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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 February 2009

Isle of Grain picket

On 11 February, around 70 workers staged a demonstration on the Isle of Grain in Kent, outside the site of a new gas-fired power station where the main contractor, Alstom, is using Polish sub-contractors with no trade union agreement on their pay and conditions.

The protesting workers say that the company is not looking at applications from UK workers - one group of laggers said they had been protesting outside the plant every week for the last two years against the company's recruitment practices.

Prospective Labour parliamentary candidate Theresa Murray, who is standing in Bob Marshall-Andrew's seat, welcomed the protest but then condemned the recent wave of strikes that resulted in the victory for the Lindsey strikers!

Her speech was met with rising anger among a section of the workers who recognised the effectiveness of the action at Lindsey. Several vehicles were turned away from the plant by the protest.

Ken Douglas

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In The Socialist 18 February 2009:

Fight back now to stop job cuts

Anger as jobs slashed with an hour's notice

Car workers' jobs slaughter - begin the fightback!

Defend every job on the tube

Construction workers protest: Staythorpe power station

Isle of Grain picket

Meeting on Lindsey oil refinery dispute: Workers strike back

Why the bosses don't want an organised workforce


Socialist Students

Stop fees

Students protest against attacks on Gaza

'Books not Bombs' at Nottingham

Concessions won at Queen Mary university


Socialist Party editorial

New Labour in blind panic

Regulators resign over financial meltdown


Sport

London Olympics battered by economic crisis


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Yahya must stay Defend Saudi Arabian trade unionist from deportation

Coventry: Hands off our youth services!

Political vendetta against Tommy Sheridan

Wirral cuts: Fighting 'cultural terrorism'

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Defend the welfare state


International socialist news and analysis

Israel: Election results indicate a deepening political crisis

Costa Rica: Urgent solidarity action for unionists


Socialist Party workplace news and analysis

Manchester Unison elections: Left candidates well supported

Usdaw presidential election: The campaign they tried to hide

Usdaw Activist public meeting

Fight the Unison witch-hunt

Launch of new broad left for Unite


 

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