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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2020

South London council workers vote to strike

Greenwich council workers vote to strike

Greenwich council workers vote to strike   (Click to enlarge)

Greenwich Council housing maintenance staff have returned a thumping 97% 'yes' vote for strike action in a ballot over plans to slash wages by up to £20,000. Last year, we formed a committee representing every department and pushed our membership density to over 90%. Now, that committee is driving the branch from strength to strength - grassroots organising and trade unionism in action.

Make no mistake, refuse workers, maintenance workers and the other key workers who kept us going through this pandemic are not going to carry the can for this crisis. For the past 40 years we've been told the country is 'broke'. Wages have stagnated for ordinary people, while those at the top are raking it in. We're putting the marker down - enough is enough.

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In The Socialist 9 December 2020:


News

Fund NHS, not Tory crony contracts

Covid vaccines only first step - fight job losses, austerity and 'virus' of capitalism

High street jobs, safety and pay: We have to fight

Super-rich tax evasion costs 34 million nurses worldwide

Luxury for some, poverty for the rest of us


What we think

Should Corbyn stand for London Mayor?


Workplace news

RMT gen sec election - vote for Steve Hedley

Further education workers win pay rise in Wales

HMRC pay talks - PCS needs to organise members now

Reinstate sacked Unite London bus rep Judith Katera

South London council workers vote to strike


International news

Right populism after Trump

Malaysia: Massive capitalist exploitation of migrant workers exposed by Covid pandemic

International news in brief


Engels

Engels and the answer to the housing question


Campaigns news

Welsh trades councils rally against the pay-freeze

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Tenants and workers unite to take on landlords

'Oxford, Cut the Rent!' campaign kicks off

York students determined to build for rent refunds and free education

London Socialist Party hits the streets


Readers' opinion

TV review: Red, White and Blue

The Socialist Inbox


Obituary

Obituary: Roger Priest


 

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