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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2020
West London parking workers' strike
Ealing parking attendants strike, photo Helen Pattison (Click to enlarge)
Ealing parking attendants are on strike 2-6 March, having pushed back the employer to stop redundancies. Serco wants them to work longer hours, with more responsibilities and fewer staff.
All this without any extra holiday pay - despite the fact Serco parking attendants in other boroughs do have more holiday entitlement.
For some workers who have been there over a decade, Serco is their fourth employer, and now it's clear they want to try increase their profits off the back of the hard-working staff.
Luckily, the staff are well organised in Unite the Union. They are picketing outside their work place but also protesting outside the council offices. Striking staff are putting pressure on Ealing Labour council, which really should have come out in support of these underpaid, overworked and poorly treated workers by now.
Helen Pattison, London Socialist Party
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
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In The Socialist 4 March 2020:
Covid-19: A socialist response to the Coronavirus crisis
International Women's Day 2020
International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity
A legacy of women workers and the class struggle
Uni strikers determined to defeat the bosses
Defend the right to strike! Southampton solidarity meeting
Strike wave around London - this is why we need socialists in city hall
West London parking workers' strike
Charity workers' strike
Electricians pay victory
Anti-academy strikes kick off in Redbridge
Royal Glam A&E: Victory is within our grasp
What will we do if they cut Camden nurseries?
Labour councils miss opportunity to stop Tory cuts
30,000 strike for the climate in Bristol
Why I joined the Socialist Party: I resent the 1% and the system that allows them to exist
Secret cuts meeting couldn't prevent protests in Newham
Socialist Party Congress
Socialist Party Congress 2020: A world in turmoil and weak British capitalism faces working-class anger
India: Bloody pogrom fuelled by Modi's sectarianism
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