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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 June 2014

Bakers' union calls for general strike

Video: Claire Laker Mansfield addresses the Bakers Union conference on behalf of Youth Fight for Jobs

"My message to Frances O' Grady and the TUC is this: We've done the marches, attended the rallies and got nowhere. Snappy sound-bites and raising awareness guff has achieved nothing. Stop beating about the bush and make the call for a general strike."

BFAWU bakers' union president Ian Hodson made this call when opening the union's annual conference on 8 June.

Bakers union workers (BFAWU) at the TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Bakers union workers (BFAWU) at the TUC demonstration in Manchester against Tory Party conference 29/09/13 demands Save our NHS, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

"To those employers who freeze or cut our pay, we will strike; reduce our terms and conditions, we will strike; attack our health and safety, we will strike; bring in slave labour workfare schemes, we will strike."

He said the Hovis workers' successful strike against zero-hour contracts last year and the global Fast Food Workers campaign are an inspiration. Ian got a massive ovation when he called for a 10 an hour living wage. The union, along with other groups including Youth Fight for Jobs, is leading the Fast Food Rights campaign in Britain.

The BFAWU also backs the NSSN, which with the Socialist Party, has led the call for a 24-hour general strike.

"The trade union movement will be judged as to how it responds to these challenges. The bottom line is there are close to seven million trade union members in the UK that would be virtually unstoppable if mobilised."


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In The Socialist 11 June 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS: Private profit kills

Newark byelection: capitalist parties in crisis

'Trojan Horse': who is attacking education?

World Cup carnival can't hide corruption and injustice

Them & Us


Anniversaries

Tiananmen Square 1989

The battle of Orgreave


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: European elections redefine political map

Greece: CWI councillors elected


Socialist Party workplace news

10 July: United action can beat austerity

Bakers' union calls for general strike

Unison: No waiting for Labour - fight the job cuts

Housing workers strike against rep suspension

Firefighters to walk out for 24-hours

Care UK workers continue dispute

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Now is the time to join the Socialists!

Why I'm a socialist

Stevenage: EDL not welcome here

Cuts consensus: Labour joins with Ukip to back Tory council


Readers' comments and reviews

Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall

Obituary: George Duff


 

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