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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021

Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds

Unite the Union, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

Unite the Union, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

After a week on strike, followed by a week's overtime ban, 460 Unite members at B&Q's main depot in Worksop are back out on strike for another week.

Prices keep going up so a pay rise that's at least in line with inflation is essential. Workers' determination to win after years of low pay rises is high. 200 attended a union branch meeting and voted unanimously to step up the action. Instead of alternate weeks, the strike will be continuous.

Meanwhile, the drivers, employed by GLX, are going through a dispute procedure and may well be balloting for a strike in the next few weeks. It will strengthen all workers at the site if both strikes take place together.

A non-stop stream of horns blare out as traffic passes. Noticeable is that most working drivers - from ambulances to British Gas vans to lorries - are hooting.

Jon Dale, Mansfield Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 15 December 2021:


News

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Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety

Councils to make workers pay, again

Assange faces extradition

Global inequality grows


What we think

Split Tories and spineless Starmer


End of the USSR

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LGBTQ+ rights

Stonewall attacked by the establishment


Workplace news

Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead

Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise

Support tube workers fighting back

South Wales Stagecoach victory

Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail

London colleges victory

Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut

Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action

Uni support staff strike ballot

Tesco strike action latest

Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise

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Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe

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Readers' opinion

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer


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