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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 June 2017

Window strikers joined by second plant

Sierra picket line, photo Sean Brogan

Sierra picket line, photo Sean Brogan   (Click to enlarge)

Alex Moore and Sean Brogan, Torbay and Exeter Socialist Party

Socialist Party members visited the picket lines at Sierra Glass in Paignton on 5 June and showed the strikers the previous report in the Socialist. It was handed around and read enthusiastically in the nearby café and I was repeatedly told: "This is the best and most accurate account of the dispute so far."

Workers were particularly pleased we had highlighted that there had been no pay rise since 2008 as this is not being mentioned elsewhere. To reinforce the point I was introduced to a striker who had been there for 30 years and was still on the minimum wage.

Growing

The mood on the picket line is still good, especially as workers at a sister company, DB Glass, in nearby Newton Abbot are now also joining the strike.

We believe it is essential that direct links are made by the strikers at both plants and have offered to help. We also suggested that the workers form a strike committee.

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In The Socialist 14 June 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

City bosses' £40m bonuses as Number of food banks hits 2,000

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

Young workers in unions earn 20% more

Corbyn surge beats Trump


General election 2017

May and Tories must go!

Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories

Scotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more

Wales: Corbyn's left surge refutes right-wing Labour doomsayers

General election: what you thought about it

Corbyn's support increases further during last week of campaign

Rallying in support of Corbyn's policies

Large turnout to hear Jeremy Corbyn


International socialist news and analysis

France - Huge voter abstention belies Macron's 'landslide' election

International news in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

NSSN conference: workers' action to kick out the Tories

GMB conference: angry mood from delegates

LSE victory

Window strikers joined by second plant

Exploited agency workers organise


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The fight goes on - let's make it a socialist fight to win

Racist EDL humiliated for third time

From Militant to the Socialist Party


 

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