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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 January 2022

Somers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

Somers Forge

Somers Forge   (Click to enlarge)

The articles concerning the Somers Forge strike (see socialistparty.org.uk) in Halesowen were interesting to learn that the company has the same disregard for its workers as it had in the 1930s. It was then Walter Somers Ltd, known locally as 'Somers slaughterhouse', because of the number of industrial accidents and deaths.

My late father, Tom Cartwright, worked there as a young man, and witnessed at least two fatalities, one so gruesome it gave him nightmares for years. What he experienced turned him into an active trade unionist for life.

He was an overhead crane driver at GEC Coventry. Despite threats from the management, he would refuse to pick up and transport a load until he was convinced it was safely secured.

Workers in today's workplaces owe it to past and future generations, as well as themselves, to never compromise on a safe working environment, and to ensure they are protected by being a member of a trade union.

Mary Medd, Coventry Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 26 January 2022:


What we think

We need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour


News

Lords reject parts of anti-protest bill

News in brief

Social care providers put profit before residents' needs - nationalise care now


Cost of living

Cost of living crisis


Trade unions and the cuts

Trade unions and the fight against council cuts


Workplace news

Barts NHS workers strike back

Sheffield Just Eat strikers step up action and hold mass rally

Oaks Park School: valiant strike exposed state of schools

Education: Workload and inflation goes up, incomes fall

DWP reps demand action from PCS leadership

10,000 tube workers vote to strike - don't make workers pay for TfL funding crisis

Strike action by Carmarthenshire winter gritters wins concessions from council

Universities: Strike action at 68 in two disputes

Worksop Wincanton logistics workers begin ninth week of strike action


International news

Trade unionists in the USA fighting back


Campaigns news

Hundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Wakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

Eviction resistance on the march in Waltham Forest

This is students' chance to fight back - help build 2 March NUS walkout

Selling the Socialist


Environment

Britain's waterways choked with a 'chemical cocktail'


Readers' opinion

War in Yemen, made in Harlow, profit for rich

Somers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

UK Covid-19 mortality similar to Spanish Flu

It's my party, and I'll lie if I want to


 

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