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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 May 2021

Sparks fight continues

Sparks protest in Cardiff 28 April 2021, photo Dave Reid

Sparks protest in Cardiff 28 April 2021, photo Dave Reid   (Click to enlarge)

London sparks continued the fight against deskilling by again targeting offices of landlords Landsec, Land Securities Group, because NG Bailey has its maintenance contract.

NG Bailey is still looking to use the electrical service operator (ESO) grade to attack electricians' wages by employing unskilled labour.

As the protesting workers left the building, they warned that the campaign against ESO will be stepped up, just days after sparks walked off site in Whitby in North Yorkshire and blockaded a job in Cardiff. This will include protests at retail parks, where NG Bailey has jobs or maintenance contracts.

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In The Socialist 12 May 2021:


Election analysis

Hartlepool sums up Labour crisis

Scotland: Pro-independence majority in highly polarised election

Welsh Labour holds on to government but new crises loom

TUSC is back


Ireland

Bobby Sands - Nothing but an Unfinished Song

British state absolves itself from killings during 'the Troubles'


International news

Is Biden offering a new 'New Deal'?

Stop Israeli state brutality

Right-wing Partido Popular wins Madrid elections - a warning to the working class


Workplace news

United action needed to defeat fire and rehire

RMT: Militant industrial and political strategy must be fought for

National Education Union needs a socialist, fighting deputy general secretary

Thurrock refuse workers strike escalates

Ealing parking wardens strike against Serco over absence policy

Norwich City Council workers vote for strike action over broken promises on pay and conditions

Beal school strikers suspend action after possible victory

Sparks fight continues


Readers' opinion

Readers' opinion


Obituary

Obituary - Jon Elvin


 

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