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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 December 2008

Woolworths jobs threat

Socialist Party member Robbie Segal is standing for president of the shopworkers' union Usdaw. She spoke to The Socialist about the threats to jobs in the retail industry:

"Woolworths and MFI are in administration. Whilst the banks are bailed out, 30,000 workers at Woolworths face redundancy due to the collapse in retail brought on by the banking crisis.

Low-paid workers always pay for the failure of the employers. Yet vultures, the so called "turnaround investors" are already circling the living body of Woolworths looking to buy off profitable parts.

They are people like Sir Phillip Green, who bought a 28.5% share in Moss Bros two weeks ago, sold the share on Friday and made nearly a million. Not bad for two weeks' speculation.

Woolworths has 5,000 Usdaw members. If elected as president, I will launch a mass campaign to stop the job losses - demanding that the government takes Woolies and any other failing retail giant into public ownership. At the same time, we need a campaign for an £8 an hour minimum wage for all.

If the government can find the money to bail out the bankers, then they can find it to help shopworkers in difficult times."

For more information about Robbie's campaign see: www.robbiesegal.org

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In The Socialist 3 December 2008:


Job losses

Fight back now against job cuts

Woolworths jobs threat

Fighting the threatened closure of Hoover factory


Environment and socialism

Our planet not their profit


Socialist Party editorial

India and Pakistan conflict

Terror mayhem strikes Mumbai


Socialist Party campaigns

Judiciary challenged over the right to protest

Building a left wing political alternative

Southampton uni students fight fees

Liverpool: mobilising against the far right

In brief


Comment

Social workers demand proper resources

Secondary education: PFI's gloss soon peels away


Socialist Party LGBT

Fighting homophobia


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Crisis-hit capitalism fears prospect of revolution


International socialist news and analysis

Venezuela elections: Chávez wins victory but opposition gains ground


Marxist analysis: history

The Isle of Man general strike 1918: Workers' power paralysed government


Socialist Party news and analysis

Help fund the alternative to big business politics

Socialist women: Looking at the past to take action today


Housing crisis

Stop the repossessions

New Labour's housing crisis


Socialist Party workplace news

Vote 'no' to BT's pension cuts

A Christmas message from the Unite leadership

Dover docks strikes

Appledore shipyard


 

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