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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 June 2008
Council workers striking back
Unison members in local government have voted by 55% to 45% for a programme of sustained strike action against a derisory 2.45% pay offer.
The first strike will take place on 16 and 17 July. It will involve nearly 600,000 workers, including housing benefit workers, cleaners, teaching assistants, bin workers, school dinner staff and social workers.
70,000 more local government workers in the union Unite are also likely to announce action when their ballot process is completed at the end of June.
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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.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 25 June 2008:
Prices up, Wages down...Summer of action needed!
Workers' battles win results: Tankers drivers' success upsets bosses
Council workers striking back
Socialist Party editorial
Editorial: Summer of discontent?
PCS union sends letter of solidarity to Unison
Campaign for a new workers' party: Conference - Sunday 29 June, 11am - 5pm
Unison Conference 2008
Unison conference 2008: Fighting to reclaim the union for its members
Unison Service Group Executives - socialists elected
National Shop Stewards Network Conference
Fighting, democratic unions not witch hunts
Socialist Party campaigns
Thousands show their hatred for racism
Student unions can be pushed into action
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Review: False 'gods' of a failing system
International socialist news and analysis
Zimbabwe: Mugabe's militias crush his political opponents
Afghanistan - paying the price of western occupation
Summit fails to halt runaway oil prices
Britain: No.1 arms dealer
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Cut throat competition threatens NHS
"With polyclinics you're just a number"
Stop this sell-off!
Origins of the Labour Party
'Old' Labour - born out of workers' struggles
Socialist Party workplace news
Brighton bus drivers match inflation
Teachers fight academy plans in Bolton
Union news in brief
The Socialist 25 June 2008 |
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