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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 December 2009
Stoke Axiom action continues
Despite six days of strike action by Axiom Rail workers in Stoke, management have refused to carry out any meaningful negotiations over the pay increase workers are asking for.
However, the strike remains solid with up to 50 turning up to picket lines despite some horrendous weather. Further one day strikes on Mondays and Fridays are planned as well as a work to rule.
It's not surprising these skilled workers are asking for an increase because they are being paid up to £4 an hour less than workers doing the same jobs for the same company in different parts of the country! As Mick on the picket line said: "Why should we work for less money than other workers. What have they got against Stokey workers?"
The arrogant attitude of Axiom bosses has only served to make the lads on strike even more determined and many are already looking at ways that the action can be escalated.
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In The Socialist 2 December 2009:
Climate change 'gigantic market failure'
Copenhagen climate change talks
Socialist Party NHS campaign
National Health Service: Patient safety not private profit
Youth fight for jobs
Youth march for jobs: "A fantastic experience"
Dubai's house of sand crumbles
War and occupation
Chilcot inquiry: Put the warmongers on trial!
Socialist Party news and analysis
Yorkshire strikes - the lessons
BA management get tough
Fighting university cuts
Fighting council cuts in Greenwich
Stoke Axiom action continues
Defend the Four!
NUS plans mean students pay
Rally to oppose racist EDL
How mass campaigning closed BNP HQ
International socialist news and analysis
Irish Republic: Huge public sector workers' strike against cutbacks
Indonesia: Eyewitness report from Tamil refugee boat
Socialist Party election campaign
Politics 'illegal' in Lewisham council
Help give a socialist answer to cuts and privatisation
Marxist analysis: history
Liverpool council's budget 'black hole': Establishment parties only offer swingeing cuts
The Socialist 2 December 2009 |
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