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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 May 2013

Saying no to blacklisting in Southampton

Unite activists from the Southampton area came together on 25 April to join the growing voice of workers across the country speaking out against the illegal practices of employers blacklisting union activists from employment.

Unite members explained what the blacklisting meant: "They want workers to be fearful of joining unions.

"Sites are not safe. Fawley refinery has operated a blacklist for 30 years. It is not a safe place to work, accidents are covered up for fear of the sack."

Malcolm Bonnett, Unite regional officer for construction, said: "Companies like Kier are big beneficiaries from council contracts and to build social housing. It is time councils stopped giving money to companies like this.

This is about safety at work. We have to stop the fatalities. We want direct employment and to get rid of agencies and payroll companies ripping off our members."

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

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In The Socialist 1 May 2013:


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Give us jobs not cuts

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The 'precariat': fighting for real jobs


Socialist Party review

Review of 'South Africa: The Massacre that Changed a Nation', BBC2 April 24th


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Cyprus economic meltdown: Build a socialist alternative to austerity

Bangladesh building collapse - casualties of a rotten profit system


Socialist Party workplace news

Local government: fight for decent pay, terms and conditions

Justice for 'the 33' sacked tube workers

Saying no to blacklisting in Southampton

Unison health conference

Land Registry: Fight Con-Dems' privatisation plans

Unison: Defend the Four

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Liverpool rally marks 30 years since election of socialist council

Scotland: Anti-bedroom tax federation launched

Council Tax: Con-Dems turn screw on poorest

Southampton Labour council leader quits as anti-cuts pressure grows

Doncaster: For a mayor that would really stop the bedroom tax!

Thatcher's funeral day in Newbridge


 

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