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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 April 2021
Bristol Water walkout
Bristol Water picket line April 2021, photo Roger Thomas (Click to enlarge)
GMB members at Bristol Water took strike action on 6 April for fair pay.
The company has imposed a pay freeze and no increase to pension contributions, despite Bristol Water's essential workers risking their health and that of their families to keep the taps on during the pandemic.
75% of workers voted for action and more action is threatened.
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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.
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- 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.
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In The Socialist 7 April 2021:
Pay NHS staff 15%!
Racism exists! Unite to fight all inequality
Report condones vigil police violence - democratic community control a necessity
Low-paid workers shouldn't pay for Covid crisis
The system is broken... youth unite and fight back
Fighting Fund: An amazing £39,948 raised
Sexism in education: It shouldn't be like this!
Pimlico Academy protests: "Run by racists for profit"
Academy schools have become business ventures
Defiance continues against anti-protest bill
London: #BuhariMustGo protests are back
Councillors have a choice - don't vote for cuts
Former Labour parliamentary candidate to stand for TUSC
NEU elections: Elect a socialist leadership to fight for national action and a united campaign
GMB general secretary election: A fighting, socialist leadership needed
Sparks take deskilling protests to Hinkley Point
Marley Tiles workers strike against bullying bosses
New British Gas deadline and strike dates
Bristol Water walkout
Childcare in crisis: A socialist solution
Right-wing Labour and Tory commissioners out of Liverpool!
1981 Brixton riots: Racism and poverty - the anger explodes
Brazil: Bolsonaro regime plunges into a deeper crisis
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