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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 February 2009
Workers march for jobs in Cardiff
About 200 Unite and GMB members from power stations from across South Wales marched for jobs through Cardiff city centre on 21 February. This included a number of unemployed members.
The stewards were very clear that they were demanding that trade union agreements should be adhered to and opposed the bosses' attempts to undermine these agreements. On one contract the unions negotiated the same terms and conditions for all the workers, including 30 Polish workers. This shows the real potential of trade union organisation and action.
Disgracefully, UK Independence Party (UKIP) members turned up to try to exploit some of the biased media coverage over migrant workers. But they got short shrift from the trade unionists.
The speakers at the rally correctly criticised the opportunist approach of UKIP and the far right parties in Europe, who always oppose any legislation to protect or enhance workers' rights. Any attempts by employers to divide and defeat the working class need to continue to be robustly challenged to take the movement forward.
Katrine Williams, PCS Wales chair, personal capacity
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In The Socialist 24 February 2009:
No Job Cuts
Organise to defend jobs
Car industry in crisis: Death of jobs by a thousand cuts
Jobs protest continues
Workers march for jobs in Cardiff
Fight to save Royal Mail
Campaign for a New Workers Party
What do union members get from Labour link?
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland: workers say 'We won't pay for your crisis'
General strike movement grips island of Guadeloupe
Kashmir: Health workers take strike action
Marxist analysis: history
Iran 1979: A revolution that was taken from the working class
ECB suffers Stanford hangover
Socialist Party campaigns
Defend Yahya Al Faifi campaign
BNP bigots retreat under pressure
Greenwich: "Hands off my school"
Look at the gravy train!
Devon residents against incinerators
Socialist Party workplace news
Leeds journalists strike against job cuts
Successful launch for United Left
Manchester Unison: Good vote for left
Protest at the Unison witch-hunt - date change
The Socialist 24 February 2009 |
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