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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 May 2020

EDF Energy workers furloughed on 100% pay

Unite has successfully negotiated that nearly 500 EDF Energy workers will be furloughed on 100% pay during the coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement covers meter installers, meter fixers and revenue collection workers in London, the south east and south west regions.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "The agreement reached with EDF Energy will protect the pay and jobs of our members during the current coronavirus crisis.

"What we have achieved is the fundamental and central role of a trade union - defending workers' interests in the workplace, through thick and thin, and especially so when times are particularly hard.

"This is the time when a union's values, strength and resilience are truly tested and our reps at EDF have met that challenge 100%.

"This agreement was hammered out because this is a Unite organised work force. Nothing is ever guaranteed - but what this does show, yet again, is that you stand a fighting chance if you are a member of a trade union."

The rest of the non-furloughed staff remains on full pay, and will be either voluntary emergency staff, who are on call, or employees who have volunteered to take part in community schemes - for example, delivering prescriptions and medication to the sick and elderly.

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In The Socialist 6 May 2020:


What we think

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Coronavirus news

Dispatches from the NHS front

Bail out the real wealth creators, not the rich

Homes needed to end overcrowding

Homeless left on streets during pandemic

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Test and trace

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Tories using pandemic to shift lab testing out of NHS


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No increase in transport capacity without adequate safety precautions for workers and passengers

Unsafe Workplace? "It's up to you" PCS tells reps and members

Further protests in Ireland against Debenhams closures - UK fightback needed

Rolls Royce threatens 8,000 job losses

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International news

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US: Trump's public health cuts have condemned thousands worldwide

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Obituary

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Readers' opinion

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