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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2001

Import controls no solution

THE LUTON factory is surrounded by smaller supplier factories who were told they had to locate nearby or they'd lose their contracts with Vauxhall. For every Vauxhall track worker, five others are dependent on them.

Bill Mullins

The local New Labour MP in Luton North, Kelvin Hopkins did call for "the government to take control of the multinationals". But nothing more has been heard of that idea. Showing the growing demand for import controls from some, Hopkins also points out that "there is no overproduction in the UK, more cars are imported than exported."

But on the basis of a capitalist economy import controls would inevitably lead to a trade war. Workers in exporting industries would be in danger of losing their jobs to protect the jobs of those who produce for the domestic market.

Dennis, on the Vectra line at Luton: "We should down tools. This is blackmail. Tony Blair ain't backing us, he's selling us out like he did the dockers. They're saying 'tough' to us, they ain't backing us at all, the only thing they've said is that there going to give us a JobCentre on site."

Sima, working in the newsagent directly opposite the plant said: "My husband who's worked in the plant for ten years, watched the one o'clock news, before he started on the 2 o'clock shift on the Vectra, and heard that GM were closing this plant.

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In The Socialist 12 January 2001:

Exposed: Labour's Election Hype

Students worse off under Labour

Now the Party's Over

Hackney: stand up to these attacks

Hackney debate: How to take the dispute forward

Fight for all Vauxhall jobs

Import controls no solution

He who pays the piper...

Thousands rally in support of Czech TV workers


 

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