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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 January 2022
Somers Forge workers continue pay strike
Somers Forge strikers. Photo: Wolverhampton and black country socialist party (Click to enlarge)
Nick Hart, West Midlands Socialist Party
Workers at Somers Forge in Halesowen took their fourth day of strike action in their current dispute for a living pay increase - and also the fourth ever in the company's 155-year history!
Strikers told us about the Victorian working conditions at this Victorian company. It's not uncommon to see pools of water, with squirrels and ducks nesting in the workshop, which produces large metalwork for military and other specialist applications.
On top of this is a bullying culture from management that has seen over 50 staff come and go in one section in the space of three years. Far from the company taking necessary measures to minimise Covid during the pandemic, workers were not only being trooped into the plant, but reportedly threatened with the sack for not taking overtime!
GMB union members there have a further two days of strike action planned for late January, as part of their campaign to win a pay rise in line with inflation and backdated to last April's pay anniversary. Yet another group of workers not taking the cost of living crisis lying down!
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In The Socialist 19 January 2022:
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No trust in Tories to keep us safe
Tories hand cash to private health profiteers
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Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay
News in brief
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Northern Ireland: Workers fight threatened closure of women's hostel
US: Independent Socialist Group launches new paper
Eyewitness account of workers' uprising in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party
Why are things the way they are?
Rob Windsor - remembering a tireless fighter for socialism
Theatre: Yes Yes UCS
Sheffield Just Eat couriers speak about strike
S Yorks Stagecoach strike results in "huge pay win"
Scunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action
Coventry bin strike continues
Bus driver Tracey Scholes reinstated at Go North West
Royal Mail: Unofficial walkouts precede bigger battle to come on pay and workload
Newham college strike solid against bully privatisers
Somers Forge workers continue pay strike
Workplace news in brief
NUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March
Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill
Waltham Forest: Campaign unites families facing eviction
Newham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts
Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game
Southampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce
Oliver Campbell - 31 years fighting for justice
Bournemouth - angry people not represented by capitalist parties
Pauline Wall memorial meeting
The Socialist 19 January 2022 |
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