Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 December 2018

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

Merseyside Cammell Lairds shipbuilding workers walk out, 23.11.18, photo Hugh Caffrey

Merseyside Cammell Lairds shipbuilding workers walk out, 23.11.18, photo Hugh Caffrey   (Click to enlarge)

Jack Yarlett, Wirral Socialist Party

The planned 291 redundancies at Birkenhead's Cammell Laird shipyard have been put on hold following 13 days of strike action by workers starting on 26 November.

The redundancies were announced just weeks before Christmas in spite of 621 million worth of upcoming contracts for the company. Unions feared that the sacked employees would be replaced with low-paid agency workers. But bosses have been forced to climb down and come to the negotiating table.The strikes have been temporarily suspended.

It is no wonder the strike has had such an effect. It's been rock solid from the start. Support for the strike among workers was overwhelming and picket lines were jam-packed with both Cammell Laird workers as well as those who had joined to show their support, including Socialist Party members.

Delivery trucks turned around at the gates to show solidarity. Just one week after walking out, Cammell Laird workers had already voted to double the length of the strike action.

As Unite the Union official Ross Quinn said: "The solidarity with Cammell Laird workers is overwhelming, the only people who don't seem to want to save the jobs are the management. The GMB and Unite union members voted to further the strike after management started attacking them for exercising their basic human right to withdraw their labour."

Cammell Laird boss John Syvret complained after just a matter of days that the strike had cost the company up to 1.5 million and later attacked the strikers by claiming they were "pandering to negative stereotypes of Merseyside", remarks for which he was later forced to apologise for through gritted teeth.

A benefit gig at the Marine Street social in New Brighton to raise money for the strike fund on 7 December was turned into an impromptu celebration of this temporary victory.


Given the overwhelming support for the strike action and opposition to redundancies among the workforce and the local community, and the fact that the redundancies have been pushed back, workers have good reason to be confident that the redundancies can be beaten completely.

We will be following negotiations closely and we will be on hand to lend our support should strike action resume.

This win should be a boost to all workers and trade unionists and it is a great example of what can be done when workers organise and fight back to turn the tide of casualisation.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 12 December 2018:

What we think

Tory chaos reaches fever pitch


National Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Tories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

Corbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Worldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

Interserve debts

Universal Credit Christmas misery

Workplace news

Tommy Robinson's rich backers

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay

Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

Workplace news in brief


France in revolt

John Maclean

John Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

Socialist Students LJMU victory

Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!


New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case


Obituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter

Christmas Quiz

The Socialist quiz of 2018


Home   |   The Socialist 12 December 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleHarland and Wolff occupation

triangleHarland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard

triangleHarland and Wolff shipyard workers enter occupation

triangleOccupy and demand nationalisation to save Devon shipyard

triangleSolidarity with Croatian shipyard strike


triangleHeathrow workers to strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

triangleLittle Ilford school strike stands firm - council must use reserves!

triangleHackney council parking services brought in-house

triangleStrike action ballot at UEL over job cuts


triangleYoung Socialists organising for our future

triangleWomen workers need strong trade unions to defend their jobs, pay and services

triangleFight Tata Steel jobs threat - nationalise now!


trianglePPE contracts: It pays to have friends in high places

triangleStop the Tories putting profit before health


triangleLancashire workers' strike shows the way to fight aerospace cuts and job losses


triangleLockdown: suspicion and anger


triangleWirral Socialist Party: How Teamsters made Minneapolis a union town


triangleFight Amazon's anti-union spies


triangleWirral Socialist Party: Brazil - Bolsanaro and the rise of the far right

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Little Ilford school strike stands firm - council must use reserves!


Heathrow airport

Heathrow workers to strike against 'fire and rehire' plans


Socialism 2020

How will Socialism 2020 work?



Optare: Right to strike defended


The Socialist

Selling the Socialist



Manchester student occupation - end rip-off rent, free education now



Stop Leicester hospital closure



#SpyCops inquiry - Revealing police violence against Socialists


Young Socialists

Young Socialists organising for our future



Race disparity gets worse - fight to improve living standards for all



Overcrowded Little Ilford School strikes against more expansion



Strike action ballot at UEL over job cuts



Hackney council parking services brought in-house



Fight Tata Steel jobs threat - nationalise now!



Ex-MP Chris Williamson joins TUSC

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020