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The Socialist 17 March 2021

Defend the right to protest - end violence against women

The Socialist issue 1125

Violence against women - we will not be silenced


Rich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers

NHS workers map out strategy to win 15% pay rise


Judas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today


Can the capitalist media prevent socialist change?


British Gas strike at crucial stage

Electricians protest against deskilling and lower wages

Goodlord workers continue strike against 'fire and rehire'

Thousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action

Government's bus plans fall short of making up for the cuts

Reinstate Moe - stop trade union-busting at Abellio!

PCS members at Swansea DVLA to strike for safety


Council funding crisis - We need a workers' programme to restore the stolen millions

We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

Standing for TUSC in Worcester

Help fund the Socialist Party's election campaign as part of TUSC


Build for the Socialist Students day of action on 21 April

I couldn't just stand and watch! - Why I joined the Socialist Party

Socialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting

Selling the Socialist


Myanmar: workers brave brutal military crackdown

 
 
 
 
 

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Thousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action

BT office, photo Albert Bridge/CC

BT office, photo Albert Bridge/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Clive Walder, CWU Midlands No 1 branch (personal capacity)

The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) announced during a Facebook Live event on 10 March, attended by over 7,000 members, that it will shortly hold an industrial action ballot.

This is over the company's plans to reduce the number of offices from around 300 to 30, causing displaced workers to either travel large distances to work or, in effect, make themselves redundant - and to halve the current voluntary redundancy terms, and increase the likelihood of compulsory redundancies. This would be the first national action involving BT workers since 1987.

BT managers are trying to reverse the steep decline in the share price, resume paying a dividend and find 12 billion to invest in a full-fibre broadband network. They aim to do this at the expense of workers' jobs and conditions, and they have a vicious new management in place to drive this through.

Socialist Party members in the CWU welcome the calling of this industrial action ballot, but believe that this should have happened before Christmas when it was clear management was going to play hardball. The mood of the members, judging by the on-screen comments, appears to be very solid.

BT's proposals were opposed by 73% of their workers when they were 'consulted'. Workers realise that if action isn't taken many will lose its jobs and those left will have no future. BT is one of a dwindling number of companies offering comparatively well-paid jobs with a career structure, and this must be defended at all costs.

The determination of management to carry out this jobs massacre must be exceeded by the determination of the CWU leadership.

The hardline attitude of management and the heavy costs involved in modernising the network demonstrate that BT workers can only look forward to working increasingly harder for a vicious and unthankful management.

This demonstrates that BT and the rest of the telecoms industry should be taken into public ownership as is the CWU's policy.

  • Victory to the BT workers
  • Defend all jobs
  • For a publicly owned and democratically planned telecoms industry

In this issue


End violence against women

Violence against women - we will not be silenced


NHS

Rich pickings for private companies - peanuts for health workers

NHS workers map out strategy to win 15% pay rise


Review

Judas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today


Media

Can the capitalist media prevent socialist change?


Workplace news

British Gas strike at crucial stage

Electricians protest against deskilling and lower wages

Goodlord workers continue strike against 'fire and rehire'

Thousands of BT workers to ballot for strike action

Government's bus plans fall short of making up for the cuts

Reinstate Moe - stop trade union-busting at Abellio!

PCS members at Swansea DVLA to strike for safety


Elections

Council funding crisis - We need a workers' programme to restore the stolen millions

We need a fighting strategy to win funding from the government - why I'm standing for TUSC

Standing for TUSC in Worcester

Help fund the Socialist Party's election campaign as part of TUSC


Campaigns news

Build for the Socialist Students day of action on 21 April

I couldn't just stand and watch! - Why I joined the Socialist Party

Socialist Party LGBTQ+ members meeting

Selling the Socialist


International news

Myanmar: workers brave brutal military crackdown


 

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