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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 June 2017
Window strikers joined by second plant
Sierra picket line, photo Sean Brogan (Click to enlarge)
Alex Moore and Sean Brogan, Torbay and Exeter Socialist Party
Socialist Party members visited the picket lines at Sierra Glass in Paignton on 5 June and showed the strikers the previous report in the Socialist. It was handed around and read enthusiastically in the nearby café and I was repeatedly told: "This is the best and most accurate account of the dispute so far."
Workers were particularly pleased we had highlighted that there had been no pay rise since 2008 as this is not being mentioned elsewhere. To reinforce the point I was introduced to a striker who had been there for 30 years and was still on the minimum wage.
The mood on the picket line is still good, especially as workers at a sister company, DB Glass, in nearby Newton Abbot are now also joining the strike.
We believe it is essential that direct links are made by the strikers at both plants and have offered to help. We also suggested that the workers form a strike committee.
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In The Socialist 14 June 2017:
Socialist Party news and analysis
City bosses' £40m bonuses as Number of food banks hits 2,000
Low-paid work till lunch to make rent
Young workers in unions earn 20% more
Corbyn surge beats Trump
General election 2017
May and Tories must go!
Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories
Scotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more
Wales: Corbyn's left surge refutes right-wing Labour doomsayers
General election: what you thought about it
Corbyn's support increases further during last week of campaign
Rallying in support of Corbyn's policies
Large turnout to hear Jeremy Corbyn
International socialist news and analysis
France - Huge voter abstention belies Macron's 'landslide' election
International news in brief
Socialist Party workplace news
NSSN conference: workers' action to kick out the Tories
GMB conference: angry mood from delegates
Window strikers joined by second plant
Exploited agency workers organise
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
The fight goes on - let's make it a socialist fight to win
Racist EDL humiliated for third time
From Militant to the Socialist Party
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