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Transport / Car industry

12 April 2017

Car workers strike at BMW in defence of pensions

By a huge 93%, car workers at BMW, producing the Mini and Rolls-Royce, have voted to strike for eight days in defence of their final salary pension scheme.

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9 November 2016

Court slams Tory air quality plans

Only socialist planning can stop toxic air: It's supposed to be safe but it kills more people than obesity or alcohol - the air we breathe.

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20 April 2016

Review: 'On the Track' by Bill Mullins

A demonstration of the role of a Marxist in the workplace: There were 612 strikes recorded at British Leyland's Cowley plant in 1969 - workers today will be as amazed at that figure as the bosses were horrified by it then.

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19 February 2014

Them & Us

Boom and bust: Last year government business secretary Vince Cable boasted of rising output in Britain's car industry as illustrating a recovering UK economy

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8 January 2014

Is UK car building back in Top Gear?

The thoroughly reactionary but entertaining Jeremy Clarkson, on his Top Gear programme's Christmas special, tried to demonstrate that UK vehicle manufacturing was healthier than ever

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14 July 2010

Swansea Linamar plant: Reluctant vote for redundancy

Workers at the Linamar car parts plant in Swansea voted overwhelmingly to reluctantly accept the company's closure terms, at a mass meeting on Monday 12 July...

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Linamar workers support sacked covneor Rob Williams, photo Sarah Mayo

Linamar workers support sacked covneor Rob Williams, photo Sarah Mayo

17 June 2009

Recent industrial disputes bring important lessons for the future

Editorial: THE VICTORY of Rob Williams, in getting his job back and being reinstated into his position as convenor of the Swansea Linamar car parts plant has tremendous lessons for the future. And it reveals, along with other struggles that have broken out in the last six months, the crucial role of conscious socialists in the workplace.

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Rob Williams, sacked Unite convenor, Linamar, photo Paul Mattsson

28 May 2009

Rob Williams gets backing of Linamar workers

Linamar workers in Swansea have voted for an all out strike in support of their sacked convenor rob Williams.

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Electric cars, but ... (photo Chris Moore)

Electric cars, but ... (photo Chris Moore)

22 April 2009

New Labour's environmental ploy: How green are electric cars?

DESPERATE TO arrest his precipitous decline in the opinion polls, Gordon Brown has announced an incentive scheme to give people up to 5,000 towards the cost of trading in their old car for an electric one, writes Ken Douglas.

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25 March 2009

Tide of job losses must be fought

Unemployment statistics released on 18 March confirmed that there are now two million people without work...

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4 March 2009

Sogefi workers demand strike

Workers at the Sogefi car filter plant in South Wales have had enough. At a mass meeting of 300 out of the 400 in the plant on 14 February, they brushed aside calls for calm, called from the floor for...

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24 February 2009

Car industry in crisis: Death of jobs by a thousand cuts

Car components firm GKN has announced the closure of two of its plants in the West Midlands. This will mean 323 direct job losses. Dave Griffiths spoke to Pete Bradley, a GKN worker and a member of the Amicus section of Unite, before the latest cuts announcement.

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15 February 2009

Britain exposed

Britain is particularly exposed to the economic storm which is unfolding. Iceland was a country effectively acting as a hedge fund. This country is not much different, as the FT commented:...

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11 February 2009

Car industry in crisis - national meeting

Saturday 14 February 2009, 12-4pm, The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS...

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5 February 2009

Car industry bailout plan

CAR WORKERS in Britain face job cuts, long lay-offs and increased short-time working. Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and other car manufacturers have all cut jobs. The recession-hit 'British' car industry...

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28 January 2009

The crisis in manufacturing: Fighting for jobs and living standards

A FIGHTING socialist solution to the growing capitalist threat to workers' jobs and living standards is the only way forward for the trade union movement, writes Bill Mullins.

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14 January 2009

Job cuts announced at Nissan

Bosses at Nissan's Sunderland car plant have announced they are axing 1,200 jobs, around a quarter of the workforce...

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10 December 2008

South Wales job losses

Twenty shop stewards and activists recently attended a joint Welsh Shop Stewards Network and Swansea trades council meeting to discuss the avalanche of job cuts in south west Wales, writes Alec Thraves.

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10 December 2008

The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:

Car industry in crisis - national meeting

The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:
Saturday 14 February 2009, 12-4pm, The Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.
Please encourage your union branch/workplace to sponsor this meeting and send delegates (5 per delegate or visitor).
See also: or PO Box 58262, London N1P 1ET.

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5 November 2008

Fighting for a socialist solution to the crisis in the car industry

In the recession in the 'real' economy, the car industry is one of the first to be hit. Ford workers at Southampton have taken their first action against plans to close the plant there, whilst Ford at...

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