Strike to save the NHS

Hands off tax credits

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Damning report on NHS staffing levels delayed by Tories

Labour MP refuses to back strike

Them & Us

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How can workers resist capitalist cuts and closures?


International socialist news and analysis

World economy: 'biggest danger to capitalism is capitalism'

Germany: refugee crisis and the fight against the racist right

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Workplace news and analysis

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Hull's Labour council in aggressive bid to remove all union convenors

Welsh Government should think outside 'the Box'

Determined mood at Napo conference

Sports Direct action over sacking

Rally opposes the Tory trade union bill

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Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Organising to defend Corbyn's anti-cuts mandate

Help fund the fight for socialism

Huge support for the Wales March for Homes


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Former war hero fighting for the future: a pensioner speaks out

'Britain First' - tiny and violent


 

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