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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 September 2007
There was a walkout of over 1,000 'non-industrial' workers at Plymouth Dockyard on 31 August. A 94% turnout resulted in the yard grinding to a halt. Work on ships, submarines and trains was abandoned as members of Prospect showed their 'reluctant' anger over pay.
This privatised yard, an essential part of Plymouth's employment and industry has this week been taken over by Babcock International. Prospect members tend to be supervisory staff who oversee blue collar workers.
Sean Brogan, Devon Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 6 September 2007:
Strike against public sector pay cap
Prison officers defy government's pay cap
Prison Officers' strike reports
Socialist Party workplace news
Strikers solid in London tubes stoppage
Swansea: Visteon strike threat brings concessions
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Defend Newcastle General Hospital
Sheffield Northern General Hospital bulk stores strike
Trades Union Congress
TUC conference resolutions need to lead to action
TUC conference fringe meeting
Socialist Party events
Socialism 2007 - a weekend of discussion and debate, hosted by the Socialist Party
Socialist Party news and analysis
Horror and heartbreak in Croxteth - What is the cause? What is the answer?
Massive deprivation in Norris Green, Liverpool
Socialist Party policy
The growing wealth gap
Cardiff: More schools fight closures programme
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
'Agitate, educate, organise': the role of the workers' press
International socialist news and analysis
Greece is burning
Workplace news and analysis
Belfast Airport workers score a victory
Socialist Party reviews
Fela Kuti, revolutionary musician
'Holding Fire' by Jack Shepherd
Save the 'Westie' in Aldershot
The Socialist 6 September 2007 |
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