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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 November 2019
Westex strikers read the Socialist
Westex Carpets strikers displaying the Socialist front page (Click to enlarge)
Members of Unite the Union at the Westex Carpets factory in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, have been on strike for two months in their ongoing dispute over pay.
On their latest picket line, strikers bought copies of the Socialist newspaper and agreed with our front page headline: "Bosses rip us off"!
The strike began on 20 November after workers rejected a minimal pay rise which was then withdrawn by the company.
Trade unionists should keep donations going into the strike fund:
- Account name: TGWU
- Account number: 20175407
- Sort code: 60/83/01
- Reference: Westex Strike Fund
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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.
- 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 Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 13 November 2019:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Council cuts continue... So must the fightback
Protesting is not terrorism
End climate change, end inequality, end capitalism!
Capitalism fails NHS services in Liverpool: scrap PFI!
Them & Us
What we think
To win back working-class trust Labour must take the 'Liverpool road'
International socialist news and analysis
Eyewitness report: workers' struggle in France on the boil
France striker speaks: real, deep anger needs union strategy
Iraq - a brutal legacy of imperialist intervention
India: Huge general strike but a missed opportunity
Workplace news and analysis
Royal Mail workers to reballot for strike action
Renewing the left in PCS
A win against academisation in east London
Belfast Hovis workers' all-out strike
Westex strikers read the Socialist
Ealing tax office strike continues
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Make a stand: set legal no-cuts council budgets
"If you think bus and rail services are crap, sign our petition to take them back"
Building Tamil Solidarity with youth and the unions
The Socialist inbox
Robert Burns: of the people, for the people
The Socialist 13 November 2019 |
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