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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 May 2019
Sellafield nuclear workers' strike
Pickets and supporters at Sellafield, May 2019, photo Robert Charlesworth (Click to enlarge)
Low-paid Mitie workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria went on strike on 7 June for a substantial wage rise and to have their union, Unite, recognised. The workers bought copies of the Socialist newspaper which included reports of their previous picket lines and strike meetings.
They are currently taking part in a two-week strike against what Mitie worker Debbie Matthews and Unite organiser Michelle Smith revealed as the dirty, dangerous and bullying reality behind the glossy, hi-tech image of the biggest industrial site in the country.
"We work in the same environment as the skilled workers but without the training and protection. I've had to clear out cupboards containing used protective masks and I worked in a building full of asbestos. Even some of the Sellafield direct workers haven't had hot water to shower or wash their hands after the toilet." Science hasn't brought civilisation to Sellafield!
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In The Socialist 31 May 2019:
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Nationalise Ford to prevent closure
Fight the closures save every job!
Widespread condemnation of horrifying, violent, homophobic assaults
Terrible child murders linked to cuts
Tory drug hypocrisy
Scottish airport strikes - fight for better pay and pensions
Stagecoach strike - bus workers show how it's done
Socialists in Unison hold positions in elections
South Western Railway guards to strike again
Socialist Party members make big impact at trades council conference
Southampton hospital workers win
Sellafield nuclear workers' strike
International socialist news and analysis
Southern Ireland elections
Sudan: Military crackdown to break revolution
Nigeria: Stop police harassment of Abbey and Azeez!
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
D-Day for fighting Trump attack on NHS
Edmonton joins Enfield North Labour in supporting 'no cuts' fightback strategy
Save Essex libraries protest
TV Review: Chernobyl - Workers' heroism vs sclerotic Stalinism
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