Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/403/4883

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 July 2005

Strike ballot to defend Rolls Royce convenor

A NATIONAL dispute between the workers and management at aircraft engine-maker Rolls Royce looks likely after the sacking of one of the Amicus convenors at the Bristol plant.

Graeme Jones, Amicus member, North Bristol

Jerry Hicks, a convenor on the test area for 10 years, was victimised following a three-day unofficial strike and occupation of the plant, which successfully defended two workers from being sacked. The company claim the action was "unofficial and unlawful" after it disciplined two night shift workers who were allegedly found asleep.

A demonstration of over 300 workers gathered in support outside Jerry's disciplinary hearing. This took three full days to reach a decision. Jerry is quoted as saying: "Strike action is very likely. I had a kangaroo meeting with the management and they sacked me on trumped-up charges."

At several mass meetings in the last week, workers were adamant that only by taking immediate action is it possible to stop this major attack on the union by Rolls Royce management. Members have already walked out several times.

The Amicus union is balloting the membership, which is likely to take up to three weeks. The members know that an attack on their convenor is likely to be the thin end of the wedge, and will give the bosses the confidence to continue their attacks on their union.

This sacking comes at a critical time for the trade unions in Rolls Royce. New contracts have been won by the company recently, and these should secure the future of workers in the plant. But management will want to bring in more casualised and non-union labour.

Jerry Hicks, as a convenor who is prepared to fight to defend his members, is the type of trade unionist who is consistently a thorn in the side of the management. Management are already scaremongering about jobs being at stake if workers vote to strike.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 28 July 2005:

Workers' unity against war and terrorism

Repression won't prevent terrorism

Jean Charles de Menezes: Angry marchers demand justice

Tube drivers say safety is paramount

Workers' unity needed against war, terror and racism

Book your stalls for the Freshers' fairs now!

Book now for Summer Camp

Brazil: Lula government in crisis

Fighting the low pay scandal

Unions prepare for new pension attacks

Strike ballot to defend Rolls Royce convenor


 

Home   |   The Socialist 28 July 2005   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Strike:

triangleFrench workers demonstrating in Paris on Thursday 16 January; Now over 40 days of strike action have taken place against the government's attacks on pensions. Photo James Ivens

triangleWestex Carpet strike reaches two month mark

triangleLondon bus drivers ballot to strike

triangleNorthern Ireland: Thousands of nurses continue to strike for better pay

triangleInternational wave of revolt continues

Rolls Royce:

triangleRolls-Royce: fight all job cuts!

triangleWorkers fight back against race to the bottom!

trianglePensions strike at Rolls Royce

triangleObituary: John Sharpe: 1953-2016

Bristol:

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Trotsky's 'permanent revolution'

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Question & Answers

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Free speech

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

15/1/20

Young people

Young people who voted for Corbyn's manifesto will now ask... How can we win those ideas?

15/1/20

Scotland

Massive Scottish independence demo marks new stage in struggle

15/1/20

London

London: Protesters return to oppose Middle East war

15/1/20

Government

Cladding scandal: Government steps up defence of landlords

15/1/20

Nottingham

Nottingham: Youth protest against Barclays 64 million fossil-fuel investments

15/1/20

Strike

Westex Carpet strike reaches two month mark

15/1/20

Newham

Stop gentrification in Newham: "We are here, you have consulted us and we're not going anywhere!"

15/1/20

Socialist Party

Socialist Party national committee meeting

15/1/20

Hackney

Hackney school bus workers win pay increase following strikes

15/1/20

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: Thousands of nurses continue to strike for better pay

15/1/20

Buses

London bus drivers ballot to strike

15/1/20

PCS

PCS: Time to rebuild the left

15/1/20

Union

Union lawyer arrested on security guards' picket line

9/1/20

Unison

Unison national executive members challenge validity of nomination for Keir Starmer for leader of the Labour Party

8/1/20

Unions

Build union resistance to Tory attacks

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999