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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 June 2016

BT Brexit baloney

CWU official picket armband, photo Paul Mattsson

CWU official picket armband, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Unions have joined forces with bosses at telecom firm BT to influence workers to vote Remain.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), with managers' and professionals' union Prospect, were due to send a joint email with BT management on 13 June. Although not explicitly calling for a Remain vote, the message was to highlight research that Brexit might hit the economy.

In the event of financial ructions following the referendum, it is the job of unions to lead workers to fight for better wages and conditions. More than that - they could put political change on the agenda.

A crisis for the bosses only turns into a crisis for the workers if the workers' movement ignores the opportunity. Unions lining up with the very people they exist to combat only weakens them, whatever their position on the EU. It discredits them in the eyes of many workers. The CWU, at least, should know better.

Brexit could rout the establishment. The opportunities for the left would be huge. But in or out, unions must maintain an independent position, and prepare to fight the bosses.

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In The Socialist 15 June 2016:


EU referendum

EU referendum: whatever the result, political turmoil is ahead

EU: busting the myths that Remain is best for the 99%

TUSC anti-EU tour touches down in Wales

BT Brexit baloney

Letters: EU referendum


International socialist news and analysis

Orlando massacre: working class unity to defeat homophobia, terrorism and racism

France: workers' revolt against labour law grows


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Hilarious, innovative satire on state bureaucracy


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Unison conference 2016: fighting leadership needed more than ever

GMB backs no-cuts budgets and steel nationalisation

Pennine Foods strike forces bosses back to the table

Hospital porters and domestic staff claim jobs and pay victory

Strike at Argos depot against contracting out of jobs

Buses parked three deep in Leeds strike

School support staff mobilise against slashing of pay

Uber drivers strike against unfair fares

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Housing crisis

Action to defeat the Housing Act: we won't move!

Housing Act: landlords and developers set to profit

Generation rent demands affordable housing


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Re-open Chorley A&E - end the staff shortages

Hands Off HRI campaign grows from strength to strength


Socialist Party news and analysis

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Them & Us

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