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The Socialist 10 March 2021

NHS pay - 15% now

The Socialist issue 1124

NHS pay - 15% now

NHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

Police disgracefully stop NHS pay protest


Super-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The 'old normal' meant poverty for young people


Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services


Workers respond to 'back to school'


British Gas strikers reject deal and carry on fighting

Goodlord striker speaks out: 'workers have to fight for our skills to be appreciated'

Stop union busting on the buses: Reinstate Declan Clune and Moe Muhsin Manir

Sparks deskilling protests

Leicester university workers ballot for action against redundancies

Sainsbury's pay offer shows future will only be 'great pay' if we fight

PCS leadership failures lead to concession bargaining on pay

Manchester bus drivers' indefinite strikers fight on

London bus drivers continue walkout


150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth


Would a wealth tax end poverty and inequality?


Socialist women speak at inspirational International Women's Day online rally

Why I joined the Socialist Party - to fight for the future of the working class

Why I'm standing for TUSC

Build subscriptions to the Socialist

Fighting fund target achieved - keep up the momentum


Historic union battle at Alabama warehouse

10 years ago - the Fukushima nuclear disaster: "We came close to losing northern Japan"


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British Gas strikers reject deal and carry on fighting

British Gas strike Leicester February 2021, photo Steve Score

British Gas strike Leicester February 2021, photo Steve Score   (Click to enlarge)

Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

"We've told O'Shea to stick it!" This was the message to the British Gas CEO and the feeling on the British Gas engineers' picket line in Leicester on 5 March. It was the day after GMB union members had rejected management's latest offer.

Some of the pickets described how the results had come in live from the different business groups as if it were a football match: "One-nil, two-nil, two-one..." In the end all bar one of the five groups voted to reject. The anger of the strikers has only increased as a result of various bullying attempts by management.

The engineers on the Aylestone Road picket line were from the service and repair group, the biggest, that voted 79% to reject on an 88% turnout. It has been the membership that has led that determination to fight, not the GMB leadership, who made no recommendation on the deal.

Paul Carvell, GMB steward, said: "It was a four-to-one vote against accepting the offer, so we are out on strike again today. We are now into day 26 of strike action, yet more people are coming down to the picket line. The depth of feeling is getting stronger against the attack on our terms of conditions and the use of 'fire and rehire'. O'Shea says the consultation meetings, legally required in the fire and rehire process, are starting. The threat of mass sackings is imminently real.

"We want them to come back to the table with a decent offer. But we have already announced sixteen days of strikes in March, and there is talk of escalating it further towards the end of March. It is the membership itself that has spoken really strongly against the company and their proposals.

"The extra three hours working per week with no extra pay, and the impact it will have on work-life balance, is a huge stumbling block to accepting any deal. Because we are on annualised hours it is likely that we will be working far more hours in the summer."

The Socialist Party says:

  • Solidarity with the British Gas strikers
  • End 'fire and rehire'
  • Renationalise British Gas under democratic workers' control

In this issue


NHS pay

NHS pay - 15% now

NHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

Police disgracefully stop NHS pay protest


News

Super-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The 'old normal' meant poverty for young people


What we think

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services


Schools

Workers respond to 'back to school'


Workplace news

British Gas strikers reject deal and carry on fighting

Goodlord striker speaks out: 'workers have to fight for our skills to be appreciated'

Stop union busting on the buses: Reinstate Declan Clune and Moe Muhsin Manir

Sparks deskilling protests

Leicester university workers ballot for action against redundancies

Sainsbury's pay offer shows future will only be 'great pay' if we fight

PCS leadership failures lead to concession bargaining on pay

Manchester bus drivers' indefinite strikers fight on

London bus drivers continue walkout


Rosa Luxemburg

150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth


Wealth Tax

Would a wealth tax end poverty and inequality?


Campaigns news

Socialist women speak at inspirational International Women's Day online rally

Why I joined the Socialist Party - to fight for the future of the working class

Why I'm standing for TUSC

Build subscriptions to the Socialist

Fighting fund target achieved - keep up the momentum


International news

Historic union battle at Alabama warehouse

10 years ago - the Fukushima nuclear disaster: "We came close to losing northern Japan"


Letters

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